When it comes to camping with style, you can’t beat a bit of bunting which is ideal for dressing your tent and making it look pretty.
Over the years I’ve bought bunting in different styles, colours and sizes, from weatherproof plastic bunting to extra long bunting for our biggest 6m bell tent but when I welcomed the new Luna LOM bell tent into my life, I decided it was also time to get some new bunting.
A quick Google search lead me to The Cotton Bunting Company a UK business selling an assortment of bunting in different sizes and styles.
I opted for the 3m Hot Pink Paisley Bunting which was on offer for just £6.80. When it arrived just 3 days later (P&P was free!) I was amazed by the quality so wanted to tell everyone about it, and when I contacted The Cotton Bunting Company they were kind enough to offer us an exclusive discount code for our readers!
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Some holidays are all about immersing yourself in a bustling city and taking in the sights, sounds, and flavours of a foreign culture. On the other hand, sometimes you just need to unplug and unwind, and get away from the big city lights into a more tranquil setting.
Hikers in rain forest jungle, trekking to beautiful waterfall. Selective focus: Shutterstock ID: 784320103
Savvy travellers across the UK are looking for ways to escape the crowds and go to the ends of the earth – literally – on holiday.
These remote holiday destinations are ideal for when you really want to reboot and recharge your batteries. All are regularly serviced by airlines, but why not arrive in style in a chartered aircraft? Chartering a flight allows you to access the most isolated regions on the planet with ease.
Foula, The Shetland Islands
If you want to get away from it all yet stay relatively close to home, you can travel to the Shetland Islands in Scotland. The smallest island in the archipelago is Foula, and the island is so small and isolated that the ferry that services it only carries 12 people!
Island Foula. Foula in the Shetland archipelago of Scotland By photolike
You can also charter a plane and land on the island’s airstrip in style. The island is full of birds (more than half a million!), as well as the eponymous Shetland ponies.
Denali National Park, Alaska USA
Denali is one of the world’s most jaw-dropping sights, a majestic mountain poking up out of a wild National Park. The arctic tundra landscape is dotted with mountain peaks, but none are as impressive as Denali. This is truly a place to get away from it all, amidst six million acres of wilderness.
Three Camel Lodge, Mongolia
Three Camel Lodge is located in one of the most remote locations on the planet – the Gobi Desert. This lodge is designed to help visitors really unplug from the world beyond and settle into the lifestyle of nomadic Mongolian tribes.
The Three Camel Lodge allows you to experience the authentic culture of the region, far from mobile phone towers and internet service!
Beautiful sea and coastlines of Gili Meno, Indonesia By Luciano Mortula – LGM
The Gili Islands, Indonesia
If you are looking for a holiday that has it all – isolated beaches, fresh seafood BBQs, and a vibrant local culture, head to the Gili Islands in Indonesia. These small islands (Gili Air, Gili Meno, and Gili Trawangan) are located just a short distance from Lombok and Bali, and they have reliable sun all year round. You won’t find any motorised vehicles on these islands, so be prepared to sink your toes into the sand and walk.
Don’t fret – things aren’t only sleepy and calm on the Gilis! Gili Air has a wild party and nightlife scene frequented by international and domestic tourists alike.
Petit St. Vincent
Ok, if you really want to escape the crowds, there is no better destination than Petit St. Vincent, an island located in the Grenadines archipelago in the Caribbean Sea. Just 22 holiday cottages can be found on the entire island, and television and internet signals are weak.
Take a deep breath, let your shoulders drop, and allow yourself to sink into the sands – perfection.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
French Polynesia is an isolated archipelago of idyllic islands in the Pacific Ocean. Each of its islands, including Bora Bora, is home to exclusive 5 star resorts and overwater bungalows.
Beautiful Bora Bora sunset sunrise on the beach, with palm trees By Lux Blue
Diving, water sports, snorkelling, or just relaxing on the pristine white beaches – this is a place to escape the pressures of the modern world.
Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Chile
Rapa Nui is one of the most isolated islands in the world, located more than 3,000 kilometres off of the coast of Chile. While the remote location draws some holiday makers, most people come here to marvel at the moai, monolithic and ancient stone heads.
