The family tree
Lake District Campers and Wanda and Co are a family affair, my husband Craig and I, my brother Stuart, three children, two campers and a cuddly bear called Boris are in charge of the day to day running of the business.
Luckily, we keep family squabbling to a minimum and share a passion for campers, travel and the great outdoors.
Camping is in our blood
Craig and his family had various caravans throughout their childhood and spent many a summer touring around Western Europe as well as enjoying trips only a few miles down the road. You know the kind, where your grandparents come to visit for the day?
Me and Stuart, on the other hand, lived holiday life under canvas or in a static caravan on the Western coast of Scotland. Lighting campfires, scavenging in rock pools and dodging midges! In fact, we have such good memories we’re still going back.
As grown-ups we discovered campers. In 2002 Craig and I took off around Europe for seven months in our much-loved VW Campervan, Hilton (above). Okay so we had to fill it with oil as often as diesel and we created a conga-style trail of cars behind us up every hillside, but the memories were priceless.
Putting our own stamp on it
Then came Norman (right), a Fiat Ducato that Craig converted in his spare time (before kids, when spare time existed). Norman came on many a ski holiday as well as plenty of biking trips in and around the Lakes. While he didn’t have all the mod cons that our rental camper has he was perfect for us….until things started to become a bit cramped!
A growing family
Our son, Fletcher’s arrival, saw the perfect excuse to upgrade and boy did we upgrade – Cue Larry! He’s been on many an adventure with us since and is very accommodating of the growing family. He’s been packed full with travel cots, buggies and other baby-related paraphernalia and he’s made holidaying with a young family a breeze. (Larry is now available for rent at limited times of the year).
Lake District Campers is born
Meanwhile, Stuart has had his head down in a workshop, lovingly converting VW T5 campervans for customers and test-driving a few for himself along the way. Stuart set-up and successfully ran Lake District Campers for three years before the rest of the family muscled in on the action. Dexter is Stuart’s latest conversion and the one he is most proud of.
It’s a classic
And then we met Wanda! It was love at first sight…well, for Stuart at least. She wasn’t quite so pretty back then and the rest of us lacked vision. Needless to say, he ignored his little sister (luckily) and steamed ahead, lovingly returning her to her former glory.
You only have to take her out for a little drive to be assured of how good the end result is. Summed up by Stuart’s daughter Emmie when she leant into him and asked ‘Daddy do we know all these people waving at us?”
And here we are, three beautiful campers, each with their own character and both making memories for those who hire them.