Whatever stage you are at with your glamping business, this year’s Glamping Show has the answers, writes Alice Moore.
If you are in the business of glamping you will know it is no longer a niche getaway in which guests enjoy a night under the stars in the great outdoors; it is now a multimillion-pound industry fuelled by the modern traveller who is constantly seeking unique experiential getaways that leave a lasting impression. It’s not just about a bed, clean sheets and a mini bar any more; glamping offers tourism business owners around the world a chance to create a truly exceptional travel experience that makes them stand out from the crowd.
The Glamping Show has evolved to offer attendees a one-stop-shop to creating that luxurious glamping experience for guests. Much like the industry it serves, the Glamping Show has grown significantly since its inception providing visitors year on year with a comprehensive showcase of suppliers from all corners of the sector. Not only can visitors experience a wide-range of different types of glamping structures, including yurts, tipis, pods, shepherd huts and safari tents plus a range of other quirky accommodation, visitors will also find a wealth of products and services required to complete the glamping experience.
Paul Booker, who owns The Barn at South Milton in Devon, said: “My wife and I first visited the show in 2015 and then again last year, and we were very impressed with how much it has grown. We were looking to enhance our barn wedding venue with alternative accommodation to the bell tents we currently have and were amazed at how much variety the show offered in terms of different types of glamping accommodation.”
The Glamping Show is also an important information source for all glamping business owners, no matter what stage their business is at. This year visitors will experience a totally new show plan that will guide them to the information they need most no matter where they are in their glamping journey. In addition to the ‘Meet the Experts’ one-to-one sessions and seminar programme, visitors will be able to take advantage of mini courses delivered by industry experts and designed to help visitors capitalise on the next steps and make the right decisions for their business.
Visit the Glamping Show at the NAEC, Stoneleigh Park, from Thursday 20 to Saturday 22 September 2018.
OAB’s TOP PICKS
BCT Outdoors – Stand OSA88
Ever since Lord Baden Powell created the Scout movement back in 1908, BCT has been producing tents of excellence. It invests heavily in R&D and uses traditional skills, manufacturing everything at its factory in Bradford. Visit the stand for a range of canvas glamping accommodation and marquees including premium bell tents in four sizes, safari tents and the Nomadic Yurt along with prototype models new for 2019. Most structures come in canvas or ‘Super All Season’ polyester.
BCT also offers a wash, proof and repair service for any tents, with the washing facility capable of handling up to 90kg. www.bctshop.co.uk
Quality Pods – Stand OSA37
From just £9,612+vat (some at 5%), these eye catching structures have a simple beauty, with clean lines and a signature circular glazed frontage creating the illusion of space inside. Proudly made in Wales, Quality Pods fall within the definition of ‘caravan’ for the purposes of planning, and have been designed to fit into ‘permitted development’.
Each unit is ‘plug and play’ and carries a 10 year warranty, although with a steel base (no need for concrete), double glazing and a clever vented rib construction – rows of timber arches with 120mm of solid core insulation – the design team expects them to last for decades. www.qualitypodswales.co.uk
TruDomes – Stand OSA127
British made glamping domes, TruDomes’ parent company has been a UK manufacturer for over 30 years. Domes are constructed from aircraft grade aluminium so are lightweight and strong. There are three sizes, each lending itself to a glamping application. The small dome, at 2.2m diameter, is a perfect cover for a hot tub, and the 5.8m structure is big enough for a couple, small family or group of friends to glamp in comfort. At the upper end is the colossal 10m diameter dome, big enough for families or party groups. When fitted out for glamping this dome provides three private bedrooms and a spacious living and lounging area. www.trudomes.com
Sitting Spiritually – Stand 145
There is something very evocative about a swing seat; somewhere to sit, relax and contemplate the beauty of your surroundings. Born from a frustration that nothing of quality was available in the UK, carpenter Martin Young created his first garden swing in 2004. 14 years on and he has completed over 1,000 commissions, is a regular exhibitor at Chelsea Flower Show, and in 2012 became the only bespoke swing and bench maker licensed by the RHS.
The Sitting Spiritually range includes swing seats, pergolas, day beds, benches and rope swings. Customise your order with carvings, a drinks shelf, aged finishes or even embedded ammonites! www.sittingspiritually.co.uk
Quality Unearthed – Stand 185
Born from a love of quirky accommodation, and a successful accommodation letting business running since 1961, the family run Quality Unearthed provides risk free agency services to glamping providers offering something a little different. With no upfront costs, QU only charges commission on bookings achieved. Sites are marketed to an extensive database of existing customers as well as through the national press and other influential media
QU’s telephone based sales team operates 12 hours per day, seven days a week, and is on hand to take bookings and optimise conversions. Make sure to ask about the site appraisals and advice service too! www.qualityunearthed.co.uk
Naked Flame Eco-Tubs – Stand 32
These handcrafted Scandinavian wood fired hot tubs are saunas are natural, low cost and sustainable, offering a great off-grid solution for glampsites. Check out the fun ‘LuvTub’ – perfect for two, and takes just one hour to heat – and the range of pod and barrel saunas from £3,995.
New for this year is an outdoor covered space created with Garden Room Masters. Perfect as a shelter for hot tubs, hanging beds or as a lounge space, this striking ‘C’ shape structure will be officially launched at the show. Make sure to ask about finance options and specialist advice for glampsites. www.nakedtubs.com