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Blogger Trip to Camping la Croix du Vieux Pont

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our lodge at Camping la Croix du Vieux Pont

Blogger Trip to Camping la Croix du Vieux Pont.  In the summer of 2014 myself and four other bloggers went to France.  It was a press trip run by Canvas Holidays to Camping la Croix du Vieux Pont a 5 star campsite at the Berny Rivière, about an hour’s drive from Disneyland Paris.

In this post I’m going to tell you what I discovered about the campsite and the facilities and also what fun I had in the three short days I was there, because for the first time in my life, I was on a holiday with friends – no husband, no kids, just myself to think about. My Mum said I was ‘off galavanting’ and galavanting is exactly what I did!

Here are the #CanvasBloggers on arrival!
the #CanvasBloggers gang on arrival

The group are (Clockwise from left): Amanda from The Ana Mum Diary; Amy from And 1 More Means Five; Me, Nadine from this blog, JuggleMum; Stacey from Siren Communications who looked after us; Kate from Wit Wit Woo; Mark from Sonny and Luca

The campsite is set in a pretty lakeside location, and has a combination of wooden lodges, static caravans, tents and deluxe safari tents, offering accommodation for parties of 2 people up to 10 or 12 people, making it a great choice of holiday for large families or two families who want to share the vacation and the costs. I was given a deluxe lakeside 4 bedroom lodge which I shared with Amy. We flipped a coin- twice and she won both times which meant she got the master suite with the balcony! Here is the front of our little home for 3 days…

our lodge at Camping la Croix du Vieux Pont

Canvas lodge sunny day

I got the back double bedroom which was lovely and cosy on a night! There are loads of photos on the Canvas Holidays website which show the accommodation so I won’t treat you to the sad photo which I took of my room. It had all my stuff strewn out across the bed and isn’t very pretty (I told you I only had myself to think about- my usual tendencies to straighten and tidy as I go disappeared for three days!) so check out their site to get the real deal, and picture where you could be staying!

Here are some shots I am proud to have taken! They are of the grounds of the campsite:

campsite scenery

kids play area

swan lake

campsite pool

campsite fountain

Now let me show you some of the food I ate whilst there! There is a main restaurant on site, then a beach-side bar and restaurant.  I dined in both – prepare to want to lick the screen!

Moule Marinere & frites

ice cream

egg custard

wine

There is also a takeaway pizzeria so you can have a chilled our ‘beer and pizza’ night back at your caravan or lodge, and also a supermarket to buy food for the BBQ or breakfast! We enjoyed breakfast together at Kate and Amanda’s cabin each morning…

breakfast al fresco

sugary butt petals breakfast

We loosely translated the cereal packet as ‘Sugary Butt Petals’! Yum!

Stacey buying french sweets

The food was great, the accommodation was great, the pretty scenery was great, but that’s not all this site offers. They have plenty of activities to join in with, so you’ll never have to hear the words “I’m bored” from the kids (or the adults) again! We had a welcome meeting with the Activities Team which involved us playing some ice-breaker games including a brain teaser based on the moon and ‘Kippering off’!

Katie and Kate Kipper off

campsite group welcome meeting

campsite activities board

Plenty of things to do on holiday

I won’t explain ‘Kippering off’ – you’ll have to find out that delight for yourself when you go! Here is an activity I did at the campsite which I’ve never done before… Water Walking! You really can do as much or as little as you choose on this kind of Family Extra holiday.

Nadine Water Walking

In the three days of this trip, we managed to pack loads in, including a day out at Disneyland Paris which I’ll cover in another post. There is just so much to tell you about that! So instead, let me tell you about how we got to France.

All the bloggers met in London at st Pancras where we got a SouthEastern Railway train to Dover. Then we boarded a DFDS Seaways ferry to Dunkirk which took about 2 hours.

DFDS Seaways

We boarded the ferry with a vehicle which we’d picked up at Dover so we had transport at the other end! The drive from Dunkirk ferry port to the campsite was just over 2 hours. Here I am enjoying the cool sea breeze on the ferry crossing!

