Camping and Rachel isn’t a combination that you would usually put together. Aside from camping at music festivals, it wasn’t hasn’t been an option I’ve explored when booking trips away. You might remember that I attended the Caravan and Motorhome show with The Caravan and Motorhome Club back in February to celebrate their re-brand. The company has over 110 years experience in the industry and have over 2500 certified locations. They actually invited me down to their Brighton site which is home to two of the cutest Camping Pods. I’ve always wanted to visit Brighton (many posts about Brighton on the way!) and this is basically Glamping, so I decided to break a habit of a lifetime and get my sleeping bag out! I have never even set foot in a caravan park before so this was a brand new adventure for me!
After nearly six hours on four different trains, we finally arrived in Brighton and caught a taxi over to the Brighton Caravan and Motorhome Site. When we arrived at the site, we were greeted by some lovely ladies in the office who swiftly checked us in. We had the choice of two pods; Belle or Rock which were both just around the corner.
Our cute pod came complete with electricity and lighting which is always a bonus. The pod is cosy but not too cramped between two people. I was worried about the pod getting rather cold, especially on an evening. The weather hadn’t been great – I was wearing gloves in April. I can confirm that the pod is well insulated with an electric heater. Oh, and also waterproof! In warmer months, I can imagine it would be ever so lovely to sit out on the porch with the foldaway chairs with a nice picnic. The futon opened up to a pretty big double bed. We both brought our own sleeping bags as the pod is without bedding but I’d also recommend bringing a pillow or two. We picked up a pack from Asda in Marina for only £3.
The toilet and shower block was literally a two minute block and were super clean and modern. I was really surprised how lovely they were. The office was also stocked with food and drinks. I also saw signs advertising hot food on an evening which is a lovely touch. There was mention of fish and chips when we were sadly leaving.
The site which is located 2 miles east of Brighton is a little bit of a trek to get there if you are without a car. It cost around £11 to get to Brighton Pier in an uber or there is a local bus service which leaves from the nearby main road. I can’t quite remember the bus number – I’m sorry! The marina is a short walk away and has a HUGE Asda and also so many different restaurants.
If you aren’t so keen on the idea of camping but looking for a unique experience at a reasonable price, the camping pods are certainly a great option. I felt like we were going on a great big adventure. I do wish it was a little bit closer to the centre but I appreciate you need a big area of land for all the caravans and motorhomes. I’d recommend doing a bit of research on local buses in the area before going.
The Camping Pods are available to both members and non-members of the Caravan and Motorhome Club. Prices start from £45 per pod, per night. They have pods available at three locations in the UK; Brighton, Abbey Wood and Coniston Park, Cumbria. You can find more information here.
Have you been camping or glamping?
*The Caravan and Motorhome Club hosted me for two nights at their Brighton site. All opinions are my own.