Archive for April, 2019

Make the most of your Easter weekend in the UK!

April 18th, 2019

 

Daffodils, magnolias, camellias, azalea and rhododendrons bloom in the inviting balmy climates of spring, adding vibrant shades to the woodlands, city parks and gardens in the UK. It’s the first bank holiday succeeding the bleak months of January and February, and there’s a charming atmosphere of annual rebirth. Here are five fun things to do during your four days long Easter bank holiday.

Take the family to the Chester Food, Drink & Lifestyle Festival

 

It’s the biggest festival in the UK during the Easter holidays, and you don’t want to miss this, especially if you consider yourself a “foodie”. Expect to see over 150 artisan food and drink exhibitors, food presentations by star chefs, and a free, fun cooking academy for the tiny chefs! There is also an exciting Camperfest camping at Chester Racecourse which is a great place to visit in your Camperbug motorhome or campervan hire! If you love pooches, you’ll enjoy the Canine Capers dog show in Little Staughton!

Meet a koala bear!

Longleat Safari and Adventure Park in Wiltshire is excited to introduce its newest members – koala bears! The fluffy pouched mammals will enjoy their new home, Koala Creek alongside Longleat’s magnificent creatures like monkeys, lions and tigers!

Mells Daffodil Festival

The village of Somerset hosts a traditional village celebration on Easter Monday to usher in spring, and you’re invited! There are several old-fashioned activities like parachuting Teddies and Easter bonnet competitions plus stalls, a variety of food, games, craft and even a classic car exhibition! 2019 will mark the 40th anniversary of the Mells Daffodil Festival, so you’re in store for an extra special celebration!

Drop in at the International Jousting Festival

Held at the Royal Armouries in Leeds, the International Jousting Festival is a sight to behold! Mounted, armoured knights engage in combat games and medieval battles on the tilting yard. There are several demonstrations a day; however they do sell out quickly, so it’s best to book your tickets in advance! The event in 2019 will see four teams from the UK, USA, Canada and Poland battle it out for honour and prizes!


Little Georgie!

We’ve got the best West Yorkshire campervan hire options in the UK! Little Georgie is just one of many beautiful campervans available on Camperbug! He’s a  restored 1977 Westphalia that sleeps and seats four passengers with ease! His fitted with all conveniences like a twin-burner gas hob, fresh water container, a mains powered fridge and more! Speak to his owners about your travel dates.

Observe the twinkling stars!

Combine the stargazing months of March and April with Britain’s darkest locations, and you’ve got excellent views of the night sky! To ensure you get the best views of the night sky, arrive an hour and a half after sunset on a moonless night. There are many locations like Snowdonia National Park and Galloway Forest Park that are officially recognised by the International Dark Skies Association and often frequented by Uranophiles from across the globe!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s how to see the best of Avebury Henge

April 11th, 2019

 

Image by jonjsweet on Instagram

 

Avebury Henge in England is one of the most incredible prehistoric remains in the UK. While you might be tempted to draw comparisons to Stonehenge, we encourage you to clear your mind and appreciate the real purpose of the structure and the numerous attractions within the site.

 

Contrary to popular belief, a henge is not an assortment of stones but rather, a human-made ditch enclosed by a bank. The ditch inside is made up of a flat stretch of land. Originally thought to be a defensive structure, researchers soon realised that a bank with a yawning ditch placed inside did nothing in the way of security. Scientists now guesstimate the flat region was a sacred location, once used for rituals and sacrifice. The henge contains fascinating remains including:

 

•    A large section of the ancient village of Avebury

•    An enormous stone circle with a diameter of 460 feet, making it the largest stone circle in Europe.

•    A pair of smaller stone circles, each an estimated 100 feet in width.  Sadly, several such relics were knocked down and concealed by villagers in the Middle Ages. The destruction was probably carried out on the orders of the local parish priest who wanted to cleanse the area of its pagan beginnings.

•    A strange, square-shaped stone known as The Obelisk.

•    A mystifying box-shaped enclosure of massive stones. It is the first discovery of a square monument at henge monuments like Stonehenge and Avebury.

 

The archaeologist who saved Avebury

 

Alexander Keiller. Image on Wikimedia Commons

 

Alexander Keiller was an archaeologist and a groundbreaking aerial photographer who purchased the 950-acre plot in the 1930s. At the time, the locals continued to raze the structures and use the stones as construction materials.   Keiller unearthed many buried stones and when achievable, erected them in the original positions.  In 1938, he founded a museum to showcase his unique finds and went on to renovate the 16th century Avebury Manor. The site was handed on to the National Trust in 1943 for a sum of £12,000. Following his death, his fourth wife bestowed his museum and archaeological discoveries to the Trust.

 

Marcel!

