As always the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show proved to be a fantastic day out, with 5 halls of the NEC in Birmingham packed full of brand new camping innovations and lots of lovely camping gear and tents, new for 2020. Below we’ll walk you through a few of our highlights from the show.
Star of the show: Vango Radiate Heated Sleeping Bag
Choosing this sleeping bag as our star of the show, is a bit of a no-brainer. We’re forever looking for ways to make camping more comfortable that allow us to extend our camping season. Comfort for me in particular generally hinges on ensuring my sleeping set up is as comfortable and warm as possible, and we think the new heated sleeping bag and heated pad from Vango are true game changers!
The sleeping bag won a recent ISPO outstanding award, and it uses Graphene technology and works with any USB powerbank. If you’ve already got a sleeping bag you love, then there’s also a heated pad which you can slip inside any existing sleeping bag for extra warmth on chilly nights.
Vango Radiate Single Sleeping Bag Show Price: £74.99, RRP: £85
Vango Blissful Double Airbed
Whilst we have to admit we moved away from air mattresses some time ago as we were fed up of them deflating overnight, we’re super excited about the Vango Blissful Airbed. That’s because it uses clever tech to constantly monitor pressure, and will silently re-inflate whilst you sleep to ensure it maintains its firmness, promising a blissful nights’ sleep. Cool huh?
We found it super comfortable, loved the height of it and think that this could actually tempt us back to air mattresses!
Vango Blissful Double Airbed RRP: £130
- Winfields Outdoors Vango Blissful Double Airbed £99.99
- Outdoor World Direct Vango Blissful Double Airbed £99.99
- Amazon Vango Blissful Double Airbed
Vango Antrim Air 600XL Recycled Family Tent
One of the biggest and most exciting bits of news this year comes by the way of the new range from Vango, designed in collaboration with The National Trust which includes 2 new tents and 3 new sleeping bags, all of which are made from recycled materials.
The new Vango Sentinel Eco fabric is made from plastic bottles and the Vango Antrim Air 600XL uses a whopping 91,300 plastic bottles in its construction.
Vango Antrim Air 600XL Tent RRP: £800
Vango Devon 300 Recycled Tent
The new Vango Devon 300 tent is made from the brand new Sentinel Eco fabric and is ideal for weekend camping trips and festivals. We love the subtle but funky leaf print on both tents which really makes them stand out and we’d love to see more tent manufacturers daring to come out with nature-inspired prints and eco-friendly construction.
Vango Devon 300 Tent RRP: £150
Vango Gwent & Surrey Recycled Sleeping Bags
There are 3 sleeping bags in the new range, the single and double envelope-style sleeping bags both have a 2-season rating (equivalent to 7.5 tog) and are ideal for summer family camping trips and festivals. The mummy-style sleeping bag, the Surrey has a 2-3 season rating.
They are available to buy at the show, and as yet we can’t find any retailers as the range was only announced a few days ago, but we’ll update this post with details of where to buy as soon as we can.
Vango Gwent Single Sleeping Bag RRP: £25, Vango Gwent Double Sleeping bag RRP: £50, Vango Surrey Sleeping Bag RRP £40.00
Vango Serenity Superwarm Double Sleeping Bag
This is superb value for a 3-season sleeping bag, it’s a really generous size and it’s got a lovely cotton-soft feel to it, so it feels more like being wrapped in a duvet.
Vango Serenity Superwarm Double Sleeping Bag RRP: £90
Vango Aurora XL Single & Double Sleeping Bags
There’s a double and single version to choose from and the single benefits from a generous width, making it ideal for those who don’t like to feel confined in a sleeping bag. Again, it has a soft cotton-like feel to it and it has a 3-season rating, making it ideal for camping in chillier months.
When we checked the price on Amazon 22/02/2020, you could pick this up for £62.99.
