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  • 14.03.2017

What a season 2016

Christmas has long been over and 2017 is now well underway. Unfortunately, it’s still single digit degrees outside so not much call for Glamping. But I’ve well and truly embraced the Danish art of Hygge over the Autumn and Winter, so as I’m typing this, recalling the 2016 season, I’m sat here in front of our (roaring) wood burning stove with a lovely cup of coffee as Basil is curled up on the sofa with his furry blanket wrapped around him for extra coziness. Lovely.
2016 was, in one word, incredible! To expand, it was easily our busiest season yet. Newly married couples and their friends and family enjoyed our tents across the country. From Northumberland to Norfolk, we pitched a record number of tents. The teams worked some serious hours. I remember the day two teams had to dismantle a job in Newark, only for one of the vans to then travel on to Norwich to pitch up for a wedding the very same day. What a weekend that was. I remember sleeping for quite a while after that one!
We enjoyed new festivals this year too, with the likes of the Embrace Secret festival and Festival 23. We added new products too to our packages, including; Eve memory foam mattresses, a marquee and Emperor tents.
So as the 2017 season creeps up on us, the weather will improve and the bookings will continue to come in. Personally, I can’t wait. As much as I love relaxing in front of the fire, I’m always much more at home in the great outdoors, doing what I love.
Bring it on!

  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 11.10.2012

Autumn Glamping

It seems like such a long time since I last posted a blog entry. If you ‘follow’ us on Twitter or Pinterest, or for those of you that ‘like’ us on Facebook you’ll have been kept up to date with everything that we’ve been up to over the summer. And what a summer it was. We were lucky enough to do several fantastic weddings in locations such as Danby Castle, Duncombe Park and Swinton Park. We also pitched up for parties for people celebrating birthdays ranging from 2 to 50.

Everything being taken into account, with all the great memories and new friends, not a bad first season I’d say!

Sat here writing this though, the main reason is to remind people that summer may be over, but we are still definitely OPEN. Yorkshire during Autumn is simply stunning, it’s when animals and nature put on a final show before the cold kicks in. You’ll be able to don your wellies, pull on the scarf and head out for a brisk walk through the countryside, ‘research’ the local country pubs and enjoy a crowd pleasing casserole back at your tent. Sure the temperatures may have dropped a little, fortunately for you though we have a few solutions to keep you warm.

The little things we’ll do for you during Autumn and Winter is make things extra cosy by doubling up on the duvets, placing an extra layer of insulation between you and the floor and provide you with, wait for it… a hot water bottle!

But most importantly, we have the fantastic frontier stove. This can be placed inside your tent if you opt for the Ultimate Glampit hire package.

Alternatively, if you’re going to a campsite with an electric hook-up, you can have a convector heater that provides heat for your tent quickly and safely at no extra cost with the Glampit hire package.

So come on, tell everyone, let the fun continue and let’s go glamping this Autumn.

  • 25.02.2012

Bank holiday camping 2012

This year we’re lucky to have an additional bank holiday due to the Queen’s diamond jubilee, which falls on the 5th of June. Now I’m not the sort of person that needs an excuse for a camping trip, but this little summer treat should be too good to pass up. For regular campers like myself, bank holidays are perfect for an extended weekend away, but trust me when I say…you need to seriously start looking now to be sure of getting a booking. Bank holidays are notoriously busy times for campsites and many even require a minimum stay.

Bank holiday dates for the diary can be found at here.

Once you’ve got that weekend in the diary, take a look at our recommended Yorkshire campsites. There are lots more campsites to choose from out there though and a good place to look is ukcampsite.co.uk.

Now you know I’m bias when it comes to Yorkshire for camping, so do a bit of research on where abouts you want to go. Whether it be the Yorkshire Coast for the white sand, family-friendly seaside resorts and of course the famous fish & chips. Or the Yorkshire Dales, for it’s outstanding scenery, breathtakingly peaceful atmosphere and a perfect pint. There’s also the 1400 miles of natural beauty that is the North York Moors to consider. Home to heather moorland, pine forests and rolling hills. Even the surrounding areas of Harrogate, York, Leeds and Bradford have fantastic places to go camping, so consider wisely, pick a site and get booked.

So what are you waiting for, let’s get started. Let’s get glamping.

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