It’s been a week already since we came home from a week camping under the stars in Lincolnshire. Every year, my little family and I join my Parents, Grandparents, Sister and her son on a campsite to spend a few nights under the stars. My Parents have their own caravan which is a mobile home from home whilst my Grandparents hired a static caravan and the rest of us camped out under canvas for the week. We were kindly loaned a very sporty Peugeot 2008 to use for the week too so here’s my Jeremy Clarkson style (ha) review!
It’s such a wonderful part of the UK; lots of fields, vast farm land and green woods dotted around and it really is like you’re in the middle of nowhere. There’s loads of campsites to choose from when camping in Lincolnshire you’re literally spoilt for choice. This year for the first time, we opted to stay for a week (we usually only camp for two nights) and it was a chance for Olly to spend a week on holiday with his cousin and for us to spend some quality time with my Parents and our Grandparents.
The weather was unfortunately, very hit and miss. One minute the sunshine was out and it was beautifully warm. Then next, the clouds rolled in and we were being battered by the wind and the occasional rain shower. We woke up during a storm one night and unfortunately we got a small window pole through the canvas, the wind was that strong it literally forced it through the fabric. We think a new tent might be on the cards for next years trip!
There is nothing better than a fresh morning though sitting outside the tent with dew on the grass and a lovely cool breeze whilst you sit in your pj’s sipping a steaming hot mug of tea.
There’s something really cathartic about being stuck in the middle of nowhere sleeping under the stars. I had lots of time to think (always dangerous) and there was very little phone signal and none-existent wifi which effectively made me switch off from social media bar ten minutes here and there to check the results from Rio.
It did mean however that we were able to spend a couple of nights star gazing and got to witness some of the Perseids meteor shower in the night sky. It was incredible. We lay on the blanket in the middle of a pitch black field and was able to see the shooting stars dance above our heads. On my first evening, I saw 20+ meteors which was just fantastic. My Dad even heard a shooting star flash across the sky before he saw it. It was just wonderful, chilly but being wrapped up against the elements watching such a natural show was breathtaking.
We had a few lazy days around the campsite soaking up the (rare) sunshine and had a couple of family days out. One to see the Lancaster bomber at RAF East Kirkby which was brilliant. A very thought provoking place to visit and makes you feel very humble thinking what the guys and girls in the forces went through for our freedom in World War Two.
We even managed to see Battle of Britain Memorial Flight in action which is great to see flying from RAF Coningsby. We spent an hour at the end of the runway and watched the Typhoons land and take off. I am such an military aviation geek, I love it.
The second day out was to Chapel St Leonards to visit our friends. We spent a couple of hours at the beach and Olly and my nephew absolutely loved it. They stripped down to their pants and played jump the waves in the sea.
I’ll leave you with some photographs from our time away. Lots of happy memories from the week with quality time spent with my loved ones.
Until next year Lincolnshire, thank you!