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Why we love evenings glamping

Posted by Luci Ackers

How to make the most of glamping in the evening.

The great thing about glamping is that it encourages you to spend quality time together. While it’s great to explore the outdoors during your days in the countryside, the evenings can be much more relaxing. Because our sites reintroduce you to the finer things in life, we have no electricity or wifi in our tents. This means that when evening falls, you have nothing to distract you from each other’s company.

Top Tip:

However you plan on spending your evening, be sure to get the log burner and fire pit started first. They are your heat, your light and your cooking facilities. It’s worth having that heat source burning – even in the nicest weather, the evenings can get a little chilly.

Quiet evenings with your nearest and dearest are some of the most enjoyable. Here’s some ideas for how to pass the time together during the cooler months.


If you have made use of your outdoor fire pit to cook an evening meal, then chances are you are already snuggled and comfy around the flames by the time night draws in. This is something both kids and adults alike love about being out of doors. But you can’t have a glamping adventure without toasted marshmallows, so send the youngsters out for some long sticks and crack open a bag. If you have forgotten to bring your own, fear not, the onsite honesty shop stocks them.

If you want to get creative, try s’mores: sandwich a hot marshmallow and a square of chocolate between two digestives and enjoy.

We also provide campfire kits at three of our four sites and these consist of all or a selection of the following:

  • - Marshmallows
  • - Bananas
  • - Ice cream cones
  • - Chocolate
  • - Tin foil
  • - Wooden skewers
  • - Fresh fruit
  • - A recipe card for inspiration

You can make up an interesting and delicious dessert out of the ingredients.

While you’re all sitting around the fire, enjoying the peace of the evening, have a go at making up stories to tell each other, or even get the guitar out. There are all sorts of fireside games you can play: 20 Questions, Truth or Dare or Name That Tune are just a few of the popular ones.


Talking of games, there are plenty of ones you can have a go at, even after the sun has gone down. We provide each of the tents with lanterns so you’re never thrown into complete darkness, and you’re welcome to bring some additional torches too. If you have kept the log-burner going, the inside of your tent will be really cosy, even as the autumn draws in.

Card games are an old classic for good reason; a deck of cards is lightweight to pack, and you’re not going to need a lot of equipment. There are endless card games to play, and something for every age and ability, so you won’t run out of ideas.

Check out this website for an index of games and rules.

Board games are another good option. They get everyone sitting round and chatting. Bring your favourites from home, or you could always borrow one from the honesty shop.

Get creative

You have the time to think outside the box, so why not get really creative with your glamping holiday. You could invent your own games to try whilst glamping. A fun favourite is glow-in-the-dark bowling. If you put glow sticks into plastic bottles of water they make great luminous skittles for you to roll a ball at in the dark. Remember the ball will need to be heavy enough to knock over full bottles.

When the sun starts to set over the wide, clear skies of our countryside, you have an excellent canvas above your head for stargazing. No light pollution = really clear stars.

There are a number of apps out there that will help guide your eyes and will be able to explain what it is that you’re seeing. Learn some of the more famous constellations and see if you can identify them night after night.

Luci Ackers - author for Lantern & Larks
Author: Luci Ackers

Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.

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