These sculptures dot the island, which is also home to some of the world’s best scuba diving
Over to you
Visiting any of these remote destinations could be classed as a ‘trip of a lifetime’ – are you ready to take on the experience? Remember to pack a good book (or five), and come with an open mind.
You might even want to leave your electronic devices at home – you won’t need them!
Available in 3 different colours, grey, red and blue
Super-strong steel frame with a texturised finish for a premium feel
6.3kg weight per chair
Max load 180kg / 28st 4lbs
Open dimensions W87.0 x D80.0 x H93.0cm
Packed down dimensions L30.0 x H105.0 x W25.0cm
This chair is available exclusively at Winfields Outdoors, and we think it’s a corker! Over the years we’ve owned loads of different camp chairs, from the typical bog standard camp chairs to funky lightweight chairs aimed at backpackers and huge padded moon-chairs, and this is the best of the lot.
The first thing that struck us was the size, they were far bigger than expected, even though we were aware they are ‘oversized’. Packed down, they are very close to the size of an adult moon-chair, so do take up a fair bit of space in the boot of the car.
That said, they come in high quality carry bags and are quick and easy to put up and take down again, requiring next to no effort. We love camping gear that’s intuitive to use and fast to put up, and the Vango Apollo does both of those things well.
The dark grey colour of our chairs is dark enough to make them practical, but not dark enough to make them look dreary. We went for grey as we have such a vast amount of colourful camping gear and tents, so wanted a colour that would go with everthing regardless of our camping set up.
The coated fabric is made out of 600 denier polyester and it’s nice to the touch. There’s a bit of padding too which adds to the comfort of the chairs.
The frame feels very sturdy (in fact it can take up to 180kg in weight) and whether I was sitting on it with my feet on the ground, with my legs curled up under me or lounging on it sideways with my legs hanging over the arm, it still felt comfortable and capable.
Overall Rating (4.5 / 5)
These are hands down the comfiest camp chairs we’ve ever owned. They are so big that you can comfortably stay seated around the campfire all night, and if you like to curl up, these chairs are big enough to allow you to do that.
The downside is that they do take up a fair bit of space, at least double the amount of space a standard camp chair takes up, but in our opinion, the extra bulk is worth it for the enhanced comfort.
A must-buy for family campers spending large amounts of time camping and well worth their £49.99 price tag, in fact we think at that price they are a bit of a steal!
Thank you to Winfields Outdoors who supplied the featured product. We were not paid to write this review.
First impressions of the Kamoto are good. As with all Primus gear you notice the quality straight away.
I really like the fact that the fire pit is raised well off the ground, but thanks to the clever design it is very stable too. For additional protection, there is an attached metal tray at the base which means if logs or coals were to fall out, the ground is protected from any damage.
To assemble, the fire pit folds out and there’s just the bottom internal grate and side pieces to slot into place before it’s ready to use.
I’ve bought two fire pits in the past to use primarily in my garden and I also have a small portable camping fire pit, which is really too small to produce any meaningful heat for anything more than a couple of people huddled directly in front of it.
The 2 garden fire pits I’ve had in the past have both quickly warped from heat – granted I’ve never really splashed out this much on a fire pit before, so low quality obviously played a part, but having used the Kamoto several times, there are no signs of similar warping and it seems just as solid as it was when I first got it.
The size of the fire pit means you can have 2 or 3 really good sized logs on it and it’s capable of kicking out an impressive amount of heat.
Cleaning it out once the fire has died down meant tipping it on its side, depositing the ashes into a bin bag, then using a dustpan brush, I swept the inside clean before folding it back up, ready for its next use.
The fact that it can also be used as a barbecue makes it versatile too and the metal grate that sits over the top of the fire pit is very sturdy, and whilst I’ve not yet used it to cook food on, I’m very much looking forward to using it for this purpose and will update this review when I have.
I’d have liked the bottom internal ash grate to be more of a box design rather than a flat grate. If it had sides, even very short sides, it would mean it could be lifted out with the ashes inside for even easier clean-up.
Overall Rating (4.5 / 5)
The Kamoto really is beautifully made and a very sturdy, capable bit of kit. I’ve used it several times on chilly evenings in the garden, have taken it up to Scotland on a glamping break and have used it on a coastal camping trip too.
