A room with a splen­did view

Snap up a one-night-only chance to spend the night un­der can­vas in the stunning grounds of West Wy­combe Park on the sum­mer sol­stice

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FA­THER'S Day is com­ing up on June 21 and the Na­tional Trust is of­fer­ing a unique op­por­tu­nity to en­joy the beau­ti­ful grounds of one of its prop­er­ties as you have never seen them be­fore on the night of the sum­mer sol­stice.

For the very first time – and for one night only – West Wy­combe Park will be open­ing up the lake­side set­ting to campers.

The lodgers will have and en­tire 18th cen­tury land­scape gar­den to roam through – in­clud­ing wa­ter fea­tures, tem­ples, fol­lies and wood­land – and ex­plore out of hours.

And, of course, pic­tured above is the view the happy campers will be wak­ing up to. Not a bad start to the day. Campers will be able to play hoopla, cro­quet, skit­tles and rounders in the shadow of the Ital­ianate Pal­la­dian villa as well as tak­ing part in ac­tiv­i­ties such as pond dip­ping, river­fly mon­i­tor­ing and star gaz­ing.

Or you could try climb­ing a tree, play­ing Pooh sticks or rolling down a re­ally big hill – all ac­tiv­i­ties listed in the Na­tional Trust's ‘50 things to do be­fore you're 11 ¾'

If you're a novice camper, help will be at hand in the form of Cotswold Out­door, an ac­tion and travel ex­pert or­gan­i­sa­tion who can help in­tro­duce the uni­ti­ated to life un­der can­vas – and lend a hand if a vi­tal piece of equip­ment has been forgotten.

The sun will set at 9.21pm and there are a raft of things to do as twi­light falls, from Tai Chi ses­sions to a bat walk, moth trap­ping and a bat walk. Or en­joy some mu­sic, sto­ry­telling and marsh­mal­low toast­ing around the camp­fire.

There will be a ded­i­cated bar­be­cue area for those who wish to cater for them­selves or you could let some­one else do the hard work as supper and hot and cold drinks can be bought from on­site cater­ers Ashridge De­li­cious and Cool­berry Café.

And af­ter a good night's sleep, wake up to the ear­li­est dawn cho­rus of the year as the sun rises at 4.43am.

Break­fast is pro­vided in the form of a sausage, ba­con or veg­e­tar­ian bap with cof­fee, tea or hot choco­late and you can set your­self up for the day with an early morn­ing Tai Chi ses­sion.

West Wy­combe Park will be host­ing the Fa­ther's Day Out­door Show on Sun­day June 21 and camp­ing tick­ets in­clude free en­try to the event.

At­trac­tions will fea­ture out­door sport­ing demon­stra­tions, con­ser­va­tion ex­hibits, trac­tor rides around the park and lots of ac­tiv­i­ties for all the fam­ily, in­clud­ing in­tro­duc­tions to fal­conry, fly fish­ing, polo, pony rid­ing. Nordic walk­ing , ori­en­teer­ing and bell­boat row­ing.

The camp site will be open from 5pm on Satur­day June 20 to 5pm on Sun­day June 21. Fam­ily tick­ets cost £90 for two adults and two chil­dren or one adult and three chil­dren, or £100 for two adults and three chil­dren. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion is avail­able from www.na­tion­al­trust.org.uk.

Pic­ture: Con­trib­uted

Spend a night un­der can­vas at West Wy­combe Park and en­joy the sum­mer sol­stice with the free­dom to roam through the glo­ri­ous grounds out of hours

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