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Tent Showcase: Lichfield Carradale 8

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Bedroom inners:
Living area groundsheet:
Pitching Style:
8  (more 8 berth tents)
31.90 KG
Fully Sewn-in
Fly first
Average User Rating:
8.89/10 from 9 reviews

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9 Reviews of the Carradale 8

By: WilliamMcBeard  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 02/02/2014

Really pleased with this tent. The bag makes it easy to move quite a bulk around, it is wheeled.

One issue we have is that, with the length of it, we have a lot of tinkering to do to iron our floor kinks; we usually manage it.

I could explain how we use it and set it out, but I think the following covers it all; versatile!

Seriously, however you are pitched, however many people you are with, this tent has the room and quality to take it all. Including a midnight tempest in Northern France that came from nowhere. One mildly leaky seam was proof of it's quality after an incredible show of natures force!
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By: Ianwd  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 01/09/2012

Overall this is great tent. It costs bit more than other similar tents but I guess you get what you pay for.

Bought it (as a package with footprint and carpet) this August on-line from Outdoor Experience in Ashburton in Devon. Ordered on the Sunday, arrived on the Tuesday, great service!

After much research and pondering I plumped for this one due to the 3 separate sleeping compartments and 3 doors as this gives us the most flexibility as it could be between 2 and 7 of us camping (although teenage step-daughter is unlikely to come to be honest!). The 5000HH was also attractive.

Good headroom, (I'm 5' 11' and can stand up in the bedrooms). Easy to erect, whilst you can probably do it on your own I used my 8 yo daughter to 'help' as it (I think) made it easier. Taking down a doddle, even in a brisk breeze.

Some slight snags (some seams dripped after a particularly heavy downpour) and a pocket in one of the inners has a slight hole in it, although this could have be caused by enthusiastic children to be honest and seam sealer sorted the former issue out.

Never used footprint or carpet before and was slightly sceptical to be honest. But the carpet is nice on the feet and the footprint really saves the tent bottom from mud (which we had a lot after 2 weeks in one spot!). So whilst I would say these aren't essential I can now see the benefit.

We had a real mixed bag in Dorset in late August (from torrential rain and 30mph winds to lovely summer days) and the tent stood up well.

So I would definitely recommend this tent to anyone and I only give a 9/10 due to the slight drips through the seams and the hole in the inner pocket.
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By: Suzi04  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 28/08/2012

We bought this tent last year and absolutely loved it. The bedroom options are brilliant and there is loads of space and headroom. Easy to put up and down, lovely practical bag that isn't stupidly tight for space etc etc. However, the one criticism we always had was that it was a bit 'flappy'. We never could get the material as tight as other tents on the campsite (despite being very experienced at putting up all sorts of tents), and there was always air getting under the floor. This didn't worry us unduly until last weekend when an unexpectedly strong gale force wind in the middle of the night got underneath the flappy tent and lifted it. Because of the nice strong metal poles, the tent then rolled (with us and all camping gear in it) across the campsite. One of the most terrifying experiences of my life. Obviously the tent was destroyed in the process, and we were lucky to escape with cuts and bruises. Looking around the campsite, although a couple of other tents had snapped poles (lightweight, not metal) no other tent was lifted off the ground like ours. We bought this tent without seeing one standing as it was a Lichfield and that's a name we trusted. We will definitely make sure we see any other tent we buy pitched and standing in a bit of wind, before we make the purchase.
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By: ButterCup77  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 14/06/2012

This tent is one of the best I've ever used. Very spacious, it's easy for 2 people to put up and it withstands just about anything the weather can throw at it. We especially liked:

The three doors, allowing for easy ventilation in hot weather or protection from different wind directions; the 'conservatory' area with clear windows; the option of two inner tents at opposite ends.Less disturbance from snorers, better sleep! The bedrooms have great headroom too.

We would have liked some way of hanging a lamp inside each of the bedrooms, and if the manufacturers could provide storage pockets in the two main areas that are most likely to be used for cooking, so that tea towels, oven gloves etc could be easily accessed, that would be great. The other slight improvement would be to provide a way to keep the anti-insect 'tray' raised when the side doors are closed up, to keep out draughts and creepy crawlies.But over all this is a roomy, versatile tent with a high comfort factor. We loved it!
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By: The nyes  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 08/06/2012

Well just returned from our first trip out with this tent and we must say what a great super duper tent this is ! we had rain,rain and more rain. We had gale force winds all day and all night and this tent took the lot we were warm, dry and cosy and still in same spot when we woke nothing moves this tent ! huge space inside we are 5 feet 11 and loads headroom and space.Had 5 chairs up inside because of weather and still had loads of room.Very easy to put up and easy to get down soaking wet and windy conditions and fitted in the bag perfectly.Fitted in hatchback boot have no negatives great tent :-)
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By: Familygabriel  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 30/09/2011

Purchased the tent 2 weeks ago off eBay from Tamworth Camping, who I cannot recommend highly enough. Phoned me next morning and tent arrived next day. Great service. Anyway, to the tent. Buying an 8 man tent for our first ever camping trip, and I'm 43 btw so this really was into the unknown was a bit of a risk. I was told not to buy a tunnel tent. Don't go for value. Blah blah blah. And given it arrived 2 days before we left for the trip we didn't even have time for a test erect.

