Festival tent help

(9 Posts)
Living Mon 10-Mar-14 06:19:35

Planning on Lattitude this year and need tent help! We're fairly experienced campers but don't live in the UK and haven't been to a festival with the DCs before.

Background is DH will fly into Stanstead with DCs (3 and 4) the day before the festival. I will fly into Heathrow the same Fay and then make my way to them in Stanstead. I could rent a car - we will need to rent a cat at some point.

We somehow need to obtain a (6 man) tent and all equipment before the festival. I'm wary of relying on a shop in case they're out of stock. Is there a website that will deliver everything somewhere (to a hotel maybe)?

Whilst cost isn't a massive issue, it's likely we'll be dumping/ giving away pretty much everything so I don't want to spend too much. We do have an old tent I could bring with me but it's massive and very heavy.

Any ideas from experienced festival goers?

Living Mon 10-Mar-14 06:20:20

same day not Fay

Blu Mon 10-Mar-14 11:54:41

You rent a car at Heathrow, and then stop off at the massive GoOutdoors at Harlow just off the M11 on your way to Stansted?

Otherwise I think the Decathlon at Thurrock is very close to the M25? You can go online and reserve stuff in-store, ready to collect - and they deliver too. Decathlon have a great range of pop up tents ideal for festivals.

Where will you stay the night you arrive? You could check with them and see if they will take a delivery if you order it all...but then you don't know for sure that it will have arrived and be the right thing until you get there.

poubella Mon 10-Mar-14 11:57:02

Go outdoors do an order and collect from store option so you could be sure that al the things were in stock for you to pick up.

Blu Mon 10-Mar-14 12:03:07

Or, if quicker, get rail links from H'row to Stansted (to avoid driving round the M25), hire a car at Stansted, drive down to GoOutdoors at Harlow - a short way - or to Decathlon - but that is 37 miles each way.

Depends what time of day you would be negotiating the M25. There can be hold ups at particular spots, but is otherwise fast.

Living Mon 10-Mar-14 13:42:34

Thanks. Not sure what time I'll be arriving Heathrow (havent sorted flights yet) but it looks like a pre-order at a Go Outdoors somewhere is what we're looking forsmile

ThisOnesForYou Mon 10-Mar-14 14:00:56

Lots of festivals now have tents, teepees and other types of accommodation you can book before you go. We've never done it but at other festivals have seen tents all set up ready for people who are hiring them. Might be worth checking on tge Latitude website.

AlpacaLypse Mon 10-Mar-14 14:05:44

I immediately thought of Go Outdoors too. They did a mahoosive family tent for about £80 last year, quality wise would never survive going up and down more than a couple of times, but perfectly adequate for a festival.

Blu Mon 10-Mar-14 18:19:55

I see that there is a GoOutdoors at Thurrock Lakeside as well as a Decathlon. But it is a longer drive togo S / anti-clockwise round the M25 than to go North - so a shorter drive to go to GoOutdoors in Harlow just S of Stansted.
Depending on traffic, I suppose. I don't really know the M25.

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