Nadine on ferry

Because the campsite was so beautiful and there was so much to do there, I’d highly recommend it for a family holiday. As far as I can see the only potential downside of this break was the drive time from the French port to the campsite. The two hours on the ferry flew by because we could get lunch and browse the duty free shops but when you are excited to start your break, the two hours car drive seemed longer! However my family and I have travelled much longer distances than that by car, so we’d do this no problem, and at least when you get there you can stay put for a week or so if you choose- everything you need is on site.

Canvas Holidays logo

Thank you to Canvas Holidays who organised this trip and gave me a short break to remember. As I said many times on the break, “très bon, bien sûr!”

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Comments to Blogger Trip to Camping la Croix du Vieux Pont

  • Oh we did have fun didn’t we?! 🙂

    Kate/WitWitWoo 13th June 2015 2:24 pm Reply
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  • Ahh, such good memories!Can’t believe this was a year ago now! 🙂

    Stacey 15th June 2015 12:31 pm Reply
    • Time for a re-union perhaps! Can’t wait to see you again! x

      Nadine Hill 23rd June 2015 9:30 am Reply
  • I’d forgotten about the Kipper! It’s was such a fun trip, and I made some lovely friends too x

    Amanda 17th June 2015 11:35 pm Reply
    • Kippering off! How random but so much fun!! x

      Nadine Hill 23rd June 2015 9:29 am Reply
  • Great review and it was such a fun trip!!Absolutely love working with Canvas Holidays xx

    and1moremeans5 18th June 2015 7:50 am Reply
    • I know – I love them too! Loads of fun memories!

      Nadine Hill 23rd June 2015 9:27 am Reply
  • Great reading back through this post, was a fab trip.
    Not a week goes by without the kids reminding me how I went without them though.
    Once I did it. Once! And yet still, a “daddy-only holiday” is still being thrown at me!?

    Mark 15th July 2015 1:45 pm Reply
    • They’ll just crucify you with that forever – no matter how many school runs you do in the meantime!! It was a great trip, and I have such fond memories of it!

      Nadine Hill 15th July 2015 4:20 pm Reply
  • I’m super excited now as I am going here on Saturday for a week. Cheers for the tips. 🙂

    Julie 6th August 2015 10:15 pm Reply
    • Enjoy your holiday… It is a beautiful spot!

      Nadine Hill 7th August 2015 7:24 am Reply
  • Looks like such a beautiful place and a wonderful experience too. Much fun to be had

    angela hamilton 15th August 2015 12:18 pm Reply
    • Thank you – it really is lovely there.

      Nadine Hill 15th August 2015 12:22 pm Reply
  • So mean to put the food pics up – they made me so hungry!! Seriously though this place looks great, with proper spacious accommodation and such yummy food (oh dear, there I go again…)

    Sarah Ebner 15th August 2015 6:00 pm Reply
    • It’s all about the food for me so I know where you’re coming from!!

      Nadine Hill 16th August 2015 8:38 am Reply
  • It looks like such a wonderful place to visit and it would of been so much fun with that group of bloggers too. The food looks amazing

    Kara 16th August 2015 9:22 am Reply
  • Now this sounds like my idea of camping, not a single tent in sight x

    Rachel 16th August 2015 6:36 pm Reply
  • We visited this site a couple of years ago and the boys loved it. It is fabulous for kids and families and it was a really relaxed holiday

    Jen 17th August 2015 12:33 pm Reply
    • It’s great to hear about other peoples’ experiences of the same site. Glad you enjoyed as much as I did!

      Nadine Hill 17th August 2015 4:11 pm Reply
  • canvas holidays is SO nostalgic to me, I used to go all the time as a child, I was a member of the whoopi club! x

    Fritha Strickland 17th August 2015 4:52 pm Reply
    • The Whoopi club! I will have to find out about that! x

      Nadine Hill 18th August 2015 8:17 pm Reply
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