Canvas and Clover, The Malverns

Another variety of glamping! A big safari tent, with a great little decking area. This was our last stay of the Summer, and we had the site completely to ourselves (thanks to home schooling and weekday staycations!) We only stayed for one night and unfortunately I became a little under the weather whilst there, so we didn’t have the chance to explore as much as we usually would have liked to. Located near to Worcester (where we stopped for lunch at Boston Tea Party) you have the Malvern Hills on the doorstep and there are plenty of ideas for days out on the Canvas and Clover website. So, although our visit didn’t go entirely to plan I have tried to sum up the site and give you an idea of the highlights.

The first thing to say is that this might be the best option for very large group bookings (for all you socialites out there!) They have 10 safari tents in total, each sleeping up to 5 people. The tents were great, although this was another case of lots of beds where a sofa bed could have made the interior a little more cosy for bad weather days. It was fairly basic inside but we enjoyed the space, wooden floor and high ‘ceilings’ making it feel nice and roomy and light.

The site itself is one large field, meaning tons of space for children to run around. There is a little tiny bit of woodland they can explore too, as well as football posts and a communal area with table tennis. We spent a lot of time playing in there improving my daughters skills (and mine!) The layout of the site makes it a great place to kick back and relax on the decking whilst being able to keep an eye on your little wild ones running about in front of you. We enjoyed wandering around collecting fairy ring mushrooms having just completed a foraging workshop at a previous campsite. They were easy to spot in the field as they grow in rings which can be seen as a darkened area of grass just by looking across the field. They tasted absolutely incredible when we cooked them later! (But remember to only forage if you have experience and are 100% certain of what you have found! Other mushroom species also grow in rings.)

The site is committed to sustainable tourism and they even have a Gold Award from Green Tourism. You can buy local produce baskets, products used are eco friendly and lighting is run on solar power. The facilities by your tent are great, with a shed kitchen that is equipped with gas stove and essentials. You then have a BBQ (with charcoal bag ready to go) and a recycled washing machine drum fire pit outside each tent. The toilet block is by the communal area and has flushable loos and good hot showers. Each tent has it’s own toilet and shower so it is easy to stay safe in the current climate.

On Fridays the site offer fresh pizzas and they also offer home made meal delivery service. If you are after even more luxury, why not book in with local beauty therapist for an Indian head massage in your tent? Or for more of a family experience you can book bushcraft and forager Simon Birbeck to come to the site. In a big group environment you could really create your own mini friend festival here! Bushcraft, holistic therapies, outdoor play and campfires! What more could you ask for?!

Prices are around £100 per night

For more information and to book go to www.canvasandclover.com

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