Cool Bags & Cool Boxes For Summer

If you love long summer days out, you’ll be familiar with the often extortionate prices of buying food around tourist spots. Many of the food outlets tend to make their money during the summer months and while the occasional treat is good, if you rely too much on paying for others to prepare your food it can get extremely expensive. This relates to both holidaying in the UK and abroad.

If you haven’t considered it already, a ‘cool box’ or more manageable ‘cool bag’ (or cooler bag) is an ideal way to take your home-made goodies with you. You can be more experimental including sandwich fillings which require being kept below a certain temperature, produce which is best served chilled or at least cold can travel with you to that far-flung beach or hillside.

Why not add a bottle of wine or some fresh fruit juice. There is nothing quite like the traditional British picnic and a cool box will help keep your food and drink cool throughout the day.

We at Camping Online have a variety of great cool boxes and cool bags which can be viewed here: www.camping-online.co.uk/igloo-coolers-coleman-cool-boxes

And here’s a featured new cool bag we have in stock:

Summit 26L Coolbag with Front Cooler Hand / Shoulder Strap

Summit Cooler BagSummit 26L Coolbag with Front Cooler Hand / Shoulder Strap Family size cool bag great for picnics and days out will keep food fresh alll day.
Ideal for keeping drinks cold at festivals. Material is extremely tough yet lightweight. Coolbag is washable and folds into a compact shape for easy storage.
Code: SUM820
EAN/UPC: 5035288105067

 

 

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The UK’s Best Beaches 2014

Here are a few suggestions for Britain’s best beaches. From sandy shores to shingle bays, if you’re holidaying here in the UK then we have some great ideas on where to head when the sun shines and the sky is blue!

Enjoy your summer and always remember to stay protected from the sun’s UV rays. It is advisable to read up on the rules of a beach before visiting, for instance many beaches do not allow dogs between certain months, but more importantly swimming can be dangerous with rip tides and other hidden dangers.

Rhossili Bay, Swansea, Wales

Rhossili Bay, Swansea
Rhossili Bay, Swansea

Woolacombe Beach, Devon, England

Woolacombe Beach
Woolacombe Beach

Porthminster Beach, St Ives, Cornwall, England

Porthminster Beach St Ives
Porthminster Beach St Ives

Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth, Dorset, England

Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth
Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth

Perranporth Beach, Cornwall, England

Perranporth beach
Perranporth beach

Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall, England

Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall
Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall

Balnakeil Beach, Durness, Scotland

Balnakeil Beach
Balnakeil Beach

Scarista beach, Isle of Harris, Western Isles, Scotland

Scarista
Scarista

Seilebost beach, Isle of Harris, Western Isles, Scotland

Seilebost
Seilebost

Nairn Beach, Highland, Scotland

Nairn Beach
Nairn Beach

St. Brelade beach, Jersey

St. Brelade beach Jersey
St. Brelade beach Jersey

Camusdarach Beach, Arisaig, Scotland

Camusdarach Beach Arisaig
Camusdarach Beach Arisaig

Bigbury On Sea, Devon, England

Bigbury
Bigbury

Blackpool Sands, Devon, England

Blackpool Sands
Blackpool Sands

Pentle Bay, Isles of Scilly, Cornwall, England

Pentle Bay
Pentle Bay

Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall, England

Porthmeor Beach, St Ives
Porthmeor Beach, St Ives

Pentewan Beach, Cornwall, England

Pentewan Beach
Pentewan Beach

Porthcurno Beach, Cornwall, England

Porthcurno Beach, Cornwall
Porthcurno Beach, Cornwall

Gwithian Beach, St Ives Bay, Cornwall, England

Gwithian
Gwithian

Ynyslas, Ceredigion, Wales

Ynyslas, Ceredigion
Ynyslas, Ceredigion

Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire
Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire

 

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Don’t forget the tent pegs!

