Glampotel (Donington Park)
Donington Park Circuit, Castle Donington, Derbyshire DE74 2RP
Glampotel Donington Park is the only place in the UK that you can peep from your tent or sit on your private deck and watch professional motor sports in action. Located inside the famous racing circuit, the pre-pitched, luxuriously furnished tents include hard-wood floors, double beds, wood-burning stoves, cooking facilities and en suite toilet and shower. They certainly break from the camping norm of tranquillity and wildlife but if you’re a motorsports fan, this utterly unusual glamping site will be right up your speedway.
On most weekends of the season Glampotel offer special ‘race packages’, which include an organic breakfast hamper, entry into Glampotel’s private fenced off area and, of course, access to watch the entire race spectacle from your tent within the circuit. There’s a high price tag to match but this is seriously VIP accommodation.
Outside of the weekend race dates, however, Glampotel Donington Park still has plenty to offer. Guests can use all of the facilities within the circuit with the museum a particular highlight. It houses the largest collection of McLaren and Williams racing cars in the world and the only complete collection of Vanwalls. They’re spread around four gigantic halls, which, together, showcase the full history of grand prix motor sport since the turn of the 20th century. There’s also a café and coffee shop, while on Sunday’s a ginormous market takes over the park, where you can browse Derbyshire’s farming produce along with flowers, homewares and all the regular bric-a-brac.
It’s fair to say this special pop-up site is not for everyone. If you’re looking for twee camping of old with a children’s playground, a spot to ride your bike and a cheery campsite owner directing you to the village pub, then you’ve come to the wrong place. If you like your motor sports and you want a unique first-hand experience, on the other hand, then look no further.