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Family Glamping With Kids UK – 26 of the Best Family Glamping Sites with play areas & more

A family staycation in the UK may be just the mini break you are looking for after lockdown. If camping in the garden makes you appreciate those home comforts you can’t usually pack for a camping trip with kids, how about trying family glamping with kids instead? With no need to buy any of the paraphernalia like a camping stove required for old school camping, glamping could appease the myriad of demands that each family member has – by blending adventure, luxury and nature with the gradual relaxing of social distancing measures. Most places will have stringent cleaning policies, but it’s always a good idea to bring your own supplies too.

Family Glamping With Kids UK - 26 of the Best Family Glamping Sites with play areas & more

The amazing campsites below range from luxurious canvas stays under a well equipped canvas safari tent or bell tent to cosy wooden pods, biodomes, hobbit boxes, shepherds’ huts and yurts. Some are by the coast, in castle grounds, situated on lakes, or nestled in the English countryside. Best of all, all the campsites listed below have either play areas, onsite outdoor kids’ activities, local attractions very close by or all three – making them ideal family glampsites for camping in the UK with kids.

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Glamping with kids at Warwick castle. Photo Copyright Zena’s Suitcase

1. Warwick Castle Glamping Warwick Castle, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV34 6AH 

What can possibly beat an overnight stay in a luxurious royal themed Medieval Glamping Tent within a Knight’s Village? After a day of thrills including a Horrible Histories Maze, watching the Mighty Trebuchet, birds of prey, the world’s largest working siege machine in action and exploring the 1000+ year old Warwick Castle, why not glamp in either the Warwick Tent or King’s Luxury Tent? Or for an exclusive sleepover, the new Knight’s Village Lodges are themed throughout with luxury facilities such as temperature control, a shower and wet room and a picturesque terrace. 

After a restful sleep, make the most of your package which includes a delicious breakfast the next morning and FREE second day Castle tickets! For a UK camping experience with a history lesson thrown in, this place takes glamping with children’s activities up to the next level. Compare prices on Booking.com here which has free cancellation options.

Accommodation Information:

Warwick Tents: Warwick Tents have space for a double bed, two single beds plus room for an additional air bed or travel cot (available on request).

The four poster bed in the King’s Luxury Tent. Photo Copyright Zena’s Suitcase.

King’s Luxury Tent: Features a majestic four poster double bed, two single beds and room for an additional air bed or travel cot (available on request).

Knight’s Village Lodges are themed throughout with luxury facilities such as temperature control, a shower and wet room and a picturesque terrace.  The Woodland Lodge can sleep up to 5 people and a travel cot. The Knight’s Lodge is designed with a Mezzanine floor to accommodate an open plan lounge and sofa bed. The Knight’s Lodge can sleep up to 7 people and a travel cot.

Please be aware that shower and toilet facilities are communal for the tents. Guests staying in a Warwick Tent will need to bring their own towels.

Glamping Short Breaks Include:

  • An overnight stay in a themed Medieval Glamping Tent
  • FREE second day Castle tickets including entry to the Castle Grounds
  • Fantastic entertainment
  • A delicious buffet breakfast the following morning
  • Free car parking
  • Wooden flooring and lighting
  • Free hot drinks throughout the night
  • Atmospheric medieval themed decor
  • Free WiFi
  • Large storage chests and power sockets
  • Picturesque setting
  • Compare Knights Village Warwick castle prices on Booking.com here which has free cancellation options.

Glamping in the Forest Of Dean with Kids

Glamping With Kids in the Forest of Dean. Collect eggs at Dome Garden glamping site. Copyright Dome Garden
Glamping With Kids in the Forest of Dean..Collect eggs at Dome Garden glamping site. Copyright Dome Garden

2. Dome Garden – Mile End, Forest of Dean Gloucestershire

The Dome Garden is host to a plethora of domes including hobbit style domes to Dom-itory style, a Sky Dome and the Super Dome – with hanging suspended beds as an option. Families will be most attracted to the Double Dome (a larger dome directly facing an attached smaller dome with a bathroom nestled between) and the Dom-itory types or the Super Dome for larger families.

Expect proper beds, wood burning stoves, en-suites with flushing loos & wood-fired showers or baths situated within a magical eco-encampment in the heart of the forest. If cooking over the fire or stove doesn’t appeal one night, there is a seasonal onsite restaurant serving ‘wood fired food’

Zipwire fun when Glamping With Kids at Dome Garden - Copyright Dome Garden
Zipwire fun when Glamping With Kids at Dome Garden – Copyright Dome Garden

There is no wifi and a poor phone signal, but with a tree house, bike tracks, swings, ziplines, den building, reading, game playing, a tryre frame with rope bridge and roaming chickens with eggs to collect on site, you’ll find a good balance of things to do: all on an enclosed, secure compound. Outside this oasis, there are plenty of outdoor and indoor activities nearby including canoeing on the river, Go Ape high ropes, family trail bike rides, mystical Puzzlewood with petting animals 2.5 miles away, maze and a willow playground, Butterfly House, the aMazing Hedge Puzzle or hiking with a llama!

Hanging suspended beds at Dome Garden, copyright Dome Garden
Hanging suspended beds at Dome Garden, copyright Dome Garden

Accommodation Information:

The dom(e)itories: both based on 20ft domes but each with a mix of beds that hang suspended, or stack, or simply sit on the ground. Ensuite included.

Double Dome: This 17ft exo-dome sits across from a tiny 12ft bed-dome with a bathroom in the middle. Both domes are included. The larger side can sleep up to 4 and the smaller dome up to 3.

Super Dome: One giant dome, with room for eight, on two levelsThis has 5 suspended beds in the roof accessed by a little spiral staircase and more bed options with further relaxing space on the ground floor. Ensuite included.

  • 3 hotel-style rooms & 11 eco-pods – geo-domes with private ensuite facilities. They range from 12ft to 24 ft across and are all equipped with: -Proper beds, a sink, kitted out kitchen area with a fridge, wood burning stoves, en-suites with flushing loos & wood-fired showers or baths.
  • Seasonal restaurant
  • Zipwire and swings onsite
  • cots, highchairs, baby monitors and baby baths can be provided.
  • A baby shack with 6 essential items to help prepare little ones food eg kettle, microwave etc
  • A small shop with maps, books, logs and firelighters (no BBQ’s allowed)
  • For more information see the Dome Garden website.
Dome Garden glamping geodomes
Domes with attached ensuite Copyright Dome Garden

Things to do at a glance onsite:

  • Swings
  • Zipwire
  • Den building
  • Collect eggs from the chickens

Things to do with kids nearby:

  • Canoeing on the river
  • Go Ape high ropes
  • Family trail bike rides
  • mystical Puzzlewood
  • Butterfly House,
  • aMazing Hedge Puzzle
  • Hiking with a llama!

Glamping in The Lake District With Kids

Glamping with kids at Low Wray Campsite, Lake District. A small collection of five safari tents are tucked away in the tranquil woodland area of the campsite. ©National Trust Images/Tiree Dawson
Glamping with kids at Low Wray Campsite, Lake District. A small collection of five safari tents are tucked away in the tranquil woodland area of the campsite. ©National Trust Images/Tiree Dawson

3. Low Wray Campsite, Lake Windermere, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0JA

This National Trust camping site offers a wide-range of camping options including traditional pitches with waterfront, lake, meadow or woodland views, or glamping in cosy camping pods, safari tents and two suspended tree tents.

The site features a shop, three toilet and shower blocks, laundry facilities and washing-up areas. Families and kids will love the onsite children’s adventure playground. Canoes, rowing boats, sit-on kayaks and paddleboards are also available to hire as well as mountain bikes. 

Local area attractions include the lakeshore walk to Claife Viewing Station, or through scenic views to the Beatrix Potter Gallery at Hawkshead. Enjoy these Lake District walks and hikes too.

Glamping  with kids at the Low Wray Campsite play area, Lake District ©National Trust Images/Tiree Dawson
Glamping with kids at the Low Wray Campsite, Lake District ©National Trust Images/Tiree Dawson

Accommodation Information:

Tree Pods: Described by the NT as looking like ‘giant tree decorations’, these suspended canvas tree tents are perfect for a smaller family of 3 (note child must be over five years old). Each tree tent is reached by a ladder to a wooden platform and inside you’ll find a cosy wood-burner and seating which converts to a double bed and a single bed. Gaze through the sky window as you are gently swayed to sleep.

