I took so many photos while we were away and had so much footage to sort through, it has taken me this long to get it all organised. If you follow me on Instagram and YouTube you’ll have seen that we went away to The Netherlands with Eurocamp in half term and had an amazing time.
If you haven’t been before then you really should look into it and honestly I cannot recommend the Beekse Bergen resort enough, it was the best family holiday we have ever been on!
We decided to go by ferry, much easier to cart all of our stuff in the car than worry about luggage allowances and 3 kids on a flight. The journey either side isn’t very long at all, at around an hour each end but unfortunately it is a 7 hour crossing going Harwich to Hook of Holland. You can go Dover to Calais but then you have more driving the other side.
The girls loved being on the boat though and going out we booked ourselves into a cabin so we could all have a nap. We’d been up since 4am so it was the best €50 I’ve ever spent!
We stayed in one of Eurocamp’s Vista Mobile Homes, something that was new to me as I have only ever stayed in their tents in the past. I would definitely stay in a caravan again though, especially having a baby, as they are just that little bit more luxurious than a tent, with a toilet, shower and a microwave.
The Beekse Bergen resort is stunning, situated in woodland and right at the edge of a lake. They have created beaches at points around the edge and each night there was just the most gorgeous sunsets. None as beautiful as the first night we were there though, I have never seen a sky like it!
Most of our days were spent by the lake, making sand castles in the sand and splashing around together in the water. I had never swum in a lake before and I felt like I was in The Famous Five or something – all I needed was a rowing boat and a dog named Timmy!
You probably saw this photo on Instagram, it is one of my all time favourites! So much fun matching with my girlies!
If the beach isn’t for you then there is also a pool which overlooks the lake. It has 3 different areas; the main pool, water slide pool and the baby pool.
The girls loved the baby pool, with with the slides and water fountains. I loved the fact that they had filled it with bath toys, Lils was in her element filling up buckets again and again. It is simple things like that that really impressed me!
We ate out on a couple of the evenings as the girls enjoyed the kids entertainment at 7pm each night, with meet and greets with the resort mascot, Djambo. They also made friends with a couple of little Dutch girls, it was so cute to watch them trying to communicate.
The Beekse Bergen resort also contains a safari park and our package included a Funcard which allowed us access to the safari and a few other parks in the area. We are an animal loving family and so spent 2 of our days at the safari park as it was just brilliant.
It is well worth spending 2 days there as the sheer size of it means you can’t really get it all done in one day without rushing around. It was boiling hot the week we were there so there was no way we were going to be in any sort of hurry!
Something that I really loved about the safari park was the fact that it was completely geared towards children. I think it is a European thing actually – they make sure everyone is catered for. There was a children’s play area but better than that, there were slides and climbing frames all around the park. At first it felt as though this detracted from the animals but actually it is genius – it means they children get to do the thing they really love to do (and would otherwise spend half the visit moaning about wanting to do) all the way around, rather than having to wait until the end!
Another highlight of the trip and probably the girls’ favourite part, was our trip to Efteling. Our neighbours at the resort told us about it on the first night and showed us the map of the park. The fact that it is based around fairytales had us sold immediately and it did not disappoint at all. It really deserves its own post and I have so much footage that I may put it all together when I have time. I honestly don’t think I have ever been anywhere as lovely.
It was a little bit like going back in time, to how theme parks used to be – full of innocence and wonder. I would definitely go back again and would recommend it if you have little ones that love fairytales and magic.
The Netherlands well and truly stole our hearts and I definitely want to go back again. Eurocamp, as ever, made sure we had a fantastic stay and looked after us from beginning to end. If you are looking for a family holiday then it is a brilliant place to go!
If you want to see a little more then I have made a couple of videos of our trip …
Have you been to The Netherlands before?
We were sent away courtesy of Eurocamp but all words and thoughts are my own.