It’s a very welcome addition to my camping kit and due to its size, it’s big enough for several people to sit around and feel the warmth from.
If you’re looking for an extremely well made, good size fire pit for camping trips with family and friends then the Primus Kamoto is well worth considering, especially as it can double up and easily be used to cook food on too.
The fact it all folds in on itself means it’s very easily portable, though it is quite heavy. The final thing to note is the price tag, it really isn’t cheap and there are far cheaper portable fire pits on the market, but having tried some cheaper ones, the quality of the Primus Kamoto is head and shoulders above anything I’ve previously owned.
Thank you to Primus who supplied us with the featured product. We were not paid to write this review.
As the Tiny House Movement gathers momentum and with staycations more popular than ever, a brand new hamlet of shepherd’s huts at Samlesbury Hall provides the ideal way to try out tiny living during a rustic glamping break in Lancashire.
Boss of historic Samlesbury Hall near Preston has claimed a development of modern luxury huts on site is the perfect solution for anyone hoping to enjoy a short stay in a dwelling with a difference.
Samlesbury Hall director Sharon Jones said: “There is lots of interest and intrigue about tiny house living at the moment with TV shows devoted to those who have created a home in a small space or even a quiet place to retreat to in the garden.
“Our shepherd’s huts are the perfect way to test out life in a tiny house – even if it’s just for a night or two.
“They are small but perfectly formed and we think they prove the best things come in small packages.
each have European oak-framed beds, memory foam mattresses and most
importantly, the chance to escape the stresses and complexities of
The Hamlet, completed earlier this year, contains
28 wooden shepherd’s huts set in the idyllic and peaceful grounds of
Grade I-listed Samlesbury Hall, one of Lancashire’s oldest properties.
are clustered together in twos and threes around a fire pit so guests
can enjoy time outdoors with toasted marshmallows and hot chocolate
Each comes complete with double bunk beds, an ensuite, space to sit down and sockets to charge phones and devices.
can also treat themselves to locally produced food at the hall’s
restaurant and Dottie’s Wafflery, soak up the history of Samlesbury Hall
and learn about nature’s vital pollinators at The Bee Centre.
Sharon added: “The shepherd’s huts have been hugely successful so far. They give people the chance to try out small space living and to benefit from a change of scenery and a slower pace of life, even if it’s just for a couple of days.
“We hope more people will come to stay to experience it for themselves.”
OK, so festivals are amazing, but let’s face it being stinky isn’t, and festival wash facilities, unless you go VIP are few and far between and pretty grim. Pits & Bits have come up with a clever solution though and their wash kit is ideal for keeping you clean at festivals.
Not only that, it’s also ideal for backpacking and wild camping when you need to travel light as it’s tiny, but contains all you’ll need to stay pong-free in the great outdoors.
We tried one out ourselves and have to admit to being mesmerised by the magically expanding wash towels (there’s 8 in each pack), which expand to the size of a large flannel or wet wipe once wet.
What’s inside the box?
Inside the box you’ll find 8 expanding wipes, a bottle of towel off shampoo (which I don’t use as I have afro hair and need to use specialist hair care products) and a bottle of towel off body wash.
The box states that no water is required, but I found the wash towels expanded best with a few drops of water poured over them. I then used the waterless wash and wipe to give my pits, and indeed ‘bits’ the once over. It dries off very fast (you can use a towel but on a hot day, no towel was needed) and I did indeed feel much fresher and far less grim after use. Win!
Value 4.5/5Overall Rating (5 / 5)
This year Wild Night Out happens on Saturday 29th June 2019 and people across the UK will be having outdoor adventures both big and small to celebrate. Read on to find out more about Wild Night Out 2019.
What Is Wild Night Out?
Wild Night Out was started by Explorers Connect founder Belinda Kirk in 2016. After 20 years of taking people of all ages into the wilderness, she understands first-hand the positive impact that adventure can have on people’s lives.
As a society we are spending too much time indoors which is adversely affecting well-being and means that fewer people are spending time outdoors.
Only a third of children in Britain spend more than an hour a day outdoors and a quarter of UK adults are classed as physically inactive, getting fewer than 30 minutes of moderate exercise a week.
