21 July, 2015

STAYCATION: Jollydays Glamping

Last week myself and my right hand Super+Super girl Amy ventured up North for a bit of glamping. Neither of us have 'glamped' before so we were unsure of what to expect. Something which became very apparent when on the road we discussed what we had packed. I'd packed 4 jumpers and 2 blankets in traditional camping style and Amy had packed 4 pairs of shoes 'just in case'. As it turned out we needed have been so cautious with our packing choices. The glamping facilities lived up to their name and we could just have easily taken our glad rags and still been warm and clean!

We arrived at Jollydays Glamping site on Monday afternoon after a very rainy jaunt around beautiful York. We were welcomed with a tin of firelighters, matches, safety info and tealights. We were staying in a deluxe tent and it by far surpassed our expectations. There was a corner sofa, beautiful ercol style dining table, a sideboard, a roll top bath and a four poster bed, hello!

After dumping our stuff we went for a woodland walk in the rain to have a look around. The whole place was awesome. There was a reception filled with food and drink treats for you to purchase - all worked out with an honesty system. A tea tent which could have easily been mistaken for the British Bake Off tent where you could make a cup of tea and enjoy a bit of cake. There were woodland walks, a huge campfire that was kept going all day/night and even a welly boot station for anyone who needed to borrow some.

We spent our evening having a BBQ, indulging in a couple of gins and a bottle of wine and of course melting some obligatory marshmallows, hey it would be rude not to! We finished off our evening by crashing on the sofa in front of our fire before retreating to our super comfy beds which came with super squishy duvets. Aaaaand relax!

The next day was full of super long walks, chip shop chips, discovering an ingenious way to make toast on a hob, prosecco, more BBQ's, trashy magazines, card games, red wine and camp songs around the fire. Except we couldn't really remember any camp songs so we just ended up singing showtunes with a bit of Shania Twain thrown in for good measure. As you do.

All in all, our glamping trip was everything we wanted it to be and more. The staff at Jollydays were super helpful and the whole place was so big that we hardly heard a peep from the other campers. It really was a 'forest experience', no cars were allowed past a certain point and you could just help yourself to more firewood, kindling etc, also on an honesty system basis.

Screw camping from now on, I am all about glamping! I've already started looking into the other sites they have and the North Star Club which they have just opened looks pretty magical.

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