Leisure and Tourism
Catgill farm has been our family home for the past 60 years, originally run as a dairy farm by Grandad Ken. In 2013 Ken’s grandson Oliver returned to Catgill to the cottage where he was born and had the idea of opening a campsite. It was not easy to sell his idea to his Grandad but he agreed and the campsite opened in 2014.
“We hoped people would love it here as much as we do” said Oliver, it turns out they do and the campsite has grown enormously in popularity over the past 5 years. It’s an amazing place for families there is so much to do; Bolton Abbey is only 1Km away and Hesketh Farm Park is literally over the road.
The site is also close to the Dalesway footpath and there are numerous cycle routes including the famous Tour de France and Tour de Yorkshire routes. Each year we have added new features to the site, we started with a high quality amenity block and a field. Ken would welcome guests into his living room to check in.
Farm Diversity magazine editor Victoria Galligan caught up with Anji Morrall, the director of The Tipi Hire Company and The Bell Tent Shop. Here, she advises those setting up glampsites on choosing the perfect tents…
How did you get into making tipi tents?
We started hiring North American tipis 12 years ago. I bought one tipi to live in on a plot of land we were going to buy in Spain. The sale fell through – and I was left with a tipi. I then made a website and it took off overnight.
Five years down the line, I asked our customers what they wanted and bell tents were becoming popular. We started hiring our bell tents for extra accommodation at weddings, festivals, corporate events etc. and we now have over 500 that we hire our throughout the summer months across the UK and beyond.
If sandy beaches, real ales and one of the world’s best-known golf courses close by sounds like your type of holiday, then you only have to wait until 1st June for the grand opening of Wigwam® Holidays Largo Law.
Based in the East Neuk of Fife, six en-suite glamping cabins nestle on this working farm just 11 miles from St Andrews.
Owned by Ron and Sheilann Smith, the couple have diversified their working farm to include glamping accommodation in this stunning part of Scotland bringing brand new glamping options to the region.
Co-owner Ron said: “We are delighted to be part of one of the country’s leading glamping accommodation providers, Wigwam® Holidays.
Branching into farm attractions or farm stays are the most obvious choices if you are looking to diversify into rural tourism. There’s a lot of buzz about staycations in the news and numbers of UK families choosing staycations rather than going abroad are increasing. Glamping is an area of particular growth.
The Glamping Show offers the advice and inspiration you need to set-up a sustainable revenue stream through tourism. The popular appeal and continued growth of the glamping industry gives you excellent potential to generate revenue, but it’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the choices you need to make.
Seeing the accommodation for yourself will really help you to visualise what you can create and what will work on your farm. The Glamping Show also offers a free multi-track seminar programme that covers all the advice you need to get off on the right foot.
Huts and Stuff make Shepherds Huts to suit many uses: Their Field and Farm Shepherd's Huts make great entry Glamping solutions ideal for ramblers, walkers and cyclists accommodation. While the “Severn”, their 16ft River Range hut, can be customised to suit luxury long weekend lets ideal for wedding venues and honeymoon getaways.
Dave and John are the father and son team behind Huts and Stuff. They have over 12 years experience meeting the uniquely different needs of each of their customers. With little more than a vague idea, or a sketch on a back of an envelope, they will design a layout that suits your needs and will let you know if they think your ideas need a little more tweaking. They want the project to work for you! And Give a return on your investment.
A world full of Luxury safari tents, furnished lodges and the fastest service. That is what you will get from Outstanding. The leading safari tent supplier can take care of everything. From the moment you ask them for advice to the moment the installation is complete. They lift camping to a higher level and will make sure your guests get a well-deserved vacation.
In a period of just four years Outstanding has taken up a leading position in the relatively new world of glamping. They’re designing and producing all safari tents, glamping lodges and furniture themselves. And the results have been exceptional. Their safari tents and lodges can already be found in nearly 45 countries.
With a beach nearby, some of Scotland’s Great Trails within easy reach and group bookings welcome, Wigwam® Holidays Cove Farm is perfect for a beautiful glamping break at Cockburnspath, situated in East Lothian, Scotland.
Just a short drive from the A1 and close to the railway’s East Coast mainline at Dunbar, this brand new site boasts six en-suite luxury Running Water Deluxe Wigwam® Cabins which include a kitchenette, dining facilities and comfy mattresses for up to a family of four. Each cabin is heated and insulated offering superb holiday accommodation for glamping guests.
The site is a family affair, run by the Hoods and the Lows and is just half an hour from historic Edinburgh. The site is also secluded enough for a memorable glamping break away from the hustle and bustle for families and couples.
Co-owner of the site, Rosie Low, said: “We are delighted to be offering these fabulous luxury glamping cabins to guests who want to enjoy our fabulous location.
Andy Sutton, founder of Sutton Hospitality Consultants lives and breathes hospitality and leisure – it has been his passion for 25 years. His proven track record for achieving great results spanning the holiday park, leisure and theme park industry commands him enviable respect amongst his industry peers and competitors.
