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Back to the Basics of Glamping

Back to the Basics of Glamping

The Great British Festival Season is underway and we are now very busy at GBG HQ having been out on the road to various events already this year.  Amongst the busy-ness and organised chaos of loading, building, hosting, packing-down and loading again we thought it would be good to take you back to basics a little bit and look at the essence of what we do.

In this instalment of our blog we look at what Glamping actually is, how popular it has become and we also tell you a few of the many ways you can Sleep Under 5 Stars with us; be it at one of the festivals we are involved with, a beautiful Festival Wedding or just a good old party!

Glamping

ˈɡlampɪŋ/

noun

BRITISHinformal

  1. a form of camping involving accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping.

“glamping is likely to satisfy any city slicker seeking a little refuge in nature—without foregoing any of life’s luxuries”

Above is the ‘official’ definition of Glamping.  We would go one step further than the above: Glamping with us does not just mean facilities more luxurious than traditional camping, we would like to think that it is about making your experience more exhilarating by eliminating the difficult and frustrating bits that camping brings, and raising the bar on your whole experience.

Research from Google’s Digital Garage, a free online training service for businesses, shows a 118pc year-on-year rise in Google searches for glamping (May 2016).

Paul Reed, general manager for the Association of Independent Festivals, said: “We have seen a significant rise in glamping and more family orientated events and this can be attributed to a change in demographics-many people who grew up attending festivals now have children but still want to go to events and not compromise on comfort. 

Matthew Bagwell, director at Naked Communications, a consumer experience consultancy, said: “A generation of festival goers have now grown up and they want to relive the festival experience – but in a more civilized way. Glamping is a halfway house between a festival atmosphere and having home comforts.    

These days a lot of people would rather have a tailored holiday experience with their children running around in the countryside – and a return to nostalgic experience – than a standard packaged holiday.”

When you go glamping with us at Great British Glamping, you are, as we like to say, sleeping under 5 stars.  Your bell tents come equipped and furnished so your packing list is considerably less; which is incredibly handy, especially if you have children. We can provide onsite reception facilities, toilet hire, pamper tent service and lots of other additions, to make sure you are never without their creature comforts, be it at a festival, party, wedding or any other event.

Interested?  See below for what we offer and where and how you can get involved!

Festival Weddings

Holding a festival-themed wedding can bring you so much more than a more traditional wedding.  Festival weddings are vibrant, colourful, and often much more unique and memorable because you can effectively handpick every aspect of your event.

Glamping tents and marquees in a field are blank canvasses for you to choose your colours, themes, flowers and detail.  You are not tied down to venue finishing hours or wine choices.  You can choose when and where you hold it, what you dance to and what you eat.  Your guests are offered flexible and fun canvas accommodation onsite and you can extend the party into the following day too, giving you precious time with those that may have travelled a distance to see you.

Whether you choose a more formal more elegant affair for your outdoor wedding or select a more chilled casual festival vibe, we would love to help you plan and execute your perfect festival wedding and we are brimming with ideas and contacts for your vision to be brought to life. 

Please click here to read our blog on planning a festival themed wedding.

Festivals

Great British Glamping is delighted to be involved with a number of festivals throughout the festival season and again at our festivals we provide the client with a level of luxury that a normal festival experience wouldn’t provide.

Arrival at the festival and find your beautiful bell tents already fully equipped and furnished for you so you don’t need to lug a huge amount of stuff from home.  If you are going to experience the thrills and spills of everything that a festival brings you then it’s very reassuring, handy and adds a bit of luxury to have Great British Glamping on hand to make your experience just that little bit easier.

There are still some tickets left for some of the 2017 festivals so for more information visit our Festival page or say hello(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)greatbritishglamping.com

Events and Parties

It’s still perhaps not something that many people consider when they think about celebrating a big birthday or a special event, but providing glamping accommodation for your guests for a party or even going the whole hog and holding your very own mini festival is such a unique and memorable way to celebrate that is certainly a little more special than a hotel or local pub!

We can provide a fully bespoke, decorated and furnished village of tents to house your guests, reducing the need for late-night taxi runs and keeping the party going on into the night.  In addition, many of our clients use our tents as a space to put tired children to bed, or as a chill-out option for those in need of some quiet-time. We can be as involved or hands-off as you like with the final set up and work on a completely bespoke basis so talk to us for more information on how to make your event unique and memorable.

We hope that this blog has gone some way to explain a little bit more about Glamping in all its refined glory.  As always, we are always delighted to talk through with you about any ideas or occasions you’d like to celebrate.  We often have ideas and plans that you may not have thought of so why not get in touch?  We can be contacted by email on hello(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)greatbritishglamping.com">hello(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)greatbritishglamping.com or directly by telephone on 07919 021 912.


