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15 of the UK’s best glamping sites for your next weekend away

Get close to nature without sacrificing home comforts on a family glamping trip. Here’s our edit of the best glamping sites across the UK to help you find the right one for you.

By Louise Baty | Last updated Feb 16, 2024


Sleeping under the stars is all well and good, but tossing and turning in a sweaty nylon sleeping bag on a deflating air bed is hardly relaxing. Instead, consider injecting a bit of luxury into your family camping trip by embracing the modern phenomenon that is glamping.

No longer the preserve of A-listers at Glastonbury, glamping holidays are now an acceptable choice for families, as evidenced by the sheer volume of camping sites springing up across the UK.

Read next: The best UK campsites for family getaways 

So what exactly is glamping?

An amalgamation of the words 'glamorous' and 'camping', glamping (sometimes called luxury camping or posh camping) is a style of camping that combines the comfort and convenience of self-catered accommodation with the outdoorsy benefits of a traditional campsite.

Glamping won't typically require you to bring any of the usual camping essentials, including a family camping tent, sleeping bags and cooking equipment. Instead, you'll be met with a ready-pitched haven kitted out with everything you could possibly need for a relaxing stay.

While there are many different glamping options available – some sites boast hot tubs and power showers, while others offer basic bedding and cooking facilities – glamping can be the ideal set-up for families wanting to enjoy the great outdoors in a place that feels homely and familiar.

You don't have to go abroad either. From yurts and glamping pods to treehouses and bell tents, you'll find a whole host of brilliant and bespoke UK glamping choices right on your doorstep.

By opting for a glamping experience, you get to immerse yourself in the fun of a rural campsite without having to endure any of the, ahem, downsides (and yes, communal toilet block - we’re looking right at you). Just imagine going on a lovely, long walk with your family and returning to an airy pod with an ensuite bathroom, rather than a damp, stuffy tent.

We've got handy guides to the best places to stay in the UK, including Cornwall, Devon, the Cotswolds, the Lake District, Scotland, Wales, London, the New Forest, Norfolk and Northumberland and more, all featuring top tips from well-travelled Mumsnetters.

The best UK glamping sites at a glance

  • Best overall: The Quiet Site, Cumbria | Book now

  • Best budget: Blackberry Wood, Sussex | Book now

  • Best luxury: Humble Bee Farm, North Yorks | Book now 

  • Best farmstay: Upper Shadymoor Farm, Shrewsbury | Book now 

  • Best woodland glamping: Quarry Walk Park, Staffordshire | Book now 

  • Best with a spa: Secret Valley Glamping, Somerset | Book now 

  • Best lodges: Cherry Tree Glamping, Cotswolds | Book now 

  • Best with a view: Glen Nevis Campsite, Fort William | Book now 

  • Best themed site for kids: Knight’s Village, Warwick Castle | Book now

  • Best for luxury + hot tubs: Wellington Farm, Cumbria | Book now

  • Best yurts: Suffolk Yurt Holidays, Suffolk  | Book now

  • Best by the beach: Tiny Homes, Isle of Wight | Book now

  • Best yurts + hot tubs: Yurts Cornwall, Penzance | Book now

  • Best treehouse: Squirrels Nest Treehouse, Powys | Book now

  • Best for wellbeing: Bumblebarn, Norfolk | Book now 

1. Best overall glamping site: The Quiet Site, Cumbria

From £140 for two nights in a Camping Pod | Book now

What Mumsnet users say

“This place near Ullswater is great. Mix of pods, hobbit holes and gingerbread houses, plus pitches. Can't recommend this site enough, we love it.” FrankiesKnuckle

Great for

  • Eco- and budget-conscious families

  • Location – areas of interest within walking distance

  • Keeping kids entertained

  • Dog-friendly glamping

Our verdict

If you’re looking for strong green credentials and a family friendly spot in the breathtaking Lake District, The Quiet Side could be the place for you. Since first opening up for campers and caravaners in 1963, this large site has won countless awards for sustainability and eco-tourism. The site also offers a zero-waste shop and a bar.

Situated close to Ullswater, the second largest lake in the Lake District, The Quiet Side is loved as much for its location as it is for its accommodation. Families can enjoy a walk from The Quiet Side to the nearby Aira Force Waterfalls as well as a variety of picturesque walks, cycle trails, and a boat ride on one of the Ullswater Steamers cruises.

