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Pub Camp: Gaggle of Geese, Dorset

For our wedding anniversary, and the first time in 9 years my husband and I had a 2 night stay away from our children. We decided on a pub camp so we could have the spoils of eating out but then retiring back to the van with drinks and a fire. Firstly the Gaggle of Geese is a wonderful pub, lovely home-cooked food and a really welcoming atmosphere. However I can see in the summer it really enters its own, its has a massive garden, BBQ and Pizza oven. There is a crazy golf course and a soft play bus (cue parents now feeling slightly guilty about leaving the kids at home). You can also purchase fire pits and wood to take back at camp. The garden campsite in is not too large therefore makes it a really friendly site, lots of fairy lights and fires. There wasn't any young children here, but we were out of season and enjoying being adults for the weekend. However we did strike up a good friendship with our neighbours and drank and chatted until the early hours one night.

The next day we planned a walk to Cerne Abbas to get some lunch, we visited Cerne Giant earlier in the year so this time we took more of a walk around town and a different walking route direct from this camping spot in Buckland Newton.

After a delicious evening meal and cosy fire, we had the luxury of a glorious lie before we headed to Burton Bradstock for our late lunch reservation. The fact that I booked the late lunch was just as well. Unbeknownst to us, the Weymouth Iron Man competition was taking place in the morning, so all routes out of Buckland Newton were blocked. We were literally trapped for 2 hours (we had planned to make a beach day of it), So take note people if you ever come here during 3rd week in September!. However we did get to Burton Bradstock eventually. I wanted to treat the Husband to the wonderful food at the Hive Beach Cafe, which I sampled earlier in the year with my girl friends. We had lobster overlooking the beach, with just us for company, realising that we are still good, we can still laugh and converse, despite everyday being pulled into the parenting and full-time job wormhole.

A lovely little couple with a van escape!

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