The camping and caravan club have not been left behind with this trend and have set up their own glamping holidays across 17 UK locations. We spent 7 nights at Ready Camp in Scarborough and this is the longest we have ever stayed in this sort of accommodation before. We could have stayed for 2 weeks though! It was just such a lovely break.
We spent lazy mornings snuggled up in our REAL beds that were so cozy we didn't get up until 10am on most mornings. We moved our dining furniture onto our terrace where we enjoyed breakfast and a hot coffee before heading out for the day. You really can't beat an al fresco breakfast!
We would generally always visit nearby Scarborough, Whitby or Filey for lunch and return late afternoon which would be spent making friends with other campers, cooking up a BBQ or playing family games.
Evenings were my favourite time of all when the kids would go to bed (we let them have their ipods in bed for a little bit - this was the only time they bothered with them) and we would sit on the terrace and share a bottle of wine, actually talk with no distractions, read a book (which is something I never get to do) and watch some truly stunning sunsets. Our site was very peaceful and quiet - no rowdiness or noise at all.
We honestly had such a chilled, laid back and relaxing break - we couldn't have asked for anything better and will be booking up asap next year (we fancy the lakes).
A guided tour
There is LOTS of outdoor space around your tent - every tent sleeps up to 6 people and we could park our car next door to our tent.
The dining furniture could easily be moved inside and out - ours spent most of the time on our terrace which meant our tent was very spacious inside.
The double bedroom is equipped with a comfortable mattress, floor light, hanging rail, under bed secure storage and storage pockets on the wall. More than enough room for 7 nights.
The second bedroom features a double bed with a single bunk above it plus a pull out single bed (so sleeps 4). Again there are reading lights and storage pockets. You need to provide your own bedding.
You even have your own sofa - large enough for 2 grown ups or 3 children.
The kitchen is well equipped with a full-size fridge, microwave, 2 electric hobs, kettle and toaster. There are also all of the pans, utensils and crockery you could need. We cooked bacon sandwiches, thai curry and sausage and mash no problem during our break.
Your ready camp tent does not have access to running water so you will need to use the site facilities at some point. We found them all to be spotlessly clean. There were 2 shower/toilet/washing blocks within a 30 second walk of our tent and the showers were always clean and hot. The toilets were always fully stocked with toilet roll (yes I worry about these things) and the communal washing up facilities were perfect too - lots of hot water and never grubby.
There was a large recreation room near our tent but we never used this as the weather was always beautiful - it was home to pool tables, air hockey, tvs and lots of seating. There were also two playgrounds which again we never used as our children were more than happy inventing their own games (re-enacting Planet of the Apes was a favourite) in the space around our tent.
There was a nice little shop at the site entrance selling everything from sweets to fishing nets and bread/bacon. You could also order your favourite newspaper to be delivered here. During peak season there is a fish and chip shop open from 4:30pm-9pm on site - the fish and chips weren't the best however it was very handy being able to pop across for some chips for supper. Their homemade steak pie was divine and I would recommend you opt for this over the fish and chips.
We were also next door to a Crown Carvery Pub (the Scalby Manor) which was accessed through a little gate to the rear of our tent. They serve all you can eat breakfasts and carvery meals through the day, which again although they weren't the best, were very convenient when we couldn't be bothered to cook/wash up (especially as breakfast was served until 11:30am). There is a nice beer garden to the rear of the pub with a lovely park too.
There is supposed to be access to wifi on site however we could never get it to work so I wouldn't rely on this. We did have pretty good signal though so I don't think we would have needed it anyway.
Out and About
I am going to blog about some of the things we got up to during our Ready Camp break in Scarborough shortly, however here's a little snapshot of what we got up to:-
Tea and Cake in The Fairy Garden, Filey
A lazy day building sandcastles at Scarborough beach
All the fun of the fair at Scarborough's South Bay
Listening to a free music concert at Peasholm Park, Scarborough North Bay
Donkey rides on Scarborough beach
Climb the 199 steps to Whitby Abbey
Rock pooling at Scarborough's North Bay
An epic Sunday lunch at The Nags Head, Scalby
Breakfast at Daisy Tearooms, Scalby
Exploring Whitby Abbey
Feeding the squirrels at Peasholm Park, Scarborough North Bay
Need to know
- Ready Camp holidays are available at 17 locations across the UK from £140 per tent for 3 nights.
- A £100 deposit is required on arrival which will be refunded up to 14 days after departure subject to no damage.
- Remember to pack your own bedding, washing up liquid, a dish cloth and tea towel.
I have been feeling sad and wondering if we will ever be able to afford to go on holiday abroad again recently, our stay at Ready Camp was the perfect tonic I needed to snap out of it. Our holiday was affordable, we enjoyed some lovely food, sunshine and days out and most importantly enjoyed quality time together as a family without the usual distractions of our busy lives.
Visit the Ready Camp website for more information and to book.