Andy’s projects are built from the ground up; firm foundations and careful planning, land development with specialisms in Greenfield Site and Unique Accommodation. Taking a piece of land, planning, developing, building, sales, marketing and then selling an established park with an increase of 130% - all in only 3 years is one of Andy’s proudest achievements.
When it comes to alternative and unique accommodation - the quirkier the better! Sutton Hospitality Consultants have a great eye for recognising the potential in unusual and obscure projects. They share with you knowledge and expertise to help you to realise your unconventional and alternative accommodation potential. They’ve even converted metal freight containers into castles!
Tithe Barn started building beautiful, bespoke shepherd’s huts in 2011 and this was the main focus of our business for several years. However, we diversified into the selling of parts having invested in patterns for our own British cast iron wheels. Building a shepherd’s hut is not rocket science and we very quickly realised two markets were emerging – customers who wanted a hut built for them and those who wanted the satisfaction of building their own. Working closely with a few carefully selected suppliers, we gradually developed our range of products, all specifically designed for shepherd’s huts, to create the unique “one stop shop” that we offer today!
Four Oaks Farm was first established in 1967 as an intensive pig farm on 10 acres of land in Mid Sussex that had previously formed part of an older adjacent farm. First to be built were extensive pig sheds and 2 Dutch Barns followed a year so later by the first farmhouse in the form a small bungalow.
With only mixed success as a pig farm, Four Oaks changed ownership on a number of occasions in the following years and in the early 1980s was taken on by a farming family, who moved more towards a mixed farming business. A smallholding of 10 acres would in days gone by have supported a family but as intensive large scale farming became popular, the business became increasingly unviable. What they did establish though was the large lakes which today have become the hallmark of the beautiful location we enjoy today. Towards the end of their tenure, a few of the outbuildings were let out unofficially to local businesses as workshops to provide a useful additional income but the authorities became aware of this and an Enforcement Notice of Closure was served upon those few workshops. It was at that point that they decided to move on.
A family business passionate about design, craftsmanship and quality.
Cedar Tree Pods is a family-run business based near Wrexham in North Wales. We make beautiful pods, shepherds huts, yurts and garden rooms. Each one of our pod designs can be tailored to your exact requirements, fitting perfectly with the needs of your business, family or lifestyle. From initial design to full realisation our team will work closely with you to create the unique space you’ve always wanted.
With farm diversification high on peoples agenda and Brexit looming large, now is the perfect time to think about what glamping could do for your business. Whether it is a side-line in an unused field or a complete change, there is great potential in the glamping market and with more and more people taking “staycations” now is a perfect time to get involved.
Glampsan, a division of Plastic Solutions (Aldridge) Limited is a leading supplier of a comprehensive range of products, from plastic waste and water tanks for above and below ground applications; sewage lifting stations; pumps, water boosting tanks and supporting products used in multiple industries: in particular, camping and caravanning, glamping, agriculture and leisure.
Founded in 2010 and manufacturing in the UK, Glampsan and Plastic Solutions have refined their expertise from the initial manufacture and sale of a simple 500-gallon tank to capture waste from toilets, to now developing niche products and solutions for capturing, controlling and pumping waste and water for glampers, caravanners and campers, both on and off-grid.
With their fourth anniversary on the horizon, Wigwam® Holidays Crowtree is one of the success stories for Wigwam® Holidays, the nationwide glamping accommodation provider.
The site, based near Spalding, South Lincolnshire, opened with six Running Water Deluxe Wigwam® Cabins in July 2015.
Owned and run by Patrick and Anne Mews, the site is home to a working farm including cattle and faithful farm dog, Bella.
Their beautiful site is close to the River Welland and is THE place to switch off, relax and lose oneself in this rural location.
Co-owner Patrick said: “It is hard to believe it’s nearly four years since we opened! Time has flown by.
“Like many in the farming sector, making money just from the farm has become a real challenge in recent years.
Drusillas Park in East Sussex has welcomed two beautiful Jersey calves to their farm, harking back to a time nearly 100 years ago when the land was the site of a working farm.
The two girls were born on 16th and 17th November and have recently joined the farm at Drusillas Park where visitors can see them in the farmyard – but the girls are in need of names. Zookeepers are inviting suggestions that represent their beauty, including their big eyes and gorgeously long eyelashes.
Zoo business manager Sue Woodgate said: “We are so
Calling all tractor fanatics and animal lovers – a working farm in north Cornwall is inviting aspiring young farmers to experience farming life for a weekend during the early lambing season.
From mid-November to mid-December, guests at The Olde House, near Polzeath in north Cornwall, can join the farm team on a Saturday and Sunday to help in the lambing shed, feed the ewes, check on the newborn lambs and perhaps even witness some being born.
There will also be opportunities to help care for kunekune pigs, chickens and guinea pigs in pets’ corner.
Jaime Hawkey, manager at The Olde House, commented: “We feel so lucky to be surrounded by beautiful countryside and lovely animals, and want to help instil this passion in the next generation by providing a space for children to learn about the farming process and ask all the questions they’ve always wanted to.”