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Recipes you can cook outside

25 Jan

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Ingredients

4 sea bass fillets

1 teaspoon English mustard

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 clove chopped garlic

1 chilli (sliced)

1 handful of coriander leaves

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1/2 teaspoon sugar
Method

1. Mix mustard, ground coriander, garlic, soy sauce, sugar, vegetable oil and sesame oil together.

2. Add the sea bass fillets to half of the sauce.

3. Put the sea bass on the BBQ and grill for 2-3 minutes on each side.

4. Heat the rest of the sauce in a pan.

5. Pour the sauce over the cooked sea bass.

6. Garnish with chilli and coriander leaves.

7. Serve with savoury rice.
meal being cookedCampsite sausages by Dave Tew

Ingredients

Splash of oil

1 small red onion, or a few shallots, thinly sliced

1 red chilli (or to taste)

1-2 cloves garlic thinly sliced

Pack of nice sausages or chipolatas

Tin of tomatoes

Some rice cooked and drained, or leftover from previous meal

Some peas, sugar snaps or French beans

Paprika and/or chilli flakes

Pepper

Worcester sauce
Method

1. On a low heat add a glug of oil to a sauce pan and add the onion, garlic and chilli.

2. Once softened and slightly golden, add the sausages/chipolatas.

3. Add the tomatoes, ground pepper, paprika and chilli flakes. Bring to the boil and simmer for ten minutes.

4. Add the rice, leave for ten minutes.

5. If desired add a glug or two of cider to loosen the sauce.

6. If you use peas, add them during the last 5 minutes, or serve them on the side.
pan haggerty mealPan Haggerty by Julie Baxendale
Ingredients

Potatoes, thinly sliced

Couple of rashers of bacon per person,

chopped into 3

Onions, thinly sliced

Tasty cheese, grated

Stock cube

Salt and pepper

Vegetable oil
Method

1. In a large frying pan, fry the sliced onion until soft. Add the bacon and fry until browned, set aside, but add half the onion back in the pan.

2. Add a layer of sliced potatoes, season well and add a layer of half the bacon bits and grated cheese.

3. Repeat a couple of times – onion, potatoes, bacon, cheese, seasoning, ending with potatoes.

4. Crumble the stock cube into the pan and add boiling water so that it reaches the top layer of potato.

5. Put lid on or cover with foil.

6. Cook over a low heat for about 30 minutes or until potatoes are soft when stabbed with a knife.

7. You could add extra grated cheese on top. If you have a grill, brown for a few minutes.

8. Serve with a chunk of fresh bread and butter.
oast cakesOast cakes by Kevin Reynolds
Ingredients

8 ounces flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

2 ounces lard or 2 ounces butter

2 ounces caster sugar

4 ounces dried fruit

1 tsp lemon juice

3 tsp milk

1 tsp mixed spice

Sunflower oil, for frying
Method

1. Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl.

2. Rub in the lard or butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

3. Add the sugar and currants before mixing in the lemon juice and milk until the dough is soft but not wet.

4. Roll out thinly and cut into rounds.

5. Shallow fry in a little oil until golden brown on both sides.

Winterising Your Caravan External Prepartions

9 Oct

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The winter months can draw on and if you have not ensured your van is ready for the frost and months of idleness then you could be facing big problems and even expensive repair bills. We have listed a few simple pointers to help your winter pass as trouble free as possible.
Seven Tips for External Winter Preparations

1. You can increase the tyre life, suspension and the running gear on your van if you take the weight off the wheels for just a few weeks of the year. To do this support the axles with axles stands and remove the wheels and bolts for storage (Please note some insurance companies may not cover this in the policy). If this is done store the wheels out of direct sunlight and in a place where contact with oils and greases is avoided and cover with natural materials such as Hessian, not plastic.
2. If your van is fitted with shock absorbers clean the rods and coat in Vaseline, don’t forget to remove the Vaseline at the beginning of next season.
3. Ensure that the handbrake is left off, to avoid the drums sticking.
4. Ensure that the awning is washed and clean and completely dry before storing for winter, if you do not do this it could result in mouldy patches on the awning, or worse. It is better to store the awning in the house rather than the van if you can.
5. Thoroughly cleaning and polish your van makes it easier after winter to keep the van looking shiny. There are many products on the market to use and a suggestion is Fenwick’s Overwintering. Using a product like this or similar protects your caravan during winter storage, it helps to protect against algae, mould, fungus, airborne pollutants, acid rain and bird lime.
6. You can cover your van and if you do this use a breathable cover because if it is not, the cover will do more harm than good.
7. Coat window seals with olive oil to help prevent subsequent sticking.

