We've got a big family sized tent and a smaller one. I'm taking the smaller one to Green Man, it gets colder in big tents, and they are a nightmare to put up, especially if you're the only one involved who's ever put it up before.
I like the look of their quick erect tents, ideal for rainy days or when you simply can't be arsed.
They are fantastic, but heavy. We have had ours for years and it's been all round europe with us. It was dark and pissing down when we arrived last year. Tent was up within ten minutes. I just have to park the van and pop the roof up this time though.
Khyam tents are great. I just bought my second one, first one broke a pole when the 2-year old used it as a trampoline. Must get onto Khyam, see if they have a replacement.
My record - from a standing start with everything in bags, I had the tent up, a sofa erected and a gin and tonic (most effette drink I could pre-mix and get away with) in my hand in under 4 minutes. Thanks, Victor Khyam. I like your Remingtons too.
My boyfriend is going up on Thursday but I'm not getting there until Friday. A friend of mine has loaned us a 4 person tent with a big living space you can stand up in. Boyf isn't going to be able to put it up alone. If he puts a small tent up the night he gets there ... Is it rude to mark a camping area out with duct tape or summat so I can help him pitch the big tent the next night?
Your boyfriend might even be able to make friends with some nearby festivalgoers who might help him put the tent up. A can of lager or just a few kind words might be all it takes!
I think as long as you don't rope off half an acre for yourself or act rudely about it, nobody really minds about trying to save space all that much, so long as the campsite doesn't fill up - it's sort of like the tape says, "I'd like it if you didn't camp here please," rather than "KEEP OFF - THIS IS MY LAND".
Problem solved. I told him he couldn't put it up on his on and he'd probably have to wait for me. So now he's determined to put it up on his own.
boys!!! the lovely thing about festivals is if you end up homeless through his stubbornness they'll be lots of people to laugh at him and offer you somewhere to stay. ;D sorry, feelin cynical today, im sure he'll be fine and as others have said, there'll be loads of people happy to help him.