we didn't fold it properly!!! we stuck it in the boot and slammed the door!!! had an absolute nightmare and brought most of the beach back with us! we got it 2nd hand so it didn't have any pegs and u have to fill the pockets with sand so it doesn't fall over.
I am currently looking for something a little less stressful to take with us this year! looks like a plain windbreaker and huge brolly!!
PrettyCandles i saw that one but I didn't think it was big enough.
With regards to securing the pop up things a couple of clamps from the pound shop will stop it attacking you half way down the M1.
DH has a 8m kite that folds down the same way, or should I say doesn't fold down. I am going to have to get some clamps as the bag that is supposed to contain it is straining like a pair Chippendale's trousers and looks fit to burst at any moment.
I saw it on display at Mothercare today, crawled in and had a lie-down: it's perfect. Unfortunately they were completely out-of-stock, couldn't even order it for me. So what's the point in having it on display?
BTW, for restraining Chippendale trousers, another option is to get Velcro straps. I got them from the haberdashery section at a large dept store (JL?) but I think you can find them in Poundstretcher-type shps as well. They're brilliant for restraining virtually anything that they can be wrapped around, and don't add bulk.
Phone up your local Mothercare or go back in and see if they can track one down, I can't remember from when I worked there if they do shop transfers but a lot of chain stores do as they are always shifting stock about anyway.