But in 2013 they tried something different – they went camping! Mark takes up the story.
Now before you all run to your sleeping bags for extra warmth at the very thought of this, let me take you on an adventure.
In 2013 we braved New Year camping certain in the knowledge that our Robens tent (the Outwell sister-brand we use for winter) could withstand almost anything that the weather threw at it. And indeed it stood firm against the 60mph winds we experienced. For those of you who were at home listening to Vanessa Feltz on Radio 2 that 2013 New Years Eve and heard some weird bloke speaking to Vanessa from a campsite, that was me.
So what inspired us to go for a second year? Quite simply it’s an amazing way to spend a New Year. And seeing 2015 in with Outwell and Robens friends, both old and new, was brilliant. In total there were nine adults, one teenager and four children.
It was cold – outside the tent. But we had chosen a site with electric and so one of the essentials is an electric heater. This heated our tent during the day and was turned down on an evening will keep the chill off.
As always layers of clothing kept us warm – as did the log burner in the communal bell tent. Other than a warm cosy sleeping bag we find that is all you need in addition to your normal camping gear.
I imagine by now you must think I have completely lost the plot. After all, what can you possible do on a campsite at New Year? We are very lucky that Saxdale house Farm Campsite will open for us.