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Ribble Valley ~ Glamping Ideas.

Ribble Valley and Pendle Hill by Keith Melling. Click on image for website.

I must admit I am prone to taking for granted the fact that I live in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. If England is a ‘green and pleasant land’ then the gorgeous ‘Ribble Valley’ encapsulates this. Tucked away in the Forest of Bowland AONB , it’s lush meadows, picture-postcard villages and the historic market town of Clitheroe are all lorded over by the scenic slopes of Pendle Hill. Meandering brooks and rivers criss-cross the valley, including it’s namesake ‘the River Ribble’. Hailing from the nearby Yorkshire Dales ,the river makes its merry way through Lancashire and towards the sea, lending it’s name to an often overlooked area of the county. But with it’s thriving foodie scene, cosy watering holes, quirky independent retailers, stunning countryside and fascinating history, the Ribble Valley is the perfect destination for a break away.

With this in mind , I thought I would look into the glamping scene here. Over the last twelve months several glamping options have sprung up in the Ribble valley. And what better way to enjoy an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 😊


Camping Pods at Bowland Wild Boar Animal Park.

No tent needed for this back to basics style of glamping. Bring with you everything you’d need whilst camping, except for the tent. The pods are fully insulated and all usual campsite facilities can be found on site. The real charm of these camping pods is the fab location, inside the grounds of Bowland Wild Boar Park near Chipping, which is a very popular visitors attraction, especially with families. With wild animals and farm animals on your doorstep, a large kids adventure playground, tractor rides, riverside walks and a lovely café, this glamping option sounds like a fun family favourite. Pods from £65 per night. Dogs may stay too for an extra £5 per night. wildboarpark.co.uk

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Ribble Valley Wigwams.

Set on a family run farm near Langho, these six luxury heated en-suite wigwams have views towards Pendle Hill and Longridge Fell. All cabins have an integrated shower room with walk-in shower, hand basin & toilet, electric hob, toaster, kettle, microwave, fridge and television. A home away from home! You might prefer to bring your own bedding, however you can hire a bedding pack as an additional extra. A picnic bench and fire-pit outside completes the cosy camp. There is a small shop on site in reception and a riverside walk will take you into the charming village of Ribchester, with it’s Roman Museum, art gallery and selection of eateries. Wigwam prices from £75 per night. Three of the cabins are dog friendly. wigwamholidays.com

Yurts at the Red Pump Inn.

I have long coveted a stay in a yurt and these beauties are only up the road from where I live in Clitheroe, in the tiny village of Bashall Eaves. Owned by the Red Pump Inn, there are four fabulous Yurts, set in a private garden area adjacent to the Inn. Each yurt has a king size bed with fur throws, a cosy wood burning stove, fairy lights, electric lamps and sockets and it’s own ensuite bathroom. Breakfast is included in the price and is taken inside the Red Pump , which is also a popular steakhouse and real ale pub. Nearby attractions include Bashall Barn Food Visitor Centre and the historic town of Clitheroe with its many pubs, independent shops and Norman Castle Keep. Yurts prices for a two night stay from £250. Dogs are welcome for an additional charge of £12.50 per night. theredpumpinn.co.uk

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Hobbit Hill Glamping Cabins.

Did you know that the lush green Ribble Valley inspired the writings of Lord of the Rings author J. R. R. Tolkien? His son boarded at Stonyhurst College near Hurst Green and Tolkien often visited and penned much of his beloved novel here,perhaps taking inspiration from the surrounding countryside for Middle Earth and the Shire. The glamping cabins at Hobbit Hill are set on the Tolkien Trail….and look cosy enough for any discerning Hobbit. Two of the five cabins have king size beds and all have sockets, fridges, toaster and microwave plus a firepit/bbq area outside. There are toilets and shower facilities on site and some very good country pubs and cafes in the nearby villages of Mitton and Hurst Green. Glamping Cabin prices from £70 per night. hobbithill.co.uk

For more Lancashire Glamping Ideas, check out this post Can you glamp in Lancashire?

Thanks for reading.

I now feel inspired to walk the Tolkien Trail !

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Twenty Things To Do This Autumn. :)

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Autumn Leaves. Image via Pinterest.

 

I thought I would get in the mood for Autumn, and the best way for me to do that, is to make a list of course! Enjoy. 🙂

 

 

1. Go for a woodland walk and admire the changing colours.

2. Refill your hanging baskets with Autumn favourites such as pansies, cyclamen and Ivy.

3. Fill your home with the scents of Autumn. Add cinnamon sticks,orange rind,whole cloves and bay leaves to water and simmer on the stove.

