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Message posted by redwoolfy on 31/12/2013 at 9:21am
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Firstly I want to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a Happy and Prosperous 2014.

I would like to ask your advice please. At the grand old age of 42 I am going to my first festival in 2014 (eeeek!). I cannot bear the thought of taking any of my tents they are like my children and the thought that someone might take a leak up the back of it horrify s me.

So which tent do you take? Which would you recommend for two vertically challenged adults that don't really want to crawl around getting in and out of bed?

Thanks guys and enjoy the remaining celebrations.

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Message posted by Porbeagle on 31/12/2013 at 11:09am
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Hi Redwoolfy,

which festival are you going to?  That will help understand the risk factors of getting your tent peed on.

 

 


Message posted by VangoMan02 on 31/12/2013 at 11:33am
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Most festivals could potentially turn into a mudhole if its rains..
I would buy a secondhand tent that you will be prepared to throw in the skip after the festival.
Something like a Vango Alpha 300+ which has a door/porch at each end and not expensive would do the job.

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Message posted by Campernic on 31/12/2013 at 11:48am
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I use a Quechua 4.2 for festivals, it is from Decathlon and it's a really big pop up. It's very easy to pitch and not too bad to pack away once you get the hang of it. More importantly it folds into a circle with two straps so it can be carried back pack style. It has stand up space in the middle. I use it for two people (Mum and Teenager, one on each side), but if we had to we could sleep two on each side and four in the middle.

The fabric is sturdier (probably a 5000 HH) and so it could be hosed down if someone peed down the back. The trick is to pitch in the middle, not up against a hedge because someone will use the hedge as a toilet once the portaloos become really disgusting (and they will by the end).

When I go to either of my nearby festivals, many people use the same tent so I feel I must be doing something right. But finding my tent in the sea of similar tents is challenging. That's where you can put a flag on it, or I put glow sticks all around the guys etc.

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Here's the last festival I was at, you can see I put a tarp over the entrance of the tent (it was due to be rainy) and I brought a stripey windbreak which also helped my tent to stand out from the others.


Message posted by redwoolfy on 31/12/2013 at 12:19pm
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Thank you everyone for your replies.

Porbeagle - We are going to Kendal Calling. :-)
VangoMan - That's a lovely looking thing but a little too cramped for us I think.
Campernic - I like the look of that if a little too expensive so I will look to see if I can find a cheap second hand one.

Thank you all once again.

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Message posted by Dubstepper on 01/1/2014 at 10:35am
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you want something you can carry to your pitch, cos you won't be able to park nearby, its also good if you can stack all your stuff on a trolley. A perfect festival tent would be one that needed no guy ropes that rather clumsy people will trip over (someone tripped over one of my guy ropes and ripped the tent)

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I don't know why my image no longer appears so I'll post it again. I hope you find the right solution for you! Keep an eye on the sales too.


Message posted by carperjake on 04/1/2014 at 10:55pm
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We have a Eurohike Calder for festivals and weekends away for me and little legs, works a treat as we can put it up with minimal guy ropes.

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Message posted by alibali65 on 05/1/2014 at 8:09am
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Went to carfest a few years a go and took our Outwell Hartford Xl. Loads of other large Outwell tents there and no trouble.

suppose it depends on the demographic of who's going I wouldn't take the Hartford if I was going to Glastonbury.

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Message posted by Poppy9560 on 05/1/2014 at 10:51pm
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the only festival I've been to is Green Man and I took the Gelert Eiger 4 the first year which was fine except weather was bad so could have done with a porch to leave wet stuff in, and last year I took Vango Banshee 200 which was really too small for 4 nights. I'm not keen on festival camping as people pitch right on top of each other and walk far too close to the tent - no way of stopping this really
I certainly wouldn't take an expensive tent to a festival for fear of damage, and only take my 4.99 Tesco camping chair - which to be fair has lasted very well

It is worth looking at either 2nd hand tents - or the Tesco site for that one which is down to 71 or so which you can stand up in - Gelert Corona I think it is? It sounds very similar to the Atlantis 4

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Message posted by Katieep on 06/1/2014 at 7:47pm
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We use our Quechua 4.2 too, they make really good festival tents, easy to carry, easy to put up, big enough for 4, a palace for 2 but will fit into a small space if you arrive late. They also provide good entertainment for your neighbours when you pack it up to go home !

We've been to different festivals and have always returned with our tent intact - most festival goers are nice friendly peeps, much like yourself. Just stick to the family/ quiet camping and look carefully at your neighbours before you pitch. Kendal Calling isnt exactly Glastonbury or latitude you should be fine and have a great time.

Also dont worry too much about the tent and equipment. You are there to attend the festival not to camp, when we go we spend very little time in the tent, its just there as somewhere to lay your head. You need to remember you'll need to carry all your stuff quite a way to your pitch.

