It's Friday and i'm into my last hour at work and starting to get itchy feet! Finally, last telephone call of the day completed, back home, van packed, Quinton and Montague buckled up and we were off on a tour of Devon, Cornwall and Somerset for a week! Jenny and Jobey had already had a few days in Devon visiting her friend so she got a bit of a head start on her summer break, but it was now our turn too and we were on our way to meet her at the Caravan and Motorhome Club site - Hillhead, Devon.
We stocked up on supplies from the local Aldi, popped some classic Maiden on the stereo, hit the M5 motorway and we were well on our way.
Having had the van for nearly 3 years, we were aware of the club sites but hadn't really thought a rusty old VW and noisy children would be welcome, but when the opportunity came up to visit 3 sites in a week in some of the best parts of the UK, we couldn't possibly turn it down and decided to give them a go!
We eventually arrived at Hillhead club site after what turned out to be a 5 hour journey from Worcester after my usual antics of getting lost somewhere along the way and nearly running out of fuel! We'd never stepped foot in such a place and my first impressions were that it looked something like an airport terminal - complete with entry lanes, barriers and wardens in high-vis jackets! The reception staff were incredibly friendly and welcoming and we were given a map of the site and a pitch number.
We found our pitch and were amazed by the view! Jenny had already arrived in her orange T25 (Bertha) so we parked up, stretched our legs, unloaded the boys' bikes and cracked open a beer whilst the children played together.
After much energetic playing and running about, the boys decided they were hungry so we cooked them a meal and then with full tummies, they were ready for some more action and we went off to find the on-site park.
And then, in true British fashion, it started raining!
So we went to check out the children's entertainment! All 3 of them absolutely loved it - especially Wishy Washy and his magic tricks!
It's safe to say we all slept soundly that night with all the activities that we'd done. The next day, we were up bright and early and the boys insisted that we go to the park again which we did for most of the morning. They all made friends quickly and had great fun charging about doing general boy stuff.
The facilities at Hillhead were amazing and included a restaurant with a bar, a games room and a heated outdoor swimming pool! The food was tasty and reasonably priced and the bar stocked all the usual drinks, again, at not too bad prices. The shower/toilet block was clean, tidy and well-maintained but was a little walk away.
It is one of the more commercial club sites but it means you're never at a loss of what to do and it would be quite easy to spend a week here and still have plenty to keep everyone entertained, however, we only had two nights and our next port of call was Looe, Cornwall.
If you'd like to see some more pictures of our time at Hillhead, take a look at the following gallery. If you're thinking of staying there yourself, take a look at their website here.
We are also in the process of editing a video of the trip for our YouTube channel - so keep an eye out!