Blue Diamond Tent Pegs
Blue Diamond Tent Pegs

Summer is upon us in the UK and with many campers and holiday makers hoping to get away with their tents, it’s worth considering the essential tent accessories.

Many campsites and camping grounds have rough stoney soil, take a look at your old tent pegs for proof, you can almost guarantee there will be bent and damaged pegs from hitting stone and rock.

The other problem is that all metal pegs can get lost in the grass or become hard to see when pulling out of the ground. They nearly always get lost en route back home as well, usually due to being shoved in a bag.

One solution is to consider in this respect is to invest in a quality brand of tent peg such as Blue Diamond.

Blue Diamond have a great range of easy to find orange ‘hard ground’ rock pegs. They come in cases of twenty, Ideal for hard ground. They are steel pegs with orange nylon heads. The peg length is a useful 20.5cms and they come in a handy carry case to keep them safe when in transit.

While it may be considered an extra unnecessary cost to invest in tent pegs such as these, it is actually quite inexpensive at around £9.99 per box of twenty.

The time and hassle this will save when fiddling around with bent tent pegs or rooting around on your hands and knees in the grass will be well worth the effort.  Don’t forget your rubber mallet too!

View Camping Online’s Tent Peg section here: www.camping-online.co.uk/tent-spares/tent-pegs

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Dorema Cravan Awnings 2014

DoremaSpring has sprung and summer, we hope, is on its way and what better time to think about a caravan awning.

Caravan awnings offer great additional space when your camper or caravan is starting to feel a bit cramped.

Camping Online stock a great selection of Dorema caravan awnings such as the popular Starcamp Cameo awning.

The Starcamp Cameo is now produced with the latest coated polyetser material and has a patterned roof to cater for the needs of todays modern camper.

These awnings come in either blue or charcoal colour and a variety of sizes with additional options like an inner tent and veranda (ask for prices).

Features:

  • Depth: 240 cm
  • Roof material: Coated polyester, with imprinted pattern
  • Wall material: Coated polyester
  • Front panel: Both panels can be rolled down or zipped out
  • Side panels: Both panels are fitted with a door and can be zipped out
  • Frame: 25 mm galvanised steel, 2 extra roof support poles and 2 extra front legs in size 13-19
  • Available sizes: 725-1125 cm
  • Available colours: Grey/grey and blue/grey
  • Weight: Size 7 approx. 30 kg

Ventilation:

A ventilation opening in the ridge of the front panel that can be closed with a zipped panel and one of the side panels has vented flyscreen panel.

Frame: Standard thumb screw steel frame ( why not upgrade to the Easygrip system for 25.00 )

Special features:

  • Covered zips in matching material for extra protection
  • A part of the side wall remains attached to the caravan when you take out the side panel
  • Annexes are designed to fit either the left or right-hand side of the awning
  • Fitted with Quick Lock profile
  • Fitted with Safe Lock System

Optional extras: Annex standard, Annex tall, Inner tent annex, Verandah pole, Quick Lock pads, Safe Lock System kit.

For more information on all our caravan awnings please visit our website: www.camping-online.co.uk/caravan-awnings

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Inflatable Kayak Starter Kits

Kayak Starter Kit
Kayak Starter Kit

If you have ever had the great pleasure of hiring a canoe or kayak when on holiday or on an adventure outing, it is highly likely you would have considered the possibility of owning one for yourself.

For those lucky enough to live near a river, loch, boating lake or the ocean, a boat or canoe can provide a great way to explore the local waterways.  You gain a different perspective of the surrounding environment while paddeling through the water.

The Great British weather is so unpredictable and with the recent floods, it is possible that to some, a canoe or kayak is actually more a necessity to get in and out of flooded areas.

The costs involved when buying a kayak or canoe can be pretty daunting, but they needn’t be. It is possible to invest in a starter kit to, pardon the pun, ‘test the water’ before you invest in something more substantial.

At Camping Online, we have a great inflatable Kayak Starter Kit which falls into the budget range of boats and is more affordable for many. Retailing at £219.99 it’s a great way to make the most of the water whether at home or on holiday.