Woodland Safari Tents: Nestled in the woodland area, these fully furnished tents have linen included and have a wood burner and gas cooking stove. The larger tents can sleep up to six people with two bedrooms in a separate screened area. The smaller tents are open plan and have a bunk bed for kids.

Glamping Pods: There are a couple of options with the basic unfurnished pods coming with or without electricity. They have beds and mattresses which turn into daytime seating. You’ll need to bring everything you would normal bring for a tent camping experience – minus the tent.

The new for 2020 Lake View Furnished Pod comes without electricity but adds a bit more comfort and space with a food preparation area. Off grid lighting is also provided.

  • Playground
  • Chemical disposal available
  • Laundry
  • Shop
  • Showers
  • Toilets
  • Washing-up area
  • Pizza night
  • For more information see the National Trust Low Wray Campsite website.

Things to do on site

  • Playground
  • Pizza Night
  • Hire Canoes, rowing boats, sit-on kayaks and paddleboards, and mountain bikes. 

Things to do nearby

  • Claife Viewing Station
  • Beatrix Potter Gallery at Hawkshead.
  • Treetop Trek
  • Ambleside Climbing Wall
  • Wray Castle

4. Great Langdale Campsite Yurt, Great Langdale, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9JU

The new yurts on this National Trust property are fully furnished and there’s no need to bring any camping gear. Accommodating up to four, they contain a woodburning stove with basket of wood, gas camping stove, pots and pans, some lighting, table and chairs and a BBQ. There is one double and 2 single beds with linen provided. 

Kids will enjoy the children’s play area, and free climbing wall. A shop and laundry facilities are on site plus a toilet and shower block. For more information on this family glamping holiday see the National Trust Great Langdale Campsite website.

Things to do onsite

  • Free Bouldering wall
  • Orienteering course
  • Play area
  • Bike trails

Things to do nearby

  • Claife Viewing Station
  • Beatrix Potter Gallery at Hawkshead.
  • Treetop Trek
  • Ambleside Climbing Wall
  • Wray Castle

5. Bear Lodge, Port Lympne Reserve, Nr. Ashford, Kent, CT21 4PD

Nestled within the 600 acre Port Lympne Reserve, these luxury safari tents come fully equipped with all the amenities including a private bathroom. Expect cosy separate sleeping areas with full size beds, a wood-burning stove and the equipment you will need.

Included is entrance to the reserve and Howletts Wild Animal Park plus the Dinosaur Forest exhibit and view of the bear paddock. Enjoy breakfast or dinner at the private Clubhouse whilst the kids burn off some energy after at the playground. From £350 to £475 per night (max stay is 4 nights) this is not a budget glamping experience but certainly a memorable one with an evening safari option too!

  • Glamping tent furnished with bedding and en suite facilities.
  • Tents sleep either up to 8 people in 1 double bed, 1 bunk bed, 1 double cabin bed and 1 double futon, or sleep up to 7 people in 2 double beds, 1 single bed and 1 double futon.
  • Entrance to Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve and Howletts Wild Animal Park (from 9.30am on the day of arrival until close on the day of departure)
  • Free entry to the Dinosaur Forest exhibit at Port Lympne Reserve
  • Views of the bear paddock
  • Complimentary parking
  • Bedding and towels
  • Access to evening activities such as evening walks and safaris, subject to availability and bookable on check in only
  • Dinner and breakfast at the Clubhouse can be booked
  • WiFi
  • For more information see the Aspinal Foundation Bear Lodge website.

Things to do Onsite

  • Dinosaur Exhibit
  • Animal Reserve
  • Playground

Things to do near Port Lympne with kids

  • Howletts
  • Brockhill country park
  • Hythe Beach

Glamping In Devon With Kids

Play area at Valleyside Escapes - family glamp site
Play area at Valleyside Escapes – copyright Valleyside Escapes

6. Valleyside Escapes, Cleave Barton, Bickleigh, Devon, EX16 8RG

In a paddock overlooking the River Exe, lie the three fully equipped safari glamping tents. Each glamping tent has hot running water, electricity and WiFi connectivity and sleep six. Best of all – an ensuite is attached!

Kids will love the small onsite children’s play area with a swing, slide, tree stumps and tyres and a bespoke mud kitchen. A box of garden games is also provided so you can really make the most of being outdoors. Older kids and adults will enjoy the boules court.  A games locker in the honesty shop is new from 2020

A few minutes walk away you can hop on a train ride, see the model railway and explore the indoor play coaches and soft play at the Devon Railway Centre. Stroll across the historic Bickleigh Bridge and sip on an ice cold beer or wine on the banks of the River Exe at the Fisherman’s Cot pub.

A short drive away can take you to two National Trust properties Knightshayes or Killerton. In Tiverton visit the museum and castle or take a horse-drawn barge along the Great Western canal. Test your stamina and endurance at the Bear Trail or have a thrill on a rollercoaster at Crealy Adventure Park. Ride a monster machine at Diggerland. (For a taster of what to expect at Diggerland see our review here)

Valleyside Escapes Safari Tent – Copyright Valleyside Escapes

Accommodation information:

There are two bedrooms in each of the safari tents – one king, one twin plus a king-sized cabin bed which accommodates two children or adults! Conveniently, a bathroom is at the rear containing a shower, toilet and sink.

Bathroom in the safari tent
Safari tent bathroom. Image

At the front is a kitchen containing a small fridge, gas hob and dining area. Next to this is a lounge area to play games, read a book or just chill out. There is also a wood burning stove so you can get cosy as night time falls.

Outside there is a veranda to watch the sun set and a BBQ area where you can use your Valleyside Escapes paella meal kit and for marshmallow toasting. Compare prices and book with free cancellation options on Booking.com

  • Safari tents
  • Ensuite shower, sink and toilet
  • Kitchen with fridge, gas hob & dining area
  • Wood burning stove
  • A welcome pack containing milk, tea, coffee, bread and some local treats
  • Cooking essentials – condiments, butter, olive oil
  • Household essentials – cling film, foil, washing up liquid and cloths, tea towels
  • Bed linen and towels supplied.
  • Honesty shop
  • Games locker
  • A basket of logs and fire lighting equipment
  • A travel cot, high chair and step for bathroom can be provided.
  • Dogs welcome
  • WiFi
  • Compare prices and book with free cancellation on Booking.com

Things to do onsite:

  • Play area with a swing, slide, tree stumps and tyres
  • Bespoke mud kitchen.
  • box of garden games
  • Boules court. 

Things to do near Valley Side escapes:

  • Devon Railway Centre
  • Killerton National Trust
  • The Bear Trail
  • Yarak Birds of Prey
  • Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life
  • Crealy Theme Park & Resort
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7. Yurt Camp, Staplehill Road, Liverton, South Devon, TQ12 6FU

If you are looking to go glamping in South Devon are keen on activites, this might be the site for you. There are 22 yurts on site, with some in a village setting, in the woodland or in a more secluded setting. The larger yurts can sleep up to 6. Yurt Camp has a plethora of onsite activities for kids including; table tennis, swings and see-saws, fort, a sand pit, a zip wire and a full size woodland assault course for children and adults.  


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With Dartmoor on your doorstep (fantastic for pony trekking, river swimming and rock scrambling) and the Devon coastline just 8 miles away, there are plenty of family friendly activties. Less than 3 miles away there is a superb open air swimming pool at Bovey Tracey.

Zip wire at Yurt Camp Copyright Yurt Camp

Attractions such as Becky Falls, River Dart Country Park, Pennywell Farm and Woodlands Leisure Park are all close at hand. Torquay is less than ten miles away and the cities of Exeter and Plymouth are a short drive for major city attractions. The site has great transport links but a slight compromise will possibly be the faint hum of traffic from the A38.

Inside the glamping yurt at Yurt Camp. Copyright Yurt Camp

Accommodation Information:

  • Sleeps five (six with an additional folding bed)
  • Partitions to give some privacy
  • Camping gas stove
  • Crockery, pots, pans, cutlery etc
  • Bed linen is supplied at £5pp
  • Log burner
  • Fire Pit
  • WiFi
  • Charging points around the camp.
  • Large shower and toilet block, centrally located.
  • Second toilet block close by
  • Washing up and laundry areas
  • Woodland cafe on site

Things to do Onsite

  • Table tennis
  • Swings and see-saws
  • Fort, a sand pit,
  • a zip wire
  • full size woodland assault course for children and adults.

