Have A Clear Out & Help The Homeless

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When it’s cold, wet, windy and dark out the last place you want to be is roughing it outdoors. But for thousands of people in the UK, they have no other option. Homelessness remains a huge problem, and at Milestone we’re proud to be doing our bit in easing the suffering of those on the streets this winter. The simple act of donating your old, but in good condition, camping equipment can transform the reality of homelessness. A sleeping bag and a tent mean warmth, shelter and safety on the hills, and on the streets.

What Can You do?

Donations don’t need to be big. Woolly hats, gloves, scarves and socks aren’t extravagant but they really are essential. Consider a good clear out of your old outdoor gear and you might be surprised what you have laying around unused. Anything that’s still in good condition will be appreciated.

That warm, waterproof, windproof coat you’ve been meaning to eBay for ages but haven’t got round to doing anything about? It could keep someone warm and dry this winter. Thinking about upgrading your sleeping bag this year? Don’t dump your old one if there’s nothing wrong with it! Donate it to your local homeless shelter. It will be very gladly accepted and very much appreciated. Same goes for your tent. We were really happy to see donated Milestone tents being used by the homeless community of Liverpool recently, one small act of kindness really can help other humans.

Of course it’s also much better for the environment to reuse what we already have, reduce our waste going to landfill, and recycle as much as possible! So even if your old tent might seem past its best and not fit for donation, the pegs and poles could be used again. The same goes for your clothes and shoes. Just because a pair of boots are too worn to offer adequate support for a mountain hike doesn’t mean they won’t be toasty warm for someone else. And it goes without saying that anything which no longer fits you will fit another person.

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Maximise The Light And Stay Outdoors All Year

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Now that the clocks have gone back and November has come at us full force, there’s not a lot of light to be found. Between waking up in darkness to coming home from work in the dark there are only a few precious hours of sunlight. And between now and December those hours become increasingly fewer, but when it comes to a Mother Nature vs Milestone Camping light off we’re all in for putting up a good fight. Nature may have the upper hand, but we have tricks — and torches — to keep ourselves outdoors even on the darkest of days.

By the shortest day of the year we will be limited to less than 8 hours of daytime, with sunrise after 8am and sunset before 4pm. Not a lot of time to pack in a day of winter walking and get your tent pitched before the long night draws in! Even so, we still think there’s plenty of fun to be had if you have the right kit with you…

Confused by specifications of our lamps and torches and not sure what to go for? Let us help break the jargon down into simpler (and more practical) terms.

LED: Light Emitting Diode (where the light comes from). Very commonly in use due to their lower energy consumption so your battery lasts longer, and they’re easier to dispose of at the end of their life. We call those environmental wins!

COB: Chip On Board. Another type of LED, but more advanced with an increased light output without impacting the energy efficiency. So that’s more light for you without needing more bulk or battery power. Pretty good, right?

Lumen: Lumen is a scientific term for the amount of light emitted by a source (e.g. a bulb, LED etc), so the higher the lumens the more light you get. A standard household bulb for lighting up an entire room is usually about 450 lumens, so keep light pollution to a minimum outdoors and stay around the 250 lumens mark with torches and lamps.

Night Vision: Sounds pretty advanced doesn’t it? But think about it, you know when you first turn the light off and it takes a while for your eyes to adjust to the sudden decrease in light? Night vision aims to reduce this to an almost unnoticeable level by using red LEDs instead of bright white light so your natural night vision is preserved.

Battery powered vs wind-up: Most torches and lanterns are battery powered (usually AAA or AA), and although improvements in LED technology means fewer battery changes are needed, there is still a need for spares and there is an environmental impact even with recycling. Wind-up obviously removes the need for batteries, but you also have to be prepared for a little physical exertion before you have light, so there’s a trade-off

Image Credit: Rohan Makhecha

Image Credit: Rohan Makhecha

So…what do you need?

Even if you don’t plan on still being out when darkness starts to roll in, sometimes even the best made plans don’t quite work out as expected. At this time of year we would encourage anyone heading out on a walk or hike, even if it’s just a day trip, to take at least a good head torch with them. Why a head torch? Hands free! And even though they’re not always the most attractive looking piece of kit they get a 10/10 from us for practicality and convenience.

If you’re staying put in one spot for any length of time then a freestanding or hanging lantern is a great addition to your kit bag. A decent lantern and a head torch give off enough light between them that you can easily prep dinner, pitch your tent, get your campfire going and be able to see your own breath when you exhale from a cold day in the wilds.

The last source of light which is an absolute necessity at this time of year is, of course, the campfire. There’s nothing quite like that feeling of sitting in the toasty warm glow of a crackling fire, basking in its light and reflecting on another great day in nature.

Image Credit: Tegan Mierle

Image Credit: Tegan Mierle

One final note…

Milestone Camping asks you to be aware of the natural habitats in which you’re residing, recycle where possible and leave no trace of your visit as you head off home. Happy environments mean happy camping.

Thought of something else you need? Check out our extensive catalogue of Milestone Camping products on Amazon, here.

Boo! How To Avoid Being A Camp Scare Story

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It’s getting to that time of year when daylight fades away quickly, there are inexplicable bumps in the night, and all things creepy start appearing out of nowhere. Whilst we appreciate a Halloween timed camping trip in the woods might not be for everyone — or anyone — avoiding becoming a camp horror story is always the plan. To help you out we’ve compiled some of our top tips to keep the ghouls and ghosts of camping nightmares away!

  1. Always try putting a new tent up before your first camping trip with it. There’s not much more that screams novice like trying to understand instructions, inners, outers and poles with half a campsite’s gaze on you. Don’t have a back garden big enough? Most local parks are fairly relaxed about a trial pitching session, just don’t leave your tent up for long and definitely not overnight. Or avoid the hassle of pitching altogether and take a one of our user friendly four man tents instead!

Image Credit: Jenelle Ball

Image Credit: Jenelle Ball

2. Even seasoned campers can end up looking like pumpkins if you don’t properly check your kit before you leave home. Thoroughly inspect your tent for signs of damp or damage, particularly if it hasn’t been stored in ideal conditions. The easiest way to do this is to pitch the tent and give it a good once over inside and out. Remember to also check the seams and zips, test the poles, and make sure you haven’t lost any pegs since your last trip. Need spares not scares? Head to our online store!

3. If the plan is to camp at a dedicated site then we recommend always phoning ahead to book. In high season during the summer they can get booked up fast, so secure your pitch by booking in advance. Conversely, during winter months some campsites close. We’re not sure which would be more disappointing, but neither would be a good start to your trip!