Julia Bradbury to star at show on behalf of Camping and Caravanning Club

8 Oct

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Julia Bradbury is to appear at Birmingham’s NEC for the Motorhome & Caravan Show 2015, representing The Camping and Caravanning Club at its Friendly Friday members’ day on 16 October.
The TV presenter, who is also Club President, will be making her first public appearance on behalf of the Club since the birth of her twin daughters earlier this year.
Julia is a great outdoor enthusiast, and has hosted a number of successful programmes including Wainwright’s Walks, Railway Walks, and South Africa Walks. 
Her most recent show was ITV’s The Wonder of Britain, which aired over the summer, and saw Julia visit some of Britain’s most impressive natural and man-made wonders on a 12,000-mile journey round Britain.
Julia is looking forward to catching up with Club members again: “It’s been a fabulous year with the arrival of my twin girls, but I’m delighted to be back with the Club again at such an important show, especially on its Friendly Friday members’ day.
“I’ll be meeting and greeting members on the Club stand, and appearing in the Experts’ Theatre to chat with showgoers. But don’t worry if you can’t make it on Friday – there are lots of exciting activities throughout the week, so be sure to visit the Club website for details.”

Club members can buy discounted tickets for Friendly Friday from just £6.25 for adults or £5.75 for seniors.
Other unmissable activities include campsite cooking with the Club’s Eat Local Ambassador Ali Ray, who’ll be showing how to make recipes from her new book Pitch Up, Eat Local at the Club stand (Hall 8, stand 10).
For visitors new to caravanning, the Club has partnered with Jeep to offer a one-to-one caravan towing experience at the show.
And those considering camping or caravanning overseas can pick up tips from the Club’s Worldwide Escapes presentations, or simply be wowed by the high energy performances of the Mighty Zulu Nation dancers.
For more information on The Camping and Caravanning Club at the show, visit www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/motorhomeandcaravanshow

For further Motorhome & Caravan show information, visit the official website: www.motorhomeandcaravanshow.co.uk/.

Clacton On Sea Busy 2015

13 Aug

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SEAFRONT traders in Clacton have hit back at claims families are shunning traditional seaside holidays.
A new report by the National Trust claimed there had been a 20 per cent decline in seaside days out in the past ten years.
But seafront bosses said Clacton was bucking the national trend following huge investment in Clacton Pier, Clacton Pavilion and the £36million sea defence scheme, which has seen the creation of new beaches.

Colchester Carnival July 18th 2015

13 Jul

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Family Fun Day

11am-8pm

Once again this year there will be a family fun day in Castle Park on the day of the carnival. The park event will open from 11am and will continue through until 8pm.
Have a look at the programme of events in the arena, marquees and on the stage. The event takes place in Upper and Lower Castle Park where you will find a wide range of shows, activities, stalls and other fun for all ages. Programmes and a map will be available as you enter the park on the day.
Arena, Stage, Bandstand and Marquees

Situated in Colchester Castle Park as part of the family fun day we have a number of performances and activities happening in the arena, on the stage, bandstand and in marquees throughout the day.
Around these you will also find family focused activities spread across both Lower and Upper Castle Park including face painters, zorbing, bouncy castles, slides, karting, bungee trampolines and a fantastic rodeo bull.
Colchester Carnival reserves the right to amend timings at short notice, we are in the process of finalising this so please check back here soon for details.
Park

Information

Lower Park:
Arena and main stage entertainment

Refreshments including bar

Stalls including jewellery, cupcakes and more

Children & Adult activities including bungee trampolines, rodeo bulls and facepainting!

Upper Park – The Meadow:
Children’s area with face painters, activity tent (art and craft tables, sensory tables, storytelling, music and movement), kids karting, bouncy castles.
Upper Park – Bandstand
Music, dance, choirs and reggae.

