We had high hopes for Jolly Days and it surpassed them all. The kids won't stop talking about the whole experience. Jolly Days is located near Stamford Bridge, near York. It is a fantastic area to explore as it is so close to some great days out; Scarborough, Filey Whitby,York, Castle Howard, Jorvik Centre, Lightwater Valley, Flamingo Land and Harewood House to name but a few.
We booked ourselves into a luxury lodge not really knowing what to expect. Walking through the front door it is surprising just how luxurious and spacious the lodge tent was. In the living are you have a dining table and chairs for 6 campers, 2 two seater settees placed around a wood burning stove and still plenty of space for the kids to run around. The central area internally housed two garden sheds. One decked out with your stove, sink and kitchen equipment and the other for your own toilet and luxury shower room. I tell you running water is just sheer bliss. The sleeping area is to the rear of the tent with a four poster large double bed and two single beds. It is beautifully decked out in a Cath Kidston style and elaborate candle holders are scattered aplenty, as the one thing the tent does not have is electricity.
Alfie and Aggie just loved being pushed around the camp in the wheelbarrows that were used to transfer your equipment and belongings from the car park to the tent. This makes the woods and camp free from cars and safe for the kids to roam around.
We never saw the older girls while in camp - too busy making friends with the other children there on holiday. The tyre swings were a hit and the elaborate built dens from braches and twigs made for good dens and were found dotted around the woods.
On an evening the fire pit was lit so that you could be sociable with the other campers if you choose to. We took a bumper batch of marshmallows to share which made us extremely popular. That was of course until they ran out!
Sleeping bags were taken as a precaution as 10 days previously there was snow on the ground however they were not used as they duvets provided were toasty warm. The worst bit was getting out of bed in the morning to light the wood burning stove!
We left Jolly Days making a promise to ourselves - that we would definitely return in the near future. And certainly after experience luxury camping at Jolly Days, camping will never be the same again.