Image Credit: Tommy Lisbin

Image Credit: Tommy Lisbin

4. If you’ve never camped before then all the lingo is quite a lot to take in. We say don’t waste your time even trying. You just need to learn your way around your tent, and know how to maximise its features to suit you and how you camp. A great bit of advice which will serve you well, especially at this time of year, is to learn how to use guy ropes. Sound abit technical? We promise it’s not, but knowing how to tighten the guy ropes on your tent, and when to tighten them, could make all the difference between waking up looking like a Halloween horror or waking up well rested and ready for a day of adventure. As a general rule, guy ropes should always be taut (they provide stability), but especially so during windy or wet weather.

5. If you ask us there’s no better feeling then being warm, dry and cosy in a tent whilst listening to the sound of gentle rain spit-spotting on the outside. But being able to keep all your belongings dry during a damp patch will make or break your camping trip. Waterproof storage bags are an essential and always come with us, no matter the time of year or weather forecast. They also make a great weapon for bashing zombies with so you can make a run for it.

Image Credit: Ramdan Authentic

Image Credit: Ramdan Authentic

6. Our next tip comes from a particularly horrifying story one of our colleagues gave us about his first — and last — childhood camping trip. We won’t go into all the gory details but will drop a friendly reminder that tents aren’t brick walls, and sound travels. You can hear outside, and the outside can hear in. You know what we’re saying? Be respectful of your campsite neighbours and the werewolves won’t come looking for you. Probably.

7. Don’t be afraid to pack up early is something we don’t often hear, but it’s important. Camping should never feel like a chore, it should be fun and free-ing and the moment it starts to feel like you’re in the middle of a horror movie with lashing rain, thunderstorms, slightly weird looking locals helping you out….call it a day. Go home, have a hot shower and a brew, dry your kit out, and plan for your next adventure instead.

Image Credit: Timothy Meinberg

Image Credit: Timothy Meinberg

One final note…

Milestone Camping asks you to be aware of the natural habitats in which you’re residing, recycle where possible and leave no trace of your visit as you head off home. Happy environments mean happy camping.

Thought of something else you need? Check out our extensive catalogue of Milestone Camping products on Amazon, here.

Camping: The Best Holiday For Kids

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Kids and camping. Not two words that everyone enjoys being in the same sentence together. Especially not when the images that come to mind include early morning trudges across soggy fields to go to the toilet, being stuck for what feels like forever inside a small cube of flimsy material when it just won’t stop raining, and trying to keep all of the mud and all of the spiders outside. Because nothing screams relaxing family holiday quite like half term in a field somewhere in rural (read: free of any phone signal or wifi) Devon, does it? But if you want to read about what a terrible idea camping with kids is, and all the horror stories of other families camping trips gone wrong then you’ve come to the wrong place.

Because guess what? We. Love. It.

Camping as a child is almost a rite of passage. So let’s celebrate the sheer joy that comes from seeing our children free from technology, surrounded by nature, and eating and sleeping right on cue thanks to an abundance of fresh air. AKA, the dream. All we have to do as parents is plan the whole thing… and have a back-up plan, just incase. Easy!

Like any other holiday with kids, planning ahead is the number one piece of advice our poll of parents gave. Plan, prep and pack properly! From using clear plastic boxes with lids so everything stays dry and bug free, to having a practice run in the back garden, our families of happy campers have shared some brilliant tips, tricks and camping memories to make sure that your camping holiday is less of a holi-nay more of a holi-yay…

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“So we had a trailer tent and went camping to southern France loads. (As an aside, I loved that I had my own zipped up section. I felt v.cool. Also loved the kids clubs). One time we went with my auntie and cousins (x2). They had one of those generic euro camp tents close to us — the ones that all look identical. So I was looking for my cousin one day, ran into their tent to find her but she wasn’t there. Because it wasn’t her tent. It was a different (identical) tent. Top tip — put a flag or something recognisable outside your own tent so your kids / their friends know which one to look for….” — Bex Goater

“The first time try to stay local- or do a dry run in the back garden before a bigger trip. Keep your expectations small and be ready to cut loose if it’s not working, it will still be an adventure even if it was only a few hours!” — Holly Vine

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Spend time setting your camping area up in peace whilst other adults entertain the kids. String solar powered lights around to make the evenings cosy, and always pack extra blankets so the smoky campfire ones can stay out of the tents.” — Lizzie Abbott

“Pack a sick kit with plenty of wet wipes, disinfectant, kids meds, first aid box, extra bin bags etc. Plus vinegar sachets for wasp stings and toothpaste for bee stings.” — Ali Velarde

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“Before having children I would never had put me down as a camper. My husband used to go away with his family all the time as a child and so we followed this when we had children. All the family would go, parents, brother and sister inlaws, cousins etc. Just to see the cousins altogether having fun, being able to run about freely with not a care in the world made it all worthwhile. Having emigrated to Canada just before the season started this year, I have to say it was probably one of the times where we missed the family the most, when we knew they were away altogether and we weren’t there! Definitely family times to remember and cherish. This is coming from a very non-camper pre kids!” — Sylvia Mould

“Do it in the garden once first…means they will sleep better wherever you end up” — Laura Bench

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“Wine and lots of it!” — Jane Hudson Hunt

“I loved the odd food we ate because we had no fridge when we first started going — M&S beef casserole or curry from a tin mmmm” — Rebecca Fox

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“Try to find a family friendly campsite. Here in Europe some campsites will state if they have a different section for the party animal generation. We’ve camped twice since we moved here. Our first time was a disaster, there were no enforced quiet times. Our kids couldn’t sleep because there was partying into all hours of the morning. We were exhausted. Our second time was so great. It was quiet from the time the sun set. And our kids slept ’til 8am. It was brilliant. So this is the first thing I search for when we decide to go camping.” — Juanne + Family

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One final note…

Milestone Camping asks you to be aware of the natural habitats in which you’re residing, recycle where possible and leave no trace of your visit as you head off home. Happy environments mean happy camping.

Thought of something else you need? Check out our extensive catalogue of Milestone Camping products on Amazon, here.

The Health Benefits of Being At One With Nature

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The memories of endless evenings as the UK was in the grip of a triple whammy summer jackpot (that’s World Cup, Love Island, and a heatwave, in case you’re wondering) already feel like a lifetime ago, don’t they? And as the nights start to draw in, temperatures start to dip and moods no longer feel quite so uplifted it’s more important than ever not to hunker down for the winter just yet. The benefits of a blast of fresh air and sunlight are not only proven to aid physical health but mental health too. And as we all get back into the routine of working the nine-to-five or studying hard, we can’t emphasise the importance of looking after YOU.

If the thought of pulling on a pair of hiking boots on a cold and dreary autumn day fills you with dread, don’t worry! A daily walk, during daylight hours, will do wonders for you. Our bodies need natural sunlight to balance melatonin levels (that pesky hormone which regulates sleep), and an imbalance can leave you vulnerable to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). So that lunchtime walk around the park is actually medicinal! In fact, scientists are really interested in the longer lasting effects of being active outdoors, recently linking that familiar feeling of happiness after a good walk with it lasting seven hours. And regular walks are obviously great for your physical health too!

