Grab your wellies and sleeping bag, camping just got cool!
What could be better than sleeping under the stars surrounded by nature? Sound dreamy? This summer embrace your sense of adventure and book your stay at one of the region’s chicest campsites.
Glamping in Cambridgeshire
Discover Cambridgeshire’s heritage and countryside with a break at Waterclose Meadows campsite near Huntington. The riverside campsite provides the chance to get back to nature with friends and family. Set in the grounds of the historic Houghton Mill National Trust watermill, the camp is perfect for making the most of long summer days with plenty of local cycling and walking routes plus water activities such as canoeing. It’s certainly worth packing your dinghy! Alternatively keep it classic and hire a punt or row boat from Houghton Boats next to the Mill.
Each Sunday during the open season you can see the mill in action as fresh, stone-ground flour is milled for use in the tea room or for sale in the shop. During the holidays there are activities for children and a programme of events such as themed days, baking sessions or open air theatre performances.
Open March to October, there are caravan, motorhome and tent pitches available or you can try the new glamping pods. The cosy accommodation features feature a seating area which converts into a double bed, bunk beds and a small kitchenette area with mini fridge, microwave, kettle, heating, lighting and power sockets. Go all out and upgrade to the luxury pod which features an en-suite shower room!
Don’t panic if cooking on a small stove terrifies you, the campsite is located near the villages of Houghton and Wyton so a village pub is just a short stroll away! For prices visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/holidays/waterclose-meadows-campsite
Camping in Norfolk
Camping with the family is a great way to create lasting memories. For a holiday children won’t forget, cosy down at Deer’s Glade Caravan and Camping Park in Norfolk. Open year round, you can pitch up at one of the 100 deluxe pitches which include electric points or enjoy a full glamping experience in one of the pods, mega pods, shepherd hut or bell tents.
The park focuses on countryside, conservation and wildlife and includes a fishing lake, play area, woodland walks and animal paddock.
For an authentic camping experience book your space at Muntjac Meadow, located 10 minutes from the main site. Open during August only, if offers a real chance for escapism, with no electric, just plenty of space to run around, play and enjoy being with the family. Come evening, gather around the communal campfire and roast marshmallows! Find out more at www.deersglade.co.uk
Glamping in Suffolk
If camping to you conjures up the idea of nature, but you can’t bear the ‘no frills’ concept then don’t panic, there’s a saviour in Suffolk at Little Wren Glamping. Here you will find everything you need to get back to basics but with glamour and style. The site offers gorgeous bell tents complete with a king size bed, wood burner and solar lighting and hub so you can still charge your phone!
Each bell tent comes with an outdoor kitchen complete with pizza oven, gas hob and bbq equipment to go over the fire pit. There’s a mini bell tent for children who are too cool to hang with family or if you’re feeling extra fancy a hot tub option.
Onsite you can get back to nature with seasonal events including a beautiful bluebell woodland walk, potato picking and collecting your own eggs in the chicken coop and run. From early April to June guests are invited to help bottle feed the lambs and if you visit at the right time of year you can watch sheep being sheared.
Little ones will adore the wooden pirate ship, mud kitchen and den building. There’s also a honesty shop onsite in case you need some essentials. This glamping site is as cute as it gets! Book at www.littlewrenglamping.co.uk