The Glamping Show represents the largest collection of glamping companies available in one place, writes Will Rusbridge.
Once again, The Glamping Show has come and gone, bigger and better than the year before and instilling a sense of excitement for next year’s event.
With 107 exhibitor stands, the exhibition space was transformed at the NAEC Stoneleigh into a sea of wonderful and eye-catching structures. What started as a quick stroll through the entirely outdoor space, ended up a great pilgrimage of all things glamping.
The explosion of interest in glamping due to the pandemic was reflected at the show with a large cohort of new entrants to the business, but perhaps more important was the number of existing operators choosing to reinvest in their businesses to enhance and expand.
Registration for the event was up 60% on the last show with over 5,500 people signing up. Attendance was well over 3,500, again, representing a 60% increase on the 2020 show. Of the visitors in attendance:
• 48% were in the early stages of development (exploring opportunities and looking for land)
• 20% were in the advance stages of set up (planning/build/implementation)
• 25% were experienced operators (of whom 69% were planning to enhance and 89% to expand their businesses).
But it’s not just the number of people that are looking to set up a site that has increased, the number of glamping manufacturers is also growing as well. Of the 107 exhibitor stands present, 30% were new for the 2021 event. As the popularity of glamping increases, so too does the number of companies who look to make their mark and drive the industry forward. Walking around The Glamping Show, it was incredible to be able to see this change and innovation first-hand.
The Glamping Show seminar programme was also back and, for the second year running, held entirely online. 42 industry experts gave a total of 58 sessions representing the largest collection of glamping knowledge available. The programme, which was available to view over a period of a month, was very well received with viewers from 27 different countries. Gathering over 3,000 views, the seminars were watched for a total of 610 hours.
Each year The Glamping Show proves that glamping is far from a quirky fad, and this year more than ever has shown that it has not only established itself as a viable long-term business opportunity but is now firmly entrenched and bringing change to the entire tourist accommodation sector.
OAB’s Top Picks
SteelPad offers bespoke shipping container conversions by master craftsmen, with each unit designed according to a customer’s needs, constructed and delivered almost anywhere.
Comprising tough, durable Corten steel and German engineered bifold doors and frames, containers are fully insulated with many cladding options including timber, acrylic mirror and paint.
The SteelPad 20 Glamping Pod was on display at the show; a purpose designed 6m converted shipping container with kitchen, bed and shower room. Containers can be installed on or off-grid, need no foundations and have a 50+ year lifespan.
Bond Fabrications has been designing and manufacturing a wide range of bespoke canvas structures and glamping tents in the UK for over 30 years. It offers a selection of standard sizes as well as a bespoke design service, marrying a high-tech approach with traditional British manufacturing and hand-finished detailing.
Bond’s safari tents are the only structures on the market to utilise a hidden box-section steel frame, resulting in a robust range of tents. It also offers premium frames for sites that are particularly exposed giving even greater wind-load performance. All of Bond’s glamping structures have full UK structural engineering reports and comply with both UK and European codes.
Perfect for the retirement staycation market, and those who want to offer year round accommodation, the 7.7×3.1m self-contained Crofter’s Cabin from VRC Modular is built on a rolled steel frame with galvanised steel insulation panels and over 125mm of solid wall insulation.
Fitted with a personalised shower wall panel, electric hot water and shower (LPG available), cabins also feature a pitched roof and brass coloured gutters and down pipes to set off the British red cedar cladding. Cabins come complete with two bedside tower wardrobes, a combined hob and oven, fridge with ice box and a corner sink. Priced at £24,888 plus 5% VAT and delivery.
Portable Power Technology
Portable Power Technology (PPT) offers a full range of off-grid power solutions for your glamping site. Its entry level powerpacks have been designed to be user friendly all in one power systems. Portable and lightweight, they have a variety of ports including 230V AC and multiple ways to charge, complete with solar options.
PPT has over 15 years’ experience creating power solutions for many different markets. If you need a larger off-grid kit, its highly experienced engineers will create a bespoke solution for your application – just tell them what you want to power and they’ll do the rest!
These power solutions make it possible to add beautiful lights to brighten up bell tents, add phone charging points to your pods, TVs to tipis or sound systems to safari tents – all the while staying off-grid and eco-friendly!
If you are looking for the ultimate fire pit, Solo Stove has you covered. Solo Stove’s goal from day one was to produce the best performing fire pits on the market and build them to last a lifetime.
The unique design takes the fire pit to a new level with a virtually smokeless burn for added comfort, meaning no need to follow the wind round the fire or worry about others nearby getting smoked out. Solo Stoves are super-efficient, burning not just the solid fuel but also the smoke particles, giving superior warmth for their size.
The range of three sizes and a BBQ grill means there is a Solo Stove to suit everyone.