Why not camp out in the garden?
Get Involved, Camp Out In Your Garden!
Always keen to sleep under canvas, here at Camping with Style we think the best way to get involved is to have a garden camp-out. Pitch up in your garden and spend a night under the stars!
Tips For Enjoying Your Big Night Out Garden Camp-Out
Snuggle up and stay warm by piling plenty of duvets and blankets into the tent with you
Have a barbecue for dinner and dine al fresco before bed time
Get the kids involved in pitching the tent and setting up beds inside and let them choose some family board games to play together
If you can, have a camp fire. Set up a portable camp fire, brazier or chimenea in your garden to roast marshmallows over
Don’t forget the hot chocolate for a delicious and warming treat
Bring out binoculars or a telescope for a touch of garden star gazing
If you live in an urban area, ear plugs are a must and will stop noise from traffic spoiling your sleep
Get the family pets involved too, both dogs and cats will love the novelty of sleeping in a tent and having them around will make your tent feel more homely
With Glastonbury and The Isle of Wight Festival just around the corner, it’s time to get ready for festival season. Our top picks below will ensure you’re camping in both comfort and style, helping you to party the days away whatever the weather!
Call to ‘act local’ to stop plastics entering the UK’s rivers and canals & ending up in the world’s oceans Canal & River Trust Launches Waterways Plastics Challenge.
Canal & River Trust, the waterways and wellbeing charity that cares for 2,000 miles of canals and river navigations in England and Wales, has published research about the volume of plastics and litter found in its waterways.
The charity is today (June 5th) urging communities to take action on their doorstep to make their local neighbourhood beautiful and help tackle the global plastics crisis – don’t drop it, pick it up and recycle it to help make the nation’s canals and rivers plastics free.
Working with Coventry University, the charity has published a detailed analysis of the plastics and other litter found in its waterways. The research, which reviewed data from 25 locations, found that plastics now account for 59% of waste found along its canals. It estimates that 570,000 items of plastic reach the world’s oceans each year via its waterways. With the help of local communities this figure could be drastically cut.
Peter Birch, national environmental policy advisor at Canal & River Trust, says: “By taking a little care of their local waterway, everyone can have beauty on their doorstep. The Canal & River Trust is on a mission to eradicate plastics from our vast network of canals and rivers – helping us all to live in better, more beautiful neighbourhoods, whilst tackling a global issue, and making life better by water.”
Studies show that around 80% of the plastics and litter found in our oceans comes from inland waste that passes through water-courses around the world and out to sea.
Peter adds: “Devastatingly, despite being vital green corridors in the nation’s towns and cities, our canals and rivers can inadvertently act as ‘plastics highways’, transporting rubbish from where we live out to sea. Not only is this a huge problem for wildlife, which can be harmed, it also detracts from these special and important wellbeing places in our towns and cities. We believe everyone deserves – and can help create – beauty on their doorstep, and by taking action locally, they will also be helping tackle a global issue.”
As canals and rivers become more accessible – over four million people visit them every two weeks – and with almost one in five people admitting to dropping litter, a lot of this can unfortunately end up in our waterways. The vast majority of the litter found along and in the canals each year is potentially recyclable or could be re-used in creative and innovative ways. (4/5/6)
The Trust is calling on every visitor to its waterways to make their own small contribution to help keep them clear of plastics, whether by picking up and recycling a piece each time they visit, joining the Trust’s growing band of volunteers, or even adopting a short stretch of their local canal with friends, neighbours or colleagues.
The Trust, which is supporting Defra’s Year of Green Action working with #iwill4nature encouraging youth environmental action, has also published a downloadable free family plastics and litter activity pack which highlights to children the importance of taking action to prevent it.
Richard Parry, chief executive of Canal & River Trust, says: “We know that life is better by water and more people than ever appreciate the benefits of spending time alongside our waterways, right at the heart of thousands of communities across the country.
Plastic and litter free canals are beautiful, inspiring places for people to enjoy, whether for everyday use or a one-off visit, whilst also being hugely important habitats for some of the nation’s much loved and endangered species. Help us tackle a global issue by taking action on your doorstep today.”