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Glamping 101

Updated: Jul 2

What is Glamping?

Glamping is known by various other names, such as 'posh camping', 'Luxury Camping', and 'Boutique Camping'. The idea of Glamping is essentially the camping experience, minus the hastle of transporting a tent, pitching it, then dismantling it all and taking it home. It usually consists of more luxury features, such as more comfortable beds, better cooking equipment, heating and sometimes even a shower.

Lady doing some glamping


In 2016 the word ‘glamping’ was first introduced to the English dictionary, however, the concept of luxury or glamarous camping is far from new.

Going back as far as the 16th century, kings & queens, earls, dukes and even emperors who travelled across kingdoms with their courts would need places to stay along the way. These trips often lasted for several weeks so they would pack large tents to fill with luxury essentials. At the end of the day, you wouldn't expect the king to slum it in a hammock after a long day of riding!

Fast forward to the 1920’s when African safaris became the thing to do for wealthy Americans and Brits who were eager for adventure but not for rough sleeping. This prompted a new need for glamping, electric generators and champagne were just some of the luxuries included.

Safari camping tents

Another century later, Covid 19 strikes. Sending the world into uncertainty, but not for the glamping community. Although glamping was on the rise before the pandemic, it soared when social distancing became the new normal. Glamping offered the perfect medium ground for people that wanted to stay safe, outdoors but with a touch of luxury.

Glamping Today

Standing at a staggering £3.5 billion today, the industry is booming and is still rising year on year.

Different ways of glamping are also appearing every year with different types of tents, pods and huts constantly evolving to suit the needs of holidaymakers. One of these is the Shepherds hut, which is so versatile that it can suit any needs. A hut can accommodate a couple or even a family of four. They can have log burners and kitchens installed.

At Forsham Oak, we can create bespoke Shepherds Huts to suit the needs of guests at any glamping site. Take a look at Our Huts now to find out what we have to offer. If you don’t see the perfect one for you, we can build it. Contact us today to get started on your custom built Shepherds Hut.

Glamping is here to stay, so why not consider it for your next holiday? After all, who doesn't want to live like a King?

A glamping pod

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