What better time of year than the summer to go camping? In rain or shine camping with all the family is a great experience! We have a variety of books available at Hampshire Libraries to help make your camping experience that bit easier – From what to cook on the BBQ to different activities to do with your family.

The camping manual: the step-by-step guide to camping for all the family, Peter Frost

Increasing numbers of people are discovering that camping is an economical and attractive holiday option. At last, here is a book that will tell you all you need to know about planning the perfect family camping trip. Whether it is a weekend in North Wales or two weeks in the Costa Brava, this attractively presented manual will take the reader through choosing, buying and looking after tents and the many other accessories and equipment.

Camping with kids: hundreds of things to do, Simon McGrath

This colorful book is brimming with great campsite-based ideas to keep little ones interested, entertained and even a little challenged, from dawn until dusk. If any of the younger family members have ever said that camping is boring, this book will change their minds. With hundreds of activities based on traditional camping favorites but updated for modern families, kids will love the ideas on getting back to nature, learning survival skills, weather-watching, cooking and storytelling-and they’ll learn from them, too. Creative ideas like making a moth-catcher, building a dam and making world-class hot chocolate have been thoughtfully planned to ensure that every hour of the day is enjoyed to the max.

101 Vegetarian grill and BBQ recipes

A truly international collection containing 101 of the most delicious vegetarian and vegan recipes to cook over hot coals. The sun’s out, your friends are coming over, the fridge is full of crisp white wine chilling nicely and you’re ready to grill. But you have a vegetarian (or two) coming – what to cook? Don’t be fooled into thinking that the marriage of pure heat and raw meat is the only option. There are so many jaw-droppingly delicious and healthy ways to cook all kinds of meat-free food over the coals or on a gas grill.

How to eat outside: fabulous fresco food for BBQs, bonfires, camping and more, Genevieve Taylor

Nothing tastes better than a meal eaten outside. Genevieve Taylor’s brilliant new book is packed with recipes, inspiration and practical advice for pain-free delicious cooking, eating and having fun in the big outdoors.

50 knots you need to know : for sailing, climbing, camping and more, Allen Marty

If you’re unaware of the difference between a Cow Hitch and a Marlinspike Hoop or a Running Bowline and a Square Lashing, all will be revealed in “50 Knots You Need to Know.” Packed with step-by-step instructions, discover how to tie knots to get you through any situation, whether it’s nautical knots for sailing adventures or shanks and hitches for camping or climbing weekends.

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