Autumn Camping in Cirencester

OK, so it’s not quite the depths of Autumn yet but we are a week in. The weather is taking a distinct turn and we thought we better sneak a family camping trip in before it gets really cold.

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We’d chatted with a friend about our families camping together in the summer but the holidays being what they are (too busy, as usual), it didn’t happen. I’m so glad we decided to go this past weekend instead of ditching the plan altogether.

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Laurence found this sweet camping spot, the organic Abbey Home Farm in Cirencester (I’m pretty sure I’m not pronoucing that properly…even in my head) about an hour from Bristol for our one-night stay. We almost had the place to ourselves!

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The land is not ours, it belongs to the future and we should leave it in good heart.

The kids loved being surrounded by sheep and cows. The adults admired the flowers. We all loved a look around The Organic Farm Shop onsite. I may have been unable to resist buying something pretty for our dining table. I’m sure it’ll feature in a post at some point.

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Laurence had this idea that he and the kids were going to make bread on a stick (we did eventually show our friend’s four-year-old where to hold it so it would actually cook, promise). The kids loved it but Laurence got really stressed getting dough all over his hands – ha! Then Talitha was the only one who actually liked eating it, ah well.

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It was amazing to see the children make their own fun. We didn’t take much to entertain them. They just loved romping in each others tents, exploring the woods, collecting pine cones and climbing trees.

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I enjoyed waking up to this sky.

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And this baby.

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I must admit I’m relieved she’s not crawling yet, though. As it was, I had to keep fishing grass and leaves out of her mouth. My mother tells me I ate a lot of sand as a baby. She’s probably smiling at this.

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It really wasn’t that cold and I don’t think the kids would have much minded even if it were. Even when the adults were all bundled up, they were throwing off their layers. It’s our second camping trip all as a family and our first with friends. I’m looking forward to doing this more.


  1. September 30, 2014 / 7:54 am

    This looks fantastic. I’m not a camper, but the idea of going when it’s getting cooler appeals to me. Part of my dislike of camping is that feeling of waking up in the morning in a baking hot tent, covered in sweat. NICE 😉
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  2. September 30, 2014 / 2:13 pm

    Looks like a great trip, and that farm shop looks amazing. Glad you’re becoming happy campers.
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  3. September 30, 2014 / 5:27 pm

    Is there anything cuter than a baby wrapped up in knitwear? I don’t think so! It looks like a great spot to camp. That shop is beautiful!!

  4. September 30, 2014 / 5:39 pm

    looks like a great camping trip, wouldn’t mind sneaking in another quick trip before it’s too cold!
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  5. September 30, 2014 / 8:02 pm

    Ooh lucky you sneaking in a late season camping trip. F loves camping and I’m so going to have to try the bread in a stick thing when we next go. X
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  6. October 1, 2014 / 12:08 am

    This looks like utter bliss. For some reason, I’d be more tempted to go camping in autumn than in summer – I guess there are less creepy crawlies around. And wow, does that farm shop look amazing. I bet I could spend a small fortune in there x
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  7. October 1, 2014 / 10:06 am

    This looks great, is it still quite mild down there? I’m a bit of a wimp and can’t imagine camping come autumn, but then we are in the frozen wastelands of the north ha!
    Love the look of that shop too!
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  8. October 3, 2014 / 9:38 am

    Oh wow looks like you had a really magical time and what a beautiful campsites. Such lovely photographs by the way and how amazing is that farm shop!!! May check out this camp site next year – looks perfect for little ones 🙂

    Laura x
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  9. October 4, 2014 / 9:19 am

    The organic farm shop looks amazing! We had a couple of freezing nights when we were camping and had to go to the shop and buy some cheap fleeces, all matching!! I did like it though, for a few nights at least. We did have a proper bed though, not sure I would have managed without it! Cherry loved it though x
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  10. October 4, 2014 / 2:35 pm

    omg O looks so cute all wrapped up in that knitwear and how colourful does the farm shop look! I feel guilty we’ve not tried something like this with Wilf and I know he would love it. Next year maybe! x
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