I like a spot of glamping but I had no idea that you could do it with the YHA until I spent a weekend with my family in one of of their comfy bell tents in the New Forest. It's just one example of how the YHA is changing, and in particular providing a great alternative for families, with comfy private and family rooms at almost all of their hostels, and bell tents, pods and suchlike at an ever-growing selection.
Why am I telling you this? Well, our friends at the YHA are offering the chance to win a two-night stay at their New Forest site to all readers who sign up to Cool Places in our latest UK travel competition.
The New Forest hostel is just outside Burley, so right in the heart of things, and the tents are pitched in the grounds, which they share with a line of camping pods; the facilities have recently received an extensive makeover, so are pretty decent, plus there is a self-catering kitchen in the hostel and a café serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
As for the tents, they are ultra- spacious affairs kitted out with a double bed and up to three single mattresses and bedding, and they can comfortably sleep up to five people. They have eco-friendly solar lighting and comfy bean bags as well as bedside tables, a coffee table, rugs and soft flooring – and the premium tents have a wood-burning stove too. We were very cosy inside ours, despite the weather, which wasn't the greatest when we were there! Plus we were yards away not only from a decent pub but also multiple footpaths leading into the Forest.
How to Enter
All you have to do is sign up to Cool Places here anytime between noon on Friday June 3, 2016 and midnight on Thursday June 16, 2016, and you will be entered into the competition. It's very easy – all it requires is your name and an email address. If you do not sign up for Cool Places you will not be entered.
The prize is a two-night stay for up to five people in a premium bell tent at YHA New Forest. It is of course subject to availability, and you must take your trip before December 31, 2016. The competition closes at midnight on June 16, 2016, after which we’ll pick the winner at random. Good luck – and please read the T&Cs before entering.