Recently, we decided to take a spontaneous trip to Somerset in our Alpine Campervan. Somerset, a county nestled in the South West of England, is known for its rich cultural offerings like the globally renowned Glastonbury Music Festival, its signature Cheddar Cheese, and Thatcher's Cider. Whether it's cave exploring in Cheddar or taking a dip in the Roman Baths, Somerset is packed full of experiences for all the family.
Before parting with our Alpine campervan, we wanted to fully enjoy its comforts one last time. Given our Somerset roots, we were keen to visit some of the unique spots from our own childhoods that our children hadn't yet discovered. With the wealth of campsites on offer, the planning process was filled with exciting options.
Our first stop was a village fete in Henton with our friends. We rediscovered the charm of a local fete and the kids had a great time getting their face painted and playing traditional games like hook-a-duck. Because we were visiting friends in the area, we chose to stay at Wookey Farm Campsite.
Wookey and Wookey Hole, despite their closeness, are different places. Wookey Hole, famous for its namesake caves, is indeed an excellent day out as we can attest from a previous visit. We went a few months back and found it absolutely fascinating that 50,000 years ago humans and animals made residence in the caves.
But on this trip, we chose to set up camp in Wookey, the village where I grew up. This is where the kids were introduced to the walks, pubs, and the overall friendly atmosphere that marked my childhood. There's a strange kind of joy in returning to your old stomping ground and showing your children where you grew up.
We set up camp at the Wookey Farm Campsite, as recommended by our friends. The site offered a good deal at £24.50 for the night, without electricity. The amenities were basic, offering only toilets and sinks, but clean and ample for our needs. We didn't get to visit the farm animals this time, but the site was busy yet spacious, and we didn't feel overwhelmed by the number of people. We loved their ethos for recycling and its eco-centred approach to camping! Definitely, a spot we’d like to return to when we don’t have over-tired children who didn’t want to do anything after the fete!
The next day, we headed to The Wave in Bristol, a great spot for Lewis to do some surfing. For those who haven't been there, it's worth a visit. You can even camp there, and parking space is abundant. We found a lovely play area for the kids and plenty of food options. Knowing that we wanted to hit Bristol, Bath, and Wells, I searched for nearby campsites, which is how I discovered Nettwood Campsite in East Harptree.