Riber Deluxe Two-Person Inflatable Kayak Starter Kit

With everything you need to get out and enjoy the water, the Riber Deluxe Two-Person Inflatable Kayak Starter Kit is ideal for beginners, with the Riber Deluxe Two-Person Inflatable Kayak and two Riber Buoyancy Aid Jackets

The Riber Deluxe Two-Person Inflatable Kayak is made from reinforced laminated PVC, giving you a strong and lightweight kayak ideal for family holidays. The inflatable floor and backrests make paddling more comfortable, and the self-bailing design keeps you afloat no matter how much splashing there is. Two paddles included.

The Riber Buoyancy Aid Jacket fits securely and comfortably against your clothing, with four strong fully adjustable plastic buckles giving you a snug fit. Available in five sizes: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, and XX-Large.

Features of the Riber Deluxe Two-Person Inflatable Kayak

  • Reinforced laminated PVC
  • Inflatable floor and backrests
  • Self-bailing design
  • Two paddles included
  • Dimensions: 412cm x 83cm
  • Maximum Load: 155kg

Features of the Riber Buoyancy Aid Jacket:

  • Four strong plastic buckles
  • Comfortable and secure fit
  • Available in five sizes: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large and XX-Large

Check here for our full range of canoes and kayaks.

*Please Note: As with all water sports, we recommend that great care should be taken when on the water, and for those not familiar with canoes and kayaks it is advisable to seek some formal training or proficiency with a canoe/kayak club or training centre before entering into fast flowing or deep waters.

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Outdoor Revolution Winter Caravan Covers Now in Stock

Outdoor Revolution Breathable Caravan Cover
Outdoor Revolution Breathable Caravan Cover

If you are looking for a breathable high quality Caravan Cover then Outdoor Revolution are definitely worth considering. Made from heavy duty 3 ply fabric to help protect your caravan against the elements of nature Breathable – water and condensation under the cover can easily escape.

Sizes range from 6.8m to 7.4m and all covers come with a 2 year warranty.

These covers are made from heavy duty 3 ply fabric to help protect your caravan against the elements of nature whilst also protecting from the risk of thieves. This green caravan cover protects against the following:

  • UV Rays
  • Wind & Rain
  • Dust & Smog
  • Snow & Ice
  • Bird Mess
  • Leaves & Sap

The caravan cover has elastic hems to help keep dirt and dust out once it is fitted and 2 zips for ease and comes with full instructions booklet and storage bag.
Fits caravan widths up to 240cm.

More information on Outdoor Revolution Winter Caravan Covers here!

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Kampa Prestige Motorhome Winter Storage Covers

Kampa Prestige
Kampa Prestige

If you’re thinking about protecting your motorhome this winter why not consider investing in a Kampa Prestige Motorhome Winter Storage Cover.

These products are water resistant and fully breathable. The special fabric allows moisture to dry back-out rather than trapping it against your caravan and damaging it. Made from strong yet soft, non-scratch, 3 ply non woven polypropylene. This is the ideal and easy solution to dirt, dust & grime, harmful tree sap & bird droppings, frost & ice, long- term wind & UV sunlight damage.

Very sturdy manufacture with double stitched seams, elastic hem and nylon securing straps for a tailored and secure fit. 4 zippers – one at each corner to make it easy to fit and to be able to access doors on either side allow ease of fitting and access. Lightweight and quick and easy to use.

Features:

  • This cover will fit a motorhome from the back end to front end
  • Breathable material during all weathers
  • Triple layer SFS material beads water on contact affording maximum resistance to rainfall and snow
  • Breathable – water and condensation under the cover can easily escape
  • Green material blends in with environment
  • Reduces internal heat build-up in the caravan and protects internal furnishings from the fading effects of the sun
  • UV stabilised
  • Tough interlocking 4 ply seams with rot proof thread
  • Soft and lightweight – will not scratch caravan
  • Elasticated hem provides easy, universal fitting
  • 4 zippers – one at each corner to make it easy to fit and to be able to access doors on either side
  • Sewn-in, quick release buckles for easy installation and removal
  • Compete with free carry bag
  • Various sizes available

Click here for more information on Kampa Motorhome Covers!