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The Great British Festival

In this blog, Great British Glamping looks at the rise of the UK Music festival, we provide our thoughts surrounding why it’s enjoying continued growth and give you a little insight into life at a festival when you choose the more luxurious option of Glamping.

More often than not, when thinking about UK festivals, images of Glastonbury mud and downpours of rain spring to the fore.  Wellies wading through mud with excited ticket-holders hauling cumbersome rucksacks and trolleys laden with cider through the gates.  Baffling tent instructions and trying to locate your friends on a vast campsite add to the woes.  Plus, you’re dying for the loo but daren’t leave  to join the queue in case someone nicks your perfect pitching spot…

Hardly a glamourous mini break, right?  So why is it that more than 3.5 million of us attended a music festival in 2015, allowing the UK Music festival sector to be one of the only few in the UK to buck the trend of a slump, enjoying uninterrupted growth pretty much year on year?  And how come it’s now worth more than £2bn  annually and could rise as high as £3.5bn by 2020. 

Allow us to look at some of the main reasons why Festivals are doing so well…

Growth of choice of festival – accessibility and for all

It’s not just the big boys of Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds and V Festival anymore; there’s not as much pressure to lure people in with big headline acts, in fact many festivals in the last few years are focusing more on the experience rather than one or two big draws.

The number of UK festivals has rocketed over the last decade and the industry is brimming with new and different festivals every year.  This explosion not only creates choice for the individual over exactly what they want to get out of a festival but it also means they are much more accessible; you can go to one that’s nearer your home, take your children and generally create much more of an ideal experience. 

As with any good industry, the festival scene has had to change with demand and it  seems to have done that particularly well.  There are many festivals now that are particularly aimed at families with specific babysitting services, food options and safe enclosed areas.  Some festivals such as Latitude have changed their focus in recent years to include literature readings and stand-up comedy into their experience.  Whilst others still concentrate heavily on the quality of music, with more big headline acts across more stages and days.

Festivals luxury style

Long gone is the old reputation the old-school music festival held of sex, drugs, and all that jazz.  Socially festivals have moved up the scale with the likes of David Cameron at Cornbury festival in Oxfordshire; Prince Charles popping into Glastonbury, and if you’d been in the backstage bar at Womad in past years, you would have seen Prince Harry and his friends lining up the pints!

These days festivals are not only safe, stylish and increasingly more environmentally friendly, but you can attend them in luxury.  Yes, of course you can rough it should you choose, opting for the crawling-into-your-tent once you’ve found it in the dark approach, but paying that bit extra to enjoy and benefit from a glamping experience may just be worth every penny.

Glamping options now range from yurts and tipis, to themed huts and gypsy wagons.  If you stay with Great British Glamping, you’ll get to stay in a beautiful, large and roomy pre-pitched tent, constructed with heavyweight, breathable canvas – meaning none of the nylon ‘tent sweats’ you’ve probably woken-up with before.  Creature comforts like posh loos, showers and even pamper tents can all form part of the offering, as well as dedicated chill-out areas and room-service style breakfast orders.  After all, if you’re going to be embracing the thrills and spills of a live music festival in the British outdoors you might as well Sleep Under 5 Stars with Great British Glamping.

Live music a key route to profitability

Since 2008, musicians have made more money from live performances than from record sales.  “Album sales are in meltdown,” according to a report from Mintel. “The reality is that there is not much money to be made in recorded music. Live music has become a key route to profitability.”

If you go back twenty years, sales and marketing support was substantial with the release of every album an artist launched.  This support and publicity from the record companies is getting less and less now with the rise of online music portals such as Spotify, Apple music and the download charts.   Times have changed and the income gained from live gigging and promotion to fresh and new audiences is the direction that a lot of artists are now taking.

Risks

There are of course risks with going down this road, because there is a fine balance to juggle the promise of the festival in all its glory with actual ticket sales, which make up around 85-90% of any festival income.  If you don’t get the ticket sales in early enough then the cash flow isn’t enough to sustain the festival and then the festival cannot provide all that it has promised.  This is where smaller festivals tend to fail.  You still need to pay everyone regardless of how many tickets you sell.

There is also a huge risk of over-saturation in the market and it’s hard for the smaller festivals specially to make a significant profit.  More and more people are being lured into the idea of running a festival, seeing it as easy money but it rarely is.  Festivals are costly beasts, with considerable organisation factors such as toilets, staging, production, lighting and sound, insurance, performance fees and marketing to often young, savvy individuals with so much choice; it is certainly a difficult undertaking.

