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Explorer Glamping

Thu Jul 16, 2015 7:56 pm

Plans have been submitted for a new glamping site at Chessington World of Adventures. SouthParks news has full information, but in brief it is proposed to be located to the west of Wild Asia with 35 tents - 31 regular and 4 premium - to accommodate up to 148 guests a night between May and October.

It's interesting to see Chessington looking to introduce a third form of accommodation. With the success of the glamping at Warwick Castle it seems Merlin are trying to use a similar model here, plus it gives the resort additional capacity during the main season. I've never experienced glamping, but I can imagine it being very popular at Chessington, especially with families.

What do people think about this latest idea?
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Re: New Glamp Site Proposed for Chessington

Thu Jul 16, 2015 7:58 pm

Do we know what the potential price point will be? This actually sounds like a very good idea for the park, considering its not just a theme park and has a zoo side and likes to use words explorer.
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Re: New Glamp Site Proposed for Chessington

Thu Jul 16, 2015 8:08 pm

No word on price point yet - I guess that will be confirmed if/when permission is granted. At a guess I'd imagine it would be in line with Warwick Castle's prices.
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Re: New Glamp Site Proposed for Chessington

Thu Jul 16, 2015 8:25 pm

I did think a while back that Lodges that look like Mud Huts would be awesome, and I definitely approve of this!
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Re: New Glamp Site Proposed for Chessington

Tue Jul 28, 2015 4:13 pm

A standard tent has appeared on the lawns by the Sea Life Centre, showing guests what they can expect from the new accomodation. Theme Park Guide have Pictures.

Also a page has appeared on the Chessington Website.

http://www.chessington.com/glamping/
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Re: New Glamp Site Proposed for Chessington

Sun Aug 09, 2015 11:14 pm

I'm sure the new accommodation will be a good investment and match the standards of other accommodation options at Chessington. Despite this I don't feel that the Theme Park has developed enough to justify a new accommodation site.

Chessington's last major attraction was Zufari in 2013 and therefore the park won't have seen a large visitor number increase in 2014 or 2015. On top of this, Chessington already has two main hotels and therefore I think it's unescessary to add another at this current stage of the parks development.

I would like to see money spent on two major attractions in the next 4 years before any hotel is considered.
 
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Re: New Glamp Site Proposed for Chessington

Thu Aug 27, 2015 11:06 pm

There is now a preview tent set up - unfortunately I failed to get any photos but I could see that they will feature beds, a dining table and other things. Each felt very 'homey' and was kept warm. All the items were themed heavy and I expect this to be an absolutely amazing addition. Surprisingly spacious too! Below are some photos from Theme Park Guide showing the preview tent.
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Re: New Glamp Site Proposed for Chessington

Fri Aug 28, 2015 11:28 am

The tent has been there since the end of July. It's very nice but it was very stuffy

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Re: New Glamp Site Proposed for Chessington

Thu Sep 10, 2015 9:40 pm

The planning application was approved by the local council a few days ago, allowing Chessington to operate Explorer Glamping until 8th September 2020.
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Re: New Glamp Site Proposed for Chessington

Sun Oct 25, 2015 8:29 pm

Chessington have announced a price, a new logo and some concept art here
I think the price is too steep, unfortunately I won't be staying over using these, which is a shame.
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Re: Explorer Glamping - 2016

Fri Feb 19, 2016 10:40 pm

You may have seen on SouthParks Facebook that a few new concept images have been uploaded by Chessington, covering various aspects of the development.

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Re: Explorer Glamping - 2016

Sat Feb 27, 2016 2:34 pm

A sample menu for the Explorers' Outpost Restaurant is now available. It seems reasonably varied given the limited choice.
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Re: Explorer Glamping - 2016

Tue Apr 26, 2016 3:07 pm

Chessington have submitted details of the lighting they intend to use around the site as well as more information about the play equipment that will be installed.

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