Things to do near Liverton, South Devon

  • Becky Falls Ancient Woodland Park Limited
  • Babbacombe Model Village
  • Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary
  • South Devon Miniature Railway
  • Paignton Zoo
  • Pennywell Farm

Glamping in Cornwall with Kids

For more outdoor things to do with kids in Cornwall see here.

Children enjoying the play area at Teneriffe Farm Campsite, Cornwall. Copyright National Trust/Chris Lacey

8. Tenerrife Farm, Predannack, Helston, Cornwall TR12 7EZ

Surrounded by the North Predannack Downs Nature Reserve and the Lizard National Nature Reserve, Tenerrife Farm caters for all campers and also provides basic timber glamping pods in Cornwall for those who don’t want to bring their own tent. You will need to bring all other camping equipment and dogs are not allowed in the pods.

Onsite, you will find a children’s play area, plenty of space for recreation, a brand new facilities block incorporating toilets, showers, an accessible toilet and shower room with baby change, launderette, outdoor washing up areas and a chemical toilet disposal point.

Explore the local area on foot by wandering along this rugged stretch of the South West Coast Path or head off to the beach for some fun in the surf. With numerous award winning beaches, beautiful coves, fishing harbours, villages and local attractions only a short drive away, you’re bound to find that special place to call your own.

Teneriffe Farm Campsite, Cornwall. Copyright National Trust/Chris Lacey

Camping Pods Information:

This coastal property has camping pods which can accommodate up to 4 adults or 2 adults & 3 young children. Each pod is equipped with lighting, a comfortable low pile carpeted base on which to sleep, an oil filled electric radiator, power supply and French doors that lead to an outside wooden decking area: perfect to sit out on to have your meals or just to enjoy a lovely evening and watch the sun go down. For more information on this National Trust glamping site see Tenerrife Farm.

  • Play area  
  • BBQ available 
  • Laundry available
  • Showers,  Toilets & Washing-up area

Things to do Onsite

  • Play area

Things to do near Helston with kids

  • Visit the beaches
  • Flambards Theme Park
  • Helston Railway
  • Cornish Seal Sanctuary
  • Museum of Cornish Life
  • St Michaels Mount
Safari tent at Boswarthen Farm

9. Boswarthen Farm Madron, Penzance, Cornwall TR20 8PA

With Safari Tents, a Gypsy caravan, a bell tent and a camping lodge, Boswarthen Farm offers rural seaviews surrounded by a working farm and wonderful glamping holiday experience. Think hazy days like the endless Famous Five summers!

If you are searching for some dog friendly glamping in Cornwall, you’ll be pleased to know Boswarthen Farm farm is doggy friendly. The farm gives visitors plenty of opportunity to interact with everyday farm life; from watching the milking process, collecting eggs and stroking the chickens to watching the calves having their morning milk and learning about life on a dairy farm.

During the summer holidays expect a campfire twice a week after Pizza and Lasagne night. Children can play in the sandpit or join in with a cricket match or wheelbarrow race. Outside the farm are beaches galore with sailing & swimming opportunities, paddle boarding, kayaking and horse riding.

Visit iconic landmarks such as St Michael’s Mount or visit the open air theatre at Porthcurno which runs story telling for children in the summer holidays (booking is essential).

Lanyon Safari Tent at Boswarthen Farm. Copyright Boswarthen Farm
Lanyon Safari Tent at Boswarthen Farm. Copyright Boswarthen Farm

Accommodation Information:

Safari Tents: These fully equipped safari tents with a gas stove and wood burner can accommodate up to 6, with a king size bed and cabin bed or bunk beds for the kids. Relax on the swing seat and enjoy the sea view. The toilet and hand basin are positioned at the rear of the tent whilst the showers are in a block with good pressure and plenty of hot water.

Downstairs in the Glamping Lodge at Boswarthen Farm. Copyright Boswarthen Farm
Downstairs in the Glamping Lodge at Boswarthen Farm. Copyright Boswarthen Farm

Glamping Lodge: This two storey canvas lodge has its very own private shower and hot tub (addition charge applies). Sleeping 8, the layout works well for families or extra guests as children can sleep and play upstairs, while parents and/or grandparents can relax downstairs. Beds are fitted with crisp white duvets and cosy blankets. With an extra toilet and private shower, groups enjoy the extra amenities on offer. The solar lighting offers a brighter light and hot water is available throughout the tent, create amazing meals on the wood burning or al fresco on the bbq.

The Gypsy Caravan & Bell Tent at Boswarthen Farm, Cornwall  Copyright Boswarthen Farm
The Gypsy Caravan & Bell Tent at Boswarthen Farm. Copyright Boswarthen Farm

Gypsy Caravan & Bell Tent: These are rented together with the tent adjacent to the caravan and away from the other safari tents. Cooking is easy with the stove in the bell tent, the gas hob in the cooking shed and the bbq.

  • Sandpit
  • Farm animals to feed and eggs to collect
  • Wheelbarrow races
  • Pizza and Lasagne nights
  • Honesty Shop
  • No WiFi (but you can nip into the family farm house if you need to for work.)
  • For more information see Boswarthen Farm 

Things to do Onsite

  • Feed the farm animals & collect eggs
  • Wheelbarrow race
  • Sandpit

Things to do nearby

  • Open air theatre at Porthcurno
  • St Michaels Mount
  • Chysauster Ancient Iron Age Village
  • Land’s End Landmark Attraction

Glamping in Cambridgeshire with Kids

The Great Ouse river and Houghton Mill, Cambridgeshire. Copyright Chris Lacey National Trust

10. Waterclose Meadows, Houghton Mill, Near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28 2AZ

This campsite within the Houghton Mill National Trust property offers camping pods. Standard pods are furnished, equipped and sleep up to 4 people, whereas the new luxury pod features an en-suite shower room and full size double bed, with decked area.

There is no play area but this campsite is worth a mention with its plethora of family events, a children’s quiz and nature trail, plus families can explore the river Ouse in dinghys and canoes. Waterclose Meadows campsite is on the edge of the twin villages of Houghton & Wyton in Cambridgeshire and St Ives can be easily reached on foot, bike or canoe. There are two pubs a short stroll away in the village, and several others within walking or cycling distance – including The Cock, 2019 Pub of the Year in Hemingford Grey.

Waterclose Meadows campsite is on the site of the National Trust’s historic Houghton Mill (free entry to National Trust members). There are many walking, cycling and canoeing routes all around the local area and Cambridge can be reached easily by bus or car.

Slightly further afield (less than an hour by car) you can reach several other National Trust properties including Wicken Fen Nature Reserve, Wimpole Estate and Anglesey Abbey.

Waterclose Meadows at Houghton Mill Copyright National Trust.

Accommodation Information:

Standard pods feature a seating area which converts into a double bed, bunk beds and a small kitchenette area with mini fridge, microwave, kettle, crockery, cutlery, table, heating, lighting and power sockets. You’ll need to bring your own bedding and linen.

Luxury Pod Interior Copyright National Trust

The luxury pod sleeps two people in a double bed, plus an additional guest on a fold out futon. The pod’s kitchenette is fully equipped and the en-suite bathroom features a hot/cold water shower, flushing toilet, sink and heated towel rail. There are power sockets in the pod and heating if required. You’ll need to bring your own bedding and linen and there is a minimum stay 2 nights.

  • Baby-changing facilities
  • Children’s quiz/trail our new mini nature trail 
  • Family events
  • In warmer weather families love exploring the river in dinghys and canoes. You can either bring your own or hire a canoe, rowing boat or punt next to the Mill (operated by Houghton Boats, please call 07759 316260 for more information). 
  • For more information see Waterclose Meadows,

Things to do Onsite

  • Children’s quiz
  • mini nature trail
  • Hire a canoe, rowing boat or punt

Things to do nearby

  • Axes and Escapes
  • Holkham Hall
  • Sandringham Estate

Glamping in Norfolk and Suffolk With Kids

For outdoor activities and things to do in Norfolk see here.

Secret Meadows Two Storey Safari Tent  Copyright Secret Meadows
Secret Meadows Two Storey Safari Tent Copyright Secret Meadows

11. Secret Meadows, White House Farm Nature Reserve, Hasketon, Nr. Woodbridge, Suffolk IP13 6JP

Hire a couple of hens and a hen coop, enjoy a bow and arrow workshop, meet animals, run around the labyrinth, or build the best den yet at this peaceful glamping site in Suffolk. From luxury lodge tents and safari tents to gypsy horse caravans and their new Hobbit Box (sleeps 4), you’ll find a style of glamping to suit your needs plus all have private loos and showers!

