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Little Black Book of Glamping 2022

Everything you need to set up a glampsite - suppliers, expert knowledge and inspiration. From the publishers of Open Air Business magazine.

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BUSINESS

2022

WWW.OPENAIRBUSINESS.COM


WELCOME

Welcome to the second Little

Black Book of Glamping.

Designed as a quick reference

guide for new glamping

site owners and existing

operators, each of its 15

sections are short and to the

point, with quick fire facts,

advice and tips.

It features 17 real life case studies, 52 spotlights

on industry suppliers and a comprehensive

directory – everything’s colour coded for ease; see

the table of contents to the right.

We hope you’ll find your Little Black Book a handy

tool to keep on your desk or on you while out and

about on site – we’ve made things ‘pocket sized’

for exactly that reason!

A big thank you to all our contributing experts

from the world of finance, planning, design and

more – Geno Cleal, Tom Dixon, Mark Jones, Ian

Firth, Edward Busby, The National Forest, Laura

Fredericks, Joss Bentley and Tara Weightman.

So, whether you’re up and running and looking

to expand/improve, at the very beginning of your

journey or from a different outdoor hospitality

sector altogether and interested in where the

staycation action is, the Little Black Book is your

best friend.

Tally Rix, editor

LITTLE BLACK BOOK

TOP TIPS

For more directory action, visit

www.openairbusiness.com/directory

With thanks to our sponsor

Cedar Tree Pods -

www.cedartreepods.co.uk

CONTENTS

ISSUE #2 2022

4 Before you Start n

6 Finance n

8 Planning n

10 Franchises n

12 Infrastructure n

14 Landscape & Exteriors n

16 Tensile Structures n

18 Solid Structures n

22 Facilities n

24 Sustainability n

28 Interiors n

30 Agencies & Bookings n

34 Professional Services n

36 Pop-up Glamping n

48 DIRECTORY n

50 Contact Log n

PUBLISHERS

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Tally Rix - tally@openairbusiness.com

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BUSINESS

WELCOME • CONTENTS

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BEFORE YOU START

Essential Thinking

Tips from Quality Unearthed’s Geno Cleal on

creating a successful glamping offering

First up, market research – know your product. What’s

new, what’s trending, what’s selling? You should at

least have a rough idea already.

The term ‘glamping’ is expanding and evolving

extremely quickly. What’s cool and what’s relevant

now may not be true in five or 10 years’ time. The

discerning public are continually looking for new and

interesting places to stay. There’s an ever-growing

variety of unique and unusual holiday types, whether

it’s a weird or funky structure, or a wild or crazy

location.

As the market evolves it’s important to stay one

step ahead of the trends. Study the competition,

particularly in your area. This should give you a firm

idea of what works and what doesn’t and how to price

your structure. There are so many things you can learn

and incorporate to give you a competitive edge.

In terms of the facilities and extras you offer, the

market shows that expectations are increasing.

Customers commonly expect a higher level of service

and a basic range of facilities. We tend to find the more

extras you offer – fresh flowers and local produce

in the welcome hamper, or a lit fire for guests on

arrival – the more impact it will have on your success.

Glampers are looking for a special or memorable

experience, so whatever you can do to improve this

experience will ultimately lead to more bookings.

As a general rule of thumb, price your structure

conservatively, with the aim to push the value up as

your reputation and demand grows.

TARGET AUDIENCE

You need to consider what type of holiday you’re

trying to create and who you’re trying to attract.

Whether you’re catering for families, groups or

couples, each demographic has a different kind

of expectation. Again, it is important to know who

is coming and why. What type of holiday are they

looking for?

Striking a balance between catering for different

audiences and focussing your attention can be tricky.

Catering for everyone increases your audience, but

you may end up muddying the waters. With that in

mind, it’s best to focus your marketing efforts towards

one specific holiday type.

Just like any business, you’re trying to create a

brand, and every good brand has an interesting theme

or story to tell. Whether you’ve used local materials,

incorporated historical features, or if you have a

particular penchant for badgers, telling your story is

important. It adds to the richness and clarity of your

brand. It doesn’t matter if your theme is completely

wacky as long as it offers some kind of intrigue or

appeal.

Choosing the right name is also important. A good

name should be warm and welcoming, but also

memorable and with a tie into your theme.

UNIQUE SELLING POINT

This is what sets you apart from your competitors and

is what makes paying guests want to come to your

glamping site. Maybe you’ve got a great location by

the sea, an outdoor bathtub with views over the valley,

or perhaps you claim your land is home to the world’s

largest wood pigeon? Whatever it is, utilise your

unique selling point (USP) in your marketing efforts. If

you don’t have one, you need to start thinking; what

can you do to make your place unique? If you’re run of

the mill, or just trying to recreate what’s already been

done, the gap in the market might already be gone.

LITTLE BLACK BOOK

TOP TIPS

Conker, Powys

A good basic business analysis tool is

a SWOT analysis (list strengths, weaknesses, opportunities

and threats regarding your glamping proposition). Also look

up SOAR analysis, PESTEL analysis, the Five Forces and the

NOISE analysis.

MEET THE EXPERT

Geno Cleal is a glamping expert at Quality Unearthed – a specialised glamping agency in

Pembrokeshire. Showcasing a range of unique and unusual holiday structures from safari tents to

treehouses, Quality Unearthed helps develop, market and promote glamping sites across the UK

and France. www.qualityunearthed.co.uk

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ADVICE

Market Trends

Canopy & Stars’ Tom Dixon reveals 2022’s

glamping trends

• Canopy and Stars markets nature-based holidays

and bookings are up over 60% on 2020’s record

levels. That’s a 50% rise in people taking holidays in

nature since 2019, and the trend shows no signs of

slowing.

• April 2022 is currently the most popular month,

and more people than ever are planning ahead as

we’ve seen an increase in forward-bookings as far

in advance as summer 2023.

• Spending on staycations is increasing too; Canopy

& Stars average booking values in 2022 are already

tracking 50% ahead of 2021.

• Sustainable ways to travel are more important than

ever, and more and more owners are taking ‘lowimpact’

to new heights.

2022 looks set to be the busiest year for

celebrations after two years of restrictions and

challenges. Over half of Canopy & Stars’ bookings

are being made for special occasions.

• Summer pop up sites are popular but after various

reports of ‘disappointing’ experiences in 2021,

offerings will need to be creative and qualityfocussed.

Ursabear, Devon

Tub’ collection has now been added.

• A whopping 145 new spaces joined the Canopy

& Stars collection in 2021, with some of our most

innovative and exciting places yet.

• An evergreen favourite, treehouses remain the

top-performing spaces. Cabins also had a great

year, with over 60 new cabins joining, making

the most of the trend for year-round stays and a

growth in travel in shoulder-months.

• Another trend is for owners to inject a shedload

of their personality into their space; take

Ursabear in Devon where owner Val has filled

the cabin with treasures from her adventures,

including a huge life-sized bear.

Heather Yurt, Perth & Kinross

The Nest, Lincolnshire

BEFORE YOU START

• Outdoor bathing is consistently a top experience for

Canopy & Stars guests, with its ‘Hot Tub Collection’

being a long-standing favourite. However, outdoor

bathtubs are also a favourite and an ‘Outdoor Bath

MEET THE EXPERT

Tom Dixon is managing director at Sawday’s Canopy & Stars, a collection of selected and inspected

special places to stay and experience the great outdoors across Britain, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and

Scandinavia. Championing the small and independent, and being an advocate of sustainable tourism, the

team genuinely cares about what they do and how they do it. www.canopyandstars.co.uk

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FINANCE

SPOTLIGHT

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FIT OUTDOOR FINANCE

01494 422614 / 07932 075754

mark@fitoutfinance.co.uk

www.fitoutfinance.co.uk

Whether you are starting a new leisure business,

expanding or adding to your estate, Fit Outdoor

Finance is here to help with funding.

As the only broker dedicated to funding fit outs in

the hospitality sector we and our panel of funders

understand your needs and can create finance

packages to assist.

FOLK2FOLK

01566 773296

enquiries@folk2folk.com

www.folk2folk.com

We provide loans for British businesses wanting to

grow, diversify or adapt. Loans start from £100,000

and must be secured against land/property. We

fund almost any business purpose and have helped

hundreds of businesses start, scale up or diversify

from hotels, estates and outdoor venues to new

glamping ventures and outdoor attractions. To

fund loans, we offer property-backed investment

Case Study

Funding for a Hotel’s

Outdoor Spaces

Product: Funding for glamping pods and outdoor

dining and events

Supplier: Fit Outdoor Finance, 01494 422614 /

07932 075754,

mark@fitoutfinance.co.uk,

www.fitoutfinance.co.uk

Following an inevitably torrid year, this established

hotel client was re-opening and looking to

optimise revenues from their substantial and very

attractive outside space.

Their outdoor plan encompassed

accommodation in wooden pods along with

a bar, dining, event stage, barbecues and

sanitary facilities under a substantial stretched

canvas marquee structure. The project required

significant capital investment at a time when cash

resources were stretched.

As always, we worked closely with the

customer to give our lenders the confidence that

they need to lend. Ignoring the dreadful impact

of 2020 lockdowns, it was clear that the business

had a sound footing and a clear, coherent plan of

how to move forward in a world where Covid will

feature for some time to come.

We were able to provide lease finance for all

of the equipment above, together with a loan for

infrastructure costs, enabling the customer to

open in time for summer. The project is now up

and running and generating good income.


DISCLAIMER: Your property against which the loan is secured could be at risk if you

don’t meet payments. Your capital is at risk and is not protected under the Financial

Services Compensation Scheme. FOLK2FOLK Ltd is authorised and regulated by

the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered office: NUMBER ONE Business Centre,

Western Road, Launceston, Cornwall, PL15 7FJ.


ADVICE

A Business Plan for Finance

Mark Jones on the importance of a

robust business plan

For start up businesses, or those making a

significant change in direction, it is usual for

banks and financiers to ask to see a business plan.

Usually the business owner has already done most

of the required research – sometimes without

realising it is a business plan. In other cases it is

necessary to go away and prepare one.

FINANCE

WHAT AND WHY?

The business plan, as the name suggests, is a

plan of how you will run your business. The value

to you, the business owner, lies in the research

and the detail behind the plan’s assumptions. In

presenting your advisors, partners or colleagues

with a plan, you help to focus their input and

create constructive, relevant feedback.

A common trap is to use the plan to ‘sell’ your

business to a third party – either with pages of

fanciful prose or wildly optimistic, unsubstantiated

assumptions. A good business plan can be brief

and concise.

CONTENT:

There are five key components of a business plan:

1. Executive summary – overview of key points

2. Operations – people, systems, logistics,

technology, timelines etc.

3. Marketing – market research, demographic,

competitor analysis, SWOT, political and social

environments etc.

4. Financial – profit and loss projections, opening

balance sheet, capital requirements/sources etc.

5. Appendices – back up information which

supports content but doesn’t belong in the body

of the plan – this part is infinitely adaptable to

suit a specific audience

There may well be overlaps and sub-titles might

be better suited to a different part of the plan; you

don’t need to be bound by headings, but should

consider the relevance and importance of each one.

As a personal note, I’d suggest that starting

with a cashflow projection is a fantastic way to

encompass all aspects of the business.

Many banks and accountants offer free

templates, alternatively there are lots online – they

are useful, but don’t be limited by their titles, or

feel the need to fill in each section for the sake of it.

LENDERS AND BUSINESS PLANS

There are many amusing myths around how

lenders treat business plans. In reality what they

want is the same as what you want – to see how

well researched the plan is, why you want to

borrow and whether you are likely to be able to

service debt.

It’s not an exact science, but the first thing

most lenders will do is to look for evidence and

research around key assumptions. They will also

question closely what the money will be used for.

In the asset finance arena, we look very much for

income-creating or mission-critical purchases.

LITTLE BLACK BOOK

TOP TIPS

Download templates for business plans and cash flow

forecasts at www.gov.uk/write-business-plan - all the

hard work is done for you – just plug in your figures!

MEET THE EXPERT

Mark Jones is a veteran of the finance industry having started his career 35 years ago. Under Fit Out

Finance he brings his experience to owner-managers operating in the hospitality sector, from start-ups to

multi-site operators. Mark also operates as a start-up business plan advisor and is an introducer for the

Government Start -up Loan Scheme. www.fitoutfinance.co.uk

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PLANNING

SPOTLIGHT

Mount View Glamping

CLASSIC.CO.UK

BONDSTONES

01823 210610

enquiries@bondstones.co.uk

www.bondstones.co.uk

Bondstones has led the field in planning for

bespoke glamping and alternative accommodation

for 10+ years. With our clients we’ve created sites

that consistently generate £175 to more than £350

per unit / night. Our professional team is renowned

for a pragmatic and innovative approach delivering

creative solutions to the most challenging scenarios.

Call today!

STEPHEN LOCKE ASSOCIATES

01952 670106

info@stephenlockeassociates.co.uk

www.stephenlockeassociates.co.uk

An independent firm of rural chartered surveyors,

chartered town planners and environmental

consultants offering land, property and planning

consultancy services.

We pride ourselves on the quality and depth of

advice when getting a new glamping project up and

running, and have been involved in many planning

and design schemes. For a fresh opinion contact us

for a free, informal discussion.

