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Easter camping with the family

Camping is great fun at Easter and it’s actually pretty easy to make sure the kids enjoy a memorable experience too. 

Easter is a great time for camping but it can be tricky to hide chocolate in the tent or van. As we’re often lucky with the weather over Easter, it can also be hard to store chocky treats without them melting!

But there’s lots of other ways to make it fun for the kids…

DECORATING EGGS…

Make a small hole at the top and base of an egg using a sharp knife. Blow the egg yolk out through the bottom hole and then gently rinse the shell. You can use the yolk and white for a delicious campfire omelette or scrambled egg breakfast!

Once dry, decorate with sharpies, paints, stickers, etc. Of course, you’ll need to plan ahead and take a few art supplies – always handy when camping with the kids.

EASTER EGG HUNT…

First off, whatever you do, don’t leave food lying around the camp site. You could wake up to find the wildlife have tucked in, or everyone else’s kids have already found them.

A great idea is to fill a few empty plastic eggs with dares and activities or pop a jigsaw piece in each which they then need to complete to earn their goodies.

A night time egg hunt is great fun too. Use glow sticks to identify hiding places.

EASTER MAKE & DO…

When our kids were smaller, we used to take some basic craft materials in our kit. Things like scissors, sticky tape, glue, toilet rolls, pieces of felt and some feathers.

Encourage the children to draw an Easter picture, make a cardboard roll bunny, felt puppets.

How about decorating a hat for an Easter parade around the campsite?

EASTER BUNNY FOOTPRINTS…

If the children are worried that the Easter Bunny won’t know where they are if you’re camping at Easter, get them to write a note to leave at home telling him where you’ll be.

In camp, once they’re asleep make a large footprint stencil and sprinkle flour on the ground over it to prove that he called by.

EASTER THEMED FUN AND GAMES

Bunny hop races and egg and spoon races, perfect Easter fun!

Just be sure that the adults get a turn too – it’s not fair that the kids have all the fun!

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Tent & Awning Display Now Open!

Tent and awning display Barnstaple North Devon

We’re working hard putting the finishing touches to our massive tent & awning displays here at Devon Outdoor and The Camping and Kite Centre.

TENTS…

Come and field test our selection of branded tents, caravan and driveway awnings.

We erect a wide range of styles, types and sizes, so that you can walk around and make the correct choice.

As a family business, we have first hand experience of our stock. This enables us to offer friendly and helpful service and advice.

VEHICLE AWNINGS…

Our branded vehicle awnings are suitable for most vehicle makes including VW and Bongo campervans as well as motorhomes and coach built motorhomes.

As well as our outdoor displays, we can regularly be found at local camping shows and exhibition.

Our next camping show will be in Cardiff on 18th – 19th May, then we’ll be at the Caravan and Motorhome Show in Chepstow 5-7th July, and Caravan and Motorhome Show in Exeter 26-28th July.

Find us on Facebook to look out for more details!

INFLATABLE AIR AWNINGS AND TENTS…

Quick to erect and put up, these modern awnings and tents save you time, while still giving you the reliability and space you need at a price for all pockets.

Hassle free pump up, we erect our inflatable tents & awnings at the beginning of the season and they remain in place through all weather conditions. Come and see brands such as Vango AirBeam and Kampa AIR, Outwell, Outdoor Revolution, and Coleman.

POLE AWNINGS AND TENTS…

But it’s not all about air! We continue to see a good range of poled products at prices to suit all pockets so take a wander around our selection of pole tents and awnings, and make an informed decision.

As a family business, we have been camping in a variety of tents with families of all ages. We can advise on what is best for you.

Make sure you plan a visit to see us soon. There’s free parking at both our stores plus a restaurant on site too so well worth making the trip!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Devon Outdoor and The Camping & Kite Centre

We specialise in camping equipment, tents, caravanning and
all camping accessories.

From great brands including Kampa, Vango, Outwell, Outdoor Revolution, Coleman, Sunncamp and many more.

We hope you’ll choose us to get your adventure on the road!

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Why camp when you can glamp?

Hard to believe, but some people think of camping as ‘roughing it’ and have a bit of a hard time stepping away from the sofa! 

If that sounds like you, then we might have the answer with the Quest Elite Signature range of Bell Tents, brand new for 2019.

Glamorous camping or clamping really is a thing and new for 2019 are these great bell tents. Make it a home away from home with luxuries like an air mattressportable cooling or a heater and lighting. These could include furniture and great tableware so you can really relax and enjoy your time in the great outdoors.

