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Glamping site In the Stix in Greetham set to reopen in April following Prime Minister's roadmap out of lockdown announcement

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A glamping site is preparing to be one of the first tourism businesses to reopen in April.

Husband and wife Darren Blackwell and Alex Cowie run In the Stix, In the Stix, a Greetham-based glamping site, and spent the 24-hours following Boris Johnson’s announcement rearranging bookings.

Alex said that the couple were “lucky” because the business would normally open in late March and its usual opening had only been delayed by a fortnight, as long as the April 12 date remains for those travelling with their own household.

In The Stix in Greetham, Rutland
In The Stix in Greetham, Rutland

She said: “We’ve been quite lucky really but there has been a lot of work involved in moving people’s bookings, especially those who were coming with other households.

“We were fully booked for the Easter holidays and over the last couple of weeks, bookings have picked up. I think everyone is sick of their own homes now.”

Alex and Darren have even decided to take the plunge and push ahead with expanding the site by adding two more glamping domes to the four they already have.

Darren Blackwell and Alex Cowie of In The Stix in Rutland
Darren Blackwell and Alex Cowie of In The Stix in Rutland

“It’s a bit of a weird time to do it financially but we could have sold them a few times over last year,” said Alex.

To combat the issue of pubs not reopening, the couple will be actively encouraging the village pub’s takeaway offering and also expanding their food offering at the site. They already offer breakfast hampers but barbecue hampers will be included and Darren uses his experience as a chef to create one-pot meals that could be warmed up by campers.

Alex said that she was glad the Prime Minister’s roadmap had differentiated between self-catering accommodation and hotels.

“We are a lot different and being outside, we are a safe place to be,” said Alex.

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