Quality in Tourism recently carried out a Safe, Clean & LegalTM assessment at Wanderlust Campervan Co. The company was established by husband and wife team Annah & Andy following their passion for campervan adventures across the UK and Europe. As their family grew, they realised that they had limited options for spacious, family-friendly homes-on-wheels, so they created their own!
Their fleet of three glamping style campers, Sally, Lula and Amelia all have different personalities and layouts. Everything has been thought of so that relaxing and making memories is all that is required!
Our assessor checked their processes and made some helpful suggestions including updating the website to clarify their position on insurance and breakdown and adding the inventory on the website too.
Speaking of the experience Annah says “The process that we went through with Quality in Tourism helped us to look again at our systems and applying a fresh pair of eyes to identify any potential areas for improvement. We found working with the team really easy and helpful and are delighted with our Safe, Clean & LegalTM marquee as well as a Unique accolade for operating something a little out of the ordinary!”
For more information on the quality assessments and gradings carried out by Quality in Tourism please visit https://www.qualityintourism.com/quality-assessment
A local company is in the running to be named one of the best rural businesses in the UK after being shortlisted for a regional Rural Business Award.
Wanderlust Camper Co from Gloucestershire, in the Forest of Dean has been shortlisted in the Best Rural Tourism Business at the 2019/20 Rural Business Awards, held in partnership with Amazon. The local company will battle it out against fellow rural businesses, entrepreneurs and enterprises from across the region for a place at the national final.
Wanderlust Camper Co was founded just over 2 years ago, in May 2017 by Annah and Andrew Todman, providing affordable campervan hire to families, friends and couples for camping trips, roadtrips and festivals. Their campervans have been described as Cath Kidston on wheels due to their unique, glamping style décor. Each campervan is handcrafted and uniquely styled with the exterior finished in a vintage Porsche duck egg blue. The campervans offer fun and flexible accommodation for at least 4 guests.
The Rural Business Awards 2019/20, in partnership with Amazon, will mark the Awards’ fifth year of celebrating the success of businesses across the UK’s rural economy – a segment which employs in excess of 3.4 million people in over 750,000 businesses in England alone. The Awards are organised by rural business for rural business with the aim of celebrating the achievements of rural businesses and developing a strong network for rural business owners.
Speaking after being shortlisted for an award, Annah Todman from Wanderlust Camper Co said:
We are thrilled to be shortlisted as a finalist for the Best Rural Tourism Business category and looking forward to the regional finals in October. As a rural business is the heart of the countryside, the essence of our offering is here, where we are based – making campervanning in the countryside easy, accessible and fun.
Director and Co-Founder of The Rural Business Awards, Anna Price, said: “The 2019/20 Awards have seen record numbers of entries and it’s encouraging to see so many rural businesses express a desire to celebrate their successes on a regional and national scale. We are passionate about creating a nurturing environment where rural businesses can develop, and this starts by showcasing the great work they do. On behalf of everyone at the Rural Business Awards, we want to say well done to Wanderlust Camper Co, and all the shortlisted businesses, and wish them luck ahead of the regional finals.”
The Rural Business Awards is the brainchild of Leicestershire businesswomen Anna Price and Jemma Clifford, who wanted to showcase the wealth of entrepreneurial talent in rural areas of Britain.
The Awards are organised by rural business for rural business, with winners in the 12 categories - ranging from Best Rural Start-up and Best Rural Diversification Project; through to Best Rural Professional Services Business and Rural Digital, Communications or Media Business - decided by an independent panel of judges drawn from the rural business sector, rural public sector agencies, and rural charitable organisations.
The Rural Business Awards is hosting a series of regional finals in the North, East, Midlands, South East, South West, Wales and Northern Ireland, throughout October and November 2019, ahead of the National Final next February.
To find out more about Wanderlust Camper Co, go to www.wanderlustcamperco.com or to learn about the Rural Business Awards visit www.ruralbusinessawards.co.uk
The UK has some of the largest areas of dark sky in Europe. It’s possible to see around 100 stars in your own back garden, subject to light conditions, however, how about immersing yourself in a dark sky with over 1,000 stars? How about spotting the Milky Way across the night sky?