Clacton Sea & Beach Festival

4 Jul

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A new event is to be piloted in Clacton this summer to help pull in the visitors to the coast.
A Sea and Beach Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday July 4 and 5 with a host of activities and fun being lined-up over the two days.
The festival is being organised by Tendring District Council (TDC) and a programme is currently being drawn up.
It will include water-based activities and sports. There will be pleasure boat rides operating from West Beach for the first time in many years and a return of the Viking Saga is anticipated which will bring back memories for many people.
Music and entertainment and a beachside barbecue will be among the other attractions.
Mark Platt, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Tourism, Culture, Events and Leisure said that it is something that the Council has been looking at for some time and everything is now coming together for this summer.
“We have a number of high profile events such as the Clacton Air Show with the addition of a food and drinks festival this year; the Women’s’ Tour; Tour de Tendring and many more,” he said.
“The idea of a Sea and Beach Festival was brought up and we have agreed with local businesses to fit this in at the start of July in order to have an event earlier in the summer season. We are confident it will prove very popular with residents and visitors alike.”
Cllr Platt said that the fun gets under way at 11am each day running right through to 5pm.
“Work is in the pipeline to pull together a full programme of activities and entertainment to suit all ages,” he added.
“We will be releasing further details of this exciting new initiative as we go along with full information available nearer the time.”
All activities will be organised from Clacton Pier up towards Martello Bay with the major £36 million Coastal Protection Scheme being carried out the other side of the pier up to Holland-on-Sea.
“There is so much happening in Clacton this summer and we have already opened up some of the newly recharged beaches at Holland-on-Sea,” said Cllr Platt.
“It really will be the place to visit and the Sea and Beach Festival will be an attractive addition to what we have on offer.
“So make sure you get July 4 and 5 into your diary now and come along over that weekend and enjoy the family fun.”

Keeping your pet safe whilst camping with us in Clacton On Sea

2 Jul

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Pets can’t tell us when they’re too hot or uncomfortable in their fur coats, so it’s important for us to ensure they remain happy and healthy in the heat. PDSA Vet Vicki Larkham has put together ten top tips for owners:
1. Never leave pets in cars, conservatories or caravans. Not even for just a few minutes. Even on a cloudy day the temperature can rise very quickly, and you may end up being away for longer than you anticipated. Heatstroke can be fatal and every year we hear sad stories of pets that have died. For more information see the national campaign Dogs Die in Hot Cars.

2. Provide plenty of fresh, clean water. Pets need constant access to this, so check bowls or bottles at least once a day and be on hand to provide plenty of refills.
3. Exercise in the morning or evening. Just as we wouldn’t go for a walk under the midday sun with our coats on, we should keep our pets in the shade during the hottest part of the day too. Keep strenuous exercise to a minimum and give them free access to cool, indoor areas
4. Check your rabbit for flystrike. This is a serious maggot infestation that can be fatal. During the summer rabbits should be checked underneath at least twice a day for fly eggs and dirt. Make sure to keep their underneath clean by wiping with a clean damp cloth.
5. Provide plenty of shade. Not only is this important if your pet lives outdoors in an enclosure or a hutch, indoor cages should also be kept well away from the window to avoid long periods of direct sunlight. Don’t let your pet lie in direct sunlight for too long.
6. Protect them with pet sunscreen. These are available from all good pet stores and can be used on areas of white fur or on pets with only a thin covering of hair. Protect vulnerable areas, such as the nose and, particularly for cats, the tips of the ears.
7. Enjoy a tidy BBQ. AT PDSA we’ve often had to operate to remove skewers and corn on the cobs from dog’s stomachs– so always tidy up leftovers and rubbish. Remember not to give into those puppy dog eyes and skip the scraps to avoid upsetting your pet’s stomach. Along with the food, be mindful of your drinks. Alcohol can be particularly hazardous for pets and glass bottles or cups can be easily knocked over and smashed.
8. Having your pet’s fur trimmed. This is a great way to help prevent overheating.
9. Take extra care when travelling. If you’re going away in the car, keep windows open – but not wide enough for pets to get through. Make regular water stops. Never let your dog put their head out of the car window and never leave them in a parked car.
10. Watch out for overheating. The signs of heat stroke start with excessive panting and can progress to fatal collapse. Keep a sharp eye and keep your nearest vet’s phone number handy just in case.. If your pet does get too hot, wrap them in a cool damp towel, changing it regularly with a fresh damp one.