The Quiet Side is suitable for families of any size as it offers a multitude of sleeping options, including standard pitches, Camping Pods, Glamping Cabins, Holiday Cottages and the newly built carbon positive Gingerbread Houses which sleep up to two adults and four children - and are wrapped in ginger beech hedge rather than biscuit, sadly.

For an unique experience, try one of the Glamping Burrows (formerly called Hobbit Holes), which offer an underground experience and stunning views across the lake. Four times bigger than standard Camping Pods, Glamping Burrows are ideal for larger families.

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2. Best budget glamping site: Blackberry Wood, Sussex

From £45 per night | Book now

What Mumsnet users say

“Blackberry wood in East Sussex is quite quirky.” honeylane

Great for

  • Adventurous families

  • Those who want to be close to the city

  • Unique glamping options

Our verdict

A magical spot in the Sussex countryside, Blackberry Wood is situated in South Downs National Park and is very popular among families – so much so that it's best visited in low season.

Only a stone's throw from Brighton (well, 10 miles to be exact), this family-run glamping spot is the ideal choice for those wanting to enjoy spending time in a woodland setting but still be close to the city and coastline.

There's a whole host of glamping options to choose from too – from a converted London double-decker bus to a Curvy Cabin, Wessex helicopter (yes, we're serious), gypsy caravan, fire engine and two handcrafted treehouses – Higgledy and Piggleby – for those looking for a magical and adventurous experience.

The treehouses sleep up to four adults and two children – there's a double bed and snug loft that looks like a bird's nest – and is equipped with a shower room, kitchen, wood burning stove and outdoor area for BBQs.

For a budget friendly glamping choice, opt or a Cosy Cabin in the woods - it’s £45 per night for two adults plus an extra £10 per child. There is a minimum booking requirement of three nights at weekends and two nights mid-week.

Guests can also enjoy a number of outdoor activities, including countryside walks, bike rides and the nearby Seven Sisters Cliffs. London is also reachable by car in less than two hours.

3. Best luxury glamping site: Humble Bee Farm, North Yorkshire

From £470 for two nights in a Deluxe Wigwam Lodge | Book now

What Mumsnet users say

“Humble Bee Farm in North Yorks is just lovely. We stayed in one of the pods there. You can collect your own eggs for breakfast.” Brownsauce83

Great for

  • Luxury accommodation with all mod cons

  • Dog friendly

  • Site crammed with activities

  • Accessible to the coast

Our verdict

If you like to have plenty of choice of holiday accommodation, you’ll be happy with this site. Humble Bee Farm provides a wide variety of options including standard camping and caravanning pitches, pretty Nomadic Yurts, cosy Merry Dale Bell Tents and luxury cottages.

But the site’s most exciting recent addition? Their Deluxe Wigwam Lodges which sleep two adults and two children and boast heating and running water, along with a fully equipped kitchen with toaster, microwave, kettle, fridge, cooking hob and work surface along with a dining table and chairs.

It’s not cheap by any means but the benefits include not having to share a bathroom with strangers because each Wigwam Lodge has its own ensuite. You can enjoy your very own electric hot tub and private patio and can even bring your pet because, unlike the site’s Bell Tents, the lodges are dog friendly.

The site is on a working farm and has plenty going on for families, including farm walks, a Nature Trail, a bird hide, football area, playground and duck pond. There is also a new shop and licensed cafe bar called ‘The Hive’, with pre-ordered pizza and burger nights at peak times. In the wider area, enjoy the North York Moors National Park and all it has to offer. Scarborough is less than 9 miles away so you can enjoy a beach day if the mood takes you.

4. Best farmstay glamping site: Upper Shadymoor Farm, Shrewsbury

Upper Shadymoor Farm Feather Down Farms

From £150 per night | Book now

What Mumsnet users say

"We did a Feather Down for my 40th last summer and really enjoyed it. It is pricey but we couldn't find anywhere else with a B&B on site for the non camping members of the family and anywhere else with a wood fired hot tub for hire... Our son loved looking after his chickens, sleeping in the cupboard and hunting for firewood and the other tents were close enough for him to run off and make friends while we kept him in sight" - droogie

Great for

  • Back-to-nature breaks

  • Wild swimming

  • Hot tubs

  • Animal-loving kids

Our verdict

For a wholesome family break, we'd recommend checking out Feather Down Farms, where you'll find glamping sites on working farms across the UK and Europe. Each cosy 'canvas hideaway' sleeps up to five adults and one child under 12 and inside you'll find a kitchen with running water, a wood stove, a private (flushing!) toilet, a BBQ and a picnic table with deckchairs. Mumsnetters recommend the Upper Shadymoor site in Shrewsbury for its stunning wood-fired hot tub and access to wild swimming. The site is located on the Shropshire Marches surrounded by bluebell woods but you're only an hour's drive from Birmingham and 90 minutes from Manchester.

