Tips on surviving a festival with the erratic British summer weather

Tips on surviving a festival with the erratic British summer weather
Aug 18 2021

The great British summertime can always be relied upon… to be completely unreliable. There’s an element of uncertainty and packing panic if you’re heading to a UK festival, where it could be gloriously sunny or biblically rainy – or a combination of both.     But we’re not going to let a bit of weather spoil our fun, especially after a year where many events were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The key is to be prepared for absolutely anything.   You’ll need a little more space in the car boot for some extra kit, but it’ll be well worth it.   Here are our top festival survival tips, to help you outfox the weather with some seriously smart packing: 

Off the grid: The benefits of camping and a 'digital detox'

Off the grid: The benefits of camping and a 'digital detox'
Aug 18 2021

A holiday is an excellent chance to switch off, unplug and unwind. And there’s no better way to truly enjoy a digital detox than camping. There’s no Wi-Fi, no screens and no city centre bustle to distract you or disrupt your peace and quiet. Choose the right location to pitch your tent, and you’ll have nothing but beautiful, soothing natural surroundings. Let’s explore some of the ways camping can help you slow down and reap the benefits of going ‘off grid’…

How to start a festival on your land

How to start a festival on your land
Aug 18 2021

If you’ve got land going spare, why not start your own outdoor event? A festival can be an exciting opportunity to raise some income, and design your own perfect event from scratch. However, it can also be hard work, involving lots of planning, paperwork, risk assessing and attention to detail.   Here are some of the key things to consider as you start the process of setting up your festival:   

Top five campsites in Devon near the beach

Top five campsites in Devon near the beach
Jun 21 2021

Devon is one of the best spots in the UK for sun-soaked camping and glamping adventures. It has it all – glorious weather, beautiful sandy beaches, lush countryside and many national parks. But whereabouts exactly should you pop up your tent?   We’ve put together a list of some of the best campsites in Devon near the beach, perfect for newcomers to this stunning coastal county…

Best 10 things to take Glamping

Best 10 things to take Glamping
Jun 17 2021

You can upgrade the ordinary camping experience quite easily, with a comfy bed, some proper flooring and of course, a beautiful bell tent. But if your idea of glamping heaven is an all-out, five-star luxury experience, you’re going to need to think bigger. Here are the must-have glamping accessories that can turn a comfortable camping trip into a fabulous VIP getaway…

The rise of the British staycation: Is it here to stay?

The rise of the British staycation: Is it here to stay?
Jun 17 2021

The international travel industry has been severely disrupted by COVID-19, which has naturally led to a spike in interest in UK holidays. According to research by customer experience agency Brand Vista, there was a huge 500% increase in Google searches for the term ‘staycation’ in 2020. What’s more, ‘UK travel’ searches increased by a whopping 2500% year-on-year. But will we continue to holiday at home even after overseas travel restrictions are lifted? The early signs are positive. Around 50% of UK holidaymakers are looking to stay closer to home in summer 2021, according to the Brand Vista survey. Whether or not you’d class this as a ‘staycation’ is somewhat contentious - as some people consider the term to mean a holiday within your actual home – but it could certainly mean a boost for the UK hospitality and tourism industry nonetheless.

How to choose the right awning

How to choose the right awning
Jun 17 2021

If your pub has a beer garden or outdoor seating space, providing some kind of overhead cover is crucial. It not only keeps your punters dry in case of sudden downpours, but also provides much-needed shade on those scorching hot summer days. The ideal solution is an awning. They can be fixed or flexible, so you can pull it out or put it away when needed. And there’s no need for extra storage space either, as many awnings fold away neatly into the fittings on the side of your building. But which is the best option to choose? Here are some key things to think about when picking out awnings for your pub…

Seven top tips for starting a glamping site

Seven top tips for starting a glamping site
Jun 04 2021

Combining the luxury of hotels with an authentic outdoor experience, glamping has been changing the way many of us holiday in recent years. This rising trend looks set to escalate in popularity even further in forthcoming months, as travel-starved holidaymakers keep their eyes firmly poised on when Britain’s much-loved staycations are given the green light. Given our nascent love affair with glamping, it’s hardly surprising that there is a growing number of landowners interested in starting a glamping business. What might seem like a faraway dream might not be a challenging to set up as you think, providing you work with the right advice and suppliers that is! Sounds enticing and exciting?  Check out SoulPad’s seven tips for starting a glamping site.

Show Some Love

Show Some Love
Apr 28 2021

Being in the outdoors has been proven to benefit mental wellbeing [1], improve mood [2] and increase happiness levels [3]. At SoulPad HQ we hope you're buzzing with camping plans and having a great time so far this season. The British weather hasn't been all that fantastic recently but it's early days, right?  Hardened UK campers will be used to a bit of variety in the weather and would never let a bit of rain get in the way of a good adventure but here's a friendly reminder that, if not adhered to, could put a mouldy dampener on your plans...  Wet summers mean warm, damp conditions which are not ideal for canvas or polycotton tents. Thoroughly dry your tent before packing it away or - if you're running a glampsite or campsite - perhaps treat your bell tents to a bit of TLC by giving them the once-over with Fabsil as in our Care Pack. Fabsil will protect from mildew - so even if a bell tent doesn't need cleaning you should still treat it to a good spray of the Fabsil. Application is easy, you'll be protecting your investment; helping it look good all through the season. Glampsites should aim to do this three times during April to September. It's much easier to do the legwork now than to realise all too late that your next outdoor adventure may not leave you so happy after all.  More details on all of our products are available at SoulPad.co.uk or you can speak to our friendly staff on 0800 389 9193.