Head to Champagne in France for the full fizzy experience
Just a few hundred miles from the UK and an hour east of Paris, this grape-growing area is world-famous for its long processions of vines parading along hillsides, as well as its stylish cities, fortified hill towns and nature reserves.
A family-friendly base from which to explore the area is campsite La Croix du Vieux Pont, close to the peaceful town of Vic-sur-Aisne. This huge five-star resort is effervescing with fun ideas to keep kids amused with numerous swimming pools with slides, a lazy river, lakes and even a beach – no mean feat for an area that’s 160 miles from the French coast.
Our time at La Croix du Vieux Pont was spent with Al Fresco Holidays which offers a range of accommodation on the park. These include two and threebedroom mobile homes which are well-equipped with a spacious lounge/dining area, a galley kitchen and decking with a charcoal BBQ – perfect for those balmy evenings sipping any booze bargains you’ve managed to pick up, sundowner-style.
CHAMPAGNE: This grape-growing area is famous for its long processions of vines
Al Fresco also offers a daily children’s club where your kids can go and enjoy themselves while you grab yourself some well-earned rest. The Station clubs cater for little ones aged six months to 12 years and include discos, arts and crafts, sports, quizzes and parties.
La Croix du Vieux Pont also has plenty of activities for the whole family with a bowling alley, climbing wall, soft play, laser quest, zip wire, games room, archery and horse riding all on site. Every evening there’s a variety of entertainment including magic shows, discos and reps’ shows.
You can also take to the large lake in the centre of the park with fishing, kayaking and pedalos all on offer at extra cost. For food there’s a pizza takeaway, a more formal restaurant plus a small supermarket stocking essentials. A favourite of La Croix du Vieux Pont is its bakery which serves up fresh bread and croissants every morning – make sure you’re there early to avoid the queues of hungry Brits grabbing their continental breakfast treats.
BEAUTIFUL: If you can drag yourselves away from the campsite there’s loads to do in the region
If you can drag yourselves away from the campsite there’s loads to do in this region of France. Driving along the meandering Champagne Route will lead you through the vineyards which carpet the plains and roll up the hillsides. Tranquil, elegant, and, since last year, a Unesco World Heritage site, the tour takes in swanky cities which are home to the bubbly big-hitters as well as the tiny villages and family-run producers which offer more wallet-friendly tastings.
We called in at Reims and Epernay, famous abodes of Champagne giants Veuve Clicquot and Moët & Chandon. Most Champagne producers offer tours around their cellars where you can meet the folk who make the bubbly, learn how the ultimate in bottled glamour is created and round off with a toast at the end.
Tasting Champagne is easy – note size of bubbles and colour, sniff, sip, and let the sparkle work its magic. Closer to the campsite you’ll find Soissons, known as the “town of art and history” because of its ornate cathedral and abbey, as well as Compiègne which is home to the impressive Château de Compiègne and its formal gardens.
CLASS IN A GLASS: Rows of Champagne
The Forest of Compiègne, with its pretty oak and beech-lined trailways, is also nearby. Here you’ll also find the beautiful town of Pierrefonds and its photogenic fairytale castle. Originally built in 1393, this incredible fortress underwent a major restoration in the 19th Century and has appeared as Camelot in the BBC series Merlin, as well as in Hollywood blockbuster The Man In The Iron Mask.
Stroll around the parapet for views across Pierrefonds and the lake, or sit in one of the town’s cafés and sample French favourite moulesfrites while staring up at its multitude of towers and spires. If you want to check out a slightly newer castle, the delights of Disneyland Paris are just one hour away.
Book on to a coach trip which picks up from La Croix du Vieux Pont. There’s simply so much to celebrate in the Champagne region of France. Why not pop a cork and pour yourself a glass of fun?
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