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Post by Paulmold on Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:48 am

Broadway, Duetto, Nuevo, Corinium Duo. That's on only half of the site, haven't walked around the other half yet. Any members here?

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Post by Paulmold on Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:04 pm

Walked around other half and there's another Duetto, a Symbol and an Executive with a toad.

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Post by Bad Penny on Wed Oct 09, 2019 1:29 pm

Paul, I have read complaints about this site, regarding privacy on pitches since the refurbishment. We used this site many times before the refurb.

What do you think?

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Post by Paulmold on Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:18 pm

Can't see any problems. Pitches are well spaced apart. It's one of the few sites that don't close toilets until the afternoon which I think should be adopted by all sites. 
There is an error on the CAMC booking app, it gives only a choice of standard pitch with or without awning or a serviced pitch. It doesn't give the option of Hardstanding . We were given grass pitch so I asked reception how to book Hardstanding. They weren't aware of the error so phoned head office in front of me and it will be altered, in the meantime they suggest you ring site direct.

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Post by Bad Penny on Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:56 pm

Thanks for your reply Paul, plus extra info.

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Post by Bad Penny on Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:57 pm

Thanks for your reply Paul, plus extra info.

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Post by nuevoboy on Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:14 am

Last time we were there (around this time of year), they were having to tow 'vans off the site and it was becoming a right mess.
Some of the problems were caravan users, driving their cars over the grass between the 'vans instead of using a prescribed access.
How many hardstanding pitches are there now Paul and how is the site looking, given the wet weather we've had lately?
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Post by nuevoboy on Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:14 am

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Post by Paulmold on Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:38 am

Lots of Hardstandings now. (I think the website quotes 125 but I haven't counted). Most grass pitches are now under fleece to help grass regrow, they have to keep 25 grass for use now (don't know why) . A little rutted at edges where pitch meets road. The pitch we are on slopes slightly backwards so I expressed my concern about messing up the pitch when we leave and was told ' if you start spinning, stop and tell us and we'll get mats to help you off'. Luckily since we've been here we've only had a little rain so we may not have a problem.

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Post by burlingtonboaby on Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:20 am

Paulmold wrote:Broadway, Duetto, Nuevo, Corinium Duo. That's on only half of the site, haven't walked around the other half yet. Any members here?
I thought you were cheating Paul and was parked up at Marquis motorhomes.     hugegrins    .enjoy your wee trip away.
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Post by Paulmold on Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:39 am

There's another Corinium - belongs to one of the wardens. 
No-one else here then or maybe they're avoiding me!

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Post by Paulmold on Fri Oct 11, 2019 5:34 pm

Paulmold wrote:The pitch we are on slopes slightly backwards so I expressed my concern about messing up the pitch when we leave and was told ' if you start spinning, stop and tell us and we'll get mats to help you off'. Luckily since we've been here we've only had a little rain so we may not have a problem.
I spoke too soon regards the rain. It chucked it down yesterday evening and most of the night so this morning ground looked very soft, muddy and puddled. As we were packing up, one of the wardens came over and reiterated the advice if his colleague to stop if spinning and they would help with mats. As it happens we drove off pitch fine, whether that was my expert driving or the Michelin Agilis Camper tyres, I'm not sure.   Whistle1
Having left Tewkesbury we've travelled home through some torrential rain.
Seeing as the fair (Tewkesbury Mop Fair) didn't finish until 10.30pm last night, there was no sign of it having been there by 10am , they must have their packing up, off to a fine art.

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Post by daisy mae on Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:33 pm

Found the Michelin Agilis Camping tyres , great when getting of the grass at Newlands camp site last Sunday. heavy rain all through Saturday night, as all all week, so well pleased with them.

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Post by burlingtonboaby on Sat Oct 12, 2019 1:56 pm

Paulmold wrote:
Paulmold wrote:The pitch we are on slopes slightly backwards so I expressed my concern about messing up the pitch when we leave and was told ' if you start spinning, stop and tell us and we'll get mats to help you off'. Luckily since we've been here we've only had a little rain so we may not have a problem.
I spoke too soon regards the rain. It chucked it down yesterday evening and most of the night so this morning ground looked very soft, muddy and puddled. As we were packing up, one of the wardens came over and reiterated the advice if his colleague to stop if spinning and they would help with mats. As it happens we drove off pitch fine, whether that was my expert driving or the Michelin Agilis Camper tyres, I'm not sure.   Whistle1
Having left Tewkesbury we've travelled home through some torrential rain.
Seeing as the fair (Tewkesbury Mop Fair) didn't finish until 10.30pm last night, there was no sign of it having been there by 10am , they must have their packing up, off to a fine art.
Talking about Mob fair Paul, as a wee kid visiting Yate, we used to go to the Chipping Sodbury Mop, had a great time, loud music (Rolling Stones Kinks, Yardbirds) , came home with bags of goldfish.
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Post by rgermain on Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:04 pm

