How an autumn camper van holiday can help you connect with nature

We had hours of fun on St Ives beach

We had hours of fun on St Ives beach

Just after I’d finished posting out November’s Mud & Bloom boxes, our family set off for an adventurous half term break around Cornwall in our first ever camper van.

We’re regular campers and the children absolutely love camping. I love that it enables us to experience nature more fully and the freedom the children have to be outdoors for extended periods of time. I would however, personally draw the line at camping in the UK in October and November. So this half term we decided to try a camper van holiday instead. My brother and sister in law set up a lovely company called Quirky Campers where they provide handcrafted camper van rentals, which you can rent direct from the owner, (Quirky Campers act as the agent for the majority of the vans). We borrowed a beautifully renovated van called Bella, as it was one of the vans that would seat 5 people.

Eating breakfast in our camper van

Eating breakfast in our camper van

It was great being able to go at a pace that suited the whole family, as we didn’t need to be anywhere at a certain time to check in or pitch a tent, as we already had our home with us. As it wasn’t camping season, all the campsites we called had last minute space available and most said we could arrive whenever we wanted, which made things even more flexible for us.

Importance of getting children out in nature

We meandered down the Cornish coast stopping in various campsites by the sea, and accumulating shells and more and more sand as we went. Waking up each morning to a new sea view was amazing. It was so nice to get some good sea air, and I think it did all of us a lot of good. We had pretty much every kind of weather you could imagine, but that’s to be expected at this time of year, I guess, at least some of it was glorious sunshine!

Running down to St Ives beach

Running down to St Ives beach

I think a camper van holiday is a great way of helping your children experience nature at different times of year, i.e. it was already getting dark at 5, so it was a very different experience to a summer break, where the children can carry on running around outside until much later, but we had a wood burning stove in our van, so we were cosy and warm.

Getting children out in nature in the autumn

You can tell there’s been a lot of love invested into the Quirky Camper vans, with lots of little personal touches, which I don’t imagine you’d get from a commercial van company. Our van, had beautiful hand carved cabinets and bed and a washing machine port hole out the back which the children loved! I loved all the cosy lighting it had and it came fully equipped with kitchen equipment, as well as maps, guides, and indoor board games, which was great for when it was raining. You can also request bed linen.

handcrafted quirky camper van

Our children were already big fans of camping. but taking our home with us meant more freedom and variety, as we moved campsite each night, which we wouldn’t have done if we’d had a big family tent to take down and put up each day and, at this time of year, a much more warm and cosy experience. I would heartily recommend you give it a go!

handcrafted quirky campervan

Mud & Bloom have joined up with Quirky Campers to offer a bumper family competition, focused on staying outdoors this autumn and winter!

The winner of the competition will receive:

  1. 5 nights stay in Quirky Camper Roma

  2. A cosy autumnal outfit bundle from Little Green Radicals

  3. A 6 month Mud & Bloom subscription

You can enter it here. Be quick! Deadline to enter is 11th November 2018


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