Our Family Summer Holiday: Halse Farm Exmoor National Park {Part One}

summer holiday

As a child one of my biggest memories was going camping to Cornwall with my family. I will always remember the long drive and the cramped up car. Filled with all our camping equipment and usually my dads surf board on the roof.

Me and my two sisters squashed in the back of our white 5 seater Picasso. Its funny although by the time I was 14 I used to get fed up with the long drive and bickering with my sister’s because we were all bundled in the back with our duvets, to look back on it now makes me feel really happy and quite grateful.

My parents went out of their way to make memories for us no matter what and I will always be grateful for that.

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Being a parent myself I know the joys of packing up and going road tripping with your mum and dad, and even for me as a parent now I absolutely love it. When you are young nothing in the world matters but being with your mum and dad and seeing them happy. So Knowing that and being able to do that with my little family now makes me smile and gives me the most happiest feelings.

Sophia being 6 and Archie being 3 means that camping is easily doable and for them extremely exciting and fun to know they will be staying in a tent for a few nights. As you can see from my previous posts on my blog we have been camping for the last two years. Our first camping trip was with Camping in the forest and that really gave us the bug and showed us how easy camping can be with young children. Last year we stayed at Ashurst camspite in the new Forest, that was eventful and actually one of the best times we have had away together.

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This time we decided to split our trip into two parts, we didn’t take into account putting up and taking down the tent twice in five days. But we did it and it wasn’t too bad (rather Daniel did it mainly, I passed a few tent pegs and poles but he did the bulk of the work both times) I wouldn’t be able to camp without him he is a superstar and makes it very easy and very enjoyable for us all.

summer holiday

summer holiday

summer holiday

The first part of our trip we stayed at Halse Farm, a quaint little family run camping and caravanning park that was really lovely. Despite it being quite out of the way we did explore the local village which was absolutely beautiful. It was so lovely to walk around and we found he most loveliest places.

summer holiday

summer holiday

I fell in love with this little bridge and had to do a lot of begging to get these two to take some photos here for me. I managed to get a lovely one in the end.

summer holidays

summer holidays

summer holidays

Sophia and Archie also made a little friend, I cant remember her name but she was a little Jack-Russell puppy and we spent ages chatting to her owner about the local area while these two had the best time playing with her.

On our second day we took a 40 minute drive to one of the UK’s best beaches…. Woolacombe, Which did not disappoint and was absolutely beautiful. It still gives me the biggest smile to think about our time here. We spent all day on the beach and it really was a perfect day, one that dreams are made of.

summer holiday

summer holiday

Sophia brought herself a body board with her holiday money her granny and grandad had kindly given her while Archie brought a bucket and spade with his money. She spent a good few hours riding the waves and she was a little superstar.

It brought little tears to my eyes seeing her in the water. I spent most weekends and days after school at the beach growing up. Being in the ocean was my happy place as a child and whenever I visit a beach now that I am older I feel at home and my heart fills right up. So seeing Sophia in the water brings all that back for me and just makes me feel so contented and so very happy. I was so proud of her how she ran in with her body board she absolutely loved it.

summer holiday

summer holiday

Daniel then took them rock pooling while I had a lay down in the sun and I enjoyed so much watching them run after Daniel and finding lots of sea creatures. I think almost every time Daniel has the most fun rock pooling he did tell me as a child those were his fondest memories with his granny, going rock-pooling.  Which was really lovely to hear and so special he can now share this experience with his children. He really is an amazing daddy and makes Sophia and Archies childhood so special. They are two lucky little beans. I feel lucky having him in our lives and everyday I am thankful for such a great man to share this parenting journey with me.

summer holiday

Woolacombe was beautiful and thank you to Halse Farm for putting us up for the 2 nights we made some lovely memories.

We finished our day off at Woolacombe with fish and chips, sitting on the bank overlooking the sea, which really is as good as it sounds. A really lovely family memory I am sure we wont forget. Fish and chips on the beach is my childhood in a nutshell.

summer holiday

Here Daniel is reading Archie one of his favourite books; “You Choose” it is such a lovely book and we are asked to read it to Sophia and Archie all the time. Once is never enough.

summer holiday

summer holiday

These little beach and camping holidays we do always take me right back to my life as a girl, and make me feel so nostalgic. I love sharing these moments with my children and my Daniel. They will always be moments I treasure and so grateful we get to make these memories together.

Part Two of our time here…

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4 Comments

  1. September 25, 2017 / 9:14 pm

    Oh my gosh!

    I don’t feel like we got a summer but this post reminded me that we did.
    You’ve taken some beautiful pictures which will make amazing memories for the future.

    You’ve made me want to head back over that way, its just quite a long drive to take B on while he’s so small 🙁

    • October 2, 2017 / 8:51 pm

      Aw thank you. It was so lovely to look back on all the photos from our holiday. It is always one of my favourite things to do. Yes it is so long. It took us over 7 hours on the way home. Totally worth it. We did a stop over to half the journey on the way up. xx

    • October 12, 2017 / 12:33 pm

      Aw it is such a lovely book! My two love it. Yes Woolacombe is amazing! We look forward to visiting again. That is so lucky she lives close by and you are able to visit often. xx

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