5. Best woodland glamping pods: Quarry Walk Park, Staffordshire

From £120 | Book now

What Mumsnet users say

“Had two nice holidays here last year, and PILs stayed in the Pods while we camped.” Aroundtheworldin80moves

Great for

  • Woodland getaway

  • Pet friendly

  • Pods with modcons

  • Larger families - some pods sleep six

Our verdict

Located in peaceful woodland in Derbyshire, the Bluebell and Wildflower Glamping Pods at Quarry Walk Park campsite are furnished with everything you need for a comfortable, cosy stay.

A double bed and sofa bed - plus bedding - means that standard pods accommodate four people. Larger pods offer a double bed, sofa bed and bunk beds sleeping a total of six guests - although bear in mind that you will be in the same room. Dog owners are catered for with a selection of pet friendly pods.

You’ll find an en-suite bathroom with Hydro Massage shower cubicle - ideal for soothing tired muscles after a long family walk. There is also a fully equipped kitchenette, with crockery and cutlery and you can eat on the decking area.

While you will be deep in the woods, you can still enjoy Freeview TV, bluetooth speakers and Wifi, if you insist on staying connected. There’s also a communal fire pit and BBQ area so don’t forget your marshmallows for roasting.

While it’s fair to say that these wooden pods don’t offer the wow factor of a bell tent, they certainly provide a cosy retreat in the woods for up to six people and some offer disabled access. Prices start at £120 for one night in a Bluebell pod. The site is open all year and also offers luxury lodges with hot tubs.

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6. Best glamping site with spa: Secret Valley Glamping, Bridgewater, Somerset

From £28 per adult and £14 per child | Book now

What Mumsnet users say

“Secret Valley glamping Bridgewater Somerset.” converseandjeans

Great for

  • Large families and groups

  • Wine tasting

  • Outdoor activities

  • Animal lovers

Our verdict

Set amongst rolling hills in the Somerset countryside, Secret Valley provides Wigwams, Shepherds Huts, Yurts, Lodges or Lotus Belle Tents…take your pick. Billed as both dog and family friendly, this site prides itself on offering a stylish, comfortable glamping experience for all.

That said, the Shepherds Huts are adults only so don’t get your hopes up on that score if you’re bringing your toddler along. While the large canvas Belle Tents accommodate families and can sleep up to four adults on comfortable single futons, pets aren’t allowed.

The Quantock and Vineyard Wigwams are ideal for larger groups and families as well as dogs. They offer stunning countryside views as well as home comforts such as full insulation, double glazing and electricity.

Secret Valley is an organic farm, which grows Christmas trees and has five acres of vineyards - you can buy the wine in the farm shop. You can also book farm tours to see free range chickens, cows, miniature donkeys and friendly alpacas.

Additionally, there are outdoor activities to try, including raft building, mountain boarding, water zorbing, kayaking, canoeing and coarse fishing. For wet days, there is a kids play barn and, for frazzled parents (just in case you happen to know any), there’s a pamper pod for spa treatments and total relaxation. Prices start from £28 per adult per night and £14 per child per night in a Lotus Belle Tent.

7. Best glamping lodges: Cherry Tree Glamping, Cotswolds

From £145 | Book now 

Great for

  • Private facilities

  • Accessible accommodation

  • Secluded spot but well connected

  • Pet friendly

Our verdict

Situated in the Cotswolds in a secluded spot, Cherry Tree Glamping is based at The Camp campsite and is only a short drive from Stroud, Cheltenham, Cirencester and Gloucester meaning you can have the best of both worlds during your glamping holiday.

Cherry Tree Glamping offers four Glamping Lodges - Squirrel and Bumblebee only sleeps two people but Butterfly and Bluebell sleep either four or six, making them suitable for families. You’ll have your own private toilet and all bedding and linen are provided, along with basic cooking facilities.

