Prince William's Sea King helicopter has been converted into a UK glamping pod - and kids stay FREE

The perfect family or couple staycation for any royal fan or adventure enthusiast

Prince William sat inside Sea King helicopter
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Prince William's former Sea King helicopter has been turned into luxury glamping accommodation and royal fans can now book to sleep inside the converted aircraft.

Prince William's former Sea King helicopter has been turned into a luxury glamping accommodation and you can even book to stay over with the kids - and they go FREE.

If you're looking for a staycation to remember - or one that is sure to impress your children in the school holidays (opens in new tab), the look no further than helicopter glamping.

Forget Hollywood, as Pinewood Park (opens in new tab) in Scarborough, North Yorkshire is where the real heroes are at and it's home to the only park in the UK to offer glamping in a Sea King rescue helicopter. 

The park currently has two Sea King helicopters that were decommissioned and converted them into glamping accommodation that cost £250k to convert - one aircraft was used in the Falkland Islands and the other was flown by Prince William and the website describes a stay as "surprisingly spacious and so much fun".

After Prince William met his now-wife Kate Middleton (opens in new tab), the Prince of Wales notably spent three years in the RAF - during this period of his life (opens in new tab) he showed his father, King Charles, who was Prince at the time, around the Sea King helicopter that he flies during his search and rescue missions from Raf Valley on Anglesey, Wales.

He joined C Flight, 22 squadron at RAF Valley in Anglesey as a search-and-rescue pilot, in which he took part in 156 search-and-rescue operations and undertaking a routine operational deployment to the Falkland Islands.

Prince William Shows Prince Charles The Sea King Helicopter He Flies During His Search And Rescue Missions From Raf Valley On Anglesey, Wales.

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These days, Kate and William take their kids' on an epic family getaway (opens in new tab) having cleared their diaries (opens in new tab), and you can too.

An average two-night stay, mid-week in March, in one of the Sea King helicopters for two adults and two children, costs approximately £338. but what's even better and helps hugely during the cost of living (opens in new tab) crisis, is that according to the website, "kids stay FREE, any time of year". Plenty of dates are available simply take a look on the website to check availability and prices.

The park states, "The glamping helicopters may not be rescuing people from danger anymore, but they are certainly giving couples & families plenty of enjoyment & quality time together."

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Among the features of the Sea King Helicopter glamping accommodation are;

  • Double bed at the back
  • Bunk beds suitable for 13’s & under
  • Bench seat, which is suitable for a 3rd child
  • Electric sockets
  • Kettle
  • Fridge
  • Heater
  • Spacious raised decked area with table & chairs

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What to bring to stay in the Sea King rescue helicopter

You will need to bring the following items for your stay;

  • Bedding including duvets or sleeping bags and pillowsTowels
  • Toiletries
  • Bathrobes
  • Cutlery and cooking/eating equipment if required
  • BBQ if required
  • Wellies (more for the morning dew, rather than mud!)
  • Board games
  • Tech stuff – portable devices, but please note there is no wi-fi on the site
  • Water container (an empty water bottle is sufficient)
  • Torch for trips to the loo when it’s dark

Check in is from 4pm-7pm, with check out 9am-10am. Toilet and shower facilities are provided nearby. A minimum stay is two nights with three nights on certain dates and arrivals on Monday, Wednesday or Fridays. 

Unfortunately dogs are not allowed.

If you're looking for a right royal break, visit Pinewood Park (opens in new tab) where the sky is the limit!

Selina Maycock
Senior Entertainment Writer

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 15 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for, Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.