Photo Credit: Catalin Sandra

Photo Credit: Catalin Sandra

For a complete reset of your circadian rhythms (that’s when your body thinks it should be asleep and awake) then the best option is…you guessed it, camping! Get back to basics with no artificial light, no Wi-Fi, ditch your mobile phone, and immerse yourself in the natural pace of the world around you. When you’re feeling rebalanced, refreshed, and back in your rhythm your physical wellbeing will not only be improved, but you’ll likely find your mental wellbeing is too. This is especially beneficial if you’re already starting to feel under pressure and out of kilter before a new semester starts at uni. Take the time now to look after yourself, and then keep it up. Go for that quick walk over having another coffee, sit and watch the clouds for ten minutes, and concentrate on taking deep breaths of fresh air. Don’t just stay glued to your desk or computer, buried by books and wondering whether it’s 10am or 10pm!

If you struggle with managing stress — and let’s face it, who hasn’t at some point? — then you might be interested to know that spending time in the great outdoors can help with that too. Even just a couple of nights away from the hustle and bustle of modern life can have a measurable affect. A 2005 study found a group of students who spent two nights camping in a forest had lower levels of cortisol (aka the stress hormone) than those who spent the same amount of time in a city environment. Science proving what we probably already knew? No doubt about it. But if you needed an undeniable excuse to have a weekend to check out from life then there it is. A stress-busting couple of days somewhere remote will put you ahead of the game with lower levels of cortisol in your system to hold you back.

Photo Credit: Keenan Barber

Photo Credit: Keenan Barber

Totally escaping the grind for some quality one-on-one time with nature might feel self-indulgent, particularly if it’s for more than a long weekend. But the science is there. Maybe kick-start your self-prescribed outdoor medicine by paying attention to how you feel before a walk, and then again afterwards. Mindfulness is a really effective way to slow your mental and physical pace down by paying attention to your thoughts, feelings, body and the world around you. And where better to help you find some inner peace and order than the tranquility of a natural space? Whether it’s a beach, mountains, or even under your favourite tree in the local park, nature is ready to quietly bring you back to you again. You just have to take the first step outside.

Photo Credit: Michael Blum

Photo Credit: Michael Blum

One final note…

Milestone Camping asks you to be aware of the natural habitats in which you’re residing, recycle where possible and leave no trace of your visit as you head off home. Happy environments mean happy camping.

Thought of something else you need? Check out our extensive catalogue of Milestone Camping products on Amazon, here.

Camping Abroad Extend Your Summer

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With the start of September here it’s easy to think that Summer might be officially over. Fear not! If you’re up for an adventure there’s still plenty of summertime camp-perfection to be had, and you don’t even need to travel far to find it. Grab some friends, pack up your kit and hit the continent for balmy daytime temperatures and evenings spent snuggled up stargazing. Tempting, isn’t it? Or even go long haul and enjoy a Southern Hemisphere springtime just as everyone at home is reaching for their woollies and hot water bottles. If you’re a strictly fair-weather camper then heading abroad is the easiest way to extend your summer season in style. Europe has some amazing camping with the all-in cost coming in at less than a pumpkin spiced latte habit. From mountains, rivers and forests to beaches, pools and nightclubs there’s a September under canvas for everyone (except, not actually under canvas, because we’re not Girl Guides in 1970).

So what are you waiting for? Squeeze in a few days abroad before you head back to work or uni and stretch out your summer like a pro with some of our tried and tested tips and advice:

 1. Make the most of weight allowances and use an ultra-lightweight tent like this one which is only 2.2kg! In total! Lightweight and compact are two of our favourite camping words (after sunshine), leaving you with plenty of room for all your summer essentials.

Remember tent pegs cannot be taken as hand luggage on planes (but they can be checked into the hold)

2. Planning to BBQ? It is still summer after all and who doesn’t love the ease of sitting back with a crackling disposable barbecue as the sun sets? Check local laws before you set up though as there can be hefty penalties for any fires lit in some areas during the dry summer months. Our advice? Keep all naked flames to an absolute minimum, and only in a controlled environment. Take precautions where and how you do light a fire or barbecue as one smouldering, discarded match could spell disaster for your trip! Get the barbie going safely and quickly with a wind proof lighter, and always take a disposable barbecue away with you - do not bury it!!! 

Myles Tan

Myles Tan

3. Not sure what the cooler night-time temps will feel like after a scorcher of a summer? Pack your sleeping bag but also throw a fleecy sleeping bag liner in. This gives you three sleeping options: just the liner / just the sleeping bag / or sleeping bag and liner. It also comes in at less than 700g in weight so easily earns its place in your kit bag.

4. Want to impress with your culinary flair? There’s a whole world of camp food inspo online and things have moved on from cold beans out of a can (if you remembered the can opener…) and reconstituted packs of brown mush from DofE days. Keep things fresh by exploring local markets for fruit and veggies for some knockout rainbow salads, perfect after a day in the sun. Serve on a stylish practical camp-proof Mess Set and you’re more than insta-ready.
 

5. Wondering if your usual city-break wheelie suitcase qualifies as a kit bag? Whilst it would probably be okay for *some* European campsites (we’re thinking the ones with tarmac roads, wifi, and shops and bars on site), we wouldn’t take it venturing anywhere off-road. Instead, look convincingly the part with a decent sized duffel bag to keep everything in. And it’s waterproof! For all those water fights you’ll be having in the late summer sun, obviously...

Roxanne Desgagnes

Roxanne Desgagnes

6. Speaking of water, don’t forget to stay hydrated! We love a collapsible drinks dispenser for its decent capacity when full (3.5 litres) but lack of precious weight when empty (358g). It’s also much better for the environment to re-use this container rather than buying bottles and bottles of water, plus in some European countries you have to pay a 25c charge per plastic bottle. Not to mention that it’s extremely versatile, did someone say self-serve camp-cocktails to see the summer evenings out in style?

7. Still worried about your weight allowance? Look at your big items (after a tent and sleeping bag) and reduce them, either by sharing the load with your camp mates or by packing smartly. Did you know that even when dry a standard bath towel (which you’ll want if you’re hitting somewhere with a beach or pool) weighs about 700g? Keep the luxury of a massive towel but reduce the weight significantly by investing in a microfibre towel instead, why not invest in two? At only 141g each you can keep the holiday vibe with a designated beach towel and stay smelling fresh as a daisy with a shower towel.

Wil Stewart

Wil Stewart

One final note…

Milestone Camping asks you to be aware of the natural habitats in which you’re residing, recycle where possible and leave no trace of your visit as you head off home. Happy environments mean happy camping.

Thought of something else you need? Check out our extensive catalogue of Milestone Camping products on Amazon, here.