Vango Aurora Double Sleeping bag RRP: £130, Single RRP: £90
- Winfields Outdoors Vango Aurora Double Sleeping Bag £79.99
- Outdoor World Direct Vango Aurora Double Sleeping Bag £69.99
- Amazon Vango Aurora Double Sleeping Bag
- Amazon Vango Aurora Single XL Sleeping Bag
Coleman Weathermaster 4XL Air Tent
The award-winning Coleman Weathermaster 4XL Air makes the ideal choice for family campers and particularly for lone-parent families as it can be put up by just one person. Featuring a 4500mm HH, plenty of space and of course, Coleman BlackOut Bedroom® technology.
For larger families, the Coleman Weathermaster 8XL Air provides heaps of space with flexible interior options. There’s also a 6XL option if you’re looking for something a little smaller, but with all the same features.
FREE Camping & Caravanning Club membership worth £46 is included when you buy any of these tents, making them an even more attractive option for family campers.
Coleman OctaGo Tent 2020
We fell in love with the adorable little Coleman OctaGo, brand new for 2020. It’s the smaller sibling of the well-established Coleman Octagon 8 tent but in a smaller size, making it ideal for festival campers.
It’s fast to put up and features Coleman’s excellent blackout technology and is big enough to sleep up to 3 people.
Coleman OctaGo Tent 2020 RRP: £199.99
Coleman Collapsible Camping Wagon
When it comes to festivals and family camping, a wagon like this is indispensable as it makes transporting all of your camping gear from the car park to the camping field a doddle.
The new wagon from Coleman can handle heavy loads of up to 85kg, so it’s ideal if you’ve got a big tent and lots of camping gear to move around.
Coleman Collapsible Camping Wagon RRP: ££89.99
- Amazon Coleman Collapsible Camping Wagon
- Outdoor Camping Direct Coleman Collapsible Camping Wagon £77.99
Coleman Octagon Blackout Tent
The popular Octagon tent from Coleman has been updated for 2020 and now includes their blackout technology which blocks up to 99% of daylight along with a hinged door and it sleeps up to 8.
Coleman Octagon Blackout Tent RRP: £399.99
Coleman Maluti 3 Tent
New for 2020, Coleman have released a range of smaller tents aimed at the backpacking market which range in size and weight, but all of them feature Coleman blackout technology, which means now you can get a great nights sleep even when backpacking and wild camping. Our favourite of the 3 due to space, is the Coleman Maluti 3 tent.
Coleman Maluti 3 Tent RRP: £249.99, Coleman Batur 3 Tent RRP: £199.99, Coleman Laramie 3 Tent RRP: £249.99
Outwell Stonelake 7ATC Tent
The Outwell Stonelake 7ATC is a super Polycotton tent that’s perfect for family campers who spend a serious amount of time living under canvas. We love the internal doors that can be closed quietly thanks to the Outwell Quick & Quiet Inner door system and the lighting track system which allows you to hang lights and whatever you want in a position to suit you.
The tent features 3 Premier Dark Inner bedrooms and an easy access front door system that opens fully, with a detachable tub-style groundsheet
Outwell Stonelake 7ATC Tent RRP: £2,500
Zempire MonstaMat Camping SIM
The MonstaMat SIM from Zempire always gets rave reviews and it remains one of the most comfortable SIMs we’ve ever tried.
Zempire MonstaMat SIM RRP: £200
If you’ve not managed to get down to the show yet, you can visit tomorrow for the final day. There are loads of amazing show-only special offers on, so it really is a great place to bag yourself some new camping gear ready for your next camping trip.
Find out more about the Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show 2020.
Where to next?
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- Vango Launch Eco-Friendly New Range Of Recycled Plastic Tents and Sleeping Bags
- 6 Of The Best Luxury Camping Beds & Mattresses
- Gear Up For Spring – Essential Outdoor Gear For Spring 2020
- Here’s What You Should Pack For A Glamping Trip – Your Complete Glamping Packing List
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