What’s my feelgood? It’s easy really. Chilling out and spending time with my family. My twin boys are 15 months old now and the time has gone so fast – everyone said it would but somehow you don’t believe them! Last summer, I took them to Berny Riviere on their first (I hope of many)…Details
Find the best camping destinations across Europe. Here’s our blog posts about our favourite camping destinations in France, Italy, Spain and more. All packed with holiday ideas and inspiration.
The swinging sixties – a decade of mini skirts, flower power and Beatlemania – and the dawn of Canvas Holidays.
In the 1960’s Britain became a truly affluent society – vacuum cleaners and washing machines were in most homes, and cars and fridges became the norm. And for the first time – foreign family holidays became common place.
One of these new ‘explorers’ of foreign shores was Jim Cuthbert and his family. Like many in the 1960’s, the most affordable way for the Cuthbert family to explore Europe was by camping. It was on one of these holidays that Jim Cuthbert found sound inspiration. Whilst waiting on the cross Channel ferry in Ostend he observed many other families crammed into cars filled to the brim with camping equipment and other holiday essentials – and thought how helpful it would be if all this could be provided at the campsite.
With this inspiration and a great love for the essence of the camping holiday, Jim Cuthbert set out to make camping abroad easier. And so Canvas Holidays was born in the spring of 1965 and transformed the world of continental camping as we know it. A total of 25 of the best quality tents that money could buy were erected in Northern France, equipped with camping essentials plus cookers and gas. Holidays were sold at 10-17 guineas a week for six people and in the first brochure holidaymakers were promised that on arrival everything would be “ready for the first cup of tea”.Details
New Year’s Eve is always a time for celebration and reflection. The excitement of what the new year may bring, mixed in with the feelings of the year gone by. It’s a great time to have some fun, celebrate with loved ones and look forward to whatever the future may hold.
Here in Scotland, New Year’s Eve, or Hogmanay as it’s known, is a really big deal. It seems like the world descends on Edinburgh to take in the fantastic atmosphere of the world-famous festivities and street party. The fun starts on New Year’s Eve with a torchlight procession through the middle of the city, before rounding the evening off with an amazing fireworks display. At Hogmanay, the city centre comes alive as thousands of people descend on the streets to enjoy live music, mulled wine and the world famous fireworks as the clock strikes 12.
Across Europe, lots of cities have their own traditions that makes New Year’s Eve so special.
Drink your way round Europe
With the festive season well and truly in swing, to get you in the party mood we’ve put together this guide to Europe’s national drinks.
It’s not just for Christmas though! During the summer, European cities take on a festive atmosphere and the social aspect of drinking can be a great way to get to know the local culture. Why not toast your way through Europe next summer?Details
So the holiday. Well you know what – we had fun! I’m not going to write a day by day account of what we did on our holidays, but I thought I’d share the Harper’s holiday highlights!
As I mentioned in my previous post, it’s hard for us to find time to take the boys swimming. So our Canvas holiday was the first time they’d been! The pool at Berny Rivière was lovely – the toddler pool has a retractable roof, so can be used in all weather and the water was warm. Although we didn’t use them, there are plenty of changing cubicles, so you don’t have to drag dripping wet toddlers around the campsite.
The boys loved the pool (one slightly more than the other, as you can tell from the picture!) and we’ve resolved to make sure we take them regularly in the future.Details
With the Tour de France set to start on 2 July, we take a look at some great routes in Europe. We know that not everyone is going to be a natural Bradley Wiggins but cycling is something that the whole family can enjoy together whatever their abilities. Getting the whole family out together to explore the stunning countryside and to enjoy the fresh air is what holidays are all about.
For the cyclist who likes to focus on fun!
For families with younger children or the type of cyclist that likes to hop on a bike and just go off and explore then we have the perfect route for you. The Loire à Vélo is a cycle network covering 500 miles from the Atlantic coast of France to just outside Nevers in Burgundy. Now, we’re not suggesting tackling this all at once but why not try a section. The great thing about the Loire à Vélo is that it is wonderfully flat – you could cycle for days without coming across an incline.Details
As neighbours France and Switzerland go head to head in the FIFA World Cup tie, we look at which country should be crowned best camping holiday destination in our very own battle. Campsites France Our very first campsites were in Normandy and today we offer camping holidays in no fewer than 15 French regions. You…Details
Set in the stunning French countryside, just outside of the hamlet of Touquin, Camping les Etangs Fleuris is an excellent choice for holidaying families.
With the bright lights of Paris only 40 miles to the west, there are plenty of things to keep tourists happy – and here we look at just a few of them.Details
Quick, simple and instantly satisfying, the humble crêpe has become a street food staple worldwide. Crêperies are as ubiquitous in the hip quarters of many of the world’s favourite metropolises as they are in the French towns and villages that have traditionally served the food for years.
Catering for all palates – sweet or savoury, sophisticated or simple – the dish’s versatility has given it longevity in a global culinary marketplace but did you know that it was Brittany which gave the world the French crêpe?Details
We all know that holiday prices can be lower and tourist hotspots are typically less crowded during the spring months but a European break at this time of year is also an opportunity to experience your favourite destination in a different way.
With more locals around and fewer holidaymakers you’re likely to gain a more authentic insight into the place you’re visiting. Plus the warm but not scorching temperatures are perfect for exploring; tackling steep stairwells or dusty cobbled lanes is far more enjoyable in a cooler climate. And if you do encounter an April shower there’s usually a museum, café or cathedral not too far away to make sheltering from the rain all part of the fun.
It’s a great time of year to pick up new flavours if you are looking for some culinary inspiration. Many of the popular open-air European markets open during spring and you might find local, seasonal fruit and vegetables that you just wouldn’t be able to source during the summer.Details