Bell Tent Showcase. Choose your perfect tent!

Whether you are planning a family get away, some garden glamping or looking for a teenage zen den, it's a minefield knowing which tent is the right one for you and your crew.

Fear not, we're here to help.

We're offering you the chance to visit our HQ on the Wales/England border and see our classic Bell Tents, Touareg and Emperor tents up and in action.

See for yourself how canvas tents can be stylish and practical at the same time, feel the quality and work out which is the perfect tent for you to escape with this summer.

It’s a great opportunity to ask any questions and you’ll also get the chance to view awnings, gazebos, fire pits, tent stoves and all the accessories you’ll need for a relaxing getaway.

 

 

 

It’s all free and there’s no need to book. We'll be here to welcome you with fresh coffee, tasty cakes and our time to chat.

As an extra incentive there'll be discounts on any purchases made across the weekend and we'll also have some seconds and ex-demo available to buy at reduced prices.

Find us at Cosy Under Canvas, Dolbedwyn, Newchurch, Kington, HR5 3QQ.

Feel free to call on 0330 223 6376 if you have any questions in advance of your visit.

And if you can't make it this time check out our handy guide to the perfect tent size or take the quiz and let us recommend the best tent for you.

Life Outdoors in a 4m Bell Tent

Whether you are planning a family get away, some garden glamping or looking for a teenage zen den, our 4m bell tent is the perfect space and with stove offers the option of extra warmth and cosiness. Perfect for early or late season camping.

With plenty of space for a family of 3/4 and their gear, or room for a couple to spread out, this tent is affordable and can be easily put up on your own in no time.

Want to be sure this tent is definitely the one for you? Check out our handy size guide.

We have a range of Fire Retardant Tents that are treated with a special solution during the manufacturing process to make them fully safe to use with one of our three stoves. You can read more about fire retardancy here.

The 4m bell tent heats up quickly with a stove in use and our mini stove with small flashing kit are the perfect pair for this size of tent.

And don’t forget, there is one less bed space when you use a stove!

Available in traditional sand or cool grey this tent looks fabulous with an awning or porch attached, seriously useful for extra storage when you want to squeeze more people in. The tent can then sleep up to 3 and 4 without the stove, for a cosy night under canvas.

 

 

 

Kathie is the owner of one of our 4M Fire Retardant Bell Tent with Stove Hole. She has styled her cotton canvas tent with some beautiful bunting, statement rugs and lots of funky pillows.

Although Kathie hasn't been able to go camping yet she's certainly made good use of it in the garden and it's been host to her daughters birthday party, family sleepovers, a movie night and halloween happenings. It's even been home to a little lamb!

Check out the bell tent stories in Kathie's feed for how best to bring the holiday to your garden. There's inspiration for every season plus fairy lights to make your garden glow!

It's certainly gives us some motivation to dust off the soft furnishings and start planning our next pitch this season. We hope its given you some.

Check out her feed for Bell Tent inspo, classy home decor and everything pink and floral - @the_koo_koo_nest

 

 

Life Outdoors with the Hazley Family

While most of us have hunkered down in front of the fire and a good book over the winter, the Hazley family have been busy enjoying their 5m bell tent in beautiful locations all across Scotland.

Lee sent us his photos with a mini review....Thanks Lee!

'We love our  5 m bell tent and are very impressed with the quality and durability of this tent.

We haven't owned it for long, about 14 months, but we have used it a lot in that short period of time. We prefer wild camping mainly in and around The Galloway Forest, SW Scotland famous for its night skies. But we also enjoy camping and caravan sites mainly for the kids to enjoy socialising with fellow campers.'

 

'Our family is Lee Hazley (dad), Jenny Hazley (mum) Indie 8 and Jax 4. We camped mainly in and around the Galloway Forest, on the Ayrshire Coast , Aviemore, St Andrews and the Solway Firth.

This summer the plan is to head to Cornwall as well as some of the previous destinations.

We found the tent very easy to pitch, so easy in fact I normally pitch it on my own whilst my wife sips a cider! The kids absolutely love it as the space inside is big enough for cartwheels and dancing.'

 

 

'Winter camping is just as enjoyable as summer due to the warmth our stove provides inside the tent. Snow camp or summer camp it doesnt really matter we love it either way!'

Dont forget we love receiving your comments, photos and stories showcasing where you’ve been with your Life Bell Tents. Make sure you send yours into us and if we feature them in our newsletter we’ll send you some Life Under Canvas vouchers!

