This time in seven weeks the little family and I will be in the midst of our first camping trip. Actually that’s not strictly true. Back in 2004 when the Husband and I were newly attached (emotionally not physically you understand) we embarked on a weekend at Reading Festival. You can tell how enjoyable it was when I tell you the highlight was when someone accidentally stepped on the Husband’s head in the night and it stopped him snoring. Anyway we vowed then that camping wasn’t for us (well me). But when I got the opportunity to be a Geronimo Festival 2017 Ambassador, we couldn’t resist even if it did mean getting cosy/cold/grumpy under canvas once more. You’re also in with a chance of joining us at the Geronimo Festival with a fab competition at the end of this for 1 x Family Day Pass (for either Sunday or Bank Holiday Monday admission).
This year Geronimo Festival is being held at Arley Hall in Cheshire over 3 days (27-29 May) and they’re offering camping for the first time. You can take your own tent, caravan or motor home or let Geronimo take the hassle out of camping with their range of themed tents available to suit all families. Geronimo Festival have different tiers of tickets, with the cheaper tickets available the further in advance you book, so the sooner you book the cheaper they are.
Despite our camping reservations we’re going into the weekend with a positive attitude (as long as it’s dry, if it’s raining I’m out) so, thanks to some of my fellow bloggers, I thought I’d compile some top tips for the first time family camper to help any other first-timers out there.
Pick the right tent
Experienced camper Sam from North East Family Fun, recommends choosing a tent that is easy to put up and put down. We haven’t actually got a tent yet but as I’ll be 7 months pregnant by the time Geronimo Festival rolls round (yep, camping and heavily pregnant) we’ll need a tent the Husband can carry and put up/ down by himself without too much profanity (it is a children’s festival after all).
Take warm clothes
We were so lucky that the weather when we went to Geronimo Festival last year was glorious so I absolutely refuse to believe it will be any different this year. Despite that, Beth from Bamm Boo warns to take layers and winter hats for the nights and The Amphletts’ Hannah wouldn’t be without a hot water bottle. Duly noted!
Make camping bags
Whilst entertainment at the Festival won’t be a problem with CBeebies’ favourites Justin, Andy and Mr Bloom (the opportunity to meet this swoon worthy chunk of hunk is totally NOT the reason I’ve convinced myself camping whilst heavily pregnant is a good idea) amongst other familiar names. As well as various activities and acts going on including a Digital Zone, two full Circuses, a Theatre Tent, Show Ground Arena with lots of displays including motorcycles, jousting and fencing, mobile climbing walls, cardboard harp workshops and a Bear Grylls Assault Course.
However, Faith from Raising Moonbows suggests putting together a bag of activities to keep the Child happy whilst we’re setting up including things like bubbles, colouring book, a book etc. That sounds like such a nice idea I might make one for myself with a magazine, chocolate and some valium.
Trug it out baby
Kelly at School Runs and Shopping Trolleys champions the use of a plastic trug for all your washing needs, including children.
I wonder if they do those in pregnant woman arse size?
Pack your weight in baby wipes
Douglas Adams was wrong. The answer to life, the universe and everything isn’t 27, it’s baby wipes and thanks to Fran at Whinge Whinge Wine’s reminder I’ll be packing a shitload of them.
For an easy life Alice at Living With A Jude suggests pre-preparing meals, especially for the first night and Little Adventure Blog‘s Emma warns of the hideousness that is forgetting essentials like teabags.
Finally this is a top tip from yours truly. I’m going to level with you. At seven months pregnant I will definitely need the toilet multiple times in the night. I do not want to be trundling to the toilets in the pitch black so there will be a middle-of-the-night-piss-bucket (patent pending). I’ll probably line it with nappies to stop it sloshing down my legs when I have to empty it. I draw the line at poop though. That shit can wait until morning.
If you’re still not convinced that camping is a totally sensible and fun way to spend your weekend then why not enter my Geronimo Festival ticket competition below to win a 1 x Family Day Pass for up to 4 people (at least one must be over 18 and under 2s don’t need a ticket) to be used either on Sunday 28th or Bank Holiday Monday 29th May.
T&C’s: The competition closes at 9pm on Monday 17 April 2017. We have one Family Day Pass to giveaway. Each pass admits 4 people, one person in the group must be aged over 18 (NB children under the age of 2 years do not require a ticket). The winning family can attend on the Sunday 28th May 2017or Monday 29th May 2017. The date must be specified at time of confirming the prize. Travel and accommodation are not included. The prize is non-refundable and no cash alternative will be offered. The prize is non transferable and ID will be required at time of collecting the ticket wristband upon arrival. The prize includes all events and activities at Geronimo but not food and drink from any stalls or bar. Winner chosen at random.