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New Rules for Loch Lomond Camping

We’ve followed this story for a while now and it looks like the outcome will be a new set of rules for camping by  Loch Lomond in Scotland.

The new rules will ban camping along the eastern shore of the loch, the decision was made following a public enquiry which found 60 per cent response in were in favour of a restriction to pitching up between the villages of  Rowardennan and of Drymen to existing camp sites.

The enquiry came after numerous incidents of people setting up camp along the shore rather in campsites.

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Back from Glastonbury

Glastonbury 2010
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Wow, what a Glastonbury it’s been, great bands, great company, great weather all contributing to a great 40 year celebration of the best festival in the world.

The weather predictions were spot on and there wasn’t a trace of rain from Wednesday till Monday as the punters exited the site. For some the heat was a little too much and with a few too many beers many suffered from sun stroke, but medicals teams were on hand to get everyone back on their feet.

Highlights from the weekend included Rolf Harris opening the Pyramid stage on the Friday, secret gigs from Radiohead and Biffy Clyro. Storming sets on the other stage from The Flaming Lips and Hot Chip. The festival ended on a Sunday night high with legendary singer Stevie Wonder singing Happy Birthday with event organiser Michael Eavis.

All going well the festival will return for year 41 with a planned break in 2012.

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Glastonbury Weather Report

It’s the start of the week and everyone’s looking forward to Glastonbury, most importantly it’s also time to check the weather with the five day forecast, and it’s looking good.

In the coming week there’s no forecast of rain, Wednesday temperatures rise to 23, Thursday it’s sunny with cloudy intervals and Friday it looks like sun all day with temperatures up to 23 again.

Glastonbury Forecast

With the forecast in mind remember to pack sun cream, a hat and drink plenty of water during the festival.

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Buy from Millets, collect at Glastonbury

With just over a week to go until Glastonbury festival kicks off, I’m sure festival goers will have planned everything they need for the five day event! But, for those who have not yet sorted themselves out with the essentials, namely a tent, sleeping bag and a pair of wellies, there is an option to buy your products from Millets online or in store and pick it up from Glastonbury – saving you precious space in your car for that extra booze!



The pre-ordered products can be collected from the Glastonbury Millets Stand at J7 Market, which will be located between the Pyramid stage and the John Peel stage. The stand will be open for collections and onsite sales from 8am until midnight each day during the festival.

If you want to take advantage of this Buy and Collect service then be quick as the last order date is today! Just head over to www.glastonbury.millets.co.uk to place your order.

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TyreSafe launches new online tyre safety guide for caravanners

SMV caravan
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TyreSafe has launched a new section on its website which is dedicated to providing advice on the safety of caravan tyres.

The section highlights the importance of ensuring that caravan tyres are correctly looked after, and provides technical tips and information to help caravanners stay safe on the road. The information and tips cover areas such as tyre pressure, correct tyres, tread depth, spare tyres, noseweight, winter storage and ageing.

For more information visit www.tyresafe.org.

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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!

TV

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.

Seating
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.

Drinks

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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Orange reveals its mobile phone charging wellies

First a tent, and now wellies. About a month ago we blogged about Orange’s Solar Concept Tent, a solar-powered tent which has WiFi and underfloor heating. Now, Orange has unveiled a prototype of a mobile phone charging welly, dubbed Orange Power Wellies.

The wellies have been designed specifically to help Glastonbury festival goers remain in touch with their friends and family by ensuring that their mobile if fully charged for the duration of the festival.

The Orange Power Wellies use a unique ‘power generating sole’ that converts heat from your feet into an electrical current. This ‘welectricity’ can then be used to recharge your mobile phone. Orange, the official communications partner for the Glastonbury festival, will be showcasing the Orange Power Wellies prototype at this year’s event.

So, how does it work? A phone can be plugged into the power output at the top of the welly and use the energy generated throughout the day to charge the phone. The power collected in the ‘power generating sole’ is collected via a process known as the ‘Seebeck’ effect. Inside the power generating sole there are thermoelectric modules constructed of pairs of p-type and n-type semiconductor materials forming a thermocouple. These thermocouples are connected electrically, forming an array of multiple thermocouples (thermopile). They are then sandwiched between two thin ceramic wafers. When the heat from the foot is applied on the top side of the ceramic wafer and cold is applied on the opposite side, from the cold of the ground, electricity is generated.

According to the company, twelve hours of stomping through the Glastonbury Festival in your Orange Power Wellies will give you enough power to charge a mobile phone for one hour.

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Download Festival – First Festival of the Year

Slayer (band), Download Festival, England, 2005
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So the festival season is almost upon us and as ever Download festival is the first major festival in the UK. Held at Donnington Park over three days rockers are set for a great time with headliners ACDC, Rage Against the Machine and Aerosmith.

Other stand out acts include Them Crooked Vultures, Megadeath and old favourites Motorhead.

At the moment it’s a mixed prediction with the weather, sunny and wet spells over the three days, we’re sure it won’t put off any of the campers and rockers!

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We’re back!

After a long holiday we’re back into the swing of things on the site ready to post some more interesting news articles and product reviews.

With the festival season coming up and some great weekend weather we’re expecting plenty of people to be getting ready for some time outside walking or camping.

We’ll have some posts coming up over the coming days including a guide to watching the world cup outdoors!