While all inclusive trips abroad might be where you really want to go on holiday with the kids it’s definitely not always possible. Luckily, we have so many other options to choose from right here in the UK and one of those is glamping. However, if you’re planning on glamping with children for the first time then you might not know what to expect. Here are some tips.
Research, research, research
The first thing that’s absolutely necessary is a lot of research. Glamping sites are all different and not all of them are suitable for families. For instance, Bumblebarn in North Norfolk, is perfect for families as there is a play area at the back of the site that’s completely safe and enclosed. Other sites might be more suitable for adults or couples.
Just like with camping, if you’re going glamping you’re going to want to find out what your site offers and what’s included in the price you’re paying. Some glamping sites might not offer quite as much as you think they well and reading the fine print is really important. For example, your bedding might not be included and you might need to take this with you.
Let’s be honest, glamping is just a better version of camping (in most cases) and you’re not going to get facilities like you would in a hotel. If this is what you’re used to then a more basic type of holiday can take some getting used to. Be prepared for toilets and showers in either blocks or small outside rooms, cooking outdoors on a BBQ (or ordering a takeaway) and hearing strange noises at night.
Figure out your food options
Something that might be a worry, especially for children, is what you can do for food while glamping. A BBQ is always a good choice but be prepared to have to buy coals. You will also need to find out if there is somewhere to store things like meat or whether you’ll have to buy this fresh each day. Depending on the location, you might be able to get a takeaway delivered which will definitely be fun for the kids. You might want to think about planning your meals in advance to save you taking loads of food that you don’t end up using.
Make the most of it
Although glamping can take some getting used to it can also be a lot of fun. Some glamping sites offer bell tents as accommodation and sleeping in a posher tent is great. There can be full sized beds, heaters and electric blankets to keep you warm at night and plenty of space to move around. The campsites can be a great place to make new friends and for children to run around with others, as well as being out in the open air and nature.