Southwold for the weekend
Another weekend away in our vintage VW T2 bay camper van beckons and we headed south.
It’s the weekend and it’s partaay time. We are two VW camper vans and a trailer tent in convoy for Southwold in Suffolk. We love it there. Our friends Rosie and Bill from London are meeting us for lunch in a nearby pub so that we can go on to the site together. We like to get a corral going just like in the old wild west days.
Rosie and Bill have hired a brand new &*%$ off motor home for the weekend and put us all to shame. They even have a shower. We are ok though. Our destination this weekend is just a field with some toilets and a tap for water. No electrics, no shop. That’s ok. We are stocked up and ready to enjoy ourselves.
We get to the site, check in and find a corner where we can park all four vans in a square. Ok it’s three vans and a trailer tent but it’s still a square.
On this occasion we put up the awning. This has lots of uses. First of all it’s somewhere to throw all the camping chairs and other gear when we are out and about. It’s generally a handy place to dump stuff. The awning does have an inner lining that is a sleeping compartment but we rarely use that. If the kids come with us they use their own tent.
The other use of the awning is for the porta potty. It fits discretely between the awning and the camper van so if you want to go in the night it’s easy. In the summer when we are using the awning we don’t bother shutting the van side door at night. Useful to be able to close it and lock during the day if we are out and about mind you.
The inside of the coral is where we put the bbq. Apart from boiling the kettle on these occasions the camper van cooker doesn’t get used much. It’s all about the bbq. Everyone pitches in with some meat and the sausages and bacon normally last the whole weekend. We eat them all up on Sunday morning. It’s quite nice to stay over Sunday night as well. Monday morning is then just chuck everything in the van and head home.
You don’t need to own a campervan to be able to do this. Our campervan, Betty, is for hire. She is a 1971 VW T2 bay and is a dream to drive. See our campervan hire page for available dates.
Anne’s Vans is a Lincolnshire based vintage VW campervan hire company.
What you think
Betty was admired and envied by fellow festival attendees and was of eminently appropriate vintageSue Topham
Despite wind and rain of biblical proportions we were assured of a warm, dry, snug bed on emerging fSue Topham
Had a great time with Betty at Cropredy Music Festival.Sue Topham
We had a great time in Betty - Cathy didn't want to give her back:)John W
We had a vantastic time with Betty this bank holiday in EdaleDan Ellin
The van was fantastic had a great weekend. Rachel xRachel
Wow - the pictures of Betty don't do her justice - she is a beautGraham Wilson
Betty is an absolute delight and has a personality all of her own. We will certainly be back.Mark Smith
Literally you have to go to Germany in Betty. So many fans, beeps, waves and pictures!Jimmy Vestbirk
Hi Anne we've had a lovely weekend in Betty. The awning has been a godsend to give the extra space.Amanda
Anne's Vans were a pleasure to deal with the hiring of our van. Highly recommended!Claire Smith
I was amazed at how comfortable it was to drive Betty the van.Dave Cooper