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The best UK glamping sites for an October half-term holiday,…
The October half-term holidays are an ideal time to explore the great outdoors in the UK. From colourful woodlands to animal encounters, activities and Halloween fun, Dan Yates from Pitchup.com gives his top 10 picks for outdoor getaways.
Reforge Retreat, Devon
Reconnect with nature at Reforge Retreat, set on a 20-acre (87,000 sq ft) farm less than 15 minutes’ drive from Beaworthy in Devon, with bell tents pitched among meadows, woodland and lakes. There’s plenty of exploring to be done by bicycle, or on foot or horseback, plus Dartmoor National Park is only 25 minutes away.
Back on site there is a clubhouse and medieval courtyard for some time out. Reforge Retreats will host a Halloween Weekend Party from 29–30 October, which will include a DJ in full swing. Meadow Bell Tent and up to four people from £70 per night.
Whitemead Forest Park, Gloucestershire
This half term, the well-equipped Whitemead Forest Park is abuzz with a schedule of Halloween-themed activities for children (for an extra charge) like the daily Halloween treasure hunt. With an indoor swimming pool, spa area, free gym, restaurant and kids’ activities there is plenty for all of the family to do on site. Further afield, mystical Puzzlewood and the Clearwell Caves are within a 10-minute drive. There are a couple of pubs in the nearby village of Parkend (10 minutes’ walk) and lots of restaurants and shops in Lydney (10 minutes’ drive). Pitch and up to six people from £50 per night.
Marwell Resort, Hampshire
Set within 65 acres of the beautiful South Downs National Park, Marwell Resort is a family-friendly haven of sporting activities suitable for all ages and abilities. From on the ground to high in the trees and on the nearby lake, activities include adventure golf, fishing, archery, junior quad biking, clay pigeon shooting, and treetop adventures. There is also an indoor soft play centre so little ones (up to 10 years) can have their own sensory adventures.
Daytime activities are topped off with a schedule of evening activities ranging from bingo to live music. There’s also an on-site bistro restaurant that serves up meals using local produce seven days a week. Pitch and up to six people from £38 per night.
Glamping at Holly Grove Farm, Staffordshire
Bed down in one of a cluster of shepherds’ huts set among the trees at this semi-rural glampsite 20 minutes from the market town of Leek. Huts come complete with a double bed and convertible bench in the dining area for an extra single. Each hut has its own kitchenette and a separate, private room too. Days out are a cinch, with the Peak District and Staffordshire Moorlands within easy reach for hiking and, more aptly given the time of year, it’s just half an hour from Alton Towers. Their ScareFest offers both family-friendly and scarier sights and frights and runs right through half-term week. Shepherd’s hut and up to three people from £120 per night.
X Adventure Activities, Norfolk
The bunkhouse at X Adventure Activities in Horsford is a simple affair but with so much to do on site and in the local area, it’s the perfect spot for an outdoorsy adventure. Sleeping up to six, it has a camper’s kitchen with communal fridge, microwave, kettle and toaster as well as an “honesty pig” for tea and coffee. Activities on site include canoeing on the river Bure, archery, axe throwing, a high ropes course and a zipline that zooms right over one of the on-site lakes and there are plenty of cycling trails. Halloween fun is just a 15-minute drive away. ROARR! Dinosaur Adventure, a dinosaur adventure park, plays host to Dippy’s Halloween Days from 22–30 October featuring the Weston-Smythe School of Dinosaurs and The Undead. One-bedroom bunkhouse from £19 per person per night.
Manor Wood Country Caravan Park, Cheshire
Whether you’re travelling with a baby, toddler or teen, there’s plenty to do at Manor Wood Country Caravan Park. From on-site fishing, tennis, a play area, games room and dog-friendly café (where breakfast, snacks, light lunches and takeaways are available), guests can relax without any stress over how to keep the kids entertained. During half term there’s a schedule of ghoulish-themed activities, including pumpkin carving, cupcake decorating, arts and crafts and a kids Halloween disco. Off site there’s plenty to do too. Only 25 minutes’ drive away is Chester, complete with Castle, Racecourse and Zoo for plenty more to do. Pitch and two people from £38 per night.
Tin and Canvas Glamping, North Yorkshire
A secluded and luxurious glamping experience in North Yorkshire, at this two-acre meadow site guests have the best of both worlds surrounded by the wild countryside and yet only two minutes’ walk from Pickering High Street. For magic and festive frights during half term and Halloween, guests can stay put and see the illuminations from the “Lights Spectacular”, book a majestic steam train ride on the heritage North Yorkshire Moors Railway, or take a 30-minute drive across the North Yorkshire Moors to see the Whitby Goth Weekend, wander around Pickering Castle or take a ghost walk at Whitby. Shepherd’s Hut from £90 per night for two adults and one child based on minimum two night stay.
Paxton House Caravan Park, Berwickshire
An exclusive caravan park in the historic walled garden of the 18th-century Paxton House, this spot provides an enlightening and educational setting for history buffs. With plenty to do including river walks and boat trips down the Tweed, guests will have privileged access to the 80 acres of grounds at Paxton House and the opportunity to delve into the history of the house and its collections of art and furniture. For kids, there’s an adventure playground and woodland trails to discover wildlife and maybe encounter a fairy or two. During October, follow the colourful Halloween trail through the spooky woodlands of Paxton House. Pitch and up to six people from £25 per night.
GG’s Yard, Dumfries and Galloway
This scenic family- and dog-friendly glamping site in Dumfries and Galloway offers a tranquil spot perfect for getting away from it all while offering plenty of action thanks to the on-site Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre, which gives guests easy access to archery, zorbing, Segway tours through the scenic Galloway Hills, and zooms on Scotland’s longest zipwire. The modern and elegantly decorated “snugs” are wooden-clad cabins with contemporary interiors and plenty of comfortable furnishings. One bedroom snug and two people from £150 per night.
Clwydian Holidays, Denbighshire
This peaceful site on a family-run working farm enjoys views out over the Clwydian Range Area of Natural Beauty. Fill the days with walks, mountain bike outings, watersports, fishing and plenty of other outdoorsy antics. Sleeping up to five, the fully-insulated, double-glazed timber camping pods come complete with an electric radiator and hot water to keep everyone warm and cosy – even on cold nights outside. Each pod has an en-suite toilet and wash basin as well as a kettle, fridge and kitchen sink. Pod and two people from £99 per night.
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