A decision on the glamping site was due to be made this week
A Channel 4 glamping show featuring comedian Johnny Vegas due to be filmed at a Derbyshire stately home throughout September has been “postponed”. Johnny Vegas: Carry on Glamping, produced by Plum Pictures, was set to be filmed at Melbourne Hall throughout September.
The Melbourne Hall estate had applied to South Derbyshire District Council for permission to temporarily set up glamping accommodation at two sites within its grounds for 30 days – the whole of September. A decision on these temporary plans – which the hall seeks to make permanent – is due to be made tomorrow (August 23), with council officers recommending approval.
However, a statement has been issued on behalf of the Hall estate today, saying: “Due to ongoing and ever-increasing commitments and demands on Johnny’s time we’ve taken the very difficult decision to postpone glamping at Melbourne Hall. Whilst the September pop up project was intended to give all involved a chance to test if we could see a longer term working relationship, we have thankfully come to that decision much sooner than we planned, so whilst there is huge disappointment we won’t be seeing Johnny here in September the good news is that we will be seeing much more of him in 2023, we look forward to seeing you all for a full season of glamping next year.”
This appears to indicate that the Hall has decided the temporary trial, showcased as part of the Channel 4 series, has been bypassed with the estate proceeding straight to its permanent glamping proposals. The glamping units were to be housed in converted vintage vehicles, including an American school bus, vintage German fire truck, Citroen camper, a 1950s Maltese bus, a Morris Minor “caravanette”, a 1964 Austin J2 Bluebird Highwayman, a disused boat and a Puma helicopter.
The initial temporary glamping setup was to be created at two sites close to Melbourne Pool – one next to the Pool Cottage care home and the second just off Pool Road, next to another property. The plan for a permanent site to be set up in 2023 was detailed in the planning application.
Plum Pictures had said in a statement submitted with the application: “The Melbourne Hall estate has applied to South Derbyshire District Council for permission to temporarily set up glamping accommodation at two sites within its grounds for 30 days – the whole of September. The aim of the series is to observationally follow the creation by Johnny Vegas, and his assistant Beverley Dixon, of the high quality, bespoke campsite, as well as the day-to-day running of the site and the integration of the camp with life in the wider Melbourne community.
“Johnny will be staffing the camp with locals and turning to food and drink producers in the area to provide sustenance for the guests. Channel 4 have expressed a desire to grow the ‘Johnny Vegas: Carry on Glamping’ brand across further series if all goes to plan, with further multi-episode series chronicling the life of the ‘glampsite’ and Melbourne Hall, creating heart-warming, positive publicity for the wider South Derbyshire area.”