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at Monday, June 27, 2011
Unless you weren’t in the country this weekend it would have been impossible to have missed that Glastonbury Festival was on. I remember going to Glastonbury with a huge heavy rucksack on my back carrying a tent and hoping that I wouldn’t get too wet. Half an hour later I was still walking and knee deep in mud! However it would appear that visitors this year had another option – not staying in the local b and b’s no GLAMPING! Prebooked bell tents set up for you in a nice dry field with double beds and lots of room and luxury toilets and showers!
I’m a bit unsure about glamping – it feels slightly treacherous. I have fond memories of camping in a field with a tent, single hob burner and a little tent posted well away. The simplicity to me was the main benefit. You could pack up and go and as long as you remembered the cooker and ground sheet you were fairly safe. Evenings were spent playing football or cards till the light dimmed then bed and early rising.
I was first introduced to a form of glamping when we stayed in a field one day and the couple on the other side of the field had a tv!!! They set out their deck chairs and tuned in to eastenders with a cup of tea and torch. Then more recently I discovered Featherdown Farms. I’m not alien to tents having separate spaces – we had a shower curtains separating our sections but Featherdown have main bedrooms, kitchens (with coffee grinders) dining rooms, lounge area and in some hot tubs all be it of the camping sort of variety – you have to turn the grinder yourself (no electricity)
While the first to introduce this rather upmarket form of camping they are by no means the only lot around. China plates and cups, luxury bedding, rugs & laptop chargers! Yurt holidays, bell tents, ecopods, tipi’s even gypsy caravans – the list is endless. But does it class as camping and does it compare? Yes you do wake up after a luxurious sleep (no air beds to pump or punctures to mend at 3am) under duck duvets and you have the choice of cooked breakfasts while listening to birdsong and white fluffy towels to dry off after a hot shower...but!
For a start you do pay for this luxury. With starter tents from Tesco’s at £10 the average cost of four days glamping being £650 out of season. You also can’t just pitch up where you feel like and you’re bound to have neighbours. So personally I think I might give the tent with the fitted wardrobes and the cocktail partys in the evening a miss and stick to my four person pop up tent where if I don’t feel like making polite conversation with the neighbours or feel like wearing make up and high heels I won’t be laughed at!