Thomas Cook Camping

Thomas Cook Camping

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Mountain Man

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28 posts

10 months

Sunday 24th December 2017
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Hi, I cant seem to find many reviews online aside from Beermountain, do people have an experiences on Thomas Cook camping? In particular for someone travelling solo who will be using public transport so I dont have a car to lock stuff in, security is really important to me. Not after a wild party atmosphere, just solid and safe

Thanks

Welshbeef

32,218 posts

126 months

Sunday 24th December 2017
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All you should ever have in the tent is sleeping bag - maybe air bed or foam if floor not comfy and a pillow.

I’d not be keeping beer or food in a tent - it would be in the car boot in an ice box plugged into the fag lighter.

If however your going to go down here without a car then take a ruck sack with you with anything important. Though aside from wallet house keys passport and generally entry ticket mobile phone what else is there of any value to nick? I doubt you’d have Louis vitton bags packed with high end brand new designer gear.

FredericRobinson

1,378 posts

160 months

Sunday 24th December 2017
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Or on a public campsite make friends with your neighbours and ask them nicely to lock stuff away for you. In the unlikely event you can get hold of a Tertre Rouge ticket we'll do it.

chasingracecars

1,134 posts

25 months

Sunday 24th December 2017
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Ok OP real world answer...

Thomas Cook Sport has excellent security and safety deposit boxes. The food is good so no need for a stove etc. Toilets excellent showers too. Not too far from tram to pop into town and get there.

Very good site location.

I stayed there three years in a row. As the group got smaller we cope on Houx camping non private now.

Feel free to drop me a PM if you want any other info.

Not linked to Thomas Cook sport in any way.

allojon

282 posts

119 months

Wednesday 27th December 2017
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''Having worked as security advisory for many top companies, I can say this site has the best security at Le Mans.''
I assume therefore you have done an audit of all the secure private camping at Le Mans? Could you share the results so we can see the data ? That would be so helpful , thank you in advance!
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//j17

2,916 posts

151 months

Thursday 28th December 2017
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No mention of the TC site being covered in trees who pollen in a hot year has a...distinctive, clawing odor.

Mountain Man

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28 posts

10 months

Friday 29th December 2017
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Thanks, when they say lockers, I presume they mean little things small enough to keep keys and passport in?

With regards food, whats the setup? Is it just like having burger vans within the campsite? They refer to a free breakfast, is that some pastries and coffee?

//j17

2,916 posts

151 months

Friday 29th December 2017
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Not used TC but most of the private camping options will have a large marquee, satellite TV, bar and be offering 3 hot meals per-day. Given how much TC charge I'd expect waiter service.

Outside of that you can walk in to the 'village' where there's everything from a permanent and temporary seated restaurant down to snack stands. Or you can walk to the tram. Just past here are a couple of restaurants, or you can get on the tram and head in to town.

Edited by //j17 on Friday 29th December 13:41

TinRobot

3,759 posts

16 months

Friday 29th December 2017
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chasingracecars said:
Ok OP real world answer...

Thomas Cook Sport has excellent security and safety deposit boxes. The food is good so no need for a stove etc. Toilets excellent showers too. Not too far from tram to pop into town and get there.

Very good site location.

I stayed there three years in a row. As the group got smaller we cope on Houx camping non private now.

Feel free to drop me a PM if you want any other info.

Not linked to Thomas Cook sport in any way.
I would second this. Really friendly bunch and some nice cars and people on site. Tend to see the same people each year.

The old house in the grounds was where the very first LeMans race started - Porsche or someone was going to buy it a few years back as a corporate entertainment / club but it never worked out.

The food packages are pretty good - the live band on Friday is your typical pub band type thing but is alright.

The showers are mopped out after each person has been in and all things considered even the loo is kept pretty clean.

Just be careful on pitch size. If you go for one of the pre-erected tents then you will be packed like a sardine.


Mountain Man

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28 posts

10 months

Saturday 30th December 2017
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Thanks I went with a pre-erected tent as I'm going to be in France for 2 weeks in total and cant be bothered lumping it around with me.

