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Our first weekend away of 2015

Our caravan adventures have started again – yes, in February – and our first trip out was to one of our favourite destinations – The New Forest in Hampshire.

This ancient royal hunting ground created by William I is one of the UK’s smallest national parks. Yet it’s packed full of places to visit and things to do.

We had a fairly sedate weekend because the Tin Box household had been plagued by the lurgy for a few weeks and we really needed a rest. However, Tin Box Tot was on top form so we couldn’t deny her some much needed fresh air.



We were staying at Copythorne Scout Hut, which is one of the oldest Scouting headquarters in the county. It sits next to St Mary’s Church.



The field adjacent to the hut is no stranger to tents and an ideal place for us to park for the weekend with our Caravan Club centre.

There was a bit of rain on the Friday night, but Saturday was fine and we were able to head out for a walk before lunch. We drove about 15 minutes down the road to Brokenhurst where we took a walk out the back of the Balmer Lawn Hotel, which has links to the D-Day landings having been commandeered as an Army Staff College in the Second World War.

Common land at Brockenhurst in the New Forest

TBT was keen to use her legs most of the way, but did get hauled up on her dad’s shoulders a few times. Tin Box Dog on the other hand had a whale of a time chasing her ball and jumping in streams. I waddled most of the way – a combination of feeling 30-weeks pregnant and not being able to breathe through my nose slowing me down.


After our walk we popped back in the car and found a pub on the other side of Brockenhurst for lunch. TBT was one shattered little lady by the time we headed back to the caravan, as was I. We both indulged in a mid-afternoon nap while Mr TB watched the Six Nations rugby.

That evening we joined the other families on our caravan rally for a three-course meal in the Scout Hut. I was so grateful that someone else was doing the cooking!

TBT was very excited to stay in the caravan again and with the amount of time she gets to run around outdoors –  her favourite pastime – you can understand why.

Tin Box Tot and Tin Box


If you happen to visit the New Forest with a bit more energy than us we can recommend a few places to visit.

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