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Glamping

Many UK festivals are now adding the luxury of glamping to their line-up but what is glamping all about?

What is glamping?

Well put simply, glamping is glamorous camping. No more leaky tents, damp sleeping bags or tinned dinners. It’s time to whip out the airbeds, bunting, candlesticks and couches. Glamping is said to have first started in the 1900’s with the popularization of safaris. Wealthy travellers were not keen to leave the creature comforts of home behind, and instead stayed in luxurious canvas tent lodgings. These tents were fully furnished with beds, rugs, antiques and fully staffed. Modern glamping appears to have been inspired by the experiences of the rich and famous at festivals. Many an onlooker wondered aloud if it might be possible to avoid a hot tent on a muddy field but still enjoy the outdoors and so glamping was reborn.

Where to go glamping

Glamping sites are popping up all over the place including the Secret Garden Party festival and rooftops in South Africa with everything from massive tents to tipis, treehouses and caravans. In Cape Town you can stay atop a hotel in one of several vintage caravans, each revamped by local artists. All of the caravans are air-conditioned, well-insulated, have hot and cold running water, flushing toilets and showers. The level of luxury in glamping varies depending on how much you want to spend, and whereabouts you go. For an extensive list of glamping sites click here. It is a good idea to find out exactly what each site offers and what you need to bring with.

Glamping tips

  • You can glam up your next camping trip with some of these helpful tips.
  • The tent: Beg, borrow, steal or buy the biggest and tallest tent you can find.
  • Creating that homely feel: Throw down a few rugs, string up some bunting and make a reading corner fitted with a comfy chair and books.
  • Dinner party time: Create a sense of luxury at meal times with non-plastic cutlery and crockery, table clothes, comfy chairs and flowers.
  • Light it up: Lanterns, torches, candles and fairy lights add a really nice touch.
  • Bed time: Kit your sleeping space out with an airbed, comfy pillows and duvet (or sleeping bag).