When did you fall in love with campervans?

When did you fall in love with campervans? Many of us enjoyed the outdoor life as children - and now some are buying a family campervan and passing it on, in style

Some of my earliest memories of family holidays involved caravan, tent, trailer tent and campervan holidays. And by far the most exciting was when Dad borrowed a campervan. To a child, heading off on holiday in a home on wheels is magical.

So it’s always a thrill when young parents buy a Sussex Campervan - we are so happy to see a new generation of children growing up with a camper, falling in love with a healthy outdoor lifestyle - in comfort.

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Chris and Stephanie bought their Sussex Campervan several years ago - so Maddie and Libby have never known anything else


“Do they even know how lucky they are?” That’s Steph’s comment about her daughters Maddie and Libby, pictured enjoying Florence the campervan (above). “We’ve been in the depths of parenting two very small children and so camping has been way down our list but today we went out for a bit of pretend camping and it was wonderful.” 

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Stephanie and Chris took Libby (above) and Maddie out for a picnic on Box Hill in Surrey in the campervan


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Left: The driveaway awning more than doubles the lounge in Alasdair and Natalie's campervan
Right: Emilia looks very happy next to her dad Alasdair in the campervan

Alasdair and Natalie ordered their Manhattan from Sussex Campervans - and then discovered Natalie was expecting their first baby! We’re so pleased that their tiny daughter Emilia has turned out to be a born campervanner.

“She loves it,” says Natalie. “She’s just turned one year old and she really enjoys campsites, because she loves seeing all the dogs and smiling at everyone. Lots of people stop and say hello to Emilia, and she’s not shy.”

We’re still working out the best place for her to sleep as she gets older. She’s too small to be in the pop-top roof bed on her own, so she’s sleeping with me on the rock and roll bed, mostly. We might get a hammock for her so she can sleep above the front cab seats. She’s crawling, but not walking yet.” 

“Last year we had a three-week holiday in the campervan. We went to the Cotswolds, Lake District, Peak District and Yorkshire. It was fantastic and Emilia was very good. We visited Holmfirth - Last of the Summer Wine Country - and Scarborough. Alasdair used the BBQ so that we could put Emilia to bed and then cook our own evening meal without disturbing her.” 

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Alasdair cooked dinner for two by plugging the gas BBQ into the refillable LPG tank mounted under their Manhattan SX camper


Illustrator Hugo and his wife Thea live in Brighton with their daughters Esther and Sylvia and Greyhound Roller. They collected their built-to-order Manhattan from Sussex Campervans last year and love it.

They went to Devon’s Croyde and Baggy Point in Devon this summer and Hugo says, “We are at Combas Farm campsite, Croyde. Thea used to go there as a little girl and we go every year. It’s an amazing place with good facilities. It’s a five-minute walk into Croyde, which has pubs and restaurants."

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Thea took this photo of Hugo enjoying one of their favourite seaside holiday destinations with Esther, Sylivia and Roller the dog

"The main activity is surfing, from Croyde or Putsborough - a fabulous beach with a great cafe and views of Woolacombe. For us, rain or shine, it’s the beach!”

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Thea and Hugo love campervan holidays in Croyde and Baggy Point in Devon 

Words: Kate Taylor
Photos, stories and adventures: Chris and Stephanie, Hugo and Thea and Alasdair and Natalie


Kate Taylor

Job: Journalist and Writer

A travel expert and a passionate writer with a creative spark, Kate has specialised in writing about campervans since 2008. Kate has worked for magazines such as Motor Caravan, Caravan, Practical Caravan and Practical Motorhome.