MID WEST PLANNING

01952 276745

phil.plant@midwestplanning.co.uk

www.midwestplanning.co.uk

Mid West Planning offers advice and consultancy

on all aspects of rural planning including identifying

opportunities to increase or maintain asset value,

opportunities to secure existing lawful uses and

making planning applications for development and

change of use on behalf of farmers, landowners and

businesses. We pride ourselves on offering expert

and cost effective solutions to rural planning issues.

KPG DESIGN ASSOCIATES

01452 260110

enquiries@kpgdesignassociates.co.uk

www.kpgdesignassociates.co.uk

We have been providing a fully comprehensive

architectural and planning service to the farming and

land-owning rural community for over 37 years. With

our team of experienced and qualified associates

we can advise on, and deal with, all matters which

may fall under the planning regime. Most farming

diversification and rural enterprise projects will

involve some form of planning requirement.

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ADVICE

It’s got wheels so it doesn’t need planning

permission… Right?

Ian Firth provides the answer and suggests

expert guidance

NO! A common ‘internet expert’ opinion which we

hear at shows and seminars across the country is that

caravans don’t need planning permission... Firstly, by

legal definition, a caravan doesn’t require wheels at all.

Provided that the structure meets certain criteria and

can be moved (picked up and taken away) any pod, hut

or chalet may in fact qualify as a caravan.

The law treats the use of land for tourism purposes

as ‘a change of use’ – so this is development and

planning consent is required. The same goes for

caravans, motor-homes and tents.

The “28-day rule” (no longer the “56-day rule”) is

a permitted development right (deemed planning

consent) which allows for the temporary use of land for

alternative uses. Indeed, the allowance can be used for

short term pop-up camping – however the count-down

starts as soon as any land (within the planning unit) is

used for any alternative use, not just for camping. So,

for example, 10 days of organised clay shooting on the

farm will leave only 18 days for summertime camping…

You have been warned!

“Exemption certificates” are an excellent option

to establish a small glamping site (typically up to

five units) – utilising permitted development and

additional rights afforded by the 1936 Health Act. This

option authorises the use of land by certain ‘exempt

organisations’ – and gives potential for a variety of

scenarios to be explored. Some organisations authorise

‘seasonal units’ to be used within their sites while

others don’t.

Frustratingly, exemption and permitted

development does not authorise other engineering

works or development that may be required to enable

the land to be used. Ground works, landscaping,

creating hard standings or parking areas for example

will require planning permission in most cases.

With this in mind, full planning permission (for

change of use and enabling works) is, in our opinion,

the best way to establish a suitably high quality and

sustainable glamping business. There are opportunities

and pitfalls for each route, however these cannot be

explored in this short article.

In summary we would always recommend

independent professional advice ahead of investment

in any glamping project.

LOCAL AUTHORITY CONSULTATION

While local planning authorities all encourage ‘early

consultation’ – our routine advice is don’t! From

experience, planning departments will only provide

answers to questions – they generally won’t give

advice on alternative or ‘better’ solutions. By all

means engage with them but only once you have

formulated a workable plan for discussion. This is

where independent specialist consultants are worth

their weight in gold.

WHERE TO GET GOOD ADVICE

Depending on the nature of your project we would

recommend working with a suitably qualified

professional or regulated advisor. The most suitable

advisors for project advice are likely to be chartered

surveyors (rural planning specialists in particular),

town planners (RTPI) or perhaps an architect (RIBA)

or specialist planning solicitor – each of which is

professionally bound to engage only in projects in

which they are suitably experienced. Other advisers

also exist…

LITTLE BLACK BOOK

TOP TIPS

For an exemption to planning permission for developments

of up to five ‘caravans’ see:

• www.gov.uk and search for ‘exempted organisation

guidance’

• Freedom Camping Club

www.freedomcampingclub.org

• Greener Camping Club www.greenercamping.org

• Woodland Champions Club

www.woodlandchampions.co.uk

• Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act (1960)

• The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted

Development) Order (1995)

MEET THE EXPERT

Ian Firth is a chartered surveyor and planning and development director at Bondstones.

Bondstones specialise in rural planning and architecture for projects across rural England.

Specialising in diversification, change of use and bespoke tourism, Bondstones prides itself on

a ‘client first’ ethos and is renowned for its team’s lateral thinking. www.bondstones.co.uk

PLANNING

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FRANCHISES

SPOTLIGHT

WILDA CABINS

partner@wildacabins.com

www.wildacabins.com/partner

Our offering is simple – exquisitely designed, truly

off-grid cabins providing luxury back-to-nature

staycations at sites nationwide. If you have the right

piece of land and share our ethos for low impact,

high quality hospitality then we want to work with

you. Low start-up costs and help with everything

from planning to operations. Please fill in our online

questionnaire to start the conversation.

WIGWAM HOLIDAYS

0131 450 7136

hello@wigwamholidays.com

www.wigwamholidays.com

Wigwam Holidays is the UK’s #1 glamping brand

and the only pod manufacturer to offer a ‘turn-key’

franchise business solution. We don’t just sell

cabins, we help you fill them with paying guests and

provide the training and brand presence to make

your business aspirations a reality. With assistance in

planning, funding, marketing and operations, we’re

here to support you.

AMBER’S BELL TENT CAMPING

ambersbelltents@hotmail.co.uk

www.ambersbelltents.co.uk/

franchise-opportunities

The Amber’s Bell Tent Camping franchise is a

unique and highly rewarding business and lifestyle

opportunity. You will have the potential to earn a

significant income providing relaxing, stylish and

comfortable glamping holidays for your clients in

beautiful locations!

We are looking for landowners in desirable locations

who enjoy dealing with people and have the drive

and determination to succeed.

FURTHER.SPACE

028 9099 3499

info@further.space

www.further.space/partners

Partner with us and create a sustainable tourism

business. Our landowner partners are an important

part of the FURTHER.SPACE family. We work closely

with them to provide a great experience for our

customers and maintain luxury levels of service,

while allowing our partners to create a sustainable

business.

All our locations are hand-picked, to ensure they

have something extraordinary.

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ADVICE

Franchises

Interested in a lower risk way to start

a glampsite? A franchise may be the

business model for you

Starting a glampsite is no mean feat and is

unlikely to be a decision you make overnight.

You will no doubt have researched extensively

and talked at length with friends, family and

others in the industry. One appealing option

that you may consider during your research is

franchise ownership.

This is commercial relationship between

the owner of a company and an individual

who is starting a branch of that business,

using its branding and business model.

For many would-be glamping

entrepreneurs, franchising offers the chance

to add a site to their land without taking on

the significant risk that comes with starting

one from scratch.

ADVANTAGES

To start a glamping franchise you don’t

necessarily need any industry experience

but you are likely to need land. The franchise

business will offer support in getting you

started, and will usually help with planning

and finance. They will then train you and

help with marketing. By tapping into years of

experience you increase the chance of success

for your new venture.

You will also find that getting a business

loan is easier as lenders feel more comfortable

investing in new businesses with the backing

of an established franchise brand.

In the glamping industry, franchises work

in a number of different ways. Some require

significant investment in infrastructure and

offer a hands on opportunity, some a seasonal

business model, and others may be looking

for land only, running the sites themselves

with little involvement from the landowner.

A huge advantage is the access a franchise

can give you to an established customer

base. You will also benefit from established

relationships with suppliers.

Owning a glamping franchise is a great way

to create value from your land with less risk

than going it alone, and a system of support

and community should you find yourself in

need of assistance or advice.

Case Study

Wigwam Holidays

Moffat, Dumfries

and Galloway

Service: Wigwam Holidays Franchise

Supplier: Wigwam Holidays, 0131 450 7126,

hello@wigwamholidays.com,

www.wigwamholidays.com

John Hume, owner at Wigwam Holidays Moffat,

is a proud livestock farmer and native to the

Scottish borders.

Livestock farming is no cash cow however

and John knew that to make it work he would

need to think beyond livestock. Looking at the

beautiful hills, forests, rivers and valleys that

are scattered across the Scottish borders, John

had a vision – to open up his farm to guests and

allow them to experience the land he’d been so

fortunate to call home.

After a visit to the Royal Highland Show,

John came across Wigwam Holidays and a new

concept which peaked his attention – franchise.

He knew people would want to visit, but he

also knew this was an industry he had little

experience of. He wanted to join a recognised

brand that could offer training, assistance

with funding and planning, a community and

marketing support. Wigwam Holidays was the

perfect fit.

Since opening, John has never looked back

and with the staycation industry seeing a

boom, there’s never been a better time to be

part of the UK’s No.1 glamping franchise.

FRANCHISES

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Infrastructure

SPOTLIGHT

FUJICLEAN SEWAGE TREATMENT

07500 626463

info@fujiclean.co.uk

www.fujiclean.co.uk

FujiClean's popular sewage treatment system is

now available in the UK.

Very small, low odours, quiet operation, discrete,

low profile lids, outstanding effluent quality and

infrequent tankering requirement. Using 35W they

can even run on a small solar unit. All perfect for

keeping sewage out of sight and out of mind on

your glamping site, campsite or holiday let.

GLAMPSAN

0800 999 6010

info@glampsan.com

www.glampsan.com

Glampsan supplies solutions for capturing,

managing, storing and pumping water and waste

at off-grid glamping, camping, and caravan sites.

Whether you are just starting up or are expanding

your business, we advise you and provide waste

capture tanks, sewage lifting stations, composting

loos, sewage treatment plants and much more. At

Glampsan we have you covered!

SANIFLO

020 8842 0033

sales@saniflo.co.uk

www.saniflo.co.uk

Saniflo is a leading supplier of pumps and lifting stations

for domestic and commercial settings. The range of

Sanifos underground pump stations are particularly

suitable for glamping, camping and caravanning sites

that require a reliable waste discharge solution. Sited

underground and with multiple connection points, the

Sanifos range offers tank sizes between 110l and 1300l

and pumps waste vertically and horizontally to mains

drains, water treatment plants or septic tanks.

GROUNDSCREWS4U (GS4U)

07803 084232

andy@ gs4u.co.Uk

www.gs4u.co.Uk

Groundscrews are an eco-friendly, no hassle, cost

effective way to replace concrete foundations. They

also give a building longevity with good air flow

under the main subframe. Using groundscrews will

save time and money. Contact us today to find out

how we can work together on your project.

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CASE STUDY

Fledgling Farm Campsite,

Staffordshire

Product: Elsan Tipping Point and 750 gallon

waste tank

Supplier: Glampsan. 0800 999 6101

01922 687545, info@glampsan.com,

www.glampsan.com

When Anthony and Ruth Key researched

waste solutions for their up and coming

camping and caravan site in Eccleshall,

Staffordshire, they visited Glampsan’s stand

at the Farm Business Innovation Show.

They were really impressed by the range of

products and the knowledge and expertise

of the friendly team, who were able to

recommend a solution.

They soon settled for the combination of

the Elsan Tipping Point and 750 gallon flat

tank, which was easy to use, simple to fit and

to keep clean. With the choice made, ordered

and delivered, they set about creating a

setting that was aesthetically pleasing,

complete with easy access.

“The team at Glampsan were friendly,

knowledgeable and extremely helpful,” says

Anthony. “Their plastic waste tank and Elsan

Tipping Point are the perfect solution for our

campsite.”

“It was a pleasure to provide Anthony

and Ruth with the ideal solution,” says

Glampsan’s Jon Trelfa. “Whether it’s

composting loos, waste tanks, sewage lifting

stations or treatment plants, we have it all.”

CASE STUDY

Glamping pods,

Lincolnshire

Product: Sanifos 610 pump station

Supplier: Saniflo, 020 8842 0033, sales@

saniflo.co.uk, www.saniflo.co.uk

A Sanifos 610 was specified by a ‘pick your

own’ fruit farm in Lincolnshire to provide

the drainage for four new glamping pods.

The pods, sited adjacent to an existing 10

pitch caravan site, were installed in a field

that was 70m from the septic tank and

needed a pumping solution to discharge

the waste across a lawn and into the

recently upgraded septic tank serving the

farmhouse.

The unit is installed underground and

has sufficient connection points for the

waste from each pod to drain into the

612-litre tank which has two pumps that

work alternately to ensure even wear of the

motors. The Sanifos starts automatically

thanks to three floats installed in the tank

and quietly pumps incoming waste away

through the discharge pipework which is

buried underground. A smart control is

installed in its own housing next to the pods

for easy checking of the unit’s status at all

times, and this works in conjunction with an

alarm for early warning of any issues.

Infrastructure

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Landscape & Exteriors

SPOTLIGHT

PERFO GROUND REINFORCEMENT

01992 522797

info@perfo.co.uk

www.perfo.co.uk

The PERFO system of interlocking PE tiles provides

a durable solution for permeable parking, access

tracks, pathways and hardstandings. The tiles can

be easily embedded directly into existing grass,

greening over in a short time, or can be installed

into a bedding layer of crushed stone with or

without a sub-base. Seeded soil can be mixed with

the stone for a natural, green appearance.

