What is Glamping?

Glamping is short for Glamorous Camping.

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However, it covers a wide range, from the really luxurious to the not so.

Essentially a site that provides Glamping will have a pre-erected tent.  This could be a standard basic tent, a luxurious large canvas tent, a tipi, a yurt, or a camping pod – where you are not even in a tent!

Why consider Glamping?

Firstly, if you are new to camping, or perhaps taking someone camping who doesn’t like the outdoors, then selecting a luxurious Glamping experience may win them around.

A high-end glamping experience is closer to staying in a luxury cabin than a tent.  Some really high-end Glamping can rival 4 star hotels!

Alternatively, if high-end glamping is not your thing or too expensive, some campsites have a basic pre-erected tent. Ideal to try some camping before spending money on lots of gear.

Hiring a tent or a spot of glamping is also ideal if taking a tent is not practical (we’ve had to do this before now – see below).  May be you are travelling by train, you are staying in other places on a tour, or you just don’t have the space.

Finally, you may want to consider Glamping for a spot of out of season camping.  Some of the larger canvas tents or camping pods have wood burning stoves, enabling you to extend the outdoor season longer into the year without having to buy cold weather gear.

Our experience with Glamping?

We tried Glamping at Longleat Safari Park.

Now our tent has been all over, but this time we were doing a tour of different places. This meant we were staying at some hotels, and taking our camping gear was not practical, so the Glamping solution was perfect.

We stayed in a pre-erected canvas tent, which had a floor and 4 camping beds, plus storage and space for a cot.

It was OK.  Our usual tent is our home-from-home, and so we didn’t have all our usual facilities.  However, as a base to stay and rest your head we couldn’t fault it.  (It was interesting hearing the lions roar at night as well!)

Find Glamping in the UK

Find Glamping
We’ve got a number of campsites on Get Out With The Kids that offer glamping experiences, from staying in a Tipi or a Yurt, to more traditional canvas tents or camping pods with wood burners.

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Below are some recent Glamping additions on Get Out With The Kids.

  • Callander Woods Holiday Park
    Callander Woods holiday park is right at the Eastern Approach to the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.
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  • Lomond Woods Holiday Park
    Located within walking distance of Loch Lomond, Lomond Woods Holiday Park accepts caravans and motorhomes, plus you can hire static caravans, self-catering, or a bit of glamping.
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  • Deeside Holiday Park
    Deeside Holiday Park is a tranquil retreat set in the Southern valley of the River Dee. Ideal for Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms National Park or soaking up the atmosphere of Aberdeen.
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  • Campsie Glen Holiday Park
    Campsie Glen Holiday Park is in a picturesque rural location between the Campsie and Fintry hills in Stirlingshire, and is within an hour’s drive of Glasgow, Dundee, and Edinburgh.
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  • Love2Stay in Shropshire
    Love2Stay in Shropshire is redefining what you might expect from a campsite, with facilities you would normally see at a high-end resort.
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  • Trwyn yr Wylfa Camping Site
    Trwyn yr Wylfa Camping has direct walks to beach and cycle routes from the campsite, and is a paradise for walkers as you can walk direct along from site along the North Wales coastal path.
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  • Pods @ Broadway
    Set in the grounds of Broadway Country House in West Wales our glamping pods are a great alternative to camping. Relax in the surroundings of coastal West Wales near the sea and the village of Laugharne (made famous by the poet Dylan Thomas) where you can explore nearby attractions, head out for walks on the Wales coast path or head to the family friendly coastal towns of Tenby and Saundersfoot.
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  • Canvas & Campfires
    Canvas & Campfires is a small off-grid glamping site located just 15 mins from the beautiful Cardigan bay coastline. The site is located on an 11 acre working smallholding 3 miles West of the University town of Lampeter.
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  • Bryher Campsite
    Stay under canvas on Bryher in the Isles of Scilly. You don't even have to take your tent, and if you do, they can even help you get it to the campsite.
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No Glamping where you want to stay?

Not a problem.  Glamping specialists like Glampit can pre-erect a beautiful bell tent, fully kitted out glamping-style of course.

Check out this gorgeous setup from Glampit.

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Father to 3 kids, who loves getting out and about (hiking, running, camping, cycling, canoeing...) Co-founded Get Out With The Kids to help other parents enjoy the outdoors with their family.

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