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
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.
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