Camp Westival*

 Camping in The Cotswolds, in Oxfordshire.

Our home for four days was in an 8-man tent on a camping site in Chipping Norton. A car and top box rammed to the brim, ready for this annual family meet. The *Westival, named after Mr Red’s Family on his Mum’s side.  We have had this wonderful get together now for the past four years.

We’ve met twice in North Devon – where my husband is from. The meet took us to Nottingham last year, where we got bitten a lot by insects.

This year The Cotswolds. Such a lovely part of the country, I’d like to be able to investigate further one day, see more of it.

So it rained for more than half of our stay, the road by the camp site was very busy and noisy, even at night, but it really was a lovely time away.

The Thursday it had taken us a good few hours to get there, so it was mainly about settling in, tents up, and a take away was the menu for the day.

Sight Seeing

Friday we took a trip to Oxford in the morning, such a beautiful City, would love to spend more time there exploring. We really loved the old buildings, such character. In the afternoon we paid a visit to a National Trust property – Chastleton House in Morton in Marsh, yet another stunning National Trust property to tick off of our visit list. Unfortunately the weather was hideous so we didn’t spend long here at all; we did pop into the Church within the grounds and had light refreshments. BBQ with the family in the evening completed the day.

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Fairy Tale Farm

Saturday whilst the “older” generation went for a pub lunch, we took a trip to Fairy Tale Farm, although started off damp and very breezy it did end up being a lovely time out. The children totally enjoyed this play place, lots of things to see and do, with many sensory items.

There was Bunny Hollow, with a role play kitchen, which the smaller girls enjoyed, the entrance to the hollow were little flower beds with plastic flowers, although it wasn’t obvious.

Two sheds with a path in between had some hidden secrets, with buttons to press, where lights turned on inside, and snippets of fairy tales were told. Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gretel, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Red Riding Hood. Although Sleeping Beauty was slightly creepy.

Out the other side were sea creature statues, which Baby Red hated, especially the singing Mermaid (think Pirates of the Caribbean singing Sirens creepy).

There were more sensory things as we walked through, things to do, to see and to hear. Even the 12 year old enjoyed herself.

There was a play park with picnic area, the children – young and old enjoyed that, including Rubber Duck Racing! Fun.


An animal area was last in the outdoor activities, we were able to buy animal feed to feed them, we chose guinea pigs and goats.

Think that was one of their favourite activities.

Inside we brought cheeky cake, there was a small play area for younger children to play, which was lovely.

The day was value for money, would recommend it to anyone with young children.


Had a walk around Chipping Norton, very small town, not a lot there much like where I live, but a bit more upmarket…


The day ended with an evening together in a big group for another BBQ, even the rain held off. It is lovely to feel so welcomed by these people.


It was so lovely to get away, we are already making plans for our next camping trips, the children really do love it.


I really can’t believe the School holidays are almost over, they have gone unbelievably quick; I do have some Mummy guilt about not doing a lot this year.  But it can’t be helped; we have done what we could.


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Merriott Majorettes Charity Fundraiser

A majorette troupe from Merriott will be holding a Majorette Competition with a Fun Day; Sunday 13th August (This coming Sunday)!

The day will give the opportunity to see some award winning Majorette Troupes compete against each other, in aid of two fantastic Somerset Charities; St Margaret’s Hospice and Towards Tomorrow Together, both close to Merriott Majorettes’ hearts.


St Margaret’s Hospice provides palliative care to patients with life limiting conditions, supporting their families through difficult times ahead.


Towards Tomorrow Together provides families with support through the loss of a baby or child, as well as memory boxes before families leave the hospital, to assist with making memories.

The day will include displays from Devon Dynamite Majorettes, Cullumpton Ace, Port Bredy Allstars, Chard Evolution and Castle Cary Cygnets; with duets, parent fun and lunch time activities which are majorette themed.

As well as this competition there is a Fun Day, to add to the already special event. Stalls with various activities, and things to buy.

Disney’s Anna and Elsa have agreed to come along, will be there from 11am.

Not forgetting our raffle, with a chance to win some wonderful days out from Yeovil Football Club to Haynes, with a selection of hampers, there are a lovely range of prizes.


These are just a few we have to offer

(There is still time to donate if you wish to).

The day will begin with the first section which will be Military displays from 9.30am, with presentation of trophies at around 5pm.

There will be a BBQ, cake and tuck shop stalls too.

This will be the second year running Merriott Majorettes have given up their limited time to make a day for Charity. They’re a fantastic team.

Huge thank you to everyone involved, who will be making the day possible, particularly the troupes traveling from across the South West to join in with the special event.

If you’re at a loose end, pop over and support these two great causes.

Any more information please head over to Merriott’s Facebook Group, keep up to date with their latest news and events.


Well done to everyone.

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