We’ve been having staycations for the past five years. Our first three family holidays were spent at Center Parcs. Now that the children are both school-aged that option is out the window. Last year we stayed at Bluestone, in picturesque Pembrokeshire, Wales. This year we opted to have a longer break, for a full seven days. The most economical option was the California Chalet & Touring Park, Workingham, Berkshire. As it turns out, our summer at the California Chalet & Touring Park was fun-filled and carefree.
California Chalet & Touring Park
After an initial hiccup with our booking which the management kindly and quickly rectified, we were all set for our week in our home away from home. The park was perfectly placed not too far from major supermarkets like TESCO, ASDA and Lidl, but far enough to feel cosy and tucked away from the maddening crowd. There’s also a Toby’s Carvery and MacDonald’s close to the local ASDA.
The park was just 30 minutes-drive from Legoland Windsor which was also big deciding factor for us.
While we love being outdoors and enjoying nature, we love our creature comforts just as much. We rented a chalet from California Chalet & Touring Park. However, there was the option to rent a pitch for tent or rent an adorable camping pod. I thought the pods would be perfect for a girl’s naturalist weekend away.
The facilities for campers on the grounds seemed immaculate maintained, from what I saw in passing. There was electricity and water supply. Hubby told me the men’s communal loos were in good condition (poor guy had to use it once, OH the perils with one loo and a family of four … not!)
Staff were helpful and the site was very family-friendly. Although, one evening a group of young guys were having a drink-up and I heard one took to swimming starkers in the river. My children had the pleasure of meeting campers their age. They had water fights, fed the ducks, painted stones and thoroughly enjoyed the freedom of being outdoors.
We all know how unpredictable the British weather can be but on warmer days we went to the paddling pool. I’m picky where my kids go swimming. Angelo catches bugs easily, bless him. Here again, the facilities at California Chalet & Touring Park was great. It was very clean and tidy, the floor had a non-slip material on the floor around the paddling pool.
Adjacent to the pool, there was the Jackson’s Café, and ice cream parlour and adventure playground all of which had the scenic backdrop of the river. Sounds idyllic doesn’t it.
I’m thrilled Hubby found that park. It’s a gem in Berkshire which has room to grow and give more families a memorable stay. Hubby and I celebrated our 10th Wedding anniversary that week. So, all round it was memorable.
It was our plan to visit use our Merlin Passes to visit Thorpe Park as well as Legoland, we didn’t. We only visited Legoland. The children were enjoying their time at the park so much. It felt right to allow them to make acquaintances on their own terms, go on nature walks with us and in general just be. We tried our best to identify trees, flowers and berries we found along the way. This is their’s is an age of innocence. I want them to enjoy that for as long as possible.
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