FFC LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS

01782 791506

ffclandscapearchitects@gmail.com

www.ffc-landscapearchitects.co.uk

Helping you to develop the best out of your site,

creating a special place through landscape design,

improvements and visual enhancements. Services

include garden design, visual impact studies,

arboricultural surveys and tree impact appraisals, pre

development landscape studies, landscape mitigation

proposals, landscape management and development,

historic garden conservation plans, external works plans,

hard landscape design and expert witness reports.

STIGA

0800 669 6326

www.stigalawnmowers.co.uk

The STIGA Estate Pro 9122 XWSY combines an

expansive 122cm cutting-width with a positively

cavernous 360-litre grass-collector, and with

four-wheel-drive it is hard to beat when it comes

to large-area work-rate. Its 3-in-1 design, whereby

you can choose to collect, mulch or rear-discharge,

confers the sort of versatility that’s essential for the

management of varying grass-conditions.

MUDCONTROL

01536 669630

sales@mudcontrol.co.uk

www.mudcontrol.co.uk

We supply durable, ecologically sound products made

of 100% recycled plastic, which come with a rock solid

20 year warranty.

Mudcontrol slabs are heavy-duty, porous, removable, reusable

hard-standing, designed to go straight onto the

mud with minimal to no ground preparation.

For pathways, parking, anywhere you have a mud

problem, these are the solution.

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ADVICE

Landscape Design

The role of landscape design in creating

exemplary glampsites

Landscape design can have a large impact on a glamping site as

the surroundings play a key role in client experience. In an ideal

scenario, the natural landscape and setting would not need any

work at all, after all we are trying to get away from man-made

and manicured surroundings. If the surroundings are a little

sparse, tame or visible, this is where landscape design can be

invaluable.

When seeking planning permission, landscape design can be

a valuable tool when negotiating the visual impact of a build,

especially in the more sensitive areas. With requirements for

developments to now result in biodiversity and environment net

gain, landscape design can also play a key role in enhancement

programs for land such as tree planting, wild-flower meadow,

and habitat creation. This will also boost the selling points and

the credentials of a site to the consumer making it a win win for

environment and the guest experience.

Once you have picked a spot on your land, then you can

begin to structure the layout of the site. Bear in mind the

direction of the prevailing wind, especially in exposed areas

and when using canvas structures. If there is a natural wind

barrier that you can utilise, such as a hedge or trees, then do so,

otherwise you may want to think about creating one

If your site is on a hillside and the ground is unsuitable to

set up on, then you will need to think about creating a level

platform to build upon. Before undertaking earthworks, it

is important to remember that the ideal look and setting is

a natural one, therefore working with the natural lines and

contours of the ground is especially important.

When it comes to orientation, think about what you can see

from different parts of each accommodation unit’s site. This also

goes for others in close proximity. Ideally, they would be spaced

as far apart as possible, however, if this is not possible, then

landscaping can give the illusion of greater privacy.

LITTLE BLACK BOOK

TOP TIPS

Early professional advice can be invaluable, not only for

planning advice, visual impact assessments and ecology but in

order to maximise the potential of your site’s natural features.

Case Study

Woodland Lodge &

Spa Retreat, Cheshire

Services: Concept review and full

landscape design, master-plan and

site liaison

Supplier: FFC Landscape

Architects, 01782 791506,

ffclandscapearchitects@gmail.com,

www.ffc-landscapearchitects.co.uk

The client we worked with had

owned a large woodland with

glades and open grass areas. The

original plan was to build high

quality lodges, glamping pods and

ultimately a woodland spa building

and facilities. He got to understand

that getting the right advice at an

early stage can be invaluable, after a

couple of gentle warnings from the

local planning authority.

Landscape involvement looked

at the critical views in and out of the

site and sensitivity to neighbouring

properties. Significant pre-emptive

landscape planting was installed, so

that it matured as the development

happened in stages.

Initially, he needed to look at

access to the site and if that could

be made without having to create

a new access or inconvenience his

neighbours – avoiding planning

objections.

After preliminary investigations

into providing services to the site,

we looked at the visual impact

that the project may have and, on

the strength of that, developed a

master-plan which was approved

at various appeals for a total of 52

lodges.

Landscape & Exteriors

MEET THE EXPERT

Edward Busby is a co-founder of Crown and Canopy which

specialises in designing and building complete glamping

sites and bespoke spaces. It also provides a comprehensive

consultancy and design service to farms and estates,

providing feedback reports and full appraisals based on

the potential of their land. www.crownandcanopy.co.uk

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TENSILE STRUCTURES

TENSILE STRUCTURES

BOUTIQUE CAMPING

0203 319 1315

info@boutiquecamping.com

www.boutiquecamping.com

Fusing glam with adventure and aesthetic with

practicality, Boutique Camping boasts a range of

globally-recognised exclusive tent and stove designs

that rank the company as one the UK’s leading and

most trusted camping retailers. Elevate your business

and give your stock the same credibility, luring in

guests all year round by offering unique glamping

structures made to make memories in!

BCT OUTDOORS

01274 728469

info@bctoutdoors.com

www.bctshop.co.uk

Ever since Lord Baden Powell created the Scout

movement back in 1908, BCT has been producing

tents of excellence. It invests heavily in R&D and uses

traditional skills at its factory in Bradford.

Its range of canvas glamping accommodation

includes premium bell tents in four sizes, safari tents,

yurts and ‘pods’.

BCT also offers a wash, proof and repair service.

MONGOLIAN YURTS

07974 139078

fred@mongolianyurts.co.uk

www.mongolianyurts.co.uk

Our handcrafted traditional yurts are delivered

direct from Mongolia to Mid Wales. We then design

a bespoke canvas and treat the structure, ready to

withstand the infamous British climate.

We have a range of sizes and features to create a

magical yurt unique to you and your needs. Ideal for

outdoor space, glampsites or unique holiday lets.

BOND FABRICATIONS

01453 767171

enquiries@bondfabrications.co.uk

www.bondfabrications.co.uk

British design and manufacture of bespoke

structures including luxury safari tents and a wide

variety of bespoke tensile structures. All tents are

made with robust steel or aluminium frames, high

performance outdoor fabrics and include structural

engineers reports. Leading UK supplier to the

outdoor hospitality industry for over 30 years helping

clients create unique, luxury, custom structures for

premium visitor experiences.

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Case Study

The Paddock

Ramsbottom,

Lancashire

Product: Yurts and safari tent

Supplier: BCT Outdoors, 01274

728469, info@bctoutdoors.com,

www.bctshop.co.uk

TENSILE STRUCTURES

Case Study

Bally Brook Farm, Virginia

Product: Star Bell Emperor

Supplier: Boutique Camping, 0203 319 1315, info@

boutiquecamping.com, www.boutiquecamping.com

Established in 2010 and successfully stamping their

meticulous mark across the UK’s most established

outdoor businesses, globally renowned tent

manufacture Boutique Camping is proud to now

represent a growing US based clientele, featuring

uniquely innovative set-ups in majestic landscapes.

New and highly ranked in Boutique’s respected

trade list is ‘Bally Brook Farm’, a luxury retreat home to

the exclusively designed ‘Star Bell Emperor’ glamping

structure. Pitched perfectly on elevated decking and

overseeing unparalleled views of a 120 year old farm

nestled in Virginia, this impressive setup effortlessly

embodies a fusion of ‘rustic luxury’ and ‘wild wellness’.

“The dream behind building Bally Brook was to

offer couples (or solo adventurers with their best pup)

a unique accommodation experience for an intimate

escape. Transporting you to a thoughtfully designed

space immersed in the beauty of the Shenandoah

Valley. The form and function of the Star Emperor Bell

tent from Boutique Camping elevated our vision from

a bespoke camping spot to a premier off-grid luxury

retreat!”

With staggering success accumulated in their first

year of business, the future for Bally Brook Farm looks

just as bright as it does boutique!

With over 120 years of proud British

manufacturing and design heritage

already to our name, we are now

one of Great Britain’s last remaining

tent manufacturers.

We supplied The Paddock

Ramsbottom with yurts and a safari

tent. Both structures are made for

commercial use throughout all

seasons.

The 420gms Tencate Campshield

canvas is 40cm water column

water, rot and mildew proofed and

inherently fire retardant. Our yurts

feature three round windows with

outside rain covers and the whole

structure can be lifted, moved and

relocated by four people without

any need to break down. A separate

inner tent roof and walls are

machine washable and roof and wall

insulation available.

Our all season safari tent provides

decadent living for the whole family

and can be erected in three hours by

two people.

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SOLID STRUCTURES

SPOTLIGHT

CASTLES CAREY

07714 754378

sales@castles-carey.co.uk

www.castles-carey.co.uk

Jeffrey Carey has been designing and building

adventure areas, treehouses, log cabins and ropebridges

for private and commercial clients since

2000. In this time his tight-knit, can-do team has

created wonderful, well-built, sturdy structures

that bring joy to children, parents, schools, visitors

to gardens and woodlands and glamping guests

all over the UK and beyond.

ENCHANTED CREATIONS

01252 561060

sales@enchantedcreations.co.uk

www.enchantedcreations.co.uk

We design and construct imaginative habitats and

retreats for the staycation and luxury glamping

market, from treehouse accommodation to bespoke,

luxury cabins and hideaways which blend in with the

landscape. Part of the Leisure Design Projects Group,

our turnkey, design-led approach focuses on creating an

extraordinary guest experience, from feasibility to design

and construction on-site.

MAC CABINS

0800 999 1564

help@maccabins.co.uk

www.maccabins.co.uk

Whether you are looking to start, expand or

diversify your existing leisure business, MAC Cabins

offers the widest selection of log cabins, glamping

pods, timber lodges and small homes/tiny houses.

Based in the South West, with over 30 years’

experience in the holiday/leisure and construction

industries, providing sustainable buildings. MAC

Cabins actively promotes sustainable tourism.

SLOPE SPACES

07526 204760

hello@slopespaces.com

www.slopespaces.com

Slope Spaces, an innovative space that mixes

flexibility with practicality at an affordable price.

Our ‘Big Brother’ is building regulations compliant

and the contemporary design slips into any

landscape. Our maintenance free exterior is eye

catching, with a modern and practical timber

canvas to the interior to allow you to put your own

stamp on the finish.

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SPOTLIGHT

SOLID STRUCTURES

THE QUBE ECO TINY HOMES

01604 785786

ecotinyhomes@theqube.co.uk

www.thequbeecotinyhomes.co.uk

Northamptonshire based modular building

experts The Qube have launched a range of

stylish, sustainable, and affordable holiday

accommodation. Pairing contemporary design

with robust build quality, their tiny homes are

relocatable and make maximum use of minimal

space. Eco-accommodation is the future, and the

models in this range are great investments.

LOGSPAN

01389 734572

info@logspan.com

www.logspan.com

Our unique glamping structures are incredible

value for money while being constructed from

quality, sustainably grown, Northern Spruce.

Perfect for start-ups or upgrading your site, you

should expect to return a profit within the first year.

Based on a Finman Sleeper Cabin at £50 rental per

night at only 50% occupancy.

We can provide a full range of structures.

CEDAR TREE PODS

01978 800988

info@cedartreepods.co.uk

www.cedartreepods.co.uk

Cedar Tree Pods is an award-winning family

business based in North Wales making stunning

glamping pods and bespoke builds for glamping

start-ups and businesses. We pride ourselves on

quality and use only the very best materials and

craftsmanship. That is why all of our builds have a

10 year structural warranty as standard. If you want

top quality, then look no further!

ECOLODGIC

01603 339089

info@ecolodgic.com

www.ecolodgic.com

Ecolodgic supply high quality glamping lodges

tailor made to your specifications for year round

use. With 150mm thick walls made from durable

and sustainable UK grown Douglas Fir our lodges

last a lifetime and more. Available in flat pack, log

shell and turnkey packages, we have a variety of

models to choose from.

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SOLID STRUCTURES

SPOTLIGHT

HAZELWOOD HUTS

07398 144736

paul@hazelwoodhuts.co.uk

www.hazelwoodhuts.co.uk

Hazelwood Huts is a family owned business based

in South Wales that prides itself on designing and

manufacturing the highest quality bespoke glamping

and shepherd huts for glamping, gardens and

workspaces. Hazelwood builds traditional shepherd

huts for use as home offices, garden rooms, man

caves/playrooms. Fully road legal towable shepherd

huts and luxurious bespoke glamping huts are perfect

for holiday businesses.

PODZ R US

07767 733044

info@podzrus.com

www.podzrus.com

The UK staycation market is set to soar again this

year, and Podz R Us are well-placed to provide new

or existing glamping site owners with a bespoke

service that sets us apart.

Podz R Us are ready to support our clients who

want a high-quality product that delivers on value.

Check out our pods at www.podzrus.com

Case Study

Podiau Uwch Y Dyffryn,

North Wales

Product: Five luxury pods

Supplier: Cedar Tree Pods, 01978

800988, info@cedartreepods.co.uk,

www.cedartreepods.co.uk

Cedar Tree Pods supplied five luxury pods

all with private hot tubs looking down

towards the Vale of Clwyd for glampsite

Podiau Uwch Y Dyffryn.

These stylish, detached, contemporary

pods enjoy an idyllic, elevated location

in the small village of Llanelidan with far

reaching Welsh countryside views. Set on

a working sheep farm, they benefit from

an open-plan living space, a separate

bunk bedroom and a walk-in shower.