4. Go Blackberry picking and make a lovely crumble.

5. Autumn is the perfect time to get cosy on an Autumn Glamping Break. How about staying in a colourful Shepherd’s Hut  in the Lakes, a luxurious Safari Tent in the Trough of Bowland or a beautiful Showman’s Wagon in Cornwall.

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6. Curl up with some Autumnal Poetry , such as Emily Bronte’s Fall, Leaves Fall.

7. Dust off the Slow Cooker and make some simple hearty stews.

8. Grab the girls and head out to the movies to see Bridget Jones Baby or A street Cat Named Bob. 🙂

9. Bring Nature indoors and decorate your Mantel Piece with leaves and fruits.

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Autumn Fireplace Display by Rosalilium blog.

10. Rent a good gothic movie. How about Guillermo Del Toro’s Crimson Peak or Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow.

11. Jump in a big pile of leaves. 🙂

12. Fill a vase with colourful orange and gold blooms such as dahlias, crysanthemums and chinese lanterns.

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Toasty.Image ~ The Londoner.

13. Grab cosy blankets, a camping stove, and toast marshmallows with friends.

14. Learn to crochet. I really need to do this!

15. Join in the fun at your local Apple Pressing Day.

16. Explore your local town on a spooky Ghost Walk.

17. Look out for an Autumn Themed Afternoon Tea to try out, or create your own..

18. Collect sloes and make boozy Sloe Gin.

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Afternoon Tea. Image via Pinterest.

19. Practice your Apple Bobbin skills. 🙂

20. Get your mitts around a warming Pumpkin Spiced Latte.

What would you add to the list? X

Can you Glamp in Lancashire? Yes Of Course!

I  sometimes feel that Lancashire gets a raw deal in the holiday guides. As beautiful  as my home  county is ,with its rolling hills, pretty villages,miles of stunning coastline and it’s fascinating industrial heritage, lovely Lancs is often overshadowed by it’s more touristy cousins, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. However Lancashire can compete in the glamping stakes! I did some research and found the following options. 🙂

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Stanley Villa Farm Glamping.  A lot less fuss than putting up a tent are these cute camping pods at Fylde Trout Fishery near Blackpool. There are 24 on site , with views over the fishing lake. All have 2 single beds with mattresses and enough room for a double airbed too, so ideal for couples,groups of friends or families. No electricity but the main lodge on site has communal cooking facilities and free teas,coffees and hot chocolates!  Each pod has it’s own fire pit and bbq facilities and a separate mini pod contains children’s toys,games and sports equipment. Pet friendly too. Prices from £47 per pod,per night. www.campingbugs.co.uk

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Shepherd’s Huts at Samlesbury Hall. Brightly coloured family friendly Shepherd Huts in the grounds of a historic 14th century Hall. There are 3 in the prettily arranged ‘Hut Hamlet’ , each with two double beds with memory foam mattresses, low-wattage electricity and cosy ensuites. Kids will love the Mayflower playground and the mini menagerie. The Hall itself ( check on opening times) is free entry and the guided tours are free too. The restaurant in Samlesbury Hall does cooked breakfasts….and there is a Wafflery called  ‘ Dotties’. One pet-friendly hut. Prices from £25 per person, per night.  www.samlesburyhall.co.uk

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Lanterns & Larks in the Forest Of Bowland.  Hidden on the Bleasdale Estate in an ‘ Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty’, these luxury Glamping Tents have the most stunning of backdrops, the Bowland Fells. Each lodge has 3 bedrooms, shower and WC  and an  open plan living area with a cosy wood burning stove at it’s heart. A decked terrace , fire pit and barbecue complete these rural canvas cabins. Perfect for families, groups, wildlife lovers, walkers & cyclists…..and dogs are welcome too. Prices start from £365. www.lanternsandlarks.co.uk .

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Feather Down at Dolphinholme Farm.  Also on the edge of the beautiful Forest of Bowland, Dolphinholme Farm is only 20 minutes from the coast and very near the river Wyre. The 1920’s style Safari tents with wooden flooring and cosy wood burning stoves are the perfect getaways for families and groups of friends. Kids have plenty to keep them occupied here. There is a child orienteering course , a treasure hunt and a big play barn!  The farm has an Honesty shop selling it’s own cheese.  Oh and dogs are welcome . Prices for short breaks begin at £189. www.featherdown.co.uk .

