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  • 24.09.2013

The Tour de France is coming to Yorkshire (part 2)

yorkshireloveletour We’ve already told you in a previous blog that the world’s greatest cycle race – the Tour de France – will start in the world’s greatest county on 5th & 6th July 2014 bringing millions of fans to the Yorkshire roadside.
Yorkshire is the UK’s biggest county and home to some of Europe’s most stunning countryside and coastline.
The route will take the cyclists through some of our great and vibrant cities, including York, Leeds, Ripon, and Sheffield, complemented by pretty market towns.
The Grand Depart will be a festival and a spectacle for fans and first timers alike. Yorkshire will give the riders, the teams and the race organisers a race to remember.

Here at Glampit we have secured a fantastic venue for an entire bell tent village in the thriving Spa town of Ilkley. This location will provide a superb base for tourists as Ilkley is on the 2014 TdF route on the 5th July and is only 3 miles from the picturesque village of Addingham, which is also on the route on the 6th of July. The glamping site offers great facilities, with toilets, showers, parking for one car with each tent and most importantly is only 2 minutes walk away for the town centre. Ilkley as a destination is planning to provide week-long entertainment and a festival of celebration, so there really won’t be anywhere better to stay.

More details of specific glamping packages will be available on glampit.com very shortly, but in the meantime please register your interest by contacting us here or at hello@glampit.com

  • 07.08.2013

An opulent glamping proposal

Once again the summer is incredibly busy and we’ve pitched hundreds of tents at some amazing locations throughout the Yorkshire region. We’ve even just returned from a weekend pitching a bell tent village down in Rutland.
However the big news of the summer came a little closer to home. On June 1st the Glampit team got engaged.
With the help of some amazing friends and contacts in the wedding industry, I pulled off what the Yorkshire Post called an “indecently opulent proposal“.

It all started by identifying a weekend that was free of bookings, which in itself was difficult with the amount that we’ve had this year. I contacted wedding planner Charlotte Miller, from Eden & Eve and asked if she could help me organise a little something at very short notice (2 weeks).

With Charlotte’s support we enlisted a number of great suppliers to help. All of which were invited to see my private board on Pinterest, so they knew what type of theme I was going for. Sarah and her wonderful team at Leafy Couture created stunning florals and provided some amazing props to compliment our Moroccan themed bell tents. Additional props were also supplied by Sam from the unique Lime Lace in Harrogate. Incredible food was provided by Tony from Eat Me, Drink Me and the amazing images were captured by the incredibly talented Holly from Belle & Beau Photography.

It all took place at High Austby Farm which overlooks Ilkley and Addingham and when it came to popping the question, the guys had put everything in the tent and made it look incredible. Christina and I got ourselves sat down and Holly was about to get some pictures. Charlotte stepped out and the photographer started snapping. I just turned round to Chris and said: ‘I’ve got you here under false pretences, explained I loved her and said: ‘Christina Louise Brough, will you marry me?’

Friends and family had been put on standby and started turning up throughout the afternoon, bringing food to cook on fire pits. So ultimately we got an engagement and engagement party in one.

Matt and the guys at Lights 4 Fun provided us with beautiful festoon lighting to string across the trees which set the whole thing off once the sun started dip behind the hills.

The always superb Rock My Wedding also wrote a piece on the whole thing, which was an honour to be featured in.

Once again a massive thank you to all involved…especially Christina for saying “Yes”.

And they say romance is dead.

  • 19.07.2013

Home grown festival glamping

Thinking of hosting your very own festival? Be sure to do it in style with Glampit
Good music, great friends and the added bonus of a comfy bed to end the day: home grow your festival this year, and make 2013 a summer to remember.
With the ailing economy and UK temperatures soaring, there’s no wonder many of us are deciding to set up camp (literally) a little closer to home this year, and enjoy the great holidaying opportunities that this country has to offer.

A great way to spend your great British holiday is sampling one of the many festivals that take place over the summer months. Glastonbury, Edinburgh, Wireless – we Brits certainly know how to throw a great party! But if you’ve tried and tested every festival going and can’t face serving any more time in the trenches, then why not try having your very own?

Even if you’re not trying to emulate the success of Farmfestival, hosting your own festival is the perfect way to make the most of what’s turning out to be marvellous British summertime. Offering you an alternative to the expense of attending or even that equally costly trip to Cornwall, a home grown festival will ensure that your summer holiday 2013 is a memory making success! Plus, what better way to enjoy summer than with a gaggle of your nearest and dearest, dancing to your favourite tunes and not having to worry about where you left your iPhone?

