Ex­hibitors and sup­pli­ers wear big smiles at the Glamp­ing Show

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EX­HIBITORS AT last month’s Glamp­ing Show had to en­dure in­clement weather, but they wel­comed it with gusto as it meant that they could re­ally show­case how well their struc­tures stood up to Bri­tain’s vari­able cli­mate and how warm and cosy they stay even when the tem­per­a­ture drops.

Rex Dovey, of Univer­sal Glamp­ing Pods, said: “The high winds and rain, es­pe­cially on the first day, showed just how strong our struc­tures are and we were also able to show­case our new, in­no­va­tive heat­ing sys­tem, which warmed up many vis­i­tors through­out the show.”

Like the sec­tor it rep­re­sents, the show is con­stantly evolv­ing and this year it wel­comed thou­sands of vis­i­tors from all cor­ners of the UK and over­seas through­out the three days, as well as more ex­hibitors than ever be­fore.

New to the show this year, B&B owner, An­drew, said: “I am in the hos­pi­tal­ity busi­ness, but I am look­ing to de­velop this to a more self-cater­ing of­fer­ing, so I came to the Glamp­ing Show to look at the dif­fer­ent struc­tures and to work out what would suit me, and also see other ar­eas, such as san­i­ta­tion, and mar­ket­ing. The show ticked all the boxes for me.”

The knowl­edge bank evolved this year as the ed­u­ca­tion of­fered by the show was stepped up a notch with the in­tro­duc­tion of a num­ber of short in­ten­sive cour­ses which pro­vided vis­i­tors with more in-depth know-how on how to run their own glamp­ing site. This was in ad­di­tion to the hugely pop­u­lar com­pre­hen­sive sem­i­nar pro­gramme and one-to-one Meet the Ex­perts meet­ings.

Camp­site own­ers Si­mon and Lisa have been com­ing to the show for the last three years and they said: “We are in the process of up­grad­ing our camp­site to a glamp­ing site. We came specif­i­cally to speak to a plan­ning ex­pert and Barry Davies of Davies & Co was ex­tremely help­ful in as­sist­ing us to dot the is and cross the ts. The show is con­stantly evolv­ing and we find it re­ally use­ful to come back each year to keep up with all the changes in struc­tures, ser­vices and leg­is­la­tion to make sure that we are of­fer­ing our guests the best ex­pe­ri­ence we can.”

Jess Hol­l­i­day, of Yurts For Life, has seen a huge shift in the last three years in how knowl­edge­able vis­i­tors have be­come and com­mented: “There has been a mas­sive evo­lu­tion in the glamp­ing market and in the three years we have been ex­hibit­ing we have seen vis­i­tors in our first year who were just at the plan­ning stages of their busi­ness and now they are com­ing back know­ing ex­actly what they want. They are now so much more knowl­edge­able about the in­dus­try, and the show has played a huge part in this.”

The or­gan­is­ers of the Glamp­ing Show have teamed up with Kerry Roy of Camp Ká­tur to launched Glam­pAid, a new in­dus­try char­ity to help those made home­less by con­flict and dis­as­ter. Long-time show sup­porter, TV pre­sen­ter, au­thor and up­cy­cler Max McMurdo is its am­bas­sador.

Next year’s Glamp­ing Show takes place from Thurs­day 19-Satur­day 21 Septem­ber 2019.

The weather wasn’t kind at this year’s Glamp­ing Show, but that al­lowed ex­hibitors to show what their prod­ucts could re­ally do

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