Bright Sky Glamping

UK England South East England Kent Canterbury

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
Family-friendly, bell-tent camping in a quiet countryside setting, close to the beach at Whitstable

Halfway between the cathedral city of Canterbury and the fashionable bit of the Kent coast, Bright Sky Glamping might just have the whole 'location, location, location' thing sewn up. Set on four acres of quiet Kent countryside — owners Tony and Kerry have fashioned a quiet, relaxing micro-site that is perfectly placed for strolls in ancient woodland, ambles through historic towns and days on pebble beaches alike, all within a 10-minute drive.

There are three fully furnished bell tents and one slightly roomier, desert-style Touareg tent, each comfortably sleeping four, and that's it — no more neighbours and plenty of field space for the family to play in. You can expect quiet nights and no noise, as groups aren't allowed. Parking is close to the tents, and there are wheelbarrows on hand to transport your gear — which, let's face it, will be commandeered by the kids in a matter of minutes. Inside, you have proper beds, wooden crates as bedside tables, luggage rack, shoe storage, and shelving units, plus all the pots, pans, and kitchen utensils you need. The firepit can be turned into a barbecue and there's a picnic table with bench seating for each tent. The spick-and-span washroom has showers and toilets, while the utility area boasts hot-water washing-up sinks, a fridge/freezer, and phone-charging points.

The immediate vicinity is charming and wooded, with paths through the ancient trees of Blean Woods to explore. You can buy farm-fresh eggs up the lane and pick up basic supplies at the village shop in Blean, just under a mile away. On clear nights, the stars come out to play, while if you've brought a bike you could potter up and down the traffic-free Crab and Winkle Way bicycle route and enjoy wooded rides and uninterrupted views of the Kent coast. If that's all you could do, you'd have a great time, but this is where the 'location' business really kicks in. In one direction is Canterbury, one of England's most fascinating historic cities; in the other, Whitstable, the quirky, hip fishing port that's become a byword for oysters and fresh seafood. Around 10 minutes drive puts you in either, which means everyone gets a say in the day's outing. Ancient cathedral? Go on then, as long as we can have a picnic later on the grassy banks of Tankerton Slopes, the popular family beach on the edge of Whitstable. And then back to base for marshmallows around the fire under the big, bright, summer skies of Kent.

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Facilities

The site has three five-metre bell tents and one five- by four-meter Touareg tent, each equipped with a double bed and two single beds, complete with all linen and bedding. You also get a fire pit/barbecue, a gas stove, all the cooking equipment, and crockery you'll need for a stay, and a picnic table with bench seating. The shared facilities include two separate toilet and shower rooms, two washing-up sinks with hot and cold running water, and a fridge/freezer. There is also a phone charger outlet and an outdoor tap for drinking water. Campfires are allowed in the provided fire pit only.

Suitable For

Couples and families with children of any age – yes. Dogs, pets, large groups, and same-sex groups – no.

Nearby

The surroundings are tree-mendous. Sorry, someone had to say it. On the doorstep is Victory Wood, named for Nelson's victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 – there are outdoor sculptures to find, and sweeping views out across the Kent coastline. Blean Woods are close by too, with five trails to follow through one of the largest areas of continuous ancient woodland in southeast England. This really is a lovely spot, full of shady glades, butterflies, and orchids, and if you keep your ears open you might hear woodpeckers. The Bright Sky Glamping site itself is halfway along the charmingly named Crab and Winkle Way,  a seven-and-a-half-mile cycle path between the cathedral city of Canterbury and the harbour town of Whitstable, which passes through Blean Woods. You can cycle the whole thing in under an hour, or walk it in under three, leaving plenty of time for a drink and a meal at either end of the route.

Canterbury has history on its side, a place of pilgrimage since medieval times and with a handsome centre of cobbled streets and ancient houses. At Canterbury Cathedral (01227 762862), you're basically soaking up 1,400 years of Christian tradition in one of the world's great holy places. Whitstable is no less appealing, a little gem of a fishing town with pastel-coloured houses and a pebble beach, much-loved by foodies for its oysters and locally landed fish and seafood. Drivers can reach either place in around 10 to 15 minutes from the site, and it's the same distance to the best beach hereabouts, Tankerton Slopes, which is on the east side of Whitstable. It's easier to park here than at the town beach and while the beach itself is pebbly, like all around here, the grassy slopes are great for a picnic.

Food & Drink

The nearest pub is the Royal Oak (01227 760149) in the village of Blean, under a 15-minute walk away – on the main road but fine for a drink in the garden. Hop in the car and it's only a five-minute drive to the lovely looking Dove (01227 751085) at Dargate, which offers more of a fine dining experience. You'll need to book, because it's an award-winning gastropub, with inventive set menus served at lunch and dinner. It's also on Plum Pudding Lane — what more incentive do you need?

Otherwise, Whitstable is an essential port of call — fish and chips or fresh seafood from the harbour, and the famous Whitstable rock oysters from a host of outlets. The Lobster Shack (01227 771923) and Oyster Shed are probably the best known — they farm their own oysters and brew their own stout beer — but a walk around town and harbour in the sunshine will be enough to tempt you into lots of other places. The Old Neptune pub is also a place of pilgrimage, a classic old seaside boozer, right on the beach, with bar meals and live music.

