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We’re continually checking out what’s new in the world of glamping and looking for ideas and inspiration to help us in our mission to bring customers the very best possible camping experience. Over the past couple of years, we’ve been testing Polycotton as a suitable alternative to our traditional 100% cotton canvas material. Essentially Polycotton is a cotton fabric with polyester weaved into it, which makes it easier to care for and more hard-wearing than traditional 100% cotton canvas. For all new 2018 stock, we have made the decision to make the switch away from 100% cotton to manufacturing Polycotton bell tents. This provides customers will all the benefits of cotton canvas but with the added durability and ease of care associated with Polycotton.

With so many benefits, it’s easy to understand why Polycotton has rapidly become the high-end tent fabric of choice for the world’s leading camping companies like Robens, Nordisk, Outwell, Kampa, Vango and Tent Tipi. Your Polycotton tent from Boutique Camping will provide you with many years of hassle-free, happy camping.

Some of the benefits of using Polycotton as a tent fabric include:

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.


Oxford Canvas

After many months of researching for the perfect easy-care tent fabric, we developed the Oxford Canvas, a synthetic man made fabric. Oxford Canvas looks and feels just like traditional cotton but it’s stronger, more durable and it’s waterproof straight away. Oxford fabric is tremendously strong and it also holds colour better than cotton canvas, which does fade over time. 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.

Polyester tents

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 the festival goer in mind, it has not lost the traditional look or the features of our original bell tent.

The lower weight, smaller pack-size and the lightweight polyester fabric that is quicker to dry, and far easier to take care of that a Polycotton tent.

All these features make the polyester tents an excellent option for those that want to stand out in an amazing tent, at a fraction of the cost.


We have created a purpose built rain test facility at our factory. All our tents go through a through rain test, making sure 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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