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Yurts at the Red Pump Inn.  The Red Pump  is a picturesque Country Inn situated in the tiny village of Bashall Eaves near Clitheroe. As well as the usual accommodation inside the Inn, guests can ‘glamp’ in stylish Yurts, with lovely views of Pendle Hill and Longridge Fell. All feature king size beds with fur throws, a cosy wood burning stove and ensuite bathrooms. Breakfast is included next door in the pub and guests can dine at the Red Pump’s Steak House Restaurant. Nearby attractions include historic Clitheroe Castle and Bowland Wild Boar Park. Dog friendly. Prices from £250 B &B  for a two night stay.

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Lynx Helicopter stay.  For something completely different , how about stopping in a converted 1982 Westland Lynx XZ676 helicopter!  X-ray Zulu 676 sleeps up to four people and includes a custom made low down double ‘bunk’ in the tail of the helicopter, twin pull out bunk for additional sleeping space, LED flat screen TV and kitchen area with mini fridge and microwave. He stands proudly on a campsite 4 miles from Blackpool in the pretty Fylde countryside. Blackpool Wakepark is adjacent to the site and a ‘Learn to Wakeboard’ package is available for the adventurous. 🙂 Prices from £100 per night. www.reamhills.co.uk .

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Feather Down at Wyresdale Park.  Feather Down Farms already have a glamping site at lovely Dolphinholme Farm but it’s not their only one in Lancashire. Wyresdale Park near Preston hosts more cosy canvas lodges on their beautiful country estate.  All lodges sleep six, have their own private bathroom facilities, wood burning cooking stove, veranda with outdoor furniture and a wood fuelled hot tub. Kids will love the games and rope swing, nearby play barn and petting zoo at Old Holly Farm.  There’s a lake to enjoy messing about on boats and a glass house tea room at the Hall. Pets are very welcome. Prices from £429 for a short break. www.featherdown.co.uk.

Star Campers.  So why stay in one place?  When you have the whole of Lancashire on your doorstep, why not explore it in one of Star Camper’s stunningly restored VW Camper Vans !  Star Campers are based in the Ribble Valley near Clitheroe and Sunny above is one of two vans currently available ( 2 more, Buster and Terry should be ready for 2017) for hire. Such lovingly done restorations set apart the camping from the glamping.   Sunny is an original 1972 Tin top Westfalia campmobile and Starline is a 2009 VW T5 TDI. I can certainly vouch for Starline as Wil, Hugo the dog and I took him away for a night last year. 🙂  Dog friendly. Prices from £100 per day. www.starcampers.co.uk.

Glamping Pods at The Golden Ball Pub.  With elevated views over the River Lune near Morecambe these camping pods are affordable luxury. Each of the three pods has a double bed, sofa bed, ensuite shower and wc, flat screen tv and tea and coffee making facilities. With a food serving pub on your doorstep plus all the attractions of the seaside town of Morecambe nearby , these mini cabins are definitely a tempting option. Prices from £50per pod, per night. www.snatchems.co.uk.

whoooo all his research has definitely given me the Lancashire Glamping bug!

Are you tempted?

 

Our Pet Friendly Holidays.

I2015 my holidays have all had one thing in common. A certain adorable labrador called Hugo!  This little( now got big) guy has shared all our trips away in the UK. This is not to say we won’t be holidaying abroad in the future. It’s just nice to know that there are plenty of pet friendly holiday options available closer to home. 🙂 Here are a few places Hugo has enjoyed with us….so far. 🙂

Hugo makes himself at home in Driftwood Cottage.
Hugo makes himself at home in Driftwood Cottage.

Cottage by the Sea ~ Back in January we spent the week in a holiday cottage on the Cumbrian coast. There are many pet friendly properties to rent through companies such as Sykes Cottages and Cottages 4 you  . Driftwood  was an excellent choice for us as its right on the beach ( perfect for long walks on the sand with the pooch) and close to the Lake District too. I know this cottage would be heavenly in the summer ( the beach is dog friendly all year round) but we love a Winter break. With its cozy wood burner, fresh nautical decor , enclosed yard, sea views and close proximity to an excellent dog friendly pub with roaring fires ~ its ideal for a holiday with the hound.

The beach at Baycliff.
The beach at Baycliff.
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Great Views across the bay.