None the less, when you’re sitting in a huge field with your friends and family, listening to your favourite artist with a beer in your hand, knowing that you’ll be sleeping in luxury, you can see why nothing beats a great British festival!

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Planning a Festival-Themed Wedding

Inspired, colourful, fabulous ideas and inspiration for when you say ‘I Will’

Picture the scene: As darkness falls on the most amazing wedding day, you look across at your new husband smiling back at you and you feel like the luckiest girl in the world.  The children celebrating with you have been put to bed safely in their family tents and the fire pit has been lit for the evening.  You pick up your glass of champagne and sit back, gazing up at the stars knowing that the day is simply perfect.  You never want it to end and the beauty of having a festival wedding is that is doesn’t have to…  As all the guests are staying with you for the night in their luxury glamping tents, the party can continue long into the early hours and the following day.

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Holding a festival-themed wedding can bring you so much more than a more traditional wedding.  Festival weddings are vibrant, colourful, and often much more unique and memorable because you can effectively handpick every aspect of your event.

Glamping tents and marquees in a field are blank canvasses for you to choose your colours, themes, flowers and detail.  You are not tied down to venue finishing hours or wine choices.  You can choose when and where you hold it, what you dance to and what you eat.  Your guests are offered flexible and fun canvas accommodation onsite and you can extend the party into the following day too, giving you precious time with those that may have travelled a distance to see you.

Whether you choose a more formal more elegant affair for your outdoor wedding or select a more chilled casual festival vibe, we would love to help you plan and execute your perfect festival wedding and we are brimming with ideas and contacts for your vision to be brought to life. 

Here are a few ideas from Great British Glamping you might like to consider:

Before the big day

Choose invitations that match the look and feel of your big day – perhaps opt for ones that look like a festival ticket or a wrist band if you are really heading down the festival theme.  Remind your guests in advance to dress for an outdoor venue and bring a selection of clothes for the evening and next day, perhaps flip flops and wellies!  Other ideas that a festival wedding allows is a fancy-dress theme perhaps, asking people for their own music playlist suggestions, or even getting artistic friends to get involved with the flowers and decorations.

Atmosphere

Get your guests in the festival spirit by hiring circus performers, dancers and magicians to kick off the wedding.  Choose a great band to get people onto the dance floor and consider having a photo booth in the grounds with fun props and costumes.  Furniture made of hay bales such as giant sofas, tables and even bars can create memorable backdrops.

Keep the fun going long into the evening, with everyone sat round a campfire, toasting marshmallows, blankets to keep warm and offer warm drinks such as hot chocolate and mulled cider, before the guests retire for the night in the cosy luxury of their glamping tents.

It’s all in the detail

Choose oversized pom-poms, helium balloons, ribbons or bunting to decorate the inside and outside your marquee.  Light candles and use flowers to create walk ways to the various areas.  Get creative when it comes to wedding favours with homemade  sweets, chutneys or jams.  Create handmade vintage-style signage to direct people to their seats and even to the wedding itself.  Use Pinterest to build ideas and don’t be afraid to be bold – after all a wedding is worth putting the effort into!

Little people

Many brides and grooms worry about their guests bringing children to their big day, how they’ll be entertained, and if mums and dads will be able to properly relax.    Some small elements and clever thinking can help make the day enjoyable for all.  Children’s entertainers can be a great addition to the wedding party and you may even want to set-up a specific area for children, with hay bales to climb on (and contain them!) and perhaps hire a babysitter or two to keep an eye on them once put to bed.

What’s cooking

The beauty of a festival themed wedding is you choose and the choice is almost infinite.  F
rom wood fire pizzas in horsebox trailers to gourmet BBQs there are abundant options for your to select from.  Mexican midnight munchies or even candy floss machines can all add some festival-inspired fun to your food options.  It’s not something that you usually get an enormous choice with when wedding planning, so take advantage and do something different.

Just in Case

As you’re no doubt aware, even the hottest summer days in Britain can lead into cool evenings, so why not offer pashminas to guests as night falls.  Ask people to bring wellies and flip flops, and have a few large umbrellas to hand (making sure the ushers know where these will be stored in case they’re needed…)

The boring but essential bits

At Great British Glamping we can advise on luxury loo hire, mobile showers and portable power.  Don’t forget lighting and do consider having marquee heating arranged to ensure a change in weather won’t dampen the part spirit.

We would be absolutely delighted to help you plan your perfect day.  If you would like to chat options with us then get in touch and say hello(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)greatbritishglamping.com

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