As summer starts heating up and the kids are scratching at the doors to be outside, it’s time to grab your bags and head for the woods for a spot of glamping.
I packed my husband and 14 month old toddler and headed for Yorkshire for our first family glamping experience.
You simply can’t help but smile as you turn in to the woodland drive, knowing you’re going to be glamping for the next three nights in a place called Jolly Days. As we pass a cornfield peppered with bright red poppies, I already feel a little jolly and ready for the delights that are ahead. Signs reading ‘escape’ soon set the scene for what to expect in this woodland hideaway.
We unpack our car and load up luggage and toddler into a wheelbarrow before we take a stroll to our superior bell tent at the edge of camp. The tent is definitely decked out for luxury, with a king sized bed, sofa bed, woodburner and space for a travel cot (which Jolly Days kindly provided). The green and cream decor echo the calm of the woods, and compliment the surroundings. Outside, but still under the cover of canvas, is a little shed with a stove for cooking and a cool box for storing your essentials. A picnic bench and BBQ are housed between the two. When it comes to washing, it’s a short stroll to a communal toilet and shower block.
There are some delightful touches to the Jolly Days glamping experience, including a cake and tea tent where homemade cakes are provided for guests to serve themselves while making a pot of tea. It’s a really lovely communal touch that brings guests together in a very relaxing place. It also houses an array of foraging books to entertain the husband; he was later found looking for mushrooms around camp! Another communal element is a camp fire that is lit each afternoon from 4pm. Children are catered for with a little summer house and a vintage caravan that has a number of games and toys for them to enjoy. Tyres hang from trees as swings, providing much delight for the little ones. Isabella kept herself more than entertained just exploring the woodland, picking up pine cones and taking a rest at spontaneously placed tree stump seats made specifically for little ones!
It’s not just families that Jolly Days cater for; weddings and hen parties are attracted to this woodland hideaway. We arrived on Sunday evening to the most delightful sight; a mad hatter’s tea party, all set up for the finale of a three night hen party. I would advise checking if there is such a party organised over a weekend before you book if this is something that might bother you. On the other hand, if you are planning a hen party this would be a cracking place!
Jolly Days is brilliantly located when looking for activities for kids outside of the campsite. We took Isabella to some wonderful places including the Farmer’s Cart, which is also home to Piglets. It has an array of activities for young children and a barn full of animals who you can feed and pet. We were lucky to meet 11 new piglets and feed some goats while we were there.
Back on camp, when the toddler is tucked up in bed, it was just delightful to sit outside and cook to the soundtrack of birdsong. The tents are thoughtfully positioned so that you can’t see anyone else, just a calming view of the woodland that really takes you away from the 9-5 world we’ve become accustomed to. I miss that view and hope to take Isabella back glamping sooner rather than later.
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Laura heads up our editorial team here at Hello Eco Living. She's the youngest member of her WI, loves the great outdoors and new adventures!