They provide everything you need for a

comfortable glamping

experience, sleeping four

to six people comfortably.

Dafydd from Podiau Uwch Y Dyffryn

said: “Cedar Tree Pods have been very easy

to deal with from the beginning. Offering

advice, giving ideas and recommendations.

The quality of the pods are excellent.

Everything is as they promised. We would

highly recommend using Cedar Tree Pods

to anyone looking to start or expand a

glamping business.”

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Case Study

Elsay May, Ayrshire

Product: Four glamping cabins and

hot tub gazebos

Supplier: Logspan, 01389 734572, info@

logspan.com, www.logspan.com

Glampsite Elsay May wanted four unique,

luxury, glamping cabins as well as hot tub

gazebos. All structures needed to sit well

with the landscape and offer kitchen and

bathroom facilities.

“Elsay May felt the quality and

finish of the Finman range was

perfect and purchased four Finman

Retreats and four Finman Shelters

to start their glamping business”

Elsay May felt the quality and finish of the

Finman range was perfect and purchased

four Finman Retreats and four Finman

Shelters to start their glamping business.

With the Retreats offering a blank canvas

it allowed Elsay May to furnish their cabins

with locally sourced wooden furniture

including a large wooden bed with thistle

carvings, dining table and chairs and kitchen

units. This resulted in each cabin being

having its own characteristics.

Owners Margaret, Malcolm and Maureen

are delighted with the results. They

commented that Elsay May has been fully

booked for a number of weeks and that the

cabins are returning a great ROI. They have

already started looking at expanding the

site, much earlier than expected.

Case Study

Stouslie Snugs,

Roxburghshire

Product: Glass fronted glamping pods

Supplier: Podz R Us, 07767 733044, info@

podzrus.com, www.podzrus.com

When Carly and Stewart, of Stouslie Snugs,

started their journey to open a glamping site,

Podz R Us were delighted to be chosen as

designer and manufacturer. We have pods

all across the UK, and it was great to help

Stouslie Snugs move their project from idea

to reality.

Podz R Us worked with Stouslie Snugs on

a number of design revisions to create a pod

that met every requirement. We’ve called this

new pod The Munro, featuring full ensuite,

kitchen, double bed and seating area with

sofa-bed. The end result is stunning, glassfronted

glamping pods that make the most

of Stouslie’s landscaped environment and

incredible views across the rolling Border

hills.

Carly said: “Starting up any glamping

site is a huge investment but for us it was

important to secure our farm’s future

through diversification. Working with Podz R

Us was our pleasure and they helped make

this journey that little bit easier. Andrew was

open to our ideas and always found a way to

make them happen. The end result speaks

for itself... a beautifully-crafted, luxurious

timber glamping pod.”

SOLID STRUCTURES

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Facilities

SPOTLIGHT

REWORKSHOP

07714 719441

reworkshopwales@gmail.com

www.reworkshopwales.co.uk

Reworkshop is launching a stack of new products

for 2022 designed and built by craftsmen in Wales,

with a huge emphasis on sustainability, easy use

and value for money. The Primo XL is the largest of

their Outhouses, giving room for an incorporated

sawdust box and a sink or urinal. Call for bespoke

design and installation off the beaten track.

THE LOG COMPANY

01748 889303

kirami@thelogcompany.com

www.thelogcompany.com

The Log Company is the main UK reseller of Kirami,

Europe’s largest manufacturer of wood-fired hot

tubs and saunas. Our experts provide support

and advice from package types to delivery

and installation. You will also find a number of

showrooms available for appointments throughout

the UK. The main showroom in North Yorkshire

showcases eight hot tub packages among other

outdoor living products.

PROSMOKE BBQ

01295 981580

sales@prosmokebbq.co.uk

www.prosmokebbq.co.uk

ProSmoke’s Team of BBQ experts offers a wide

range of premium outdoor cooking equipment,

from large commercial smokers for onsite catering,

to a range of smaller BBQ’s for tents, pods,

shepherds huts etc, along with regular charcoal and

wood deliveries.

Consultancy can be offered with any equipment

purchased, to assist you in increasing revenue for

your glamping site.

CHEEKY MONKEY TREEHOUSES

01403 732452

info@cheekymonkeytreehouses.com

www.cheekymonkeytreehouses.com

Imagine the delight on the faces of families that turn

up to your site on spying a treehouse den especially

for kids. The Cheeky Monkey team has over 20 years’

experience delivering the stuff of dreams for little

ones and as a site owner, you’ll enjoy a personal

treehouse consultation service, hand-drawn 3D

illustrations and the highest level of craftsmanship.

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Case Study

Bunker Down Glamping,

Oxfordshire

Product: PK Grills and Cactus Jack smoker

Supplier: ProSmoke BBQ, 01295 981580,

sales@prosmokebbq.co.uk, www.

prosmokebbq.co.uk

Facilities

Joe Gibbs, owner of Bunker Down Glamping

in Oxfordshire, has worked with ProSmoke

throughout 2021.

“We initially had fire pits on site for

cooking, and we quickly found guests

struggled to cook over an open fire

effectively. Controlling the heat when woodfired

cooking is quite difficult, not to mention

the safety risk to children and pets.

“After speaking to ProSmoke they

suggested we offer the guests a BBQ to cook

on. They delivered us several PK Grills and

a Cactus Jack smoker, along with a pallet of

premium instant light charcoal which they

replenish through the year. This solution

worked perfectly, it was an instant hit. The

guests purchased charcoal and cooked

food on the BBQs using simple cooking

instructions provided by ProSmoke.”

ProSmoke’s range of premium BBQs

are built to last and require very little

maintenance.

Case Study

Waggoners Campsite at

Hampton Estate, Surrey

Product: Composting toilets and firepits

Supplier: Reworkshop Off Grid & Camping,

07714 719441, reworkshopwales@gmail.com,

www.reworkshopwales.co.uk

Waggoners Campsite is 100% environmentally

friendly. Its owners have gone to every

effort to make sure this campsite has zero

environmental footprint, including specifying

bespoke compostable toilets from Reworkshop.

Handmade sustainably with care and

attention to detail in Wales, the outhouses

were perfect for this pop-up site, being easily

movable. They were first delivered to a different

part of the estate where they were utilised at an

open farm event before being transported to

the campsite.

Reworkshop also supplied Frontier

Fireplaces, which were initially designed for

use in campsites, parks and public spaces to

help prevent damage and grass fires caused by

disposable BBQs and mis-managed campfires.

Equally at home in a garden or outside space,

they are designed and built to be virtually

indestructible. Using thick gauge steel, these

fireplaces/firepits will last many years and are

pretty much vandal proof, especially when

secured to a surface.

The Frontier Fireplace can be securely fixed

to any flat surface, or left freestanding, and is

also available with carry handles and either a

stainless steel or cast iron grill.

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ADVICE

Sustainable Design

Sustainability

The principles of sustainable design for tourist accommodation with learnings from The National Forest

Sustainability is made up of

a complex and diverse set of

issues, but the National Forest

Company, in consultation

with architects Arboreal and

glamping consultants Crown

& Canopy, has identified seven

design principles to help create

exemplary sustainable tourist

accommodation.

The design guide is a call to

action to landowners, developers,

operators and investors to

join the National Forest – 200

square miles of newly planted

woodlands, farmland and

ancient forests across central

England – in creating a new

wave of sustainable tourism

accommodation.

Here we outline the main

learnings from the guide,

which can be applied to the

wider glamping industry to

create developments that

sit harmoniously with their

landscape, community and

guests, as well as contributing to

carbon reduction.

The design guide advises

readers to see these ideas as a

‘menu of options’ to be used

according to the needs of a

project and in line with ambition

and budget. The principles

are scalable and have been

developed to complement other

technical sustainability standards

including BREEAM and the Living

Building Challenge.

Download the guide at

www.nationalforest.org for

comprehensive explanations

and examples of each of the

principles. Below is a summary

and food for thought.

1. DEVELOP IN HARMONY WITH

THE FOREST CHARACTER

• Design to enhance forest

character

• Site buildings sensitively

• Engage with local history and

vernacular design

• Bring nature into interior

designs

2. DESIGN FOR HEALTH AND

WELLBEING

• Encourage active lifestyles

• Support mental wellbeing

• Encourage a connection with

others

• Strengthen connections with

the forest

• Ensure comfort for everyone

• Make the forest accessible

3. SUPPORT THE FOREST

COMMUNITY AND ECONOMY

• Create connections with your

neighbours

• Become part of a tourism

network

• Tell the National Forest story

• Inspire guests through

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“The design guide advises readers to see these ideas as

a ‘menu of options’ to be used according to the needs of

a project and in line with ambition and budget.”

CROWN & CANOPY

Sustainability

NFC/STUDIO ARCHETYPE

• Use or generate your own

renewable electricity

• Minimise carbon emissions for

secondary space heating

• Buy low carbon products

• Encourage low carbon transport

6. INTEGRATE WITH NATURE

• Understand your local

environment

• Promote space for nature

• Plant more trees

• Build for wildlife

7. MANAGE WATER WISELY

• Use mains water sparingly

• Change water use habits

• Use rainwater for irrigation

• Consider on-site wastewater

treatment

• Manage foul water sustainably

• Manage rainwater equitably and

sustainably

sustainable design

• Host forest activity groups

4. BUILD ETHICALLY AND

SUSTAINABLY

• Use low carbon construction

• Use natural materials

• Source materials responsibly

• Reuse and reclaim existing materials

• Assess your project’s life cycle

• Design for disassembly and longevity

• Reduce construction waste

• Invest in professional support

5. PROMOTE CARBON EMISSION

FREE HOLIDAYS

• Lower the energy use of your

buildings

• Thermal retrofit

CROWN & CANOPY

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Sustainability

CASE STUDY

Larkhill Tipis and

Yurts, Ceredigion

Having lived off-grid for over 25 years,

the owners of Larkhill Tipis and Yurts

take sustainability seriously. Harnessing

wind, water and solar power to generate

electricity, they promote low carbon

holidays in their colourful yurts and tipis.

The site is completely organic. All

cleaning products are ethically sourced

and eco-friendly (as are the complimentary

guest toiletries). No fertilisers (other than

homemade compost) or insecticides are

used on the land. There are compost

toilets as well as flushable ones with a reed

bed system used to naturally filter foul

water from the septic tank. And with all

food waste turned into compost to grow

vegetables, recycling is made easy.

The site is nestled beautifully within

the forest and wildlife is well looked after.

From woodland and hedgerow planting

to pond creation and leaving deadwood,

there’s plenty of space for nature to

flourish and a flock of rare breed sheep

help to manage the land.

LARKHILL TIPIS AND YURTS

CASE STUDY

Stargazers Wagon,

Herefordshire

Renovated from its early circus days

into a luxurious living space, Stargazers

Wagon is an excellent example of a

repurposed structure. The whole site

(including two timber cabins and the

owner’s cottage) is entirely off-grid, and

the wagon is inherently low impact and

well insulated which reduces energy use.

The 27-foot wagon sits within a

five-acre ancient wildflower meadow.

It’s grazed just once a year to enhance

biodiversity and the rest of the site is

kept wild to provide plenty of space for

nature.

Native tree planting and hedgerow

management creates habitat for small

mammals and birds. Fruit trees provide

food sources for birds as well as humans,

and the log piles dotted around are great

for reptiles and mammals.

Solar energy powers the low wattage

LED lights indoors. To minimise the

impact on bats and other wildlife, and

enhance the dark sky experience for

guests, there’s no outdoor lighting.

The experience of the trailer extends

outside with rustic timber decking,

seating and hot tub offering long views

of the open countryside. The minimal

interior is true to the nature of trailer

living, offering a back-to-basics appeal

for visitors.

CANOPY & STARS

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FOREST HOLIDAYS

Case Study

Forest Holidays, UK wide

Forest Holidays offers cabin holidays in 11

locations across the UK. For

45 years it has worked in

partnership with Forestry

England, Forestry and

Land Scotland, and

Natural Resources

Wales to provide

authentic experiences

in British forests.

Nature is central

to its business ethos.

Forest Holidays’ revenue

helps sustain the forests and its

Conservation Fund supports around 30 UK wide

conservation projects. It’s committed to improving

the biodiversity of sites and carries out extensive

monitoring and enhancement programmes with

its forest rangers and local Wildlife Trusts. Onlocation

education programmes led by trained

forest rangers encourage guests of all ages to learn

about the forest and wildlife around them.

Wellbeing is also a key part of the experience.

It’s the only holiday company in the UK with team

members trained in the ancient Japanese art of

shinrin-yoku or forest bathing.

The timber built cabins use pile foundations to

nestle into the forest environment in a low impact

manner, while spacious outdoor decking and large

window panels integrate the outdoor and indoor

spaces.

Forest Holidays is the first self-catering holiday

company of its type to have a bespoke BREEAM

scheme with BRE. Cabins are built with health and

wellbeing in mind, with plenty of natural light and

space, and everything is done to minimise impact

on the forest and the wider environment.

Case Study

Puckshipton

Treehouse, Wiltshire

Puckshipton Treehouse offers an authentic

treehouse experience. The site is entirely

off-grid and with no vehicle access

within three miles of the site, guests are

encouraged to hike or cycle the six miles

from the train station.

