Have you entered our Compose a Poem competition yet?

Win a 2 night stay at Fourwinds in our lovely self contained, luxury shepherds hideaway.  We will also include a slap up breakfast each morning!

We are running this competition in line with World Poetry Day on 21st March and thought it would be fun for budding poets out there to write a poem about Fourwinds and/or the Cambridgeshire Fens.  Entrants must be over 18, compose an original poem with a minimum of 30 words and enter using our entry form.  The winner will be announced on the 21st March and their poem will be published on our website and social media.  Email us now for an entry form and get writing 🙂

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Win a 2 night b&b stay – Compose us a poem

Calling all budding poets out there!! Enter our ‘Compose a Poem’ competition in recognition of World Poetry Day on 21.3.20. Write and submit a nice poem about Fourwinds and the winner will get a 2 night b&b stay in our Shepherds Hideaway. Email us for entry form and information. Deadline for entries is 20.3.20. Winner will be announced and published on our website and social media on the 21.3.20 #worldpoetryday #composeapoem #winacompetition #shortbreak

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Room only or breakfast included? You choose!

In recent years we have noticed a significant number of guests are not great breakfast lovers, and would be happier with room only accommodation. Maybe a lie in is more appealing then breakfast, or they are naturally not interested in eating until later in the day! With this in mind we have launched our ‘Room Only’ rates which sit alongside our traditional inclusive B&B rates ….. giving you more choice when booking a room.

Don’t worry breakfast lovers 🙂 – when you book our standard inclusive b&b rates as before, you will still enjoy our full award winning continental and cooked breakfast in the dining room.  Or if you are in a hurry or leaving very early a take out breakfast bag can be left outside your door ready for the morning getaway.

Check out rates on our website or through the mainstream booking channels.

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Veganuary and beyond :)

Veganuary at Fourwinds ….. all year round!

Check out our tasty cooked vegan breakfast, available all year round.  We pride ourselves in our home cooking approach and quality locally sourced ingredients.  Enjoy vegan sausages, roasted mushrooms and tomatoes, chickpea and potato hash, beans, homemade toast, juices, tea and coffee, or for something lighter – smashed avocado on toast

We have a mid week January discount of 10% available off some of our comfortable accommodation, so treat yourself and book in 🙂

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BBQ Friday at Fourwinds 24th May

To get in the mood for the summer season, we are having BBQ Friday in the Fourwinds garden on the 24th May for our B&B and camping guests to enjoy.

Many of our lovely B&B and camping guests will be arriving on the evening of Friday 24th for the bank holiday weekend, and spending time getting settled, pitching tents, unpacking and starting to relax – it seems like the perfect time to let someone else do the cooking that night!

Our BBQ plates come with home prepared salads, buns and a variety of meats, veggie and vegan bbq delights and are £6.00 for an adult plate and £4.00 for a junior . If you are staying with us that weekend and want to book in or want more info – call us on 01354 658737 or email bev@fourwindsleisure.com

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Campsite BBQing for National BBQ Week from 27th May

Fire, fragrant smoke, mouth watering food smells, sunny days, and a cold glass of something ……. its no wonder we love to BBQ!

Our love of social outdoor cooking has grown tremendously with 9 million bbq occasions reported * in 1997 compared to an estimated 137 million occasions in 2019!  Its no wonder that the 2019 National BBQ week is going to be as popular as its previous 22.  My BBQ loving husband is very excited that he has an excuse to BBQ for 7 days in a row! …… happy days. At Fourwinds Campsite we are really looking forward to the lovely smells emanating from campers BBQs throughout the summer.

There is so much choice when it comes to portable BBQ equipment.  Are you a traditional charcoal BBQ’er (is that a word?!) or more of a gas fan? Do you like to slow cook it, char it or smoke it?  1127704AB_1800x1800

If like us, you are a charcoal fan, we love the portable Weber Kettle BBQ with good Weber design features including a ‘tuck n carry’ lid lock and rust resistant damper.  Looks smart and lasts well and fits easily in your car.  Being a Weber its not the cheapest but good quality.

6540-Safari-Chef-2-BBQ-grid-fish-steaksGas is convenient, instant and cleaner then charcoal and we like the Cadac Safari Chef best.  It’s branded as ‘compact but mighty’ and we agree. It comes with all the bells and whistles you would expect from a household gas BBQ but has folding legs and sturdy carry bag making it truly portable.

For something a little different try a Smoker. We were invited out recently for lunch and the meat was cooked in the outdoor smoker.  The pork and SM02_1_Zoomchicken we had were so succulent and flavoursome we were impressed.  That unit was a large Weber Smoker, not suitable for camping, but we have found this portable Callow Smoker and the reviews look pretty good along with the price.  If anyone has one, let us know how well it works for camping trips.  Smoking takes a lot longer then it grilling on a BBQ, so you would need to keep keep an eye on it for longer  … another excuse to kick back with several glasses of something cold me thinks …….. shame! 🙂

camp9Last but not least in our little homage to BBQ kit, what about going back to basics with a griddle over a camp fire?  At Fourwinds we have some pitches with campfire bowls, which if you know how, will enable you to cook directly over the fire.  We found this Pioneer grill,  which looks good to us.  There is an art in cooking over a campfire – you should wait for the flames to die down and glv15_campchef_heat_guard_leather-glovescook over the embers to ensure the food is not over blackened and is cooked through properly,  Also it is always advisable to have a good pair of fire gloves as you are cooking so close to the fire .… not too many glasses of something cold while you are concentrating on the fire then! 😦

So what are you waiting for? …. we had our first bbq of the year one chilly February night (ok we did eat it indoors, but hey!!)