Loo and Shower Shed at Secret Meadows. Copyright Secret Meadows

All the accommodation is exquisitely decorated with luxury touches such as handcrafted wooden furniture, tents with Farrow & Ball painted interiors, organic towels and flannels, woollen blankets, hot water bottles and games and books.

Copyright Secret Meadows
Copyright Secret Meadows

Secret Meadows is a tranquil haven nestled amongst wildflower meadows with a background of ancient woodland but with plenty to do in the local area, including Sutton Hoo, Framlingham Castle, Easton Farm Park, Minsmere, Jimmy’s Farm, Thorpeness Meare, Snape Maltings, Helmingham Hall Gardens and Orford River Trips.  Not to mention the beaches at Aldeburgh, Dunwich, Walberswick and Southwold! For more information see Secret Meadows

Accommodation information:

Inside the Luxury Lodge Tent at Secret Meadows. Copyright Secret Meadows
Inside the Luxury Lodge Tent at Secret Meadows. Copyright Secret Meadows

Lodge Tents (sleeps 6):

  • Private loo and shower
  • Ready-made beds (king-size 4-poster bed, bunk bed (2 singles), double cupboard bed)
  • Organic towels and flannels
  • Kitchen linen, washing-up liquid and soaps
  • Complimentary tea tray  
  • Fully-equipped kitchen including fridge
  • Hot and cold running water throughout
  • Large wood-burning range for cooking and heating and mini gas hob
  • Sofa, dining table and chairs
  • Oil lanterns, candle lanterns and candle chandelier
  • Electric lantern lights and sockets in Meadow Fescue tent
  • Chest full of wood with firelighters, matches and starter supply of candles (extra supplies can be purchased from the onsite pantry shop)
  • Wood-fired hot tub with Selfheal tent
  • Woollen blankets and hot water bottles
  • Clothes airer/washing line
  • Wind up torch 
  • Games and books
  • Picnic table, Kadai barbeque and fire bowl
  • Hammock and 2 deck chairs
Gypsy's Rest and Shepherds Hut - copyright Secret Meadows
Gypsy’s Rest and Shepherds Hut – copyright Secret Meadows
Gypsy’s Rest and Shepherds Hut – copyright Secret Meadows

Gypsy Caravan with Shepherd’s Hut (sleeps 4)

  • Private loo and shower
  • Ready-made beds (1 double bed in the shepherd’s hut and 1 double bed in the gypsy caravan)
  • Organic towels and flannels
  • Kitchen linen, washing-up liquid and soaps
  • Complimentary tea tray
  • Fully-equipped kitchen including fridge
  • Hot and cold running water throughout
  • Wood-burning range for cooking and heating and mini gas hob
  • Sofa, dining table and chairs
  • Oil lanterns, candle lanterns and candle chandelier
  • Bags of wood with firelighters, matches and starter supply of candles (extra supplies can be purchased from the onsite pantry shop)
  • Woollen blankets and hot water bottles
  • Clothes airer/washing line
  • Wind up torch  
  • Games and books  
  • Picnic table, Kadai barbeque and fire bowl
  • Hammock and 2 deckchairs
Inside the lower level of the two storey Safari Tent. Copyright Secret Meadows

Two storey Safari Tent:

  • 2 x private loos and showers
  • Ready-made beds (Downstairs: double 4-poster bed, double cupboard bed. Upstairs: Double bed, 2 single beds)
  • Organic towels and flannels
  • Kitchen linen, washing-up liquid and soaps
  • Complimentary tea tray
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Hot and cold running water throughout
  • Fridge
  • Gas cooker with oven
  • Wood-burning stove for heating
  • Dining table and chairs
  • Sofa
  • Oil lanterns, candle lanterns
  • Electric lights, fairy lights and sockets
  • Chest full of wood with firelighters, matches and starter supply of candles (if extra supplies are needed you can purchase them from the onsite pantry shop)
  • Woollen blankets and hot water bottles
  • Clothes airer/washing line
  • Wind up torch
  • Games and books
  • Picnic table
  • Hammock
  • Kadai barbeque and fire bowls
Hobbit Box Copyright Secret Meadows
Hobbit Box Copyright Secret Meadows

Hobbit Box (Sleeps 4)

  • Private loo and shower
  • Ready-made beds (2 double beds (bunk bed) in bedroom)
  • Organic towels and flannels  
  • Kitchen linen, washing-up liquid and soaps
  • Complimentary tea tray  
  • Fully-equipped kitchen including fridge
  • Hot and cold running water throughout 
  • Small gas cooker with oven and hot plates
  • Wood-burner for heating
  • Sofa, dining table and chairs
  • Candle lanterns and candle chandelier
  • Electric wall lights and sockets
  • Bags of wood with firelighters, matches and starter supply of candles (extra supplies can be purchased from the onsite pantry shop)
  • Woollen blankets and hot water bottles
  • Clothes airer/washing line
  • Wind up torch  
  • Games and books  
  • Picnic table, Kadai barbeque and fire bowl
  • Hammock and 2 deckchairs

Things to do at a glance onsite:

  • Hire a couple of hens and a hen coop
  • Enjoy a bow and arrow workshop
  • Meet animals
  • Run around the labyrinth
  • Build a den
  • Enjoy the box of games & books

Things to do with kids in the local area:

  • Rendlesham Forest Centre.
  • Woodbridge Tide Mill Museum. .
  • Sutton Hoo.
  • Easton Farm Park.
  • Orford Ness National Nature Reserve.
  • Parham Airfield Museum.
  • Bentwaters Cold War Museum
  • Marlesford Mill Antiques Centre
  • Suffolk Owl Sanctuary.

12. Wild Luxury -The Hideaway & Thornham Bay Norfolk

The Hideaway & Thornham Bay safari tent lodges are on the same private estate but 3 miles from each other. The Hideaway, as the name suggests, is really tucked away in a quiet corner and has woodlands with a zip line, parachute camp, lots of den building opportunities plus a chicken coop and goats. Around the lodges there is a swing tree, slide area, volleyball, hammock huddle and camp pets. There is also a ‘Pamper Pod’ which offers hair dryers, make-up stations and Spa treatments. The beaches are a short 15 minute drive away.

At Thornham Bay, which is a 25 minute walk to the beach, each safari tent has a swingball. By the honesty ‘shed’ there is a small kids play area and a sandpit.

The Serengeti lodges can sleep up to 6 with 3 bedroom areas and the Zambezi Lodges up to 10 (6 adults) with 5 bedrooms areas.

  • Pamper pods with hairdryers and treatments
  • Honesty shop

Accommodation Information:

Expect a fully equipped kitchen cosy bedrooms along with a private loo and power shower. A wood burner keeps the lodge warm and you can cook using either the hotplates or oven. The lodges can sleep up to 6 and for larger groups you can book adjacent lodges which will be about 30 metres apart. At Thornham Bay there are also 3 lodges within a separate orchard, which is great for a group booking.

Things to do nearby: There is so much to do on the Norfolk coast whether you are seeking action-packed days or relaxing walks along the beach. From enchanting Bewilderwood to Brancaster Beach to Hunstanton fun fair there is something for everyone. For more information see Wild Luxury -The Hideaway & Thornham Bay

Things to do Onsite

  • Zipwire
  • Play area
  • Den building
  • Animals
  • Pamper Pod

Things to do nearby

  • Muckleburgh Miltary Museum
  • Wells and Walsingham Light Railway
  • Mississippi Paddle Boat
  • Shire Horse Sanctuary
  • Bewilderwood
  • Hunstanton Fun Fair
  • Bircham Windmill
  • Snettisham Park Farm
  • Holmes Dune Beach (sandy and secluded!)
  • Brancaster beach
  • Old Hunstanton Beach
  • Holkham Beach
  • Wells-next-the Sea

lotus belle tents  Brambles Glamping
Brambles Glamping – copyright Brambles Glamping

13. Brambells Glamping Farm, Buildings Farm, Burgh St. Peter, NR34 0BG Norfolk/Suffolk border

Brambells Glamping Farm has a choice of insulated lotus belle tents in the peaceful countryside on the Norfolk/suffolk border. Guests can choose from a Meadow View which sleeps 6 and has a roll top bath), a smaller tent named Silver Birch which sleeps 5 in the secluded woodland clearing or a choice of two bell tents which boast a clear roof for star gazing.

