Glamping at Home – Creating a Fun Back Garden Experience

The joys of camping: sleeping out under the stars and roasting marshmallows over a roaring fire. Now there’s glamping taking the world by storm, and it’s the luxurious, chic and comfortable version – you needn't even go far from home to experience it. We've created this guide to help you turn your garden into a glorious glamping paradise.

Some stylish shelter for the night

Some stylish shelter for the night

What would camping be without a tent? It’d be sleeping on the grass, that’s what! But glamping tents are a step up from your traditional fare; they should be a relaxing retreat. You can rent glamping tents or buy them brand new. Or you may be lucky enough to pick up a Good Find on Gumtree, where you’ll find an amazing range of secondhand tents. Bell tents and yurts offer masses of space and make the perfect place for sleeping out under the stars in style. If you’re a DIY hotshot, you could even make your own A-frame tent out of old pallet boards, wooden dowels and some canvas. Just make sure there aren’t any holes in the fabric – we can promise you’ll have fun glamping, but we can’t guarantee it won’t be pouring with rain. If a traditional tent is more your style, take a look at our list of the best family tents for camping.

Camping clothing

We all know that the weather in the UK can be temperamental. For a comfortable and dry glamping experience in your garden, you’ll want to have all your usual camping clothes at the ready. It’s well worth grabbing some wellies and cagoules in case the weather turns, and some cosy knitwear for when the sun goes down. You could even pack up a rucksack with essentials like food and toiletries to make it feel like you’re off on a real adventure – even if it’s only a few feet from your back door!

Little luxuries

You can fill your glamping tent with all of your creature comforts to make it a cosy and inviting space. A bed tray is essential for breakfast in bed. Throwing down a rustic rug or faux-fur floor covering adds some colour and texture. Propped-up mirrors bring light and the illusion of space to a tent – and they’re very helpful when you’re trying to tame your morning hair too. You can store away all of your glamping essentials like toiletries and books in wicker baskets and wooden crates. You can even bring the garden inside by adding house plants in stylish seagrass baskets.

A soft spot to lay your head

Snuggling down into sleeping bags is part of the fun of camping, but glamping is all about enjoying the outdoors in serious comfort, so bedding should be a little more lavish than your classic camping gear. A good air mattress is vital. You can then load it up with downy duvets, plush pillows and bright blankets to create some luxury in your slumber palace.

Glam games and activities

Glam games and activities

Glamping activities can help to bring that fun holiday feeling. Why not use any spare lawn space for a giant board game like an oversized chessboard? Or you could set up some more sophisticated garden games – a spot of croquet perhaps? Classic games like skittles and Twister are also great options for kids. If you’re a yogi, you could set out some yoga mats and do your salutations in style as the sun comes up. Or for an extra bit of luxury and relaxation, we can’t think of anything better than installing a bubbling hot tub.

A shabby-chic seating area

A shabby-chic seating area

You and your glamping guests will no doubt want a comfy area to relax in after all those fun activities. You can create a shabby-chic seating area by mixing and matching furniture. Indoor chairs can be brought outside and you can arrange them with deckchairs, vintage tables and suitcases. Hanging hammocks are also a great addition to fight over. If you don’t have chairs handy, you could create a luxurious place to lounge in by throwing down colourful cushions and sumptuous throws.

Accessorise your outdoor space

Glamping accessories quickly turn your garden space into something special. You can make things as glitzy as you want. How about hanging up retro bunting and garlands to create a festival atmosphere? Setting up a Bluetooth speaker will bring some music – and possibly some dad dancing – into the mix. Flower arrangements look delightful dotted around on tables, and you could even frame the entrance to your tent with pampas grass to make you feel like Cleopatra on your way to bed. While it’s unlikely you’ll get lost in your own garden, a wooden sign or chalkboard pointing to different areas like ‘hot tub’ or ‘sleeping zone’ can be a fun way to amp up that glampsite feeling.

Light it up

While a trusty torch is great for casting light on the situation when you’re camping in the countryside, you have the chance to get a little more creative with lighting when you’re glamping in the garden. You can almost replicate a starry sky by stringing fairy lights from trees and fences. Rechargeable LED or solar lamps are a lovely way to line paths and candles glimmering in glass holders can make your space feel like an enchanted garden. When the sun starts to go down, lighting a fire pit also adds to the glamping atmosphere and makes a great place to warm your hands as well as giving that guitar-playing friend a chance to sing some campfire songs.

Alfresco dining

The practical portability of folding camping tables makes them perfect for transporting to campsites, but glamping is all about home comforts, so how about setting up a formal dining table in your garden? You could cover it with anything from a pretty tablecloth to some beautifully laid-out dinnerware. Perhaps you can try colourful flowers in ceramic vases and twinkling tea lights in mason jars. Hanging party decorations like paper pompoms will give your dining space a celebratory, garden-party feel. We’ve put together a list of the perfect themes for a garden party to give you some inspiration.

Gormet food glamping

Gourmet food

There’ll be no cold sausages and beans out of a can here – although, let’s be honest, they can be delicious. Glamping food has got to be, well … glam. It’s a good idea to pack a cool box full of goodies, so you don’t have to trek back inside for anything and, in place of a throwaway BBQ, why not try a dutch oven, cast-iron skillet or even a pizza stove to whip up a culinary masterpiece? Take a look at the best BBQs and smokers for summer barbecues to see the wide range of options. You could set up a table with marshmallows alongside wooden skewers so guests can toast their own classic campfire treats. If you want to create an elegant ambience, you could also put up a cocktail bar complete with vintage glasses and let guests create their own camping concoctions.

Outdoor entertainment

Outdoor entertainment

If you’re missing your evening TV, you could think about creating your very own garden cinema. To set one up, you’ll need a projector, a screen – you can even use an old bed sheet for this – and preferably some comfy bean bags to sink into. Then all you need to do is to grab those marshmallows, stick on a scary film and you’ve got a great alternative to telling ghost stories around the campfire.

Keep the kids happy

Keep the kids happy

Kids often love the freedom and adventure of camping. You can recreate that feeling for them in your garden by pitching them their very own brightly coloured teepees away from the adults, packed with cosy printed quilts and midnight snacks. One fun idea is to set up a scavenger hunt when the sun goes down by hiding glow sticks and other glow-in-the-dark toys around the garden, or you could play hide-and-seek in the dark with LED lanterns.

Garden glamping can be a great way to make use of your outdoor space and have fun with friends and family. Now that you’ve got some tips on creating a glam camping experience in your garden, why not head to Gumtree to check out all the camping equipment our community’s selling? You might bag a glamping Good Find at an amazing price.