Thanks Paul, never heard about it, Mop fair that is, another one for the too do list smile!
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Post by Paulmold on Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:58 pm

rgermain wrote:Thanks Paul, never heard about it, Mop fair that is, another one for the too do list smile!
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Post by nuevoboy on Sat Oct 12, 2019 6:55 pm

It's probably a good idea when touring to check out local attractions.
A few years back I organised a cycling weekend for a group of friends in Leominster.
We did a trial run a month or so ahead, to check routes etc. but when we arrived for the weekend itself, the fairground was parked up right outside our B&B.

The following year we booked to stay at Tewkesbury (probably at this time of year) and arrived at the same time as the Mop Fair. To be honest, from the C&MC site, the racket wasn't too bad, but it was definitely the loudest fair I've ever come across.
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Post by Paulmold on Sat Oct 12, 2019 7:45 pm

We could hardly hear the fair at all but we were on the farthest side away from the fair.
We actually heard more noise from the rugby club next door with cars leaving there.

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Post by nuevoboy on Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:02 pm

Paulmold wrote:Can't see any problems. Pitches are well spaced apart. It's one of the few sites that don't close toilets until the afternoon which I think should be adopted by all sites. 
There is an error on the CAMC booking app, it gives only a choice of standard pitch with or without awning or a serviced pitch. It doesn't give the option of Hardstanding . We were given grass pitch so I asked reception how to book Hardstanding. They weren't aware of the error so phoned head office in front of me and it will be altered, in the meantime they suggest you ring site direct.

Hi Paul, it looks like I've just been lumbered with organising our annual cyclefest next year in Tewkesbury.

I'm a bit confused over your previous post (above).
Are you saying that there is now an option to pre-book a hardstanding pitch?
Never known that with the C&MC before.
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Post by Paulmold on Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:59 pm

Yes if you look at the CAMC app it asks to select a pitch type. At the moment it only shows 'standard pitch with awning', ' standard without awning' and 'serviced pitch' which has own tap and drain. There should be 'hardstanding (known at Tewkesbury as multi-surface). At the moment if you want Hardstanding you are best to phone site, hopefully the app will be altered to show correct pitch choice. If you choose 'standard' at the moment you will get a grass pitch.

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Post by nuevoboy on Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:20 pm

Thanks Paul.
I ain't got an app, just old-fashioned computer.
I'd looked at the website after one of your posts and it said they only had something like 30-odd hardstandings.
It was a bit confusing about the multi-surface pitches too, or perhaps it was just me.

As you suggest, I'll give the site ring once I get confirmation dates of our cycle trip.
Thanks again, especially for all your tips on this forum.
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Post by Cymro on Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:20 pm

Was at Tewksbury site last night [Sunday, 13th Oct]. first time there since its major refurb. I'd booked us on to a "multi-surface" pitch. That's a pitch which has hardstanding of bricks and adjacent grass area for awning. There are also traditional gravel hardstandings, as well as grass.

Notwithstanding that I've modified the handbrake lever as per Gromit's suggestion, it's easier to swivel the driver's seat by lowering the handbrake lever - especially as I have an extender on it. So normally, on a gravel pitch, I allow the van to find its own stationary point (unless - very rarely - ramps are needed) and then I leave it in gear, with handbrake down. I then chock the wheels as a safeguard.

However, on the multi surface pitch, there's no rolling resistance like gravel, so unless the pitch is perfectly level, the van will roll without handbrake. OK, leaving in gear will be enough, but I don't want all that stress on the gearbox.

So I won't use the multi-surface again.

The site is very well refurbished. Interesting to see all the ECU bollards at at least double height, to keep the outlets above flood level.

Incidentally, also stayed at Buxton last week - also well refurbished: even the quarry cliffs are floodlit.

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Post by Paulmold on Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:39 pm

The traditional gravel pitches are the serviced pitches with own tap and own drain, neither really necessary for a motorhome and they cost more.
Did you book via the call-centre or direct to site or through club ?. I ask because I use the club booking app on my phone or tablet and that's where I couldn't book anything but standard pitch which are grass.

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Post by Cymro on Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:52 pm

I booked Tewksbury by phone, as it happened (because the computer system was down).  I didn't realize that the "hardstanding" would be not-quite-level brickwork rather than gravel. It was fine, but I'd have preferred gravel.

By the way, many thanks for the parking suggestion at Lichfield. Went to Beacon Park - easy, and the park was splendid. And as for the cathedral.... stunning.

Nuevo behaved perfectly. Left heating on overnight (set to a low temp) and used external TaylorMade silver screens. Snug as bugs.

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