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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

I cannot recommend Boutique Camping enough, or their tents!! These tents are great value & very high qulaity - for for a lifetime of use I hope! The material is high quality polycotton that is well stitched together along with a very robust & heavy duty ground sheet that can be zipped in & out easily.

by Brian McNeilly

8M Bell Tent. Next day delivery. Tent FANTASTIC, really good quality canvas. Easy to put up, easy to take down. Bought for my daughters summer garden party, filled with blow up seating and beanbags. Kids thought it was fantastic. - Quality products from a quality company. Very pleased. Would definitely recommend.

by Jo Hud

Bought the 4m poly cotton bell tent and also the protective cover, both excellent, the cover was well worth the money and made a massive difference during heavy rain. Great value for money. Looking around other bell tents at a recent festival this one was by far the best around!

by Mrs Smith

Brilliant quality item, well thought out and the family loved it from the moment they laid eyes on it. Made camping cool again! Pitched for the first time, in less time that it took the wife and children to find the loos and the festival:)

by Rob

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

Love our new tent. We purchased a 5m Oxford bell tent a couple of months ago. It came in good time and instructions and tent were great when we gave them a dry run in the back garden! We have just returned from our first trip as a family of 4 and the tent was amazing, loads of room, dry and airy and easy to put up and take down. Would highly recommend.

by Tony Eustace

Bought the Oxford Bell tent from Boutique Camping for the wife, I was a little dubious about it, but having bought it I absolutely love it, would never go back to a traditional tent. Also first class service from Boutique Camping delivered the next day and on time as advertised.

by Brian Taylor

Easy and painless from ordering to delivery. Everything went according to plan. I am very pleased with my purchase and cant wait for our first camping trip. We were so eager after putting it up in the the garden that we slept in it that night! Easy to put up and take down and the fabric and zips look really strong and robust. Would definitely recommend and I'm sure I'll be back again in the future.

by Vanessa Ralph

We love our Oxford Bell Tent. The bag is naturally extremely heavy but the tent is so easy to put up (and take down) and is solid once up. It is roomy and plenty big enough for a double bed and two singles. We were glad we opted for the water proof cotton tent as it was particularly wet the second weekend we had it up and it stayed nice and dry.

by Scott

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

We have the fabulous Rainbow 5m Weekender, numerous comments about how amazing it looks! Fab size, very happy. Yet to have had any severe weather or rain but openeing the lower zips was incredible in this summers heat. Finance set up easy and quick delivery is good packaging.

by Vicky

Very pleased with the polyester rainbow tent, it was great for our daughter's hen do weekend at the Big Festival. The tent arrived missing a rain cap but this was quickly rectified.

by Darra Carberry

Real value and loved by everyone. Bought a 5m Weekender Polyester Bell Tent for my daughter-in-laws birthday. Stood up to all sorts of weather, children and adults alike loved it. I shall be buying another for our use so we can steal the grandchildren away for honest family fun.

by Wayne G

So Versatile, love my lightweight bell tent - so versatile with the roll up sides during the gorgeous hot weather last summer, yet robust enough to get through some heavy rain storms. Very quick to dry and easy to store in its wheeled bag, it's also quick & easy to put up and get down by myself.

by Tess


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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