In pop-up sites across the UK, tipis and bell tents are being used to meet extra summer demand. But the one we try takes sleeping under the stars to extremes
Soaring demand for camping and the need for accommodation providers to make up for loss of income have led to a new summer trend: the pop-up campsite. Across the land tipis and bell tents that would usually be touring the festival circuit are being repurposed to create temporary glamping sites – some with just a single tent, others more like mini festivals. Among those getting in on the pop-up action is Camphill Estate in North Yorkshire, which has added 15 bell tents to its existing collection and has already extended availability to the end of October after being inundated with bookings. In the New Forest, Harry’s Meadow is a sister site to permanent Harry’s Field, with an extra 100 pitches for six weeks until August; and for two weeks in August you can get your festival vibes at Wild Canvas in Somerset.
Last week, glamping specialist Canopy & Stars launched its own summer campout offering, each a single tent in the grounds of properties on sister website Sawday’s. More sites were unveiled this week and in total it will run more than 20 between now and the end of September.