Come, camp and BBQ at our Fourwinds Campsite in Cambridgeshire and have some fun in the Fens 🙂

*Mintel & The Grocer
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National Camping and Caravanning Week 27th May – 2nd June

Celebrating our country’s love of all things camping and caravanning, this week is held every year by The Camping & Caravanning Club. Check out their website for competitions (win an outwell awning and other kit, or even a brand new caravan!)

If you haven’t booked already, come and enjoy the week at Fourwinds – it falls during the summer half term break. Call to book on 01354 658737.



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Great beaches to visit during your stay at Fourwinds

It only takes about an hour to visit some of the UK’s best beaches from Fourwinds, these are our favourites;


Holkham – Just over an hour’s drive away, offering miles and miles of unspoilt beautiful beach.  We often take a drive out on a Sunday morning for a brisk walk with our dog (even in winter).  There is a carpark and a pretty wooded area before you get to the beach and if you are feeling energetic you can walk all the way to Wells Next the Sea. Check out the recommended beach walks.


Hunstanton (known to East Anglians as Sunny Hunny) …. about a 55 minute drive from here.  Old Hunstanton beach is much less commercialised then its neighbour – the main Hunstanton resort. The resort offers a prom, arcades, icecreams, eateries and a little train while Old Hunny Beach has dunes, golden sands and never feels that busy, giving you lots of room to enjoy your surroundings.  There is a carpark and toilets nearby and reasonable wheelchair access to Old Hunstanton Beach.


Wells Beach – just down the road from Holkham, Wells Beach has a large carpark and cafe and shops and from there a short walk (including steps) down to the beach, which is wide and golden.  I have spotted seals sunbathing here and its a wonderful bird watching beach.  Wells Beach is well known for its cute beach huts which are painted in beautiful summery colours – very cheery.  Wells town is a lovely coastal town with lots of independent shops and places to eat.

Its also worth checking out Over Strand and of course Cromer.

Book a stay with us by calling 01354 658737

 

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Staying in the UK for holidays this year?

At this time of year, the Great British public like to plan their summer break and not being completely sure yet how EU travel is going to be affected this year  (such as driving permits, forms etc) ‘staycationing’ seems like a very good idea indeed.  With the uncertainty of how Sterling is going to be affected in the next few months, having a UK holiday is becoming even more attractive!  Without mentioning the dreaded B….T word and the uncertainty it unfortunately brings, we are even keener then before to ensure we get value for money whilst enjoying a fulfilling break away from the stresses and strains of our every day lives.

Not sure where to go or whether to camp, caravan or motorhome, book self catering, b&bs or hotels? Check out the following links for some info to help you plan your trip.  Also check out what we have to offer at Fourwinds – with our B&B, Campsite, Self Catering accommodation and activities and explore our unique part of the UK #beautifulfens

Camping & Caravanning Club

Bed and breakfast directory

Boating holidays

Summer holiday ideas in the UK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fourwinds offers free breaks to families in celebration of B&B Week

 

In honour of the week, Fourwinds B&B in March is partnering with the Family Holiday Association, supporting struggling families by providing much needed short breaks to allow them to spend time together, away from the stresses at home.

National B&B Week was created to acknowledge the 20,000+ B&Bs in the UK and celebrate the hardwork of their hosts and their contribution to British tourism.

From 18th-24th March the organisers of #BandBWeek, eviivo and the B&B Association, and participating B&Bs will be flying the flag for bed and breakfasts and independent accommodation across the UK, to raise awareness and recognise the hard work of hosts and hoteliers and their incredible contribution to the hospitality industry.

Fourwinds B&B joins hundreds of B&Bs this March in celebrating the independent accommodation sector by offering exlusive perks. Unique offers from across the industry range from a free Scottish gin tasting to a cruise on Lake Windermere, unlimited free homemade icecream and even a free trip to St Michael’s Mount!

The event also supports the Family Holiday Association, who have been chosen as the official charity of National B&B Week. The Family Holiday Association provide well-needed breaks for families coping with issues, such as mental illness, long term sickness and domestic violence, who wouldn’t otherwise be able to go on holiday.

‘We are very proud to be a part of National B&B Week again, this time inviting families nominated by The Family Holiday Association to stay with us as our guests and enjoy all that The Fens has to offer – especially our friendly Fenland communities, and unique peaceful and beautiful countryside’ – Beverly Chappell, co owner of Fourwinds B&B

Tourism Minister, Michael Ellis, said “National B&B Week is a great opportunity for us to showcase this dynamic sector. I hope we can encourage even more people to support British tourism & experience the superb places on offer all across the nation.”

He added, “Our B&Bs are world-class. Four of TripAdvisor’s top five B&Bs in the world are in Britain and this is something that we want to capitalise on.”

There will be a range of promotional activities throughout the week to show the world what an amazing industry this is. B&B Week is also working with partners and sponsors to encourage visitors to stay in a B&B so that they can enjoy and celebrate this truly authentic and traditional holiday experience. Sponsors include, Expedia, LateRooms, National Express and Google – as well as numerous tourism boards from across the UK.

Check out the website for other B&B celebration offers around the country @NationalB&BWeek,  #B&Bweek

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