The Forge

Do you think you know everything there is to know about glamping? Take our fun quiz to find out!

School’s out for the summer! That means plenty of time to put your feet up and enjoy our Big Summer Glamping Quiz! So grab yourself a cuppa and settle in… Answers are at the bottom of the page – no peaking now!

  1. When was the term ‘glamping’ added the Oxford English Dictionary?
    1. 1997
    2. 2000
    3. 2007
    4. 2016
  2. What does glamping stand for?
    1. Luxury Camping
    2. Glamorous Camping
    3. Gleeful Lamping
    4. Great Outdoor Pampering
  3. Which celebrity couple recently enjoyed a glamping trip?
    1. Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis
    2. Barack and Michelle Obama
    3. Brooklyn Beckham and Chloe Moretz
    4. Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz
  4. Why are bell tents called bell tents?
    1. Because they used to have a bell on the central pole when used in wartime so soldiers could ring them for attention
    2. It stands for Beds Enable Luxury Living
    3. They are named after the person who designed them back in 1861, Mr Walden Bell
    4. Because of their domed bell shape
  5. Who famously said, “Light a campfire and everyone's a storyteller”?
    1. John Muir
    2. Henry David Thoreau
    3. Sylvia Plath
    4. John Geddes
  6. What is the origin of the word ‘bunting’?
    1. It is named after the Bunting bird that used to sit along it
    2. It comes from the German ‘bunt’, meaning colourful
    3. It is named after Admiral Bunting, who first used it as signalling flags in the Royal Navy
    4. It is short for bunny hunting, when people used to hang out flags to celebrate the opening of the rabbit shooting season
  7. How many glamping, camping and caravanning trips were taken by UK residents in 2017?
    1. 1 million
    2. 5 million
    3. 15 million
    4. 25 million
  8. In 2017, how much did it cost for 2 people to stay for 4 nights at Camp Kerala, near Glastonbury, believed to then be the UK’s most expensive glamping site?
    1. £850
    2. £1200
    3. £3400
    4. £9600
  9. Which type of tree bark is best for lighting a campfire?
    1. Birch
    2. Oak
    3. Ash
    4. Hazel
  10. When were ‘smores invented?
    1. 1895
    2. 1927
    3. 1946
    4. 1963

Answers:

  1. 4) According to Wikipedia the term ‘glamping’ was officially recognised in the Oxford English Dictionary in 2016, although the term has been in use since the early 2000s.
  2. 2) Glamping is in fact a porte manteaux of ‘glamorous’ and ‘camping’ coined to describe camping which has lots of luxuries laid on – such as beds, carpets and in our case, even the kitchen sink 😉.
  3. 3) It was in fact Brooklyn Beckham and Chloe Moretz who recently swapped up the high life of Hollywood and headed out into the California desert for a full-on glamping experience. We’ve actually had our own celebrity couple stay at The Forge but we’ve been sworn to secrecy on revealing their names…
  4. 4) It is in fact because of their bell like shape, which was patented by Henry Hopkins Sibley in 1858 with the characteristic walls, raised entrance and guy ropes, which was distinct from tipis which were popular at the time. So now you know!
  5. 4) This lovely quote is from John Geddes - but also more recently was echoed by Sir Richard Branson who said that if he needed people to come up with new ideas, he gets them all around a campfire.
  6. 3) Bunting is believed to come from the German ‘bunt’ meaning colourful. And we completely agree that it makes The Forge feel very bright and happy, all year round!
  7. 3) According to PitchUp.com 15.2m glamping, caravanning and camping trips were taken by UK residents, of which 4% were made up by glamping trips.
  8. 4) It cost a whopping £9,600 for a four-night stay for two people at Camp Kerala, including an extra £900 for en suite toilet and helicopter transport… It makes our £96 a night here at The Forge seem very modest!
  9. 1) Birch bark is by far the best kind of tinder to light your campfire. If you are interested in finding out more ways of lighting a fire (without firelighters or matches of course!) why not book onto one of our Half Day Bushcraft sessions and you’ll all the secret tips and tricks!
  10. 2) The first published recipe for S’mores or Some Mores, as she called them, is credited to Loretta Scott Crew in 1927 who made them for Girl Scouts around the campfire. However, I doubt whether hers would taste as good as The Forge Favourite: Chocolate Hobnob Smores. They are sublime!


So how did you do?

1-3 points - Glamping Novice – a great start and plenty still to learn so get out there and enjoy it!

4-6 points – Glamping Pro – you clearly know your stuff, well done! A few more nights under canvas and you’ll be an expert!

7-10 points – Glamping Guru – you have this glamorous camping lark nailed and are a true expert in your (lovely wild flower!) field. Kudos to you!

Posted: 19.07.19

What a fantastic 70th birthday experience ! The Forge exceeded all of our expectations. The tents were superb with lovely double beds and a wood burning stove. We could not have been more comfortable. All of the amenities were first class with fine attention given to detail. Sheena and Jamie have created something very special at The Forge that takes "glamping" to a whole new level . We will be back!

Donald Spencer, Edinburgh, July 2019

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