Your Glamping Guide!

15 June 2011

We’ve hardly got our wellies dry from the Isle of Wight Festival and it’s time to think about the next one. But if we’re going to get soaked, and if we do have to spend another night with only a thin piece of material between us and the elements,  let's vow that festivals = glamping!

When Glasto kicks off 22 June we'll be booking a podpad for the duration. What’s a podpad? Well, it looks like an outsize Wendy house, will stand up to the most severe weather, and has wait for this, has PROPER BEDS. Not only that, but it has electricity, a lockable front door and a hanging wardrobe.... So no more of that crumpled slept-in-your-clothes look (unless of course you actually did)! They cost from £475, www.podpads.com

Next stop; Cornbury, AKA ‘Poshstock’, Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire from 1-3 July. Pray for sun but cover all options by booking one of their glamping tickets. Simply choose the glamping option when you book online at www.cornburyfestival.com. With  its own showers, loos, and car park, this is one way of doing a festival in style. Rock on!

Finish off your glamping tour back on the Isle of Wight at one of our festival faves - Bestival 8-12 September.  This year the theme is Rockstars, Popstars And Divas  - you have to dress up - you’ll feel left out if you don’t. Bestival pioneered the whole boutique camping thing in 2004 and this year there are loads of accommodation options -  the Boutique Campsite also has its own set of flushable toilet trailers and 'Posh Wash' hot shower! There are tipis, yurts and gypsy caravans and it costs from £325 - £825 for the festival depending on how luxe you want to make it, just customize your booking at the website at www.bestival.net. There’s even something dubbed 'Beryl the Bespoke Bus' – aka a 3 bedroom cottage on wheels with lounge, flat screen TV,  kitchenette with fridge, loo, and 3 double bedrooms each fitted with speaker systems. OK, it’s £3,200 for the weekend (Bestival tickets not included) but Festival glamping doesn’t get any better than this.

- Nicholas Kynaston

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