Camping has never been cooler. For the tent-averse among us, the recent trend for glamping (that's 'glamorous camping') is a welcome relief. If you're headed to one of this summer's boutique festivals but don't fancy pitching a tent, one of these cool camping options - from vintage-style buses to magical tents - is definitely for you...
Blue Bell Tents
What's the deal?Spacious canvas hotel rooms featuring low wooden beds with real mattresses and magical lighting.
Why EL loves:Blue Bell Tents keep you close to nature but add luxury with mirrors, clothes hooks, shelves and so on. They do loads of fests - we're staying with Blue Bell at the brilliant Bestival. You can also hire them for events for up to 200 guests - that would be quite some eco-wedding!
Details:See bluebelltents.com. From £550 for a two-sleeper including boutique car park pass.
Family Travel Centre Motorhome
What's the deal?Hire a state-of-the-art motorhome for a festival's campervan site and revel in home comforts such as shower, flushing toilet, TV and DVD, gas-fired heating, dining area and fridge freezer.
Why EL loves:The Family Travel Centre guys make campervanning cool - we're taking a motorhome to Secret Garden Party and we can't wait! They're spot-on for groups of friends or families - you can even get your hire fee back if you decide to buy it within six months. Tempting...
Details:See familytravelcentre.co.uk. From £90-£140 per day, so very affordable for groups.
Beryl the Bus
What's the deal?A bespoke stationary bus with three double bedrooms decked out in style.
Why EL loves:A deliciously quirky option for a group looking to stay in style, this makes falling asleep on the bus look cool. Beryl is at many festivals include the dance music extravaganza Glade - quite the venue for an exclusive after-party.
Details:See thebespokebus.co.uk. Between £2,800 - £4000 per festival.
Boutique Camping Field
What's the deal?These days, nearly all festivals have a boutique camping field with a wealth of options from simple assembled tents in Tangerine Fields to more sturdy structures in special boutique areas.
Why EL loves:There's less to carry
and you get access to showers, nicer loos and even sometimes hair
dryers and straighteners! The friendly, interactive Nozstock has a
boutique field for the first time this year so now's the time to
try it out.
Details:See nozstock.com. Another festival with good boutique options is the cool arts and music fest, Latitude, while Bestival have new options this year too.
What's the deal?Festival Number 6 is set in historic Portmeirion, Wales. As well as camping, you can stay in the village's Portmeirion Hotel or even the castle on site!
Why EL loves:We've always wanted to visit the set of The Prisoner and this is the way to do it in style, while soaking up music from New Order, Primal Scream and a host of top DJs.
Details:See all the glamping options at festivalnumber6.com.
What's the deal?So much more than a tent, these glam structures can house you and host of mates in bohemian luxury.
Why EL loves:Playing high-end hippy is a lot of fun and at festivals like Wilderness you will be greeted by the boutique barrow boys who will carry your luggage!
Details:See wildernessfestival.com. Prices from £750.
Suite Holiday Huts
What's the deal?Scandinavian red wood
huts for hire on the festival site.
Why EL loves: Not only do these look super-stylish but they have real beds, an en suite bathroom with flushing toilet. Particularly useful at the Vintage festival where you'll want to play retro dress up and look your best.
Details:See vintagefestival.com. Prices from £1,500.
What's the deal?Four to six mates can share these traditional tipis that have waterproof flooring, rugs, table and lanterns.
Why EL loves:We've wanted to stay in a tipi since we were kids - and this one won't fall apart like the ones we used to make with an old sheet and a stick. They do loads of festivals including Glade, Camp Bestival, Wilderness and Vintage.
Details:See hearthworks.co.uk. Prices from £700.
What's the deal?These sweet little cottages can fit a cosy couple and keep the rain off, too.
Why EL loves:They're bright and cute and at a host of festivals. We're eyeing them up for Latitude, a suitably colourful festival (local sheep are sprayed pink for the occasion!).
Details:See podpads.com. Prices from £400 (approximately).
What's the deal?On a budget? Upgrade your camping experience with a bigger tent. A four or five-man tent isn't expensive and is nice and roomy for a couple. Add touches like blow-up mattresses, battery-operated fairy lighting, mirrors and bunting.
Why EL loves:It's an inexpensive way to do camping in relative comfort. And if you'd rather skip the tent bit, we recommend a day at the likes of London's Lovebox and Newcastle's SummerTyne Americana Festival where locals can experience the ultimate in comfort: their own beds.