No worries. When we laid it out I expected to see Billy smart on the side - this is one big tent. But 30 mins later it was up and solid and if putting up a tent is as easy as this then we are hooked. Spent two nights with 2 kids (4 and 8) and it was a joy.

Plenty of room. Felt like home.

I can't compare it with another tent but I wouldn't want to as this was a huge success. Our friends opposite had a 600 quid exec tent and they were jealous of the room we had.

Our only moan - we left it till end of September to go on our first trip.

Ps. Red Shoot park in New Forest was fantastic. Why have we never done this before.March trip already booked.
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By: Mummy07  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 15/08/2011

We bought the Carradale as it is a large tent suitable for 8 people. We got it with the porch extension, carpet and ground sheet.

In my opinion the tent is worth the money, however was unsuitable for our family of 9 (children ages 14, 12, 11, 10, 8, 5 and 2) we were hoping considering our children are young it would be alright, however we soon realised that we need a bigger tent with more living space. The extension was a disaster, it didn't fit the tent properly and where it had been pulled over the side water pooled underneath which we had to remove every three mins. The carpet is pointless, incredibly hard to keep clean and we are opting for a huge rug in our new tent.

Overall: a good purchase but don't bother with side extension on a very wet day.
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By: Chefray62  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 22/06/2011

I brought this tent from my local camping shop (leisure Trail in Southampton) in early June after its release and was quite exited to use it. Oh what a joy, easy to put up as the assistant said it would be took less than 30 mins. Great size and comfort air seemed to get every as it was a hot weekend (you could sit inside all day and not feel hot. Bedroom space excellent and living was so large it felt like a mansion. Interior was so easy to put up even the children got involved and couldn't wait to sort their bedding and bits.

Only two little gripes the carpet supplied didn't seem to have any holes in it as this was large and covered the whole tent (will be be seeing the supplier re this query and difficult to hang a strip light tent)(any suggestions greatly received).

Breaking down the tent was really easy as I basically had to take down tent myself but as with previous reviewer all fitted in bag with great ease.

Have had many tents over the years but this one I recommend highly. Brilliant X 1000
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By: Bongobill1  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 06/06/2011

We bought this tent this year for our 5 children to sleep in. We have a mazda bongo 8 seater van that we park right at the side door were my wife and I sleep. The tent itself is a doddle to put up with two people, and took us 45mins from start to finish. Make no mistake this tent is HUGE! Im 6ft 1inch and my head doesn't touch the roof anywhere, the living area is massive. There are 2 pods that sleep two people each and one large pod that will either sleep 4-5 children or if you put up the divider will sleep two sets of two. We use the large pod for our 5 children and put one 2 person pod up for storage which kept the rest of the tent floor space free for them to play or to all eat in with ease. There are three access points to the tent. The tent has 2 small windows and two large windows all of which have mesh so you can open the window flaps but allow the breeze to enter without the flys. Fully sewn in ground sheet keeps the tent warm on a night and the creepy crawlies out. This tent is the only tent we have even owned that actually fits back in its holdall which has two handles and wheels on it as well. The waterproof spec is 5000HH so no amount of rain gets in here and the whole tent remains dry.

Overall very impressed with this tent so far and looks great when its up too.
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Manufacturer's Description

Offering extremely spacious living accommodation with offset entry points, The Lichfield Carradale 8 Tent is a great option for larger groups and families on extended breaks. The steel poles which form the central tunnel structure make this tent stable and robust, while the fibreglass poles extending from Lichfields unique Ties Arch System (TAS) give good head height in the sleeping areas and helps to keep the weight minimised.
Zippered front access with full mesh door

Zippered access from both sides with full mesh doors

Poles canopies over side doors

Side windows (1/2 pvc and 1/2 mesh) with zippered covers

Side mesh vents with covers

2 front windows with internal covers

Sewn-in groundsheet

Zippered inner doors with upper mesh panels

Sleep easy darker inner tent for improved sleep

Pelmets concealing inner attachment points

Detachable inner divider

Tent tidy

Cable entry point

Inner storage pockets

Hanging loops

Supplied in roller bag

Pvc windows

Flysheet first pitching method

Brand Lichfield
Capacity 8 Person
Flysheet Fabric Polyester
Flysheet HH 5000mm
Groundsheet Fabric Polyethylene 10000
Pack Size 80 x 50 x 50cm
Poles TAS- 3 x Steel , 4 x Fibreglass
Sewn In Living Area Yes
Weight 30 kg

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