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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
A 'best of both worlds' glamping and camping site in Norfolk with a secluded feel yet ample attractions just a stroll beyond the hedge-line

We love the kind of campsites that feel utterly remote. Where long narrow roads lead you seemingly into nowhere and nights have a silence that’s only disturbed by the hooting of owls and rustling of rabbits. But even better is a campsite with all the same winning traits – back-to-nature freedom, dark starry nights and that semi-wilderness feel – yet when you set out beyond the bushy boundaries you discover that, actually, civilization is within incredibly easy reach. It’s precisely this category that Swallowtails falls into.

A mile outside of Holt in the countryside of the North Norfolk Coast AONB, Swallowtails is a ‘best of both worlds’ sort of location. The Georgian town is within easy walking distance (and home to a host of excellent eateries), while the expansive coastline, a collection of beaches, dunes and marshland, is speedily reached by bike or car. It’s all very immediate, accessible and on your doorstep, yet the site still feels distant and cut off. Mature trees surround every side of the camping meadows – a flat, grassy glade without electrical hook-ups – and kids are encouraged to build dens in the woods or head out in search of wildlife. The space is, in fact, owned by the Holt Hall Outdoor Learning Centre, so the ‘get kids active’ ethos should come as no surprise.

It’s not just the location that offers options, though. Whether you’re a traditional tenter, a campervan couple or a family in need of more high-end luxury options they have an adequate array to suit. The regular pitches offer ample room, with small hiker’s tents intermingled with larger family tunnels, and raised firepits are allowed. Luxury, meanwhile, comes in the form of fully furnished yurts, featuring king sized beds, wood burning stoves and a family sized BBQ. Bedding, towels, tea towels, rugs and blankets are all provided, as is a six-person wicker picnic hamper full of all the crockery, cutlery and utensils you could possibly need.

Offsite the most obvious distraction is the coast. Nearby Blakeney is a family favourite, owing to the ferries that chug out to Blakeney Point where a 500-strong colony of common and grey seals reside. And the beach beyond Salthouse also offers something slightly different – it is one of very few pebble beaches along this sandy stretch of coast and a fantastic place to watch the waves crash on stormier days. Despite all this, and Holt’s walkable accessibility, it’s not uncommon to spend much of your time at the campsite itself. Art workshops, nature activities, pizza oven building, foraging and apple pressing are just a small collection of the wide-ranging activities the campsite offers, as well as three special food nights a week during school summer holidays (two for pizza making, one for Asian street food). The real question you end up asking by the end of you stay is whether you came to visit Norfolk or simply to visit Swallowtails itself? To us, there’s not really a wrong answer!



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.


There are usually two kids' activity days a week as well as nightly communal campfires and regular pizza nights. Yoga and mindfulness sessions are available if booked in advance (contact site directly). Swallowtails is in the ideal location to enjoy both the stunning Yorkshire coastline and the North York National Park. The glampsite is set in the countryside well away from any main roads, but just a short walk from the centre of Pickering known as the gateway to North York Moors. There are lovely country walks or cycle rides in all directions and by car, you can visit the medieval city of York, North Yorkshire Water Park (01723 865052) and the Yorkshire coastline which are only half an hour away.  Dalby Forest (01751 460295) with walking and cycling trails and the high ropes adventure of Go Ape is only a cycle ride away, as is Flamingoland (0800 408 8840). You can pick up your shopping in town or stroll to a pub or restaurant without having to get in your car. Swallowtails really is the ideal base for a holiday in beautiful North Yorkshire.

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.


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


Contact Swallowtails, Swallowtails, Wayside, Goslipgate, Pickering, North Yorkshire YO18 8EQ

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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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