France for Christmas or New Year??

Discussion in 'France' started by MHVirgins, Dec 18, 2014.

  1. MHVirgins

    MHVirgins

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2011
    Messages:
    3,890
    Likes Received:
    3,165
    Location:
    South of Scotland
    We have been meandering south from Scotland since since late November, through Yorkshire, Peak District and have been in the Hampshire/West Sussex area for the last two weeks visiting family.
    Seeing as we were so far south, I had a mad idea last night.......could we go across to Brittany for a couple of weeks? So the question is......what sites are open, is it worthwhile going across at this time of the year or do any of the Funsters have any tips or suggestions.

    Margaret:xsmile:
     
    • Like Like x 3
  2. ukbill

    ukbill Funster

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2011
    Messages:
    4,897
    Likes Received:
    4,862
    Location:
    benidorm
    benidorm :xgrin:
     
    • Like Like x 2
  3. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2007
    Messages:
    28,934
    Likes Received:
    25,574
    Location:
    .
    Most, if not all sites close at the end of August in France but most camping-car aires will be open.. some may have closed the water off for winter.. Weather will be similar to Cornwall.. so could be wet and windy.
    There are a several towns worth visiting, Honfluer has lots of shops and eateries, if a tad expensive, has a big aire with EHU and walking distance to town .

    Mont St Michel is also worth a visit ..

    Personally I don't think it's worth the expense in winter.. but if you decide to go I'll list a few aires that are worth visiting..
     
    • Like Like x 1
  4. JeanLuc

    JeanLuc Funster

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2008
    Messages:
    2,782
    Likes Received:
    1,857
    Location:
    Warwickshire
    At this time of year, I would probably choose Belgium and NE France rather than trek all the way to Brittany. Some really interesting cities to visit (assuming you have not been before): Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp, Tournai, Brussels, Saint Omer. Aires are available in many towns and several should have water flowing.
     
    • Like Like x 4
  5. chaser

    chaser Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2013
    Messages:
    7,138
    Likes Received:
    7,717
    Location:
    uttoxeter
    Ipers, arras , Lille to name but three more, nowt wrong with northern France , often overlooked by people rushing off to the south!
     
    • Like Like x 3
  6. Stephen & Jeannie

    Stephen & Jeannie Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2008
    Messages:
    4,198
    Likes Received:
    3,261
    Location:
    Gobowen near Oswestry !!
    Blackpool with sunshine ! The pits !:reel::reel::reel:
     
    • Like Like x 2
  7. MHVirgins

    MHVirgins

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2011
    Messages:
    3,890
    Likes Received:
    3,165
    Location:
    South of Scotland
    Thanks to you all for your replies and advice:xThumb: We're now on the CC site at Brighton and it's blowing a gale.......will be here until after Christmas and will probably just meander back north in the New Year.

    There are plenty motorhomes and caravans on the site.....haven't seen any Funster stickers yet:xlaugh:

    Margaret & Bill
     
    • Like Like x 3
  8. Bertie Bassett

    Bertie Bassett Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2014
    Messages:
    2,743
    Likes Received:
    8,714

    Wherever you go and wherever you end up have a great time. :xThumb:
     
    • Like Like x 3
  9. MHVirgins

    MHVirgins

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2011
    Messages:
    3,890
    Likes Received:
    3,165
    Location:
    South of Scotland

    Thanks for that Bertie:xwink:
     
  10. Bertie Bassett

    Bertie Bassett Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2014
    Messages:
    2,743
    Likes Received:
    8,714
    Scotjim mentioned Mont St Michel, we visited over the Christmas period some years ago. It was very busy but still worth it particularly if you get there before the buses arrive at 10ish. Plenty of aires and some of the Municipal Sites used to open at Christmas in Normandy but can't guarantee they do now.
    We just wander sometimes and have plans to become vagrants when work is finally done in 2016.
    Isn't it wonderful that you can just go wherever you like when you like!:xgrin:
     
