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  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Contactless check in
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
Sociable, family-friendly glamping on the edge of the North York Moors.
Swallowtails is a pop-up glamping site that has put down roots. This sociable and family-friendly site was germinated in Norfolk but is now establishing itself just outside the Yorkshire town of Pickering. Stand in the acre-and-a-half glamping field and you can see why its owners chose this fertile spot. Beyond the mature hedges that shelter the site’s lotus bell tents and yurts, the view reveals it all. First there are farmer’s fields and then the rooftops of Pickering, just a 10-minute walk away. Look carefully and you may just spot the tip of a distant rollercoaster at one of the site’s closest attractions and, ever-present in the distance, are yet more dizzying heights; the rolling Howardian Hills and the heather-clad North York Moors.

It wasn’t just the views of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a national park that persuaded owners Freya and Mark to settle Swallowtails here. Years of family camping trips and years more running a pop-up mean they know what glampers want; especially, but not exclusively, glampers with kids. Having places to eat out and visit just a walk or cycle from site was important and being within day-tripping distance of the coast was crucial too. While good weather is never guaranteed, they noted that this part of Yorkshire, the Vale of Pickering, gets less rainfall than most.

On site, their experience shines through further in the way the spacious lotus bell tents and yurts are set up. Walls are insulated, beds are made and the barbecue outside is gas, so dinner is less of a faff. The site is relatively small (five yurts and four lotus bell tents) which helps with a sociable feel. There are communal campfires, regular pizza nights and crafty activities for kids, led by Freya; a qualified art teacher as well as your campsite host. Activities can last for hours and parents are welcome to join in or to escape for grown-up time; perhaps an on-site yoga or mindfulness session (all bookable in advance).

While all this makes it great for families, it’s also good as a base for couples and small groups who want to explore the outdoors – particularly those with bikes. Alongside the flat, family-friendly cycling nearby, there’s the more serious stuff of road cycling in the national park and the mountain bike trails of the Dalby Forest. Pickering is a buzzy little place with great eateries, a castle and a station on the North York Moors Railway. Use it to visit seaside Whitby (handy as parking in the town can be tricky). There are lots of walks and plenty of attractions for all ages, from the animals and theme park rides of Flamingoland to the historic city of York.



Glampers share five toilets and two showers. Each six-metre lotus bell tent or 18ft yurt sleeps four and is kitted out with a king-sized bed and daybed (which doubles as a sofa) with a pull-out single mattress trundle (bedding and towels provided). The super-sized 22ft yurt sleeps six with an extra daybed and trundle bed. Bedding and towels are provided. Each tent has a wood-burning stove, candles and lighting, a water dispenser and a hamper with all the cooking wares you could possibly need for self catering. Outside there's a table, chairs, barbecue and an off-ground fire pit. A starter basket is provided with logs and kindling. More can be bought on site and there's a communal campfire area and pizza oven too. There's also a children's play area, table tennis, badminton nets and kit as well as an indoor play space for rainy days and freezers for re-freezing cool blocks.

Suitable For

Glampers, well-behaved groups (up to 20)

Up to 2 well behaved dogs kept on lead if onsite outside of tents and not left alone in tents.

We are a glamping only site.

Swallowtails can also be an event or retreat venue where the whole site can be hired.


The Norfolk Coast Cycleway extends all the way around the coast and the Holt Explorer Route is close to the campsite, picked up from the end of Kelling Road. The route includes the Wildflower Centre at Natural Surroundings (01263 711091) and the charming Glandford Shell Museum (01263 740081). The campsite can often organise cycle hire through Huff and Puff Cycle Hire (07500 865095) if you enquire in advance. Walkers will enjoy a footpath from Holt that takes you to the rare salt marshes of Cley and beyond to Blakeney Point where you can get up close to the seal colonies. It also links up with the extensive North Norfolk Coast Path. There are a number of delightful woodland walks close by too, including Holt Country Park (01263 513811) and the National Trust properties of Sheringham Park (01263 820550), Felbrigg Hall (01263 837444) and Blickling Hall, home of Ann Bolynn (01263 738030). Perhaps most importantly, however, are the beaches. Sheringham is a family favourite, backed by the traditional seaside town, and West Runton (great for rockpooling), Cromer (great for crabbing off the pier) and Overstrand beaches are also close by. It's a 40 minute drive to Norwich, the same to the Norfolk Broads and around the same to popular family attraction BeWilderwood (01692 633033).

Food & Drink

From quaint tearooms through to traditional pubs, modern wine bars, and a wide range of restaurants to suit every taste and budget, there are a huge range of options for eating and drinking out in Pickering including...

