Campervan Rental England: St George’s Day

On April 23rd it was St George’s Day, but who wants to celebrate on a Tuesday? Instead, you could explore the country with a campervan rental in England

Campervan Rental England: St George’s Day

We’re absolutely stunned that it’s almost the end of April. 2019 is coming in quick, and now we’re in the lead up to Summer. Here at Rockin Vans, we’re gearing up to help our clients create some amazing memories during the warmer months. However, you don’t have to wait until then to take a small break away. St George’s Day is the perfect excuse to plan a nice weekend trip to England. Our campervan rental in England can give you the freedom to explore at your own leisure and do exactly what you want to do while away. There are a number of fantastic and diverse cities and towns waiting for you to check out, so why wait?

Who was St George?

St George is the patron saint of England. According to historians, he was a Roman soldier that was born somewhere around 270 AD in the area that is now known as Turkey. Similar to the other patron saints of the UK, not much is know about his life. A lot of what is known was passed from person to person, so there is no set autobiography.  Instead, he is known for mythical heroic victories. St George is most famously known for fighting a dragon. The story goes that a dragon demanded human sacrifices until St George rescued a princess that was chosen as the next tithe. However, this famous tale wasn’t popularised until the late 13th century. It was included in a compilation about the lives of saints by Jacobus de Voragine. It was he who assigned St George the role of the dragon-slayer. Prior to that, other saints had been named in place.

St George went through the ranks of the Roman Army and eventually became a personal guard for Emperor Diocletian. However, at some point towards 300 AD, Emperor Diocletian ordered the persecution of Christians. St George refused to give up his Christian faith and what followed is significantly grimmer. Some say he was tortured for seven years, and legend says he was brought back to life on three separate occasions during this period. He became an early Christian martyr when he was beheaded in 303 AD. St George became the patron saint of England over one thousand years later due to King Edward III. He is celebrated on April 23rd as this is when he supposedly died.

Why should I visit England on St George’s?

You’ll be pleased to hear that you haven’t missed the festivities. The main St George’s Day events are being held over the weekend of the 27th and the 28th. A fantastic place to visit with your campervan rental in England would be Wrest Park. If you’re wanting to get the most out of a St George’s day event, this is the place to be. You’ll be treated to shows, games, performances and activities; with a reenactment of St George’s legendary battle with a dragon acting as a fantastic finale. There are tons of activities to keep children entertained. They can take part in; a circus skills workshop, a WWI obstacle course, junior jousting and Victorian games. There are many other places you’ll enjoy with your campervan rental in England, but you won’t find a better St George’s themed day out than at Wrest Park.

Rockin Vans Campervans

We all know how it is. Travelling on a normal weekend can be an absolute nightmare, nevermind travelling on a festival weekend. Hotels fill up at a rapid price and prices hike right up. That’s why we believe utilising a campervan rental in England is the way to go. You’ll be able to travel around England without any limitations. You can choose where you want to go and you get to decide what activities you want to do and when. Our campervans all come kitted out with a comfortable bed and a fully functional kitchen. It’ll be going on a trip in a home away from home. For more information, please feel free to get in contact. Our team will be happy to help!

Small Campervan Hire Scotland

Happy Earth Day! April 22nd is an ideal time to celebrate the planet and take note of the problems of air pollution, global warming and the like. Why not get involved with our small campervan hire in Scotland

Small Campervan Hire Scotland

Now, we know what you’re thinking. Isn’t there a certain irony in using a vehicle hire in Scotland to celebrate a day that is meant to be about protecting the environment? Yes, we see your point. However, did you know that a campervan holiday is a lot more environmentally friendly than holidays involving flying and hotel stays? According to a recent study, CO2 emissions from a motorhome holiday are significantly less than what is produced during a holiday abroad. Being that a campervan is significantly smaller and less heavy than a standard motorhome, that number drops further. Our small campervan hire in Scotland will allow you to get closer to nature this Earth day and remind you as to why we should work to protect Scotland’s natural beauty.

Earth Day is an annual event that is celebrated around the globe on April 22nd. While it had a small start back in 1970, there are now events held throughout the world in more than 190 countries. Common ways of participating include planting trees, attending climate-themed talks, or just taking a stroll through nature. Really, Scotland is one of the best places for the latter, as it is full of gorgeous natural sites. You and your small campervan hire in Scotland are free to explore whatever you desire. However, if you’re stuck on ways in which to celebrate Earth Day, we do have a couple of suggestions.

Caledonian Forest, The Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park

This country has hundreds of forests, so you might be wondering why we have recommended this one in particular for a visit with your small campervan hire in Scotland. The Caledonian forest makes for one of Scotland’s most iconic landscapes and is a really interesting spot of natural history. Believe it or not, it was once a temperate rainforest that colonised most of the country. This changed in 5000BC when the climate in Scotland changed to become a lot windier and wetter. From 2000BC onwards, the forest has continually reduced in size, and now it remains can only be seen in a relatively small area near Loch Lomond. Its rich eco-system and diverse and rare mammals and plant life have been under threat due to deforestation since the Neolithic times. The reason it’s such a great place to visit this Earth Day is to remind you that things can improve. ‘Trees for Life’ are an organisation that is dedicated to regenerating and restoring as much as the forest as possible. You can even volunteer to help if a visit inspires you.

Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

What better way is there to celebrate Earth Day than to learn about it in a museum dedicated to the primaeval forces of nature that shaped our planet. It’s an extraordinary visitor attraction to visit with your small campervan hire in Scotland. It’s great for adult and children alike, as there is a range of interesting interactive exhibits. Rather than having to read giant walls of texts, you can go through the journey of the Earth starting all the way back to the Big Bang. There are tons of really cool things to see and do; you can even touch a man-made iceberg. It’s the perfect place to inspire a love of science and nature, and it also hosts a number of events that highlight how human actions have negatively affected the climate and what we can do to improve the situation. Best of all, you can follow it up with a trip to Arthur’s Seat, which is just minutes away on foot, so that you can observe exactly what you just learned about.

Rest And Be Thankful, A83

If you’re already on a road trip or already planning one, you can still get involved in the Earth Day festivities. There are many fantastic sites to be seen and stopped at so that you can appreciate some stunning views. If you happen to be heading along the A83 in your small campervan hire in Scotland this April 22nd, why not stop at the ‘Rest and be Thankful’ picnic and viewpoint. It’s named after an inscription on a stone placed there by soldiers who built the original military road back in the 1750s. This little spot offers drivers and walkers an absolutely gorgeous site that looks like it has been taken straight from a postcard. From here you’ll be able to see the peaks of Ben Arthur (known more commonly as ‘The Cobbler’) and rich shades of green. This is not the only natural sight that you can pause and take in this Earth Day, but it is certainly in the top ten.

For more information on our small campervan hire in Scotland, please feel free to get in contact.

Stargazing with your Small Campervan Hire UK

It’s International Day of Human Space Flight today! On April 12th, the UN remembers the first human space flight back in 1961. To celebrate, why not go on a stargazing adventure in a small campervan?

Stargazing with your Small Campervan Hire UK

58 years ago today, Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin made a journey that would make history. He became the first human to journey into outer space after his Vostok had completed an orbit of the Earth. Today, countries around the world celebrate the start of the space era and acknowledge the importance of continuing to explore space science. You don’t need to be an astronaut or scientist to get involved. We believe the best way to enjoy the wonders of outer space is to take a trip to stargaze in a small campervan hire in the UK. Really, you should take any opportunity to get away from the haze of the city and enjoy the stars. It’s a fantastic way to unwind and remind yourself that there is more out there.

Cities are fantastic if you want fun activities during the day and an active nightlife. However, light pollution makes the night sky an underwhelming sight. There are increasingly fewer places out there where you can see the night sky in all its beauty. We’ve prepared a list of great spots so that you can have a successful stargazing trip with your small campervan hire in the UK.

Exmoor National Park, Somerset and Devon

With light pollution making the stars increasingly harder to see, the few places that have been left unaffected are stunning to behold. The International Dark Sky Association has a number of locations throughout the globe that they work to protect, and the Exmoor National Park happens to be one. The amount of light is controlled so that you can see so much more of the wonders of space. In fact, the view here is so breathtaking, that it became Europe’s first dark sky reserve back in 2011. During the clearest nights at this fantastic stargazing, the human eye can view somewhere in the ballpark of 3,000 stars. We think it’s a particularly great place to visit with your small campervan hire in the UK, not only because it is gorgeous, but because of the events held there. Events are held all year round at the Exmoor National Park. With organised dark skywalks and astronomy talks, it’s a place not to be missed.

North York Moors National Park, North Yorkshire

Now, if you’re wanting an amazing spot to stargaze in your small campervan hire in the UK, North York Moors National Park offers a view that is particularly spectacular. The site contains three dark sky discovery sites. However, what’s really amazing, is that the Milky Way is visible to the naked eye at this location. Visitors are treated to a view of 2,000 stars, with a number of observatories also set up in the area to help you make the most of the view. If you can’t make a trip here during April, you should try and come along during the Perseid meteor shower (12th August) or the Orionids meteor shower (20th October). There is seriously no greater way to develop a love of space than by observing such spectacular events.

Galloway Forest Park, Dumfries and Galloway

Perhaps you don’t want to visit England with your small campervan hire in the UK. That’s fine, as Scotland also has some stunning stargazing spots. If you take a trip to Dumfries and Galloway, you’ll be able to visit the Galloway Forest Park. At this fantastic location, more than 7,000 stars and planets are visible with the naked eye. It was designated a UK dark sky park back in 2009 and it usually gets a reading of 23.6 on the Sky Quality Meter (SQM). To put that into context, Glasgow City has one of eight, and a photographer’s darkroom would be a 24. So, a reading of 23.6 means near total darkness. We’d recommend a visit to the Clatteringshaws visitor centre in particular, as it’s right at the centre point of the unlit section of the park.

