Is it Cold in a Bell Tent?
When hiring a Bell Tent from us, we go the extra mile to ensure your warmth and comfort. Our Bell Tents feature elevated beds to keep you off the chilly ground. We also provide additional toppers, cosy 13.5 tog duvets, high-quality brushed cotton linens, and extra blankets to keep you snug. However, it’s crucial to bear in mind that the canvas of a Bell Tent offers no insulation. Essentially, you’re sleeping outdoors on a comfortable bed, and your sleep quality depends on the weather. If it’s been a warm, sunny day, the Bell Tent will be comfortably warm, but during the winter months when temperatures drop to zero, it can get quite chilly.
To stay cosy, exercise some common sense when staying in a Bell Tent. If you’re accustomed to sleeping in minimal attire or light nightwear, consider packing warm pajamas, especially if you plan to visit during the early or late months of the season. For instance, we host a festival in Wales in April where nighttime temperatures often dip below 10 degrees. I always bring a hat and track pants, ensuring a comfortable night’s sleep.
Here are my top tips for staying warm in a Bell Tent
Choose Appropriate Nightwear: Pack pajamas, tracksuit bottoms, or even a warm hat.
Layer Up: Layering is more effective than relying on a single bulky jumper.
Seal Doors and Windows: Keep doors and windows closed during the day to trap heat inside.
Buddy System: Bring a human hot water bottle (a warm companion) with you for added warmth!
Consider Hotel Accommodations: If you’re particularly concerned about the cold, consider booking a hotel room.
By following these tips, you’ll enjoy a cosy and comfortable stay in a Bell Tent, no matter the weather.
Getting married and fancy staying in a cosy Bell Tent? Get in touch via our contact page.
Make the most of your staycation this summer
With travel abroad looking very different this summer, it’s the perfect time to take a Great British staycation. The days are long, the sun is out and the temperatures are soaring, so fire up the BBQ, get the paddling pool out and hire a couple of beautiful Bell Tents to turn your garden into a luxury campsite for the weekend! Here are our top tips for making the most of a very odd summer and feeling like you’re on holiday in your own backyard.
Pack an overnight bag as if you’re actually going away
To make a staycation really feel like a holiday you’ve got to treat it as one! Put it in your calendar, make a countdown, tell all your work colleagues, get that essential holiday shop in and even treat yourself to a new outfit or buy the kids holiday treats. Then, when the time comes, make sure you pack a bag or two as if you’re going away for the weekend and resist the urge to pop into the house for anything except using the bathroom. You could even take it one step further and drive around the block before using the back gate to enter your luxury staycation campsite!
Get creative and use what you’ve got to create a holiday vibe outside
We bring the Bell Tents and everything inside, but it’s up to you to choose your holiday’s theme. Create your own boho music festival with flags, cushions, rugs and a guitar or spend the weekend at your own holiday resort with a paddling pool, inflatables, cocktails and sun loungers! Think about where you’d like to go and recreate that closer to home instead.
Get the BBQ going, dig out your camping stove or make a fire
One of our favourite parts of camping is cooking outside. Nothing beats a British BBQ and toasting marshmallows on the embers when the sun goes down. It’s okay to cheat a little here and fetch prepped food and drinks from the fridge, but try to bring everything out in one go and maximise your time out in the fresh air!
Solar-powered garden or fairy lights are key
Use that summer sunshine to power up outdoor lights and string them around your Bell Tent and in the trees and hedges. Not only will they add an extra touch of magic to your garden campsite but they’ll help if you need to find your way into the house for the bathroom in the middle of the night too!
Snuggle up and get cosy
When the fire’s gone out and you’re getting chilly, retreat to your Bell Tent and settle in for the night. With options of 13.5 tog duvets and a real bed we’ll make sure you’re spending the night as comfortably as you like. Don’t forget a torch if you’re planning on reading a book before bed and why not just let your phone battery die – you don’t need an alarm, you’re on holiday after all!
And the best part? Here at Great British Bell Tents we make it easy for you by setting up your tent with beds and soft furnishings at the start and taking it all down once you’re done. All you need to do is use a little imagination and enjoy your staycation!
