Glamping it up!

Because I have the best bridesmaids ever, they organised not one, but two pre-wedding celebration weekends for me in the lead up to the wedding.  I had my official hen do with all my female friends back in May, but this weekend my bridesmaids had another surprise planned for me.

On Friday evening I packed up a mixed bag containing items from my to-bring-list I had been given the day before; wellies, warm clothes, a towel…  I then picked up one of my bridesmaids, Vicki and headed in the general direction of Norwich.  As we got closer, Vicki directed me towards Whitlingham and the campsite.  We were going GLAMPING!

Glamping in Whitlingham

The tent was fantastic and allegedly held up to six people.  But there was plenty of room for the five of us.  There were raised beds inside and it was decorated both inside and out with fairy lights and pretty bunting.

Glamping in WhitlinghamMy other three bridesmaids, Amanda, Hollie and Zoë were already there and we headed straight to Morrisons for some food to BBQ.  I’ve been seeing so much watermelon out just lately though, and was desperate to buy watermelon whilst I was with people I could share it with!

Watermelon time!


When you camp (or glamp!) it is a requirement that you cook burgers and eat smores.   We did both these things on Friday night.

Glamping in Whitlingham Glamping in WhitlinghamOn Friday morning I had been woken at 3:30am by the storms we had in Northamptonshire.  I love watching a good thunderstorm and although the weather was pretty warm and muggy whilst we were away for the weekend, the storms were thoughtful enough to just be at night.  Both nights we snuggled under the provided blankets and looked out as the sheet, fork and ribbon lightning tore down around us.

Glamping in Whitlingham


On the Saturday morning it was a little damp and warm but still fresh enough for a morning walk before breakfast so we tootled along the 2.5 mile loop around the water.  There were lots of people out swimming, biking and running – I’m guessing trying to get their miles in before the heat got too much again.

Camping at Whitlingham


(Notice the Garmin?…picking up some new Conquersize zones!)

As busy as my last hen do had been, this one was relaxed.  It was lovely just to chill out and have laughs with my bridesmaids over the weekend and we decided on our plans on impulse rather than having to be in a certain place at a certain time and rushing around madly.  Just what I needed this weekend!  They were desperate for me to head out on a run so that they could organise their speech for my wedding day but it was way too hot in the afternoon by the time they wanted me to head out, and I’d scheduled Saturday as a rest day anyway.

Instead, we headed into the city and picked up some bargains in Primark, where I was dressed in all things ‘hippy’ to match my wavy hair.

Primark glasses and hair flowers


I also managed to pick up a veil after stumbling upon a Cancer research charity shop specialising in second hand wedding items.  If only I had found this sooner!

It was quite upsetting having to leave on the Sunday but Hollie had bought us all some magic bubble wands to distract us from the upcoming departure.  Best way to keep a group of 29 year olds quiet!

Blowing bubbles whilst glamping at Whitlingham Blowing bubbles whilst glamping at Whitlingham Blowing bubbles whilst glamping at Whitlingham

Ever been glamping before?

Do you enjoy watching thunderstorms?



19 thoughts on “Glamping it up!

  1. If I was going camping I’d want it to be like this! It look’s like you had a wonderful time and that tent look’s really comfortable..
    I’ve never had smores but I really want to try, I’m fully committed to biscuit, chocolate and much so I’d eat one right now :)
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    1. The tent was great. I loved the bunting and fairy lights that decorated it.
      You have to try smores! Make sure to make the marshmallow lovely and gooey to melt the melt the chocolate and hold it all together. Perfect evening activity around a campfire!

  2. You look beautiful with your wavy hair :)

    I must admit I’m a wuss when it comes to both camping and thunderstorms. I find trying to lie down in a bed painful enough with the state of my back (and that’s with a custom mattress) so spending the night in a tent isn’t that appealing. I might make an exception for the place you stayed though: it looks amazing!

    Thunderstorms scare the crap out of me to be honest. I’m just as bad as most people’s pets…I tend to cower and hide under things (!) I’m just glad I don’t live on my own, or I’d be a weeping, shaking mess the whole time.

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    1. Thank you! The other girls all commented on my wavy hair too. I’ll have to leave it in plaits overnight more often!
      I like the adrenaline of a thunderstorm but I’ve seen the damage they can cause and I would be much less excited if I was on my own when they happened. Bella doesn’t seem to be like other pets though and will often sit on the windowsill with me watching a storm outside.

  3. Oh wow that looks like a fantastic weekend. I’d much prefer this type of camping than regular camping! And how cool to have that storm happen while you were out there. I thought it was fairly scary while I was safe inside let alone in a tent!

    1. Much better than regular camping. It was fab! There were so many other glamping tents around as well that I didn’t feel like we were taking the easy way out! 😛

  4. I AM SO JEALOUS!!!!!! THIS LOOKS SIMPLY AMAZING! I have only heard of glamping… and don’t know anyone that has actually done it. Ah- what a stellar group of friends you have! I need to look into this in my area.

    Love that you played with bubbles….. looks like a fun, relaxing, care-free time! Perfect and enjoy these last few weeks! ek!
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    1. Steps…
      #1: Choose amazing friends.
      #2: Find a fab campsite that offers glamping.
      #3: Stock up on burgers, wine, watermelon and bubbles.
      #4: Enjoy an amazing weekend switched off from the internet!

      Do it! 😀

  5. What a lovely weekend :)
    Your hair looks lovely wavy by the way.
    I like seeing thunderstorms in the distance, but I do get nervous when they are close, especially at night time- a bit irrational I know! The one we had last Thurs night/ Friday morning was crazy- a Florida style storm.
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    1. Aw thank you! If only I could replicate my hair this way every day!
      They have almost been tropical style over here as well. We had storms Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. It seems to have cleared the air at least and it’s much cooler this way now.

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