Glamping at Glastonbury may not be an entirely new concept, but Glamping at your own Glastonbury is. Glamping offers you the full festival experience and helps you reconnect with nature without compromising your creature comforts. The bell tents we have available are comfortably furnished, bring a touch of glamour to any location and are perfect for groups of friends, couples and even the little ones. Whatever your style and festival needs, here are our top tips for putting your festival on the map:
• Do any of your friends play in a band? Why not invite them down to play? Alternatively, check the press for local unsigned bands who can entertain you and your party
• Kids will love the excitement of sleeping under the stars – why not make their experience more memorable by inviting a local petting zoo to bring along some of their (well behaved) super stars?

• Don’t forget the food! Most local shops and restaurants offer a catering service menu from which you can choose a variety of summertime favourites to keep your guests well fed! Alternatively, ask everyone to bring along something homemade – this is a home grown festival after all!
• And finally, be prepared for our infamous weather… hot summer days in the great outdoors require lots of sunscreen, but can equally turn chilly as the sun sets, so don’t forget your cardi!

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  • 15.05.2013

Instagram

Instagram… I imagine most of you have heard of it?
This fantastic, free way for people to document, share their experiences and capture the world through filters that transform its look and feel has been a great tool for us here at Glampit.
Instagram has over 100 million users, so if you’re not already using it, download the app and start sharing your adventures.
Be sure to follow us too @glampit to see the latest pictures of our glamping in Yorkshire, including our bell tents, the interiors, weddings and more.
Here’s a small selection of some of our latest pictures…

  • 14.05.2013

VQ Magazine

VQ Magazine Glampit
I wanted to let you know about one of our Bell Tents being used by photographer Simon Hylton for his shoot for the VQ (Victoria Quarter) Magazine.

The Spring//Summer 13 edition of VQ Magazine is out now, so make sure you pick up a copy next time you’re in the centre.

This issue’s photoshoot goes back to nature in true VQ style, as we pitched up camp to help showcase some of the ultimate summer fashions from VQ’s stores. It’s camping, with glamour. That would be Glamping then. Grab your wellies and turn to Page 36 for a bit Camp Couture.

  • 03.02.2013

Pinterest

When it comes to new furnishings for our Bell tents, inspiration can come from anywhere. Without doubt though, one of the best places is Pinterest. Here’s a small selection of pins from our boards and the pictures we have liked. Be sure to follow us to see our latest pins.

All images from Pinterest

  • 15.01.2013

The Tour de France is coming to Yorkshire

In December it was announced that Yorkshire had been chosen to host “Le Grand Départ” in 2014. “I don’t speak French” I hear you say. Well basically it’s the start of the biggest annual sporting event in the World, the Tour de France.

The 5th and 6th of July (2014), will be the two days that the top cyclists from around the globe battle it out over 400km of Yorkshire’s roads.

It is estimated that over 3 million people will turn out to line the roads, in the hope of seeing the likes of Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish.

1,200 hotel rooms are reserved each night for the teams, staff, press and tour personnel. So where are all the tourists going to stay? Mmm, let me think?

Glamping (and camping) during the summer in Yorkshire is always popular, but this will take the need for quality accommodation through the roof. We’ve already had a number of enquiries about our bell tents for the Grand Départ, so if you’re keen to camp in luxury along the route, get in touch now to avoid disappointment.

Some key facts and figures on the world’s largest annual sporting event:

  • It starts at the end of June/beginning of July and lasts 3 weeks
  • The entire race covers approximately 3,500 kms
  • The Grand Départ is the opening of the race of the Tour de France
  • The Grand Départ is regularly held outside of France – in 2012 it was hosted by Belgium
  • A worldwide television audience of 3.5billion people watch the Tour de France annually
  • Over 188 countries around the world broadcast the Tour de France
  • 121 different television channels across the world show the race every year
  • There are 4,700 hours of TV coverage annually
  • The last hour of every stage is broadcast live across western Europe
  • 2,000 journalists representing dozens of nationalities attend the Tour every year
  • The Tour de France attracts 12 million spectators along the route in a typical year’s race
  • On average spectators travel 130km to see a stage of Le Tour
  • They spend on average six hours at a time at the roadside
  • 30% of those spectators are women
  • The last time the Tour visited England was in 2007 when it raced from London to Kent
  • 2 million people turned out over two days
  • Yorkshire’s Brian Robinson was the first Brit to win stage of Tour de France in 1958
  • Bradley Wiggins became the first British rider to win the Tour de France in 2012
For more information on the Grand Départ go to the Welcome to Yorkshire website.
  • 25.10.2012

Bonfire Night in Yorkshire

It’s very nearly that time of year again where we commemorate the failures of one of Yorkshire’s most famous (or infamous) son’s, Guy Fawkes. In Britain, November 5th means blazing bonfires and explosive fireworks, creating beautiful and colourful scenes in the night sky.