Get in touch on [email protected] to find out more about our Bell Tents and hire one for your summer holiday back garden camping adventure.
Top Tips On How To Style An Outdoor Wedding
So you’ve booked your wedding venue, sent the save the dates, found the perfect wedding photographer and the tastiest cake, but what about the styling? Choosing how to decorate your wedding venue for the big day can be hours of fun or an absolute nightmare depending on where your talents lie. Luckily wedding styling companies like To Have and To Hire exist to find you beautiful wedding props and give you one less thing to worry about. We’ve rounded up our favourite items from them to give you plenty of outdoor wedding inspiration.
Go British With Bunting
Nothing says “British countryside wedding” quite like reams of bunting hanging from the rafters. Whether you’re decorating a barn, tipi, stretch tent, bell tent or even a giant tree, these traditional little flags are a simple way to add colour and joy.
Discover Rustic Table Decorations
Even though your guests will more than likely be seated inside for the wedding breakfast, don’t be afraid to keep the outdoors theme going. Rustic table decor like these wooden numbers or personalised table names with beautiful white calligraphy are a great addition and go with any kind of flowers or greens.
Make a Statement With Furniture
Bring plenty of Great British charm to your big day with a vintage Chesterfield sofa. Perfect for taking a break from the dance floor, not only are they incredibly comfortable but they add a touch of luxury to any tipi or tent wedding reception. We love them so much, you’ll also find a Chesterfield armchair in our Honeymoon Suite Bell Tent!
Entertain Your Guests
Being able to celebrate with all your family and friends is something that we took for granted until quite recently. So when your wedding comes about, make sure everyone has the best day with plenty of fun, games and laughter. We love the idea of channeling a country fair with sack races, croquet and even a Mr & Mrs bean bag toss set up outside!
When The Sun Goes Down…
Part of the magic of an outdoor wedding is after sunset when fire pits, fairy lights and sparklers really come into their own. Why not try something a little different with a neon sign that works both during the day and at night? This “Just married” sign provides a unique wedding photo opportunity, whilst the quirky “Drunk in Love” sign is sure to be a hit with the guests when it’s by the bar.
Feeling inspired and getting married in Surrey, Sussex, Kent, Hampshire or London? Get in touch with To Have and To Hire for more wedding styling advice or give us a call to talk about how we can give your Bell Tents the right look for your big day.
At www. we’ve seen many festival weddings – some simple, some glamorous, all romantic … but what makes a festival wedding ceremony really stand out? Here’s our list of tips to make your wedding truly unforgettable:
1. Location, location, location …
Choosing the perfect setting for your festival wedding is essential: whether you want to camp in the grounds of a stately home, celebrate your wedding on the fringes of an actual festival, or settle in for a special weekend in the dunes on the beach, finding just the right location is central to your wedding. Of course you also need to be able to work with your chosen location to make a weekend that is memorable for all the right reasons. We have a list of sites that we’ve worked with in the past that we’re always happy to share with brides and grooms, and because these are known quantities, we can recommend them with confidence.
Images| James Bold Photography
2. Accommodation, accommodation, accommodation
The great fun of a festival themed wedding is camping, or rather, glamping, spending time in the open air, in beautiful surroundings, but also in comfort, style and incredible ease. Stargazing, birdsong, sunsets and sunrises, these are the unplanned and also unforgettable accessories to a festival wedding, and we can’t guarantee them, but we can guarantee fire-pits and acoustic guitars, comfortable beds, and a honeymoon suite that puts many hotels to shame.
Images | James Owen Photography
Try to choose a photographer who will come on a site visit with you, as that allows him or her to suggest the best locations for your marquee and bell tents to get the right kind of sunlight during the day and the best kind of lighting for your evening celebrations. Getting the right candid, well-lit wedding photographs can move a wedding from great to truly unforgettable for all concerned.
Images | Jen Theodore
Nothing epitomises a festival wedding like the opportunities for fun. But of course, fun means different things to different people: for some it’s a bouncy castle for grown-ups, for others it’s a VW Camper refitted to become the world’s cutest cocktail bar, and for yet others it’s a play area at the reception with croquet, Blind Man’s Buff, giant Jenga or even those old favourites like the egg and spoon and sack races. Whatever your idea of fun, a festival wedding makes it easy to really enjoy your special day.
