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Glamping Show Review 2016

Myself and sales manager were lucky enough to attend this year’s Glamping show. An event still in its infancy but growing in popularity with every year. We took the opportunity to see what’s out there in the increasingly prevalent glamping tourist sector.

I wasn’t too sure what to expect… but I was certainly impressed! I was surprised by the amount of wooden structures which has started to become the norm. These included everything from converted gypsy trailers to bespoke made to measure wooden huts. We were of course there for the canvas solutions which didn’t disappoint either.

It was very impressive to see how big and small wooden structures had been wrapped using simply bungees and heavy duty materials. This type of accommodation seemed particularly popular for safaris – sure we can all imagine why; it wouldn’t be quite the same with an icy wind passing through!

The bell tents, yurt and tipis were of particular interest to us, with one of our tipis even been on display at the event (afraid we can’t name names). My favourite was a stand where they had created mini versions of all their tents to give an idea of the design, it was like a dolls campsite!

We also got a little excited by some very vibrantly painted up converted VW campers. What was particularly special about these campers was that they had been converted to tow… which I liked the idea of the combination of the vintage van attached to a nice reliable new car.

Organiser, Karen Cooke, had a last word: “On behalf of everyone on the organisation team I just wanted to say a huge thank you to all our exhibitors and visitors for their overwhelming support, without which there would be no Show!” A statement we of course agree with and who knows and maybe we’ll exhibit ourselves next year.

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