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Can you have a weekend break for just £100?

Modern life is expensive, the cost of food, fuel, insurance, and day to day living has risen dramatically. With holidays becoming a less frequent luxury, is it possible to still have cheap weekend breaks? Although £100 may not afford what it used to, can it fund a long weekend break?

We have created a scenario where you could have a long weekend break to the peak district , from Leicester, for just £100. This doesn’t include maintenance costs, but will include all costs from your holiday.

The holiday includes, 3 meals a day, fuel for the 130 mile round trip, and the cost of a pitch for 2 nights.

Fuel

The fuel costs are based on £1.40 per litre and a car that can achieve 25mpg whilst towing. The 130 mile journey will cost just under £35, leaving £65 left on the budget.

The pitch prices for the caravan site that we found were £15 a night , low season. For 2 nights the total price is £30. If you are a club member, you may be able to get discounted rates, saving you more money for activities within your holiday. The pitch features EHU and is set amongst some of Britain’s most spectacular scenery. This leaves us with £35 left in our budget.

  • A delicious Bakewell Tart
  • Chatsworth House, a magnificent spectacle in the heart of the peak district
  • Ladybower Reservoir. Photograph by T Chalcraft.
  • Comparison of fuel prices, taken from www.petrolprices.com on 09/08/2011.
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Food

Our plan for food is based on simple ingredients and 3 meals a day. Cooking in your caravan is much more cost effective and all the recipes can be cooked on the hob.

Day 1:

  • Have the breakfast at home before you set off
  • Simple spaghetti bolognese for lunch
  • Turn the left over bolognese into a chilli con carne

Day 2:

  • A simple but tasty breakfast of bacon sandwiches
  • Lunch a mild pesto pasta
  • Create a hearty soup

Day 3:

  • Bacon sandwiches again,because we like them so much
  • The remainder of yesterdays soup for lunch
  • Eat when you arrive home

Using ingredients such as spaghetti,  cans of tomatoes, mince and vegetables we can easily budget to a £20 limit. If you have any food requirements, or just prefer something else, you can create your own budget menus. Sticking to our £20 budget leaves us with £15 from our holiday funds.

Attractions

In this area of the peak district there are many activities, places of interest and hobby spots.

We found a cycle route that goes through Bakewell and Ashford, which is perfect for the campsite we have chosen. The route is 9 miles long and takes you through some beautiful scenery in the heart of the peak district. It features slight elevations, though it doesn’t appear to be a difficult ride.

There is a 5 mile walk that starts and finishes at the Bakewell old station yard.  The route takes you along the Monsal Trail, bridlepaths and woodlands. There is a steep incline at the start, however the going is easier after that.

There are also many attractions near the campsite, such as Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall and of course the famous town of Bakewell, all of which are within a 5 minute drive from the campsite.

Chatsworth House, also known as “Palace of the Peaks”, features many attractions and costs only £2 entry per car for the entire day.

Between Chatsworth House, Bakewell Tarts and a nice bottle of wine we are sure that you could find a way to enjoy the extra £15.

Now it’s your turn

This is our idea of a budget holiday for two, have you had a successful budget holiday, or are you planning on having one soon? We’d love to hear any stories you have on caravanning for pennies!

by Alex (on work experience)

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