Pitching a Country and Garden Bell Tent
Decide where you want your tent, look for ground as flat as possible and not too sloped.
Remove any stones or twigs from the area, they'll make your tent very uncomfortable and could puncture the groundsheet.
Think about where the door will be facing and also what direction the sun will be during the day. You might prefer to face a glorious sunrise or catch the last rays of the day whilst making dinner and relaxing. Check if you have enough space before you start pegging out, you will need an extra 2 metres surrounding the tent for the guy lines. A 5 metre tent needs 9 metres of clear space!
Camping under trees is not advisable, branches can and do fall off.
You will receive a bag with a tent and groundsheet, peg bag, pole bag and mallet.
There is one central pole and an
A-frame pole for the door.
Each pole is attached by wire, so they just slot together.
The canvas tent is around 29kg, so care is needed when manually handling it. Ideally a two person lift and always adopt safe lifting techniques. A trolley is available if you are carrying it for any distance.
Keep the three bags separate so no need to lift them all together.
Remove the tent from the large bag and unroll.
It's easier if one person holds the centre pole at this stage, while a second person puts the A-frame in to form the doorway (pic 10).
Fold the tent out to half way.
Open the tent completely.
Find the door and rotate the tent to face your preferred direction.
Nb. If you need to walk on the canvas, please remove your shoes.
Check the pole has a rubber top and bottom and that the small metal loop is towards the top.
Unzip the door and crawl inside, with the top of the pole.
The centre of the canvas tent is re-enforced and the pole needs to be in the middle of this.
Once located, slowly raise the top of the pole, bringing the pole into a vertical position. (pic 9)
Pull edges outwards and use the SMALL pegs to secure the groundsheet.
They should be pushed into the ground as far as possible.
Place right foot into right loop in groundsheet.
Insert left foot into left loop in ground sheet.
Secure the A-fame by using these markers and the tie in straps.
Zip up the door BEFORE the next step..
Leave the left leg unjointed to help get it inside the tent.
Place the top of the A-frame into top guy line hole.
(The doorway is 2 metres high when erected)
Re-joint the left limb.
Person two can loosely peg in the guy lines using the HEAVY DUTY PEGS.
Check the centre pole looks straight before you start pegging out.
Start with the guy line at the front on the A-frame, then alternate between opposite side guy lines (i.e. front, back, left, right etc.).
Once four opposite pegs are in place, the tent should be self supporting & you can stop holding the pole.
Tighten and adjust when all the lines are secure and check them occasionally while you are camping.
Any queries, just call us 07724 741991
Screw on the plastic rain cap, outside at the top of the A-frame apex.
There is an insect screen for your added comfort.
Add some decorations and lights, pop in your sleeping bags etc. and you are ready for a brilliant camp.
your tent should now look like this.