Under Canvas. Cottages are fab in the Summer too but the least expensive option ( if you don’t mind the rain! ) is of course camping. We started going camping a few years ago, with Hugo’s predecessor, our gorgeous black lab ( we’re labrador fans!) Jake. Jakey loved nothing better than exploring new places and especially enjoyed sitting outside the front of the tent and watching the world go by. Happily Hugo has took well to adventures under canvas too. Plenty of sites allow you to bring along your four legged friends. You can see some dog friendly campsites  here. 🙂

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Camp Lookout.
Hugo is happy if the campsite is near water. :)
Hugo is happy if the campsite is near water. 🙂

A cozy Shepherds Hut.. If you fancy something a little more warm and dry, why not book one of these delightful Shepherd’s huts, that look over Coniston Water. Located on a National Trust campsite, Herdy Hut, Gerdy Hut and Blea Hut are equipped with everything you will need for a comfortable stay.Pop a pan of stew on the gas hob, light the twinkly tea light lanterns and crank up the wood burning stove.You’ll soon feel toasty on a damp day. Visit herdy Huts for details.

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Must keep an eye on the BBQ.
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Cozy Interior.
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Yes very cozy!

Camper Van Adventures. Some Campervan hire companies let you bring along your four legged friend too. Star campers Uk  are based in the Ribble Valley ( Lancs) and we rented their VW T5 ‘ Starline’ for a night away last month. Being on the road is much more of an Adventure! Starline has a state of the art movelite driveaway awning available to rent too which is ideal if you’re in a group or taking a pet. Star Campers have the more traditional VW campervans on their books too and all are equipped to the highest standards.

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Doggy Days Out.  Going out for the day with your dog too can be almost like a holiday. Hugo celebrated his 1st Birthday at the seaside recently. We went to sunny St Annes on the Lancashire coast and hired a beach hut as our base. St Annes Beach Huts are located on the front close to the Island Cinema Complex. A day’s rental costs from £60 from 10am until midnight. Most have electricity and the fridge,microwave and radio make very welcome additions.

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The Birthday Boy 🙂
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Inside the hut is kitted out in a pretty nautical style.
St Annes has a great Dog friendly beach.
The beach in front of the huts and all the way up to Lytham and beyond is dog friendly. 🙂

Where Next?  We can’t keep away from the seaside and have booked a dog friendly cottage in Whitby towards the end of the year. And a friend has recommended Mother Shipton’s Cave at Knaresborough and The Yorkshire Sculpture Park at Wakefield as pet friendly attractions to visit. 🙂

Where have you taken your four legged friends on holiday?

Herdy Huts ~ My stay in a Shepherd’s Hut. :)

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Although I LOVE camping I have always been curious about Glamping. Wouldn’t it be great to experience all the outdoorsy fun of camping with some lovely home comforts too. After a little research I found the website for Herdy Huts in the Lake District and was smitten  .I just had to book a long weekend in one of their cute Shepherd’s Huts!

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Shepherd’s Huts apparently have a long history ,dating  as far back as the 1500’s. They were used as their name suggests, by shepherds tending their flocks. They are basically huts on wheels and can be rolled from location to location. The Herdy Huts current location is Hoathwaite Campsite near Coniston. The views are stunning!

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There are three huts available and I booked Gerdy hut !  Each hut is furnished in warm and bright colours with everything you could possibly need. We were surprised at how spacious Gerdy actually is. There is a snug double bed ( with a single bunk above) , a table and seating area, kitchen storage, a gas hob and a wonderful wood burner which is also an oven. A delicious aroma of firewood and fabric softener envelops you as you enter. 🙂

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The huts comfortably fit two adults or two adults and a child. A well behaved dog is welcome too. 🙂

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The Shepherd’s Huts are on a campsite so toilets and showers are shared with the campers. They are basic but this wasn’t a problem as they were kept very clean. The campsite is also part of a working farm so don’t be surprised if you come across a few friendly cows!

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The location is pretty much perfect. A two mile or so lakeside walk to the pretty village of Coniston one way and a shorter walk to Torver the other way. But mostly we just loved hanging out at our hut. 🙂 We were fortunate really that the weather was mixed. When the sun shone we made the most of the bench and brazer outside and when it rained and the wind howled, well we were nice and toasty in Gerdy. I miss Gerdy already!

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A three night weekend break or a four night midweek break in Herdy, Gerdy or Blea costs £260. £10 extra for one well behaved dog.

Have you ever been Glamping?

Camping Trip ~ Yorkshire Dales.

June  means dusting down the tent and heading off into the Yorkshire dales for the weekend. 🙂  We picked Masons Farm at Appletreewick as it is a site we’ve visited before, enjoying its close proximity to the river Wharfe….and  a couple of good real ale pubs.

