Friday, 8 February 2013
I have been thinking about perfect weekends. I've been trying to think about what would make up the perfect mini camper van break. My first book 'The Camper Van Cookbook' was set out like a weekend, with recipes and ideas for cooking and camping from Friday to Monday morning. It all seems rather perfect. But anyone who knows camper vans and camping knows that it hardly ever turns out like that.
But what if it could? What if you could organise a weekend with wild camping, foraging, surfing, fishing and singing songs around the camp fire as part of the deal? What if you could just turn up and join in the fun? What if you could have all the good stuff without having to go searching or doing loads of research?
I've done just that. I know it's not easy to find perfect pitches if you don't know an area well. I know that it's hard to forage if you are unsure of what you're looking for. And I know that it's very difficult to find a wild camping spot where you can wake up overlooking the Atlantic unless you have someone to show you the way. So I have organised a series of Campervan Weekends in North Devon this summer. Numbers will be limited and they will take place between May and July. I've organised activities and will be cooking a few recipes from my books (as well as showing you a few good outdoor cooking techniques) so you won't have to lift a finger if you don't want to (although mucking in will never be frowned upon). A survivalist friend will be leading foraging walks and showing you what to eat in the great outdoors. We might make supper out of it - if we don't catch any fish. We might even do some adventurous stuff too. I will make a seaside seaweed spa with seaweed fresh off the beach for those who dare and some of my (fully qualified) surf coach friends will show you how to ride the waves. And it's all included.
Everything is set.
Anyone is welcome so if you don't have a camper van don't worry. My friends at O'Connors Campers are offering 15% off camper hire for people joining me on the weekends. They are also taking all the bookings, so get in touch with them for prices and rates on 01837 659 599 even if you already have your own transport.
Alternatively, take a look at more details on my website here.
See you there.