I didnt go for one of the meal packages, but I assume you can just buy it. I've found at Spa for the 24 I ended up not really having proper meals as I was snacking the whole day.

ellroy

5,096 posts

153 months

Saturday 30th December 2017
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You can buy as you go, but that is, as I recall, more expensive and depends on there being enough. Frankly the food is better than anything available trackside, I’d not waste the effort trying to find something else personally.

chasingracecars

1,134 posts

25 months

Saturday 30th December 2017
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Agree, the food is worth the extra on TC good quality food, you can buy as you go but when we aimed to do that they had run out.

That said they are very good at estimating quantities, the only bad thing I ever hear about TC is the prices. But you get what you pay for.

The food at the circuit ranges from ok to truly awful. Spa has much better food in most cases than Le Mans, Breakfast as most Private Campsite on the meal deal will be a full english each morning.

Mountain Man

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28 posts

10 months

Saturday 30th December 2017
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Thats really helpful, I'll ponder it and I'm sure I can email them and get it added on.

Its worrying if you say Spa is better, as that isnt a high bar, frites stand on the roundabout aside.

Mountain Man

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28 posts

10 months

Saturday 30th December 2017
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One other add on I didnt bother with is the trip to Mulsanne / Arnage.

Does anyone have any experience of that? From what I read, its solid traffic to those corners, so it sounds like I would just sit in traffic.

chasingracecars

1,134 posts

25 months

Saturday 30th December 2017
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Mountain Man said:
One other add on I didnt bother with is the trip to Mulsanne / Arnage.

Does anyone have any experience of that? From what I read, its solid traffic to those corners, so it sounds like I would just sit in traffic.
Don’t worry about a trip to Mulsanne/Arnage. If you get the mini train down to the porsche curves there are busses just outside the circuit. They take you to arnage and Mulsanne. Both times I have used them late night Saturday it’s been fine. Just watch out for last times. Mulsanne is not something you can walk arnage is just about doable.

delta0

943 posts

34 months

Saturday 30th December 2017
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If you can get yourself out of bed before sunrise then driving to Mulsanne/Arnage is easy to do and the roads will be empty. Don’t be tempted to drive like a silly bugger though as there are still police everywhere.

TinRobot

3,759 posts

16 months

Saturday 30th December 2017
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Mountain Man said:
One other add on I didnt bother with is the trip to Mulsanne / Arnage.

Does anyone have any experience of that? From what I read, its solid traffic to those corners, so it sounds like I would just sit in traffic.
Yeah did that trip as I couldn't be arsed with the mini train or driving. Waited until the last minute and got a substantial discount smile

Mountain Man

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28 posts

10 months

Saturday 30th December 2017
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TinRobot said:
Yeah did that trip as I couldn't be arsed with the mini train or driving. Waited until the last minute and got a substantial discount smile
Was it worth it? How long did you get at the corners?

As I don't drive, I'm tempted to walk down to Arnage, it looks about an hour's walk from the Porsche Curves

TinRobot

3,759 posts

16 months

Saturday 30th December 2017
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Mountain Man said:
Was it worth it? How long did you get at the corners?

As I don't drive, I'm tempted to walk down to Arnage, it looks about an hour's walk from the Porsche Curves
Yeah there for over an hour / hour and a half if I recall. It is pretty crowded down there so we had a walk along the mulsanne footpath from where the coach drops you off to the corner. You then have an embankment across to the next corner. You can get some good camera shots. If I was fitter/not drinking I would likely have walked but it is a long way from the site.

chasingracecars

1,134 posts

25 months

Saturday 30th December 2017
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I would go with the circuit buses as these are free and you can spend as long or as little time at the corner. Also if you miss the bus from the campsite then no loss of wonga,

Circuit beers last years went up soo much I hardly drank at the circuit at all. Plenty back on site though.

IFRC, You can get the tram from behind the grandstands on the outside of the circuit, about a 5 min walk from TC. You may have to change tram at Technoparc. (these trams are road trains like at theme parks and pleasure beaches). When at the porsche curves the buses are just under the circuit and on the right.

Think the last tram on race night was about 2am.