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Wednesday 8th September

Glorious weather again this morning... I can here you all saying "I don't believe it!!" - You all went home just after the Bank Holiday and the sun came out and boy hasn't it been hot here. Last Thursday we went to the beach it was so hot and not a soul in sight. Bertie loves the sea and digging holes....

Bertie digging holes

On Friday evening we had a lovely walk up the river path from Powderham up to The Turf Pub - it really was heaven. The geese were cackling away in the neighbouring fields and wildlife was everywhere as we enter the Autumn. A few boats on the River making the most of the last days (??) of summer or are we in for a classic Indian Summer - time will tell!

boats in water

Dad came up with a bright idea.... if we could park cars "2 up" next summer we'd gain extra camping pitches..!!

cars stacked up

Only joking (I hope!)

Looking at the camping fields, they have started their "recovery" and will be in pristine condition for 2005.

Thank you all for staying with us in 2004 and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2005. Have a good winter and see you in June.

Happy Camping!

Friday 27 August

I am a little late with the update this time. I was going to do it on Saturday but we took Bertie out for a walk on Dartmoor and had some bad luck.... A Rottweiler broke his lead and went for Bert, I managed to separate them and then the Rottweiler went back for a second go and I had to lunge at it - the upshot being that I have a full set of teethmarks in my right leg!! Bert is fine and none the worse for the experience. I have a trip to the hospital every other day to have the dressing changed and have not been on top form since the weekend. Soon be back to full speed though.

Bertie waiting to check in the weekend campers!
Bertie waiting to check in the weekend campers!

Anyway down to the forthcoming Bank Holiday Wash out - I mean weekend!. It has been unprdeictable this last 10 days or so but the forecast is great for Sat thru Monday - check the weather page for up to date details.

We stopped taking bookings earlier in the week but we may have a few spots on Saturday. Come and see,

Looking back, the Carnival was great and the airshow during the day attracted around 60,000 - they are thinking about spreading it over 2 days next year - and it is FREE!! Donations always welcome, of course, on the day.

The CarnivalCarnival 2

I am pretty sure there is a huge Sand CARstle building competition on the Warren Beach over the Bank holiday - the theme being cars. Hundreds of "sculptors" are expected.

Whatever you do this weekend, enjoy yourself!

Happy Camping

Wednesday 11 August

Hi folks
We've had a few drops of rain this morning - probably the worst day waetherwise for about 3 weeks. It has been fantastic and all have left with a proper Devonshire tan!

Bertie has had some of his "fanclub" here recently and he was really pleased to see all of you. See you again next summer! Bert prefers the shade during the day and loves to play in the sea when he gets the chance!

bertie - aug 04 bertie 2 aug 04

This coming Saturday is the start of Carnival week in town - more info here It kicks off with a big firework display on Saturday evening on the Warren.

We have had 2 huge "American style" motor homes in this last week - what a spectacle, they only just managed to get along the drive to the field - luxury on wheels!

Bookings for the Bank Holiday are brisk - get yours in now or it will be too late. In addition we still have some electric hookups available but please call Reception on 01626 864411 (8.30am - 7pm) for an immediate response.

Everyone is talking about the Red Arrows and the airshow next Thursday before the Carnival Procession, fingers crossed for great weather.

See you soon

Sunday 1st August 2004

Here we are halfway through our season and the sun has arrived at full strength - some very red campers wandering around these last few days!

Teignmouth Carnival Procession was fun by all accounts - not the length it used to be but good quality entries. The fun continues through the week in the style of a "Regatta" - fun and games on the beach, etc. It culminates in frantic fashion on the 7th and 8th (next weekend) with the annual visit from the "Offshore Circuit Racing" teams - Powerboats by any other name, and this time there is waterski racing scheduled too. Up to 80 mph just off the seafront - it is great for spectating!

Photo ©2004 Free Devon Wallpapers

The series was racing in Torquay in May, where Teignmouth based men Stauart Williams /Rob Archer stamped their authority on the championship and in fact currently lead the UK series.

Fancy a nice walk, river breeze and a great pint? You must visit the Turf Hotel on the River Exe. It is only accessible on foot, by cycle or by boat (B&B guests get a key to the gate!) - join the River bank footpath at Powderham Church (5 minutes by car) and it is a 30 minute walk - you will think you've died and gone to heaven.... River birds chirping, boats pottering and the sound of little else... Take a torch if you are going in the evening though. You can actually walk right into Exeter along this path, if you felt energetic!