Each come with their own composting toilet, outdoor kitchen and a run with some chickens, which, with a little luck will supply you with fresh eggs for your stay.

The custom built shower block is perfect for a hot morning shower. Each tent has its own dedicated private shower room n the block. and has washing up facilities for those stubborn sausage pans. The freezer is stocked with ice packs and a tumble dryer and gadget charging lockers are also available.

On the farm enjoy feeding and caring for the horses, pigs, goats, ducks and hens or build a den in the woods. There is also an onsite mud kitchen and play area plus the option to hire a mountain bike.

Lotus belle tents - image copyright Brambles glamping
Lotus belle tents – image copyright Brambles glamping

Accommodation Information:

In your tent there is:

  • Eco friendly toilet
  • Outdoor kitchen- with gas BBQ, pots, pans and utensils
  • Real beds with squishy duvets and crisp sheets
  • Cups, plates, glasses and cutlery
  • Blanket box filled with blankets and hot water bottles
  • Rechargeable lighting
  • Outdoor seating area with a fire-pit
  • Travel cots available

Things to do onsite

  • Feed and groom horses
  • Look after hens
  • Play area
  • Mud kitchen
  • Feed the pigs and ducks
  • Hire a mountain bike
  • Build a den

Things to do nearby

  • Crabbing at Walberswick
  • Boat trips
  • Beaches at Gt Yarmouth, Gorleston and Lowestoft
  • Pleasurewood Hills theme park
  • Gt Yarmouth Pleasure Beach
  • Africa Alive
  • Somerleyton Hall
  • Framlingham Castle
  • Ellough Park Go-Karting
  • Beccles Lido outdoor swimming pool
  • Fishing
  • RSPB Minsmere
  • Redwings Horse Sanctuary
  • Maize mazes

Glamping in Yorkshire with Kids

With rivers, wolds, rolling hills and a region steeped in rich history, families will delight with glamping options for exploring the area. From glamping with a hot tub in Yorkshire or in camping pods, yurts and geodomes and more, there is a camping option for all budgets. Whether you are relaxing on site, or plan to explore, there are plenty of things to do in Yorkshire with kids.

Catgill Farm – copyright Catgill Farm

14. Catgill Farm, Yorkshire,  YO41 1AP

Catgill Farm offers canvas bell tents (sleep up to 4) and camping timber pods (can sleep up to 6) Both glamping options are connected to Wifi and the timber pods even have a smart TV with Netflix! The Timber pods come fully equipped with an ensuite and a hot tub and the canvas tents share a shower with one other tent. Guests will also enjoy the fire pit and pizza oven.

Onsite kids can play on the rope swing by the stream and burn off steam in the spacious grounds.

Accommodation information:

Wooden Pods at Catgill – copyright Catgill Farm
Pods at Catgill – copyright Catgill Farm

Timber Pods

  • Double bed, bunk beds and sofa bed
  • Luxury feather and down bedding
  • Ensuite shower room
  • Towels
  • Hot running water & sink
  • 2 Radiators
  • Kitchen with hob, microwave, kettle toaster and fridge with icebox
  • Plates, bowls, cutlery, pots and pans, cups and glasses
  • Tin opener, bottle/wine opener, spatula, two knives, chopping board, wooden spoons, cooking tongs and a whisk
  • Dining table
  • Smart TV with Netflix
  • WiFi
  • USB charging points
  • Large patio with hot tub, comfortable seating, large dining table with benches
  • Fire pit including a cooking grill for use as a BBQ. Also features a pizza oven
Bell Tent at Catgill Farm – Copyright Catgill farm
Bell Tent at Catgill Farm – Copyright Catgill farm

Canvas Bell Tents

  • Double bed and 2 futon beds
  • Luxury feather and down bedding
  • Log burner, which can also be used for cooking
  • Private toilet and shower pod shared with one other bell tent
  • Towels
  • Bedside tables and lamps
  • Bunting and fairy lights
  • Hot water bottle
  • Kettle
  • Fridge
  • Plates, bowls, cutlery, pots and pans, cups and glasses
  • Tin opener, bottle/wine opener, spatula, two knives, chopping board, wooden spoons, cooking tongs and a whisk
  • WiFi
  • 3 pin plug and USB charging points
  • Large patio with hot tub, comfortable seating, large dining table with benches
  • Fire pit including a cooking grill for use as a BBQ. Also features a pizza oven
  • For more information see Catgill Farm

Things to Do Onsite

  • Play on the rope swing
  • Toast marshmallows
  • Play in the grounds

Things to Nearby

  • Hesketh Farm Park – a short walk away
  • Bolton Abbey Priory 0.9 miles away
  • Riverside Picnic Area
  • Embsay Bolton Abbey Steam Railway 2.3 miles away
  • Addingham – Kids playground and park. 5 mins drive away
  • Ilkley Lido and indoor swimming pool 10 min drive
  • Numerous pubs and village shops.
Play in the magical woods 7 trails at Jolly Days – copyright Jolly Days

15. Jolly Days York, YO41 1AP

Jolly Days has woodland tents, lodge tents and a woodcutter hut, all in an authentic woodland camp setting. Don’t expect WiFi, or TV’s but do expect luxury touches such as proper king size beds and sofa beds, roll top baths, own toilet, private shower, constant hot water, comfy beds, toasty wood burners and well equipped kitchens.

Immediately on site kids can play with the wooden Wendy house and a rope swing and create dens. Other activities include archery, bushcraft, candle making and basket weaving. Nearby is the mystical Fairy Trail. The Fairy Trail is a separate attraction run by the owners but Jollydays guests get to visit it for free. This magical trail enchants children with fairy doors, a fairy ring, tree house connected by bridges and walkways and a playground.

Within the local area there are a range of places of attractions from farm attractions such as the Yorkshire Museum of Farming to a Viking settlement and mazes and adventure parks.
to a full on theme park.

Campsite information:

  • Tea tent with electrical points for charging phones and devices.
  • Log store and honesty shop
  • Woodland kitchen and bar 

Accommodation information:

Woodland Tent Photo copyright Jolly Days

Woodland Tents: Have one Kingsize Bed, 2 Twin Beds and 2 Single Sofa Beds with all bedding included.  For camping they are pretty comfy with a large wood burning stove, instant hot running water and hot water bottles for those chillier nights. A private ensuite is attached with a roll top bath.

The bathroom attached to the Woodland Tent – Image copyright Jolly Days
Lodge tent – image copyright Jolly Days

Lodge Tents: Lodge tents are similar to Woodland tents, except not all Lodge Tents have roll top baths. All have a shower and loo, plus large wood burning stove, instant hot running water and hot water bottles for those chillier nights. The beds are ideal for a family, with a kingsize bed for the parents and twin beds and a two single sofa beds for the children.

Inside a bedroom in the Lodge Tent. Image copyright Jolly Days
Inside the bedroom in the Shepherd’s Hut -Copyright Jolly Days

Shepherds Hut: The huts are smaller than the tents and have one kingsize bed and one double sofa beds (all bedding included). Keep cosy with a wood burning stove and cook on the private kitchen shed. The huts are equipped with a two gas ring hob, a BBQ, communal washing up area. Those staying in the woodcutter huts have access to the private shower huts in the communal shower and toilet block.

Things to do onsite:

  • Wooden Wendy House
  • Rope Swing
  • Fairy Trail nearby with a playground and fairy doors etc

Things to do nearby

  • Make & Take Ceramics
  • Yorkshire Museum of Farming
  • Danelaw Dark Age Village
  • Breezy Knees Garden
  • Piglets Adventure Farm Park
  • Creepy Crawlies Adventure Park
  • Wired high ropes course in York
  • York Maze
  • Yorkshire Air Museum
  • Castle Howard
  • York Motorsports
  • Eden Camp WW2 Experience
  • York Chocolate Story Museum

16. Humble Bee Farm, Flixton, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 3UJ

Humble Bee Farm is a working farm with luxury holiday cottages, Wigwam timber lodges, Yurts, Bell Tents and camp site all close to the Yorkshire Coast, on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds.

The farm is dog friendly and has several glamping options with 16 Big Chief Wigwams, four Running Water Deluxe Wigwams with hot tubs, four Nomadic Yurts and Bell Tents.

