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Jollydays Yorkshire family glamping adventure

Jollydays Yorkshire family glamping adventure

jollydays sign

Ralph Waldo Emerson suggested, life is better when we ‘adopt the pace of nature’. I think he knew what he was talking about.

Having enjoyed a luxurious, idyllic (and child-free!) stay at the superb North Star Club last Autumn, I was excited to be visiting their more family-oriented sister site, Jollydays for a little half-term ‘glamp’ together with the whole family.

Situated 5 mins off the A64 and secluded enough to miss if you weren’t looking for it, Jollydays is set over 15 acres of lush, verdant mixed woodland. It shares some of the features of its slightly more refined sister site, but with a definite nod towards the more inclusive, family atmosphere that we need with a three and a five year old in tow.

jollydays glamping tent

Our home for two nights was Jolly Day’s signature Woodland Tent.  Spacious and charming, it had everything we needed for a very comfortable stay.  Outside our tent was a large veranda and right off our front steps we had our own BBQ and picnic table.

jollydays tent and bbq

jollydays outside tent

One of the many luxuries of Jollydays is that all 22 tents at the site are a minimum of 15 metres from each other, giving every camp the feeling of privacy.  Our ‘front garden’ was a lovely plot of woodland where the children spent time stick collecting, bug hunting and playing.

jollydays tent living space

Inside, the Tent was light and spacious, with a large wood burning stove in the heart of the living area.  Upon arrival we were given two bags of wood and although our stay was unseasonably cool, (around 11C during the daytime) the heat from stove kept our tent comfortable and warm for our entire visit.  We did buy an extra bag of wood as we kept the fire very well fed; but who doesn’t like to feed an open fire?

One thing to note is that although there are fire guards, they don’t extend all the way around the stove so we had to keep an eye on the three year old running around in the living space.

jollydays dining area

jollydays kitchen

The kitchen is a rather clever ‘shed’ in the middle of the tent.  It has the one electric light in the tent, running water, a kettle, a 4 gas ring hob, a small refrigerator and plenty of plates, glasses, cutlery, pots and bottle openers. With the options of both a BBQ outside and a stovetop inside, it meant that we could cook almost anything that we cooked at home.

We brought plenty of our own food and picked up some extra supplies on our second day at the lovely Balloon Tree Farmshop just a few minutes drive away.  We could have pre-ordered breakfast or supper baskets from Jollydays, which is a convenient option, but aside from this there is not food (other than marshmallows) to be purchased at the camp itself.  The camp store does have a great selection of drinks including beer, wines, and juices, which can call be purchased on an ‘honesty system’ where you write your choices down and pay your tab at the end of your stay.

Although Jollydays feels like you’re miles away from anywhere else, there are actually many options for places to grab a bite to eat or drink nearby.

jollydays toilet

Although there are communal toilets on site as not every camp includes it’s own toilet, the Woodland Shed has it’s own toilet and shower set inside a second shed across from the kitchen.  Inside the bathroom it’s hard to imagine that you are actually inside a giant tent.  It is spacious with running water, a toilet, sink and shower within a bath.

jollydays bedroom

Our Woodland Tent had two bedrooms at the back; One with a four poster and the second with two twin beds.  The bedrooms don’t have any ‘extra decoration’ but the beds were extremely comfortable and the duvets were amazing and warm. There are also two double sofa beds in the living area, making the Woodland Tent big enough to sleep six guests.

The Woodland Tent is spacious enough for six people to share even if the weather brought everyone in for the day.  The tent also comes equipped with hot water bottles which we made use of at night.

jollydays path

After settling into our tent we headed off to the communal area of the camp which consists of a children’s play area, a covered fire pit, a tea tent, and a pizza oven for guests to use.

Cars are only allowed in the camp when you arrive and leave to pack and unpack, so the kids could run freely without worry of sharing the path.

jollydays play area

jollydays tire swing

The play area was delightfully simple, consisting of a play house, tires for jumping on, a den, and swings. In the later afternoon and evening around a dozen camp kids gathered to play with footballs or chase each other in a game of hide and seek.  Our duo enjoyed making new friends and having other kids to play with, but as there are only 22 camps it meant that things still felt relaxed and calm.

jollydays swing

jollydays mug of hot chocolate

jollydays pizza oven

jollydays fire pit

The absolute highlight of the stay for Lily and Leo was the fire pit. It was a fantastic communal space, where adults could enjoy a convivial beer or glass of wine and a chat while the kids shared bags of marshmallows.

