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I lost my 76yr old father in May and my mother In 2018, so as I have no ties to home I’m thinking of spending my first ever (I’m 42) Christmas away from home!
 

im thinking 7 days at South Lychett Manor 24th to 31th Dec (we have stayed here before and are booked here for 2 weeks in Aug)

 

it would be me, my partner and my my two kids 7 and 9. 
 

the kids are well up for it (as long as I remember to text Santa the site address)

 

My only concern is the weather for driving, has anyone else been forced to pull out of a Christmas break due to ice / snow? We would be travelling from Worcs to Bournemouth. 

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Can’t remember the last time we had snow or ice when away for Christmas and new year!
We always head off for New Year and often for Christmas as well. So nice to get away from all the commercialism. South Lytchett is  a good site. I can recommend the Jazz Cafe in Sandbanks for a really good breakfast and walk along the beach. 

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A long time since I towed through snow in December!

But who knows with our crazy weather!

We are soft southerners!

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The chances are remote, but it could be one of those years when you get loads dumped on us.  Just go for it.  If it snows, it does.  If you're not comfortable towing, then ask site if you can postpone your trip for a few weeks, or ask to leave it until Spring.  When adverse weather, sites are usually pretty ok on you postponing/cancelling

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We have used the caravan all year round for nearly 50 years and brought 3 kids up doing it. Have never been stranded except once in Spain in bad ice and snow but only for 1/2 hour. Go for it if you can get the booking you want (you have to book early). You should get "tooled up" for bad weather and this forum will give you all the tips if your not sure. Concentrate on making the kids happy and you your partner will be too.

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Yes, three years ago we were booked into the Culloden Moor C&CC site for Christmas as both daughters and families were for a change  having their Christmases with in-laws. Just a couple of days beforehand there was a severe snowstorm with high winds and roads blocked with drifting snow. The police were advising essential travel only and the Traffic Scotland website was also advising no travel unless absolutely essential. We therefore had to reluctantly cancel.

 

To cope with Christmas dinner in the caravan we (SWMBO) had stocked up with Aunt Bessie's Yorkshire pudding and roast potatoes etc, and we had a 'cook in its wrapping turkey roll'.  We sat cosily at home and had a lovely, easy to prepare and little washing up Christmas dinner looking out at the foul weather and deep snow!

 

So, I'd say book it and hope for the best.

 

BH

 

 

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Something we’ve done over a few christmases is to get a takeaway ( usually Indian) on Christmas eve then reheat it for Christmas lunch. Only a few plates to wash up!

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We went away for Christmas a few years ago on a CL site on a farm in Nofolk, think it was called Pound Fam. It snowed and snowed, we coped well. And our dearly beloved Lunar was cosy. Went to the pub  for Christmas Day lunch,  was brilliant!  A holiday remembered  fondly. Wrote a review and it got printed in one of the caravan magazines. 

Go  for it! 

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you should be okay , it's the luck of the draw, plan for the worse and hope for the best.  I've never been away for Christmas, however we have been on a couple of holidays in  South Wales in March / April and it snowed, not much though , gone by lunchtime.  So long as the roads are okay, go for it .

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We were away in the caravan this year from 27th Dec until New Year.

 

Weather was great, we really enjoyed it.

 

Luck of the draw I guess.

 

 

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Never caravaned at Christmas but when we were younger we always went twice a year in a cruiser on the Norfolk broads and each time we heard someone say they boated at Christmas we said we will have to try that but never did, until one year.

We had a great time and weather was kind to us very glad we did it so my advice to you us you want to try so go for it.

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I have caravanned over New Year (but never Christmas) twice.

 

First time at CMC Hillhead and had a fantastic time, excellent professional entertainers and an awesome buffet.

 

The following year we went to The CMC site at Cromer and it was a total and utter disaster.

