So I have been browsing the camping forum whilst thinking wistfully of taking the two very small people to a eurocamp type affair in Brittany next year (when small people are slightly less small) and so far have bought:
A 5metre zig soulpad, with coir carpet, rugs, two teir tea light chandelier, solar powered fairy lights, bunting, posh beds and bedding, one of those A frame cooking things with stock pot, 4 Indian tables, three dry stone dyke style windbreaks and large tarpaulin.
A collapsible washing up bowl. Wtf?
Various other accessories including camping appropriate clothing for all of us, for all possible weathers.
An estate car and roof box.
A new house with garden big enough to make use of tent when not away, and to dry it out.
I have also booked us in to several local(ish) campsites for weekends throughout this 'summer' and have organised ferry crossings for a three week trip to Europe next year and an exhaustive list of fine campsites which will be suitable for our nomadic road trip plans.
Have sadly had to acknowledge that we will probably have to dispose of one of the children to have any hope of achieving any of this. Yet to make final decision on which one. Changes daily.
I suppose a lotto ticket might be slightly less radical (although less achievable)
I was just speaking to someone tonight who has bought an ex hire bell tent from these guys, for a good price. This company had a wee village of these for the performers at a festie I was at last year. the guy came over and tried to sell me one (even though I clearly already have one ) and although I didn't want one, we all went over for a good look, and they were lovely! He was wanting £280 for a 5 metre PIG.
Once you factor in the cost of getting fire retardant added to your bell tent (included with these folk, seems to be an expensive extra with other sellers) their prices are v competitive, and you get tougher fabric too.
Ah thanks so much for those sites, very interesting. Lots to think about. Pictish, can I ask you about the pig. Seeing as you are seasoned bell tenter at festies and in Scotland, how does it stand up to the worst of weather? I don't really understand how it's watertight? Also is it troublesome to deal with coming in wet and muddy seeing as there's no porch?
Just wanted to say that as a veteran of several eurocamp-stylee holidays over the years, the bell tent plus kit is an affordable alternative provided you don't mind a communal toilet facility. Once you are going in school holidays the rates rack up to around the two grand mark for a fortnight in a tin can. That's a lot of bunting and carpet.