Kids will love interacting with the farm animals, adventuring on nature rambles, the football area and playground. The local area includes steam railways, stunning swimming pools, historic castles, two National Trails, and the North York Moors National Park. Compare prices on Booking.com here.

Accommodation Information:

Luxury Wigwam Timber Lodges: There are two new Luxury Wigwam Timber Lodges, called Bransdale and Farndale which sleep up to 6. These have a fully equipped kitchen and ensuite, electric hot tub, and private patio. Bedding, towels and pans etc are all included.

Deluxe Wigwam Cabin: These en-suite Deluxe Wigwam Cabins sleep up to 2 adults, 2 children and include comfortable beds, heating, lighting and secure French doors. There is a kitchenette and a dining area with a flat screen TV, loo and shower. You’ll need to bring bedding, towels, pans, plates unless you opt for one of the Extra packages. Outside there is a picnic table and a parking space. The Deluxe Wigwam Cabins come with full insulation and you also have access to your own, private wood fired hot tub.

Big Chief Wigwam Cabins: These 5-berth Big Chief Wigwam Cabins are a great option for a more affordable family glamping experience. The pods are fully heated and insulated, comfy mattresses, storage, work surface, toaster, kettle, microwave and fridge. Outside, each cabin has access to a fire pit, a picnic table and a charcoal bbq. You’ll need to bring bedding, towels, pans, plates etc, unless you opt for one of the Extra packages. The Big Chief Wigwam Cabins are placed throughout our working farm location with easy access to shared facilities including two shower and toilet blocks. There is a kid’s play area, farm walks, farmyard animals, a football field and an onsite shop/reception.

Nomadic Yurts: There are four circular 5-metre Nomadic Yurts that include twinkling fairy-lights, a ‘stargazer’ window, a comfy double bed, two futons, access to wood burning stove and outdoor fire pit, canopied picnic area, bbq and preparation area. Each yurt has heating, lighting & electricity and provides a comfortable alternative to traditional camping. Bedding is an additional cost.

Deluxe Bell Tents: Deluxe Bell Tents come with electricity, a double bed with proper mattress, bedding for two and two futons. Crockery box with cutlery, pans, BBQ equipment, glasses. Outside kitchen with Charcaol BBQ and gas stove (gas included).

Standard Bell Tents: This tent is perfect for a family or small group who want to bring their own furnishings and bedding. Tents sleep up to 5 people on 2 futon beds and a proper double bed. There is an outside seating area, a BBQ with gas stove for heating water (gas included), electricity including lamp and small heater, fridge, outside kitchen with Charcoal BBQ and Gas stove. (Expect a communal shower block but a designated shower for Bell Tent occupants).

Campsite information

  • Kid’s play area
  • Farmyard animals
  • Football field
  • Onsite shop/reception.
  • Shower block with laundry facility and hairdryers

Things to do onsite

  • Farmyard animals
  • Play Area
  • Farm walks
  • Bike rides

Things to do nearby

  • North Yorkshire Moors Railway
  • National Railway Museum
  • Ryedale Folk Museum
  • Pannett park, Whitby
  • Playdale Farm Park, Scarborough
  • Eden Camp, Malden
  • Castle Howard Estate
Camp Katur play area – copyright Camp Katur

17. Camp Katur, Kirklington, Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 2LS

Camp Katur offers an off grid glamping experience in North Yorkshire, with no electricity available but plenty of twinkly fairy lights and lanterns. The Glamping Village includes Safari Tents, Tipi, Bell Tents, Hobbit Pods, Geodomes, Unidomes and Bears Lodge nestled between meadow and woodland.

Onsite facilities include an eco spa with a wood burning hot tub and sauna and a play area for kids. The play area has swings, volleyball, playhouses and a toy shed. Nearby is an adventure playground with a fort, zip wire and more. There are plenty of woodland walks, cycle routes and activity trails to boot. For a full review of the glampsite, read Otis and Us review here and compare prices on Booking.com here.

Accommodation information:

Camp Katur do not provide towels, and bedding is only included in Romeo & Juliet Pod, Unidomes and Geodomes. Guests will need own bedding/sleeping bags for all other accommodation. However, you can hire bedding and towels at an additional cost of £10pp for bedding and £4pp for towels which can be booked during online booking process.

Copyright Camp Katur

Safari Tents: (sleep 6-8) Camp Katur has three Safari Tents, Zaniah which sleeps 6, and Jabba and Afia which both sleep 8 on real beds plus 1 x Sofa bed in Jabba and Afia. Each tent benefits from its own private toilet and shower shed and well equipped kitchen facilities. Guests can enjoy the view with the outside decked terrace overlooking the large meadow with their BBQ and Fire basket.

Teepees: Teepees sleep a maximum of 4 on double sofa bed and single camp beds. You will need to bring sleeping bags, pillows and blankets and can share the equipped communal kitchen hut and nearby shower block.

Bear Lodge: (sleeps 4) This new characterful higgledy piggledy lodge has been constructed using 70% upcycled, restorative and sustainable materials. Accommodation also includes a wood burning hot tub to relax under the stars. The lodge is equipped with a double bed and 1 set of bunk beds – bedding is provided and towels and has a BBQ and Fire basket.

Bell Tents: The Bell Tents have a maximum occupancy of 5 in each tent with 1 double bed, 1 double sofa bed and 2 single camp beds. These light and airy canvas Bells are perfect for relaxing days sat by the log fire overlooking the beautiful green Meadow.

Geodome -copyright Camp Katur

Geodomes: (sleeps 4) There are two luxury Geodomes which can sleep up to 4 in each. Both Geodomes have their own private toilet and hot gas shower, a kitchenette area with all the essentials required for cooking and making a brew! Toast some marshmallows on the BBQ and star gaze.

Camp Katur Hobbit Pods sleep 2 adults and 2 children

Hobbit Pods (sleeps 4) : The hobbit pods are just in side the woods and have a barbecue and a fire pit just outside the pod. Perfect for 2 adult and 2 kids. Just two minutes away lie the toilets and showers plus a camp kitchen with everything you need.

Campsite information

  • Little Tinkers Toy Den  
  • Communal blankets for seating outdoors  Indoor and Outdoor games
  • Mini Library
  • Hammocks during summer months 
  • Eco Spa with wood burning hot tub and Sauna (additional charges apply)
  • Communal Toilet and Shower block (Some accommodation has private bathroom and kitchen facilities)
  • Communal Kitchen Hut with cutlery, crockery, pots, pans, hot and cold water, seating area, 2 x 4 hob gas cookers Hot and Cold running water
  • Fresh Water Points 
  • Freezer boxes
  • Under cover communal seating area next to the Kitchen Hut 
  • Large clay pizza oven 
  • Musical Instruments (great for evening sing songs around the camp fire!) 
  • Large communal Camp Fire 16ft
  • Communal Tipi in the meadow 
  • Fire Pits and Brick Barbeques  
  • Children’s Woodland Adventure play area with Shelter Building & Picnic Playhouses
  • Woodland Walks and Activity Trails
  • Cycle routes both on and off road own cycles required

Things to do Onsite

  • Play area
  • Cycle trails
  • Adventure playground a short walk away
  • Toy Den
  • Activity trail

Things to do Nearby

  • Thorp Perrow – Arboretum and Bird of Prey & Mammal Centre
  • The Big Sheep & Little Cow farm attraction
  • Newby Hall & Gardens
  • Lightwater Valley Theme Park
  • The Forbidden Corner Family Attraction

Glamping Near Newcastle with Kids

18. West Wood Yurts, Gibside, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE16 6AA

Enjoy a hassle free break in nature in traditional luxury yurts. Choose from one of the 6 spacious traditional Mongolian Yurts which can accommodate 4 or 6 guests and come fully equipped with log burner, crockery, cooking facilities, decking and fire pit – just bring yourself, some provisions and your own bedding. The shower and toilet blocks are located at the centre of the site, along with washing up facilities, recycling, play area and covered picnic area.

The owners are tenants of the National Trust which means guest’s benefit from entry to Gibside Estate included in their booking price, and after hours access. There are over 15 miles of footpaths, a play area, low ropes challenge and an onsite baker and café.

