Last week, Gareth had a whole week off work. We did some amazing things. We visited the National Space Centre in Leicester on Monday, shopping on Tuesday and Thursday and on Friday, we set off for a weekend camping trip. OK, I say camping but it was more like glamping. I don’t really understand traditional camping. Why would you want to leave a warm and comfy bed for an airbed in a tarpaulin?!
We’ve had this trip booked for a couple of months. Me and Gareth decided we didn’t want anywhere too far from home in case it didn’t work out. We decided on The Secret Garden Touring Park in Wisbech. It’s only 40 minutes from our house so in the event that we had to drive home in the middle of the night, we were able to!
The Secret Garden offer two glamping options, The Tipi and The Pod. The Tipi is £60 per night and has a king size bed, mini fridge and a log burning stove. The Pod is £30 a night and has a double futon and room for a double airbed. We decided on The Pod in the end. They also have pitches for tents or caravans too, £18 for a non electric pitch and £20 for a pitch with electric. On site, there’s a shop which sells essentials as well as alcohol from their brewery, honey from their bees and other local produce. There’s also chickens, pigs, a maze and a “hobbit hole” too.
Our Pod was so cosy, I loved it. If I’m really honest, the futon wasn’t comfortable at all and it could probably do with being replaced but that is the only fault I have. It was lovely and warm when the heaters were on, pretty soundproof and the shower/toilet block was clean and kept tidy. We had a firepit we could cook on and because our Pod had electric, we brought our kettle and microwave from home. The campsite cat, Winston, also came to say hello!
We entertained ourselves by playing Monopoly when the boys had gone to bed and watching CBeebies by using Gareth’s phone as a “hotspot”. On Saturday, we decided to venture into Wisbech to explore the local area. I’ll be totally honest with you..Wisbech itself isn’t great. But there’s a hidden gem within the town if you’re willing to venture in far enough to find it.
Peckover House is now a National Trust property but belonged to the Peckover family, a family of bankers who lived life as Quakers. The house and gardens are open to the public and the gardens are amazing. Over 2 acres of beautifully kept land and 60 varieties of rose to look at. There was also a tea room (which we didn’t go in). It’s so odd stepping through that garden gate, it feels like you’re stepping into another world. Beyond the garden walls is a modern town yet you wouldn’t know it..until a noisy motorbike goes past!
If you’re looking for somewhere to camp, I’d highly recommend The Secret Garden and Peckover House too for an afternoon out. However, I think doing some research of the local area is necessary to see what else there is to do. Wisbech really doesn’t have much and we found it difficult to keep ourselves busy there. All in all though, we really enjoyed ourselves and made some amazing family memories.
As it’s now the norm, we made a vlog of our weekend too! Find it here at Weekend camping and Peckover House trip and please click the subscribe button while you’re there!