 

Keeping Cosy Under Canvas

Last time we slept under canvas was only last week and it was a little chilly to say the least.

We kept the stove ticking over and were toasty and that's because we've got a few little secrets up our sleeves.

But we're happy to share so you can keep cosy under canvas too!

Keeping cosy is all about ensuring the extremities are warm. That's head, toes and nose and we know how to keep them covered.

Fluffy socks are a must. Keeping the extremities warm means that we are able to fall asleep more quickly and are less likely to wake in the night as a result of being chilly.

A wooly hat is invaluable, especially if you're a little less blessed on top like one of our own camping crew! Don't let valuable body heat escape from up top!

And as for the nose...well, there's nothing else for it except to hide it under your duvet or sleeping bag!

Sleep on a sheepskin.

This deserves a post on its own. It's an amazing natural material that's a body temperature regulator. It breathes with your skin and is warming when it's chilly as it traps the cold air and keeps it away from your body.

Just try it and you'll never look back, if you struggle for space in the car it's worth thinking about what to sacrifice to squeeze in the sheepskin!

Always think about above and below. So just like sleeping on a sheepskin, think about what else you're sleeping on. A raised camp bed or purpose made sleeping mattress is perfect. Ditch the blow up....the air inside it will go cold and it will sag.

Instead invest in a good quality thermarest. You'll feel on top of the world each morning after a cosy nights sleep on one!

And finally a cosy blanket is essential.  Keep well covered above and if you're too hot kick it off.

There'll always be a reason to snuggle down under a traditional Welsh wool blanket.  Ours are the perfect size for throwing round your shoulders if campfire stories are in order, or tucking round your sleeping bag to guarantee a cosy night under canvas.

If you've got any more tips of your own let us know; we're keen to try and learn!

Life Outdoors in a Touareg Bell Tent

The Touareg bell tent is THE tent that gives you space and comfort in style. Whether just the 2 of you have a need for a super space or you're a large family wanting to grab a corner each, there's plenty space for you, your kit and some left over!

It's the same height as a 5m Bell Tent but the double doors mean you can take in the views all round and also helps to create a great ambience for garden parties, events or community functions.

Want to be sure this tent is definitely the one for you? Check out our handy size guide.

We have a range of Fire Retardant Tents that are treated with a special solution during the manufacturing process to make them fully safe to use with one of our three stoves. You can read more about fire retardancy here

Part of this collection is the Touareg Fire Retardant Bell Tent with Stove Hole  which is perfect paired with either our Eco stove or Standard stove  as well as the 45 degrees flashing kit for extra stability.

And don’t forget, there is one less bed space when you use a stove!

Available in traditional sand this tent looks fabulous with an awning attached, seriously useful for extra storage on a family camping trip or for gear when you want to squeeze more people in. The tent can sleep large families or a group of 8/10 singles without the stove for a cosy night under canvas.

And as the awning comes with an additional 2 poles it's ideal to use on its own for some shade in the garden on a sunny summer day.

This wonderful Touareg bell tent belongs to Beckie from glampingonthecorner. She and her team use one of our Touareg bell tents to house adventurous campers looking for short stays at their glamping site, on the outskirts of the picturesque town of Tunbridge Wells.

You can hire the field for exclusive private glamping and with stunning views for miles it's the perfect place for a relaxing trip to the countryside.

They have an airbnb listing  if you'd like to book!

Perfectly fitting a Life Stove

You’ve taken the plunge and chosen your stove.

Excited at the prospect of cosier nights under canvas now is the time to get set up.

It's a good idea to do this before you go camping. Make sure you’ve got plenty of time and it’s a dry day so you’re not rushing.

 

There’s comprehensive instructions on our website so follow these and you’ll be up and running in no time.

We've put together below a few top tips on stove fitting from the Life team that are sometimes missed in the instructions, especially if keen campers skim read!!!

Before you head off invest in a good quality fire extinguisher and carbon monoxide alarm. Hopefully neither will ever be needed but it's always best to be safe.

Stock yourselves up with some dry wood. It's always handy to take a bag with you just in case you arrive late and the camp site don't sell it. We recommend Certainly Wood for their Kiln Dried Kindling and Eco Firelighters too.

We suggest installing the flashing kit when the tent is down. This is purely because we are a small team, literally, and can’t reach the stove hole properly on the outside when the tent is up. If you can and you’d rather install with the tent up that’s fine too!