Images | Beetle Juice
5. BIG moments
Every wedding has a number of big moments: the moment the groom first sees the bride, the moment when you say “I do” … all kinds of big moments. But a festival wedding day gives you the chance to make many more big moments – and even some BIG moments – happen. For example, outdoor piñatas filled with wedding favours make for some wonderful moments, as well as some outstandingly funny wedding photographs. Then, what about a vintage merry-go-round? Not a cheap wedding accessory, but one that is a really big moment, especially when bride and groom mounted their painted horses for a ‘first ride’ rather than a first dance. And finally, of course, fireworks! There’s nothing like standing outside in the glorious fresh night air and watching a stunning pyrotechnic display to make a moment truly big and absolutely special.
Images | Streetwindy
Festival Wedding Fun
We love talking tents and are always happy to discuss our festival tips further or recommend suppliers that will make your day stress free. Click below if you require anymore information
The Field Affair – small and beautifully formed wedding venue
Unlike many camping wedding venues, The Field Affair is quite small, at just six acres, but those six acres have been carefully chosen to meet the needs of every wedding couple. Located comfortably between Worplesdon and Guildford, the land is easy to access from the A3 but also completely secluded and hidden from sight. It has two lovely streams that cross the site, a stand of trees and an open greensward for ceremonies, receptions and camping. There’s also parking for around 50 vehicles, a generous space that removes one worry – where to put all the cars! The philosophy of The Field Affair is to give their wedding couples as much scope as possible to design their own wedding, and bridal groups can choose from a range of optional extras such as hay bales, food hampers and bonfires, or decide to make all the arrangements themselves
Hidden Valley – a concealed gem for a camping wedding
Few camping spots are better named than Hidden Valley. It’s literally hidden, both secluded and surrounded by tall trees that conceal the lovely open space. But it’s not remote, in fact you can walk from the local church to Hidden Valley quite comfortably meaning that couples can actually have a religious wedding ceremony within a stone’s throw of their camping themed wedding area. Ideal for couples who are committed to a truly outdoor wedding day, the camping space can handle large marquees alongside bell tents and even pup tents belonging to your guests. Run by a husband and wife team, Hidden Valley has a personal vibe that makes every couple feel special.
Images | Stuart Howat Photography
Ridge Farm – iconic venue for a rock star wedding
Ridge Farm is truly picturesque – a 16th century farmhouse set in landscaped grounds. It’s also got a long and starry history, having been one of the first recording studios to host such stars as Queen and Roxy Music. As you’d imagine from such a rock’n’roll venue there are some very special facilities at Ridge Farm, including self-catering for up to 24 in the farmhouse (and there’s a separate bridal cottage if you don’t want to camp), there’s a tennis court and poorhouse with heated swimming pool, spa and sauna, and the possibility of having a wedding blessing in the grounds. The guest camping is similarly luxurious, with both electricity and water. Ideal for a big wedding, Ridge Farm handles 150 guests comfortably
Images | From Ridge Farm website
High Billinghurst – beautifully rustic
When it comes to camping wedding venues UK wide, few can surpass High Billinghurst. Why? There’s a huge barn with fireplace and chandeliers that seats 160 guests, with another adjoining barn for big receptions. The courtyard and walled rose garden are ideal locations for a champagne reception, while bride, groom and guests can party into the small hours before retiring to their tents to sleep the night away.
Images | From High Billinghurts website
Long Acres – bespoke outdoor weddings
When it comes to camping wedding venues UK wide, we can’t think of many that could beat Long Acres. Hosting bespoke weddings in ten acres of pretty Surrey landscape, they focus on ‘wedding weekends’, including five clamping pods and 24 camping pitches with electricity. Hire of their wedding field gives couples complete freedom to do as they please – so whether you’re a steampunk couple or a boho bride and groom, this location will thrill you. Just 20 minutes from Gatwick, this is a perfect place for couples with many guests travelling internationally to attend.
Images | From Long Acres website
Making your outdoor wedding wonderful
So from rock’n’roll celebrations to compact and bijoux ceremonies, we hope you’ll find somewhere from our list that will make your wedding day unforgettable!