My son is coming to stay with my youngest two grandchildren, it is his first long holiday with them as a "single" Dad. He has posted the following on the camping cars and caravans facebook page but so far not had any response.
Recommendations or suggestions for some camp sites or even a route you have travelled and recommend.
I am travelling from Calais down to the Charente region and then back up to Paris with two kids ages 12 and 11 so need to keep them occupied ,we are travelling in a small 1966 Vw camper van and taking a tent too. We have around 12 days to kill all suggestions welcomed.
If anyone can help I would be extremely grateful as he wants to make it a fun and interesting trip for them all. They enjoy activities of all sorts.
Thank you I will pass the information to him as you say if not this year then next. Jo
Vicarious Books http://www.vicariousbooks.co.uk/ are an excellent source of guides-ACSI is excellent for off-peak discounts (http://www.eurocampings.co.uk)-maybe too late for this year though.
During our lengthy house-hunt (Feb-May) we stayed at 2 sites we'd recommend: Parc Verger http://www.parcverger.com/
in the Limousin & Le Cabri http://www.lecabri.eu.com/, both have pools & free wifi & the latter has a good on site restaurant & is within walking distance of Duras with the Chateau, supermarket & more good places to eat.
Maybe for the future if he is 'self-contained' 'France Passion' is excellent for free stays-you're expected to sample the owners produce-wine, cheese, cognac-though you don't have to buy!
Futuroscope near Poitiers is great for many boys of their ages.
www.latanieredeslutins.fr in Pouligny-Notre-Dame ,a small green mini-campsite
Thank you I have passed it on
We camped at a couple of these sites and there are SUPER child friendly - they would love it. Not inexpensive but worth it for what the have for children.
all these great suggestions I feel like shutting the house and going with them, thanks
Can definately recommend the camp site at Chemille Sur Indrois:
situated next to a large lake where there is pedalos, swimming, beach, kids playground... and the campsite has its own swimming pool as well.
Next door is the brasserie du lac which is open all day for meals, ice creams and drinks - it looks out onto the lake. They have english speaking staff as well :-)
Thank you, the grandchildren have a map on a board and are having fun plotting the route, making sure all the fun things are pinned
Thank you I will pass it to him
There are several campsites near to St Junien just over the border from Charente and things to do for the kids. The Parc Bellevue is near the airport at Limoges and is full of activities for kids. You can spend a day there as well as the Parc Reynou which is an animal park just a few miles south of Limoges - well worth a visit. Another good family day out is the beaches & seaside resrt of Royan and the fantasic zoo about 10kms further up the coast.
Le Touquet - centre equestre - 24 hrs on campervan site 9 euros, no facilities, not even toilet. Super park next door, free.
Futuroscope - camper parking 10 euros for 24 hours or 3 euros from 5.30pm to 8.30am. Again no facilities.
Thank you, he will keep that for next time as he is coming down to me near Ruffec then travelling back to Disneyland and taking their time going back so the kids can enjoy and explore France.
If your son is going anywhere near Saint-Aulaye, on the Charente/Dordogne border, there's a splendid-looking campsite down by the plage on the river. It seems to have plenty of facilities for children and there' a good outdoor cafe/bar across the road right on the "beach". Mairie
Thank you he has a map on a board so the kids are helping plan a route with all the suggestions received so far.
Thank you, great value I have passed the details on
Thank you, hopefully he will try it on the way back as he may not want to leae
Thank you I have sent him the link, if he doesn't make it this time it will be on the list for another visit
thank you I have set him the details if you think of anything else please let me know