Pet friendly and accessible, you’ll also have use of a hot tub, bbq and picnic area. The site’s Sunflower Cafe serves hot breakfast, coffee and cake.  On arrival at  Cherry Tree Glamping, you’ll receive a Wake Up Pack including milk, bread, and eggs freshly laid by the farm’s very own hens.

There’s also plenty to keep families entertained in the area. Walk the Cotswold Way and visit Newark Park (National Trust), Woodchester Mansion  and Berkeley Castle which are all only a short drive from the site.

Granted, the lodges may not have the same jaw dropping appeal of a yurt or a tree house but if you prefer to stay firmly on the ground with your own toilet and cooking facilities, these could tick your glamping boxes. Prices for the four-berth accessible lodge, Bluebell, start at £145.

8. Best glamping pods with a view: Glen Nevis Campsite, Fort William

From £120 | Book now

What Mumsnet users say

“I stayed in one of these camping pods at a campsite in Scotland this week and I thought it was a lovely pod, lots of light, comfortable double bed, underfloor heating and mood lighting.” NannyR

Great for

  • Walking holidays

  • Getting away from it all

  • Amazing views

  • Getting close to nature

Our verdict

Choose a high-spec Armadilla pod at Glen Nevis campsite in the Highlands and you’ll find yourself immersed in the best the Scottish Highlands have to offer. Jaw dropping views of the mountains and walks along the River Nevis.

The pods may be, ahem, bijou - no larger than your average family tent - but the three bed option is large enough for a small family and the beds can be arranged as singles or doubles. If you are a larger group, you can request two pods beside each other.

Crammed with facilities including comfortable beds, underfloor thermostat controlled heating, drying cupboard, sink and cold water tap, electric kettle and fridge, plug sockets, double-glazed windows and free Wifi, you’re sure to be more comfortable than you would be under canvas. There’s also a nearby communal toilet, shower and laundry block as well as a shop and bar and restaurant.

And then there are those breathtaking vistas of Ben Nevis, which you may decide to climb or may prefer to just enjoy from the comfort of your cosy pod. Be aware that bedding and towels are neither provided or hired so you’ll have to bring your own - so much for travelling light. Dogs are accepted only by prior arrangement in designated pet friendly camping pods. Prices start at £120 for one night in a three bed pod.

9. Best themed glamping site for kids: Knight’s Village, Warwick Castle, Warwickshire

From £161  | Book now

What Mumsnet users say

“They loved staying in the knights village and visiting Warwick castle.” JulesCobb

Great for

  • Short breaks

  • History buffs

  • A themed getaway – one imaginative children will love

  • Child-friendly activities

Our verdict

Mediaeval glamping may be a niche market but it’s certainly a fun idea for a break. If you and your kids are into jousting, suits of armour and battling ferocious dragons then nothing quite beats a weekend at the impressive Warwick Castle.

While the castle offers fancier accommodation options for those wanting to fully embrace the royal lifestyle, such as a stay in the 14th century Caesar's Tower, the Knight's Village offers a more unique outdoorsy retreat.

Situated in a woodland grove within the castle grounds and alongside the River Avon, the Knight's Village is, quite frankly, the stuff of mediaeval dreams. There are 28 themed lodges separated by wooden walkways, each sleeping up to five or seven people. Each lodge also has a separate bathroom and shower, and tea or coffee-making facilities. Did they have lattes in mediaeval times? We won’t quibble, so long as we can get our daily caffeine fix.

Alternatively, you can choose a fully-themed glamping tent. Warwick tents sleep up to four,  with a double bed, two single beds and a storage chest. The grander King’s tents offer a four-poster bed, two single beds, and an outdoor canopy with table and thrones. Both styles of tent have space for luggage, a travel cot and power sockets along with access to communal shower facilities.

You'll also find a mediaeval-inspired restaurant, an outdoor children’s entertainment area and a host of attractions to satisfy imaginative minds including knight school, mediaeval banquets, jester training and an archery show.

Each reservation includes Warwick Castle entry tickets, complimentary breakfast, unlimited Wi-Fi, themed evening entertainment and car parking. It costs from £161 for a family of five for one night in a Warwick Tent.

