Kicking off the trip at BPA to pick up the last few essentials – a new kettle – and some not so essentials – the Outwell Obsidian Bluetooth speaker – they made their way straight along the M4 to make the stop in Oxford to see Charlotte’s uncle, who she hadn’t seen in over ten years.
“Seeing my uncle again after ten years was definitely one of the trip highlights”, said Charlotte. “After drinks we left the city and made our way to the lovely Hardwick Parks campsite in Whitney. We plugged in and fired up the oven, enjoying dinner under the awning. It was like preparing dinner at home and the oven performed perfectly and the fridge kept everything cold – it was so easy.”
Making sure the night didn’t end there, Charlotte, Miguel and Johan took a stroll around the site to familiarise themselves with the area, letting their little one indulge in the park before skimming stones on the lake.
“With Johan tired out, we headed back to the motorhome”, said Charlotte. “We made up the easy to construct front bed and put Johan to sleep, he was pretty excited so had to be tamed with a couple more books than usual but then quickly settled and enjoyed a comfortable night’s sleep.”
While Johan was away with the fairies, Miguel and Charlotte continued their night with a couple of cool drinks in the evening air, before settling down to enjoy a movie.
The following morning they treated themselves to a cooked breakfast, “why not” they said, “after all we are on holiday”, before heading back to the lake to investigate if they could take part in some of the water sports on offer. Unfortunately, it was all fully booked, which was a particular disappointment to Charlotte, but it has spurred her on to want to return in the future.
With water sports off the agenda, they packed up and headed back into Oxford city centre. Parking for the reasonable charge of £12 for the day for a large vehicle. After parking they headed for the Pitt Rivers museum, ideal for a dinosaur loving boy. To their surprise there was a ‘wild fair’, #OxFestNature, on the lawn outside, which attracted a number of stalls and attractions, as well as some scrumptious street food.