Things to do onsite

  • Playground
  • Gibside estate with play area

Things to do nearby

  • Beamish Living Museum
  • Tanfield Railway
  • Beamish Wild Adventure Park
  • Discovery Museum
  • Diggerland Durham

Glamping in Hampshire With Kids

For outdoor activities and things to do in Hampshire with kids see here.

19. Glamping The Wight Way Safari Tents Freshwater, Isle of Wight, PO40 9DE

Tucked away down a tiny lane, this island glampsite is situated on a mixed arable & livestock working farm of approximately 900 acres around the saltwater tidal River Yar estuary. Guests have the choice of four spacious safari tents set within private meadows. Expect attention to detail with little touches from torches to extra blankets to starter packs for tea/coffee/milk/oil/herbs. Dogs cannot come to this site due to the lease and livestock nearby.

A stroll will take you to the local pub and other amenities including independent shops, cafes & takeaways, a bike shop, a fish & chip takeaway, a greengrocer, a butcher, a baker, a fishmonger & a florist.

Just 1 mile walk through fields & woodland, adjacent to the River Yar will take you to the historic harbour town of Yarmouth. The entry to the port is overlooked by the ancient Yarmouth Castle.

Compton Bay is a best kept secret being two miles of contrasting golden and dark sands. Cowell Bay is a stunning beach offering spectacular views back across the Solent.

Safari Tent information: These spacious tents sleep 6 to 8 and for those with young children a travel cot, highchair, toddler loo seat/ step & melamine crockery is provided plus a wide stair-gate for the deck steps. Each tent has three separate bedrooms – 2 x King beds (one of which can be split into twin beds, ideal for Grandparents), 1 pair of adult sized bunk beds and a double sofa bed in the living area. A travel cot for babies can fit into the King bedrooms. There is a separate washroom & flushing loo, a private outside shower and a well equipped kitchen.

Campsite information:

The site uses solar power to charge power packs which provide limited lighting & USB charging dependant on the daylight hours & sunshine and gas for the tent fridges. Bed linen & throws, blankets, bathroom towels & mats, generous starter kits for the kitchen & bathrooms are all included. Plus all wood, firelighters & briquettes. (Bring your own beach towels and back-up power packs). Compare prices on Booking.com

Things to do Onsite

  • Relax – there is so much to do locally all within a 3 mile radius.

Things to do Nearby

  • Crabbing at the pier
  • The beaches
  • Hill Farm Stables – Ride a Horse for a day.
  • Tapnell Farm Park
  • Tapnell Aqua Park – opening in May 2020
  • Garlic Farm
  • Robin Hill theme park
  • Blackgang Chine theme park
  • Isle of Wight Steam Railway
  • Wight Cycle Hire
  • Osborne House
  • Carisbrooke Castle
  • Wight Karting
  • Amazon World
  • Dinosaur Isle
  • Ryde Superbowl
  • Cinemas in Newport and Ryde
  • West Wight Sports Centre and Swimming Pool
  • Isle of Wight Zoo –

20. Bell Tent Glamping Royal Victoria Country Park & Marwell Activity Centre, Southampton, SO31 5GA

Being centrally located on the Solent, you are a stones throw from the Cities of Southampton and Portsmouth and a short drive from the New forest and Winchester. Choose from Bell tents based at Victoria Country Park or Marwell Activity Centre.

Royal Victoria Country Park is full of activities for families and ishome to the Royal Victoria café, 3 play areas, a ride on model railway, numerous walks, sea views, a Heritage Centre, and several barbeque areas.

Each bell tent provides an electric fire for heating on those fresh evenings all year round. The tents have cosy carpets and raised beds with fitted sheets for your comfort.  Please remember to bring bedding with you as pillows and duvets are not provided. A small supply of cutlery and crockery including cooking utensils are available for your use during your stay. Each tent has two sockets and two usb sockets. Both sites have male and female toilets and shower blocks.

Dogs are allowed on a lead within the camping area and children’s play areas, but they are free to run off lead in the rest of the park.

The surrounding historical towns of Southampton, Portsmouth and Winchester hold various museums, cathedrals, ancient ruins, and general places of incredible historic significance. This is backed up with zoos, theme parks and an incredibly varied range of outdoor and indoor pursuits. For more details and latest prices see Booking.com

Things to do Onsite

  • Playground
  • Model railway
  • Cycle routes

Things to do nearby

The Best Places to go Family Glamping (Wales)

21. Larkhill, Cwmduad, Carmarthen, Wales SA33 6AT

Larkhill offers a range of accommodation from Tipis and Yurts and even a Lavvu (a cross between the two). All are are set on the edge of an enchanting four acre woodland, each having its own secluded spot for privacy. Quirky stepping stones and fairy lights lead the way through the trees providing a magical family adventure.

The log cabin serves as a communal ‘hub’ with a full size calor gas cooker with an oven, a wood-burning stove, a power supply for charging mobile phones, battery charging, etc, a sink for washing up, table and chairs and bench seating adorned with sheepskins and cushions.

Located in the south of Wales and within easy reach by car of Cardigan Bay and Carmarthen Bay, there are plenty of sandy beaches close by as well as a plethora of family friendly activities in Carmarthenshire. (Details below!)

Accommodation Information:

The Alachigh (sleeps 6): Has a double bed and 4 single bed. Traditionally used by a nomadic tribe,
the Shahsavan, from northern Iran the Alachigh is eight meters in diameter and has an oak breakfast bar which allows you to soak up the stunning view across the Teifi Valley.

In the centre is a wood-burning stove surrounded by a fitted fireguard. There are four single beds and one double – bedding is available at prior request at an additional charge.

Sheepskins, rugs, colourful throws, pillows, cushions and soft lighting adorn the Alachigh for that extra comfort, with drapes between the beds for a little privacy. There is also a sofa bed/settee, a large coffee table/chest (which contains plenty of extra blankets), three bedside tables, a cooking area which contains a gas hob, cooking equipment and crockery and cutlery. There is also an outdoor campfire area with table and seating.

A bigger kitchen in the log cabin is a short distance away, as are the toilet and shower facilities.

The Bentwood yurt or ‘oba’ (sleeps 4): The Bentwood yurt has a wood-burning stove and is furnished with three pine beds – two singles and a double. Beds are adorned with throws, pillows and cushions – together with a chest full of blankets if it gets a little cold. There is a gas hob and all the cooking equipment, utensils and crockery you could need. Soft lighting, sheepskins and rugs create a comfortable place to relax.

Mongolian Ger Yurt (sleeps 4): The Ger has a central wood-burning stove and is furnished with three raised pine beds – one double and two singles. Beds are decorated with colourful throws and cushions. Pillows are provided – bedding can be supplied at extra charge – and extra blankets are supplied if it gets a little cold. There is a gas hob inside the Ger with all the cooking equipment, utensils and crockery you could need. Just outside, is a campfire as well as a picnic bench.

Tipi (sleeps 4) Decorated with Native American patterns, the Tipi is heated with a woodburning stove (with a fireguard). This accommodation sleeps four with one double and two single beds. Bedding can be supplied at extra charge.

A chest full of extra blankets is supplied, along with a two ringed gas camping stove and all of your cooking equipment – pans, plates, kettle, mugs and cutlery. Lighting is provided and hanging lanterns help to create a warm and exceptionally cosy atmosphere. Firelighters and a good supply of chopped, dry and seasoned hardwood is also supplied.

Lavvu (sleeps 4) A cross between a Tipi and a Yurt. The Lavvu is similar to a Tipi in shape, incorporates a crown like a yurt and has a wonderfully unique cocoon-like feel to it.

Furnishings include a double bed and two singles – bedding can be supplied at extra charge and a storage chest full of extra blankets is included. There is an easy to use central wood burning stove and a basket of firewood – ready and waiting for your arrival.

The Lavvu also has a gas hob has plenty of cooking equipment, utensils and crockery. Outside there is a private campfire area, seating and a picnic bench – perfect for a spot of outdoor cooking or roasting some marshmallows!

Campsite information

  • The log cabin serves as a communal ‘hub’ for guests with utensils, cooking equipment and a power supply for phones
  • Play area with swings, a slide and climbing frame
  • Den building
  • Communal campfire
  • Toilets and two showers
  • For more information and for convenient late cancellation reservations see Booking.com

22. Kidwelly Farm Safari Tents, Penlan Isaf Farm Kidwelly, Kidwelly, Wales SA17 5JR

Based on a working farm, Penlan Isaf overlooks the ancient town of Kidwelly with its magnificent medieval castle and church. Enjoy breath-taking views of the sea and countryside with footpaths around the farm including one directly down to the town and castle. Kidwelly campsite overlooks Pembrey Country Park where you can spend the day on the beach, go horse riding, have a go on the toboggan run and dry ski slope, pitch and putt, visit the adventure playground and cycle on the circuit.

