things to do

Al Fresco’s Got Talent contest – Round 1

On a Friday evening, with the sun shining down on Château Des Ormes campsite, the crowds start forming for the first round of Al Fresco’s Got Talent contest. With dance groups appearing in matching outfits, a break-dancer with his props and another act wheeling his bike over, you could feel the excitement growing. The smell of BBQs was lingering [...]

A Stone’s Throw Away from Château de Combourg


A short drive from the Château Des Ormes campsite can take you to the beautiful French village of Combourg home to Château de Combourg. With its cobbled high street surrounded by stone buildings the town is steeped in medieval history.   It is hard to resist sitting at one of the cafes with a cool drink and relaxing whilst taking in [...]

Grab a bargain at the traditional Frejus market.


Hearing the hustle and bustle going on round the corner in Frejus market and being my inquisitive self I decided to stroll on over and see what was happening. As I approached I could see lots of different market stalls. The smell of fresh home-grown produce was in the air. ‘Elles sont belles elles sont belles mes [...]

St Malo In The Sun


Late June and the sun is shining over Chateau des Ormes in Northern Brittany. With a couple of reps sharing a day off a road trip to St Malo is agreed. A Shopper’s delight The old city of St Malo is encapsulated within tall stone walls. As soon as you pass through the designated archway entrances [...]

Summer Games Sand Castle Competition: Making the Impossible, Possible.

Al Fresco kids club reps

When you think back to building sandcastles, do you remember a crumbling single tower with a lolly pop stick stuck in the top?  Or do you picture a racing car complete with gear stick and shell head lights, finished off with a dash board and a seat big enough for you to climb in to? [...]

Les Méditerranées Summer Games Football Tournament is ‘Game On’

Forget the likes of Steven Gerard and John Terry, Al Fresco Summer Games is where the newest Football talent is to be found. Boys as young as 7 score goals past their dads, whilst teenagers from different countries tackle one another like the pros and Reps show off their hidden skills to the amazement of [...]

Five Things To Do In Austria (That Don’t Involve Vienna)

OTHER than a quick peek over the border into Germany or a Viennese Whirl what else does Austria have to offer the discerning holidaymaker? Well, lots, as it happens. You could head to Vienna. But then, everybody does that, right? You want something unique, something different, something unusual. Something to set you apart from the [...]

Summer Games 2012 – prepare to play!

Al Fresco summer games at Chateau des Ormes campsite

Preparations for the Al Fresco Summer Games - Our new activity rep at Chateau des Ormes campsite shares her story: Before I knew it summer had started.  I met up with all the other Al Fresco reps on the campsite Château des Ormes in Dol-de-Bretagne last month to get things ready for the holiday season. The green scenery on the site beat all [...]

summer games 2012 – bringing you the Olympics (Al Fresco style)

Image of a family doing a wheelbarrow race

Summer games Wellies, eggs, spoons and yellow plastic ducks may not be the equipment of the Olympic summer games, but for us at Al Fresco it’s all we need for a summer of family inspired fun. Whether it’s a summer fête, traditional summer games, a sports day or Al Fresco’s own take on ‘The Cube’.  We are all preparing [...]

Are You Ready For The Summer Games TwentyTwelve??

Summer games egg sppon race

Traditional summer games -  egg and spoon race After a long journey from Venice to Dol De Bretagne I joined the rest of the activity team for our Summer Games training, and this is when the fun really began! We woke up to a sunny day in Dol De Bretagne and for us, the new activity team, Christmas had [...]