Love music but hate traditional camping? Glamping offers the best of both worlds. If those images broadcast over the news of festival-goers trawling themselves and their belongings though mud deep enough to cover a wellington boot, and the thought of trying to setup a tent in all of it is not up your street, it’s the perfect alternative. Shelter from the elements and enjoy a hot shower, en suite facilities, a proper bed, plus all those complementary extras impossible not to love, allowing you to immerse yourself properly in the music. From the popular to the niche, from yoga to outer space, we present a fantastic selection of festivals offering an experiences not too dissimilar from luxury holidays, so you might exit feeling more well-rested than when you arrived.
Setting up their luxury options all over the UK at the best festivals and events, in the most idyllic locations in the British countryside, and with 15 years’ experience, this company is transforming the tradition into comfort. Blending romance and luxury with the ability to connect with nature that camping brings, they offer the hotel experience, in an unexpected location. Offering numerous accommodation options, with a multitude of tents with varying facilities and added luxuries, there is sure to be something for (most) everyone.
Only in its second year, this new festival is far from a well-kept secret. Conceptualised and themed unlike any other festival currently on the market; being an intergalactic adventure of music, science, arts, culture and the exploration of space. Bluedot with OVO Energy is an award-winning festival at the grounds of a deep space observatory. With a truly unique backdrop of the iconic Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank, Bluedot combines a truly stellar line-up of music with a ground-breaking programme of live science experiments, expert talks and immersive artworks. The music line-up for 2017 includes Pixies, Orbital, Alt-J, Goldfrapp and Warpaint. Pick from the Safari Tent or Junior Tenthouse Suite, or if you’re not looking for a canvas covered stay, the iconic American Airstream trailer is available. Prices start at £3,695. Book here. At Joderell Bank Observatory in beautiful Cheshire from 7-10 July.
With a fantastic line-up, including Two Door Cinema Club, Grace Jones and First Aid Kit, with dining banquets by Yotam Ottolenghi and Thomasina Miers, plus restaurants by Petersham Nurseries, The Pig and mouth-watering Patty & Bun, plus learn by attending talks, one by Tate Britain. The Boutique campsite offers a huge variety of luxury accommodation options from Yurts to beautiful Gypsy Wagons, fully furnished and with sumptuous bedding. The Boutique Campsite boasts luxury showers and toilets, a dedicated restaurant and bar, fire bowls, to congregate around, places to meet and gather with your friends for a drink. There’s even private parking included in your booking. Bell tent prices start from £695, going up to the peak of luxury version with room to accommodate a whole team is £10,995 (other options are available in-between these prices). Book here. From 3-6 August 2017, in the beautiful ancient parkland of Cornbury Park set in Oxfordshire.
For a retreat of relaxation, community and musical entertainment, Soul Circus is the path to take. A yoga and wellness festival, the experience is bound to be a unique one. From outdoor sunrise yoga, aerial yoga for the brave, and restorative yoga for those escaping from those day-to-day stresses, this is perhaps one of few festivals that’ll uplift your wellbeing. But of course, it isn’t a festival without music, and the planners here have scheduled in a mixture of genres and artists, so you are sure to discover something new. Expect buskers, bands and a DJ after-party in the woods to keep you entertained throughout. Stay in the festival’s dedicated glamping village in their luxury bell tents, whether you choose the most basic or the more extravagant Raj Palace is up to you (and your budget). And, sure to be much to the delight of many, situated in the village is a communal pamper tent for all those styling and indulgent needs, including hair dryers and mirrors as well as a dedicated meet and greet service. Tent prices from £695 to £4,995 depending on size and facilities. Book here. From 18-20 August 2017 in Elmore, Gloucester.
Some of the music acts in this family festival include Madness, Mark Ronson, Reverend and the Makers, plus Kate Nash. Camp Bestival is chockfull of entertainment, from a star-studded line-up of music and cultural delights, stand-up comedy to various attractions sure to provide family fun. Including an enormous kid’s area and a consummate arts programme that offers the best in contemporary theatre, performance, spoken word and discussions. A range of accommodation options, from a furnished bell tent with lighting, mattress bed and sofa, to a Tenthouse Suite that sleeps six, and has a bathroom, luxury linens and toiletries are available. Prices start with the Superior bell tent at £1,695. Book here. Held in the beautiful grounds of Lulworth castle 27-30 July.
