The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Bucks & Oxon Edition

Try this: Cool camping in Longridge, nr Marlow

10 Aug 2015

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Excited to tell you about this because it is a great option for low-hassle camping – and lord knows in the not-very-tent-friendly Muddy family we like the sound of that!

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I’ve wrote a few weeks ago about the children’s activity days at Longridge (nr Marlow) that run through summer (see my post here), but it’s also worth telling you about the Family Activity Weekend I just went on with the Muddy ankle-biters.

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The idea behind the Family Weekend is simple – families can camp in the grounds of Longridge (it holds a whopper 420), and then take part together in two activities on the Saturday and a second two on the Sunday. I had intended to camp – honestly, non-believers! – but when I asked Mr Muddy if we had a tent, it turned out to be, ahem, a 2-berth somewhere under a sarcophagus of cobwebs in the attic. So we went for a bunk room instead – very basic as you’d expect but perfect for our requirements. If that sounds more you than camping, just ask for it.

The bunking quarters

View from the bunking quarters – the large wooden building houses the toilets and showers

Now here’s the thing. I’d booked into Longridge mostly because I thought it would be fun to do the activities as a family. The overnight bit was, for me, just for convenience. But if you’re into camping per se, it’s worth thinking about using Longridge instead of tanking off into the back of beyond, as it’s really well equipped with a cafe, decent toilets and showers, firepits etc – and then you’re on a beautiful stretch of Thames water to make the most of the brilliant facilities on offer.

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We went bell-boating, water zorbing, raft-making and Jacob’s ladder climbing and the kids absolutely loved it. Another family had booked on for the weekend too so we shared all the equipment with them –  better in some ways as the kids had other kids to knock about with.

Mr Muddy enters the water - kaboom!

Mr Muddy enters the water – kaboom!

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For dinner, we headed into Marlow five minutes away for a pizza at Zizzi, but had I been more organised (as usual) it would have been a lot of fun to cook some sausies on the barby and just hang out on-site. As it was we let the kid run themselves ragged at the lovely Marlow park until it went dark, then threw them into bed.

You can’t book the camping without doing any activities – that would defeat the object of choosing Longridge anyway – at £26 per person for four activities plus one night’s camping/bunking it’s amazing value. The Family Weekends run for the next few weeks, so if you’re wondering what to do with the kids, maybe it’s just been solved.

longridge.org.uk

 

 

 

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