 

Top 10 ways to stay warm and dry whilst camping

Though we may have had one of the best summers for as long as we can remember, we like to consider ourselves forward thinkers. Plus, camping isn’t just a summer activity, where other seasons see fair weather campers wane, some of us love it all year round! Of course it’s lovely to sit and bask in the sun, but there’s something oh so satisfying about gathering around the fire with blankets and a steaming cup of hot chocolate, too.

Some items in this list may seem obvious but they’re still just as important so you don’t want to forget them!

📷: Ethan Hu

📷: Ethan Hu

1. The ground is very cold at night, even through the summer months, so it’s important to get some elevation and there’s nothing better for that than an air bed. Two in one, comfort and warmth combined, tell us that doesn’t sound appealing?

2. A mummy sleeping bag. Snuggle down and pull the hood in close, it’s a dream.

3. Dry sacks mean you’ll never have to worry about damp clothes. There’s nothing worse than putting on clothes that have been subject to the intrusion of unwanted moisture from rain, so keep those socks nice and fluffy!

📷: Habiburrahmansyah

📷: Habiburrahmansyah

4. Maybe the most obvious one? A tent, but which one will you choose… Will it be the teepeethe pop up or a standard dome tent? It’s your main form of shelter so choose wisely, nobody wants to be the one who turns up with something that resembles a 6 year old’s play den (or maybe you do, but that’s your choice and we think you’ll get cold pretty quickly!).

5. Now here’s an irresistible one, a fleece sleeping bag liner. Though number two is more than sufficient, you never know what’s around the corner, or you may be one of those people who feels colder than Jon Snow looks during his adventures over The Wall. It’s light but extremely toasty, you’ll be like a little pop tart.

📷: Nofi Sofyan Hadi

📷: Nofi Sofyan Hadi

6. The main thing to remember is to keep your sleeping stuff separate, sleeping bags and their liners shouldn’t be making an appearance outside the tent, if they get damp you’ll be cold all night. A thermal fleece blanket is perfect for putting over your legs whilst you’re sat outside, plus the lightweight material means it’s easy to air out too.

7. Fire, although not essential, is a provider of many sources of heat. It’s your best friend when you’re cooking, is used to boil the kettle for your morning brew, and can help to speed up the drying of any clothes should you (unfortunately) get caught in a shower. With the help of a wind proof lighteryou’ll have a fire, remember: always a controlled one, going in no time.

📷: Alex Holt

📷: Alex Holt

8. Dry sacks are great for keeping clothing safe from the clutches of rain but a dry bag rucksack will ensure all of your belongings stay nice and protected when you’re out and about or on the move.

9. Warm the cockles of your heart with a cup of coffee, tea, hot chocolate or whatever you fancy from a flask. Whether you’re by the tent or out exploring, this one’s a no brainer.

10. Though we know you’ll be at the ready with waterproofs galore, a ponchois always a good backup to have. Plus, it doesn’t take up much room at all.

Warm and dry campers make happy campers!

Long may this weather continue, but if it decides to take a turn for the worst at least we’ll all be ready for it, especially with our usual experience of British weather. As we said earlier, camping is sometimes considered a fair-weather activity but as long as you’re well-prepared you can make it a year-round venture. Staying warm and dry makes everything else easier, meaning you can really enjoy your time taking a break from everyday life.

📷: Tom Holmes

📷: Tom Holmes

One final note…

Milestone Camping asks you to be aware of the natural habitats in which you’re residing, recycle where possible and leave no trace of your visit as you head off home. Happy environments mean happy camping.

Thought of something else you need? Check out our extensive catalogue of Milestone Camping products on Amazon, here.

Top 5 camping recipe ideas

Campfire cooking unites the group and there’s nothing better than gathering everyone round in the morning for a coffee and a bacon butty or settling down for the evening to a tasty meal. We’re here to provide you with some quick and easy recipes — camping cuisine doesn’t have to be boring, Gordon Ramsay, step aside!

📷: Myles Tan

📷: Myles Tan

1. The baked potato

Less is more and it’s common knowledge that a classic baked potato is hard to beat. Make up the parcels (potato (pricked with a fork), a little butter and some seasoning, in a foil cocoon) and place them in the heat until soft, then unwrap the little bundles of joy and serve with a knob of butter. Alternatively, choose one of the many toppings that go perfectly with a jacket potato, baked beans are always a winner! Minimal effort, maximum flavour.

We know you’re thinking about that butter melting into the fluffy potato like something from an M&S advert…

Cooking time: approx. 45 mins

📷: Lum3n

📷: Lum3n

2. Fish in foil

Light, fresh and quick! Cooking fish in foil guarantees heaps of flavour as all of the juices are retained, and you can finish it off on the grill if you want that smoky flavour too. Serve in the foil with the delicious juices alongside your sides of choice, it’s a tried and tested success.

For the full recipe visit: https://www.trails.com/how_5185_cook-fish-foil.html

 

3. All the veg!

Vegetables are very versatile and always bring bags of flavour to the table. Here we’ve got two options for you…

Corn on the cob — remove the husks, boil in some water to soften and then let the coals do their job. Once chargrilled to perfection, smother in butter, sprinkle with salt and pepper and dive straight in. For the finer details have a quick search on Google and see which recipe tickles your fancy.

Roasted vegetable parcels — we see a theme is starting to develop here! Pile wedges of red onion, peppers, chopped garlic cloves, courgette and a drizzle of olive oil into a foil pouch, season, seal and let the heat of the fire do the rest. You’ll know it’s ready once the veg is soft and smells delicious.

📷: Tegan Mierle

📷: Tegan Mierle

4. Skewers, lots of skewers

Charcoaled meat, veg, halloumi — our mouths are watering just thinking about it. The best thing about kebabs is how interchangeable they are based on what you fancy, and the fact that you can instantly switch things up with a drizzle of marinade is a big bonus too. They’re also coincidentally easy to eat which means less washing up!

For lots of different recipes visit:  https://www.freshoffthegrid.com/camping-skewer-recipes/

 

5. Who isn’t crepe crazy?

Perfect as a snack, a breakfast treat, or even with savoury toppings for dinner, the versatile pancake leaves you with a wealth of options, only requires a couple of ingredients and the mixture can be pre-made at home. Who’s the best at flipping?!

For the full recipe visit: https://www.thriftyfoods.com/recipes/recipes/camping-pancake-mix

📷: Lexi Ruskell

📷: Lexi Ruskell

Flavour doesn’t have to be complicated and after all, camping is all about an easy life. As campers we love to share our tips and tricks, so feel free to share away. Don’t think we’ve forgotten the beloved s’mores, it goes without saying these delicious treats will make at least one appearance during your trip. Gather round, cook your favourite foods and make the most of your outdoor adventure. We’ve even compiled a short list of essentials (below) to get you started, you can thank us later.

