We have just spent the weekend in the beautiful Derbyshire Dales, my favourite place ever! We met up with friends for our yearly camping venture consisting of us trying to wear out 4 boys to get them to bed so we can drink wine and put the world to rights.

We stayed at Greenhills campsite nestled a 20 minute walk away from the centre of Bakewell. The site itself is fantastic, particularly for families as it has two play areas (one for the under 5s). It isn’t a particularly big site, compared to some we have been to, and so feels cosy and friendly. The staff were also excellent, hospitable and helpful. My only criticism of the site facilities would be the showers that weren’t very hot, or very powerful.

On the Saturday night there was a treat for the kids in the form of the “yellow haired entertainer” who went down a storm with all of them apart from the 2 year old who preferred the play area gate (as you do at that age!). Later that night they discovered the joy that can only be found with water bombs!

On the Saturday we headed to the Chestnut Centre, a Otter and Owl Conservation Centre and Wildlife Park, as my 4 year old has a bit of a thing about owls at the moment. We all had a great day although at times I thought the Owl’s looked a bit cramped in their cages so I just hope they are let out at night to spread their wings.


On Sunday we headed to Carsington Water, which is one of our regular haunts and is in fact it is my hubbie’s favouite place ever! Enroute we drove through Matlock and watched the bikers lining the sides of the roads, poor Noah slept through this bit though. He loves bikes! On arrival at Carsington there is a fab play area there for the kids as well as lovely walks, cycle rides and shops. We also went for Sunday lunch at the Knockerdown Inn which was scrumptious. I liked the way they did 4 portion sizes – baby, child, teen and adult!

The area is cramped with more campsites. I quite like the sound of the Pudding Room so will have to try and find a weekend to head there!

The thing I find with camping with kids, everything is fine as long as you go along with their routine and limitations. Remembering this can be challenging especially if you fancy a bit of freedom. I was quite liking the idea of a walk into Bakewell, look around the shops etc but it didn’t happen and every time we went anywhere in the car they promptly fell asleep so we couldn’t really just drive a short distance. Ho hum!

The theme for the weekend was about setting expectations; parenting being a time for generally low expectations and our expectations of others behaviour based upon our own. And of course drinking wine by candlelight…

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