Johnny Vegas sparks Field of Dreams glamping site row after Harrogate move

Johnny Vegas' Field of Dreams glamping site at Melbourne Hall. -Credit:ChuffMedia
Johnny Vegas' Field of Dreams glamping site at Melbourne Hall. -Credit:ChuffMedia

Comedian Johnny Vegas has sparked a local dispute after relocating his glamping site Field of Dreams to a scenic market town from a former North Yorkshire location. The locals have reportedly described the site as resembling a "very distracting junkyard".

Vegas, born Michael Pennington, moved his Field of Dreams from Harrogate to Melbourne Hall in Derbyshire. The vintage vehicle glamping site was showcased on the Channel 4 programme Johnny Vegas: Carry on Glamping, which first aired in 2021 and returned last year.

The show featured the 53 year old comedian and his assistant Bev transforming derelict vehicles into unique sleeping quarters for a boutique holiday destination. Visitors can spend the night in an American school bus, a classic Citroen camper, or even a helicopter that served in Chile and Sierra Leone.

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However, some Melbourne locals have labelled the site "hideous". An anonymous resident told The Sun: "I wish it wasn't here. It reminds me of a junkyard. I think it impacts the local area, especially at the weekend. It's so much busier and you can't park in Melbourne anymore. If I go out on the weekends there's no space when I get back."

Another local commented: "Well I don't think the 'Field of Dreams' is a 'Field of Dreams'. I think it looks like a Travellers' camp - it's horrible for Melbourne. I think it looks hideous and awful. It's very distracting, particularly at night. From higher up in Melbourne you can see the lights in a landscape that is purely beautiful."

However, some of the residents supported the scheme with Kris Harrington, 72, saying: 'As far as the Field of Dreams is concerned, I say good luck to him. I spoke to Johnny the other day and asked him if he had enough vehicles now. He said he was thinking of two more.

Leane Tolley, 38, said: 'It's muddy down there. I love it. Because I work in Derby city centre everyone at work knows it's here. It looks good. I'm videoing it all the time and sending it to them. This is the first time we've been in a while and it's all built up again.

Melbourne Hall is a stately home owned by Lord Ralph Kerr, heir presumptive to the Marquessate of Lothian and the chiefship of Clan Kerr. Guests can book out converted school buses and planes from £350 for a minimum two-night stay. The Benidorm star named his first vehicle Patricia in honour of his mother.

Johnny Vegas, Melbourne Hall and the Field of Dreams has been approached for comment.