 

We were assured we would be ln hard standing (large Motorhome) and we were plonked on what was in essence a marsh (had to get towed off a few days later) The “entertainment” was dire, I reckon it was the losers from a local talent contest, the buffet was carp, clearly all purchased from Iceland and most of the sweets were still frozen, in addition there was nothing like enough food provided for the numbers attending (and had paid a fair sum for the privilege) 

 

Things were that bad we ( a group of 3 couples) left the clubhouse at about 11:15 and we all saw the new year in our Motorhome ! 

 

So beware of what you might be letting yourself in for.

 

, Hillhead was  really really good, probably the best New Years bash I have been to.

 

Andy

 

 

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We've been away for Christmas for the last five years - three of those years on a CL not far from home.  The final year we were there, it rained, rained and rained and then it rained again!.  We were on a grass pitch (which we normally prefer, but totally daft in winter) the ground was clay - and it was sodden!  Never again. Last year we were at Sandringham CMC site and had a wonderful time and we are going there again, this year (hopefully!)

We haven't experienced snow at Christmas - rain has been more likely - but we were at Sandringham in March ? two years ago when the 'Beast from the East' came visiting and that was magical.

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For the last 10 or 11 Christmases we have gone away to the North West mid December and returned New Year's eve. Only problem was the first of those years when there was snow and the warden said two days in a row that the entry (on an incline kept freezing as fast as he tried to clear it. We cancelled and went to another site. It was -15c at night, below freezing all day and beautiful sunshine. Really enjoyed it. Had to drive a couple of miles on snow on that occasion.

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We've been visiting Dorset over New Year for many years, Ulwell Cottage in Swanage, Wareham Forest Touring Park, Birchwood, CMC Silent Woman (aka to us as "The Miracle"), Longthorn's Fam. All good sites. Over the years we have had some really cold ones, though never snow we spent a week of really hard frosts with temperatures constantly below freezing but were snug enough in the van. We've had a couple of really wet years where sites have had to relocate us, one year at Longthorns we spent in the farm yard as the site was under water, just another adventure. 

 

We have twice been hit by severe storms, one of which was not forecast and destroyed the awning, seeing me and the current Mrs PMW trying to hold the awning down at 3am whilst bit by bit grabbing the poles and taking it down. Hence no more poled awnings for us. The other was forecast and so the awning was already down and packed away, so we spent half the night grabbing hold of other peoples awnings whilst they did as we had a couple of years earlier and tried to get them packed away in the midst of it all. 

 

This year we are going away for Chrsitmas  for the first time. The family that were in Dorset have moved to Devon so we shall be there for Christmas and New Year.  The children are really excited. Christmas is very different to what it was when I was a kid. Then all your presents were surreptitiously deposited with mum and dad ready for Christmas morning so there was a huge pile at the end of the bed when you awoke. Nowadays people want to give presents in person so often our kids are still receiving presents into the New Year as we first get to see more distant friends and relatives. 

 

We will be taking the tree and decorations with us, Being in the van over Christmas does not mean missing any of the festivity of the season. 

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I tend to go to Chatsworth just before Christmas and once we got hit by a severe snow storm but as I was more than half way I just ploughed on and got there just a little bit late. Temps were -9 but very cosy in the van. I have done a couple of New Years at The Fishpool caravan site near Delamere Cheshire. We arranged our own parties with friends who brought their caravans and a great time was had by all. Both years it was very mild (& wet!).

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There are many things to think of, so disregard your snow/ice worry and go for it, we go to Dorset in the Spring every year apart from this year for obvious reasons, a lovely part of the World, not been away for Crimbo in over forty years of caravnning, but would love to go but Mrs M not enthusiastic as she loves doing Christmas properly !!

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Apparently the weather forecasters say ...There is more chance of snow at Easter than Christmas these days !...

 

I'd love to spend Christmas in my caravan but guilt of leaving  elderly mother in law alone at Christmas ...Haunts us !.....

 

We have spent the last 7 new years in the caravan......And love it !

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