Merry Marcel is raring to go! He easily sleeps and seats two travellers, and contains a handmade interior for storage and space maximisation. You’ll never feel nippy with Marcels fully winterised with Celotex insulation on the floor, walls and ceiling. Hire Marcel or another Wiltshire campervan hire for your adventures across the UK! Camperbug has the most extensive collection of campervan and motorhome hire options in the UK!

 

Don’t miss these sites!

 

Get up front!

Here’s an opportunity you don’t get at Stonehenge- the freedom to get right up to the stone structures! Unlike Stonehenge which is cordoned off, visitors at Avebury are free to explore the many beautiful attractions on site.  Friendly experts lead stone circle tours extending from five minutes to an hour.

 

Tour the Alexander Keiller Museum

Keiller’s museum is great for both kids and adults. The Stables Gallery exhibits fascinating excavations from the site including some of Europe’s oldest pottery, tools made from red deer antler tools utilised in the construction of Avebury Henge, flint tools dating back 4,000 years, and 5,500-year-old domestic animal skeletons.

 

Avebury Manor and Garden

The manor served as Keiller’s residence while conducting excavations. The historic house rests right outside the gates of Avebury Henge and dates back to the 16th century. The rooms inside are furnished to represent the five eras it served as a home – the Tudor, Georgian, Victorian, and 20th century. Unlike other historical house, visitors are welcome to touch, sit and lie on the furniture to better get a feel of the home and its history.

 

What’s happening?

If you’re not sure, head over to the National Trust hub at Avebury, get guidance to on-site attractions or make use of the restrooms, shops or cafes.

 

Image by charles_seller_photography on Instagram

 

How to visit the World Heritage Site of Avebury

 

Location: The site rests six miles west of the town of Marlborough in Wiltshire, SN8 1RF.Parking available in the Old Farmyard and proximity to the stones.

 

Time: Avebury Henge is open from throughout the day but timings may dependent on the seasons.

 

Costs: While admittance to the outdoor structures and stone circles is free of charge, The Alexander Keiller Museum and tickets to Avebury Manor and Garden come individually priced.

 

 

 

 

 

Why is Loch Lomond great for family holidays? Here’s why!

April 5th, 2019

 

Loch Lomond. Image by nick.amoscato on Visualhunt / CC BY

 

Securing the perfect location for a successful family vacation can either make or break the entire escape. Select a too-tame setting, and you’ll hear plenty an exclamation of dismay from the adventurers and sports fans in the family. Add too much bustle, and the older travellers dismally watch as hopes for a leisurely fly past in a flurry. Loch Lomond continually proves to be the ultimate family vacation liberator, ensuring fun activities for tots, teenagers and adults of all abilities. There are numerous mountains, cycle paths, sprinkled islands, and woodland trails for outdoor explorers and nature enthusiasts. Visitors yearning a for a more relaxed holiday can sit back and drink in the captivating vistas, embark on a mellow loch cruise or visit Loch Lomond Shores. There are numerous caravan parks, holiday parks and wild camping sites enclosed by striking views making Loch Lomond the essential  family holiday destination. Make it a particularly memorable journey with a Camperbug motorhome and campervan hire.

 

Here’s a list of exciting activities for the whole family!

 

Hiking and Walking


Loch Lomond is a walker’s paradise, presenting an exciting (sometimes paved) network of national and local trails. The West Highland Way, one of Scotland’s famed national paths is excellent for wild camping, seclusion, horse riding and even cycling. West Highland Way is dog-friendly and if you don’t enjoy the exertion, hop into a water taxi which will drop you off for a briefer stretch of the walk. Queen Elizabeth Forest Park contains many wooded paths curving around Loch Lomond and Loch Katrine. The village of Luss holds various short tracks that are ideal for baby strollers and wheelchairs.

 

Cycling

Numerous mild national cycling paths crisscross the park including The National Cycle Route 7 (NCR 7) which primarily comprises of paved, flat trail, ideal for almost all family members of different cycling abilities. Get more information about the cycle paths and trails at the National Park Gateway Centre.

 

Splash around!


Loch Lomond is watersport heaven! Families can make use of the various motorboats, speedboats, canoe, and kayak rentals available around the loch throughout the balmy summer months. If you’d feel more comfortable in the passenger seat, there are many cruises, ferry and excursions along Loch Lomond.

 

Fishing


Fishing on Loch Lomond is allowed throughout the year as long as you have the required permits. You can secure a weekly fishing permit at multiple locations around the Loch including Balloch Tourist Information Office, the Luss Village Shop, The Ardlui Hotel, and the Boatyard in Balmaha. There are certain restrictions on the type of salmon and the seasons of fishing so ensure you get all information on seasonal regulations when purchasing your permit.

 

It’s raining!


The city of Glasgow and the Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel are an easy 27 miles from the Loch and are great spaces to explore! Stock up on local products and souvenirs and keep the tots entertained.