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Get to grips with glamping

Glamping opens a whole new area of business opportunities for diversification, especially for farmers looking to alternative income streams in the wake of the Brexit vote and the uncertainty surrounding the outcomes of our exit from the European Union.

Domestic tourism is increasing year on year and with more people opting to stay in the UK for their vacation time, glamping is a potentially rewarding occupation for farmers and other landowners up and down the country.

However, before you start it is essential to lay the foundations, carrying out your financial due diligence on the costs for set-up as well as making sure you carry out essential risk assessments and have the necessary planning requirements in place before you embark on choosing the type of permanent or temporary structure that suits your needs.

With sustainability at the top of environmental ‘to do’ lists glamping, in the main, may well receive a positive reaction by your local planning authority due to the low environmental impact glamping has on the landscape and the potential increase in rural tourism. With so many eco-friendly products on the market today establishing a stunning glamping site that has a minimal carbon footprint is eminently viable and has endless possibilities.

For farmers and landowners considering glamping as a potential alternative income stream, part of the groundwork for planning your site should include a trip to the Glamping Show held in September at the NAC, Stoneleigh. The event is entirely dedicated to the glamping sector, providing visitors with a one-stop shop for everything you need to establish a successful glamping site that includes all types of structures, eco-friendly showers and composting loos plus everything in between. You will have the chance to see all sorts of structures in one place so you can make an informed decision on what will work best for you and the land you have.

In addition to the wealth of suppliers exhibiting, experts from the glamping industry will be presenting a comprehensive seminar programme over the three days of the show that will cover all areas of glamping business from planning and insurance through marketing and structure choice to designing, developing and managing a glamping site. Also in attendance will be the CLA who will be addressing the key issues for farmers and landowners and will have a team of experts and advisers on hand to answer any questions you may have.

New to the show this year is a programme entitled ‘Meet the Experts’ where visitors are given the opportunity to pre-book one-to-one 20-minute meetings to discuss particular glamping issues. These sessions are proving extremely popular and early booking is advisable. Whether you run an established glamping site or you are in the process of setting one up, if you need some expert insight into a glamping issue then you can book a session in advance by visiting the show website.

So, whether you run an existing glamping site or in the throes of planning, make sure the Glamping Show is on your calendar. Register now!