Masons Farm is a friendly family run site with all the facilities you could possibly need, including shower blocks with hairdryers, a small shop/reception in a retro airstream van and a mobile bakery/coffee van that proves very popular on weekend mornings.

The shop/reception.
The shop/reception.
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The entrance to Masons Farm.
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Chickens and ducks roam freely.
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Appletree Van serves coffee and homemade sausage rolls and cakes.

The River Wharfe flows past the bottom of the site and is a haven for wildlife such as Herons, Kingfisher and Goosander, more of which in my next #30dayswild update! As soon as we had pitched the tent on Friday we headed out along the river to the nearby village of Burnsall with its attractive stone cottages,pub, shop and tea rooms. 🙂

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River Wharfe.
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Hugo outside the pub.
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Enjoying a summer fruit cider outside The Red Lion.
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And back to camp for a bbq.

On the Saturday we turned left at the bottom of the site and walked the two hour gentle trek along the river, through Strid Wood and to the grounds of Bolton Abbey.We had lunch at the Pavilion cafe there and Hugo our black lab made the most of lots of dips in the river. 🙂 In the evening we strolled to one of the two pubs in Appletreewick for tea. Both the Craven Arms and the New Inn serve food and are dog friendly.

Hugo making a splash.
Hugo making a splash.
Wood carvers shack in Strid Wood.
Wood carvers shack in Strid Wood.
Heritage beetroot and goat's cheese tart with  salad and new potatoes. My delicious tea at the Craven Arms.
Heritage beetroot and goat’s cheese tart with salad and new potatoes. My delicious tea at the Craven Arms.
Real Ales are popular here. :)
Real Ales are popular here. 🙂

On Sunday morning it was time to pack up the tent and leave Mason’s Farm. We had a fab stay and I wouldn’t hesitate to book again. It was a perfect riverside camping experience. 🙂 oooh and the campsite is all geared up for glamping too, renting out an Airstream , vw campers and bell tents. Something to think about! On the way home we decided to call in at Bolton Abbey again and take a few photos of the romantic ruins of the old priory. The Bolton Abbey estate has beautiful grounds, riverside,tea rooms, gift shop, kids welly walk, picnic spots and hiking trails. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.

Bolton Abbey and stepping stones.I  was too scaredy to cross them.
Bolton Abbey and stepping stones.I was too scaredy to cross them.
Abbey steps.
Abbey steps.
Another Air stream at Masons Farm.
Another Air stream at Masons Farm.

Do you go camping and if so what sites do you recommend?

Cath Kidston go’s camping.

It will soon be Camping season! Honest! I am already planning our first camping trip. The other half says we can’t go away until June which is when we both have a week off.I am hoping we can actually get away for a sneaky weekend before then~depending on our Great British weather. Maybe we should head to Silverdale on the Lancashire coast and Gibralter Farm with its panoramic views of Morcambe bay.Or perhaps we should travel to the Lake District and discover a few more of its stunning lakes and tarns.Maybe we are destined for the beautiful south which is usually about ten degree’s warmer than up here in North West England.Wherever ,I think I might have to treat myself to something gorgeous from the Cath Kidston Camping range.Turn our camping into glamping.:)

Luggage tags Dome tent £85
Luggage tags Dome tent £85
Spot Wellies for them muddy fields £38.
Spot Wellies for them muddy fields £38.
Red spot extra large carry all bag £35.
Red spot extra large carry all bag £35.
Luggage tags sleeping Bag to snuggle down in.
Luggage tags sleeping Bag to snuggle down in.
Strawberry shorts & Camisole set £32.
Strawberry shorts & Camisole set £32.
Draw string wash bag £8.
Draw string wash bag £8.
Set of 3 wild flower shower gels £6.
Set of 3 wild flower shower gels £6.
Luggage tags cool bag to keep the beer chilled. :)
Luggage tags cool bag to keep the beer chilled. 🙂
Set of 3 daisy rose check melamine food containers £16.
Set of 3 daisy rose check melamine food containers £16.
Flowers Melamine Bowl £3.Perfect for breakfast.
Flowers Melamine Bowl £3.Perfect for breakfast.
English stripe picnic blanket £20.
English stripe picnic blanket £20.
English stripe parasol £30
English stripe parasol £30
I might treat us to these lovely wine glasses £4 each. :)
I might treat us to these lovely wine glasses £4 each. 🙂
strawberry drinks bottle £12
strawberry drinks bottle £12

There are lots more adorable accessories for camping and all other occasions on the Cath Kidston website Cathkidston.co.uk/