A premium-quality cotton canvas frame tent with an extra thick PVC zip-in groundsheet makes this a fantastic family-friendly tent, or perfect for a couple who want that bit more space. And this simple steel-framed tent can be put up by one person, making it one of the easiest tents to erect.  

In the summer, the 100% cotton canvas is breathable and will keep it cooler compared to typical polyester and polycotton tents. Yet in the winter, the insulating properties will make it warm and cosy so you can camp all year round, safe in the knowledge that you made the right decision.

We have the Touareg erected and on display as part of our massive tent and awning display at Devon Outdoor in Barnstaple, North Devon and will soon have the 5m Bell Tent up at The Camping and Kite Centre in Raglan, near Abergavenny.

So if you’re passing by or near one of our stores, pop in and take a look around!

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Spring is here … are your ready for your first camping trip?

How to care for your tent

Get your camping season off to a great start this year with some advice from Devon Outdoor and The Camping and Kite Centre

BEFORE YOU GO…

Check for damaged poles:

Sometimes, fibreglass poles will split under the strain, and the elastic can snap.  If you find some that need replacing, then pop over to see us.  We have a range of sizes in store and if you prefer, you can leave the poles with us, and we will do the repairs (although please don’t leave it until the last minute).

Check for holes in fabric:

If you find any small holes, then you can use patches to repair.  When applying these patches, make sure the area is clean and dry before applying. Another handy tip is to place a flat surface behind the tent before applying the patch, this will prevent waves/wrinkles in the material.

Get an additional groundsheet:

An additional groundsheet is a must have (even if your tent has one sewn in).  Often called a footprint, it is a groundsheet that’s specifically cut to match your tent, generally available for larger family tents. A footprint is used to protect the bottom of your tent from lose gravel and wet ground. This can help to prevent tearing and means that your tent won’t have to be cleaned as often.

If your tent doesn’t have a specific footprint available, standard groundsheets can be used but will need to be folded/cut to the shape of your tent.  It needs to be the same size as your tent (too big and the rain will hit your groundsheet and disappear between the floor of the tent and the groundsheet, giving you a nice puddle. Too small and it won’t protect the tent property).


 

Preparing your tent

In your tent repair kit you should always have:

  • Repair tape / duct tape – great for repairs to groundsheets, tent fabric, poles and air tubes (on inflatable tents)
  • Seam sealer
  • Spare pole section, spare pole elastic and a junior hacksaw (for running repairs)
  • Small brush / cloth – useful for giving your tent a quick clean before packing away at the end of your trip

Check for damaged poles:

Sometimes, fibreglass poles will split under the strain, and the elastic can snap.  If you find some that need replacing, then pop over to see us.  We have a range of sizes in store and if you prefer, you can leave the poles with us, and we will do the repairs (although please don’t leave it until the last minute).

Check for holes in fabric:

If you find any small holes, then you can use patches to repair.  When applying these patches, make sure the area is clean and dry before applying. Another handy tip is to place a flat surface behind the tent before applying the patch, this will prevent waves/wrinkles in the material.

Get an additional groundsheet:

An additional groundsheet is a must have (even if your tent has one sewn in).  Often called a footprint, it is a groundsheet that’s specifically cut to match your tent, generally available for larger family tents. A footprint is used to protect the bottom of your tent from lose gravel and wet ground. This can help to prevent tearing and means that your tent won’t have to be cleaned as often.

If your tent doesn’t have a specific footprint available, standard groundsheets can be used but will need to be folded/cut to the shape of your tent.  It needs to be the same size as your tent (too big and the rain will hit your groundsheet and disappear between the floor of the tent and the groundsheet, giving you a nice puddle. Too small and it won’t protect the tent property).


 

Preparing your tent

In your tent repair kit you should always have:

  • Repair tape / duct tape – great for repairs to groundsheets, tent fabric, poles and air tubes (on inflatable tents)
  • Seam sealer
  • Spare pole section, spare pole elastic and a junior hacksaw (for running repairs)
  • Small brush / cloth – useful for giving your tent a quick clean before packing away at the end of your trip
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Camping Magazine 2019 Awards

Take a look at some of the winners of the annual Camping Magazine awards

The annual Camping Magazine awards recognise the best of the best and amongst the winners for 2019 was Outdoor Revolution’s Airedale 5S chosen as Best Compact Family Tent.

“For 2019, the Airedale 5S has been remodelled to create the perfect-sized tent for smaller families or couples who like to spread out.