In Canterbury, The Goods Shed (01227 459153) is a permanent indoor farmers' market, home to a number of independent food and drink traders, with numerous stalls including a cheese-maker, a butchery, a charcuterie and a bakery. The restaurant here is great for lunch — out in the garden or in the soaring brick interior — with dishes according to the season and the local catch.

Open

Last week of July–second week of September.

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The Owner Says

Set within 4 acres of Kent countryside, this small quiet site is an ideal place to relax and unwind this summer. Ideally located for exploring the nearby coastal town of Whitstable or the historical city of Canterbury, both less than 10 minutes drive away. Explore the nearby ancient woodland of Blean Woods National Nature Reserve that has a wealth of wildlife and many great walking and cycling paths. A pub and village shop can be found just over a mile away.

Accommodation

Three five-metre bell tents, plus one larger Tuareg tent, each sleeping four people.

Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 4 3 Available
5m Bell Tent which sleeps 4

Touareg Tent

Grass pitch Sleeps 4
The Touareg is a modern take on the classic bell tent and gives you more space and features.

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Location

Contact Bright Sky Glamping, Chapter Farm, Denstroude Lane, Canterbury, Kent CT2 9JU

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Getting There

From the M2, heading for the coast, take the A299 Margate/Ramsgate road for five minutes, and then take the exit to Canterbury (the A290). Take the third exit at the second roundabout, continue on the A290 for another five minutes, and turn right on to Denstroude Lane. Bright Sky Glamping at Chapter Farm is on the right.

From the A2 (London), take the exit for Canterbury, turn right onto the A28 and follow the A28 to a roundabout. Take the first exit onto Rheims Way, then turn left onto the A2050. At the roundabout, take the third exit onto London Road and then, at the next roundabout, the first exit onto the A290 Whitstable Road. After you go through the village of Blean and past the Royal Oak pub, take the next left which is Denstroude Lane. Bright Sky Glamping at Chapter Farm is on the right. Drive carefully as the lane is narrow in parts.
Canterbury West Station is just under four miles away (for high-speed services to and from London St. Pancras). There's a 'Triangle' bus to Whitstable every 15 minutes during the day from Canterbury's central bus station, and the bus stop is half a mile from Chapter Farm.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 4 reviews

★★★★★

Absolutely amazing!

My husband, 2 children and myself came for 2 nights over a weekend recently. We have never tried camping/glamping before, but I am so glad we did, especially here at Tony & Kerry’s farm. Everything was to absolute perfection, we had such a warm welcome by Tony who was kind, helpful and great with the kids. Everything you could possibly need is provided, the toilets/showers and kitchen was pristine, the bell tent was set up beautifully, and your own personal fire pit was the cherry on top. Very close to Canterbury and Whistable, both towns full of beauty and character. We recommend to anyone who’s thinking of booking, as we will definitely be returning! Thank you so much.
Sep 13, 2021 by Gemma.D
★★★★★

Outstanding Glamping Experience at Bright Sky Glamping

We had a fantastic glamping experience over the August bank holiday at Bright Sky Glamping. Perfectly located, with easy access to both Canterbury and Whitstable with loads to do in the area. We stayed in a luxury bell tent, which was fully equipped. Impeccable facilities with wonderful hot showers, they have thought of everything! All we need was our clothes. Highlight of the weekend was sitting in a meadow around our fire pit gazing at the stars. Highly recommended. We can’t wait to go again!
Sep 5, 2021 by Simon Patterson
★★★★★

well thought out experience

This was a lovely little site in a field in the Kent countryside. The owners have considered their guests needs thoroughly. The toilets and shower areas were clean and tidy and decorated beautifully. The wash up/kitchen area was also very carefully thought out with a fridge freezer with a shelf for each tent and a freezer full of ice packs for cool boxes. There is a charging point with traditional 3 pin plug sockets & also USB sockets- very useful! The tent area itself was again well organised with each tent having a noticeable boundary marked out by mown areas. the area consisted of a tent- more on that later- a picnic table/bench , a camping table with a 2 ring camping stove and a firepit with a bag of kindling & logs provided (which lasted us 3 nights). So the tent- just beautiful - one double futon with bedding and 2 single futons- we only used one so the other was set up as a chair. There are little crates as bedside cabinets and two shelving units with all the equipment you could ever need, mugs, pots, plates, cutlery, a washing up bowl, tea towel- basically if you needed it- it was supplied! Close by there is a nice pub where the food was reasonably priced and decent. you are also on the edge of the Blean, a local nature reserve and about 10 minutes outside of Whitstable. Overall a lovely little site with magnificent views over the countryside and a great base to explore Kent from
Sep 1, 2021 by Lisa Payne Verified Review
★★★★★

Beautiful, peaceful and excellent facilities all you need for a great glamping experience.

Excellent Shower rooms and kitchen area with 2 sinks and large fridge freezer all you need for your trip! I loved my first glamping trip couldn't have found a better place. Sofia xxx
Aug 19, 2021 by Sofia Solomou

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