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National Camping and Caravanning Week

National Camping and Caravanning WeekWith the weather brightening up across the UK, you may be considering taking a family camping trip during the half term. You certainly won’t be the only ones as Monday 27 May to Sunday 2 June is National Camping and Caravanning Week!

National Camping and Caravanning Week is celebrating its 13th year by inviting lovers of the great outdoors to join them at Club Sites and Camping in the Forest Sites across the UK.

Various on-site events will be occurring across the UK to highlight the perks of the club, such as: Archaeology in Salisbury; a Treasure Trail at Moffat; Great Cake Bake Off in Weston Super Mare; Photograph competition at Tregurrian; Fancy Dress competition and a Crab Catch and Release competition at Folkestone.

NCCW is also running several competitions on the website, including a Children’s Drawing Competition to win UK theme park tickets!

The Camping and Caravanning Club is not just about the location, campsite and pitch during National Camping and Caravanning Week; they aim to provide a memorable camping experience by promoting a great family holiday, the ability to make new friends and offering special club Perks.

Each Club Site is carefully located to provide many opportunities of experiencing what the UK has to offer; their Perks including forestry or coastal walks, family attractions, off road cycle routes etc. many based on recommendations from other Club members.

One of the biggest issues campers have with choosing a site is finding one with a good quality washroom. The Camping and Caravanning Club really take pride in their washrooms; they guarantee that their washrooms will be clean to the highest standards so you can really feel at home during National Camping and Caravanning Week (as well as at any other time of the year). In fact, they are so certain of their high standards that should any issue with a washroom not be resolved within two hours, you will receive a free night’s stay. That’s reassurance for you!

If you are new to camping, washrooms may not be the only concern you have. Check out The Camping and Caravanning Club website for essential information on camping equipment and camp sites so that you can enjoy a successful, stress-free camping holiday.

To celebrate National Camping and Caravanning Week, visit their page to book your pitch and then start preparing for one of the best weeks of the year for British camping!

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Top Ten Beach Campsites

Three Cliffs Bay
Three Cliffs Bay

One of the best things about living in the UK is the incredible diversity of its coastline. OK, so we may not have the best weather but that does not deter us Brits from going out and making the most of our beautiful beaches. Summer will be here soon enough, so now is the time to start planning a beach camping trip for the family.

Unfortunately, most authorities across the country will not allow camping on the beach itself but to be honest, the notion of waking up with sand in places you’d rather it didn’t (and a lack of bathroom!) is not the most thrilling. There is a fantastic alternative of course and that is pitching your tent at a campsite by the beach. But where should we go? Here are ten top camping sites for you to make the most of.

1. Ok, perhaps I am biased as I live here, but the Gower in Swansea is truly beautiful with incredible views and gorgeous beaches. Three Cliffs Bay is a spectacular spot and its campsite has won awards such as “Number One View from a Campsite in the World”. The campsite has excellent facilities and is close (but not too close!) to the city.

2. Bay View campsite site in Cornwall is another wonderful camping spot, overlooking the beautiful Looe Bay. There is a coast path situated by the entrance to the campsite and kids (and adults too!) will love the prize-winning Shire horses in the field opposite the site. Facilities include ladies and gents toilets and shower blocks, as well as a laundry room.

3. Trevornick, another Cornwall campsite, is situated within walking distance to Holywell beach and is five miles from Newquay. Facilities at this site include heated swimming pool, health spa, kids club, golf course, fishing lake and a variety of shops and restaurants. You can also take your dog!

