A few weekends ago, myself and 13 other ladies headed out to Bude in Cornwall for a weekend of surfing and yurting.
It was my friend Sarah’s hen do, and we had all been looking forward to it for months! Now I’m not a huge fan of camping. I really like the outdoorsy-ness of it all – hanging out with your friends, drinking and eating under the stars. But I’m not a huge fan of the freezing cold nights, the wind flapping round your tent and the typical campsite shower and toilet block.
So I was thrilled to bits when we arrived at the East Thorne campsite in Bude and saw the yurts that we would be staying in. These are as close to luxury as you can get! Comfortable beds and futons, a log burner to keep you toasty and warm all night, a fully functioning cooking area with fridge and last, but by no means least, a hotel-quality toilet and shower block.
We stayed in the first night and were treated to a gorgeous BBQ in their brand new converted barn/eating area. Decked out with fairylights and candles, it was a bloggers dream!
After an excellent nights sleep we got up the next day and headed out to our surfing lesson with Robin and Mike.
I’ve done a tiny bit of surfing, but that was about ten years ago, so I didn’t anticipate much success!
We started off with a bit of bodyboarding so we could get used to the waves and how they interact with the surfboards. That alone was brilliant fun!
Then we headed back to the beach where Robin showed us how to get from lying on the board, to up and standing. In theory it all looks quite simple. I can however confirm that it is in fact far, far from easy!
As soon as you get to a half standing position, unless you’re standing on the exact right place on the board and have your balance perfectly, you’ll flip right off. This was the standard for most of us – kneeling on the board, then falling right off!
I did manage to stand up a couple of times though. And what a feeling it was! It was so addictive. Even though I was battered and bruised (some of the girls were even bleeding!), the desire to get back on and try and stand up on the board again was so strong.
After two hours we were all done. I have never been so exhausted in my life. I seriously don’t know how people do it for anymore than a couple of hours at a go.
We headed back to our Yurts (after a yummy lunch in the beach cafe) and had the world’s best shower followed by the world’s best nap. Seriously, I’ve never napped so well. It was utterly bliss!
Then we got dressed up as Mexican wrestlers and headed out to Bude for a night of debauchery. But I’m not going to share those photos as they’re just too indecent! You’ll just have to use your imagination!
If you’re ever looking for a glamping experience in Cornwall, I can definitely recommend these Yurts. In fact I’d really love to go back there sometime soon.