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In Praise of the great British Holiday Camp

Posted on: September 4, 2009

Prestatyn 09 004Well that’s the holiday period well and truly over.

Before I went down with the swine flu I did take a couple of holidays- the first in Menorca at a Thompson Gold hotel, the second at the other end of the market at Pontin’s in Prestatyn.

Normally we would take two weeks in the sun. The reason for this total departure was that this is our first real summer as foster carers, so we took our first tentative steps into the world of the family holiday.

I am surprised at the extent to which I enjoyed the second holiday.

The accommodation was basic, but in a quiet location and we had one of the best weeks weatherwise of what has been a drab and dismal summer.

The social club, where the evening entertainment took place was, not to put too fine a point on it my idea of spending eternity in one of the lowest pits of hell: dirty, cramped and noisy. But with full days out on the beach and visiting local towns, we didn’t need much entertaining at night.

The best thing was the standard of activities for the kids during the day- a full programme including archery, zip-wiring, quad biking- which our foster son loved perhaps only slightly more than we enjoyed watching him.

I even managed to get some reading done: Odd Thomas, by Dean Koontz. Although I have read loads of his books I have for some reason only just got round to this, which is perhaps one of his best and the first in a series. Spooky, humourous, thrilling and in places extremely moving. Loved it.

So would we go back to a British Holiday camp? We’re already planning the next one. Like any holiday, you have to take from it what you want and leave aside those things which just aren’t your cup of tea.

Not that I could totally leave behind my week in the sun…

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