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Perks for Glastonbury Cyclists

Glastonbury Festival's "Other Stage"
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Glastonbury festival is known for it’s green initiatives and this year anyone riding to the festival on their bike will get a few perks.

When you get to the site you’ll be able to lock your bike up for free and then head over to your own camping field reserved for just cyclists. As you’ll be arriving by public transport you’ll get a Green Traveller card which gives discounts on t-shirts, food, and access to solar showers and compost toilets.

For more information including how you can ride and get your gear dropped off at the festival see

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Outdoor Industries Association (OIA) to launch an online outdoor guide

Next month the Outdoor Industries Association (OIA) will launch The Active Guide (TAG), an online interactive guide to the best outdoor locations and activities around the UK.

Developed over six months, TAG’s aim is to encourage greater participation in the outdoors while promoting UK outdoor businesses.

The guide will be accessible via and will be a complete guide for those who want to participate in outdoor activities such as walking, cycling, climbing, camping, caravanning and a variety of water sports. The site will have an innovative map based interface, where visitors can use to quickly locate service providers, activity centres, clubs and retail outlets. It will also direct visitors to user generated content including people’s favourite locations, routes, videos, photos, and other useful information.

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The Outdoors Show 2011 This Weekend

The The Outdoors Show returns this weekend for 2011 for it’s 10th year. This year the show has moved to London after being held in the NEC Birmingham. The show starts on the 13th and lasts till the 16th.

Highlights for the show include the Outdoors Hero Theatre with shows from Ray Mears, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Simon King, Ben Fogle, Sir Robin Knox- Johnston and Riaan Manser.

The climbing wall, wilderness camp, careers in the outdoors, ice climbing are all back with lots more features. New for this year is the London Bike show which is the biggest bike show in the UK.

Tickets are still on offer at the moment, head over to for more information.

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Vango’s new mountain tent range for 2011

Vango, the popular outdoors brand, has unveiled some of its new mountain tents for 2011. We expect the tents to be made to the same quality as other Vango tents – reliable, well-designed and high performing.

vango new tents 2011

The new 2011 Vango mountain tent range includes new and updated models. They include:

  • the Vango Chinook tent;
  • the Vango Hurricane tent;
  • the Vango Spirit tent; and
  • the Vango Equinox tent.

All these tents come recommended by the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. They each have a Protex SPU 5000 rip-stop nylon fly, a sewn-in groundsheet constructed from HD nylon 6000, as well as alloy poles.

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Get ready for winter!

This week there were reports of the first winter snow in Solihull near to Birmingham. Temperatures are set to drop over next few days hovering just above freezing. So it’s a great time to get out your winter hat, gloves, scarf and coat from under the stairs or under the bed.

If your winter wear is a little tatty or out of date don’t worry there are plenty of offers on at the moment. We have a 15% voucher with Blacks and Millets at the moment (see the last blog post). They have some great deals on new North Face jackets. Waterproof and windproof they’ll keep you dry and in combination with a fleece nice and warm.

There’s plenty of hats and scarfs too. Sone under £15 and even cheaper if our discount voucher is used.

Do there’s no excesses to not beig prepared and cold. Get over to Blacks or Millets now!

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The World Cup Outdoors?

South Africa World Cup Sticker Box
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The world cup is here and as most of the nation get ready to watch the world’s biggest tournament we thought a blog would be in order to help you enjoy the matches outdoors!


A few options, use a tent and place the TV in the tent to give it shade and protection from rain. You could put the TV inside point out of a window but that can cause a gaze with the window.  The ultimate option is to use a garage if you can and have a TV projector onto the front of the garage.

You need to have a good seat for the matches, best of all some camping chairs have a cup holder which should hold a beer can easily. You can also pick up England camping chairs from Tesco which feature the England flag. There’s the small fold up chair, fold up sofa or the giant red and blue lounger.


You need to keep your drinks cool but if you don’t want to miss any of the match and don’t have a maid to pass you a drink from the fridge you’ll want a cool box right next to you. Make sure it’s able to fit plenty of cans and keep cool all the way from the 12:30 kick off till the late 7:30 kick off.

Hopefully you should have everything ready for a good session of watching the beautiful game!

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Newly designed Polar Bottles have better “squeezability”

Product Architects has modified the design of its patented Polar Bottles so that they are lighter, brighter and easier to squeeze.

The Polar Bottles feature an insulating layer between two walls of plastic. This construction is key to providing the bottles with the ability to keep liquids cooler for longer. Indeed, the bottles are said to be able to to keep liquids cool twice as long as regular water bottles.

As part of the modification process, the company made changes to the bottle’s grip shape and thinned the two walls so that the inner plastic layer is now 13% thinner and the outer layer is reduced by 15%. These changes, the company claims, make the bottles easier to grab and squeeze – an important feature for people navigating the road or trail and wanting to reach for a quick sip.

Production of the older and thicker design has now been discontinued.

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“Experiential retailing”: a useful store concept?

A Canadian retailer, Mark’s Work Wearhouse, is piloting a very interesting new store concept – it has installed a custom-made walk-in-freezer in its store in Edmonton. The purpose? To allow customers to try on garments and test how warm they are.

The freezer is set at -15  but the customer has a choice to experience chills of up to -40!! Useful for those contemplating a venture into Antarctica perhaps?!

The store also features a number of other interactive services, such as different surfaces, including concrete, for consumers testing footwear.

If the concept, known as “experiential retailing”, proves successful, Mark’s will roll it out to the rest of its stores in Canada. It might even give rise to other similar concepts. Maybe one day we could walk into an outdoor apparel store and try on a windproof jacket against a strong fan or in a wind tunnel, or cooling garments in a built-in sauna, or even waterproof clothing in a walk-in shower…

Anyone have any thoughts on how useful this could be? Would you use it if the experience was available?

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Vango Launch Photography Competition

Durness Campsite
Image by Hello, I am Bruce via Flickr

Tent manufacturer Vango have launched a photography competition with a sparkling range of prizes. The winners of the competition will be selected by the company’s Marketing and Creative Managers, with some pictures being used in the 2010 Vango marketing campaign.

The prize list includes Columbia 600 family premium tents, Equinox 250 tents, Fitzroy 60+10 mountain rucsack, Summit 5000 mountain sleeping bags and more. The competition is split into two sections Vango Products and non Vango Products.

To enter all you have to do is email with your pictures, the subject either “Photographs with Vango products” or “Photographs without Vango products” with name, address and a contact telephone number. For full details head over to the competition page at Vango