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This family-friendly festival possesses a unique atmosphere, partly due to its setting amongst the beautiful pleasure gardens at Larmer Tree. These form an ideal place to create a woodland wonderland, strewn with art installations and decorated spaces. Serving delicious organic and local (where possible) food alongside a wide range of local ales and other drinks. Most importantly, the menu of music is looking fantastic, with artists including Father John Misty, Jesus & Mary Chain, Slowdive and Perfume Genius heading the bill. As with the other festivals Pop-up Hotel caters for, a various of options are available, starting at £695 for a traditional yurt, and finishing with a luxurious Tenthouse for £4,995. Book them here. Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset from 31 August-3 September.
Perfect timing, as Shambala festival takes place across the August Bank Holiday Weekend at a stunning secret location in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside. A shocking amount of entertainment is on offer, surely to everyone’s delight. With over 200 diverse musical acts across 12 live stages, world-class cabaret, an amazing array of workshops, stand-up comedy, inspirational talks and debates, circus and acrobatics, interactive theatre and celebrated poetry are all accommodated for in stunningly decorated venues. For the last decade, Shambala has impeccably combined creativity and individual involvement. Full of music and bands you have most probably never heard of, plus only serving meat and fish free food, this is sure to be a uniquely different experience. On offer is a range of luxury camping options from the extravagantly cosy tipis, yurts and bell tents, Hobbit-esque Shire houses in the woods (that are heated and lockable) and come with furniture inside and outside, so you can sit by the communal fire pit (ideally with s’mores in hand) during the evening. Each glamping option is hired by different vendors, see festival website here for more information. From 24-27 August 2017 at a Secret Country Estate, Northamptonshire.
Line-up for the festival includes great acts such as The 1975, Mumford and Sons, Glass Animals, The Horrors and Fleet Foxes. Plus, stages with comedy, dance, cabaret and theatre. The luxury private campsite is relaxing and useful, arrive in their private car park next to the campsite, to start off on the right foot in the journey towards a chilled-out festival experience. Our porters will help with your luggage on arrival, we’ll then arrange your festival wristbands and accommodation while you enjoy a complimentary chilled glass of bubbly to help relax. The campsite also offers an A La Carte Restaurant, Cocktail Bar & Chill Out Area (perfect place to sip on a cocktail day or night, soak up some rays on a deckchair, or relax by the fire pits for late night fire-side talks); complimentary full breakfast every morning; 24-hour concierge service; deluxe bathroom facilities; spa and salon sessions, and a cinema tent for children. To glamp here, prices start from £1396 for a double bed tent. See the website for more details.
The renowned annual music festival returns to Bramham Park on August Bank Holiday weekend. On offer for the luxury glamper are a whole host of ticket and accommodation packages, from pre-pitched tents to swanky boutique camping. Depending on which package you decide on, camping facilities can include: Luxurious bathroom facilities (including hot, private showers), pamper tent (with the essentials of hair straighteners and hairdryers), and power, so you are sure to have enough phone battery to Instagram the event. For an added bit of fun, each place to stay doesn’t look to dissimilar from a children’s playhouse. Line-up includes Kasabian, Bastille, Muse and Liam Gallanger, amongst many others, leaving no room for boredom. From 25-27 August 2017, to book glamping, see the website here.
Secret Garden Party
A historic opportunity to attend the last ever Secret Garden Party, with Metronomy, Crystal Fighters, Wild Beasts and Peaches. With stages featuring headlining and well-known bands, plus ‘The Next Stage’ which highlights some of the hottest upcoming new talent in music. ‘The Drop’ stage features British dance music, underground techno and house. Yoga at the Spiritual Playground, hot tubs and saunas, and The Sanctuary on the banks of the lake are dedicated to your relaxation. In fact, your four-day idyll is incomplete without time spent at this oasis of holistic heaven. A variety of boutique camping options, including the luxurious Royal Safari Tents, which are larger than an Executive King room at the Ritz, and include a king-sized bed with orthopaedic memory foam mattress, pure down duvets with Egyptian cotton linen, solid oak flooring, bedside lighting, and a wonderful addition of a complimentary bouquet of flowers. Book here.
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