The Forge

Still no plans for half term? An autumn glamping break could be just the answer!

The nights may be drawing in and leaves are turning a gorgeous shade of red and yellow but this can still be a great time of year for a glamping break. Here's our top tips to make sure you get the most out of an autumnal glamping experience.

Dress for the weather - here in Wales we have an expression, there's no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes. Being warm and dry is the key to enjoying your time outside at this time of year so make sure you layer up, pull on your waterproof boots and throw in a nice woolly hat. You may not think all this necessary when you are taking a short walk outside at home but when you are outside the whole time you'll be glad you put these in!

Cook up a stew - whereas it’s fun to cook up all your barbecue favourites over the campfire during the summer months, with a slight chill in the air we recommend getting the Dutch oven set up on the tripod and cooking up a wholesome stew over the campfire. The squashes and the root veggies are in their prime now and slow cooked with some local organic beef or our own venison from our whole of the deer course this makes for a perfect outside feast.

Take a bracing walk - the colours of the trees in our part of the world are magnificent at this time of the year and there is nowhere better to marvel at these than from the top of the Caer Drewyn hill fort. Just a 2km walk from The Forge this iron age hill fort still boasts impressive stone ramparts. Take a bag with you and collect some sloe berries en route - just put them in a bottle, cover with sugar and gin and then wait until Christmas for a wonderful wild liqueur!

Try a digital detox with the kids back at school and the summer holidays now a distant memory the stresses of our everyday modern lives are creeping back up again. Take advantage of being in the middle of nowhere to switch off your phone for a few hours (or for your whole stay if you're feeling particularly frazzled!). Snuggle up in your tent with some traditional board games and lots of hot chocolate or just enjoy the peace and quiet of watching nature slowly prepare for winter.

Embrace the early nights - it's getting dark at around 7pm now which means you can really crank up the campfire and enjoy watching the flames and the sparks dancing into the night. We also find it's easier to get the kids to sleep a little earlier when the sun has already set meaning there's more time for the adults to enjoy a nice glass of red under the stars!

If you're keen for a little autumn glamping we still have some availability for the half term holidays. Check out our website for more information and make this most of being outside before the winter really kicks in!

Posted: 15.10.18

Phil, Gabriel, leo and I (including Flash the dog) absolutely loved our stay. We are novice campers but we felt right at home in your beautiful teepee. We had everything we needed, kitchen facilities are amazing. Considering it was a bit chilly we were all very cosy indeed. Jamie and sheena the hosts came to make sure we were all ok which was lovely and they were always there if we needed them, they are so friendly and we felt that we could go to them with any questions however small. We will definitely be back and we have already recommended "The Forge" to lots of our friends and family.

Joanna Dempsey, Manchester

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