Shetland, Northern Isles

If you’re wanting to see something really amazing, why not try and see the aurora borealis. The best place to see the ‘Northern Lights’ is Shetland, as it is the point of the UK that is the closest to the North Pole. If it’s not on your bucket list, it should be. The aurora borealis occurs in the sky above the polar regions of the Earth. The sky takes on a greenish glow, with other colours also making an appearance. The intensity in the display does vary, and you need to try and be there on a clear night. However, if you do see the Northern Lights, it’s a sight you won’t ever forget. For this reason, we’d highly recommend a visit with your small campervan hire in the UK.

For more information on our small campervans for hire for travel throughout the UK, please feel free to get in contact.

Motorhome Hire Edinburgh

Happy April Fool’s Day! We’re not joking when we say that a Motorhome hire in Edinburgh is the perfect excursion for you and your family this Spring holiday!

Motorhome Hire Edinburgh

VW Camper hire to explore UK

Schools close on April 1st in Scotland. If you have kids, this means you then have the challenge of keeping them entertained for a couple of weeks. We know from experience that this can be difficult. That’s why we suggest taking advantage of our motorhome hire in Edinburgh. You’ll be able to travel around the country in a comfortable home away from home. With the freedom to go wherever you want, whenever you want, you’re guaranteed to have a trip that will keep kids occupied this Spring holiday. You don’t even have to travel far to have a good time. Edinburgh and the surrounding areas have some superb activities and sights to enjoy.

April 1st also marks the first day of the year that the Lauder Camping and Caravanning Club is open after closing for Winter. Located just 40 minutes from Edinburgh, you’ll have a convenient base in which to plan your further travels. Best of all, this particular site is a Camping and Caravanning Club Site. By opting for a Rockin Vans motorhome hire in Edinburgh, you’re also giving yourself a free membership to the Camping and Caravanning Club throughout the duration of your rental period. To help you make the most of your trip, we’ve planned a brief list of places to visit within and close to Edinburgh that we think the whole family will love.

Mary King’s Close, Edinburgh

So Edinburgh is a gorgeous city with plenty of green spaces and museums for the family to enjoy. However, from what I remember of being a kid, I was way more interested in the creepy and strange parts of history. That’s why we’d recommend Mary King’s Close as a fantastic place to visit with your motorhome hire in Edinburgh. Located under the Royal Mile, Mary King’s close is shrouded in mythos and is full of interesting stories. It was named after Mary King, a merchant burgess who supposedly lived in the alleyway from 1635 onwards. It was sealed away from the public back in 1750 due to its state of decay (and the plague played a part in that.). Recently, it’s been reopened for visitors to ‘enjoy.’The Real Mary King’s Close offers a similar experience to the one that you’d get in the Edinburgh dungeons, but it has the bonus of allowing you to explore a real 17th-century street. Costumed characters act as your guides as you explore the Close that was abandoned over 400 years ago. It’s possibly not great for young children, but for older kids and adults we would highly recommend a visit.

Silver Sands, Aberdour

We think we can cautiously hope that we’re past the bad weather and headed towards some sunshine. Even if we don’t have another really warm April, we’d recommend a visit to Silver Sands beach in Aberdour with your motorhome hire in Edinburgh. It’s a unique location in that it offers you all the joys of a beach combined with the tranquillity and quietness of the countryside. If you’re wanting specific activities to do, you could follow the Fife Coastal Footpath or take a trip along the cliff top at Hawkcraig. The views are fantastic and are well worth the effort. When you’re wanting a break, there is also a kid’s play area so that they can run off their extra energy. The Blue Flag Beach is the most popular along the Fife Coast, and we’d recommend you visit there if you’re wanting to splash in the water. Lifeguards monitor the shore during the busier seasons.

Conifox Adventure Park, Kirkliston

Sometimes you just need a good run about. That goes for both actual children and the children at heart. As an adult may have intentions of playing it cool, but when you see what the Conifox Adventure Park has on offer, you’ll be right in there. Seriously, have a look at their gallery. We took one look at the Giant Jump Pillow and were instantly sold. Additionally, the Adventure Park has a 9-hole football golf course, pedal go-karts, trampolines, rope bridges, swings and tons more that you and your kids will enjoy. It’s located about 20 minutes from the city centre, so not too far a journey with your motorhome hire in Edinburgh.

We do understand how difficult holidays from school can be. That’s why a motorhome hire in Edinburgh can make life easier. It makes for a nice break away from the home that doesn’t cost you a ridiculous amount of money. For more information, please feel free to get in contact. Not only will we be happy to assist you with any hiring enquiries, but our team will have plenty for suggestions for places to visit.