Just over a year ago, we were visiting Tim’s cousins. They had just had a baby, and I was pregnant with Samuel. I’d heard a radio programme that week about camping, and how it is possible, and becoming more popular, to book out a whole campsite for a weekend.
We were chatting about this (after we’d admired and cooed over the baby), and Tim’s aunt said, “We could do that, as a family.” Thus, the idea of our little family festival was born.
Tim really took off with this idea. He found the site, worked it all out, developed a programme for the weekend and got it all organised. The festival was happening!
The venue he found was perfect. The Little Yurt Meadow is a small, family-run campsite, with three yurts and a big barn, plus space for extra tents. It’s in Bronington, which is 5 miles from Whitchurch in Shropshire, close to the England/Wales border.
The yurts are spread out across the meadow. There’s lots of space between them, but it doesn’t feel like you have to walk for miles to get to the barn. Each yurt has its own little garden, complete with strawberries, and the trees in late August were full of apples.
The yurts themselves were absolutely gorgeous. I’ve stayed in yurts before, but these were really quite luxurious. We were in Duncan’s Place. The bed (which is a floating bed) was huge, and high up from the floor. It was also so incredible comfortable. There was also space for a big double sofa bed, a small table with four chairs, a big chest of drawers, a kitchen ‘crate’ unit, a wood burning stove, and an electric cooker. And we fitted the travel cot in. So yes, the yurt was spacious!
The decor of each yurt is at The Little Yurt Meadow also worth mentioning. They are all really beautifully decorated, with gorgeous touches. Grumpy’s Retreat is coastal themed, but it’s definitely not overdone – it’s a calm, peaceful, homely place with creams and blues. GG’s Yurt and Duncan’s Place are a bit more vintage but both incredible stylish. Several touches are made towards warmth, so there are thick sheepskin rugs on the floor, extra throws and blankets over the bed and sofas, and lots of lamps and fairy lights. We particularly appreciated the fairy lights around the door when we went to check on the sleeping children.
We cooked all out meals on site – it made sense with so many children around. We had a barbecue one evening and a chilli on the other, which I had made in advance. The electric cookers were really efficient, and all the yurts were really well equipped with cooking equipment and utensils. Washing up was easy too – and there was so much hot water! (That was a glamping bonus for me.)
We had an absolutely brilliant time from start to finish. Yes, it rained. But, we’re British, so we just got on with it. The kids had an absolute blast, and were completely exhausted from running around outside all day.
On the Saturday, we went to Fordhall Organic Farm. They were running FordFest, which was a little festival. If the weather had been good, I can imagine that this would have been really popular. As it was, we did circus skills, heard local bands and singers and were entertained by a brilliant storyteller, while sheltering from showers and wind! The weather made it fun – we spent a good four hours there and no one got very wet, and the kids had a great time.
The rest of the time, we just hung out at The Little Yurt Meadow site. We watched a film, played games, ran around, and generally enjoyed hanging out.
For a little family festival, or a weekend getaway, or even a week long holiday, I can highly recommend The Little Yurt Meadow.