An adventure in Yorkshire :: breakfast outdoors.




The drive north, from Surrey to Yorkshire, took well over six hours. Two and a half hours longer than we’d expected, thanks to the mass Bank Holiday exodus we’d forgotten entirely would be happening this weekend when we planned our trip away. In those six plus hours, we between us worked our way through far too many jelly sweets, a couple of coffees (thank you service stations), popcorn by the messy handful, and a few rounds of ‘would you rather’. The landscape got greener and greener as we drove, the skies got wider, and eventually we turned down a tiny country lane marked with a tinier sign that said, simply, ‘JollyDays’. We even had to stop to let some hares pass as we drove down the lane, and realised there and then that the trip was set to be a magical one.

Our first night under canvas was lovelier even than we’d anticipated. The wood burning stove kept the tent toasty throughout the evening, and the charm of whistling stovetop kettles and reading by candlelight and being totally screen-free was a novelty to us both. We woke early the following morning, to soft bright light pouring in through the white canvas tent walls. Jason stoked the fire and set about lighting the barbecue outside, and I got to work on the coffee.

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We’d arrived the previous day to a kitchen (a kitchen, in a tent! Complete with gas hob, a teeny tiny Welsh dresser, and hot running water!) stocked full of breakfast ingredients, all wrapped up in the sweetest (and most Instagrammable!) brown paper bags. The menu included a couple of eggs, sausages, a couple of rashers of bacon, tomatoes and a handful of mushrooms, not to mention the loaf of perfectly crusty bread and little pat of butter. In true man-make-fire style Jason took charge of all the cooking this weekend, and lived up to his reputation within our family as Barbecue King. It left me free to tinker about taking photos of milk swirling through black coffee and listening to the bird song and watching the deer bound through the fields out back from our tent, which, it turns out, is my very favourite way to spend a morning in the forest.

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We settled down to eat at the little picnic table right outside our tent (just next to the barbecue, and under the cover of an awning), slicing and toasting bread right on the grill until our supply of butter ran out, and making endless pots of fresh coffee. I’m not sure if it was the smoke from the charcoal, the flavour imparted by a well-seasoned grill, or just the novelty of cooking and eating our breakfast in a little clearing of birch trees outside our tent, but it was easily the tastiest breakfast I’ve had in a long time.

And since I haven’t stopped daydreaming about the experience since, I think I’ve caught the camping (or rather, ‘glamping’) bug…


More from our adventures in Yorkshire to come…

* Thanks to JollyDays for having us to stay in one of their beautiful tents. A total dream weekend!

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  • ninegrandstudent

    Sounds like a perfect weekend – I think I’d like THIS kind of camping! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

    • Rosie

      Oh it really was! I took SO many photos, can’t wait to share more! It definitely was ‘camping in style’- we loved it! x

  • Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    I admit, I’m not much of a camping person, but this does look lovely! Delicious breakfast. I love Yorkshire – it’s just so beautiful! The drive can be a rather a nightmare though…. xxx

  • Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    It sounds ideal! x

  • Iga Berry

    I have not had a chance to enjoy camping but lately it is on my list with things I would love to do. Find me at & Have a lovely day, Iga x

  • Lauren S

    I’m definitely all about glamping, and this escape sounds so tranquil!

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  • Michelle

    This looks blooming lovely and a little like a campsite we stayed at (with kitchen-in-tent perks too) near La Rochelle. With a real live bakery ON SITE!
    Yorkshire’s pretty good too I guess, breakfast outdoors anywhere is pretty great really isn’t it?
    M x

  • Emma @ The Crooked Bookmark

    I need to visit this place it looks and sound asbolutely gorgeous, it’s definitely my type of glamping trip – living under canvas good – no running water and things bad so this is the best of both worlds for me :)
    I love the idea of the breakfast ingredients being there for you too that’s so sweet.x

  • emily couture

    Sounds like a wonderful campsite :)

    emily xx

  • Carina

    Glamping is such an interesting experience. I hope to be able to try it one day! I love reading all your outdoor-sy posts :)

    x. Carina
    Running White Horses | Fashion + Travel

  • Camille

    I’ve never been glamping but it certainly sounds like my kind of camping!

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

  • Daisy

    Really lovely photos. I’ve not been camping other than at festivals. I’m not sure how I’d take to it but I do love the outdoors.

  • Ala

    I’d love to try glamping! Having done only a little camping before and the festival kind of camping, I’ve certainly been through the motions, but now that we’re older, I’d love to give this a try!! Sounds brilliant! x

  • Roseann

    We’ve been searching for a glamping experience, looking forward to the next installment!

    Honeybourne Line


    It was great experience when you enjoyed the drive and watched the beautiful landscape along the road. I love the cozy atmosphere of making breakfast outdoors.

  • Maiden in Cornwall

    Wow this looks incredible! Might have to plan one of these little getaways for my boyfriend’s birthday

    Liv |

  • laura chambray and curls

    This sounds like a total dream! On my wedding night, my husband and I stayed in a little shepherd’s hut, in the middle of nowhere. We lit the log fire, ate food from a lovely hamper and cuddled together reading all our wedding cards. Waking up to birdsong, in a cosy bed, just us, was truly magical. You have just totally reminded me how much I love a bit of glamping and seeing as Yorkshire is now much closer to us than our little shepherd’s hut, I am totally checking this out!


    Chambray & Curls

  • woodenwindowsills

    This just looks PERFECT! I’ve never actually tried glamping but it’s something I’m really keen to have a go at after one too many soggy mornings crawling around a damp tent. The location, the tent, the supplies, the breakfast, what a blissful weekend for you and Jason! Alice xx

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