So, this year we decided on a gentler winter van experience – UK Christmas markets.
The choice was endless. We asked our Twitter chums for recommendations and were overwhelmed with fab advice. From Glasgow to Belfast, Lincoln to Llandudno, Bath, Bristol and dozens in between, but which market to choose?
What we hadn’t realised was how busy the nearby campsites would be.
Many sites had been booked up for months in advance by organised folk who actually plan ahead. We had left it until the end of November to try and book for our only free weekend. Another lesson learnt.
But then we read about Abbey Wood, a Caravan and Motorhome Club site in south east London. They had availability and excellent travel connections straight into the centre of London. Decision made, a Christmas shopping mini break in London.
Leaving the M25, the roads that lead to Abbey Wood’s surrounding area are noticeably urban and far from picturesque. But once inside the gates you discover a haven of sprawling ancient woodland, peace and quiet (apart from the parakeets!)