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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. 🙂



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


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


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 .


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 .


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.


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 .


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?


Kirkby Lonsdale in a camper van.

For a while now Wil and I have wanted to get our ‘Scooby Dooby Doo!’ on by taking a trip in a Mystery Machine , and stay overnight somewhere cool in a camper van. Well I guess we already have our Scooby ( Hugo the black labrador) so all we needed was our transportation and a corking campsite. Lucky for us a rather good camper van hire company has started up, right here in the Ribble Valley. Star Campers UK are situated on the way over Waddington Fell, just outside Clitheroe. They are a brand new business run by husband and wife team Paul and Kathy Rosthorn, with just a little help from their cute French Bulldog Louis of course!  At present they have two beautifully renovated vans ready to rent out…..and two more are being lovingly restored. We were able to choose from Sunny ,a cheery sunshine yellow original 1972 1.6 litre Left hand drive Tin top westfalia campmobile ( Hope I got that right! ) and Starline , a more modern 2009 VW T5 TDI. Due to Wil being the only driver he got to pick. The T5 came out tops as Paul told us it was the easiest to drive. And Wil agreed,  it was as “simple as driving any car, just higher up”. 🙂

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We had booked a campsite near the pretty town of Kirkby Lonsdale, about an hours drive away. So it was great to set up camp when we got there and explore our home away from home for the night. Starline has been done up to the highest spec with leather and suede upholstery, LED lighting and all mod cons , such as a waeco fridge freezer and smev appliances. I loved the colourful camper van crockery and the fact that Kathy had put milk,eggs and butter in the fridge for us , was a welcoming touch.

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The campsite we stayed at was the very well organized Woodclose Park , about half an hours walk along the rocky river Lune into Kirkby. It is mainly a statics holiday park but is also wonderfully equipped for tourers and campers. Facilities include a site shop, indoor washing up area with information point, children’s play area and a designated dog walk. The site teams with wildlife and also has a resident herd of Alpacas. 🙂

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Kirkby Lonsdale itself is a picturesque market town with lots of dog friendly pubs ( many serving delicious food), tons of very browse worthy shops ( Parma Violet gift shop is my fave), pretty tea rooms and cafes and its surrounded by gorgeous South Lakes countryside. Here are a few Pics…..

Canoeing on the river Lune.
Canoeing on the river Lune ~ taken from Devils Bridge.
The steep Radical steps ( there are 86 of them! )
The steep Radical steps ( there are 86 of them! )
Ruskin's view from st Mary's churchyard.
Ruskin’s view from st Mary’s churchyard.
St Marys Church.
St Marys Church.
Street View, Kirkby Lonsdale.
Street View, Kirkby Lonsdale.
two for one cocktails at Plato's.
two for one cocktails at Plato’s.

After a fun few hours in town we headed back to the site for a barbecue and as the evening wore on we found ourselves in the middle of a thunderstorm! Luckily we were safe and warm inside Starline, watching the impressive lightning from the heavens. The pop up top bedroom gave us a great view of the storm.

There is plenty of room in the pop up top for two people to sleep.
There is plenty of room in the pop up top for two people to sleep. 

After a comfortable night we woke up to the sunshine cracking the flags. 🙂 Enjoyed some bacon and blueberry scotch pancakes with maple syrup for breakfast and took Hugo for a walk before dropping the van off and heading home.

Breakfast Ready!
Breakfast Ready!
Poppy view.
Poppy view.

Our night away in a Star camper Van was a great success. Can’t wait to see how Paul and Kathy’s other vans Buster and Terry turn out. They will be on the road soon!