4. If you don’t mind carrying your items and walking lots, Seagull campsite on Herm Island, Guernsey is a beautiful site. You cannot take cars onto Herm so will have to carry your items on the boat, but a tractor will meet you to transport your items to the campsite (which is huge). There are spectacular beaches and being one of the Channel Islands, the climate is the warmest in Britain.

5. For surfing lovers, St David’s in Pembrokeshire is a great place to camp. Lleithyr Farm campsite is situated half a mile from the beach, Whitesands and less than 2 miles from the Cathedral city of St David’s. There is an onsite shop, good male and female showers and toilets, a launderette and Wi-Fi throughout the site.

6. Clachtoll Beach campsite is situated in about 100 metres from the beach, five miles from the village Lochinver, Sutherland. Facilities include toilet and shower facilities, laundry, sinks for dishwashing and dogs are welcome. This area of outstanding natural beauty is not one to be missed!

7. Manor Farm in Norfolk is another excellent campsite, a short walk from the beach and the seaside town of Cromer. Great facilities and a good play area for children.

8. For camping in Devon, Bolberry House Farm is a spacious camp site with beautiful sea views, situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Easy walking distance to National Trust coastal paths and facilities include ladies and gents showers and toilets, utility area and a dishwashing room plus play area for children.

9. Holburne Blue Anchor in Somerset has beautiful sea views on one side of the park country views on the other. There are excellent facilities at this holiday park and plenty of fun activities for the family, including crazy golf, fishing, an indoor pool and an adventure playground.

10. Take a trip to the Isles of Scilly and visit Troytown Farm campsite. An absolutely stunning location with incredible views across the Atlantic. As well as the typical facilities at a campsite, there is the added benefit of secure lockers and power points. If you don’t fancy lugging your own camping gear to this site, Troytown offers rentable canvas bell tents, fitted with air-beds, camping stove, cool box, table and chairs, kitchenware and even buckets and spades for the kids!

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Top Tips for Pitching a Tent

Don't forget the poles
Don’t forget the poles

When it comes to erecting a tent, I know it sounds obvious but reading the instructions really does make a difference. It’s surprising just how much of us ignore them actually! Make sure you have them handy as well as following these handy tips in your quest for the perfectly-pitched tent.

Components

Check that you have everything needed to erect your tent before embarking on your camping trip i.e. all the poles, pegs, a mallet (believe me, it hurts trying to stamp in tent pegs with your feet!) and something waterproof, such as a tarpaulin, to situate your tent on (flattened cardboard boxes are not a good substitute!). Don’t forget the instructions either. I’m sure I don’t need to remind you to bring the tent itself…

Location, location, location

When you arrive at the campsite, give some thought to where you will pitch your tent. High, flat ground is perfect; you don’t want to find yourself in a puddle or sliding down a hill as you try to get some shut-eye. Also find out who your neighbours will be for the duration of your camping trip. If you have children, setting up camp near rowdy individuals may not be ideal (and vice-versa).

Erect your tent

Now you’ve found your spot, clear the area of anything you don’t want to be sleeping on (rocks, twigs, tree roots, rubbish etc.) and lay the tarp. Find the instructions to erect your tent. If the tent is not erected in the correct fashion, you could damage the poles or tent itself so lay out all the components in order to avoid confusion (the majority of tents will have numbered poles to make this easier). Pitch up the tent in accordance to the instructions. To ensure the tent is kept taught, peg down each corner one at a time, pulling the corner out as far as is safe. Tuck the tarp under the edge of the tent to ensure that water does not collect underneath the tent and make sure the tent pegs are secure.

Top Tips

  • Practice erecting your tent and packing it back up at home. You will appreciate being a pro at it if the heavens should open!
  • Taking an air bed or extra duvets to pad out the tent makes for a much more comfortable sleep than just a sleeping bag.
  • If the camp site is on a slant, erect the tent in accordance to where you want your head to be.
  • A broom or dustpan and brush is useful for clearing the area you wish to camp on.

Article by Emma Walters

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