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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

  • 14.05.2013

VQ Magazine

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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.

  • 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)

  • 23.06.2012

Human Shelters (I love Wikipedia!)

I was trawling the web the other day looking at what’s going on in the World of Glamping and found a facebook interest page dedicated to bell tents. This gave a description (from Wikipedia) of the bell tent as a “human shelter for inhabiting, travelling or leisure”. It went on to explain the tents structure, history and beginnings. But at the bottom of the page was a list of further human habitation forms; Yurt, Tipi, Wigwam etc.

The structure to the left is Wigwam, right?

Wrong. It’s a Tipi.

Now growing up as a little lad in Yorkshire I played Cowboys and Indians, like most of you probably will have done at some point. I’m sure we always got told by TV, teacher’s, Grandparent’s et al, that the conical, buffalo skin covered dwelling we see here is a wigwam. The “wigwam” is actually a domed structure.

So I thought I’d use this opportunity to give you a little education (wiki style) on a few different types of mobile human habitation.

Well we now know that the picture above is that of a Tipi (also tepee and teepee) which is a Lakota name for a conical tent traditionally made of animal skins and wooden poles. They’re typically associated with nomadic tribes and Native Americans (when hunting) of the Great Plains. The tipi was durable, provided warmth and comfort in winter, was dry during heavy rains, and was cool in the heat of summer. Tipis could be disassembled and packed away quickly when a tribe decided to move and could be reconstructed quickly when the tribe settled in a new area.

So what’s a wigwam then? A wigwam (or wickiup) is a domed room dwelling used by certain Native American tribes that are more permanent. The curved surfaces make it an ideal shelter for all kinds of conditions.

These structures are formed with a frame of arched poles, most often wooden, which are covered with some sort of roofing material, including grass, brush, bark, rushes, mats, reeds, hides or cloth.

Near identical constructions are used by today’s nomadic Somali People as well as the Afar People on the Horn of Africa. They are not called wikiup but Aqal.

Alongside the bell tent, the other most popular glamping accommodation is probably the yurt. This is a portable, bent wood-framed dwelling structure traditionally used by Turkic nomads in the steppes of Central Asia. There are indications that they’ve been in use since at least the 13th century. The stucture you’ll mainly see at many glamping sites throughout the UK is actually the similar Mongolic nomadic structure the “ger”.

Wrongly referred to by westerners as a yurt, the ger differs in that the heavier roof wheel (toono) is supported on posts and the roof ribs are straight rather than bending down at the wall junction. The wall lattice of a ger is constructed of straight pieces as opposed to the yurt’s curved lattice.

You learn something everday.

(All images and info from Wikipedia)

  • 20.06.2012

Wedding season is underway

Things have been so busy round here lately that we’ve hardly had a chance to do any blogging. The reason being is wedding season’s underway. I know it’s no excuse, but when you’re putting up tents left, right and, well you get the picture, all you want to do is get your feet up with a nice glass of wine and chill out. I can’t complain really, it’s Christina that’s got the poor end of the deal. She’s the one that knows how to work the washing machine, so she ends up washing all of the bedding!

Weddings are always unforgettable experiences, and as much as the good old English weather is trying hard to put the dampners (literally) on the summer, we’re taking bookings for more and more weddings, group glamping weekends and kid’s parties on the back of the happy campers we’ve already provided for this year. The feedback that we’ve been getting is brilliant (some you can see here) and not even the rain, that on occassions has been torrential, is stopping our clients from having the times of their lives.

So we here at Glampit just want to say a massive thank you to everybody that has trusted us to be part of what is usually one of the happiest (if not a little stressful) days of their lives. We’ve had a ball do far and can’t wait to supply the rest of this summers clients with memories that they’ll never forget. I’ll leave you with a few of our pics from this year so far.

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