If you want to sleep I recommend earplugs and an eyemask,

Also a flag poles with something eye catching on it is good- we have a pink pig windsock -this will help you find your tent. The hazard of not being able to find your tent should not be underestimated, especially after a few beers. The flag will also make you popular with your neighbours as it will also act as a landmark for them - more than once we have overheard phone conversations along the lines of we're camped next to the pink pig' .

Have a great time
Katie

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Quote: Originally posted by Katieep on 06/1/2014
We use our Quechua 4.2 too, they make really good festival tents, easy to carry, easy to put up, big enough for 4, a palace for 2 but will fit into a small space if you arrive late. They also provide good entertainment for your neighbours when you pack it up to go home !

We've been to different festivals and have always returned with our tent intact - most festival goers are nice friendly peeps, much like yourself. Just stick to the family/ quiet camping and look carefully at your neighbours before you pitch. Kendal Calling isnt exactly Glastonbury or latitude you should be fine and have a great time.

Also dont worry too much about the tent and equipment. You are there to attend the festival not to camp, when we go we spend very little time in the tent, its just there as somewhere to lay your head. You need to remember you'll need to carry all your stuff quite a way to your pitch.

If you want to sleep I recommend earplugs and an eyemask,

Also a flag poles with something eye catching on it is good- we have a pink pig windsock -this will help you find your tent. The hazard of not being able to find your tent should not be underestimated, especially after a few beers. The flag will also make you popular with your neighbours as it will also act as a landmark for them - more than once we have overheard phone conversations along the lines of we're camped next to the pink pig' .

Have a great time
Katie



I have never felt my tent was in much danger either. The first time I went to a festival I was quite freaked out about it but it's not as scary as you think it will be.

You raise a good point about 'filling spaces'...the last festival I went to in August had quite a few families underestimating how big their tent actually was. The family field had a sloped area and a flat area, and with everyone wanting to pitch on level ground it was very densely pitched. Having a footprint (or in the case of the Quechua BS4.2, it has a base you put down first anyway) helps to identify what patch of ground you can pitch on.

A few tips...

Be early, it's more comfortable sitting in a queue in the car with a good book and the engine switched off than trying to find the last level patch of grass on a packed field.

If you have to pitch on a slope, make sure your head and feet are straight up and down the hill and not at a diagonal.

Don't bother with cooking, bring stove for tea making duties only. I allocated a food budget per person last time. There was two of us (me and a teenager) and 50 each for the whole weekend was more than enough. There were healthier options like veggie wraps and falfatels, so don't worry about that. The first few festivals I went to I brought the makings of a meal, but ended up discarding it anyway. I had no way of keeping food cool, and I couldn't wash up because the bath that had been provided and plumbed for washing up duties has been vomited in. Yuck.

If you can, take some sort of portable loo option. A bog in a bag or a Kampa Khazi. You'll be glad of it particularly towards the end of the festival. It's not nice peeing on top of a pile of fecal matter that's filled the bowl right up.

Take hand gel.

Keep baby wipes handy.

Have a head torch because portaloos don't have lighting

Consider leaving your smart phone at home, and find your old 'dumb' phone with it's great battery life and put your sim card in. Then you won't cry when you fall on your bum after a few beers with your expensive phone in your back pocket.

...keep all the above in a tote bag or horror of horrors, a bum bag. A backpack isn't ideal because if it's behind you it's harder to stop some idiot rummaging in it.

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I bought the Vango Green Tee as my festival tent as I wanted something fairly lightweight, very quick and easy to erect and I needed to be able to stand up to get dressed.
This tent fitted the bill perfectly and I got it for a really good price.


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Message posted by redwoolfy on 08/1/2014 at 5:33pm
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WOW!!! Thank you all for you words of wisdom I really do appreciate it.

Funnily enough I have been looking at second hand (or even new when they are in stock) Teepee's because I don't really want to be crawling around, my knees are not what they used to be!!!

All the handy tips are awesome thank you. Bum Bags (shudder! But if needs must :-) the other half has been harping on about using his bum bag but I said I would leave him rather than walk around in public with him wearing one of those hahahaa)

Torch - Check
Wipes - Check
Hand Gel - Check
Old Nokia Brick - Check

I welcome all suggestions and just hope now that the diet is a success because I am going to give those young 'uns a run for their money in the demin short/wellie wearing festival uniform.

Thank you all once again.

Ann
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Message posted by Campernic on 08/1/2014 at 10:21pm
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I wouldn't wear a bum bag to be honest, I wear a bag with a long strap which I wear across my body, and keep the bag bit at the front of me so I can easily reach my camera etc. My son uses a black bum bag, but it's quite slimline, close to the body and he wears his shirt untucked so it's not obvious. He's 17 so if he thought it looked bad, he wouldn't wear it.

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