We spent the weekend on the Jurassic Coast in West Bay aka Broadchurch in our ‘new to us’ camper van that Harry has affectionately named Campy.
Campy is great for us because we love getting away for new adventures but don’t always want to go far.
Buying Campy is also our attempt at getting ‘camping fit’ before New Wine conference at Shepton Mallet Showground. We’re not natural campers so a tent is not for us. We are practising and utilising electric hook up while we can. Unfortunately the showground doesn’t have electric hook up so it’s still roughing it as far as I’m concerned.
The boys took Campy down to the Parkdean site on Friday after school to set up camp. The girls, me and Katie came down in the car on Saturday after ballet. We pay in advance for Katie’s lessons and they’re not cheap so we don’t like to miss lessons if we can help it.
We camped as a tourer at the far end of the site. Facilities wise there’s a toilet/shower block which is really clean. There’s a swimming pool and the kids really enjoyed the evening entertainment and arcade. Those 2p machines are so addictive! We must have spent £5 just to get a sponge bob squarepants notebook. When that notebook dropped the joy was immense! ha!
West Bay is a skip over the border in Dorset. At only 40 minutes away from Yeovil it’s perfect for a staycation. It’s also the location for the hit show Broadchurch starring David Tennant and Olivia Coleman. Broadchurch has been a phenomenal hit and made West Bay kinda cool. There are noticeably more eateries and a vintage emporium too.
We ventured out for lunch on the Saturday and after wandering looking at menu’s outside pubs and restaurants we just couldn’t decide where to eat. Jon had said he wanted to see the old train station, the last time we were there it was just a derelict train station, so we wandered round there and when we went round the corner we found it had been transformed!!
Sausage & Pear
Sausage & Pear have renovated the train carriage and station into an uber cool place to eat.
Chatting to Daniel who served us, Sausage & Pear are a Dorset based catering company who provide private catering. In the Station Kitchen you could choose cocktails and can even hire the carriage for private parties!
I’d love to return with my girlfriends, I think they’d love it here.
We had a great time in West Bay and are looking forward to visiting again. We ran out of time but next time we would try The Watch House a sister restaurant to the fabulous Hive Beach Cafe in Burton Bradstock.
We’re thinking Freshwater for Campy’s next trip. That would take us to Burton Bradstock which is our favourite beach in Dorset. In the meantime we’d definitely recommend West Bay for a day out or short break. It seems the Broadchurch effect has been good for the Jurassic Coast.
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