We recommend pushing the silicone through the stove hole from the inside and attaching the second ring on the outside. This means any excess canvas will protrude outside the tent not inside close to the hot flue pipe.

And, use washing up liquid to help ease the flue through the flashing kit to avoid splitting it.

Always stand your stove on a heat proof mat. You’d be pretty disappointed if a spark flew out of an open door and burnt a hole in your groundsheet. Or if the stove got so hot it burnt the groundsheet underneath it. It’s unlikely but better to be safe than sorry!!

Be sure to light a small fire in your stove the first couple of times. This is for 2 reasons. One it will cure the paint and burn off any fumes. And two it will allow the flashing kit to gently expand around the flue without cracking.

And finally always make sure that your stove and flue are completely cold before packing away.

Remove any excess ash from the stove body and tray, we always take a dustpan and brush with us when we head off on a trip. Then gently twist apart the flue pieces to dismantle. When removing the final piece of flue from the flashing kit it's always a good idea to use a blunt instrument to release the silicone from the flue pipe before easing out gently.

The flue piece pack perfectly inside and the handy storage bag means the stove can be neatly packed away until you need it again!

4m bell tent with stove hole

Low Down on Life Stoves

Pitch up and be the envy of your fellow campers as you stoke up your stove and snuggle down for the night in a warm, cosy tent.

Here at Life Under Canvas we have an extensive range of stoves to suit every tent size and budget.

Mini Stove

The mini stove is lightweight (10kg), compact and the perfect complement to the smaller 4m bell tent. It doesn't have an ash pan due to its size but is flat fronted so it's easy to lift the grill and sweep the ash out into your own dustpan. And despite being 'mini' it still throws out a generous 3kw of heat.

The standard stove is also lightweight, just 12kg and compact but as it's body is a little larger than the mini stove it can handle larger logs, keeps going longer and throws out up to 3.5kw of heat. Perfect for the 5m, 6m, Touareg and Emperor tents with stove holes.

Bell Tent Stove
Eco Stove

New to our range this season is the Eco Stove. The same size as the standard stove but with the addition of side grills, ideal for standing cook pots on and also to keep the coffee warm!

This eco version produces more heat output from the burning wood than a standard stove. This works by introducing a second source of air into the stove above the flames re-igniting the gases and producing more heat from the same wood with little smoke from the flue.

This re-ignition of the gases keeps them inside the firebox for longer and helps to reduce the emissions from the fire into the atmosphere, it also means that there is less likely to be a blackening of the stove glass. It's win for you and a win for the environment too!

 

All the stoves have a stylish oval window large enough so you can see the glow and flames when the stove is lit but small enough not to get damaged when you're transporting the stove. The glass is also easily removable if it does need replacing at any time in the future or for cleaning.

The flue pipes for all of the stoves fit neatly inside the body for easy transportation and they all come with a thick, heat resistant carry bag included, handy to prevent ash spilling in your car or as you move the stove.

The sturdy thin legs fold up under the body of the stoves when you pack them away and they all have the removable hot plate on the top, perfect for topping up wood from above, boiling your kettle or cooking up a tasty one pot stew.

4m bell tent with stove hole

Life Outdoors in a 4m Bell Tent

Whether you are planning a family get away, some garden glamping or looking for a teenage zen den, our 4m bell tent is the perfect space and with stove offers the option of extra warmth and cosiness. Perfect for early or late season camping.

With plenty of space for a family of 3/4 and their gear, or room for a couple to spread out, this tent is affordable and can be easily put up on your own in no time.

Want to be sure this tent is definitely the one for you? Check out our handy size guide.

We have a range of Fire Retardant Tents that are treated with a special solution during the manufacturing process to make them fully safe to use with one of our three stoves. You can read more about fire retardancy here.

The 4m bell tent heats up quickly with a stove in use and our mini stove with small flashing kit are the perfect pair for this size of tent.

And don’t forget, there is one less bed space when you use a stove!

Available in traditional sand or cool grey this tent looks fabulous with an awning or porch attached, seriously useful for extra storage when you want to squeeze more people in. The tent can then sleep up to 3 and 4 without the stove, for a cosy night under canvas.

 

 

 

Kathie is the owner of one of our 4M Fire Retardant Bell Tent with Stove Hole. She has styled her cotton canvas tent with some beautiful bunting, statement rugs and lots of funky pillows.

Although Kathie hasn't been able to go camping yet she's certainly made good use of it in the garden and it's been host to her daughters birthday party, family sleepovers, a movie night and halloween happenings. It's even been home to a little lamb!

