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I HATE CAMPING. YOU SPEND HOURS constructing what is effectively a large plastic bag to live in, then burn some food on a reluctant, then fearsome fire, sleep in another, smaller, plastic bag whereby you will either get soaking wet or boiling hot, depending on the weather conditions, and then wake up in the morning feeling worse than when you went to bed. You then have to repeat the torture all over again. Give me a five-star hotel and high thread count Egyptian cotton any day.
Well, that was my attitude until I started poking around some of the kit on our Glamping photoshoot. Due to my aversion to a life under tarpaulin, I haven’t checked it out for a while, but things appear to have moved on from a technological standpoint.
I marvelled at the tent, as big as a house, which put itself up, the blow up seats more comfortable than my own sofa, the cooking kit that was like taking your Aga with you. Suddenly this camping lark looks eminently more enjoyable than I remember.
Then add in some champagne, fine food, great locations around our area and this might be a summer under the stars for me after all.
And talking of summer, we’re almost there. Perhaps we’ll actually have one this year and in terms of events to go to, around Stamford and Rutland it seems suddenly things are blooming everywhere.
We’ve got the Rat Race, The Suffering, triathlons, the cricket season, Brigstock Horse Trials and many more.
There’s no reason to be sitting on your sofa doing nothing any more – unless it’s the one in your five-star tent, of course.
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