Travel Timehop

Travel Timehop #25: Somerset, 2014

Holidays to remember aren’t always about the destination. They don’t even have to be about relaxation. Sometimes they are non-stop and a little bit crazy.

This week’s Travel Timehop comes from one of our caravan adventures when we quite often get up to strange things in a field.

Tin Box Traveller and Tot dressed in Victorian outfits

When are we time-hopping to?

It’s a short hop back to the August bank holiday weekend last year when Tin Box Tot was 18 months old and I was pregnant with Tin Box Baby but didn’t know it.

Where in the world?

We were away in our caravan and staying on a large caravan rally near Frome, Somerset. The Wessex, as it is called, is organised by Caravan Club centres in the south west of England and takes place every other year.

There are sports and craft competitions, as well as amateur dramatics and a carnival procession. Each event has points on offer for the winners and runners up, with trophies for the overall winners to take home. As you can imagine, some people take it very seriously.

Timehop moment

We were involved in sports, handicraft and cake baking competitions during the long weekend. One of the last events was the carnival or ‘walking tableaux’.

Our Centre’s theme was Around the World in 80 Days. I don’t remember Phileas Fogg having a wife in the children’s animation (Around the World with Willy Fog) that I watched as a kid, but that was the role I played and TBT was our baby. We waved off old Phileas and welcomed him home after his travels. Other rallies played the local inhabitants that Fogg came across on his travels. There were surfers to represent Hawaii, a mime artist for France and cow boys in America.

I love the bemused look on the Tot’s face. It was all a bit surreal but good fun.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve done on holiday?

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