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Glamping in Bristol

Last year, we went on a glamping holiday, which is the closest I’ve ever got to camping. This year, we went to Bristol to stay in a wigwam for a last minute break. I had no idea what to expect and wasn’t sure how basic it would be. I was pleasantly surprised. The wigwam was fantastic, as were the amenities available on site. We were in one of three wigwams (the dog friendly one), only one of which was used for one night while we were there, so it was nice and quiet.

View of BristolBristol Wigwams Inside Bristol wigwamEach of the wigwams have a picnic bench outside, to sit and enjoy the amazing view of Bristol. Inside, the accommodation is basic, but good quality, clean and comfortable. There’s heating, hot water, a microwave, fridge, kettle and toaster (which, as we don’t have one, I was super excited about!) There’s basic crockery and cutlery, though we didn’t really cook, save for some jacket potatoes and beans, so it wasn’t much of an issue. There’s a sofa, table & chairs out of shot, the door in the picture above leads to the bathroom, which is better than our bathroom at home. I am not kidding. Now, lets talk about the bed. You have to bring your own bedding. No problem. I was worried about the bed, as I need a firm mattress for my back and a lot of times, I’ll stay somewhere and the mattress is super soft, leaving me in agony. This bed, however, was super firm and perfect for me. We stayed for three nights and the wigwam was the perfect base for us. I would happily stay here again.

Sunny Bristol Bristol sunsetBristol at nightThe views into Bristol are spectacular and I can only imagine how the hot air balloon festival looked from here. It was great looking out, spotting different things in and around Bristol. I was really amazed to see both Seven Bridge crossings. Having spent years crossing them, it was funny to see them both at once. The one thing I was really impressed with was the Clifton Suspension Bridge, which lights up at night. It’s really impressive, both from a distance and close up. We didn’t sit out a lot, as it was really windy, and not that warm, plus the Olympics were on. There are log stoves/BBQ’s available for each of the wigwams, and you can buy kindling, lighters and logs there. Phil made an awesome fire one night, so I sat out under my blanket while the sun went down.

View of BristolBristol viewEverything about staying at the wigwam was easy. It is really well placed for exploring the city, as well as other local hotspots, some of which were better than others. (I’ll write more about these later.) The fields opposite the wigwam site can be used by people staying at the wigwam, and we did a lovely walk one evening through them with Poppy. There are two extra shower/toilets in the amenities block, as well as a games room that has a pool table in it. There are also spare chairs to sit outside that are a bit comfier than sitting at the picnic table. We were sent codes that gave us access to the site and the key for our wigwam. Everything was straight forward, which is want you want for a holiday. I can’t recommend the wigwams enough and as we were only there for three nights, there are lots of other things I’d like see and do so would love to go back for another stay.

An evening stroll around Christchurch and Hengistbury Head

On the final evening of our glamping holiday, we went out for dinner and had an awful, awful meal. It was so awful that we didn’t want to just go back to our hut. We couldn’t let the awful dinner be the final thing we did on our holiday. So we went for a drive and found ourselves in Christchurch. We headed for the marina, parked up and started walking. We didn’t really know where we were heading but before long we stumbled across the Priory Church and the castle ruins.

Christchurch Abbey Christchurch at sunset Christchurch Christchurch marina

Not far from Christchurch is the beautiful Hengistbury Head. Phil had been before, years ago, but I never had. We parked up in the car park and headed towards the beach. It was breathtaking. As the sun was setting, we didn’t have time to explore the beach, as we wanted to climb to the top and explore the different wildlife areas. Hengistbury has such an amazing history and varied wildlife. Plus the view from the top is breathtaking and well worth a visit. I wish we’d had more time to explore, but the sun was setting and we had to get back to the car park. I’d love to go again and really explore the whole place.

Hengistbury Head Hengistbury Head at sunset Poppy at Hengistbury Head

It was a perfect way to end our glamping holiday and definitely improved our evening after our dreadful meal. Christchurch is such a beautiful area and I can’t wait to go back to explore further. Maybe a summer holiday day trip is in order!

Tuesday Treat – Glamping

Confession time folks: I have never been camping. With my huge dislike of spiders and body temperature always verging on the side of frostbite, sleeping outside has never taken my fancy. So when Phil got me a glamping holiday for my birthday a few weeks ago, I wasn’t sure what to expect. It was a lovely little cabin/hut on the edge of the New Forest, which had a toilet and a shower. (Phil earned major plus points for that!) It was gorgeous and in the most breathtaking locations.

Lake Reflections Hengistbury Head Glamping

The Beech Hut was the perfect little hideaway. We were there for three nights and spent the days walking and exploring the local area. As we were only there to sleep, it didn’t matter too much that there wasn’t much room. Water was limited so showers were quick, but after a day spent walking, all we wanted was to sleep when we got home so that wasn’t an issue. The hut was in woodland on a farm. In the middle of the woodland was a gorgeous lake, which was a great location for an evening dog walk.

We walked all the miles during our glamping holiday. Check out my FitBit stats below:

Glamping FitBit

Pretty impressive huh?! Though, somewhere during that week, I managed to shave off some cartilage in my knee, so there are no massive walks in my future. It was worth it though. I would definitely go glamping again and would love to go back to Beech Hut, as it’s a great place to explore the surrounding area.