10. Best luxury pods with hot tubs: Wellington Farm, Cockermouth, Cumbria

From £145 | Book now

What Mumsnet users say

“Wellington Farm in Cockermouth Cumbria has lovely pods with private hot tubs.” JocastaNu

Great for

  • Small families

  • Hot tubs with great views

  • Walking holidays

  • Foodies - particularly ice cream and milkshake fans

Our verdict

What could be nicer than relaxing in a hot tub, gazing across lush Cumbrian meadows in the sunshine? Honestly, we can’t think of many things.

At Wellington Farm, in Cockermouth, each bespoke glamping pod has its very own private Cyclone Hydrotherapy hot tub with stunning panoramic views of the Western Lake District Fells.

The pods are spacious enough to sleep four people - so no good if you have a large family although you could always book two pods. All the essentials - bedding, towels, crockery and utensils - are supplied. You’ll have use of a patio with furniture, ensuite toilet and shower as well as TV and handy kitchenette with two induction hobs, fridge freezer and microwave. We wouldn’t judge you for not doing any washing up when you could be in that hot tub though.

On site, the Wellington Farm Cafe and Tearooms serves homemade food at tables with views of those stunning Cumbrian fells.

And of course, while you’re here, it would be rude not to try the delicious homemade jersey cream ice cream and milkshakes, which are well-known in this area. While Wellington Farm no longer has its own dairy herd, the farm has been run by the same family for three generations since 1946. Glamping is their way of taking the farm forward and they’re clearly doing a grand job of it.

It doesn’t come cheap - pods cost £145 per night including hot tub, based on 2 sharing.

Additional adults cost £15 extra per night, children over three are £10 extra per night and infants under three go free.

11. Best glamping yurts: Suffolk Yurt Holidays, Suffolk

From £115 | Book now

What Mumsnet users say

“Lovely peaceful place run by really nice people. Great breakfasts and homemade pizza on a Tuesday.” Ladybird37

Great for

  • Large families and group bookings

  • Laid back stays

  • Stylish breaks

  • Fun for all the family

Our verdict

A popular choice with campers who love a touch of luxury, this family-run glamping site in Suffolk has won the coveted TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award for the last two years. Having stayed in countless campsites themselves, owners Jane and Paul wanted to launch a site encompassing everything they love about sleeping under the stars.

Located near Woodbridge, a short drive from the Suffolk coastline, the site offers five yurts, each stylishly furnished with one double bed and two double pull-out futons, sleeping up to six people. All bedding, blankets and hot water bottles are provided, along with a wood burner for cold nights.

If you’re looking for your own private facilities, the site may not be for you. Suffolk Yurt Holidays embraces a sociable ethos. Within the immaculate shared kitchen, each Yurt has its own fridge and ice box alongside cupboards containing crockery and cutlery. Washing-up liquid, tea towels, cloths, salt, pepper and olive oil are all provided. French doors open out onto a shared covered eating area.

Other facilities include environmentally friendly communal showers and toilets, a rustic outdoor ‘Retreat’ bar, kids play area, BBQ area, fire pit, play barn and Honesty Shop. There is also a two-bedroom single storey holiday cottage for hire on the site. Suffolk Yurts caters for special occasions and large group bookings. The price is £115 per night for a yurt sleeping six people.

12. Best glamping by the beach: Tiny Homes, Isle of Wight

From £95 | Book now

What Mumsnet users say

“Look up Tiny Homes Holidays on the Isle of Wight. Off grid glamping. It's absolutely lovely if that's your sort of thing.” Todaythiscouldbe

Great for

  • Off grid living

  • Those with older kids

  • Group bookings, if you are happy to sleep apart

  • Seaside break  - close to Cowes harbour

Our verdict

Located on the Isle of Wight, this dinky smallholding (the clue is the name!) features four architect designed eco Tiny Homes, with two more being built for 2022. The site is just a short cycle ride from Cowes harbour, making it ideal for a beach break. Yet this quiet spot feels worlds away from the crowds, sitting in a natural meadow beside ancient woodland.

Conceived with the environment in mind, the owners say that the site has been ‘designed to tread lightly on the planet’. Each space includes a fully equipped kitchen, shower and toilet, bbq and solar panel USB sockets.

As they’re so small, each eco-home only houses a maximum of four people, which is an issue if you have a larger family. However as the homes are all grouped closely together, it works for group bookings if you’re happy to sleep apart. Eco-homes start at £95 per night.

