As the summer approaches, I always feel an urge to enjoy the great outdoors and make the very most of what the British countryside has to offer. Venturing into the midst of nature is a great escape from the office and you’re certain to feel like you’ve had a real change of scene when you’ve spent a few days with grass between your toes, fresh air all around and abundant wildlife happy to entertain you. I don’t like ‘roughing-it’ on a campsite where I have to attempt (and inevitably fail!) to erect my own tent, so a break on a working farm with ready-prepared Yurts featuring many of the comforts of home provides the ideal solution. Worcester Glamping is a new luxury camping site at Manor Farm, a working dairy farm in Lower Wick situated at the edge of Worcester with beautiful views of the Malvern Hills.
This charmingly rustic campsite has a lovely exclusive atmosphere with just five large (5m diameter) Yurts which have been hand-made by Tristan, the owner. Named after the Malvern Hills, the five Yurts: Ragged Stone, Sugar Loaf, Tinkers, Broad Down, and The Beacon can each accommodate up to four people and boast mod cons including electricity, lights, wood burner stove, actual double or single beds (with sheets, duvets, and pillows), a sofa bed, table, dresser and even a wooden door for that extra little bit of privacy. During the day you can relax outside your Yurt and take in the views over the flood plains of the Severn and Teme and at night in the warmer months, you can open the top of your Yurt so you can actually sleep under the stars (though you definitely want to check the forecast before giving this a go!). Yurt Tip: Tinkers is a popular Yurt with a brown canvas roof giving it more of a bohemian feel and character than the others. The site also features a new communal shower block with separate men’s and women’s showers; a paddock that can be used for outdoor games and a 4 x 10m raised decked area that looks out towards the lake. The team at Worcester Glamping also like to do whatever they can to turn your Yurt stay into a more homely experience with lovely little touches like fresh flowers.
In terms of dining, there is a communal BBQ area with several BBQ barrels (Tip: the farm sells delicious 23 day matured Aberdeen Angus beef which has been bred and reared on the farm and tastes wonderful on the BBQ!), and if the British weather decides to pay a visit the campsite also has a wet weather room with cooking facilities. If however you want a break from cooking or the BBQ-ing goes a little too ‘cajun’ you can always visit the Crown Cavern Pub at the entrance to the farm which offers a good value carvery and filling full English breakfasts, alternatively, there’s a wide range of takeaways which deliver to the site and if you fancy a little more sophistication you can always enjoy a meal in one of the many restaurants in Worcester, just a forty-minute walk along the river or £10 GBP in a taxi.
There are plenty of activities to do in the area: kayaking on the River Teme and Severn; hiking and biking in the Malvern Hills and along the many country lanes with plenty of lovely county pubs along the way to break up your ride. For children, there’s the West Midlands Safari Park, The Severn Valley Railway, and The Tudor House. In Worcester, there are lots of old Tudor buildings (particularly on the Shambles) as well as the Royal Worcester Porcelain museum, lots of good shops, and lively nightlife. Manor Farm itself may also appeal to historians as it’s on one of the civil war battlegrounds where Charles II was finally beaten and fled to hide in the oak tree and Tristan is very happy to give you a tour around the farm which has a 240 cow herd and guests can wander amongst the young cows and lambs.
Whether you are a family looking for an outdoor holiday with a little more comfort and quiet than a large camping ground or you’re a couple looking for a romantic, activity break under the stars Worcester Glamping has a lot to offer.
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