A Review of Our Eurocamp Holiday at La Croix du Vieux Pont, France

We were thrilled to be reviewing Eurocamp over the Easter break. Choosing the destination was the problem as there are so many to choose from. Having never been to France, we finally decided to narrow it down and then decided on one near Paris so we could visit the city.

We had opted to take the car and use the ferry.

On the morning of our trip, we awoke early, all set for the seemingly long journey to France. We were pleasantly surprised that the day did pass quite quickly and we were at La Croix Du Vieux Pont by about 3pm. With getting used to driving on the opposite side of the road and all, it was quite good time.

The drive from Calais to Eurocamp is a pleasant one with scenic views of the French countryside. It took us about two and a half hours to drive from Calais to the campsite.

The campsite is tucked away in a little village – Berny Rivière,  but offers all the facilities you could want.

The Accommodation

We were staying in a 3 bedroom Vista mobile home with decking. I was quite surprised to see that our home for the next week was quite deceptively spacious. The rooms were not huge but they were not tiny either. It is a self-catering accommodation so it contains a well-equipped kitchen that contains everything you need to cook your meals if you choose to do so. There is also quite a lot of storage.

One of the bedrooms had a double bed, one had a bunk bed and one had twin beds. The sofa can also be converted to a bed.

The accommodation is provided with duvets and pillows but you will need to hire bed linen or take your own. I think it is easier to hire. The bed linen consists of a pillow slip, duvet cover and a towel which is pretty handy.

You can also buy a welcome pack for £12 which contains things like tea, coffee, crisps, biscuits, sugar, salt and pepper etc. I would also recommend the essentials pack for £4 that includes a box of matches, cleaning products, a tea towel etc. You can find out more about this here – http://www.eurocamp.co.uk/travel-and-extras/holiday-extras/welcome-pack

The accommodation is provided with a barbecue as part of the package and I was extremely pleased with the service as our barbecue refused to light up and we were provided with another one within minutes.

The day we arrived saw a huge group of people descend on the camp but I must say that the Eurocamp Couriers managed efficiently. We were visited by a Courier later that very evening even though we didn’t expect it as it was so busy. They checked if everything was okay and went out of their way to answer queries related to our trip to Paris.

The Facilities

The campsite is well maintained  and there are many facilities onsite like swimming pools, Ping Pong tables, canoeing, cycle hire as well as Kids Clubs run by Eurocamp.

The children enjoyed themselves in the pool especially on the slides in the swimming area. We even hired a paddle boat and this was so much fun.

There is a lagoon lake as well which features a beach and the camp has 2 restaurants and a bar. An onsite mini market that sells everything from food to bath products is also on site. There is even a bakery which serves up freshly baked bread.

We had an amazing time and I shall be writing about our trip in more detail as there is so much to write about and I would strongly recommend this location of Eurocamp to anyone visiting France. It is about a little over an hour’s journey into Paris and ideal for a trip to Euro Disney too. Although we didn’t visit the Disney Park.

There is a Eurocamp office on site and there is always someone available there during office opening hours. You can also borrow badminton sets, Ping Pong sets and other games to keep you occupied.

There is a shop onsite too where you can buy souvenirs, toys and even swimsuits and swimming products.

While on a Eurocamp holiday, you don’t really need to spend money touring as there is so much to keep you occupied within the campsite.

The Surrounding Area

This campsite is located a short walk from the nearest village Vic-Sur-Ainse. It is a charming little town that houses some shops, restaurants and post office as well as a petrol station and an Intermarche – a supermarket where you can pick up all your requirements.

There are towns that are just as beautiful further afield like Soissons, Pierrefonds, Compiegne and of course Paris. You can drive to all these places. I highly recommend Pierrefonds.