One of the newer eco-homes - Saiorse - is described as being more accessible than the other cabins but do check that it suits your needs before booking. For true relaxation, book some time in the wood fired sauna and hot tub, which are situated in the meadow. You can also join sustainable craft workshops such as jewellery and glass making, which are more suited to families with older kids and teens than toddlers.

13. Best glamping with hot tubs: Yurts Cornwall, Tremeer Farm, Penzance, Cornwall

From £325 | Book now

What Mumsnet users say

“The children absolutely loved the open space and we really appreciated the distance between the yurts. It meant we could relax a little in the knowledge that if there were tears or tantrums, we wouldn’t be ruining someone else’s quiet enjoyment of the stunning views.” zoew16

Great for

  • Space and solitude

  • Child-friendly stays

  • Stunning surroundings

  • Hot tubs

Our verdict

If the one thing that puts you off camping is the thought of being kept awake by someone snoring in the next tent, you’ll appreciate the privacy afforded by the 18ft Mongolian-style yurts at Tremeer Farm in beautiful Cornwall.

Well spaced out, these individually decorated yurts will allow you to enjoy the experience of living in nature without worrying about disturbing other guests if your toddler wakes in the middle of the night. Kitchen and bathrooms are communal however, with cooking and washing facilities shared between two yurts.

Each yurt sleeps up to four people and offers a wood burning stove, fire pit (ideal for toasting marshmallows), feather duvets, pillows, bedlinen, wifi and use of a shared hot tub. There are also  solar-powered fairy lights to add to the magic when the sun goes down.

For even more luxury during your glamping stay, you can book a posh yurt with a hot tub, private bathroom and kitchen - although, as you’d expect, this is considerably more expensive.

Bookings run from Friday or Mondays with the exception of summer school holidays which run from Friday to Friday only. The yurts are available only from April to September and pets aren’t allowed on site.  Prices start at £325 for a 4 night stay

14. Best treehouse glamping: Squirrels Nest Treehouse, Powys

Prices upon request | Book now

What Mumsnet users say

“We stayed at a treehouse called squirrels nest in Powys which the kids still go on about now. It’s got a hot tub out on the decking and a slide down from the treehouse.” Filterphobia

Great for

  • Amazing views

  • Getting close to nature

  • Home comforts - fitted kitchen and bathroom

  • Hot tub

Our verdict

Quirky and unusual and ideal if you have a mini tree climber in your family, Squirrel's Nest Treehouse Retreats, in Powys, mid Wales, are a cut above the usual glamping experience. Quite literally above, because you will be sleeping way above the ground in your own personal treehome.

There are three retreats of varying size to choose from - Trawscwm, Cadwollen’s and Prince Llywelyn. Each offer amazing views of the Welsh countryside along with luxury features including a fully fitted kitchen, bathroom, spacious living quarters and hot tub.

The largest and newest treehouse - Prince Llywelyn - has been designed in collaboration with none other than high street favourite Dunelm so it really feels like a home from home. Each tree house boasts Wifi and a Smart TV although when you’re staying in a treehouse this splendid, we’d hope you’d spend your time gazing at the views rather than a screen.

Located in rural, secluded spots, the treehouses aren’t easily accessible for those with mobility issues. There’s quite a walk from the carpark along bumpy paths meaning that you’ll need a wheelbarrow to transport your luggage and you may not want to take your chances with a buggy or accident prone toddler either. There is a two night minimum booking on each stay.

15. Best wellbeing glamping site: Bumblebarn, Norfolk

Price upon request | Book now

What Mumsnet users say

“Bumblebarn, owned by a Mumsnetter.” shouldistop

Great for

  • Child-friendly activities

  • Animal lovers

  • Wellbeing breaks

  • Beautiful bell tents

Our verdict

When you think of glamping, the first image that may well spring to mind is a bell tent - and the beautiful natural canvas beauties at Bumblebarn certainly won’t disappoint. The owners of Bumblebarn say that their spacious cotton bell tents are airier and more pleasant to sleep in than your usual bog standard polyester tents.

The site is allegedly run by a Mumsnetter, although we can neither confirm nor deny this claim. Bumblebarn is located in Beeston Regis, in North Norfolk - a beloved holiday destination of many a Mumsnetter. The site offers a selection of wellbeing experiences at their Wellbeing Centre, including meeting the on site chickens, horses and also alpacas, which you can even take on a relaxing stroll.