The beautiful timber structure is made

up of a sleeping pod, decked area and

mini lounge all suspended in the trees and

reached by a fluted walkway. A compost

toilet, outdoor shower, cooking hut and

firepit are at ground level and guests collect

their own firewood from the woodland.

Water for washing and cooking can be

heated over the open fire. Ecotoiletries are

provided to ensure no chemicals enter the

system, and lighting is provided in the form

of solar power and candles.

The owner, James, is an arboriculturist,

who is passionate about sustainability

and woodlands. He built Puckshipton

Treehouse, creating an experience that’s

truly wild and truly self-sufficient. The

treehouse blends into the woodland and

there is limited phone signal, leaving

guests to experience nature in its fullness,

whether that’s by lying in a hammock

listening to the wind in the trees or cooking

over an open fire.

CANOPY & STARS

Sustainability

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Interiors

SPOTLIGHT

COIR STORE

07884 303082

andy@coirstore.co.uk

wwwcoirstore.co.uk

Importers and purveyors of premium quality coir

matting for all glamping and event structures. A

durable, hard wearing product, chemical free and

naturally flame retardant with insulating properties.

Delivery is free on all orders within the UK mainland.

We deliver throughout the British Isles and further

afield if required. Trade enquiries welcome.

KINEDO

020 8842 0033

info@kinedo.co.uk

www.kinedo.co.uk

Kinedo manufactures a range of self-contained

shower cubicles that are perfect for tourist

accommodation including pods, cabins, washroom

facilities etc. Easy to install, each integrated cubicle

includes internal and external panels, door, tray,

shower valve and head and all fixtures and fittings.

Ideal for timber framed buildings.

MARQUEE FLOORS BY WILLIAM ARMES

01787 372988

info@marqueefloors.co.uk

www.marqueefloors.co.uk

Marquee Floors supplies traditional high-quality

matting for use in marquees, party tents and

exhibitions. From DandyDura – the market leading

polypropylene matting for marquee flooring in the

UK, through to DandyCoco, DandyWeave, Likelawn

Artificial Grass and some essential glamping and

sundry products. We have a range of products to

ensure that your event or structure has the perfect

finishing touch.

WILD HART

07971 869058

nick@wild-hart.co.uk

www.wild-hart.co.uk

Making your glamping unit unique will add pleasure

your guests won’t forget. Bespoke furniture is one

way to create a very special place. We tailor designs

to suit your requirements and, using sustainable local

timber, make something that will be remembered.

From solid wood beds to feature shelving, we can

help create something amazing that looks great and

functions well.

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ADVICE

Elements of Design

Laura Fredericks outlines the

seven elements of interior

design

1. Colour. Use psychology

to choose colours – cool

colours like blue and green

promote relaxation and calm

and are great for bedrooms

and bathrooms. Use purple

for sophistication and luxury

especially when paired with

greys or metallics. Light colours

make rooms feel more spacious

and dark colours add intimacy.

2. Space. This includes

the overall size of the

accommodation and the

intersection between positive

(furnished) and negative

(empty) space.

3. Texture. Texture adds depth

and intrigue and can completely

transform a space. It’s present

just about everywhere, from

walls and curtains to chairs and

pillows.

4. Pattern. Similar to texture,

patterns have the ability to

make or break the overall vibe

of a room.

5. Lines. Lines tell people

where to look and add a sense

of direction to a space. They’re

broken down into horizontal,

vertical, and dynamic, and

include everything from tables

and chairs to windows and

LITTLE BLACK BOOK

TOP TIPS

staircases.

6. Light. Similar to colour, light

– whether natural or humanmade

– helps set a mood. The

right lighting will make guests

feel relaxed, rejuvenated and

refreshed. The wrong lighting

can add to stress.

7. Form. Perhaps the most

general of all the interior design

elements, form refers to the

overall shape of a space and the

objects within it.

THINK ABOUT…

• Find your interior design

focus – how can you deliver

on your brand promise in a

visually-appealing way?

• Match form with function

– things should be easy to

use and understand, from

hooks and drawer pulls to

door handles, switches, and

faucets.

• Get inspired by your location

– this can be in the form of

materials, colours, period

styles, or decor pieces that

reference the destination.

• Futureproof – use movable

items and accessories to

reflect current trends.

• Find areas to highlight local

art and build bonds with the

local community.

Try an interior design app – Houzz, RoomScan Pro, Color911, and

Insplosion. Cvent Event Diagramming will also allow you to create

photo-realistic 3D renderings of your space down to the last detail.

Case Study

Holiday Home

Manufacturer,

Devon

Product: Shower cubicles

Supplier: Kinedo, 020 8842

0033, info@kinedo.co.uk,

www.kinedo.co.uk

One of the UK’s most renowned

holiday lodge suppliers, based

in Devon, teamed up with

Kinedo to provide integrated

shower cubicles for two

luxury holiday home models.

The larger lodges feature the

luxurious 1200x800 Kinemagic

Design with sliding doors in

the main bathroom and the

Kineprime Glass 800x800

recessed cubicle in an en-suite.

The smaller lodges feature

the family sized 1200x800

Kinemagic design in the single

bathroom.

Quick and simple to install

the cubicles feature easy-toclean

opaque glass internal

panels with Cristal Plus to all

glass surfaces to prevent dirt

and limescale build-up and

offer a luxury shower solution

for a top of the range holiday

lodge.

Interiors

MEET THE EXPERT

Laura Fredericks brings a decade of insight to improving marketing. She has experience starting and

scaling a business, driving customer marketing, and speaking at live events, including WeDC Fest

2018. She founded Describli and Paradigm Labs, and currently works with companies to improve their

customer relationship management and content strategy.

www.lightspire.co

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AGENCIES & BOOKINGS

SPOTLIGHT

QUALITY UNEARTHED

01348 830922

info@qualityunearthed.co.uk

www.qualityunearthed.co.uk

Employing Quality Unearthed to market your

property and book your accommodation gives

you immediate access to an existing customer

database and the benefit of our experience in

promotion. Despite these troubling times, we’re

still more than happy to take on your property.

We know what makes a great glamping structure

and holiday accommodation, and have proven

expertise in marketing the unusual.

WILDPOINT

07983 895455

hello@wildpoint.com

www.wildpoint.com

We empower landowners to monetise their land

for guests to discover and book stays with ease.

Use our platform to share your corner of the world

with campers and glampers; it only takes five

minutes to begin sharing your space and earning

money. There are no upfront listing fees and our

host commission is less than 10%.

UNIQUE HIDEAWAYS

01736 230140

hello@uniquehideaways.com

www.uniquehideaways.com

Established in 2013 and with a recent makeover

in 2021, we are a specialist marketing agency

for luxury glamping accommodation across the

UK. We provide free consultancy, helping you

from field to finish and beyond; it’s all part of our

unbeatable service. Our portfolio of hidden havens

is ever growing, reflecting our work to ensure your

hideaway is marketed to the highest standards.

GLAMPING HIDEAWAYS

01328 801387

enquiries@glampinghideaways.co.uk

www.glampinghideaways.co.uk/chooseglamping

Thanks to our growing portfolio of unique

locations, expert team of knowledgeable staff and

reputation for quality, Glamping Hideaways is a

great choice for those looking to get the most from

their glamping sites. We’re always on the lookout

for new, extraordinary locations and we will

ensure your glamping site is online, marketed and

bookable within two weeks.

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CASE STUDY

Copper Beech Glamping,

Staffordshire

Product: Letting Agency Services

Supplier: Quality Unearthed, 01348 830922,

info@qualityunearthed.co.uk,

www.qualityunearthed.co.uk

With their children showing little interest in

taking over the family farm, Steve and Tabitha

were concerned by what the future held for

their 86 acre estate. The physical toll of farming

combined with the uncertainty of future

support led them to explore their options for

diversification.

The tourism sector provided the logical

solution. After hours of extensive research,

they eventually settled on glamping, drawn

by the emphasis on nature along with the

comparatively low set-up costs.

Once their new venture neared completion,

Steve and Tabitha spoke to Quality Unearthed

– one of the UK’s few specialist glamping

agencies. They were able to provide the

support and platform to help their business hit

the ground running. Utilising their extensive

range of agency services, not to mention their

expert guidance amidst a global pandemic,

Steve and Tabitha were left to concentrate on

what mattered to them – the experience of

their guests, safe in the knowledge that their

financial future was secured.

CASE STUDY

Netherby Estate,

Cumbria

Service: Consultancy and marketing

Supplier: Canopy & Stars, 0117 204 7830,

ideas@canopyandstars.co.uk, www.

canopyandstars.co.uk

We’ve worked with Robert and his family

at Netherby since the launch of Netherby

Woodland Yurt on Canopy & Stars in 2014.

When they were looking for a follow-up

project, we toured their sheep-filled

parkland and assessed the site’s potential.

There was a perfect spot for a treehouse

and our industry insight and market

expertise gave them the confidence to

commit to the build.

Their treehouse achieves nightly rates

of £170-£300 and occupancy of over 80%.

We’re now helping them with an exciting

phase three!

Robert Graham from Netherby Estate

said: “Canopy & Stars couldn’t have been

more helpful from the beginning! They

were always available to discuss ideas and

provide us with examples of what guests

want. They gave us very accurate financial

figures on what similar treehouses made a

year, which made building Netherby a bit

of a no-brainer for us”.

AGENCIES & BOOKINGS

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AGENCIES & BOOKINGS

ADVICE

Promotion

Essential tips on letting your glamping

structure

So, you’ve set up your glampsite but what now?

Considering over 80 per cent of holidays are found

on the internet, you need to start building an online

presence. If you’re unable or unsure whether you can

do this yourself, get some help, there are plenty of

professionals who can guide you through.

In terms of content – it is important to create a

written copy of your story, which you can deploy in

various forms on websites, listings, publications,

and social media platforms. This is your chance

to elaborate on your theme and USP, but also an

opportunity to lay out every additional selling point

you may have. Remember to address your target

audience, so visualise the type of experience they

want to discover.

Be romantic and expressive without diverging

from the truth and try to create a real sense of

experience. Make sure you tie in events, things to do,

places of interest, restaurants, pubs, and anything

which is remotely relevant to the holiday.

It’s also vitally important from a search engine

optimisation (SEO) standpoint, because the more

authoritative things you mention, the greater

impact it will have on your Google search ranking.

Incorporate as many keywords or

search terms as possible, which will

further enhance your SEO.

PHOTOS

This is arguably the most important

factor in the whole process. Essentially,

your photos will sell your property and

as the competition increasingly hits

higher standards, they must be good!

The best photography captures something more

than just an inanimate object, it captures the real

essence of the experience. Night shots can also be a

great addition, with a crackling fire or twinkling stars

really exemplifying what glamping is all about.

It’s important to not misrepresent or ‘oversell’,

but your first pic or ‘hero shot’, should make you go

‘wow’. A great hero shot can double or even triple

your click through rate (CTR), vastly increasing the

number of visitors to your page.

ADVERTISING

Once you have an established website, you can start

driving traffic using Google advertising or pay per

click (PPC). In a nutshell, you will bid on keywords

or search terms relevant to your target audience, so

you appear at the top of the first Google page for that

search. Effective PPC also has an important timing

element. For example, more people book glamping

holidays on a Sunday or during bouts of good

weather. You can also tie in key holiday periods such

as Valentines or the summer holidays, which could

also improve your conversion rate.

AGENCIES

Even if you have a brilliant website, you might still

require additional help, particularly if you’re starting

up. You may want to enlist the help of a specialised

glamping agency. Agencies can help with everything

from copywriting, photography and creating a

theme, to your marketing approach and promotional

capabilities. They already have a dedicated

shop window for

showcasing similar

types of properties,

so offer an excellent

starting point for new

sites.

MEET THE EXPERT

Geno Cleal is a glamping expert at Quality Unearthed – a specialised glamping agency in Pembrokeshire.

Showcasing a range of unique and unusual holiday structures from safari tents to treehouses, Quality

Unearthed helps develop, market and promote glamping sites across the UK and France. www.

qualityunearthed.co.uk

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SPOTLIGHT

AGENCIES & BOOKINGS

THE WANDERLIST

info@thewanderlist.uk

www.thewanderlist.uk

The Wanderlist’s aim is to provide guests with luxury,

unique and inspiring accommodation from across

the UK while providing owners with an innovative

platform to advertise their properties and gain lots

of direct enquiries through professional and social

media marketing.

In a world of hungry commission driven travel

websites The Wanderlist strives to be personal,

passionate and always commission free.

CANOPY & STARS

0117 204 7830

ideas@canopyandstars.co.uk

www.canopyandstars.co.uk/

join-the-collection

The popularity of outdoor holidays is at an all-time

high and, as the UK’s leading glamping specialist, we

are the team to help you turn your wildest ideas into

a place to stay. We have over 10 years’ experience

as a dedicated glamping booking agent and are the

only company to offer a comprehensive consultancy

service including financial modelling, planning

permission advice, design and more.

PITCH AND CO

07736 380779

info@pitchandco.uk

www.pitchandco.uk

Pitch and Co is a collective of camping specialists

offering a comprehensive range of business

support for glampsites across the UK including

marketing and accountancy. Pitch and Co is

effectively a one-stop-shop of business services for

the industry.