And of course, Paris –

Our Review

We thoroughly enjoyed our Eurocamp break. We found all the staff from the time we booked our stay to the end of the stay very professional and friendly and eager to help. Their mission it seems is to make every holiday as memorable as possible. Considering that the stays are quite inexpensive, the entire experience was very good value for money. We would wholeheartedly recommend Eurocamp to anyone looking for a family holiday filled with fun and memories. We ourselves look forward to visiting again.

If you would like to book a Eurocamp holiday or for more information check our their website – http://www.eurocamp.co.uk

Here’s a short video tour of the Vista, 3 bed accommodation –

Scooby Doo Mystery Minis Range – Review

Somehow the Scooby Doo song seems to stick in one’s head and you can probably break into it on short notice. No? Well, it does in mine. Not in a bad way.

The children, of course, love Scooby Doo and we have been fortunate to be able to review several Scooby products.

The latest was when we were sent the Scooby Doo mystery minis range. We were sent the Scooby Doo Mystery Minis 2 figure pack and the Monster Trawler.

The mystery minis contained two figures – Scooby and

These are articulated and are great for adding to a set to make your very own Scooby Doo stories. There are 6 to collect and contain the mystery solving crew as well as some baddies too.

The Monster Trawler is a lot of fun. It is brightly coloured and is sure to be a big hit with kids. We have also taken ours to the bath. There is space to put the captain in who can manage the wheel and guide the trawler over the water. It also comes with a mini figure – Scooby.

These sets are perfect for Scooby Doo fans and can be added to different sets to create a Scooby world.

The Mystery Minis 2 figure set is priced at £4.99 and the vehicle set is priced at £9.99

They are available at all major toy stores.

The Scooby Doo range from Character Options also includes larger 5 inch articulated figures, stackable soft toys, goo pod figures, playset and more!

Eldrador Dragon from Schleich – Review

We love the Schleich products we receive for review. They are always a huge hit in the house. This time, we were fortunate to receive a Eldrador Dragon.

This very realistic dragon is perfect for playing knights in mediaeval settings.

We were sent the Dragon Poacher – a magnificent beast with talons even on it’s wings. It has horns and spikes on it’s legs and it does look very fierce.

The dragon is red and green and has its teeth barred to stop anyone from coming near.

I’m told that this dragon is possibly indestructible except for it’s one weak spot – hidden beneath it’s crest.

The children – the two younger ones – have enjoyed playing with this dragon. In fact, I’ve been called to rescue the princess dolls quite often when Ethan makes the dragon swoop down on them.

The dragon is very lifelike as with all Schleich products and is of a very good quality. There are more dragons in the range – Night Hunter, Ice hunter, Diver. They all look extremely fierce and are perfect for imaginative play.  I know I’m going to be adding to the collection soon. I don’t really mind as the Schleich toys are so durable and last a long time.

The dragons are priced at about £14.99 each and are available at all major retailers.

For more dragon fun as well as all the other products available from Scheich – visit https://www.schleich-s.co.uk

Dinosaur Train: Paint and Match App Review

The children used to love watching Dinosaur Train – the Tim Henson TV series. It was particularly popular with Ethan. They still catch an episode every now and then.

We were recently asked to review the Dinosaur Train App and we knew we would love it.

The Dinosaur Train: Paint and Match App is available on Google Play and IOS for 99p.

In the App, children can colour 24 pictures of Buddy and his friends and can even change the brush size and obviously unleash their creativity to choose colours and maybe even change the colour of their favourite character. There are also a few blank canvases for you to create your very own dinosaur.

 

They can also play a memory game with 4 difficulty levels. They have to beat the clock to complete it in time getting them to try and beat their own time.

The App has proved popular with Aeryn and she has been creating her own dinosaur called Blue.

 

This is just one of the many games by Kuato Studios all of which can be found on the APP Store/ Play Store. http://www.kuatostudios.com/

The App is aimed at children under 5 and is sure to be popular with fans of Dinosaur Train.

It is available on IOS –  https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/dinosaur-train-paint-and-match/id1157494373?mt=8

and Google Play  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kuatostudios.DinosaurTrain