Check out the bell tent stories in Kathie's feed for how best to bring the holiday to your garden. There's inspiration for every season plus fairy lights to make your garden glow!

It's certainly gives us some motivation to dust off the soft furnishings and start planning our next pitch this season. We hope its given you some.

Check out her feed for Bell Tent inspo, classy home decor and everything pink and floral - @the_koo_koo_nest

 

 

Life Outdoors in a 5m Bell Tent

 

Perfect for a family camping trip or garden chill out space our 5m tent is the most popular and versatile of all our Bell Tents.

It's available in traditional sand or cool grey and comfortably sleeps a family of 5 with all the camping gear or even a family of 6 if you add on an awning for extra storage.

Fill it with friends in the garden. It can seat up 10 of your best buddies on floor cushions and low chairs. And if you invite a few to stay over, it can sleep up to 8 for an odd night with no gear to clutter the space.

 

Fancy keeping extra cosy under canvas! Our Fire Retardant tents are treated with a solution during manufacture so that they are totally safe to use with one of our wood burning stoves.

Remember there's one less bed space when you have stove so then they comfortably sleep 4 and are total luxury for 2!

Want to be sure this tent is definitely the one for you? Check out our handy size guide.

 

 

Head of the Life HQ team is Emma. Her personal favourite for a balmy summer camp is the 5m Bell Tent in grey.

"Every summer I head off to the Pembrokeshire coast with 2 girlfriends and all our kids. I love the 5m tent, it's perfect for me and my 3! I always include an inner with 2 rooms so my daughter and I can hide away from the teenage mess in our own compartment!"

 

"Our favourite campsite in recent years has been Little Haven Campsite in West Wales. It's part of The Greener Camping Club and with lovely large pitches surrounded by long grasses, it feels really private. They're very friendly folk and allow fires; you can borrow a pit if you don't have your own. Plus it's only a short walk to local pub!

If you look carefully you'll see our tents on their website!"

 

 

We're always on the look out for super snaps where you've kindly tagged our tents.

Our friends at Great Oaks Glamping have got 2 of our 5m Bell Tents in their glampsite overlooking the stunning South Downs National Park and we are loving the pics on their instagram feed.

Less than an hour from London, it's a perfect country escape and definitely one to add to our wish list for this year.

Tasty Campfire Treats!

As life in lockdown continues we've been cheering up the damp days by not only making cakes but practicing our favourite campfire treat recipes too.

Make in advance, they all travel well, won't fall apart on a bumpy journey and will last a few days in an airtight container.

Perfect fodder for treats round the campfire after a busy day walking, running, swimming, cycling or just chilling!

Packed full of oaty goodness these fruity flapjacks can't fail to impress and as they're super easy to make it's a win win for us!

You'll usually find the main ingredients in your store cupboard and then just add the fruit that takes your fancy. Our favourites are cranberries, apricots and crushed pistachios for a little crunch!

Melt in a pan over a low heat 250g Unsalted Butter, 250g Soft Brown Sugar, 4 Tablespoons Honey and a pinch of salt.

Stir in 350g Oats plus 150g or your favourite dried fruit chopped and 100g of mixed nuts or seeds. Place mixture in a lined tin about 20 x 30cm and pop into a hot oven at 150°C for 35 mins or until golden.

We prefer our flapjack chewy and gooey but leave it in for an extra 5 minutes if you prefer it firm.

We can't resist these tasty apple cookies. You don't even need to make them in advance, just pop the ingredients in your cool box and make them up as you sit around the fire.

Thinly slice an apple. Spread each slice with your favourite nut butter. Ours is crunchy cashew!

Then add toppings of your choice. Delicious with chopped nuts, dried fruit or chocolate chips. The perfect combination of a crisp bite into a gooey centre!

If you are making them before you go pop another apple slice onto to stop them sticking together.

If you can keep these sweet sensations a secret for longer than the car journey we'll be amazed. Super simple to make and who doesn't love Nutella (or Nutoka in our house as Aldi use sustainable palm oil)!

Cut a puff pastry sheet into squares. Pop a dollop of Nutoka into the centre of each one and add a sprinkle of orange zest. Brush the edges of the pastry with water, fold diagonally and press to seal.

Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200° for 15 to 20 minutes until the pastry is golden brown.

While they're in the oven mix icing sugar with the juice and zest of an orange and once the Nutoka pies are cool drizzle with the icing.

We challenge you not to to love them!