Leisure and Tourism
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.
It’s not often you hear the words ‘luxury’ and ‘piggery’ in the same sentence – but Joe Evans, co-owner and manager of the Whitbourne Estate in rural Herefordshire, is taking his farm in a new direction this year by transforming an old piggery into a luxurious new venue for corporate events, special occasions and weddings.
Joe and wife Keeley, the duo behind the award-winning Green Cow Kitchens restaurant on their 1,500 acre estate, are in the midst of building Crumplebury; a luxury venue designed for all manner of events, set to shake up the region’s offering of places to host special occasions.
Cornwall … organic livestock … glamping … this sounds like a magical list of ingredients making up a tasty cocktail for a successful diversification project.
And for Wigwam® Holidays Penbugle, these formed the basic three factors for their farm’s diversification over the last eight years.
Wigwam® Holidays Penbugle Organic Farm, which is close to the market town of Liskeard and the fishing communities of Looe and Polperro in South East Cornwall, have taken the glamping plunge on their organic farm, part of the Duchy of Cornwall Duloe Estate.
The glorious Cornish countryside, which has been captured in BBC TV’s Poldark adaptations, is just one factor that encouraged John and Lizzie Ridout to diversify their farm to include bell tents, a campsite and spacious Big Chief Wigwam® Cabins, becoming part of the growing Wigwam® Holidays Franchise.
With the lofty Moffat Hills as a backdrop, John and Laura Hume knew they had to share their glorious location with visitors to the area … and not just with the Golden Eagles and Ospreys that fly above this beautiful location!
The site opened in April 2017 and includes six Running Water Deluxe Wigwam® Cabins made just up the road in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.
The construction of their cabins also coincided with the felling and distribution of their own timber at their location, which is just moments from the Grey Mare’s Tail Nature Reserve.
Close to the South Upland Way and in the middle of the spectacular scenery, this working farm diversified into glamping and also painstakingly transformed the natural landscape into a haven for wildlife.
Now in its eleventh year of business, Humble Bee Farm is a working arable and stock farm in the Yorkshire Wolds.
Nothing unusual here, perhaps, except the farm decided to diversify just over a decade ago and now successfully combines the agricultural side of the business with award-winning glamping.
Co-owned by Julia and John Warters, Wigwam® Holiday Humble Bee Farm started small: a petite campsite, two original Big Chief Wigwam® Cabins and a portable toilet.
Today, with a clutch of awards under their belts, the couple have continued their diversification to include twenty Wigwam® Cabins (including four en-suite Running Water Deluxe models, each with its own private outdoor hot tub), four Nomadic Yurts, three luxury holiday cottages, a small campsite, two shower and toilet blocks, an onsite reception/shop, children’s play area, a football field and an interactive Nature Trail.
A North Yorkshire couple are enjoying the fruits of their labour after turning their unused farm buildings into holiday cottages.
As they approached retirement, farmer William Heslop, 66, and his wife, Ann Lovegreen, 57, a former project manager for Darlington Borough Council, wanted to breathe new life into their arable and beef cattle farm in Gilling West, near Richmond.
Spotting potential in three of their traditional stone-built outhouses, the couple decided to sell some of their arable land and convert the buildings into holiday homes, creating a rural retreat for guests in this stunning part of the country.
Keen to maintain their passion for farming and livestock, the couple retained a small farm and some animals, including a small herd of belted Galloway cattle, rare breed Tamworth pigs and several sheep.