A couple weeks back me and the girls were invited along to the launch of the brand new Explorer Glamping accommodation that is now available at Chessington world of adventures.
This was the first time I would ever be taking the girls on a camping trip, I was bit nervous I am not much of a natural camper shall we say – more of a hotel kind of girl! However I thought it would be a fun little adventure for us and we love those so we went for it.
We headed up straight from school and arrived just after 5, there was plenty of parking available just opposite the site entrance which is hand as no-one wants to be lugging their luggage very far.
We were greeted by friendly staff at the basecamp reception and offered cupcakes before being shown to our tent.
Now when I think camping I tend to think of a little tent you have to crawl into, can’t stand, just a couple of sleeping bags on a cold, hard floor and a half fallen down toilet block that never has any loo roll. I was in for a treat when I saw our Safari tent, they’re massive with proper beds and electricity!! The facilities for guest’s were also great lots of shower cubicles and toilets all kept to a really high standard of cleanliness.
The girls were really excited, with it being the launch there was so much going on we headed out to see all the entertainment they had put on for the guests.
It was sweets galore as we wandered around, learnt some juggling, had nails painted, hair braided and faces painted.
As part of the Explorer Glamping package all the guests have exclusive evening access to Wild Asia so you can enjoy some of the rides without queues. Wild Asia is also where you’ll find the outpost restaurant, a fully themed buffet which is where Explorer Glamping guests get to tuck into some delicious food.
It was delicious and way beyond what you would expect from a usual buffet style dinner and we all know I have a sweet tooth don’t even get me started on the deserts, so much to choose from!
Dinner was followed by a barn dance which was so much fun Lottie and I sat clapping along as the girls enjoyed some arts and crafts, before we knew it 9pm rolled around and we headed back to out tent for our sleep over.
Lottie and I shared the double bed as she didn’t fancy the travel cot that was provided for her – shock! We all slept really well which I was pleasantly surprised at as I never sleep too great away from home anyway.
After a quick freshen up we headed back to the outpost restaurant to enjoy breakfast, again a buffet style with a choice of a cooked and continental options, again yummy!
Feeling refused and ready to have some more fun we said goodbye to out safari tent and popped our bags back into the car, check out is 10am but thats perfect timing as the gates to the rest of Chessington open at that time.
With the three girls with me I couldn’t take them on many rides instead we enjoyed looking around the zoo before heading off home.
It was such a fun experience the girls loved there first camping trip, although now I do fear the bar may have been set too high! Chessington have definitely put the glam into the glamping experience.
For more details about the Explore Glamping experience available at Chessington click here.