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Camping Activities That Are Anything But Boring!

Find a site that offers camping with activities and banish the boredom on your next trip!

You may have it in your mind that camping is a sedate and relaxing way to spend your time, and this can certainly be true. However, not everyone is content to sit back and relax for their whole break. The good news is that if you are looking for camping activities that are anything but boring, there are Campsites that have activities suitable for the whole family that you can choose to spice up a camping trip and make it fun. Read on to find out what they are.

Canoe Hire

One of the best options for injecting some excitement into a camping trip is to hire canoes and explore the local waterways. Of course, there are various different types of canoes on the market, and some like traditional Kayaks require some extra safety training before use. The reason being that you need to be able to right the canoe if it turns over in the water, something known as an ‘Eskimo Roll.’

 

 

However, there are other kinds like the ones we have on offer at Fourwinds Bed and Breakfast. Indeed, our Mackinaw Canadian canoes (sits up to 3 people) and our Mazzif Fisha sit-on kayaks, (sits one) allow you to swim free if they roll. It is because of this that we choose these types to offer for our canoe hire service and not only are they perfect for exploring the placid 26 miles of Old River Nene that runs adjacent to our campsite, but you can also safely operate them after a short briefing. Just remember to bring a packed lunch to store in the provided cool box and you can make a whole day of canoeing on the Old River Nene!

Coarse Fishing

Fishing is another activity that sits perfectly with camping, and depending on your location you may be able to try sea fishing or coarse fishing (angling for freshwater fish). The great thing about fishing is that it often combines both periods of calm and contemplation, with a burst of activity and excitement, once you have a bite! Not to mention the thrill of the competition when you are engaged in match fishing.

 

Happily, for any keen anglers, there are all kinds of wonderful fishing spots all over the UK, and Cambridge in particular. Although, with the Old River Nene running along the southeastern boundary of our land, (and free of charge to use for our guests) you won’t find a more convenient camping spot if angling for Rudd, Roach, Bream, and Tench is on your agenda!

Archery & Air Rifles

If watery pursuits aren’t your thing, then how about trying your hand at some marksmanship?

We are talking about activities such as archery and air rifles, which can prove a fun challenge for all ages of campers. Indeed, those well versed in video games where their aim is tested all the time are bound to enjoy a chance to see whether their skills measure up in real life.

Of course, when it comes to shooting of any kind, making sure you practice with the correct safety supervision and instruction is crucial. Indeed, that is why we offer both Air Rifles in March Cambridgeshire private group sessions (open to all) as well as archery ‘have a go’ and air rifles ‘have a go’ sessions exclusively for our campsite guests, run by John, our resident expert. Check out Fourwinds for more info. Why fire off (get it?) an email to john@fourwindsleisure.com and book a session today?  Also check out more on our blog about compelling reasons to camp!

The Cambridgeshire Fens for your next Staycation

After the year we have all had, we are certainly looking forward to having safe holiday time away ourselves in the UK next year. How about you? And how about The Cambridgeshire Fens for your ‘Staycation’? (love that word)

Fourwinds Leisure, with varied accommodation options, is an ideal base to explore what Cambridgeshire and the rest of East Anglia has to offer – lots of places of interest in less then an hours drive. Visit Ely’s riverside and its stunning cathedral, or Peterborough’s cathedral for that matter! Head to the golden beaches of Holkham and Wells. Visit Cambridge and enjoy the stunning architecture, markets, shops and of course the river, or take a jaunt round the beautiful Sandringham Estate. If you enjoy birds, The Cambridgeshire Fens has a lot to keep you interested – check out WWT Welney for example. If you are a National Trust fan there are plenty of interesting sites in the Fens or just a short drive away. Go to our Explore page for more places to visit. The Fens has an interesting history and landscape and still is a bit of a hidden gem. Come and find out more about us!

During the latest lockdown, at Fourwinds, we have been beavering away again, and have remodelled to create a spacious, cosy, one bedroom ground floor flat, that sleeps up to 5. The bedroom has the usual comfy Fourwinds beds you have come to expect – one king size and one single and lots of space for guests and their stuff 🙂 There is a tv in there too. The kitchen/diner gives the option for the traveller to cook for themselves (or not – if you’re on holiday!!) There is plenty of space around the table for 5 and is a lovely light bright space to enjoy a sunny Fenland day. Ask about our tasty award wining breakfast plates, delivered to your door. The living room comes equipped with a very comfortable double sofa bed and enough seating for 5 and a 42″ TV, enabled for Netflix and Amazon Prime. Comfy, cosy, spacious and good value is how we would describe it ….. but we are biased I guess 🙂

Shepherds Hideaway – perfect escape for 2

We also have our self catering Luxury Shepherds Huts, Log Cabin and Camping Field! So if your preference is to sleep almost under the stars and enjoy sitting around a traditional campfire, or to bring your own touring caravan, motorhome or campervan and prefer to use your own facilities – we can accommodate in our friendly, uncrowded campsite. For those of you that like the traditional b&b feel, we have that too! Flexible accommodation!

Options, Options, Options! Check out our website – or give us a call on 01354 658737.

Being ideal for families, or for friends, for fishing groups or paddle borders, The Old River Nene (one of the Cambridgeshire Fens waterways) is right at the end of our land with a mooring and guests can fish or launch free of charge. Or why not hire one of our canoes from April to October. The market town of March is only a 25 minute walk along the river bank too.

and they’re off

We are looking forward to our UK holiday time next year. No doubt you are too – so give us a ring on 01354 658737 or book some options online now to secure your preferred dates and accommodation. See you next year 🙂

For now, stay safe 🙂

John, Bev and the Team.

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Canoe Hire opening again! :)

Following recent announcements made by the Government, British Canoeing and The Canal and River Trust, we are delighted to be restarting our canoe hire from 30th May 2020 (taking bookings now).  We know a lot of you have been dying to get back on the water.  So now is your chance!  There will be a restricted service, so make sure you call as soon as possible to book. (01354 658737)

It is also important that you know how we are adapting things to make it safe for both you and us, so check out our Covid Secure’ protocols below:

What we are doing different:

  • Thoroughly sanitising the gunwales, seats, ropes, paddles and buoyancy aids before and after use.
  • Giving you the usual briefing – but from 2m away 🙂
  • Minimising the number of boats going out each day to avoid crowding
  • Avoiding unnecessary contact on arrival – by taking payment in advance by phone and emailing terms for agreement.

We ask you to:

  • Only canoe with members of your own household.
  • Follow instructions at all times, especially social distancing requirements.
  • Bring your own hand sanitiser (and other PPE if you want to of course)
  • Acknowledge agreement to our terms by replying to our email before arrival.
  • Be confidently mobile as we have had to adapt how we hold the boat to get you on and off. Our mooring is fairly low so stepping in is generally easy and we are still able to steady the canoe for you.
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