Straight talking and non-corporate, the team can

offer invaluable advice on social media, websites,

photography, PR and communications.

RURAL ROOTS

www.rural-roots.co.uk

megan@rural-roots.co.uk

Public relations can be time consuming so to make

it as easy as possible, tourism PR specialist Rural

Roots Media has created a PR pack.

The pack is a download containing three ready to

go campaigns, including templated press releases,

social media copy and blog ideas, and a few secret

formulas to get your business noticed by the

mainstream press.

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CONSULTANTS & PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

SPOTLIGHT

TOWERGATE INSURANCE

0344 346 3270

commercialtradingchelt@towergate.co.uk

www.towergateinsurance.co.uk/glampinginsurance

Whether it be protection for glamping pods,

shepherd huts, safari tents or a site even more

unique, Towergate Insurance can offer flexible cover

for your glamping venue. With optional covers such

as employers’ or public liability, business interruption

and damage cover, speak to our specialist team to

create a policy tailored to your glamping site.

BUSINESSES FOR SALE

uk.businessesforsale.com

Born out of one man’s need to sell a business,

BusinessesForSale.com started in the mid-1990s

as an online bulletin board.

Since those early days, our passion for introducing

people who want to buy a business to those who

are selling a business has grown exponentially

along with the site – check out the Leisure

category for glampsites.

CROWN & CANOPY

info@crownandcanopy.co.uk

www.crownandcanopy.co.uk

Expert advice; we have extensive experience in the

glamping world and have provided development

and supporting services to landowners across the

UK and Europe.

Whether you’re just after some initial advice, or

would like us to support you on your glamping

journey, our services can take you from the outset

to completion. We work with and alongside farm

and estate owners, leading organisations, and

authorities.

ENCHANTED CREATIONS

01252 561060

sales@enchantedcreations.co.uk

www.enchantedcreations.co.uk

Enchanted Creations is passionate about providing

design-led and experience-based glamping

structures and alternative accommodation.

We are part of the Leisure Design Projects Group,

which means we can offer far more than just the

design and build of your accommodation, helping

with turnkey project management, masterplanning,

glamping feasibility studies, pre-planning and full

planning applications.

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ADVICE

Insurance

As glamping matures as an industry, so too are insurers’ attitudes to risk says

Towergate Insurance’s Joss Bentley

Glamping is a relatively young industry, and

in some respects still finding its feet. For some

business owners it presents a unique and

exciting potential to diversify their business,

however, it has presented challenges when it

comes to insurance and understanding the risk

in order to provide the right cover.

As the glamping industry matures,

underwriters are starting to learn more and

gain better insight into the risks, separating

glamping from standard holiday site insurance.

Although there is a way to go in terms of a full

understanding, the foundations are now in

place.

The key to making something insurable

is managing risk, thinking not only about

protecting your property but also limiting

the risk of liability. As yet, clear guidance on

this for glamping isn’t provided in the form of

regulation and legislation. There are currently

only a handful of insurers able to provide cover

for glamping sites. They can provide some

guidance to sites on what is insurable, such as

‘spread of risk’, but each insurer is different and

views risk differently.

With this in mind, at Towergate Insurance

there are some general guidelines that our

underwriters can work with. Simple things can

improve how your site is considered as a ‘risk’.

Here are some brief points to bear in mind:

distance of two meters away from fires, and

wood should be stored separately away from

stoves (not under or next to them)

• Your accommodation should be nonsmoking

with safe cigarette disposal

provided away from the structure, and

clearly indicated, such as a sand bucket

• Items such as fire pits and gas lanterns are

not popular with underwriters as they can

be hazardous to users, glamping structures

and the environment they are sited in, and

present a higher risk of accidents occurring.

Where you have any heating or live flames,

it is also essential to make sure you have

smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

installed

• Misuse and accidents are not the only

‘high risk’ you should consider, but also

the potential for storm damage. Insurers

will tend not to provide storm cover for

canvas constructed units as they’re more

susceptible to severe weather conditions. It

is recommended to use winter awnings for

protection, or ideally that units are taken

down and stored during the winter months

Insurers will want you to demonstrate you have

identified and are minimising risks. It is your

responsibility to your guests, as well as your

property, to limit any hazards.

CONSULTANTS & PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

• Spread of risk – have a minimum distance

between each glamping unit to minimise

any damage to one unit causing damage to

another

• Wood burners should be situated on a nonmetallic

(stone or similar) hard standing,

ideally in the middle of a structure

• Soft furnishings should be kept a minimum

*Towergate Insurance is a trading name of Towergate

Underwriting Group Limited. Registered in England

Company No. 4043759, Registered Office: 2 Minster

Court, Mincing Lane, London, EC3R 7PD. Authorised

and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

This can be checked on the FCA’s register by checking

the FCA website at www.fca.org.uk/register or by

contacting them on 0800 111 6768.

MEET THE EXPERT

Joss Bentley is part of the specialist team at Towergate Insurance*, offering glampsite owners

the protection and peace of mind to keep their businesses running smoothly. Towergate has

taken the time to understand the glamping market, tailoring cover to individual requirements

and specific risk. Get in touch about your glampsite www.towergateinsurance.co.uk

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Pop-up Glamping

SPOTLIGHT

LIFE UNDER CANVAS

07968 783325

hello@lifeundercanvas.co.uk

www.lifeundercanvas.co.uk

Life Under Canvas Made for Trade tents are perfect

for pop-up campsites, events, weddings and festivals.

An ideal solution for anyone looking for rental or

professional use, tents have fire retardancy to BS7837

plus extra features to provide you with a tough

hardwearing glamping structure.

Contact the friendly customer service team to discuss

discounts for bulk purchases.

WILD HARE EVENTS

07855 229568

info@wildhareevents.com

www.wildhareevents.com

Wild Hare Events is the largest supplier of Lotus

Belles in the UK and is partnered with a number of

other companies offering a complete one-stop-shop

for pop-up glampsites.

Its inventory includes a fleet of Lotus Belle tents and

interiors to sleep up to 300 people, and two Lotus

Mahal structures – perfect as a reception, bar, guest

lounge etc.

HONEYBELLS TENTS AND EVENTS

07817 672502

info@honeybells.co.uk

www.honeybells.co.uk

Established in 2010, we provide luxury tent hire

and sales to the event and glamping industries –

glampsites, festivals, weddings/parties, corporates

and even garden glamping! Whether you’re looking

for 10 or 300 tents, we have you covered. Honeybells

has proudly worked with many fantastic campsites,

venues, theme parks, temporary glamping projects

and individuals to offer our flexible long-term rental

hire packages.

HEARTHWORKS

01749 321210

info@hearthworks.co.uk

www.hearthworks.co.uk

Hearthworks have been making and supplying tipis

and yurts since 1999 and are the official tipi supplier to

Glastonbury Festival. With the pandemic taking its toll

on the festival and event industry, Hearthworks adapted

with the times and partnered with several beautiful

campsites around the UK to fulfil the growing demand

for glamping staycations. These range from romantic

getaways to family adventure holidays, showcasing the

beauty and diversity of the English countryside.

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ADVICE

Popping Up

Setting up a pop-up glampsite with advice

from the creator of Glastonbury’s Tipi Field

The pandemic has affected the event industry

more than most, with small independent

businesses adapting to survive. While larger scale

gatherings, like festivals, were forced to take a

hiatus, one of the areas of growth has been the

glamping sector. Here are my tips for setting up a

pop-up glampsite.

Location is key. For example, capitalising

on existing landscape features – beaches,

forests, local attractions. It could be an already

established holiday destination, a remote area

away from the crowds, or even very close to a

popular urban area with plenty of facilities.

The site-specific elements for setup all need

considering, especially access and water. Other

important considerations include parking,

pathways, drainage, electricity, recycling, waste

and Wi-Fi.

Tent camping is permissible for at least 28

days at one time (56 in 2021, and here’s hoping

for 2022…). However, exceptions exist, including

joining an organisation such as the Camping and

Caravanning Club or using garden land. You can

apply for planning permission for a campsite

licence, although it’s possible to start a temporary

campsite (for 42 consecutive days) with no licence

required.

BUY OR HIRE?

Should you buy in your accommodation or hire

it from a supplier? If you are DIY’ing it, keep

it as simple as possible – a small number of

units to start. Get to know and understand the

accommodation and learn how to maintain it.

For larger sites or something more high-end,

getting a supplier on board can be a great way to

hit the ground running and it allows you to focus

on other key elements, such as marketing or

hospitality.

Get to grips with potential pitfalls and

make sure everything is fully costed up. Under

budgeting overheads and running costs can

be disastrous. Be aware of hidden costs, eg.

transport to the laundry company. It’s easy to

underestimate the cost of staff such as cleaners

for the changeovers. If you skimp on these costs, it

can be inefficient and hurt your reputation.

Don’t rely on full-occupancy revenue as it can

be a crowded market in some areas. Keep an eye

on the competition’s prices and manage customer

expectations so they don’t have a disappointing

experience and leave bad reviews. Make sure

your marketing is clear, with any written text

and pictures. Build community relationships by

using local suppliers and staff to counteract any

complaints.

BOTTOM LINE

To make the glampsite project financially

sustainable, you will need to work out the cost of

your accommodation units, facilities and all the

other overheads. You can then decide what rate

to charge or even reconsider the number of units

available for rent as this will have quite an impact

on the revenue.

For example, if you have a 56-day glampsite

with 12 units with a predicted 75% occupancy

level, then on average eight units are rented out

per night. If the site costs come to £800 per night

then you could consider charging £150 per unit

per night to achieve a revenue of £1,200 per night,

which would be 1.5 times the cost. Over 56 nights

the total sales would be £67,200, the cost of sales

would be £44,800

and the profit

would be £22,400.

Not bad for two

months in the

fields!

Pop-up Glamping

MEET THE EXPERT

Tara Weightman is the founder of Hearthworks, the award-winning tipi and yurt makers who create

the famous Glastonbury Tipi Field. The company has been designing bespoke tipis and yurts in the

heart of Somerset since 1999 and supplies events, festivals and campsites with their structures.

www.hearthworks.co.uk

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DIRECTORY

FINANCE

FIT OUTDOOR FINANCE

07932 075754

mark@fitoutfinance.co.uk

www.fitoutfinance.co.uk

The only broker offering bespoke

funding for outdoor hospitality

equipment. Huge experience

and understanding – call for a

free, informal chat.

BONDSTONES

01823 210610

enquiries@bondstones.co.uk

www.bondstones.co.uk

Delivering creative solutions to the

most challenging scenarios. Call

today!

KPG DESIGN ASSOCIATES

01452 260110

enquiries@kpgdesignassociates.co.uk

www.kpgdesignassociates.co.uk

Comprehensive architectural and

planning services for the rural

community.

EXEMPT ORGANISATIONS

FREEDOM CAMPING CLUB

www.freedomcampingclub.org

A family orientated exempted

caravan and camping organisation.

THE GREENER CAMPING CLUB

www.greenercamping.org

Exempted camping organisation

representing some of the most ecofriendly

sites.

WOODLAND CHAMPIONS CLUB

www.woodlandchampions.co.uk

Approved exempted provider,

helping landowners start glampsites

and plant trees.

FRANCHISES

FOLK2FOLK

01566 773296

enquiries@folk2folk.com

www.folk2folk.com

Business loans to grow, diversify or

adapt.

Disclaimer: Your property against which

the loan is secured could be at risk if you

don’t meet payments. Your capital is at risk

and is not protected under the Financial

Services Compensation Scheme. FOLK-

2FOLK Ltd is authorised and regulated by

the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered

office: NUMBER ONE Business Centre, Western

Road, Launceston, Cornwall, PL15 7FJ.

MID WEST PLANNING

01952 276745 / 07779 785867

phil.plant@midwestplanning.co.uk

www.midwestplanning.co.uk

Planning and design consultants

to rural businesses, specialising

in lodge/camping sites, diversification

and agricultural development

in England and Wales.

AMBER’S BELL TENT CAMPING

ambersbelltents@hotmail.co.uk

www.ambersbelltents.co.uk

Franchise-opportunities

Join us and create a rewarding

business and lifestyle opportunity.

FURTHER.SPACE

028 9099 3499

info@further.space

www.further.space/partners

Partner with us and create a

sustainable tourism business.

PLANNING

WIGWAM HOLIDAYS

0131 450 7136

hello@wigwamholidays.com

www.wigwamholidays.com

Diversify your land with the UK’s #1

glamping franchise.

ACORUS RURAL PROPERTY

SERVICES

01392 873900 / 01284 753271

ask@acorus.co.uk

www.acorus.co.uk

A nationwide ‘one stop shop’

planning and design consultancy

advising rural businesses on all

forms of diversification in the

countryside.

STEPHEN LOCKE ASSOCIATES

01952 670106

info@stephenlockeassociates.co.uk

www.stephenlockeassociates.co.uk

A comprehensive portfolio of

services to guide you through

the complexity and variability

of land, property, planning and

environmental challenges.

WILDA CABINS

partner@wildacabins.com

www.wildacabins.com

Join us to create design-led back

to nature staycations on your

land. Low start-up costs and

industry leading support.