jollydays fire

jollydays marshmellow stick

jollydays true nature sign

Although the tents at Jollydays are set over 15 acres, the site itself is on 200 acre woodland.  Perfect for walks, den building and animal spotting.  We often go on walks as a family but it’s rare to go on a 30 minute walk and never see another person; With all the space at Jollydays you really do have a chance to experience ‘true nature’.

jollydays den building

jollydays walk

jollydays hare

We didn’t spend much time in the Tea Tent, but I can imagine it would be a nice place to read or play games on a rainy day.  There was a place to charge phones (or camera batteries) as well as some books, games and tea which could be purchased on the honesty system.  The kids thought the ‘hay chairs’ were great fun.

jollydays tea tent sign

jollydays inside tea tent

If you like the East Yorkshire countryside as much as I do, you’ll love Jolly Days.  It’s not only an opportunity to have a warm and luxurious stay in the middle of aces and acres of natural beauty, it’s also a perfect spot from which to explore the diverse attractions that this unique part of the world offers. Less than an hour in any direction from Jolly days’ arcadian charms will offer you a different day out.  You could be eating the best fish and chips on the planet in historical Whitby, soaking up the museums and cobbled streets of the magnificent walled city of York or strolling round the grounds of some of the North’s most outstanding national properties.

For more information or to book a tent yourself visit www.jollydaysglamping.co.uk.

We were invited to visit Jollydays for the purpose of this review.

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  • I'm an American mum of two Yorkshire tots who love adventures! I run www.yorkshiretots.com, a website for events, news & fun for families in West Yorkshire.

28 Comments

  1. This looks amazing! What a fab little trip for the family. I love the look of the bath. #triedtested

  2. Oh my goodness, this place looks amazing! We would love this! The ‘tent’ is just fabulous and the setting beautiful. What a perfect place to spend a couple of days.

  3. Vikki Holness says:

    Now this is definitely my idea of camping, i love all the little details and luxuries each tent includes! xx

  4. What a lovely way to camp. It sounds like a wonderful little place with great community spirit xx

    1. It was really lovely around the camp fire. I think there was just the right amount of people to make everyone feel friendly.

  5. This looks lovely and great to have the kitchen and bathroom inside too. Love the firepit and marshmallow roasting, what a treat!

    1. I loved having a bathroom inside the tent! It was so nice to not have to stumble outside in the middle of the night!

  6. Fantastic write up Erin – sounds like the perfect place to glamp with little ones. Love your photos too – I can see how much fun you all had there!

  7. Kellie Kearney says:

    Never been glamping, mind you we’ve never been camping as a family. This place slooks amazing, lots of fun. Love the honesty policy, oh I’d love some roasted marshmallows now.

  8. Wow what a beautiful site and your tent is amazing. I’ve been on at hubby to try glamping for ages, I’ll definitely be sitting him down in front of your post tonight! Looks like you had a lovely time 🙂

  9. Glamping is definitely the way to go! This site looks incredible x

  10. Kerry Norris says:

    Gosh look at the inside of that tent! That really is glamping at its best. So luxurious. It all looks fab. We are going glamping for the first time this weekend x

  11. This looks utterly idyllic. We’ve been looking at going glamping this year for a few days and this looks perfect. My little boy would adore this!

  12. This place looks so cool. I love the way that you don’t have to worry about kids and cara about x

  13. Wow this looks amazing! Such gorgeous photos, I love how cars aren’t allowed in, that would ease my mind for the children xx

  14. Notmyyearoff says:

    Oh my goodness. I hate camping but I’d stay here like a shot. Wow, it’s so nice!!

  15. The interior design of your tent is just chic and so organic. I just kept on scrolling up and down the post to look at the interior! Lovely place to be with nature! #whatevertheweather

  16. Ah! Erin, this looks completely wonderful! We’re huge fans of camping but this makes a quick weekend away so much easier. I’m sure my children would absolutely love it. Fabulous!

  17. This looks like the best of both worlds – I love the idea of going camping, but I struggle with most things that are included in the reality! This seems to avoid all the nightmares. I will definitely be looking at JollyDays in the future, could be the perfect outdoor holiday. #yorkshirefamily

    1. I’m just the same Adam! Camping sounds so great until someone actually suggests we go – that and we have nowhere to store the gear!

  18. Ooh this looks fab! I’d love to go glamping! We’ve done lots of camping as a family but a bit of added luxury would be wonderful! I love that you can go for walks and explore the area without worrying about cars.

    1. It’s so nice to be away from it all! The kids and grown ups all loved it – I think your girls would have a ball!

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