Sussex campfire

Running around in the dark with your old and newly made friends when it has gone 'bedtime' for children is the best way to have fun particularly when it involves torches, glow sticks and the odd meteor.A day of outdoor adventures will pretty much guarantee that once you have persuaded your little darlings that it is finally bedtime, they will sleep like happy logs.Even in the height of summer, nowt quite beats huddling around a campfire.

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We have seen barn owls, kingfishers, woodpeckers, stoats and deer in the area.

Not to mention the bats which flit around at night.

The outside really is a playground waiting to be discovered. As long as it is supervised, the campfire can provide the focus for the whole family when the sun goes down.

The novelty of cooking over an open fire can make mealtimes fun again and you won't even have to worry about dropping a few crumbs off the plates.

Of course, pudding doesn't have to involve marshmallows, but you can't go camping and not have them at least once – toast them on a stick over the campfire untl they are a bit golden and crunchy on the outside and meltingly soft in the middle.

We have installed a cast iron bath in our 'Bedgebury Bath House' so you can wash the dirt off even the filthiest of children as long as they sit still while you tip a bucket of warm water over their heads.

Our individual shower cubicles also allow parents to supervise shower time.

Most seasoned campers will vouch for the fact that children tend to go to bed later than usual when they go camping.

As a parent, you know the importance of fresh air and open space for your child.

Spending time outside beats staring at a screen every time and this is why a few days with your family camping in a pretty part of the countryside can revive you and bring you closer together as a family.

Forget the ironing pile, the lawn that needs mowing and the one hundred and one other jobs which always need doing, when you are camping you are pretty much forced to relax.