The beaches of Tenby, Saudersfoot and the Gower Peninsular are about an hour away and Pembrokeshire and the Brecon Beacon National Park are within easy distance.

There are two luxury four berth safari tents set in large secluded pitches providing privacy and plenty of space and freedom for children.

Relax on your veranda or take a soak in your own wood fired hot tub and take in the views. Kids can collect eggs from the chickens and play on the swing down by the brook. Make the most of the dark night skies of West Wales for star gazing. We use the Night Sky app.

There is a footpath from the campsite down through the woods to the ancient town of Kidwelly where you can visit the magnificent medieval castle and church. Call in Time for Tea or the Gatehouse café before heading back. Carmarthenshire has plenty of things to do with kids and a range of family friendly attractions. For more information and for convenient late cancellation reservations see Booking.com

Accommodation Information:

  • Wood burning hot tub
  • King size double bedroom
  • 2nd bedroom with bunk beds
  • Bathroom with shower, flushing toilet and sink
  • Kitchen area with electric hob, fridge and microwave
  • Electric and running water
  • Electric kettle and toaster
  • Cooking utensils, pots, pans, crockery
  • Wood burning stove
  • Table and chairs
  • Bed linen, duvets and towels
  • Patio furniture for the veranda
  • Barbecue
  • Laundry facilities available
  • Children’s play area in the old farmyard with swings, slide, playhouse, trampoline, buggies and tractors

Things to do onsite

  • Play area with swings, slide, playhouse, trampoline, tractors.
  • Play on the swing down by the brook
  • Collect eggs

Things to do nearby

  • Llansteffan Castle
  • Kidwelly Castle
  • Gwili Steam Railway
  • Pembrey Country Park
  • Dinosaur Park (50 mins away)
  • Folly farm (50 mins away)
  • National Trust – Dinefwr Nature Reserve
  • Tenby (50 mins away)

23. Cosy Under Canvas Powys, Wales, HR5 3QQ

With experience of a young family of their own, the owners have really thought about the needs of families at this campsite with glamping domes. They will leave you to relax but helpfully say, “we are always on hand for assistance with firelighting, advice about activities or even the loan of a pair of wellies. Knock on the door, leave us a note or give one of our kids a message and we’ll be right there to answer any questions we can.”

The glamping domes or geodes have wood burning stoves and fire pits and each has a compost loo. Showers are shared.

Kids playing on a swing at near a Cosy Under Canvas Glamping Kitchen, Wales
Kids playing on a swing at near a Cosy Under Canvas Glamping Kitchen, Wales. Copyright Cosy Under Canvas

Families can enjoy stream dipping and pooh sticks to den building and willow weaving as well as swings. The Cosy Corner provides colouring for kids and adults, boules set, books and cards to play and crafty bits. Milk, eggs and other local produce is available from the small honest shop.

The local area provides opportunities for canoeing, guided bike rides and strolls through the local countryside.

Glamping Inside the Beech Dome - Copyright Cosy Under Campus
Inside the Beech Dome – Copyright Cosy Under Campus

Accommodation Information:

Domes: The woodland part of the site has two Cosy domes and three Spacious Domes.  These domes share a large kitchen and have access to the Cosy Corner and Cosy Lounge for additional seating. By the stream side area, there are two Spacious domes that share their own kitchen with a large table. All of the domes have their own private compost loos and share shower facilities.

The spacious domes sleep up to 6, the cosy domes up to 4. Travel cots, high chairs and fireguards for children are free of charge.

  • Wood-fired showers
  • Compost loos in each Dome
  • Shared showers
  • Shared fully fitted kitchen x 2 with tea, coffee and some basic condiments etc if required.
  • Private fire pits and wood burning stoves
  • Solar lights
  • Hot tubs
  • Swings
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Boules
  • Den building and stream dipping
  • Honest Shop

Things to do onsite

  • Arts & crafts
  • Play on the swings
  • Boules
  • Den building
  • Pond dipping

Things to do nearby

  • Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway
  • Falconry Experience Wales
  • National Trust – Powis Castle and Garden
  • King Arthur’s Labyrinth
  • Montgomery Castle

The Best Places to go Family Glamping (Scotland)

Tree House, copyright Harvest Moon

24. Harvest Moon, Lochhouses, Scotland

Harvest Moon Holidays is set on a working arable farm in a beautiful coastal location just 45 minutes from Edinburgh and has seven tree houses, all with en suite bathroom facilities for your next family glamping trip and beach cabins.

Beach walks, rock pooling, woodland walks, sand dune sledging and sea swimming are just a few of the fun activities you can do on the site.  Make new friends around the communal bonfire, the big skies are great for star gazing or cook some fresh local produce on the BBQ.

As a working farm, expect chickens, alpacas, pygmy goats and lambs in the spring on site, so you can collect your eggs in the morning for breakfast. Kids can also help feeding the animals. Look inside the suitcase for an array of boardgames for a rainy day.

Each tree house has a swing. Copyright Harvest Moon

Accommodation information:

Tree houses: The tree houses comprise two double bedrooms, one with an extra single bunk above and an en-suite WC and hot shower room and a covered walkway to the octagonal lounge area. These are fully kitted out with a “Belfast” sink, Italian log-burning stove, pretty pine dresser and all the pots, pans, cutlery, crockery and utensils you could possibly need. It also has a yacht-style table which drops down to form a bed for extra guests. There is even electricity to charge phones, some small heaters, a fridge and some lighting. Wifi isn’t available. Under the decks are swings and love seat on the soft natural sandy ground. For more information and to book with late cancellation, see Booking.com

Beach cabin – Copyright Harvest Moon

Beach Cabins: The seven luxury beach cabins were new for April 2020 and do not have electricity. Each cabin sleeps six/eight people in two bedrooms and a cosy “cupboard” bed with additional en-suite WC and hot showers. The kitchen area has a “Belfast” sink unit, pine dresser and amazing wood stove with oven. Also included are all pots, pans, crockery and cutlery. Comfortable lounge/dining area opens out to a covered veranda for sitting out.

Copyright Harvest Moon

Things to do onsite

  • See & feed the farm animals
  • Beach walks
  • Rock pooling
  • Woodland walks
  • Sand dune sledging
  • and sea swimming
  • Play area with swings
  • Play board games

Things to do nearby

The best places to go Glamping in the UK with kids – Northern Ireland

25. East Coast Adventure Centre, Rostrevor, Co. Down, N. Ireland

The wooden glamping pods at the East Coast Adventure Centre, sleep four and are fitted with electricity, heaters, 1x double bed (made from a fold down table) and 2x single beds. There are a huge variety if activities and courses onsite including sailing, bike rides, kayaking, forest school and more.

For more information and late cancellation see booking.com

Glamping With Kids Child in the adventure playground at Castle Ward, Northern Ireland. Copyright National Trust/John Millar
Child in the adventure playground at Castle Ward, Northern Ireland. Copyright National Trust/John Millar

26. Castle Ward, Strangford, Co Down, N Ireland, BT30 7LS

Discover ancient woodlands, landscaped gardens and sweeping parkland as you explore these beautiful National Trust grounds. There are a handful of timber camping pods set among the trees at Castle Ward Caravan Park. These offer that extra level of comfort including heating, although you will need to bring your own bedding and other camping equipment.

Onsite facilities:

  • 2 play grounds – Children’s adventure playground and a woodland playgrounds approx 20 minutes walk from the caravan park
  • Childrens quiz/trail and activity pack
  •  A gift shop selling local produce
  • Second hand bookshop
  • The stableyard tea-room
  • laundry room

Camping pods information:

  • A standard pod accommodates a maximum of two adults and one child (not suitable for more than two adults)
  • A family pod accommodates a maximum of two adults and three children (not suitable for more than two adults)
  • Includes a heater
  • No cooking is permitted in the pods.
  • Sorry, dogs are not permitted in the pods.

Things to do onsite

  • Adventure playground
  • Den building
  • Trail with activity pack

Things to do nearby

  • Winterfell Castle & Demesne (Game of Thrones Visitor Attraction)
  • Exploris Aquarium

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