📷: Jessica Ruscello

📷: Jessica Ruscello

Your cooking essentials…

Stove

Pans

Cutlery

Wind-proof lighter

Mess sets

Whistling kettle

A table for prep

Crockery

Knives

Heavy duty aluminium foil

Chopping board

Heat proof gloves

One final note…

Milestone Camping asks you to be aware of the natural habitats in which you’re residing, recycle where possible and leave no trace of your visit as you head off home. Happy environments mean happy camping.

Thought of something else you need? Check out our extensive catalogue of Milestone Camping products on Amazon, here.

The top 10 Milestone Camping life hacks

As much as we love camping, let’s admit it, we’re all ears for anything that makes life easier. Thanks to the wonders of the internet we can now all share our top tips for making the outdoor life simple, and hence, even more enjoyable. You’ll also have more time to spend doing the things you want to do if you keep these tricks up your sleeve. If you have any other suggestions feel free to share away, this one’s by campers, for campers.

📷 : Scott Goodwill

📷: Scott Goodwill

1. A pop up tent — not an experienced instruction follower, or frankly don’t have the patience? Maybe you’re just looking for an easy life? If so, this one’s for you. Save both time and energy!

2. Foam floor tiles — whilst these might be designed for a children’s playroom, they will serve you well in creating a soft floor inside your tent. They’re also very light so won’t add much to your load.

3. An LED lantern — remember, nights in the countryside are extremely dark. Take a lantern with you and hang it up inside your tent, that way it will have its designated space and always be there to flick on when the sun has set. This one is very bright, lightweight and comes with batteries — just what we like to hear.

📷 : Jorge Flores

📷: Jorge Flores

4. A foil lined camping mat — as we said earlier, this blog is all about providing you with solutions. Protect yourself from the cold ground and get comfy too.

5. Meal prep — you know what it’s like when you get on holiday, you just want to relax. Prep your first night’s dinner, freeze it and keep it in a cool bag all day (with some ice blocks too). Once it’s fully defrosted you can warm it up on the stove. Voilà, dinner is served.

📷 : Tim Wright

📷: Tim Wright

6. Take your very own shower — you can have this set up in 5 minutes, all you need is a portable shower tent and a solar shower filled with water. Leave the shower in the sun to heat up and in no time at all you’ve transformed camping into glamping.

7. A toy organiser — as long as you have somewhere in the tent to hang this up, it’ll ensure your tent is a home from home. Save yourself from trawling through bags of stuff, you can store anything (providing it’s not too heavy) in these multifunctional hangings.

8. A seat and table 2 in 1 — the second occurrence of a 2 in 1 contraption! This stool has a clip-on table top meaning camping cuisine prep has never been easier. Once you’re finished pop the top off, kick back and relax.

📷 : Josh Campbell

📷: Josh Campbell

9. Tortilla chips — yes, that’s right. They’re a great fire starter due to the amount of fat they contain and you can keep some back to snack on too. You can buy standard tortilla chips from most supermarkets, the cheap un-branded ones will do just fine and when you’ve got a windproof lighter to help you as well, the fire will be roaring in no time.

10. A tent peg remover — this device may be small but it’s a good one to have. Whether you’re on the move or heading home, packing up will go a lot smoother if you have one of these to hand.

So, as you can see, there are lots of ways to make the camping experience stress-free from start to finish. The best thing about life hacks is sharing them and we hope we’ve managed to contribute to making your next adventure run smoothly. Now, share away, exchange life hacks and get that tent pitch booked!

📷 : Robin Bye

📷: Robin Bye

One final note…

Milestone Camping asks you to be aware of the natural habitats in which you’re residing, recycle where possible and leave no trace of your visit as you head off home. Happy environments mean happy camping.

Thought of something else you need? Check out our extensive catalogue of Milestone Camping products on Amazon, here.

There’s a festival for everyone — which one’s perfect for you?

There’s one thing for certain, we all want different things in life. That’s why we’ve been busy compiling a comprehensive list of the best UK music festivals and why they might appeal to you. It’s not the worst situation to be in, is it? We’ve got one of the most diverse music scenes in the world right on our doorstep…

What you’re looking for… a wide variety of music

Reading and Leeds Festivals

Always held over the August bank holiday weekend, the iconic pair will never let you down if it’s music diversity you’re after. Plus, there’s one up north and one down south, how considerate!

You should take —  a camping stool, you’ll thank us by the time Sunday morning comes around and everyone else is sat on the floor.

📷 : Freestocks Org

📷: Freestocks Org

What you’re looking for… boutique

Bestival, Dorset

Bestival may have found a new home recently but that doesn’t mean it’s lost any of its magical charm. Expect a carnival of music and colour, you certainly won’t be disappointed. (P.S fancy dress is encouraged.)

You should take — glow sticks

📷 : Choi Hochit

📷: Choi Hochit

 

What you’re looking for… outstanding location

Festival №6, Portmeirion

A festival set within an Italian-inspired village in the heart of North Wales. We’ve got your interest now, haven’t we? Festival №6 really will take your breath away with its stunning settings. Surrounded by eclectic architecture painted in those ever so famous hues from the Amalfi Coast, Portmeirion’s personality only adds to the vibrancy of the festival.

You should take —  an LED lantern

 

What you’re looking for… dance music

Creamfields, Warrington

Paying homage to the iconic Cream nightclub in Liverpool, Creamfields guarantees the biggest names in dance music over its 4 day line up. It really is the best of its kind.

You should take — a sleeping bag

 

What you’re looking for… family-friendly

Camp Bestival, Dorset

Considered the sensible sibling of Bestival, Camp Bestival is a haven for festival families with young children. Soak up all the atmosphere of the event, just without the adult intensity. It’s also an unforgettable experience for the little ones too.

You should take — a trolley, make the experience as easy as possible, especially with the kids!

 

📷 : Raul Varzar

📷: Raul Varzar

What you’re looking for… rock & heavy metal

Download Festival, Leicestershire

As one of the most renowned rock festivals around it’s no wonder Download attracts around 111,000 attendees. You only need to look at previous line ups to know they only book the best acts from the rock world.

You should take — an inflatable pillow

 

What you’re looking for… adventure

Wilderness Festival, Oxfordshire

The clue is in the name, Wilderness offers a plethora of activities for you to take part in over the course of the weekend. It’s a music festival that offers so much more, check out their Instagram and see for yourself.

You should take — an air bed and pump

 

What you’re looking for… city-based

TRNSMT, Glasgow

When one of the all-time festival circuit favourites, T in the Park came to an end, TRNSMT was set up to fill the void, and it’s done just that! Set within Glasgow’s east end, the location encourages festival goers to explore the wonderful city and all it has to offer.

You should take — a backpack, if you’re going to be doing lots of exploring you’ll need to be comfortable.

 

What you’re looking for… health & wellness

Soul Circus, Gloucestershire

Yoga, wellness classes, cooking classes by day, music by night. Soul Circus is a wonderland that will take you on a journey of discovery. Expect a calm, relaxed and inviting atmosphere in a rural environment.