Feast: The shop is stocked with Yorkshire produce.

The Sun Inn: Real Ale pub in the traditional style with large beer garden. Quiz and music nights.

Cedar Barns Farm Shop and Cafe: Selling own grown meat and vegetables plus seasonal pick your own fruit.

The White Swan Restaurant: The White Swan is a relaxed, luxury, country inn in Pickering with delicious food, comfort & atmosphere.

The Black Swan: A newly refurbished smart 18th Century former coaching inn situated at the top of the market place in Pickering.

Cafe Cocoa: A small independent café serving fresh ground to order coffee, a good selection of speciality leaf teas, home made bread, cakes, scones and tea cakes.

Capplemans Fish and Chips: restaurant and take away is a family run business which started in Scarborough and then opened a second shop in Pickering.

Piggies in the Middle: a delicatessen shop selling fresh pulled pork sandwiches along with other snacks and all your deli essentials.

Botham's in Pickering: Serving teas & coffees, light lunches, creams teas and delicious cakes! A friendly traditional tea room in Pickering!

Pickering has numerous fast food restaurants including Cantonese, Chinese and India takeaways.

Country pubs include The Blacksmiths Arms, Lastingham, The Fox and Rabbit Inn, Lockton and The Fox and Hounds Country Inn, Sinnington which are all within a cycle ride through the stunning North York Moors National Park.

Malton, which is known as the food capital of Yorkshire, is only 15 minutes drive from Swallowtails and has a plethora of top quality food establishments and has a monthly nationally renowned food market.

Swallowtails also runs food nights including pizza making workshops and more.

So when it comes to food, we have it covered at Swallowtails!


Easter–end of October (weekends only during term time).

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The Owner Says

Swallowtails is part of the 'Skylarks Camps' organisation providing a wonderful camping experience in a countryside setting just on the edge of North York Moors.​ Swallowtails ticks all the boxes for the perfect camping holiday and the stunning North Yorkshire surroundings. Swallowtails is not just a base, but a place to spend quality time as well if you want to stay put and relax. At Swallowtails, we offers socially distanced Yoga and Mindfulness outdoor activities for all ages designed to allow them you to connect with nature and make new friends! We offer stylish, cosy, hassle free boutique glamping in the form of spacious insulated luxury yurts and 'Lotus Belle' tents. We offer yurts/bell tents that accommodate 4- 6 guests comfortably.‘Why not come to a spot hidden in the countryside where you can dream under dark North York Moors skies, spotting shooting stars and knowing that a wood burning stove is warming your yurt for your return. Wake up refreshed within your quilted bubble and listen to the sound of the woodland as it comes alive.

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 Five luxury yurts for hire (4 sleeping up to 6 people, 1 sleeping up to 8) and 4 luxury Lotus Belle tents (sleeping 4).

Stargazer - Large Luxury Yurt (en suite)

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 7
Our stylish extra large luxury yurt has a king sized beds and 2 single daybeds with pull out single mattress trundles and sleeps 6 people - can sleep up to 7 people by adding a camp bed and bedding in the 'Extras' section of the booking process. All yurts are felt insulated to keep you cosy in the night and cool in the day.

Meadowsweet Luxury Yurt (en suite)

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 5 4 Available
Meadowsweet is an en suite luxury yurt which has a king sized bed and single daybed with pull out single mattress trundles (sleep 4 people). The yurt can accommodate a fifth person by adding a camp bed and bedding in the 'Extras' section of the booking process. All yurts are felt insulated to keep you cosy in the night and cool in the day.

Lapwing 6M

Bell tent Sleeps 5 4 Available
6m Self Catering Luxury 'Lotus Belle' Tent. There is a wood burning stove with space on top to boil your kettle (also provided). You also have a large family sized BBQ. All bedding, towels, tea towels are provided.

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Getting There

From the south, head into Pickering on A169. On entering Pickering, turn left (just past the petrol garage on your left) down Recreation Road, then an immediate right down Mill Lane. Follow Mill Lane all the way to end T junction and trun right onto Goslipgate. and an immediate right into the Swallowtails parking area.

There is a steam train service to Pickering from the mainline station in Grosmont. The nearest mainline train station can be found in Malton which is only 15 minutes drive away.

There are buses from Scarborough, York.


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First time ‘glamping’ and now we’re hooked. Mark and Freya we incredibly welcoming and gave us great advise support of the weekend. The yurt was amazing where everything has been thought of, and in a great setting. Will be back next year 100%
Jul 1, 2019 by Tim Leeder

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