Camping Domaine du Bocq with kids in the Belgian Ardennes!
During the summer vacations we were in the Belgian Ardennes for the first time with the family. This region had been high on our list for a while because of the many fun outdoor activities you can do with the family here. During our stay in the Belgian Ardennes, we stayed at the Dutch campsite Domaine Du Bocq. A super family-friendly campground, where you can do numerous activities. Following our visit to the campground, we are writing this comprehensive review!
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So on Friday night, after dinner, we drive toward the Belgian Ardennes. We ourselves live in the Tilburg area and can be at the campsite in two hours. We are in a completely different world and within a two-hour drive of our hometown! Totally awesome! After checking in at the front desk, we drove up the campground to the Glamping Tent we had booked for the next few days.
What is immediately noticeable as we drive into the campground is that the campground is very family-friendly. For example, near the reception area there is a playground, including a sandbox, a table tennis table and there is a soccer field. Further down the campground there is also a whole climbing course for kids, where they can climb to their heart’s content. There is also a river near the campground where it is possible to play and cool off. We then do that regularly during these days as it is quite warm.
We rented a Glamping Tent at the campground for a long weekend and we must honestly say that it was the first time we slept in such a tent. Nevertheless, we were extremely pleased! The tent has two bedrooms with beds (a double bed and a bunk bed), so our daughter and we both had separate sleeping areas. In addition, the tent also contains a dining area and a kitchen.
In front of the tent there was a picnic table under the awning and a free area with a fire pit. We were able to park our car near the tent just fine, and opposite us was a nice family with three girls of the same age, with whom Sophie and we had fun contact right away. That was totally awesome! We initially thought a tent would be very hot at night, but because it cools down quite a bit in the Ardennes at night, we slept wonderfully in the tent and it was not hot at all.
The bathroom building was a two-minute walk from the tent, so we had everything at hand. By the way, at the campsite it is also possible to come by with your own tent or caravan. There are quite a few nice spots along the river where you can camp here. Very nice with kids.
We loved having a drink in front of our tent at night when Sophie was asleep with the atmospheric lights on by the tent and a lovely crackling fire from the fire pit.
Activities Rocks ‘n Rivers
The campground was not long ago taken over by the owners of Rocks ‘N Rivers who were already organizing all kinds of activities from the campground. They still do this and we really found that a great value of the campground. The activities they organize are really activities you would expect to find in the Belgian Ardennes. We participated in several activities at the campground.
The first day we were at the campground we did the activity of stacking crates. This was organized at the campsite itself and we could register for it at the campsite reception. The principle is simple. You try to make as high a pile of crates as possible, climbing a little higher each time.
Of course, the kids are attached to a rope so they cannot fall. On that note, the instructors are very friendly and enthusiastic and, of course, they check carefully beforehand to make sure the kids are completely secure. What we also really liked about this activity is that it is a collaboration between parent and kid. At some point the pile of crates is so big that you have to start throwing the crates and the kid has to catch the crates. That does make the whole thing spectacular.
We spent a total of an hour doing this activity at the campsite. The activity was done with several more kids and parents, which is also nice to meet other kids and parents right away.
Climbing, via ferrata and abseiling
On day two, we went to a rock wall fifteen minutes’ drive from the campground. There were a group of fifteen of us (most of them were families with kids) and we went on no less than three activities here. First we went climbing up a rock face, then we went up a course of steel cables along the rock face (Via Ferratta) and then last we went abseiling down.
We started with the climbing activity and it was a lot of fun right away. You notice right away that the kids can often climb even higher than the parents. They are a lot lighter and also have less anxiety. On that note, we see our daughter climbing higher and higher against the rock wall until she is all the way to the top of the rope. Handsome!
There are three ropes hanging alongside each other, allowing you to climb the rock in three places, and they are all slightly different as well. In that respect, therefore, it is fun to do them all.
After we climbed for an hour, we walked a short route through the forest, taking a route along the rock face via a course of steel cables. Very spectacular because we are at quite a few meters above the precipice. Sophie was very well helped in this by the friendly instructors who were along for the ride. In total, out of fifteen people, there were three instructors along which was very pleasant.
After we completed the entire route, we moved on to the last part and that was abseiling. Also pretty spectacular to descend dozens of meters down the rock face like that. We were also super proud that our daughter participated in all the activities so easily! In total, we spent about three and a half hours with the activities. A lot of fun to do!
On day three we will go archery at the campground. Again, we are with a group of kids of different ages. First the kids are explained how to use the bow and then the kids get to take turns shooting. At first, our daughter finds it quite difficult to handle the bow, but after a few practices, she shoots a few arrows at the canvas!
The kids compete among themselves to see who gets the most points by shooting. We ended up spending about an hour doing archery at the campsite! The advantage is that this is also at the campsite, so we can get to the activity right from the tent.
Rocks ‘N Rivers still organizes a number of activities that we ourselves did not undertake. This is because in the days we were there the activities were not offered or our daughter was still too small for them. For example, you can ride a big scooter down a mountain (we thought this was really cool, but unfortunately it was only from eight years old), they have camping survival and it is possible to do a climbing course at the campsite. In short, from Rocks ‘N Rivers alone there is plenty of activities you can do during your vacation in the Ardennes.
Food and Drink
In terms of food and drink, there are also plenty of options at the campground. For example, you can order bread rolls for the next day at the campground reception. Here you have several options and you can then pick them up in the morning. We got fresh baguettes here every morning and we had brought from home various toppings. Also, on the first day we drove to the bakery that is ten minutes from the campground where we also got tasty things.
At the campground there is also a restaurant with a terrace where you can eat a variety of dishes. We also had fries with a snack here one evening. The campground terrace is bustling with people coming for drinks on the terrace in the evening anyway! We spent the rest of the evenings eating on a terrace in the various towns around the campground.
We really had a great time at camping Domaine Du Bocq in the Belgian Ardennes. It really is a very family-friendly campground, with plenty to do for kids and our daughter had a super good time with the other kids at the campground! In addition, it is really an added value that from Rocks ‘N Rivers there are all kinds of activities organized at the campsite, which you can sign up for.
In addition, the tent we slept in was absolutely great and we slept wonderfully in it. In that respect, you really get away from it all, and that’s less than a two-hour drive from where we live! As far as that goes, it is highly recommended if you want to visit the Belgian Ardennes with your family. For more information about the campground, activities and restaurant, take a look at the Domaine Du Bocq website.
This blog was created through a collaboration with the campground in question.