Glamping History

The History of Glamping

Woodland Escape is the culmination of the glamping holiday's history.

Glamping holidays are a version of a camping holiday which has a focus on providing facilities in traditional camping accommodation that are considered to be more luxurious than you would find as part of a camping holiday. 

Glamping as a term, came from combining Glamorous and Camping together. Initially there were only a very small number of providers and has since spread across the globe as the newest trend of holiday accommodation that combines the experience of a hotel holiday with luxury and camping in the great outdoors.

Glamorous camping is also known by lots of other aliases such as boutique camping, posh camping, or luxury camping. Guests can enjoy sleeping outdoors, 'under canvas' and experience a taste of camping without the hassle of having to put up their own tent or bring everything with them.

Glampsites provide a variety of different holiday accommodation structures including Bell tents, Yurts, Geodesic Domes, Tipis, Pods, Safari tents, Cabins, Vintage Caravans, Shepherd's Huts and Treehouses.

Woodland Escape is part of the family owned Country Glamping Holidays. We provide a diverse range of holiday accommodation at our sites in Dorset and Somerset, UK and we can provide a wide range of services from room service to bedding but most importantly these staycation experiences are about access to the countryside.

The increase in demand for these breaks has had the effect of bringing the idea of a camping holiday to a new type of guest, beyond that of the traditional camping market of families and couples. Glamping holidays have brought the concept of camping to celebratory get-togethers such as birthday parties, inter-generational holidays and stag & hen parties.

A factor that contributed to the increase in the popularity of glamping in Britain was the alteration to the UK driving licence. The change to the driving licence was the removal of the automatic right to tow a caravan when a person past their driving test. Whilst this change happened unobtrusively back in the nineteen-nineties; the effect was not felt till those that had the new driving licences with less permissions had families. At this time these drives had young families and would traditionally started looking at caravan holidays as for their young families. This, of course, was not possible as those with a redacted driving licence were required to take an additional towing course and test.  When these drivers 'came of age' it coincided with the financial crisis which made foreign travel expensive & the result has been 'staycations' as a solution. This staycation trend has also been supported by young professionals, the 'gap year' generation are now urban professionals and still want exciting new experiences when they holiday at home in the UK.

Woodland Escape provides the history of glamping in the UK as a free resource. Please feel free to cite our history and reference it in your own work & research.

Woodland Escape is the newest member of the Country Glamping Holidays stable who have provided glamping holidays for a decade and is one of the longest & most experienced glamorous camping companies in the UK. CGH provides accommodation delivery, owns & operates sites, provides on site operations for landowners & provides consultancy. CGH is happy speak to the media and researchers about the industry. Please feel free to contact us regarding any queries.
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