Glamping holiday activities
Last year was was weird right? Home working, Zooming your life away, and having to become a teacher overnight, whilst doing the day job. Not to mention the face mask revolution. Who would have thought that would be a thing! On top of all of that stress, we weren’t able to travel – anywhere! When we could eventually move about we had to stay here in the UK.
People wanted a break after the stresses of Covid. Being unable to travel abroad to warmer climates holidays which offered lnew experiences here in the UK were top of the list After being holed up in our homes for so long people searched for holidays in the great outdoors. Glamping holidays offered the perfect mix of an experience an otherness, in the fresh air.
Glamping holiday bookings have rocketed
So 2021 saw glamping enquiries rocket. Our glamping site wasn’t alone in receiving a tsunami of enquiries. The everyday of running a busy season of glamping was manageable – but personally the enquiries swamp me. If you were one of those that rang in the early hours of Sunday morning, apologies if you didn’t get the best me.
I resorted to reverse marketing -posting on social media that we were full. This felt weird – but without a single night free it seemed wrong to promote only to disappoint.
I did feel for our regular visitors. They were unable to get a look in, as so many people booked so early, which has overflowed into 2022 bookings, which have seen pre-bookings up. This year, we have less availability than we would normally have for this time of year, but there’s still plenty of choice.
Grab yourself a short break away
Weekends are always the first to be booked up on the glamping site, especially popular with group bookings – where people hire our whole site.
Last year group bookings got hit by government restrictions. Later in the season a few hen parties and significant birthday events did go ahead. It was very welcome to hear the good humour and cheer of people partying together in our shack where the pizza ovens and silent disco were a big hit!
For those of you looking to book a short break our low season prices are detailed below.
- Weekend prices start from £500 – a two night stay with a ‘twilight’ checkout on Sundays, so no need to rush off, enjoy a slow brunch or even late lunch.
- Midweek breaks start from – £350 – We offer Monday to Wednesday or Wednesday to Friday stays.
All have the option of adding a hot tub for £45, which includes all wood, heating for your arrival and of course the water.
Couples retreat – book a midweek two night stay for 2 andclaim a free hot tub with code Just2
Arrive to a ‘Hot’ Tub
The hot tubs have been a raging success. We put them in by each tent in 2020 and haven’t looked back. Our glampers love them. It has been a bit of a learning curve for us and guests. Our tubs are heated by wood burner, so its been a learning curve to effectively guide guests on how to get their tub toasty. The amount of wood we get through has been a bit of a shocker too. For that reason we are endeavouring to get the tubs hot for arrival. We know that those first five minutes of your holiday really matter, and lighting fires isn’t top of the list of things to do. Kids and adults alike just want to jump into their holiday and hot tub!
Our tubs have sand and UV light filters which means they don’t need big doses of chemicals to stay clear; nevertheless we empty, clean and refill between guests – so with a 10:30 checkout and 3pm arrival and a heating time of 3 hours we’ve set ourselves a tall task. It’ll mean emptying tubs early on departure day, to meet the deadline. But jumping into your tub on arrival tends to stump a breakfast dip on departure day.
We have offers from time to time which discounts the price of your hot tub. Our current one is Couples Retreat (use code Just2 at checkout)- book a two night (or more) midweek stay for two people, and get your hot tub free.
New Glamping activities for 2022 – bikes, crafting and more
When we started our glamping journey, our guests just loved to come and chill. Many planned to explore and book activities around the Malvern Hills and Wye valley. In the end many just stayed on site. It was such a pleasure watching people unwind during their stay. Families have space knowing it was a safe space. So parents could relax, and there was no agenda.
Over the last few years our audience has wanted to pack more into their holiday time. Yet we know this can prove costly and add stress with driving, packing for the day etc.
It has been tricky to know what to offer our broad bunch of visitors. But we’ve put our thinking caps on and spoken to guests, a few specialists and come up with a list of activities which we hope will hit the mark.
Scavenger hunt and nature quiz
We had an orienteering quiz a while back, but it proved rather too big and complex. So we have put together a scavenger hunt, along the lines of geocaching, with treasures to find. Who doesn’t love finding treasure? We provide a map of the search area, compass, log book and pen as well as hints on tips on finding the treasure.
We recognise many families choose glamping to get a dose of nature. Many little ones are fascinated with the natural world and we want to help them and grown ups leave tUpsticks having learnt a little about our space. Our little Nature Quiz encourages kids of all ages to explore, collect and observe nature with a new eye. Scrap books can be purchased to create a keepsake.
We did have crafting materials in each tent’s entertainments box but unfortunately it was tough to maintain. So we have come up with a re-cycling box of crafting gear, which will live in the shack. Along with glue, paints, brushes and scissors, bottles, card, reels, wool, and much more are there to get creating and reduce what goes to landfill. Perfect for quiet play and wet days.
We invested in bikes last year. So we have about 10 decent adult mountain bikes for hire. We do have some kit to take little ones pedalling such as a tag-a-long and bike seats. There are some great little rides about here with quiet lanes and some off road trails too. Destinations like Upton-upon-severn and Castlemorton common are great destinations which aren’t too taxing on the legs. It’s best to book ahead, and bring your own protective gear. We have maps and guides to help you get the most from your day on two wheels.
Our ping pong table is due for an upgrade this year, and we are looking to add some traditional games like coconut shy and wellie wanging, a few space hoppers and sacks so you can create your very own village fete.
We recognise kids love to play independently, climbing and crawling, balancing and swinging are always popular. So our biggest add this year will be an obstacle course. Think balance beams, cargo nets and an upgrade to the rope swing. It’ll be built around the shack area, so kids can let off steam in a safe place.
A new communal area
During the season we will be adding more space to our communal area. This will be great for our group events as well as additional activities for all our guests. It’ll be perfect for arrival drinks, or a night of camping cinema.
So many ideas, we can’t wait to get cracking on Upsticks glamping’s seventh season. We are going to be adding two further lodges to our collection this year, as well as all the activities. So for visitors old and new we hope we have something that grabs your attention for 2022.
Looking for something else?
Last year we ventured into holiday letting property. So we’ve been very busy with other projects. We’ve really proud of what we’ve created and hope that many of our glamping guests will give our cottages a try.