If you’re looking for a break with a difference, a real escape from every day life, a digital detox – a break under the vibrant stars at a Dark Skies spot is the perfect option. We have revealed the details for a fantastic opportunity of a break in a unique campervan for hire, combined with a unique experience of star-gazing- take a look at our Starry dark skies page. With a little planning on the perfect place to pitch up to star-gaze, guests can tailor make a truly unique campervan star-gazing experience, using the information and tips provided.
The UK now has more certified international dark-sky places (DSP) than any other country outside the USA. The UK has three Dark-Sky Parks; Northumberland National Park, Elan Valley Estate (Wales) and Galloway Forest Park (Scotland) and a handful of Dark-Sky Reserves, including Brecon Beacons National Park, Exmoor National Park, Snowdonia National Park and the South Down National Park.
There are a few hot spots for setting up for an evening of star gazing, such as the ruins of Llanthony Priory, and Carreg Cennen Castle. Usk Reservoir also offers excellent star gazing opportunity in a magical setting. Within Snowdonia National Park, there are several lakes (llyn in Welsh) that offer great star gazing spots, such as Llyn y Dywarchen located above the village of Drws y Coed in Dyffryn Nantlle, near Rhyd Ddu, Llyn Geirionnydd which is situated in the Gwydir Forest, above Betws y Coed and the Llynnau Cregennen lakes, on the foot hills of Cader Idris.
Elan Valley, in Wales is a Dark Sky Park. There are several good spots to star gaze, around Cwmdauddwr Common, where the Northern Lights were seen in 2016, and Graig Goch and Claerwen Dam car parks.
Wales also offer’s three Dark Sky discovery sites, starting off at Rhondda Cynon Taf, around an hour or so’s drive from Wanderlust HQ, whilst the others spread further to the west Wales, in Llandeilo and Pembrokeshire.
See our Dark Skies web page for more details on where these dark spots are, some useful hints and tips on making the best star-gazing opportunities and a round up of some lovely campsites to pitch up at, off the beaten track.
Then decide which campervan would suit you best for your trip, Sally, Amelia or Lula!
Fancy seeing how the campervans convert and how they'll work for your trip? Take the opportunity to come up and see the vans up close and personal. It's a great opportunity as normally we're not able to provide tours at our location as usually our fleet are out and about on adventures!
Come and meet our master craftsman during our open day who will be on hand to answer your questions and demonstrate how to use various facilities on board.
Make a day of it and pop in to Rose's Garden Centre - with the chance to buy seasonal plants, dine at Cafe Rosie and let the kids run off steam in the playground!
* Free tea and coffee * .
* Prize draw for all visitors - prize to be announced *
* Exclusive discount and vouchers for those reserving on the day *
* Visit our campervans and receive 10% off at Roses Garden Centre - when you spend more than £10 (valid for the day only)
Please feel free to bring all your family. Free parking.
Whilst you do not need tickets for the event,please RSVP to this event so we have an idea of numbers!
Wanderlust Camper Co Ltd flew the flag for Gloucestershire businesses at the prestigious Federation of Small Businesses’ South West Region’s Awards this week, held at Somerset Country Cricket Ground, Taunton. Wanderlust were selected as one of 5 finalists for Micro Business of the Year category, in the region finals, that covered the vast South West region from Cornwall to Gloucestershire.
As a uniquely positioned tourism business, Wanderlust Camper Co hire handcrafted, glamping-style campervans to hire for family holidays, festival fun and adventurous roadtrips around the UK. Based in rural Gloucestershire, close to the Forest of Dean and straddling the Three Shires, as well as being on the cusp of the Cotswolds, Wanderlust’s campervan are fantastically positioned as the perfect pick up place for destination holidays in the area as
well as further afield.
Annah Todman, Owner, said, ‘To even make the shortlist of such prestigious awards at this early stage in our business is great recognition of our passion and ethos for enabling fun, affordable outdoor adventures for our guests. We are thrilled to be among so many inspiring businesses at today’s awards.’
The winners of regional awards are invited to attend the sparkling UK Final in London on 23rd May at Battersea Evolution.