Family Holidays: Wigwam® Holidays Ribble Valley

We have stayed in Wigwam® Holidays glamping pods a few times now, and every time the wonderful locations, and the comforts offered by a tiny wooden home, surprise us once again. These deceptively small units are Tardis-like inside, with the most glampy version including a fully equipped mini kitchen, loo and shower. No wonder Wigwam® Holidays is the UK's number one glamping holiday brand!


Our recent tour of the north included a stay at the relatively new Wigwam® Holidays Ribble Valley which opened last autumn.  Situated in rural Lancashire with views across the valley to Pendle Hill, the wigwams are located on a working farm run by Jane and Martyn, a lovely couple who offer a warm welcome and even a tiny shop which caters for your every need, including books and DVDs to borrow.



They have six Running Water Deluxe Wigwam® Cabins which have en suite shower room, two large beds, a fully equipped kitchenette, heating to make them cosy and comfortable all year round, and even a TV.


All in there, yes I know!  So, let me give you a tour...

I meant to take photos before we colonised the space, but in everyone's enthusiasm (we love these little cabins!), I totally forgot, so do please excuse the baggage in this pic!


The bathroom has a full size shower cubicle with plentiful hot water, toilet and hand basin, with heated towel rail to dry your towels and keep the room cosy if needed.  There is also a skylight so you can shower under the stars, or get some fresh air if you're lucky with the weather like we were.


To the left of the bathroom is a double bed which fits up to three children, and was plenty of room for me and two of ours.  The foam mattress is thick and comfy, but do remember to bring pillows and sleeping bags or sheets and duvets.  The large sofa to the left of the door as you go in also pulls out into a large double bed, so plenty of room for everyone.


The kitchen has everything you could need for your stay, with kettle, toaster, microwave, fridge, two ring hob and sink.  There's plenty of crockery, cutlery and some prep items such as a chopping board, knife and barbecue tools too.  We find the fridge plenty spacious enough for a couple of days' food, so no need to venture out to civilisation too often!  (Have a look at our ideas for what to cook on a self catering holiday for inspiration.)


Outside each wigwam there is a patio and stone chip area with table and chairs, and a fire pit where you can get a fantastic barbeque going.  We cooked outdoors both nights and had quite a feast.




There was plenty of space for the girls to run around or sit out and play until the sun went down.  Martyn has just got planning permission for a small playground area amongst the wigwams, so that will be up and running soon, hopefully in time for the school holidays.  Although the local residents provided plenty of entertainment for our girls!



It was lovely to wake up in the morning and sit outside with a cup of tea - and my little Bug - in the sunshine.


Wigwam® Holidays Ribble Valley is a beautiful location, so peaceful and relaxing, and the cosy Wigwam® Cabins are such a lovely home from home.



A short walk away is the pretty River Ribble.  This footbridge which links Dinckley to Hurst Green was badly damaged during the storms and floods at the end of 2015, but is undergoing repair or  replacement soon, due to re-open later this year.



We all enjoyed the walk down to the river through fields and a country lane, although Catboy needed a sit down when he got there!




And back to our fairy-lit wigwam for a great night's sleep!


Thank you Wigwam® Holidays Ribble Valley for a lovely stay!

Places to Visit

I have to confess we didn't do a great many days out from this leg of our trip, we were quite content to just hang out at the wigwam, watch the sheep, go for a walk, and venture to a playground or two!


We did visit the village of Chatburn (above) and Whalley Abbey (below), which are both lovely, and had plans for both Clitheroe Castle and Ribchester Roman Museum but didn't make it - next time!  A drive away, you could explore the village sand countryside of the Ribble Valley and the Forest of Bowland, or take a walk on Pendle.  Brockholes Nature Reserve has been recommended to us too.


An hour's drive away is bustling Blackpool, and the towns of Great Harwood and Clitheroe offer shopping and entertainment.

A Running Water Deluxe Wigwam® Cabin at Wigwam® Holidays Ribble Valley accommodates up to 4 people, or a family of 5. Prices start from £75 per night. Dogs are welcome in some cabins, but must be kept on a lead.

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