Well they returned for their 31st consecutive annual stay with us, fantastic isn't it! Bill and Enid Prince together with Trevor and Drena Cartwright, also "long service award" campers stayed last month and both couples have booked for next year already. It was great to see you all again, and we look forward to welcoming you in 2005.

Bill and Enid Prince
Bill and Enid enjoying the evening sun

Just a quick reminder about the Bank Holiday at the end of the month - we are booking up fast, don't leave it too late or you may be be disappointed.

Have fun


Monday 19 July

15 years - not out!!

crisket at leadstone camping

Philip from London village has been staying with us recently, in fact it is his 15th consecutive yearly visit - hoping for a "long service award" at 30 years no doubt! Seen ere enjoying the evening sun with a game of cricket - great to see you both again, hope you enjoyed Longleat on the way home.

Take a close look at the picture and you will see Tom Jones - trust me!

Tom Jones at powderham castle

A lovely summer evening in the grounds of Powderham Castle last Thursday was the setting for the singing Legend - fantastic. Over the last few days we have had numerous "concert campers" stay with us as the castle is about 5 mins drive away. Busted were playing yesterday and everywhere I turned there were Busted fans camping here - not sure if their Mums and Dads were fans though....

Bus services deserve a mention here following very successful stays by a few campers - one chap who saw more of Devon in a week than I've seen in 40 years - using bus and train! And another couple with a motorhome who were very impressed with the Stagecoach "GoldenRide" ticket at £16 per person (£14.50 child/OAP) for a weeks unlimited travel on the local network, stretching to Tiverton, Sidmouth, Exeter, Plymouth, Newton Abbot, Torquay, Kingsbridge, Totnes, Dartmouth, Teignmouth, and of course, Dawlish! Check out

The 85/85A buses stop at our gate every 15 mins during the week and around 20 - 30 minutes on weekends.

Looking ahead to the main holiday season, don't forget Teignmouth has its carnival Procession on Friday 30th July. The forthcoming weekend will be busy here - look forward to seeing you all again. Have a safe journey.


Saturday, 3 July

Well we've been up and running 2 weeks already and the season is starting to take shape nicely. A pity about the unpredictable weather though - I have not had long trousers on since March 31st so it is not cold, just "blustery" with the odd shower.

This week saw the end of an era - the old white Hyundai truck we use for accompanying new arrivals to their pitch - finally gave up the ghost. Bertie will be disappointed as he loved riding around in it!

Not to worry as it is being replaced by a red Hyundai truck! Hopefully this one will last as long as the white one (nearly 20 years!).

We have had some lovely evenings this Spring/Summer - I took this picture of the River Teign in the Harbour at Teignmouth a few weeks ago - fantastic isn't it?

River Teign

Don't forget that if you are into old cars and bikes then Powderham Castle is the place to be on 10/11 July - there will be hundreds and hundreds of vehicles to see.
Check out for details.

Bye for now.
(All the pics are taken with a Nokia 7650 cameraphone).

June 2004

Hurray, Summer is here again and Leadstone is looking the best I have ever seen it - come and enjoy it with us.
We opened on Friday 18th and have already renewed some old acquaintances - there are some new faces too, welcome to you all.

Bertie has been busy here every day for the last 2 and a half months and is now at home for a rest, although he will be putting in appearances as the weeks go by.  The season looks set to be a "cracker" probably because of the outstanding weather over the recent months - I have an "August tan" already!   If you have never been to an "open air" concert then Powderham Castle - about 10 minutes away - has something for everyone this summer: from Opera to Rock.  Status Quo, Will Young, Tom Jones, Donny Osmond, Busted (sold out) and Peter Andre has been added to the Westlife concert - see our "What's On" page.

Campers are getting more organised these days, it seems and advance bookings are very good - in fact we have no ELECTRIC HOOK UPS available for complete weeks from 24 July until August 7.  We may get a cancellation or get you in for 3 days or so - PLEASE CALL US for latest availability!  Tel: 01626 864411  8.30am - 10pm.

That's it for now - look forward to seeing you this summer.

Happy Camping

Andrew (and Bertie!)

Leadstone Camping, Warren Road, Dawlish, South Devon. EX7 0NG. Tel: 01626 864411