At Jollydays we have created a unique tented camp, close to nature and the rhythms of the season – A Journey back to simpler times, a place to talk, laugh, relax and reflect, hot showers and BBQ’s, etc.
By “normal” camping standards, Jollydays is luxurious – beds, fires, toilets, hot showers, BBQ’s and kitchens. We are not comparable with a hotel, so you won’t find sockets, tvs’, lights etc – It is a tent with no insulation.
Converted to glamping after this! Fantastic time and 3 year old wants to stay on without us! Great success. The Oswalds, Edinburgh, 25-7-2011
Light Levels in the Tents
There are candles, tea lights, and a paraffin lantern in all tents, and a small electric light in the kitchen hut in the Deluxe and luxury lodges. The thick dark canvas, to blend into the woodland, means that the tents are often dark and cosy inside, especially during the short days of the cooler months and nights. Electricity and access to electricity is very limited which makes reading inside tricky and there is no electric light in the shower and toilet. This makes for a romantic and nostalgic experience. The communal toilets and showers have electric lights.
Part of the attraction of the camp is being close to nature, this also means being in close proximity to wildlife. Insects such as wasps and spiders may enter the tents in summer. Mammals such as deer and badgers may come onto the decks at night and in autumn wood mice - preparing for hibernation, may attempt to sneak into tents looking for food.
For some tents cars may pull up outside to unload/ load, once unloaded cars need to be moved to the car park near the entrance to the site. This is for three reasons: Emergency access, safety for excited kids who tend to forget about moving cars and cars also spoil the woodland view for many people.
So what do I take to Jollydays?
We try to provide as much as we can but you will need toiletries, food and a torch (it’s pitch black at night in the woods). If you order a Bell tent you will also have to provide your own towels. In regards to food, you can book supper baskets and breakfasts in advance to be delivered to your tent so you don’t even have to bother with food shopping.
When you arrive at camp you are given an allocation of candles, tea lights, firelighters, matches and a bag of logs per night of your stay. If you need more than the allocated amount, the log store and shop are open between 9-10am and 4-5pm everyday, where you can get more of these.
Just some reminders about general camping
During cold weather you will have to wrap up warm, preferably in layers, and maybe bring an extra sleeping bag (our quilts are 13 tog, but a sleeping bag will make you extra toasty). Also with the main source of heat being a fire, wood smoke is going to be around most of the time, so smart clothes should be kept well out of the way. As the tents can’t be locked it is best to leave valuables at home.
We ask that the only fires are in your wood-burning stove and BBQ. No fires are allowed in the woodland, this is to minimise fire risk as much as possible. We have procedures to deal with vacating tents due to fire, for your own peace of mind we’ll reinforce this information on arrival.
What about Cleaning
The tent will be cleaned before you arrive and when you leave; we provide you with mops, brushes etc - If you would like to really kick back and relax, we can organise cleaning for you - please let us know in advance.
Adult Group Bookings
We do have a restriction on adult group bookings. A refundable cash bond is to be paid per tent on arrival of your stay. Also we only take bookings for adult groups outside of the school holidays. If you are considering a group booking, please email to get further information.
Children have a great time at Jollydays as they can make new friends and roam with relative freedom. However their safety is, of course still your responsibility. Once off the beaten tracks we don’t fence off the wood nor do we monitor anywhere with CCTV - it’s a wild woodland, watercourses and plant life are untamed so can prove to be dangerous to little ones. Spend time with them in the woods so you are happy and they know what’s expected of them.
For wildlife protection reasons and camp lease agreements, only guide dogs and our own camp dog Binny, is allowed on site.
We do not allow smoking in the tents! We provide bins for cigarette butts if you do smoke.