Its Easter weekend! Which means our 2016 season finally gets under way. The team at Camping Duinrell are ready and waiting for the first holidaymakers to arrive this weekend.
Now while it’s officially spring, the weather forecast for the next week is a little mixed, with highs of 11-15°c and a mix of sunshine and showers. Pack layers and waterproofs is the general message!
Last September, I took a holiday to Camping Duinrell where the weather was up-and-down, so I’ve put together my holiday highlights of what to do come rain or shine.
- Splashing fun at the Tiki-bad
We’ve mentioned it once or twice, but the Tiki-Bad is a truly amazing pool complex. You won’t care what the weather is doing outside when you see the tropical pools and fantastic water slides! We rounded up our favourites in this blog post.
I travelled with 2 toddlers and they loved the baby area, complete with small slides and squirting fountains. One of them got really adventurous and braved the ‘Family Slide’ with Daddy!
- Explore Amsterdam
One of the best things about Camping Duinrell is its proximity to Amsterdam. It’s super easy to reach on public transport, or there are plenty of park and ride options if you’re looking for a little more flexibility.
This blog post has a rough guide to a day in Amsterdam if you’re looking for ideas on what to do when you’re there.
- Ride a roller coaster
So you probably already know, but Camping Duinrell has a free (yes, FREE) theme park attached to the campsite. To be honest, it’s great fun in any weather conditions. My toddlers loved the train ride, big wheel and play parks, while older kids can go on the roller coasters as many times as they like.
The theme park does get quite busy in the middle of the day, but the best thing about staying on site is you can just pop back when it’s quieter!
- Go to the beach
Blast away the cobwebs with a day at the beach. The beach in Wassenaar is long and sandy and great for building sandcastles. There’s even a lovely café if you’re in need of refreshments.
For a more traditional seaside experience – think long promenade and lots of bars and restaurants – head to Scheveningen, which is one of Holland’s best seaside resorts. It’s also home to the sea-life centre, which I am told is good fun on a drizzly day.
- Get on your bike
Cycling enthusiast or not, Holland is lovely and flat, and so well equipped for cyclists. You can hire bikes on site and explore the area – the beach is an easy ride from site.
If you’re travelling with younger children, you can even hire bikes with seats or trailers for them.
- Visit the windmills at Kinderdijk
We loved our day out here. The beautiful windmills are part of a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the area is lovely for a walk or cycle ride. With plenty of photo opportunities if you’re an Instagram addict like me!
And whatever the weather, you absolutely have to:
- Eat ice-cream at Lucianos
Just read this blog post to find out more about the best ice-cream in Holland. In my eyes anyway.