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17 Oct Cocoon Tent Lining – for Lotus Belle Tents

When the cold sets we slip into our thermals. So why don’t tents do the same? Lotus Belle, makers of those fashionably groovy belle shaped tents - the ones you promise yourself for next year’s festival season - have come up with a polyester tent liner that keeps your Belle Tent warm by trapping a layer of air between the liner and the outer canvas. There are zip openings corresponding to the tent windows and wood burner flu vent. Available for the four and five meter Belle Tents. Just the job for the Great British Summer! £185 / ...

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08 Mar Collapsible Cuppa – Stojo Pocket Cup

There are so many ways this Stojo Pocket Cup is - well, just brilliant. Like most aspects of modern life coffee ‘to go’ is just another convenient system of littering the planet. According to a recent article in The Guardian - - here in the UK alone we get through 3bn paper coffee cups a year. And despite some of the take-out coffee companies saying their cups are recyclable (they carry the triangular Mobious arrows loop) they're most certainly not. That's because our skinny lattes and macchiatos come in cups made of paper and plastic, so difficult to separate. So much so recycling plants won't take them. Nearly all that 8bn winds up in landfill. All...

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21 Feb Glad to be Glamping – Lotus Belle tents

  These beautiful, exotic, Yurt-like tents, are the result of one’s avid west country camper’s mission to inject some style into camping. Proof that you don’t have to be dreary to be practical under canvas.  Lotus Belle tents, designed and conceived  by lifelong camper and textile teacher Harriet Seddon, are aimed at the sort of camper who wants not only to be dry and comfortable, with room to stretch out on their patch of rural idyll - but stylish too. There is something of the chic bedouin about such airy and light, commodious and symmetrical tents, that are tall enough to stand up in and generous enough for furniture - yes, beds...

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06 Feb Nights in suspense – Tentsile tree tents

We can’t think of a finer way to enjoy a night in the forest than hunkered up - four feet above the ground - inside a Tentsile suspended tree tent. Fully waterproof hammocks with roofs, big enough inside for three adults, held by heavy duty straps and secured by ratchets. Safe from bugs, dry, snug, and literally floating on air. The concept can be traced back to 1983 when one of Tentsile’s inventors, Alex Shirley-Smith, saw two films that changed his life; one was a BBC film about the destruction of the rain forest; the other the Star Wars epic - Return of the Jedi featuring the Ewok Tree Village. The six...

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Helinox Lifestyle (Swivel Chair)

04 Feb Helinox Swivel Chair

The best outdoor/travel furniture is both lightweight and compact - and easy to assemble. Dutch firm Helinox wins on both fronts with lightweight DAC  aluminium and nylon furniture that’s light enough to deserve a home in any daypack, and thanks to the ingenious ‘shake-into-shape’ hinged frame at its heart is a cinch to assemble.The fabric seat then stretches across the frame and clips into place. We like the Table One, a low level mesh picnic table with two drinks holders in the middle, especially when teamed up with the new Swivel Chair that, turning a full 360o degrees, has beach vistas and festivals written all over it; it packs down...

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19 Nov LuminAid – let there be light, for free!

The PackLite range from Luminaid has to be the cheapest and convenient way of keeping the lights on.  A warm glow of light that’s fine for reading by, or just as an ambient camp light. The original ‘cushion’ shaped LuminAid was developed for use in the Third World but as a camping trekking, just useful thing to have around, it can’t be beat. The PackLites come in two parts; at its heart is a very small solar panel containing a rechargable battery (what stores the juice); the other component is a waterproof, inflatable ‘diffuser’. After a day attached to your rucksack or jacket, or just hanging outside the tent, with the...

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