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At Boutique camping, we’re always checking out what’s new in the world of glamping and looking for inspiration to help us bring customers the best possible camping experience. Over the years we have noticed a big trend by all the leading tent manufacturers who use Polycotton as the choice of tent fabric instead of 100% cotton.

As avid campers, we decided to put this to the test, we started camping in tents made from polycotton, as opposed to the traditional 100% cotton tents we were generally use to. Polycotton is a cotton fabric with polyester weaved into it, making it easier to care for and more hard-wearing than traditional 100% cotton canvas. All the good qualities of cotton canvas can be found in poly-cotton tents, so you get all the benefits of the cotton and polyester fabrics all in one. From 2018, we made the switch from manufacturing 100% cotton bell tents to Polycotton bell tents and the feedback from our regular customers, including large camp sites has been amazing. Our tents are now stronger and more durable than ever before, more resistant to mildew, which was a big concern for many customers when outlaying good money on a tent they want to last for years, also our customers found that Polycotton dried a lot quicker, so they could pack away their tents easily and quickly after a downpour. All this whilst remaining a fully breathable fabric

Below is a summary of the reason, why polycotton is a far more suitable long term option for your tent fabric then 100% cotton.

More durable and less likely to rip than cotton,
making it more suitable for extreme conditions.

Mildew Resistant
Less maintenance required and more
resistant to mildew.

Fully breathable just like
cotton canvas.

Quick Drying
Quicker drying time than standard
cotton tents.

Holds Colour
Holds colour better and less likely to fade
as quickly as cotton.

Crease Resistant
Looks and feels just like traditional cotton
canvas and less prone to creasing.

Polycotton Tents Trust Pilot Reviews

Bought the 4m poly cotton bell tent and also the protective cover, both excellent, the cover was well worth the money.

by Mrs Smith

Brilliant quality item, well thought out and the family loved it from the moment they laid eyes on it.

by Rob

8M Bell Tent. Next day delivery. Tent FANTASTIC, really good quality canvas. Easy to put up, easy to take down.

by Jo Hud

Oxford Canvas

We were often asked by some of our regular customers if there was a fabric that was more cost effective, hard wearing but would still give you the traditional feel of our traditional canvas bell tents.

We worked closely with our fabric manufacturers and developed a synthetic man made fabric which we called the Oxford canvas. This material is tremendously hardwearing and there is no need to weather the fabric before your first trip. It’s also more robust against rot, mould and mildew making it the ideal choice for campers who want a bell tent, but aren’t keen to take on the additional care and upkeep associated with 100% cotton canvas.

Oxford Canvas Trust Pilot Reviews

We were so eager after putting it up in the the garden that we slept in it that night! Easy to put up, fabric and zips look really strong

by Vanessa Ralph

We love our Oxford Bell Tent. The bag is naturally extremely heavy but the tent is so easy to put up.

by Scott

Bought the Oxford Bell tent from Boutique Camping for the wife, I was a little dubious, but I absolutely love it

by Brian Taylor

Polyester Canvas

Our Polyester tents are half the weight of our canvas tents and are ideal for festivals and weekend camping trips. Whilst this range of tents has been developed with this in mind, they have not lost the traditional feel of our bell tent. The lightweight polyester fabric is also quicker to dry, and far easier to take care of than other traditional tent fabrics - an excellent option for those that want to stand out in an amazing tent, at a fraction of the cost.

Please note, all our polyester tents are premium made quality tents, made from thicker hardwearing quality polyester material, please do not compare our polyester tents to cheaper poor quality alternatives on the market.

Polyester Canvas Trust Pilot Reviews

Real value and loved by everyone. tood up to all sorts of weather, children and adults alike loved it. I shall be buying another.

by Wayne G

Love my lightweight bell tent - so versatile with the roll up sides during the gorgeous hot weather last summer

by Tess

Very pleased with the polyester rainbow tent, it was great for our daughter's hen do weekend at the Big Festival.

by Darra Carberry


We have created a purpose built rain test facility at our factory. We vigorously rain test all our new tent designs, fabrics etc making sure our all our tents are water tight.
Please find example below of our new polyester Aztec pattern test being put through its paces.

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