17 April 2017

A Family Glamping Adventure With Jollydays

If you're looking to get away from it all and escape to a magical woodland getaway we'd highly recommend the Jollydays Glamping site in beautiful Yorkshire. It's ideal for a cosy couples retreat, a weekend away with friends and absolutely perfect for a family adventure. From the moment you drive into the Jollydays woodland you feel relaxed in the peaceful surroundings, with just the sound of the birds and the trees swaying. Nestled within the woodland are several types of glamping tents which vary in size and amenities.

Home for the weekend - Our Woodland Lodge
A lodge with a view - nestled in peaceful woodland
We stayed in a woodland lodge which comfortably sleeps 6 and was equipped with a kitchen unit, a bathroom, beds, sofas, a table and a huge log burner to keep you cosy at night. With this set up it means you can have the adventure of camping but with hot running water, cooking facilities and comfort giving the experience the aptly named title 'glamping'. With a young family having these things without having to leave the tent was fantastic, there was also a travel cot and highchair for us to use which were super handy.

The lodge is beautifully decorated and comfortable with gorgeous rustic features, blankets to cuddle up in and super comfy, warm beds to fall into after a day exploring. There are lovely touches throughout the site including a utensils shed for any extra bits and bobs you might need such as hot water bottles to snuggle up with at night when it gets cool.

Inside the lodge
Cosy beds to snuggle up in
The little ladies loved going to sleep with a hot water bottle
The woodland is a wonderful place for the children to just be children and explore, to play with sticks, to run, to jump and climb. The site is very family orientated with a wonderful, simple play area in a clearing with a little play house and a tyre swing. The girls spent ages playing here, collecting pine cones, rolling around in the leaves and making believe.

A place where children can be free range - so perfect for us!
The little ladies exploring the woodland
The little ladies spent ages playing in the play house and balancing on the tyres
One of their favourite things was this beautiful little house which really captured their imaginations and immediately became a 'fairy house'. They knocked on the door each time they passed it, hoping to catch a glimpse of one.

The Jollydays fairy house
Adults are not forgotten at Jollydays with a beautiful communal 'tea tent' stocked with all sorts of tea and coffee, a kettle and stove with fairy lights and straw bale sofas to relax on. There is also an incredible honesty shed stocked with treats like wine, beer and marshmallows for toasting on the campfire. Once we had snuggled the girls into beds we sat by our log burner with a glass of wine and a local ale listening to the trees gently swaying and owls hooting, it was the most relaxed we had felt in ages.

Miss Tibs relaxing in the tea tent!

Miss Boo loved this hay bale sofa
Little Luxuries - The wonderfully stocked honesty shed
Toasting marshmallows was one of the many highlights of our stay at Jollydays. The girls couldn't wait to run down to the communal campfire area each evening, watch daddy light the fire and sit on logs waiting for it to settle down before toasting and enjoying warm, gooey marshmallows together. There was no rush to be anywhere, we let bedtimes go out the window and just enjoyed each others company.

The communal campfire area
Waiting to toast marshmallows
Each tent also has it's own bbq for cooking and we started our days with bacon and sausage sandwiches in the fresh morning air. If you don't want to be cooking there is a fantastic local catering company who can deliver all sorts of delights right to your tent. One evening we ordered homemade pizzas and sat outside on the tent veranda on the picnic table eating them in with the woodland around us, they were so yummy. We also treated ourselves to afternoon tea one day which was totally divine, sandwiches, cakes galore, tea and milkshakes served in pretty vintage china - it was absolute bliss.

Homemade pizza delivered to the tent!
The most amazing afternoon tea enjoyed in the woods!
We had an absolutely wonderful stay which gave us the most valuable thing of all - quality family time, just being together, giving each other our full attention and making wonderful memories together. Holidays with children can often feel like just a change of scene but this really did feel like a break and every single one of us enjoyed it immensely.

Family time at it's best
You can find out more about a Jollydays Glamping holiday HERE. Do also check out their sister site The North Star Club, a woodland retreat you can enjoy all year round. We filmed a short video of our time at Jollydays which we hope captures the essence of adventure together:



Me x

*This is a collaborative post. 
All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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