Dreams can come true

I’ve always loved beaches ever since I was a kid. We’d go to Bournemouth, Margate, Brighton and I’d always be the one who didn’t want to leave. I’d get excited about visiting them when I was abroad. But my ultimate dream was to go the Maldives and experience the powder white sand and amazing snorkeling, [...]


Kate Middleton and Prince William

With speculation on the honeymoon destination for the Royal newlyweds rife, we’re wondering if Thomson Al Fresco may be getting a look in? Boasting a number of quiet parcs across Europe, we think they could be the perfect solution for a secret hideaway destination. With the Royal couple reportedly being very down to earth, and [...]

Life is indeed a beach

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Hazy memories from halcyon days learning how to daydream in the Mediterranean Pretty much all of my favourite memories revolve around the family beach holidays I enjoyed as a wide-eyed city-kid let loose on the golden sands of the Mediterranean. I remember, as a scruffy infant schoolchild, being told by my teacher – as I [...]

La Croix Du Vieux Pont review


Laura Bryant, a Thomson Al Fresco Facebook competition winner, won an Easter break to one of our parcs, La Croix Du Vieux Pont, and I think we are safe to say it was a hit! Here’s what she thought.. We stayed here this Easter hols (the first week of the school holidays) with Thomson Al [...]

An alternative tipple in Lake Garda

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We know a crisp glass of wine won’t be everyone’s tipple of choice, so why not replace this with an ice cold beer as the first drink to enjoy on your decking while watching the sun go down? Dave Ryan from The Independent on Sunday travelled to Lake Garda and discovered a delicious array of [...]

Memories are made of this!

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Why not enhance your Tuscan holiday by taking advantage of the experience of a local operator who knows where to find the hidden treasures of the region. And at the same time, avoid driving your car in the Italian traffic. Camping Norcenni Girasole Club, besides maintaining a wonderful campsite, also manages “Norcenni Tours” which can [...]

What is there to do in The Vendée? (Part 1)

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I thought I’d write a bit of a blog about our (my husband and myself) experiences of the Vendée. You never know – you might find something useful in it that you didn’t know. When our children were little, we spent a few 2-week holidays in The Vendée. We love the scenery of Brittany, and [...]

Crisp rose and spicy reds from Provence


Our resident wine expert Simon Woods has chosen four delicious wines from Provence to recommend in his second wine video blog. Provence is most famous for its rosé so no wine list would be complete without a couple of varieties. In fact up to 70% of the wine from Provence is pink, meaning it is [...]

30 years on… family camping holidays on the Costa Brava

Adam Moss family on holiday at Estartit with Thomson Al Fresco

Manchester blogger, Adam Moss, took his family on an Al Fresco holiday to Estartit in Spain last summer and wanted to share his experiences with us considering it had been “a full three decades since [he] last took on the challenge of a family camping holiday.” Here is his story… Back then, in the early [...]

Brittany Ferries Great Wine Fortnight


Having just enjoyed a relaxing sailing back from St Malo, I thought I’d let you know about the Brittany Ferries wine fortnight coming up between the 3rd and 17th May. During the crossing there is the chance to meet a wine grower, learn much about wine in general and then sign up for tastings and [...]