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The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show runs from 18-23 February at Birmingham NEC.
Here’s our round-up of new for 2020 tents on display in the show's central Camping Zone.
Although a bit too large for a normal Club pitch, Outwell's Hartsdale shows two of Outwell’s neat innovations in a single tent for a show price of around £900.
Its Quick and Quiet doors could be a boon for people who don’t want to wake the rest of the family up if they need to get up in the night. And the wing lounge is a way to squeeze in an extra bit of practical living space. You’ll find both of these in other models of Outwell tents at the show.
Vango is showing a couple of new tents created with the National Trust. The Devon, the smallest is selling for £130.
The tent's oak leaf decoration goes right back to the Trust’s first property 125 years ago. The flysheet fabric was developed specifically for this tent range. It’s made from recycled plastic bottles and is part of Vango’s company-wide push for a more sustainable future.
A name that will be familiar to many who've followed tent camping over the years is back.
Lichfield is a sister brand to the larger Vango and for 2020 you should be able to buy these smart family tents from your local camping dealer, with prices starting at only just over £300 at the show.
It is a whole new feel for Lichfield with a birds of prey theme. The names reflect this but so does the swoosh on the side. And even the windows are shaped like a bird's eye.
Zempire was a new entrant in our Owner Satisfaction Awards this year, winning in the Best Family Tent category.
Its Evo range has an interesting twist on the traditional inflatable-tube design. Up till now tents like this have generally been heavy to move as the tubes are an integral part of the tent.
In the Evo the tubes clip into place so you can carry them separately, making this a bit more manageable. They’re also easier to fix if they have a problem and the tent somehow feels more spacious inside. Prices start from a bit over £600 at the show for the Evo TM.
Most tents at the show are designed for the Camping and Caravanning Club style campsite, but if you’re looking for a truly lightweight tent that’s also taking advantage of the AirBeam technology, then you might be interested in Vango’s Project Hydrogen.
They’ve had to develop a brand new valve for its tube that you inflate with a bike pump, but the result is a tent that weighs just 700g, made from a siliconised nylon with an inner tent as thin as a dragonfly wing. It's not cheap at around £600, but you'd expect that for such a technical tent.
Quest Leisure's StarGazer is a well-priced and stylish 100 per cent cotton tent with a slightly unusual top. There are 12 windows to give you a great view of the sky for star gazing. We saw the prototype last year and you’ll find a review in March’s issue of Camping & Caravanning. It costs £720 at the show.
CANDY EVANS | 20 February 2020