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INFRASTRUCTURE

LANDSCAPE & EXTERIORS

DIRECTORY

CARAVAN PARK ELECTRICAL

SERVICES

01790 753153

sales@cpes.co.uk

www.cpes.co.uk

Market leaders in the design,

manufacture and installation of

electrical distribution systems on

holiday, park home and touring

parks.

GROUNDSCREWS4U (GS4U)

07803 084232

www.gs4u.co.uk

Eco-friendly, cost-effective alternative

to concrete sub-base and

building regulations compliant.

Can be installed anywhere

regardless of ground conditions

and access.

FFC LANDSCAPE

ARCHITECTS

01782 791506

ffclandscapearchitects@gmail.com

www.ffc-landscapearchitects.co.uk

Landscape design enhances

and creates settings for your

development, assisting from

planning stages to making the

best of your site.

FUJICLEAN UK

07500 626463

info@fujiclean.co.uk

www.fujiclean.co.uk

Discrete, low odour, efficient

sewage treatment systems from

Japan. Tell us your sewage

problems and we would love

to help!

PORTABLE POWER

TECHNOLOGY

01474 761051

alicia@portablepowertech.com

www.portablepowertech.com

We are specialists in off-grid

power and offer a wide range of

solutions perfect for glamping.

Give us a call!

SANIFLO

ann.boardman@saniflo.co.uk

www.saniflo.co.uk

0208 842 0033

Manufacturer of domestic and

commercial pumps, macerators and

lifting stations.

FFC GARDENMAN

033 2008 333

sales@gardenman.co.uk

www.gardenman.co.uk

Immerse your guests in the outdoors

with our stunning garden

furniture, including casual and

formal sets fit for any occasion.

GLAMPSAN

0800 999 6010

info@glampsan.com

www.glampsan.com

Glampsan supplies solutions

for capturing, managing, storing

and pumping water and waste at

off-grid glamping, camping, and

caravan sites.

0800 999 6010

info@glampsan.com

Capturing

waste

off grid’

Prices from

£6,616 inc VAT

& delivery

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DIRECTORY

MUDCONTROL

01536 669630

sales@mudcontrol.co.uk

www.mudcontrol.co.uk

Mudcontrol - durable,

ecologically sound products

made of 100% recycled plastic,

which come with a rock solid 20

year warranty.

STIGA

0800 669 6326

www.stiga.com/uk

High-end mowers and groundcare

equipment for commercial use.

TENSILE STRUCTURES

BCT OUTDOORS

01274 728469

info@bctoutdoors.com

www.bctshop.co.uk

Over 120 years of British tent manufacturing

and design heritage.

BOND FABRICATIONS

01453 767171

enquiries@bondfabrications.co.uk

www.bondfabrications.co.uk

Leading British design and

manufacture of bespoke, luxury

tented structures.

HEARTHWORKS

01749 321210

info@hearthworks.co.uk

www.hearthworks.co.uk

Traditional tipis and yurts handcrafted

in Somerset to bespoke

specifications.

MONGOLIAN YURTS

07974 139078

fred@mongolianyurts.co.uk

www.mongolianyurts.co.uk

High quality authentic Mongolian

yurts for all your glamping needs.

THE REALLY INTERESTING

TENT COMPANY

01262 470475

info@thereallyinterestingtent

company.co.uk

www.thereallyinterestingtent

company.co.uk

Designers/makers of yurts.

We are thrilled to have supplied

yurts nationwide and across

Europe.

PERFO GROUND

REINFORCEMENT (S2T Group)

01992 522797

info@perfo.co.uk

www.perfo.co.uk

Permeable interlocking PE tiles

for parking, access, pathways

and hardstandings. Easy/

quick to install into grass or

crushed stone. Environmentally

sustainable.

BOUTIQUE CAMPING

0203 319 1315

info@boutiquecamping.com

www.boutiquecamping.com

British designs, globally recognised!

Your ‘one-stop-e-shop’ for

premium tents, glamping gear

and an impeccable support service

to help business’s flourish!

• Sewage Treatment •

• Sales •

• Installation •

TEAM

SEPTIC

01295 236 101

sales@theseptictankstore.co.uk

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TIMBER INTENT

01297 444416

07909 966422

mail@timberintent.co.uk

www.timberintent.co.uk

Eco-friendly, timber and fabric

tensiles. Permanent, temporary,

standard and bespoke.

Garden Party Hypars and more.

Call us for a chat.

CEDAR TREE PODS

01978 800988

info@cedartreepods.co.uk

www.cedartreepods.co.uk

Cedar Tree Pods is an

award-winning family business

based in North Wales making

stunning glamping pods and

bespoke builds.

FRAME & LOG CABIN CO

01472 852704

info@frameandlog.co.uk

www.frameandlog.co.uk

Design, supply and build of

high specification timber frame

structures, offering on and offsite

build solutions for UK and

export.

DIRECTORY

SOLID STRUCTURES

BESPOKE HIDEOUTS

07703 387322

enquiries@bespokehideouts.com

www.bespokehideouts.com

Crafting bespoke glamping cabins

and tiny homes to maximise

your business potential. Get in

touch to discuss your perfect

design.

ECOLODGIC

01603 339089

info@ecolodgic.com

www.ecolodgic.com

Suppliers of high quality glamping

lodges made in Norfolk using

UK grown sustainable timber.

HAZELWOOD HUTS

07398 144 736

paul@hazelwoodhuts.co.uk

www.hazelwoodhuts.co.uk

We are designers and manufacturers

of high quality shepherd

huts for glamping, gardens and

workspaces.

CASTLES CAREY

07714 754378

sales@castles-carey.co.uk

www.castles-carey.co.uk

Sympathetic design, robust construction

and an experienced,

considerate and hard-working

team makes Castles Carey

glamping creations the right

choice.

ENCHANTED CREATIONS

01252 561060

sales@enchantedcreations.co.uk

www.enchantedcreations.co.uk

We design and construct

imaginative retreats for the

staycation and luxury glamping

market including treehouse

accommodation and bespoke,

luxury cabins.

LOGSPAN

01389 734 572

info@logspan.com

www.logspan.com

We supply 11m2 Sleeper Pods

to fully insulated lodge retreats,

constructed with the same high

quality timber – bespoke designs

possible.

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DIRECTORY

MAC CABINS

0800 999 1564

help@maccabins.co.uk

www.maccabins.co.uk

South West’s leading supplier of

sustainable log cabins, glamping

pods, timber lodges to grow your

space/business in the leisure

industry.

THE QUBE ECO TINY HOMES

01604 785786

ecotinyhomes@theqube.co.uk

www.thequbeecotinyhomes.co.uk

For all things tiny home and

luxury accommodation related,

be sure to get in touch with The

Qube.

SLOPE SPACES

07526 204760

hello@slopespaces.com

www.slopespaces.com

Contact us for further information

on our innovative maintenance

free, building control

compliant designs. Together

creating your vision.

PODZ R US

07767 733044

info@podzrus.com

www.podzrus.com

Over nine years’ experience as

a high quality glamping pod

manufacturer in the UK. Bespoke

design service for unique pods.

TITHE BARN SHEPHERD HUTS

01262 470475

info@shepherd-huts.com

www.shepherd-huts.com

Build your own shepherd hut

with our kits including full plans

and comprehensive step-bystep

photographic and written

instructions.

WILD HART

07971 869058

nick@wild-hart.co.uk

www.wild-hart.co.uk

Designer/makers of bespoke

cabins, playspaces and furniture.

Eco-cabins feature sheepswool,

local timbers and solar power –

bespoke and at reasonable cost.

We design, manufacture

and install low carbon

impact, sustainable

luxury structures inspired

by nature for private

landowners and the

hospitality sector

01453 767171

www.bondfabrications.co.uk

enquiries@bondfabrications.co.uk

www.urbanblossom.co.uk

hello@urbanblossom.co.uk

unique designs for unique experiences

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FACILITIES

CHEEKY MONKEY TREEHOUSES

01403 732452

info@cheekymonkeytreehouses.co.uk

www.cheekymonkeytreehouses.co.uk

From children’s tree forts to play

areas to glamping treehouses.

GLAMPTUBS

01926 504067

sales@glamptubs.com

www.glamptubs.com

Supplying high quality hot tubs for

the glamping industry for over 10

years. Choose internal/external log

burner, oil or electricity.

KIRAMI UK

01748 889303

kirami@thelogcompany.com

www.thelogcompany.com

Finnish company Kirami is

the largest hot tub supplier in

Europe with more than 10,000

wood fired tubs sold annually.

PROSMOKE BBQ

01295 981580

sales@prosmokebbq.co.uk

www.prosmokebbq.co.uk

Year-round premium BBQ equipment

supply and consultancy. Everything

from large commercial smokers,

glamping pod BBQs, charcoal/wood

fuels and more.

REWORKSHOP

07714 719441

reworkshopwales@gmail.com

www.reworkshopwales.co.uk

Sustainable campsite and offgrid

infrastructure, toilets, showers

and much more. Specialists

in bespoke design, build and

remote delivery/installation.

INTERIORS

AIROSPRING MEDICAL

0115 8240560

sales@airospring.com

www.campingtoppers.co.uk

Airospring manufacture

comfortable and washable

mattress toppers for glamping,

motorhomes and caravans. Try

sleeping on air.

COIR STORE

07884 303082

andy@coirstore.co.uk

wwwcoirstore.co.uk

Importers and purveyors of

premium quality coir mats and

half-moons for all glamping and

event structures.

KINEDO

020 8842 0033

info@kinedo.co.uk

www.kinedo.co.uk

A self-contained cubicle range,

renowned for quick and easy

installation.

MARQUEE FLOORS BY

WILLIAM ARMES

01787 372988

info@marqueefloors.co.uk

www.marqueefloors.co.uk

Suppliers of DandyDura, the UK’s

leading marquee matting. Offering

a full range of accessories and

sundries to assist your structure.

MATTRESSMAN

0800 5677625

www.mattressman.co.uk

Provide guests with sumptuous

sleep with our brilliant range of

mattresses, featuring options for

all budgets, support and filling

types.

WILD HART

07971 869058

nick@wild-hart.co.uk

www.wild-hart.co.uk

Designer/makers of bespoke sustainable

furniture, play spaces and

eco-cabins.

AGENCIES & BOOKINGS

CANOPY & STARS

0117 204 7830

ideas@canopyandstars.co.uk

www.canopyandstars.co.uk

The UK’s longest standing marketing/

booking agent in the glamping

industry.

DIRECTORY

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DIRECTORY

GLAMPING HIDEAWAYS

01328 801387

enquiries@

glampinghideaways.co.uk

www.glampinghideaways.

co.uk/choose-glamping

A beautiful selection of unique

glamping locations with a

reputation for quality, backed by

an expert team of knowledgeable

staff.

QUALITY UNEARTHED

01348 830922

letting@qualityunearthed.co.uk

www.qualityunearthed.co.uk

Glamping structure letting and

marketing, specialists in marketing

the unusual. Treehouses,

cabins and unique spaces –

expert advice on starting out.

UNIQUE HIDEAWAYS

01736 230 140

hello@uniquehideaways.com

www.uniquehideaways.com

Marketing unique places to stay

across the UK. We provide free

consultancy, helping you from

field to finish and beyond.

GO GLAMPING

info@goglamping.net

www.goglamping.net

The UK’s original and leading advertising

platform for glampsites

since 2008.

PITCH & CO

07736 380779

info@pitchandco.uk

www.pitchandco.uk

Comprehensive glamping business

support including social media, PR

and sustainability.

THE RURAL TRAVEL GUIDE

editor@ruraltravelguide.co.uk

www.ruraltravelguide.co.uk

Digital magazine. The ultimate

guide to rural Britain. From

castles to campsites and field to

fork. List for just £199.

THE WANDERLIST

info@thewanderlist.uk

www.thewanderlist.uk

The Wanderlist is personal, passionate

and always commission fee.

WILDPOINT

07983 895455

hello@wildpoint.com

www.wildpoint.com

We empower land owners to

monetise their land and help

careful campers to discover and

book stays with ease.

CONSULTANTS &

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

BUSINESSES FOR SALE

uk.businessesforsale.com

Check out the Leisure category for

camping/glamping sites for sale.

Prices from

£6,616 inc VAT

& delivery

Boutique Glamping

Developments

01458 258199

www.morelcompany.co.uk

Advertise your glampsite

on the UK's leading luxury

camping website.

www.goglamping.com

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CROWN & CANOPY

info@crownandcanopy.co.uk

www.crownandcanopy.co.uk

We have extensive experience

in the glamping world,

providing landowners business

development and supporting

services in the UK and Europe.

TOWERGATE INSURANCE

0344 346 3270

commercialtradingchelt@

towergate.co.uk

www.towergateinsurance.

co.uk/glamping-insurance

Our specialists can help you

arrange cover for glamping pods,

shepherd huts, safari tents and

other unique sites.

HONEYBELLS TENTS AND EVENTS

07817 672502

info@honeybells.co.uk

www.honeybells.co.uk

We provide luxury tent hire and

sales to the event and glamping

industries, offering flexible longterm

rental hire packages.

