Modern glamping in the UK

All the latest sites and spots opening across the British Isles Glamping – or glamorous camping to the uninitiated – has taken off in the last few years. Now a word that’s making it slowly into common parlance (or, travel agent/journalist/eco warrior/festival-goer parlance, at least!) glamping has long been the default holiday style for environmentally-aware outdoor lovers who don’t want the mess and muddle of mounting and dismantling tents and cooking over a trangea.

Pembrokeshire Coastline


In fact, even a quick look at the expansive range of caravans for sale, holiday parks and campsites advertised through UK holiday park operators such as Park Resorts, is an indication that holidaying closer to home is in rude health despite the double-dip recession, confirmed today.

UK glampsites come in varied forms and styles – from treehouses to yurts and tipis to bivouacs, from acres of farmland to forests and seasides, from five-star luxury and yoga courses to eco-conscious locally sourced food – and the only limit to their diversity seems to be the imagination!

One of the latest glampsites to launch in the UK is Bivouac in North Yorkshire, which received warm reviews from the Guardian Travel section. This is glamping at its earthy yet ambitious: a spacious shack (for up to seven) or a yurt, for four or five (though a bit tight for a family).

Run by a biomass boiler on-site, and built in harmony with the Swinton Estate on which it sits, this is one eco-friendly place, with no electricity, but a little woodfire, spots to dry clothes and a basic kitchen and showers.

Just open to the public, it’s a response to the greater demand for reliable yet basic and ecological places to stay in the heart of walking and rambling territory. Perfect for a week or weekend away exploring.

Also new to look out for is Florence Springs Holidays in Pembrokeshire, West Wales: yurts inspired by Mongolian round pod designs, this is a little on the pricey side for glamping (£588 for a week at peak season) but justifiably so. Open from July to September there are also 6 pitches for caravans if you prefer something a little less glamp-tastic…