You should take — a water carrier, stay hydrated after those yoga classes!

📷 : Form

📷: Form

 

What you’re looking for… food

The Big Feastival, Oxfordshire

After living the rock and roll lifestyle for many years with iconic band, Blur, Alex James ploughed all his energy into his farm, a cheese farm may we add, and he’s wound up as the host of The Big Feastival, alongside Jamie Oliver. Can you imagine anything better than JO cooking your dinner whilst Craig David is performing? It’s a tough one to beat.

You should take — a tent

 

What you’re looking for… a day festival

Lovebox, London

Perfect for those of you who would prefer to go home to bed. Although we can’t quite believe it, camping isn’t for everyone, so at Lovebox you’ll find the perfect balance of awesome music and dynamic festival atmosphere, without waking up in a tent.

You should take — a poncho, if you’re only going for the day you don’t want to be lugging a jacket around with you, pack light.

📷 : Maxime Lebrun

📷: Maxime Lebrun

What you’re looking for… the beach

Boardmasters, Newquay

Boardmasters will certainly keep you occupied with its variety of events. Surfing, skateboarding and music, all the while looking out over the sea. It’s both picturesque and fun-filled, plus you’ll feel like you’ve been on a mini holiday!

You should take — a microfibre towel, you never know, you may fancy a dip in the sea.

 

And last but certainly not least…

 

What you’re looking for… everything under one roof

Glastonbury, Somerset

All hail the mother of all festivals. Glastonbury has everything on offer you could ever imagine, it’s said you could go multiple times and still not have covered all of its ground. Music, arts, food, culture and so much more, if you’re looking for an unforgettable experience Glasto is the one for you.

You should take — a map case, notorious for being rainy, you don’t want to be getting lost!

📷 : Aditya Chinchure

📷: Aditya Chinchure

We’re very lucky here in the UK to have such a varied festival scene and we certainly cater for everybody’s tastes as this long list is only just scratching the surface. As a nation we love nothing more than setting up camp for the weekend and having a good old explore of everything a festival has to offer. As we mentioned before, some of you may not fancy the idea of camping, but we urge you to give it a try and immerse yourself in the full festival experience!

 

One final note…

Milestone Camping asks you to be aware of the natural habitats in which you’re residing, recycle where possible and leave no trace of your visit as you head off home. Happy environments mean happy camping.

Thought of something else you need? Check out our extensive catalogue of Milestone Camping products on Amazon, here.

10 reasons you should go camping this summer (even if it’s not your kind of thing)

📷 : Trevor Cleveland

📷: Trevor Cleveland

We all have that friend who, quite frankly, dreads the thought of going camping. If that’s you, we’re here to change your mind or if you’re an avid camper trying to get more people on board here’s a list of reasons that just can’t be ignored.

Right, no more persuasion, we’ll get down to the facts.

 

1.      Let’s debunk the myth that it’s cold and uncomfortable.

Going camping doesn’t mean sleeping on the floor, oh no, you can live in luxury. With an air bed, a lovely cosy sleeping bag, inflatable pillow (a must), and even a fleece blanket if you’re a person who’s constantly cold, there’s nothing more satisfying than getting snug in your tent when it’s time to go to bed.

 

2.      Common misconception: you can’t have a shower. Wrong!

Many campsites offer showering facilities but if it’s the communal experience that makes you want to run a mile there’s only one thing to do, bring your own. Yes, that’s right, a camping shower and it’s very own shower tent. Who said camping can’t be glamorous?

 

3.      Everyone should experience a campsite dinner.

There are few things more gratifying than cooking a meal with your friends/family outside on a stove and then settling down around a fire with your camping stool and mess sets to enjoy it. It’s the simple things in life! (Remember pots and pans or you may come unstuck.)

If that still doesn’t tickle your fancy, head to the closest pub for some grub!

 

📷 : Yuriy Rzhemovskiy

📷: Yuriy Rzhemovskiy

4.      It’s easy if you know how.

The prospect of setting up camp and taking it all down again can seem daunting, but not if you have the tools to make it easier!

Handy things to take…

·         Rubber mallet

·         Guy ropes

·         Tent pegs

·         Tent peg extractor

 Or you can get the above items in a bundle.

·         A pump for the air bed is essential.

·         As is a pop up tent, actually.

 

5.      Embrace exploration.

We’ve heard many people say, ‘camping seems boring’ and we can assure you it’s the furthest thing from boring. If you love a challenge don’t hesitate to explore the surrounding areas and terrain. Go old school and grab a map (and a map case to ensure it stays dry), a compass and the necessary essentials (inc. water bottle and torch) and head off into the wilderness for a real adventure.

 

6.      Hammocks are life.

What more could you want than to laze in the comfort of a hammock watching the world go by? That’s all we have to say, no more convincing needed, and they’re coincidentally perfect for that ‘plandid’ Instagram picture too.

 

📷 : Spring Fed Images

📷: Spring Fed Images

7.      Smores, smores, smores.

The staple of any evening spent camping. Marshmallows, skewers and chocolate digestives (a great tip) should be top of your list so you can get toasting on the barbecue or fire as soon as it’s time for some dessert – or even for breakfast, anything goes when you’re camping!

 

📷 : Alex Holt

📷: Alex Holt

8.      Say no to damp socks!

As always, we wish for a summer of wall to wall sunshine, but the rain clouds just seem to love the UK. Rain never stops us campers, but nobody wants damp clothes, so keeping them in dry sacks solves all of your problems, then you can continue having a great time.

 

9.      Let there be light.

For some, the idea of being in the countryside in the dark is enough to make them run for the closest B&B, but with the help of lanterns, torches and head lamps we’ll ensure you’re never left in the dark. If you’re very paranoid then a LED lantern is the option for you, it’ll never run out of charge as long as you’re there to wind it up.

 

10.  It’s great to take a break and reconnect.

Submerge yourself in the tranquillity of nature, turn your phone off and embrace the experience. You’ll go home feeling content, relaxed and connected. We don’t think there’s any other holiday that can have the same effect.

 

One final note…

Milestone Camping asks you to be aware of the natural habitats in which you’re residing, recycle where possible and leave no trace of your visit as you head off home. Happy environments mean happy camping. 

 

Thought of something else you need? Check out our extensive catalogue of Milestone Camping products on Amazon, here.

 

Milestone Camping’s Ultimate Festival Checklist

📷: Marvin Meyer

📷:Marvin Meyer

Festival season is almost upon us and you know what that means, festival checklists begin to rear their heads, so here we are with ours! We’ve been racking our brains here at Milestone Camping to bring you the most comprehensive festival inventory going. Whether you’re an over-packer or take more of a minimalist approach, the main thing to remember is to only take as much as you can physically carry (or push). The walk from the entrance to the campsites is generally a hefty one, so whilst you need to ensure you have everything you’ll need, pack as lightly as possible and leave those unnecessary extras at home. Example: Do you really need an industrial-sized dry shampoo? Surely a miniature will suffice!  

