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.