I'm not the world's most enthusiastic camper, if truth be told. By which I mean I'm less than keen on camping under canvas.
Thankfully, with Eurocamp you have a choice - tents (and rather posh ones, too) as well as a range of cabins tilted very favourably towards the luxury end of the market as far as I can tell. So when they invited us to go #BacktoEurocamp last week for half-term, we were certainly keen.
As it happens we re-visited the scene of our first Eurocamp adventure, some years ago - Domaine de Drancourt, St Valéry-sur-Somme in northern France. It's handy, being not far from the Channel ports and well situated for all sorts of activities including the World War One battlefields I was keen to visit. (St Valéry is no stranger to conflict either, having been the site of William the Conqueror's departure for Hastings in 1066 and also a holding place for Joan of Arc, en route to Rouen for her trial and eventual execution.)
It was interesting to see how the site had changed. New, enlarged pools; an enhanced range of facilities, and a cashless card-based system for the camp shop, the bar, restaurant and take-away all gave the site the feeling of having had some TLC.
Our caravan was certainly very well appointed, too, and the kids loved the bunk beds. There was plenty of room in the central family area as well as a lovely, large decking platform with table, chairs and gas barbecue. If only we'd been able to use it...
Yes, the weather was atrocious. But at least we didn't have the floods that had affected many other parts of Europe. Some of our fellow campers weren't exactly on their best behaviour, either. (Not, I should hasten to add, Eurocamp customers, however.)
On our first day (the only day it didn't rain!) there seemed to be an extended outdoor party that went on well into the evening, involving a large group on English holidaymakers and an awful lot of drink. It was bad enough for me to have to speak to them at one point. Later that night (and with the music still blaring out) I texted the Eurocamp reps to ask them if something could be done. And - full credit to them - they, too, went and spoke to the group, reminding them of the need to consider thier neighbours. Given that these poeple weren't even Eurocamp customers, I thought that was above and beyond (and very welcome!).
Rather than cram everything into one post I'm going to mention some of the things we did during the week in subsequent posts, so watch this space if you want to find out more. For now, suffice to say that all in all, in spite of the weather, we were happy #Eurocampers.