It’s been a few years since I’ve attended a bonfire, so the other night I took to twitter and asked the question; Where should we be going? Thankfully it didn’t fall on deaf ears and I received several suggestions. Since then I’ve gone away and looked into the top picks, and these are my 3 favourites (in no particular order):

1. The Devonshire Arms, nr. Skipton.

Situated on the Duke of Devonshire’s 30,000 acre Bolton Abbey Estate in the Yorkshire Dales, their annual Guy Fawkes Night is on Monday 5th November. This event includes; Fireworks, Bonfire, Hot Snacks, Refreshments, Free Car Parking, Free Shuttle Bus, Bar and Entertainment.

Devonshire Arms Bonfire

2. Roundhay Park, Leeds

Tens of thousands of people will be expected at Leeds’ biggest bonfire and fireworks event. On offer will be live music, thundering fireworks and a gigantic bonfire. This free event also takes place on 5th November.

3. Kaboom!, York

What more do I need to say that the title doesn’t already? Kaboom, held on Sunday 4th, is set to be North Yorkshire’s biggest fireworks display. Designed by one of the world’s best pyro-technicians, the fireworks will be fully choreographed with lighting and special FX, celebrating 50 years of James Bond and York’s links to two other famous Yorkshire folk; Dame Judi Dench and Bond theme composer John Barry.

Wherever you decide to go, stay safe and have a great night.

(Image from The Devonshire Arms website)

  • 25.10.2012

Duncombe Park Luxury Wedding Fair

This Sunday (the 28th) we’ll be attending ‘The Wedding Affair at Duncombe Park‘, luxury wedding fair. Set in several hundred acres, Duncombe Park is situated near the picturesque market town of Helmsley.

The Wedding Affair Duncombe Park

We’ll be pitching a bell tent on their hallowed turf and exhibiting inside the Stately home, alongside over 45 exhibitors. I’ve also been told that there is a glass of wine on arrival and gift bags (while stocks last), so if you get the opportunity to come along, we’ll see you there.

12.00 – 4.00pm

Duncombe Park
Helmsley
North Yorkshire
YO62 5EB

(image from The Wedding Affair website)

  • 23.10.2012

The Craven Arms (Appletreewick) Beer Festival 2012

This weekend saw the return of the Beer Festival to the wonderful Craven Arms pub in Appletreewick. If you’ve never been (to the pub or the village) you must be sure to take a trip there soon. Situated in the Yorkshire Dales, just 12 miles north-east of Skipton, Appletreewick, I recently found out (thanks wiki) attained the title of ‘Britain’s Friendliest Town to Drive Through’ in 2009. It also has two great pubs, The New Inn and the focus of this post, The Craven Arms.

We arrived Saturday afternoon and pitched up our bell tent at Howarth Farm campsite, which is a friendly, working farm, surrounded by stunning views and is only ten minutes walk from the village itself. Following a bite to eat, we wandered to the Pub and got settled in.

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The theme of the Beer Festival was ‘War of the Roses’. Ten beers selected from breweries in Yorkshire and ten from breweries in Lancashire, alongside a Cider from each county too.

Now, if you follow me on Twitter you may have seen me tweeting the scores in the afternoon. As the day went on, we did continue to score, but we’d also met and made new friends, so the social media was put aside. One of the people we were speaking with was David Aynesworth, owner of the Craven Arms. He sung us a few folk ditties and entertained us in the heather thatched Cruck Barn at the rear of the pub. I’ve got to say that there was some incredible beers on offer, and in my bias opinion, most of them were from Yorkshire. Votes were taken over the whole weekend and the eventual winner was….drum roll please… Mrs Simpson’s Thriller In Vanilla Porter (abv 5.1%) from the Brown Cow Brewery in Selby. As nice as this was it only came tied for second on my list, along with the South Island Pale (abv 3.5%) from the Saltaire Brewery in Shipley.

The beer that came top of the pops in my eye’s was Birdie (abv 4.3%), a Pale from the superb Dark Horse Brewery in Hetton. Supposedly this was brewed to coincide with the Ryder Cup using both European and American hops. I won’t pretend to understand what all of that means, I just know it makes one hell of a pint. Be sure to give it a try if you see it out about.

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So that was my weekend. Autumn Glamping in my bell tent, coupled with a Beer Festival in one of the finest pubs in the country, in one of the finest spots in the Yorkshire Dales. Ten out of ten.

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