Last week we went on an adventure, to do something we’d never done before…camping as a family. When I first started planning it I was a little nervous. I wasn’t sure how it would work, all five of us in a tent but as the time grew nearer I found I was more excited than anything else. The boys were so looking forward to it and it was hard not to get caught up in their excitement. The lovely people at Millets asked us to be a part of their #wedosummer campaign and sent us a tent, sleeping bags and chairs; I’ll write another post about our equipment and camping essentials but I just wanted to share a few iPhone photos from the trip and a video of the few days we spent on our wild adventure.
I spent a while trying to decide where to go. I didn’t want anywhere too far for our first trip but it needed to be somewhere with places we could visit nearby. In the end I decided on North Wales and we booked into Cefn Cae campsite in Conwy for two nights. The campsite was perfect and in such a great location, everyone on site was so friendly and we had a lovely welcome, I can see why people go camping time and time again. It was close to Conwy but secluded and hidden away in the hills so it felt like a little retreat. It was beautifully maintained and had great shower facilities and a little pub down the track which was perfect to wander down to in the evenings. We were so lucky to have hit on gorgeous weather and I think that really made the trip for us. It probably wouldn’t have been as much fun in the rain.
The first night we set up camp and then headed out for a wander on the country lanes, we found the pub and sat in the beer garden with the boys. They made some friends and spent hours playing hide and seek while we watched on feeling pretty relaxed. It was lovely to slow down and not be stuck in any routine. The boys went to bed late, we sat around in the evenings, reading and chatting. We spent a day exploring Conwy, we found a very random but delicious Dutch Pancake house hidden away on the country lanes and then visited Llandudno the following day. We roasted marshmallows and collected shells. Some of it was madness and we would sometimes have three very giddy little boys but for the most part it was utterly blissful. Even when I was looking forward to getting back to a real bed I woke up the next morning a little sad not be be stepping out into a field and enjoying an early morning in the country.