DIRECTORY

POP-UP GLAMPING

BOUTIQUE CAMPING

0203 319 1315

info@boutiquecamping.com

www.boutiquecamping.com

Your one-stop-shop for exclusively

designed tents and accessories!

ENCHANTED CREATIONS

01252 561060

sales@enchantedcreations.co.uk

www.enchantedcreations.co.uk

Passionate about providing

design-led and experiencebased

glamping structures and

alternative accommodation.

From pods and cabins, to lodges

and treehouse accommodation.

HEARTHWORKS

01749 321210

info@hearthworks.co.uk

www.hearthworks.co.uk

Traditional tipis and yurts handcrafted

in Somerset to your bespoke

specifications.

WILD HARE EVENTS

07855 229568

info@wildhareevents.com

www.wildhareevents.com

The UK’s largest supplier of Lotus

Belle tents for events.

LIFE UNDER CANVAS

07968 783325

hello@lifeundercanvas.co.uk

www.lifeundercanvas.co.uk

Great quality canvas tents

carefully chosen by our team.

Standard, fire retardant and

trade options. Excellent

customer service – see reviews.

FRIAR BEST INSURANCE

SERVICES

01394 383868

enquiries@friarbest.co.uk

www.friarbest.co.uk

Well established insurance

brokerage with exclusive facility

for flexible insurance ‘tailored’ to

provide the protection needed

for glamping site owners.

Cedar Tree Pods is a family

business based in North Wales.

Making only the highest quality

glamping pods and builds, we

can make your dreams a reality.

Get in touch to discuss

your ideas with us.

info@cedartreepods.co.uk | 01978 780859 | www.cedartreepods.co.uk

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DIRECTORY

QUICK FIND BY SECTOR

FINANCE

FIT OUTDOOR FINANCE

07932 075754, mark@fitoutfinance.

co.uk, www.fitoutfinance.co.uk

FOLK2FOLK

01566 773296, enquiries@folk2folk.

com, www.folk2folk.com

PLANNING

ACORUS RURAL PROPERTY

SERVICES

01392 873900, ask@acorus.co.uk,

www.acorus.co.uk

BONDSTONES

01823 210610, enquiries@bondstones.co.uk,

www.bondstones.co.uk

KPG DESIGN ASSOCIATES

01452 260110,

enquiries@kpgdesignassociates.co.uk,

www.kpgdesignassociates.co.uk

MID WEST PLANNING

01952 276745 / 07779 785867, phil.

plant@midwestplanning.co.uk,

www.midwestplanning.co.uk

STEPHEN LOCKE ASSOCIATES

01952 670106,

info@stephenlockeassociates.co.uk,

www.stephenlockeassociates.co.uk

EXEMPT ORGANISATIONS

FREEDOM CAMPING CLUB

www.freedomcampingclub.org

THE GREENER CAMPING CLUB

www.greenercamping.org

WOODLANDS CHAMPIONS CLUB

www.woodlandchampions.co.uk

FRANCHISES

AMBER’S BELL TENT GLAMPING

ambersbelltents@hotmail.co.uk,

www.ambersbelltents.co.uk

FURTHER.SPACE

028 9099 3499, info@further.space,

www.further.space/partners

WIGWAM HOLIDAYS

0131 450 7136,

hello@wigwamholidays.com,

www.wigwamholidays.com

WILDA CABINS

partner@wildacabins.com,

www.wildacabins.com

INFRASTRUCTURE

CARAVAN PARK ELECTRICAL

SERVICES

01790 753153, sales@cpes.co.uk,

www.cpes.co.uk

FUJICLEAN UK

07500 626463, info@fujiclean.co.uk,

www.fujiclean.co.uk

GLAMPSAN

0800 999 6010, info@glampsan.com,

www.glampsan.com

GROUNDSCREWS4U (GS4U)

07803 084232, www.gs4u.co.uk

PORTABLE POWER TECHNOLOGY

01474 761051, alicia@portablepowertech.com,

www.portablepowertech.com

SANIFLO

ann.boardman@saniflo.co.uk,

www.saniflo.co.uk, 0208 842 0033

LANDSCAPE & EXTERIORS

FFC LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS

01782 791506, ffclandscapearchitects@gmail.com,

www.ffc-landscapearchitects.co.uk

GARDENMAN

033 2008 333, sales@gardenman.

co.uk, www.gardenman.co.uk

MUDCONTROL

01536 669630, sales@mudcontrol.

co.uk, www.mudcontrol.co.uk

PERFO GROUND REINFORCEMENT

01992 522797, info@perfo.co.uk,

www.perfo.co.uk

STIGA

0800 669 6326, www.stiga.com/uk

TENSILE STRUCTURES

BCT OUTDOORS

01274 728469, info@bctoutdoors.

com, www.bctshop.co.uk

BOND FABRICATIONS

01453 767171,

enquiries@bondfabrications.co.uk,

www.bondfabrications.co.uk

BOUTIQUE CAMPING

0203 319 1315, i

nfo@boutiquecamping.com,

www.boutiquecamping.com

HEARTHWORKS

01749 321210, info@hearthworks.

co.uk, www.hearthworks.co.uk

MONGOLIAN YURTS

07974 139078, fred@mongolianyurts.

co.uk, www.mongolianyurts.co.uk

THE REALLY INTERESTING TENT

COMPANY

01262 470475, info@thereallyinterestingtentcompany.co.uk,

www.thereallyinterestingtentcompany.co.uk

TIMBER INTENT

01297 444416,

mail@timberintent.co.uk,

www.timberintent.co.uk

SOLID STRUCTURES

BESPOKE HIDEOUTS

07703 387322,

enquiries@bespokehideouts.com,

www.bespokehideouts.com

CASTLES CAREY

07714 754378, sales@castles-carey.

co.uk, www.castles-carey.co.uk

CEDAR TREE PODS

01978 800988, info@cedartreepods.

co.uk, www.cedartreepods.co.uk

ECOLODGIC

01603 339089, info@ecolodgic.com,

www.ecolodgic.com

ENCHANTED CREATIONS

01252 561060,

sales@enchantedcreations.co.uk,

www.enchantedcreations.co.uk


FRAME & LOG CABIN CO

01472 852704, info@frameandlog.

co.uk, www.frameandlog.co.uk

HAZELWOOD HUTS

07398 144736, paul@hazelwoodhuts.

co.uk, www.hazelwoodhuts.co.uk

LOGSPAN

01389 734572, info@logspan.com,

www.logspan.com

MAC CABINS

0800 999 1564, help@maccabins.

co.uk, www.maccabins.co.uk

PODZ R US

07767 733044, info@podzrus.com,

www.podzrus.com

SLOPE SPACES

07526 204760, hello@slopespaces.

com, www.slopespaces.com

THE QUBE ECO TINY HOMES

01604 785786,

ecotinyhomes@theqube.co.uk,

www.thequbeecotinyhomes.co.uk

TITHE BARN SHEPHERD HUTS

01262 470475, info@shepherd-huts.

com, www.shepherd-huts.com

WILD HART

07971 869058, nick@wild-hart.co.uk,

www.wild-hart.co.uk

FACILITIES

CHEEKY MONKEY TREEHOUSES

01403 732452, info@cheekymonkeytreehouses.co.uk,

www.cheekymonkeytreehouses.co.uk

GLAMPTUBS

01926 504067, sales@glamptubs.

com, www.glamptubs.com

KIRAMI UK

01748 889303, kirami@thelogcompany.com,

www.thelogcompany.com

PROSMOKE BBQ

01295 981580, sales@prosmokebbq.

co.uk, www.prosmokebbq.co.uk

REWORKSHOP

07714 719441,

reworkshopwales@gmail.com,

www.reworkshopwales.co.uk

INTERIORS

AIROSPRING MEDICAL

0115 8240560, sales@airospring.com,

www.campingtoppers.co.uk

COIR STORE

07884 303082, andy@coirstore.co.uk,

wwwcoirstore.co.uk

KINEDO

020 8842 0033, info@kinedo.co.uk,

www.kinedo.co.uk

MARQUEE FLOORS BY WILLIAM

ARMES

01787 372988, info@marqueefloors.

co.uk, www.marqueefloors.co.uk

MATTRESSMAN

0800 5677625,

www.mattressman.co.uk

WILD HART

07971 869058, nick@wild-hart.co.uk,

www.wild-hart.co.uk

AGENCIES & BOOKINGS

CANOPY & STARS

0117 204 7830, ideas@canopyandstars.co.uk,

www.canopyandstars.

co.uk

GLAMPING HIDEAWAYS

01328 801387, enquiries@glampinghideaways.co.uk,

www.glampinghideaways.co.uk/choose-glamping

GO GLAMPING

info@goglamping.net,

www.goglamping.net

QUALITY UNEARTHED

01348 830922,

letting@qualityunearthed.co.uk,

www.qualityunearthed.co.uk

THE RURAL TRAVEL GUIDE

editor@ruraltravelguide.co.uk,

www.ruraltravelguide.co.uk

THE WANDERLIST

info@thewanderlist.uk.

www.thewanderlist.uk

UNIQUE HIDEAWAYS

01736 230140,

hello@uniquehideaways.com,

www.uniquehideaways.com

WILDPOINT

07983 895455, hello@wildpoint.com,

www.wildpoint.com

CONSULTANTS &

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

BUSINESSES FOR SALE

uk.businessesforsale.com

CROWN & CANOPY

info@crownandcanopy.co.uk,

www.crownandcanopy.co.uk

ENCHANTED CREATIONS

01252 561060,

sales@enchantedcreations.co.uk,

www.enchantedcreations.co.uk

FRIAR BEST INSURANCE SERVICES

01394 383868, enquiries@friarbest.

co.uk, www.friarbest.co.uk

TOWERGATE INSURANCE

0344 346 3270, commercialtradingchelt@towergate.co.uk,

www.towergateinsurance.co.uk/

glamping-insurance

POP-UP GLAMPING

BOUTIQUE CAMPING

0203 319 1315,

info@boutiquecamping.com,

www.boutiquecamping.com

HEARTHWORKS

01749 321210, info@hearthworks.

co.uk, www.hearthworks.co.uk

HONEYBELLS TENTS AND EVENTS

07817 672502, info@honeybells.

co.uk, www.honeybells.co.uk

LIFE UNDER CANVAS

07968 783325,

hello@lifeundercanvas.co.uk,

www.lifeundercanvas.co.uk

WILD HARE EVENTS

07855 229568, info@wildhareevents.

com, www.wildhareevents.com

DIRECTORY

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GET TO WORK

GET TO WORK

ACTION PLAN A good place to jot an outline plan before refining on a spreadsheet

Time Frame Action Items Objective

What needs to be done?

What needs to be achieved?

0-30

days

Eg. Research the market

Eg. Find data on UK-wide

and local glampsites

30-60

days

60-90

days

90-120

days

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Participants Resources Contacts

and help

Who should take this action?

What do you need to

complete this step?

Detail key contacts

Eg. Miss Glamptrepreneur

Eg. Online glampsite

aggregator directories

Eg. A fab contact in The Little

Black Book of Glamping, page…

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GET TO WORK

Key Contacts

A place to log conversations and move your project forward

Company:

Page number:

Contact name:

Contact details:

Notes:

Company:

Page number:

Contact name:

Contact details:

Notes:

Company:

Page number:

Contact name:

Contact details:

Notes:

Company:

Page number:

Contact name:

Contact details:

Notes:

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FUNCTION VENUES

GLAMPSITES

FUNCTION VENUES

EVENTS

/ /

> Legalities

> Biophilic Design

> Events Report

> Seasonal USPs

> Bespoke Structures

> Changing Diets

> Wedding Insights

> Professional Services

> Marquees

CASE STUDIES: HEATON HOUSE FARM • BROOK MEADOW • DOGFEST

OAB Gathering 2020 – Don’t miss our very own conference this March!

/ //

GLAMPSITES

CASE STUDIES:

EVENTS

› Promoting Events

› Market Research

› Testing Times

› Contingency Plans › Booking Channels

› Necessary Change

CASE STUDIES:

SKIPBRIDGE COUNTRY WEDDINGS • TRECOMBE LAKES • WEEKEND AT THE ASYLUM

STAYCATION

INVESTMENT

FUNCTION VENUES GLAMPSITES

EVENTS

› Venue Searches

› Tree Advice

› Event Glamping

/ /

› Customer Excellence › Glamping Show › Coping with Covid

CASE STUDIES:

FUNCTION VENUES

› Changing Habits

/

› Industry Taskforce CHILLI BARN • MAD DOGS & VINTAGE VANS • HEVER CRAFT AND DESIGN FAIR

/ /


GLAMPSITES

› Casual Excellence

› Planning Exemptions

EVENTS

THE ORCHARD AT MUNSLEY • HOLLY WATER HOLIDAYS • LANTERNS AT CHESTER ZOO

Customer

First

› 2021 Predictions

Marketing Post-Covid

FUNCTION VENUES

› Delegation

› Instagram 1

/

› Start-up Venues › Small Space Design

CASE STUDIES:

HOUCHINS • THE PADDOCK RAMSBOTTOM • FRINGE BY THE SEA

/ /


GLAMPSITES

EVENTS

› Placemaking

Covid Insurance

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