Spring is such a wonderful time of year with the sun starting to shine through the crisper days and the flowers starting to bloom. It’s such an exciting time of year and Easter holidays are the perfect way to spend time as a family enjoying the longer days and of course, the chocolate!
Glamping specialist Campsites.co.uk has picked out the UK’s best glamping getaways for the Easter holidays. Try these incredible locations for quirky accommodation, the great outdoors and lots for children to try. The family-friendly breaks include cabins inspired by clinker boats, hobbit homes and turreted treehouses.
1. New for 2019: Ship Shape, Hexham, Northumberland
Winner of the Best Newcomer prize at the annual Campsites.co.uk awards, Langley Dam is set in the Tyne Valley on the edge of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The site opened in 2018 with a range of high quality en-suite glamping cabins that have been inspired by the old clinker boats found along the Northumbrian Coast.
The cabins, designed to resemble upturned fishing boats, are positioned on the bank of Langley Dam Reservoir with exceptional views of the fly-fishing lake.
2. 2019 Anniversary: Hobbit Home, Yorkshire
July 2019 marks 65 years since Lord of the Rings was first published, so a stay in a cosy Hobbit hole is apt.
The grass-topped Shire House at North Shire is built into a North Yorkshire hillock and has a striking round door and windows.
Step inside and the interior is cosily styled with plump armchairs, copper sinks, a tiny bathtub and lots of lamps for Hobbit hygge. The Shire House sleeps up to six and has a fully fitted kitchen for self-catering.
3. New for 2019: Star Turn, Alton Towers, Staffordshire
Brand new for 2019, the oh-so-simple Stargazing Pods are the newest accommodation option at Alton Towers’ Enchanted Village.
hey’re located on a village green and each cosy pod sleeps up to four with one double bed and two single beds. In the evening, seek out a telescope on the green to explore the night sky.
Other benefits of staying in the Stargazing Pods include a free takeaway breakfast bap, a second day free in the theme park plus early access to some ride and a free round of Extraordinary Golf.
4. Amazing Space: Longney, Gloucestershire
Stay in a restored 1950s Warwick Knight caravan that is believed to be one of only three left in the world. The Glamping Orchard is a family-run smallholding in the Severn Vale and the Warwick Knight has been renovated from a relic to a luxury caravan that featured on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces.
The revamped holiday home now has its very own roof garden with chairs and pillows for soaking up the sun (or the views). Inside there is ample room for a family of four, with a fully equipped modern kitchen and a wood burner for cosy evenings.
When hunger hits guests can collect fresh eggs for breakfast, forage for berries down the country lanes or take a horse and cart ride to the local pub.
5. New for 2019: Rule the Roost, Amplecarr, Yorkshire
The Hideaway is a glamping site set in woodlands attached to a 14th century medieval manor close to the Howardian Hills in an official Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The chilled-out glamping experience includes the new Rufus’s Roost turreted treehouse, which has its own log-fired hot tub, an outdoor shower and a big-terrace for outside dining with a pizza oven for delicious bites.
Inside there’s a den with bean bags, a popcorn maker and games, but the focus of any stay is on the amazing locations, so binoculars are included and there’s a bat monitoring station next door.
6. Star Gazing Yurts, Yurtcamp, Devon
Yurtcamp is a collection of 22 yurts hidden away in woodland that is home to birds of prey and deer.
The comfortable yurts are fully insulated and have real beds, log burners, solar lanterns and star-gazing panels for admiring the night skies, and outside there are campfire pits for toasting marshmallows.
On site is a play area and a full-size woodland assault course for children and adults, and there’s a pancake house for tasty treats.FIND OUT MORE
7. Rhino Watching Lodge, Whipsnade Zoo, Bedfordshire
For a wild night, stay in a Lookout Lodge at Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire and drift off with a view of the zoo’s white rhinos.
The experience includes a day entry to Whipsnade, which is the UK’s biggest zoo, a sunset tour, two-course dinner and breakfast, and an overnight stay in one of the comfy, well equipped lodges.
Children must be at least five years old.
What a way to wake up. To the sounds of the animals and a big Rhino bottom or two.FIND OUT MORE
8. Beach Views: Harvest Moon Holidays, Edinburgh and the Lothians
With panoramic views of the beach on Lochhouses Farm, next to the John Muir Country Park, east of Edinburgh, the treehouses at Harvest Moon Holidays are perfect for beach loving families.
The ensuite accommodation has two double bedrooms and a separate octagonal living area, so parents can relax when the kids head off to bed.
Water sports such as surfing and wake boarding are available nearby.
In the evening, why not take a stroll along the beach and breathe in the lovely sea air.FIND OUT MORE
9. Go Off-The-Grid: Owl Valley Camping, Bideford, Devon
Off-grid Owl Valley is set in its own valley with no WiFi, phone signal or electricity.
The site was once a nature reserve, so pond dipping, bird and butterfly watching are the activities on offer, plus there’s a recreation shack with games and books.
Children have their own den building space, with branches provided, but the accommodation parents will be most interest in are the three tents and a cabin, each lit with solar fairy lights and with their own DIY shower.FIND OUT MORE
10. Vintage Vacation: Happy Days Retro Vacations, Saxmundham, Suffolk
The classic silver caravans at Happy Days Retro Vacations have names such as Nettie, Dee Dee, Gloria and Annie, adding to the site’s cool kitsch swagger.
The vans date from the 1950s, 60s and 70s and still have many of their original features, and all have been lovingly updated to make them cosy and welcoming.
There are swings, slides and a trampoline for children, plus an abandoned army truck that fuels adventurous daydreams.
The perfect place to make some wonderful memories.FIND OUT MORE