    • Like Like x 1
  11. MHVirgins

    MHVirgins

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2011
    Messages:
    3,890
    Likes Received:
    3,165
    Location:
    South of Scotland

    We have been trying to get down south all year, I needed to visit my elderly parents and two brothers and we've managed to see them a couple of times over the past two weeks:xThumb:

    I think we'll stay this side of the channel given that it's so late in the year, the last time we were in Brittany we were in a static caravan and the children were very young. So possibly next year, if we have any money left after paying for our daughter's wedding:xeek:

    We were going to spend Christmas at Hillhead CC site near Brixham but decided against that at the last minute. Being around here gives us more options for sites and then we can just saunter our way back north again:xsad:
     
    • Like Like x 2
  12. Mr Ed

    Mr Ed Funster

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2010
    Messages:
    526
    Likes Received:
    516
    Location:
    Norfolk.
    Well you just missed one fun sticker we were there Sunday &Monday,it is a great site and just a small bus ride to town.:xThumb:
     
    • Like Like x 1
  13. Parcverger

    Parcverger Funster - Campsite Owner

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2007
    Messages:
    482
    Likes Received:
    441
    Location:
    Parc Verger - Limousin
    The forecast for here is for a fair bit of sunshine and reasonable temperatures, so you could come and join us - champagne or bucks fizz get together on Christmas morning, and beer and bbq lunch on New Years Day. OK, its a bit further than Brittany, but an extra day's travel will do it!

    And there's a special rate for Funsters at the moment, only 12.50€ (about £10) per night including pitch, 2 people and 16A (yes, 16A) hookup.

    You will be very welcome!
    Bob
    www.parcverger.com
     
    • Like Like x 5
  14. MHVirgins

    MHVirgins

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2011
    Messages:
    3,890
    Likes Received:
    3,165
    Location:
    South of Scotland
    That's a pity we missed you:xsmile: It was a gorgeous day here today and we went into town on the bus, walked down and got it outside Lidl. Lots of wildlife around the site, we might very well have rabbit instead of turkey for Christmas dinner:xgrin:
     
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2014
    • Like Like x 2
  15. MHVirgins

    MHVirgins

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2011
    Messages:
    3,890
    Likes Received:
    3,165
    Location:
    South of Scotland

    Hi Bob! Thanks very much for your invitation, it sounds great!:xThumb:
    We are booked in here for Christmas and New Year now, but this sounds like a great for next year.

    Margaret & Bill
     
    • Like Like x 1
  16. Bertie Bassett

    Bertie Bassett Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2014
    Messages:
    2,743
    Likes Received:
    8,714

    If only we could..................................sigh!:xsad:
     
    • Like Like x 1
  17. Bertie Bassett

    Bertie Bassett Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2014
    Messages:
    2,743
    Likes Received:
    8,714

    We might well join you..............I am definitely not working next Christmas.:xThumb:
     
    • Like Like x 1
  18. MHVirgins

    MHVirgins

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2011
    Messages:
    3,890
    Likes Received:
    3,165
    Location:
    South of Scotland
    It was a beautiful day in Brighton today:xThumb:
     
  19. Bertie Bassett

    Bertie Bassett Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2014
    Messages:
    2,743
    Likes Received:
    8,714
    But France always draws us....................it's like a magnet whatever the time of year and we are off to the Brenne and the Dordogne in September so another trip in December would be a bonus for us.:xThumb:
     
    • Like Like x 1
  20. MHVirgins

    MHVirgins

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2011
    Messages:
    3,890
    Likes Received:
    3,165
    Location:
    South of Scotland
    We really do want to get over with the van, the last time we were in Brittany the children were very young and we had a static caravan with Eurocamp. We keep an eye on the property prices out there, they're great value for money. Unfortunately with the way property prices have gone in Scotland it's not a good time to sell, our two buy-to-let flats have dropped in value over the past couple of years:xsad:
     
    • Like Like x 1
Loading...

Share This Page