The list may be long but your bank account will be thanking you if you’re the organised kind (which we’re assuming you are if you’re reading this), as buying bits and bobs once you arrive can cost an arm and a leg.

Now, Amazon accounts at the ready…

 

Essentials

·   Your ticket (you really won’t be getting far without it)
·   Travel information and confirmations/tickets
·   ID
·   Money (cash and bank card) – cash machine queues are no fun at festivals
·   Tent

Camping

📷:  John Such

📷: John Such

·   Tent – so important it’s on here twice
·   Sleeping bag
 
Camping chair – the bronze, silver and gold of festival thrones, choose wisely:
·   Stool
·   Standard chair
·   Moon chair

Something to sleep on – bronze, silver, gold again:
·   Camping mat
·   Self-inflating mat (somewhere in between a camping mat and an air bed)
·   Air bed (double or single) and remember a pump too

·   Inflatable pillow – many people say a rolled up jumper does the job but we                         disagree, nobody wants to wake up with a stiff neck in the middle of a field
·   Accessory set
·   Rubber mallet – included in the above, but a necessity nevertheless

Lighting:
·   An LED torch is great for when you’re on the move (remember to take batteries &              spares).

·   Tent repair tape – plus it’s useful for many more things than just tent repairs
·   Heavy duty back pack
·   Toilet seat covers – if you know, you know. If you don’t, take our advice, you’ll be               glad of it!

Food & drink

·   Water carrier or Jerry can
·   Reusable water bottle
·   Stove & gas canisters – check stoves are permitted at your festival
·   Lighter – this one’s even wind proof!
·   Festival cooking mess set – get those noodles on the go, this is a smaller alternative        to the stove
·   Most importantly in this section – food to cook, plus snacks (individually wrapped              brioche never goes amiss) and remember anything you may need to open food                i.e. a tin opener

Extras

·   Trolley – literally lifting a weight off your shoulders
·   First aid kit – with the hope you don’t actually need to use it
·   Camping shower/shower tent – if you’re not too fussy, baby wipes do the job fine
·   Microfiber towel
·   Portable phone charger – fully charged, of course
·   Phone
·   Charging cable  

 

Clothes

📷:  Krists Luhaers

📷: Krists Luhaers

·   Wellies – let’s be realistic, it’s the UK, not Coachella
·   Trainers/boots
·   Waterproof jacket – waterproof, not showerproof, there’s a big difference!
·   Poncho – trust us, they’re always handy to have  
·   Clothes
·   Socks/underwear
·   Smaller rucksack for day to day use
·   Hat – you never know, the sun may make an appearance

 

Everything else… (no, we’re not quite done yet!)   

📷:  Yvette de Wit

📷: Yvette de Wit

·    Ear plugs/eye mask
·    Toiletries
·    Deodorant is a must
·    Festival toothbrush (with a cover, genius, right?)/toothpaste
·    Toilet roll
·    Antibacterial hand gel – the festival saviour
·    Alcohol – straight on the trolley
·    Sunglasses/sun cream – as we said, prepare for all seasons
·    Dry shampoo – the festival saviour’s second in command
·    Medication, plus spares
·    Glasses/contact lenses/contact lens solution
·    Hair brush
·    Plastic bags/bin bags – an essential for clearing up

 

Remember, glass or aerosols aren’t permitted. Check your festival’s FAQ/’what to bring’ pages for their specific regulations.

Nothing says British summer quite like a festival does it? Whatever the weather may bring, we’re prepared for it and there’s something so encapsulating about the festival atmosphere that it doesn’t matter if it’s pouring from the heavens or cracking the flags, you wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

Hopefully you’ve found our (long) list helpful and have everything you need, or at least ordered.

 

📷:  Ezra Jeffrey

📷: Ezra Jeffrey

One final note…

Milestone Camping asks you to be aware of the habitats in which you’re residing, recycle where possible and leave no trace of your visit as you head off home. Happy environments mean happy camping. 

Thought of something else you need? Check out our extensive catalogue of Milestone Camping products on Amazon, here.

 


 

 

Top 10 UK camping spots: The Milestone Camping verdict

Now that spring has sprung, the days are getting warmer and the temperatures are increasing (even if it’s only ever so slightly) we thought now would be the perfect time to reveal our top 10 UK camping destinations for 2018, a mini bucket list, if you will. Whether you consider your camping skills as rival to those of Bear Grylls or if you’re a first timer, you won’t get very far without a tent, that’s one thing we can be sure of so ensure you’re well prepped for wherever you go with our help. You may want to switch into Monica Geller style organisation mode, but we’ll leave that up to you, as long as you have everything you need you’ll have a great time and we’re always here should you need any extras.


1) Rothiemurchus Camp & Caravan Park

Image credit:  Rothiemurchus Camp and Caravan   http://bit.ly/2HJV9hQ  

Image credit: Rothiemurchus Camp and Caravan http://bit.ly/2HJV9hQ 

Let’s start at the top of the UK and work our way around. You don’t need us to tell you how breath-takingly beautiful the Scottish countryside is, but you need to get out there and see it for yourself. Take shelter under the canopy of Calendonian pine trees that span as far as the eye can see as you sit by the tranquil river that runs alongside the campsite. Immerse yourself in the wilderness of nature and get back to basics.

Location: Scotland, near Aviemore
Best for: Cycling and Walking
We recommend taking: an air bed and pump. These items may seem like luxuries, but trust us, it’s so worth it for any camping trip.


2) Glen Nevis Caravan & Camping Park

Image source:  Glen Nevis   http://www.glen-nevis.co.uk/tents/

Image source: Glen Nevis http://www.glen-nevis.co.uk/tents/

Perfect for those of you that enjoy the extreme! Pitch your tent in the foothills of the rolling hills and get ready for the wealth of activities that await, or of course, take it at your own pace. There’s something for everyone at Glen Nevis. Fill your days with climbing, abseiling, fishing, walking, and even skiing and snowboarding in the winter months, whilst you have the comfort and beauty of the campsite to return to once your energy is spent. Kick back, relax and recuperate with the astounding views of Ben Nevis to enjoy.

Location: Scotland, near Fort William
Best for: Extreme adventures
We recommend taking: this is a given, but nevertheless still as important, a sleeping bag. No matter if it’s summer or winter you’ll always need one.


3) Dungannon Park

Image source:  Discover Northern Ireland   http://bit.ly/2Hz073A

Image source: Discover Northern Ireland http://bit.ly/2Hz073A

Hopping across the pond now to charming Northern Ireland. Dungannon Park is perfect for those looking for a peaceful, restful break. The campsite it set within 70 acres of sprawling, lush green woodland that provides superb settings for an afternoon stroll. There’s also a lake for both fishing and boating – does it get more relaxing than that? Maybe… there’s even a waterfall too. Oh, so picturesque.

