Camping and Caravanning Club Site Review


Last month we had our first camping holiday at the fantastic Kingsbury Water Park Camping and Caravanning Club Site in the West Midlands.

I was very excited – I had never been camping before – well none of us had, although Mummy used to have a touring caravan with Daddy and the others had been away in that. Mummy was a member of the other caravan club then, and had never stayed on a camping and caravanning club site before, so she was very excited to see what the site would be like.

We had an absolutely awful journey on the Friday – it took almost 8 hours to get there (it is usually under 4 hours), with huge traffic jams at all the main motorway junctions, and the M42 took us at least twenty minutes from one junction to the next. I was a really good boy and only got a bit grumpy at the end of the journey.

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The site was easy to find, not far at all off Junction 9 of the M42.

Luckily, our tent and beds were already up waiting for us.

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The site is large, flat spacious and really well kept. As we arrived late, in the pouring rain, we literally unpacked what we needed and got ready for bed.

There is a fantastic family room on the site, with shower, sink, baby changing and loo all in one large room. We all got changed and ready in here.

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We didn’t sleep very well – well I did once I got to sleep, but Mummy was very cold, and the rain was quite heavy. Thank goodness we woke up on Saturday to sunshine – yay! We were heading to the brilliant Conkers in the middle of  The National Forest which was about half an hour away. When we got back to the campsite Nana and Grandad had arrived in their caravan – we were so pleased to see them! They were very impressed with the site – and they have stayed on hundreds of sites all over the UK.

We had tea with them, had a warm up, then headed back to the tent for the night. It was a bit warmer – I loved it, and we all slept a bit better. The rain came again in the night and when we woke on Sunday it was torrential. We dashed to Nana’s caravan to get ready, before leaving to meet Mummy’s bestest blogging friend Zena from Zena’s Suitcase and her family at Drayton Manor. The rain was bouncing down!

Drayton Manor is literally ten minutes down the road, so easy and quick to get to.

We arrived back at the campsite and thank goodness could dry off and warm up in Nana’s caravan!

Monday was dry – ish but grey and cloudy and cold! It was Grandad’s birthday and we went to a fantastic shopping place nearby, before having a meal at a Beefeater to celebrate.

We walked around the site when we got back, for Mummy to take photos. We found a lovely park – it was a shame I couldn’t go on it earlier because it was so wet.

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The rain came back, and we had another wet night. We packed up Tuesday – in the rain – and headed home, as did Nana and Grandad.

It is a shame that the weather was so bad for us – the site is really so lovely. We would love to stay there again in the sunshine, and Nana and Grandad are definitely going to take their caravan back for a longer holiday. We would also love to have explored The Water Park right next door which had lots of activities, but it was too wet. You can walk along the tow path by the canal to a traditional pub too, but we were advised against it with a pushchair because it was too muddy.

Why Kingsbury Water Park?

*Modern reception with friendly staff and a well stocked little shop selling all your essentials.

*Secure barriers in and out of the site makes it feel very safe.

*Large, flat pitches – tent pitches have electric hook ups.

*Nice children’s play area.

*Two Indoor dish washing areas, a laundry room and a family room.

*Modern, clean toilet bock with piping hot showers, private sinks and main sinks and loos.

*More toilets and showers in the block by reception.

*Well kept, easy access service areas with rubbish bins and water points.

*Lots of room between and around the pitches.

*Brilliant central location with so much to do nearby including Conkers Park, Drayton Manor, and The Water Park on the doorstep.

Thank you for having us, we hope to see you again soon!

Have you been camping this summer?

We were invited to stay at this site, and received a complementary three night stay in exchange for our honest review. All words, thoughts and photos are ours.








  1. Not a big camping fan myself, but looks like a super lovely site! Great that it is near drayton manor and other fun things for the kids too!
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  2. I love Caravan and Camping, however not in a tent he he. We go in a caravan and its so much better. Love Caravan and camping always know they will be to a good standard in the toilets and showers etc x
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  3. You’re much braver than me! However it does look like a nice place to go camping with all mod-cons so it’s not too bad and always nice to have a break away from home for a few days! I think we will look at camping for next year 🙂 Xx
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  4. Shame about the weather – that has been the story of our summer too 🙁 #PoCoLo
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  5. I would love to go camping and it is on my bucket list but I need to overcome my fear of all things crawling first. Looks like a great site x
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  6. This looks like a really clean and well organised site. Shame about the British weather though!
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  7. Looks like a great site and looks like your first camping trip was a great sucess, all be it slightly wet 🙂 x
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  8. We haven’t braved camping with our kids yet, but I know they’d love it and this site looks fantastic! It looks so well equipped and its great that Drayton Manor is so close too. Glad you all had such a good time (weather aside) 🙂
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  9. I’m not a camper but this looks really lovely. Love the clean restroom & the children’s play area sounds great. So glad you guys enjoyed it! x
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  10. Oh good to know there are family friendly camping sites in the UK! 🙂
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  11. What a shame about the weather! I think we must have been away in our caravan at the same time as you. It was a bit rough and I wouldn’t have liked to have been in a tent. Caravan and Camping Club sites are great though. We’ve stayed at a few over the years, but before our caravan. For various reasons we’re not away this bank holiday but reading this has made me itch for another trip away! #pocolo
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  12. Shame about the weather! Site looks lovely though and It looks like the kids had a great time

  13. It looks like a great place to stay! Such a shame about the weather you had!
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  14. Looks a great place to go! What a shame about the weather x

  15. Sounds like a great site, lots of nice clean facilities and a fantastic family changing room. Perfect for little ones. Glad you enjoyed your time despite the weather #thelist
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  16. That traffic was awful, wasn’t it? To think we were stuck on the motorway together lol. This campsite looks great- I love the facilities! Such a shame about the weather but glad Conkers was a fun day out- I loved meeting you x
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  17. I like camping where there are toilets, showeres, shops and luxuries! Def plan on doing some as the baby gets older. Hopefully the traffic won’t be so bad on the way, 8 hours in a car, eesh!
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  18. Such a shame the weather wasn’t in your favour – my resounding image of camping as a child is waking up to my pillow being wet after our tent leaked, and the tent next door blowing over in the wind! Looks like a fab place to go, really child friendly – but definitely a sunshine holiday. Glad you made the most of it though.
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  19. It looks like a great campsite, I love the idea of a family room, makes it easier when you have little ones. A shame about the rain, but at least you had a fab time at Conkers! 🙂 x
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  20. You are braver than us! I really don’t like camping and we can’t really due to Ross’ disability. It sounds like you really made the best of it despite the weather (it really has been pants, hasn’t it?!). It sounds like it was a great campsite too. Thanks for linking to #PoCoLo x
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  21. It looks like a great park but I am not brave enough to camp in the rain! The family showers ect. do look nice though, definitely the kind of place I would try if I worked up the nerve! #TriedTested
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  22. Wow what a beautiful clean place! Looks like a lovely site! Such a lovely read! Thanks for sharing! Suz x
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  23. Oh I don’t like camping, it looks like a great site though. Lovely pictures. Thanks for linking up to #TheList x
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