Each of the bell tents at this family glamping site is equipped with cosy beds, electric blankets, cotton sheets, chairs, storage, lanterns, towels, blankets, kettle, complimentary tea, coffee and sugar and a cool box. Also, if you can’t bear to stay away from Mumsnet during your stay, there’s even a socket for your phone charger. See, they’ve truly thought of everything!

You can cook and socialise in the communal Campfire Kitchen area, which has an open fire pit, a BBQ and Gas burner per tent and crockery, cutlery, pots & pans. Washing facilities are also communal and the owner promises ‘lovely hot water’ along with eco-friendly composting toilets.

Not just child-friendly but centred around junior glampers, Bumblebarn offers an enticing play area with Mud Kitchen, Climbing Frame, Pixie House and Sandpit to keep them entertained.

Where is the best glamping in the UK?

The best overall glamping site in the UK is The Quiet Site, Cumbria - a family friendly eco-friendly site in the beautiful Lake District, which has been running since 1963. Offering a variety of environmentally conscious options to suit different family groups and ages, including Camping Pods, Glamping Cabins, Holiday Cottages, Gingerbread Houses  and Glamping Burrows with views across Ullswater.

Where can I go glamping in the UK?

We are spoilt for choice when it comes to glamping sites in the UK. Sites dedicated purely to glamping have sprung up all across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. You may also find that many established campsites have now developed specific glamping areas on their sites offering pods, bell tents or shepherds huts, where you can experience all the amenities of a campsite, with added comfort and luxury and without having to pack all your gear.

Is glamping popular in the UK?

Glamping is more popular than ever in the UK, with the boom in pandemic ‘staycations’ increasing the popularity of glamping holidays in 2020 and 2021 and the trend unlikely to peter out any time soon.

Who enjoys glamping?

According to research by Glamping Business Magazine, the glamping demographic can be divided broadly into two main groups: couples aged 25-35, and families.  Glamping is not only popular with people who have traditionally enjoyed camping holidays - but also with consumers who would not usually choose a camping holiday but want to experience the benefits of being in nature without missing out on home comforts such as en-suite toilets, heating or hot water.

Where is glamping most popular?

Glamping is incredibly popular in beautiful UK locations including the Lake District, Northumberland, Cornwall and Dorset, where holidaymakers want to enjoy the scenery and amenities these beautiful places offer, without compromising on comfort.

How much is glamping in the UK?

Expect to pay more for glamping than camping - after all, the standard of accommodation is generally far higher. Glamping prices vary wildly - from £45 per night in a Cosy Cabin at our best budget glamping site, Blackberry Wood, Sussex to £470 for two nights in a Deluxe Wigwam Lodge at our best luxury glamping site, Humble Bee Farm, North Yorks.

Do glamping pods have toilets?

Glamping pods vary in the amenities they offer so always check the finer details before you book. More basic glamping pods may offer beds, a table and chairs and stove. At the upper end of the scale, you may find glamping pods are more akin to luxury hotel rooms with electricity, hot and cold running water, toilets, kitchen - you may even strike it gold with a hot tub.

What do I need for glamping in the UK?

While most glamping sites will offer fully-equipped accommodation, including bedding, towels and kitchen equipment, some more basic options may require you to bring a a few camping essentials yourself.

Glamping essentials may include:

  • Sleeping bags

  • Pillows

  • Extra towels

  • Wellies

  • Walking boots

  • A picnic rug

  • Camping chairs and table if no outdoor seating

  • A torch

  • Matches

  • Loo roll

  • Hot water bottles

  • A travel cot if you have a young child

  • Food and drink

  • J-cloths

  • Bin bags

  • A tea towel for drying up

  • Cups, cutlery and plates

  • Chopping board

  • Cool box and ice packs

  • A football, frisbee or a rounders/cricket set

  • Disposable BBQ (if no BBQ or BBQ area)

How we chose our recommendations

First, we consulted travel expert sites, looking at their recommendations for glamping sites.

We then studied reviews of the UK’s best glamping sites on the Mumsnet forums to find out which family-friendly glamping sites parents had visited and enjoyed, along with those they weren't so impressed by.

We collated that information and looked at other online reviews to see how consumers rated various glamping sites.

Finally, we cross-referenced all that information to compile a list of glamping sites that performed well across the board so that we could bring you a definitive selection.

Here are 14 of the UK’s best glamping sites, as recommended and reviewed by families.

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