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Canterbury June 2016

We arrived on Sunday afternoon at the Camping & Caravan Club Site in Canterbury after a detour via Dover when we disembarked from the Channel Tunnel.  Not sure why, but it doesn’t quite feel the same if you are in the area and don’t see the White Cliffs of Dover!

On arrival, we were shown to our pitch on Park Lane and after a freshen-up, we settled in for the night enjoying the Great British ‘Summer’ while it lasted and the rest of Father’s Day!

This is a very nice well-kept site with a nature trail and nature which gets up close and personal.

Next morning was wet and miserable – great for shopping in the City!

We got very wet (again) but at least we had fish and chips to look forward to when we got back, bought from the chip shop in the city.

We watched Dad’s Army (the remake) which I had for Father’s Day, before turning in for the night and already thinking about out next adventure.

 

New Year 2016 in Canterbury

We decided to book 3 nights at the Camping & Caravan Club site in Canterbury over the New Year period.

It was our 1st stay on a  club site and our 1st New Year away from home so we were unsure as to how busy it would be.

We set off on New Years Eve after getting the day off from work and set off on our 4 hour journey to Canterbury in Rio.

We arrived at the site at about 2.30pm and refuelled before we pitched up to save time on Sunday for our journey back.

Upon checking in we were surprised about the lack of people – excellent, just the way we like it!

We were showed to a nice pitch on Park Lane, hardstanding and near to the motorhome service point but just far enough away so not to be bothered by other users.

Looking all festive with our fairy lights around the cab we settled in for the night and put a couple of pizzas in the oven – mmmmmmmmm.

Oh No! the fire wasn’t working. After an hour of checking everything including changing the gas bottles we decided to check the igniter battery and guess what, lit first time – disaster averted however I will not go into the “told you we should have brought an oil filled radiator” which someone very close to me kept repeating.

My motorhome speciality breakfast on New years day went down well and then we just relaxed all day – that was the idea after all!

Everything back to normal on Saturday, a day in the city beckoned.

We didn’t bother to look what time the bus came as it’s not that far to walk but we were lucky and got on  a  bus just outside the site  and before long we were within the city walls.

We visited our favourite shops, the comic book store (american comics etc.) and level up games (Retro game Store – takes me back to my youth) but the boys didn’t buy a thing – what do they do with all that spending money?

Our last night soon arrived and we knew that it would be a while before we would get away again as GCSE time for our eldest son but couldn’t wait for June to arrive.

Total miles driven = 487 at average 30.3mpg – very pleased!

Canterbury Weekend July 2014

After spending time in Dover parked on the sea front we thought that we would try the Park and Ride site, New Dover Road in Canterbury as this seemed a little more civilised.

£3.00 gets you 24hrs parking (overnight) and unlimited access to the buses operating between the park and ride site and the City centre – in my opinion, this is fantastic value for money and Well Done Canterbury, other cities could learn from your success.

The bays are a little close together but not really an issue for us and although it was busy, about 15 motorhomes parked up, it was nice and quiet.

This gave me the opportunity to try out my new piece of kit, 2 Fiamma turbo vent kits which hopefully would keep us cool in the event that we experienced soaring temperatures.

I must say that these fans (priced at approx £50 each) worked great and just hung in the skylight using little metal hangers (supplied). We opted to run these using the D cell battery option and just required a good alkaline battery and we found these would last for 3-4 days on high use.

Just outside the park and ride site you can catch a bus into Dover and takes approx 30 minutes should this appeal to you.

 

We think that dover really has much more to offer than just the port. yes it may be a little run down in places but that can be overlooked especially with all the regeneration that is planned.

The Castle is great and we recommend the Secret Wartime Tunnel tours, and the gift shop isn’t bad either.

Take a look over the channel from the Admirals Platform – if you dare!!