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  • Gooseberry Field

    February 24, 2016 00:00

    Gooseberry Field Campsite is based in Pluckley in the heart of Kent. It is owned and run by John and Kerstin - two aging post punk hippies who in 2013 managed to finally escape from a hectic lifestyle in the City to a simpler, more relaxed way of living. Their closest neighbours are now chickens! They enjoy open farmland and open fires.

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    Kerstin tells us "Our campsite is a 5 acre campsite. We're only one hour from London. It used to be an old orchard so we're planting a lot of fruit trees to restore it to it's former glory.

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  • Glamping Under The Stars

    February 10, 2016 00:00

    Glamping Under The Stars is a brand new boutique glampsite in County Laois, Ireland - opening May 2016.

    Now, we all know the Irish are super-friendly, right? This place is no exception. Here we have a family-run site close to a forest full of woodland walks, hidden away in a beautiful farmland setting. It’s the perfect place for exploring – or just chilling out with family and friends, all summer long.

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  • A Wild Year Revisited

    August 17, 2015 00:00

    You may remember Jen & Sim Benson from our last article. The couple and their children are in the final stages of bravely spending a full year in the wild spaces of Britain having strapped on their boots and given up their house.

    Well, they were recently featured in the latest issue of 'Active Dartmoor' magazine in which they give some handy camping tips and a SoulPad 4000-hybrid review.
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  • A Wild Year

    April 30, 2015 01:00

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    What would you give to swap the daily grind for an outdoor life under canvas? 

    When Jen and Sim Benson first put together their book 'Wild Running' they got a taste of what it would be like to live a wilder life. They were hooked, lulled into a lifestyle that brought with it the closeness of the family unit and the chance to live within the UK's wild spaces.

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  • Welcome Isobel!

    April 29, 2015 01:00

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    Allow us to introduce you to a new member of the SoulPad team; Isobel Finbow.
    Isobel joins us as Admin Manager and brings with her a wealth of experience.


    Isobel says "I've been a SoulPad customer for many years now and have always enjoyed exceptional customer service from SoulPad. I'm looking forward to building on that already well established great reputation."

    Isobel enjoys setting up her SoulPad for nieces and nephews to use as a play tent in the summer.P1000366

    We wish you lots of success with SoulPad Isobel!

    Isobel began her relationship with SoulPad as a customer. Here we ask her some pertinent questions about her camping experiences...

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  • A Chocolatey Easter Recipe

    March 13, 2015 00:00

    Malteser Tray Slab (uh-oh!)

    Here is a deliciously-wicked, easy-peasy, very sweet and just a little bit moreish, Easter camping recipe for you... 

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  • Care for your Pad - Our Top 5 Tips!

    January 22, 2015 00:00

    It's around this time of year most of us turn our thoughts to the exciting camping trips we're planning for the year ahead. As ever, we're looking forward to plenty of those soulful back garden campouts with the kids and The Glastonbury Festival.

    Too often though, we hear from folks who have just left things too late, and come the Spring-time are faced with problems that could've so easily been avoided simply by engaging their senses earlier.

    Here are our Top 5 Tips for caring for your SoulPad at this time of year: -

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  • Bubble Trouble

    September 30, 2014 01:00

    Did you ever pitch your canvas SoulPad tent (or any canvas tent) in the rain only to find a weird spatter pattern appear, and for said pattern to let in water? If yes, then this article is for you.

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  • Winter Storage

    September 17, 2014 01:00

    For most of us, now is the time to ensure your SoulPad is dirt-free, water resistant and fully dried out before storing it away for the colder months. Here are our top tips on the matter: -

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  • A Delicious Camping Snack

    September 12, 2013 01:00

    Mr OM's favorite!

    Ingredients: A wheel of brie or camembert, bread (you know, the nice rustic looking type - the sort that everyone thinks you made yourself...perhaps you did!)

    2Method: wrap in foil, throw on the campfire, leave for 5-10mins, break open the foil and dip into the cheese with the bread. Add cranberry sauce and almonds for a sweet Autumnal yum.

    Share your camping recipes with us and if we publish it we'll send you a Feuerhand lantern as thanks :)

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  • Good Reason (if ever you needed it) To Security Mark Your SoulPad

    March 26, 2013 00:00

    The following letter broke our hearts at SoulPad HQ, and we wanted to share it with you to help warn of the dangers associated with theft at festivals. This is the first SoulPad that we've ever heard of being stolen and it makes us sad because the SoulPads normally only ever attract positive attention.

    How can we combat theft at festivals and on campsites? 

    Security marking your property with UV pens is a good way of protecting your property, but is only really effective once the crime has been committed. Even then, what are the chances of secuirty or the police recovering and identifying your property?

    It's therefore a good idea to introduce yourself to your neighbors, agreeing to look out for each others property in each others absence.

    In the event that any of your proerty is stolen at a festival please do report it to both festival security and the local police. Failure to do this skews the festival's crime figures. They need to know the scale of the problem in order to tackle it effectively at following festivals.

    Our thanks to John for sharing his experinces with us:

    "Hi

    I have bought a lot of tents over the years and decided I would dig deep and buy something worthy of my cash that would last.

    After a search on the internet I decided that a canvas bell tent was just the jobby for me. Times been what they are I soon realised that i would need very deep pockets indeed and then I found your site on YouTube of all places. The guy with the dreds put it up within a few minutes and I was hooked.

    To be honest it looked kind of too good to be true. I'm a trusting soul so I have been stung plenty of times in the past. But you know when you have that vibe when somebody is actually a really nice person? Well i got that feeling from the lass on the other end of the phone. She wasn't pushy for a sale and was very friendly and helpful.

    OK I could still be stung, my rare pessimistic side nagged.

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  • Cosmic Cat have got Soul!

    September 10, 2012 01:00

    Spike of Cosmic Cat fame says "just to let you know that our 5000-tribe continues to turn heads wherever we pitch up. We use the 5000-tribe when we play the festivals...it really stands out from the crowd.

    CatWe play our last ‘summer’ festival at Solfest, Cumbria and it is normally very windy and rainy. The 5000-tribe is the best place to be as the North Wind coming in from the Solway swallows up nylon tents with ease."

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