Read our favourite family holidays blog posts. Our stories of camping in Europe with the whole family will inspire your next trip.

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5 Unique Ways to Celebrate Easter in Europe

The Easter break is a great time for a get away with the kids off school, the arrival of Spring and even the sun making a few more appearances! We’ve been looking at the ways Easter is celebrated in some of our favourite destinations, and discovered some very unique traditions! Ostersonntag in Germany: Germans, like…

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12 reasons to choose a Canvas holiday

We’ve all got our own special memory of when we knew we absolutely loved holidaying with Canvas. In a series of blog posts, including some from some special guest bloggers, we’ll be inspired by our ‘Canvas Convert’ moments. We’d love to hear yours too – tell us on social media about how you became one…

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Travelling with twins – the toddler years!

“Shall we go on a Canvas holiday this year?”

“Let’s go to Holland. The boys will love Camping Duinrell.”

It seemed like such a good idea at the time. But now we’re travelling next week, and I haven’t even thought about what we need to pack or what we’ll do when we’re there. And I’m dreading the journey (overnight ferry from Newcastle to Amsterdam with two nearly-2 year olds and no travel cots…)

So I took a deep breath, and before full on panic mode set in (which almost involved me cancelling the holiday and retreating to Nanna & Grandpa’s for the week instead), I re-read this blog post I wrote last year in anticipation of our first family Canvas holiday. And remembered how much fun we had. And that the ferry crossing was just fine.

And surely I can’t be the only one who’s travelling abroad with toddlers for the first time. So I thought I’d write myself a pre-holiday checklist in the form of this blog post!

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Holidaying in September & October

Enjoying a holiday in late summer or early autumn can be great if you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of a summer escape. Choosing to holiday later in the year can sometimes make for a more relaxing experience as you can enjoy quieter campsites, quieter towns and quieter roads.

Of course, when its approaching autumn and you’re planning a break to Europe, the weather can be a key factor in deciding where to go. Although, in the UK, we’re of the opinion that you could pop a pin anywhere in the campsite map and can almost rest assured that the weather will be better there. Perfect excuse for a holiday!

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Sport or spa?

What does your perfect holiday entail? Is it trying your hand at a new activity or looking to switch off from everything and just relax?

For families, it can be hard to find the perfect balance between keeping the kids entertained but also having time for yourself to do what you enjoy. So whether you like a chance to relax, or get the adrenaline pumping, we’ve had a look at the best places to enjoy both. 

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My favourite campsite: Nautic Almata, Costa Brava

Canvas Holidays’ sales consultant Nicki Ferguson has enjoyed seeing most of the world throughout her career in travel. For pleasure, however, it’s Nautic Almata in Rosas, Spain, she loves returning to. Here, she shares why this beach-based campsite holds such an enduring appeal for all her family.

  1. What is it about Nautic Almata that appeals to you?

The campsite is laid back and very relaxed with direct access to a fabulous long sandy beach that runs for miles around the Bay of Roses. The location of the site is fantastic for exploring the Catalan region – from Figueres and down to Barcelona.

There are lots of water sports available and a full animation and entertainment programme. We normally prefer smaller campsites but Nautic Almata has such a relaxed atmosphere, plus many of the people who stay there are repeat customers. We’ve visited the site four times. 

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Escape to France

A couple of summers ago, Mike Evans and his family took their first camping holiday together for 15 years. Looking forward to spending some quality time together, they set off for Camping la Croix du Vieux Pont at Berny Rivière, near Paris.

I stood at the top of the waterslide waiting for the plunge pool to clear. My wife and son were either side of me, ready to race.

“One, two, three” – we were off! Before I knew it, I’d hit the water at the bottom with a splash, proving you are never too old to conquer your first ever waterslide!

We always took camping holidays when the children were small, in the days before mobile homes were common place and a swimming pool onsite was a real luxury. Since they’ve grown up and flown the nest, we’ve chosen ‘adults only’ hotel resorts, and it’s been almost 15 years since we last holidayed as a family. Until my wife, Jenny, retired from teaching last year, we’ve been restricted to going away during school holidays, so a campsite in July or August wasn’t our first holiday choice.

We often reminisce about the fun we had on our camping holidays – endless days on the beach, chicken and chips from the takeaway and hours spent competing in family boules tournaments. The kids would make friends from all over Europe and disappear for hours on their bikes. We even have fond memories of taking the washing up to the sinks (although that’s probably because we made the children do it!)

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Top 5 holidays for toddlers – NEW!

Way back in May 2013, I wrote this blog post rounding up our top 10 sites for toddlers. I thought I’d add to the list, with my pick of the top 5 sites for toddler holidays out of our exciting new sites for 2015.

As a mum of toddler twins, I know how daunting the idea of travelling with a baby or toddler can be. The great thing about taking them on a camping holiday with Canvas is it’s (relatively) stress-free. While we can’t promise to do anything about teething and tantrums, we can make your holiday as relaxing as possible with some fantastic, child-friendly campsites.

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