The addition of more ventilation makes the tent more comfortable and the front door can be used in various configurations, including a useful porch area. Overall this is a top quality tent for family holidays.”

Read the full Camping Magazine review for this fantastic family tent

Selected as the Best Weekend/Touring Tent was the Coleman Mackenzie 4

“…really easy to pitch, which is the probably the key atribute in a tent for shorter breaks. This is a tent that has been designed to make life outdoors as relaxing as possible, with an extensive range of features.”

Read their review of the Coleman Mackenzie 4 here.

Great choices in our opinion and we’re delighted to be stocking these tents as part of our fantastic new range for 2019

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Will we be seeing you at The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show?

The Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show is on at the NEC in Birmingham this week ( 19th –  24th February).

It’s the UK’s largest start of holiday season showcased on a visit to the show you’ll be inspired by awesome destinations and hundreds of campsites and holiday parks throughout the UK and the whole of Europe. It’s the perfect place to start planning your ultimate trip!
 
The event is also a fantastic showcase for the latest in touring caravans, motorhomes, campervans, trailer tents, folding campers, tents, camping equipment and accessories. It’s a great opportunity to step inside and compare all the latest layouts, interiors and camping equipment for 2019.
 
And there’s no need to rush into making a purchase while you’re there. Here at Devon Outdoor we will be stocking all the new 2019 lines from the biggest brands including Kampa, Vango, Coleman, Outwell, Outdoor Revolution, Sunncamp and more so relax and browse the show and then head back to Devon Outdoor to order. We also offer 0% finance on many products to help make bigger purchases more manageable.

Stop by and say hello to Roger on the Outdoor Revolution stand, Hall 1, Stand 1262. We look forward to seeing you there!


Devon Outdoor and The Camping & Kite Centre

We specialise in camping equipment, tents, caravanning and
all camping accessories.
We hope you’ll choose us to get your adventure on the road!

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Keep warm with our range of Skogstad clothing

The Norwegian’s know a thing or two about keeping warm which is why we chose to stock Skogstad clothing. Skogstad have years of experience in the outdoors and their clothing offers the best protection for those cold, wet days that we’re all too familiar with here in the UK.

The Moseter down parka is one of our favourites. This beautifully designed and crafted jacket in water resistant shell fabric is filled with 80% down and 20% feather and will protect your upper body, hips and thighs from exposure to the harshest of the elements. 

And dropping temperatures and whipping winds are no match for the Randers– a 2 layer technical jacket packed with technical features. This classic, fitted cut, block colour jacket will keep you warm, dry and protected. It is waterproof, windproof and breathable making it ideal for every adventure.

For three generations Skogstad have made quality clothing. They are all about enjoying the environment, enjoying the world around us and enjoying it in the company of our friends and family.

Our team all completely agree so take a look at our range of Skogstad clothing and enjoy being out and about.

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Don’t get Down this January, get a Down jacket instead!

Skogstad clothing

Make sure the only Down you feel in January is the Down in your jacket by treating yourself to a jacket from our range by Skogstad, the Norwegian clothing company who believe that the right clothes can help anyone get the most out of life, whatever the weather.

The Skogstad Mens Salen Down Jacket has a filling of 90% down and 10% feathers making for a thin, light but very warm coat. The durable water-repellent coating and waterproof threads means that a little rain is no problem either. 

In our ladies range, the Halkebakken 2 Layer Technical Jacketis designed to be a functional jacket that looks good, reacts to your movement and handles some of the harshest conditions you will meet. Waterproof, durable, light to wear but strong against the weather, throw it on and throw yourself at the slopes or head to the beach for a wintery walk.

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Socks for Christmas… not just a cliche!

Because it’s been a favourite Christmas gift for a long as we can remember and because comfort always starts with your feet, we stock the right sock for every adventure occasion. 

We’re big fans of Dexshell with their extensive range of technically advanced, trustworthy outdoor socks (along with hats and gloves). DexShell’s element repellent clothing is perfect for all outdoor activities, in all weather conditions. Waterproof, yet breathable and offering comfort as well as protection, whether you’re walking, cycling, or even participating in watersports and fishing. The high-tech materials that make up the Dexshell range ensures that they’re not only thermal, windproof, and waterproof, but also durable and lightweight.

Dexshell socks

We also have a great range of Bridgedale and Thorlo socks – perfect for hiking and trekking. 

So check out our range of great socks for every adventure and give a Christmas gift that you know they will love!