Don’t confuse glamping with old-fashioned camping. Being squashed in a leaky tent and sleeping on the floor is a world away from glamping. Tailor-made for those who love the romance of drifting off under the stars, a glamping experience provides a slice of life in the great outdoors but with plenty of lovely home comforts.
Here are our top glamping tips to help you make sure you have a wonderfully relaxing and comfortable stay when you hire bell tents from us - don't forget to check out our handy kit list.
Embrace alfresco living
To ensure you really are glamping, you need to embrace the great outdoors, come rain or shine. Cook outdoors, play outdoors and eat outdoors. Everything tastes better with fresh air so light up the campfire, stove or BBQ and cook up a glampsite storm using locally-sourced goodies. One pot meals are a great idea for the stove; chilli con carne, chicken stew or mushroom risotto are all tasty but simple dishes you can rustle up with ease and ensure everyone enjoys a good old feast.
If you've booked a BBQ, don't forget to bring some firelighters and charcoal with you. We provide cool boxes with our pre-booked kitchens but you'll need to bring ice to keep everything nice and cold.
Make the Most of Your Surroundings
You may be in the middle of a field but there’s no excuse for feeling bored. Start the day with some early morning yoga or gentle stretching; sun salutations at sunrise will keep you energised for the rest of the day. Explore the site and go nature spotting on a gentle walk. Find some materials to do some bush craft, go bird-spotting - binoculars can be a great idea - or create some art, all helping you make the most of being close to nature. Finish the day around a crackling fire basket with a glass of wine sharing ghost stories or playing good old-fashioned charades.
Factor in Wind, Rain, More Wind and Rain...
The great British weather can be unpredictable. Even in July and August, the weather can be chilly, especially in the evenings and the wind or rain can come on at the drop of a hat. Plan for wind, rain, mud and sunshine and you'll be prepared for every eventuality! Pack plenty of layers including warm socks, a hat and gloves to keep any cold at bay and waterproofs can help keep your usual clothes dry. Take some reusable bags with you to store muddy boots or damp clothes if needed. A dry glamper is a happy glamper!
We provide blankets to help trap in the warmth, but feel free to bring hot water bottles which can be a wonderful addition to your bedtime, giving you a lovely level of heat. Do consider bringing extra blankets with you too. Be prepared to need to wear hats and socks in bed!
Glamping and camping bathrooms with tiled floors can get muddy from time to time - a pair of flip flops to shower in can be a good idea. Don't forget a towel too as these aren't provided.
Can't do without your phone or tablet? Some sites have electric points you can use but why not bring a solar charger for some emergency juice as well?
Pack your slippers to provide some super soft comfort while you're lounging about and relaxing in your bell tent.
Suggested Kit List
Here are our suggestions for items you might like to bring with you to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
*Hat and gloves
*Waterproof trousers and jacket
*Hot water bottles
*Food and drinks
*Ice / ice blocks
*Wellies / walking boots
*Flip flops for bathrooms
*Board games / football / kite
*Firelighters / charcoal for a BBQ
A sense of adventure!
Before you proceed to book, please make sure we are offering the right experience for you.
We set up your fully furnished, beautiful bell tent with lots of thought and attention to detail but it's important to remember that glamping still has an element of 'camping' to it and and can present some challenges, particularly in anything less than sunny weather!
Glamping isn't for everyone so if you're at all unsure, please have a look through our FAQs and feel free to contact us before you book and we will be happy to give you more info on what you can expect.