Location: Northern Ireland, Tyrone
Best for: Unwinding
We recommend taking: a kettle, nothing beats the feeling of popping the kettle on to boil and then sitting down to enjoy a cup of tea after a ramble.


4) Catgill Campsite

Yorkshire, a county that never ceases to provide us with spectacular scenery and wonderful campsites, Catgill is situated within the bounds of Bolton Abbey, near Skipton. Expect to be greeted by striking valleys and the meandering River Wharfe as you step into this historical pocket of North Yorkshire. Days are best spent exploring the various trails, tackling the stepping stones across the river, visiting the abbey ruin and lazing on the river’s banks with a barbeque. Sounds heavenly, right? It really is.

Location: North Yorkshire, Bolton Abbey
Best for: Walking
We recommend taking: a comfortable camping chair or stool. Nothing beats taking the weight off your feet and sinking into a lovely soft chair.


5) Aberafon Campsite

Image source:  Cool Camping   http://bit.ly/2vxKXqy

Image source: Cool Camping http://bit.ly/2vxKXqy

Picture the point where rugged mountains meet beautiful Welsh beach, that’s what you’ll be waking up to each morning in Aberafon. The bubbling stream that runs alongside the campsite, combined with the waves crashing onto the beach, ensure you’re surrounded by nature’s beauty at all times. The beach is yours to explore, with an abundance of rock pools that provide hours of entertainment, and the days come to an end with a fire on the beach, watching the sun set over the peninsula. Make the most of Aberafon’s offering as the two landscapes mean sailing, surfing and hiking are just a few of the activities available. We’re pretty sure there’s nothing better than sinking your toes into the sand, with a beer in hand, watching twilight approach.

Location: North Wales
Best for: Exploration
We recommend taking: a microfibre towel, we all know how much stuff you need for camping, so save space where you can. It can also double up as your beach towel for when you’re lounging in the sun and it dries in no time.


6) Kelling Heath Holiday Park

Image source:  Kelling Heath   https://www.kellingheath.co.uk

Image source: Kelling Heath https://www.kellingheath.co.uk

Kelling Heath offers 300 acres of woodland and top-notch facilities that are paralleled with the expanse of this park. Although the facilities are extensive, they have a strong emphasis on being green and have won an award for their commitment to enhancing nature. Red squirrels roam, vegetation thrives and it’s a place where you can switch off and lose yourself in your settings for a few days. Make sure you keep an eye out for clear skies as the park uses as little lighting as possible in order to enhance the natural beauty of the stars – talk about getting in touch with nature!

Location: Norfolk
Best for: Relaxation
We recommend taking: head lamps and lanterns (it’s even wind up so you don’t have to worry about running out of batteries), those stars might be bright at night but a bit of extra help is always welcome once the sun has set.


7) Cotswold Park Farm

Image source:  Cool Camping   http://bit.ly/2qKvOwm

Image source: Cool Camping http://bit.ly/2qKvOwm

This one’s definitely for the kids (and you get a rest too if they’re entertained). Set in the heart of the pretty Cotswolds this campsite certainly has lots on offer with its on-site farm. Take camping to the next level and get stuck in with farm life, with the hub of the campsite awaiting your return, if you took on board our air bed suggestion you’ll know what we’re talking about. The site itself overlooks the charming Windrush valley, views that you’ll be sure to enjoy after a full day of farm fun. 

Location: Cotswolds
Best for: Children’s activities
We recommend taking: a jerry can and reusable water bottles. Stay hydrated and always have plenty of water ready and waiting at the tent for everyone.


8) Fallow Fields Camping

Image source:  Cool Camping   http://bit.ly/2JZs96n

Image source: Cool Camping http://bit.ly/2JZs96n

Nestled in the Kentish countryside is Fallow Fields campsite. Quaint, quirky and welcoming are the 3 words we’d use to describe this retreat. As you bask in the warmth of the sun (well, fingers crossed it’s sunny – ever the optimists) you’ll pick up the delicious scents from the pear, apple and cherry orchards as they’re carried in the wind, whilst enjoying some well-deserved peace and quiet as the children are kept busy with activities over at the retreat tent. Local produce is readily available on site and eclectic food vans visit the site regularly meaning you can enjoy the delights of a fresh pizza and the like sat around your fire pit. Being here is like pressing a pause button on everyday life.

Location: Kent
Best for: Reconnecting
We recommend taking: a cook set, if you want a more traditional camping experience. Fallow Fields encourages camp fires and there’s no better sense of coming together than cooking on an open fire and toasting marshmallows on the embers.


9) The Secret Campsite

Image source:  The Secret Campsite   http://bit.ly/2qHEft0

Image source: The Secret Campsite http://bit.ly/2qHEft0

When you arrive at The Secret Campsite you can expect to wave goodbye to the car for a few days, load your belongings into a wheelbarrow (or a few) and head over the bridge into the long grasses of the meadow where you’ll set up camp. Each pitch comes with its own fire pit, allowing you to spend as much time outdoors as possible taking in your secluded environment. The site’s owner is a botanist, so make sure you take the time to poke your nose into the flora and see what’s flourishing! If you’re lucky you might even spot the deer that roam the area.

Location: East Sussex
Best for: truly rural camping
We recommend taking: a back pack dry sack, as much as we all want our weather to echo that of our European neighbours, we like to be prepared. It’s also a great way to store your valuables.  


10) St Martin’s Campsite

mage source:  St Martin’s Campsite   https://www.stmartinscampsite.co.uk

mage source: St Martin’s Campsite https://www.stmartinscampsite.co.uk

The Isles of Scilly may seem like a big venture it’s worth going the extra mile. The hedges that envelope St Martin’s campsite resemble the stunning vineyards of France, which immediately makes you feel like you’ve been transported to a holiday destination. Overlooking the powder white sand and the sea that looks as though it’s been transported from the Caribbean, the Isles of Scilly is the perfect place for a relaxed, transformative stay. No cars are permitted on the islands and you can certainly notice the difference, you can hear the waves rolling in rather than the constant hum of engines, you’ll sleep like a baby!

Location: Isles of Scilly
Best for: Escapism
We recommend taking: a rubber mallet, we’re all about making the set up process as easy as possible and this is an essential. 


Who’s feeling inspired to load up the car and head off for a new adventure at the first opportunity!? We certainly are with the retreat of the cold weather, but where to head? That’s the pressing question, yet with such a vast choice of wonderful camping spots dotted all around the UK you never have to go far to find a hidden gem.

One final note…
Milestone Camping asks you to be aware of the natural habitats in which you’re residing, recycle where possible and leave no trace of your visit as you head off home. Happy environments mean happy camping. 

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