HARWICH - HOOK OF HOLLANDSTENA LINE FERRY FROM HARWICH TO HOOK OF HOLLAND

17 Jun

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HARWICH – HOOK OF HOLLANDSTENA LINE FERRY FROM HARWICH TO HOOK OF HOLLAND

The Stena Line ferry from Harwich International Port to the Hook of Holland is the most direct route to Holland from the south of England. Travel in luxury onboard one of the brand new Superferries sailing direct to Holland. Stena Hollandica & Stena Britannica. 

The Harwich – Hook of Holland timetable has two crossings so that you can choose between day and overnight sailings. Fares to Holland start from £49 single for a car and driver or just £49 single for a dutchflyer rail and sail ticket to and Dutch rail station.
Looking for a Campsite Near Harwich?  www.grangefarmcampsite.co.uk

Children who go camping do better at school!

13 Jun

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Children who camp in the great outdoors at least once a year go on to do better at school, as well as being healthier and happier, according to their parents.
That’s the finding of a UK study carried out by the Institute of Education at Plymouth University and The Camping and Caravanning Club, who collaborated to discover perceptions of the relationship between education and camping.
Parents and children around the UK were asked a series of questions which looked at the educational, psychological and social benefits of the camping experience to children of all ages.
The research led by Sue Waite, Associate Professor at the Plymouth Institute of Education, found that more than 4 out of 5 parents thought camping had a positive effect on their children’s school education.
It showed that 98% of parents said camping makes their kids appreciate and connect with nature; 95% said their kids were happier when camping; and 93% felt that it provided useful skills for later life.
Some parents (15%) reported that escaping technology (laptops, tablets, mobiles, etc) is a good thing for their children and one of the benefits of camping. A fifth of parents (20%) said camping gives their kids freedom, independence and confidence; and more than two thirds (68%) felt camping helped their children to enjoy learning in the classroom, because they can share their camping adventures and experiences such as visiting exciting educational or historical sites.
Sue Waite said; “Interestingly, the parents surveyed believed camping supported the key curriculum subjects of Geography, History and Science and actually, that stacks up because the most common camping activities were natural – such as rock pooling and nature walks – where children were getting to understand ecosystems and identify lifeforms, respecting nature and the environment.”
The children who took part in the research were asked what they love about camping and the most common themes were making and meeting new friends, having fun, playing outside and learning various camping skills. Children also recognised camping’s value for curriculum subjects and for problem solving and working together.

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Things to do around Colchester

26 May

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Brightlingsea Museum

Brightlingsea 01206 303286

A representative collection of objects, photographs and pictures illustrative of the social and economic history of the town and its immediate surroundings over the past 700 years.

Jaywick Martello Tower

Martello Tower

Clacton-on-Sea 01255 822783

Built originally as a Napoleonic Fort in the early 19th century the tower now acts as a central hub for the local community & visitors. There are regular arts & heritage exhibitions, talks & events.

Colchester Castle Museum

Colchester 01206 282313

Colchester Castle is the largest Norman Keep in Europe. Constructed on the foundations of the Temple of Claudius. The Castle Museum today reveals many fascinating layers of history to visitors.

Hollytrees Museum

Colchester 01206 282313

An important part of Colchester’s rich history with three centuries of fascinating toys, costume and decorative arts displayed in an attractive Georgian town house from 1718.

Natural History Museum

Colchester 01206 282313

Discover and interesting ‘hands-on’ perspective on the local natural environment from the Ice Age right up to today. Explore the garden trail and stag beetle exhibition, free entry.

The Munnings Art Museum

Sir Alfred Munnings Museum

Colchester 01206 322127

Explore the life and work of renown British artist Sir Alfred Munnings (1878-1959) in his former home and studio.

Wilkin and Sons Ltd – Tiptree Tea Rooms

Wilkin and Sons Ltd

Colchester 01621 814524

Tiptree is the home of the Wilkin family – where from 1885 the first Tiptree jam was made. Delightful museum, tea room and gift shop.

Harwich Lifeboat Museum

Harwich 01255 502872

Museum contains the last Clacton off-shore. Oakley Class Lifeboat 34ft and a history of the lifeboat service in Harwich.

Mersea Island Museum

Mersea Island 01206 383372

Exhibits of Mersea’s social history, natural history, archaeology and fishing industry, including a fisherman’s cottage display. Special exhibitions and gift shop.

We have recently updated many of our facilities and have plans for further improvements

There is a wide varieties or activites to do and tourist attractions to see.

There is a wide range of pubs and eateries catering for a wide range of culinary tastes in and around the area.

We welcome many different pets in our campsite.