One of the few good things about our wash-out summer is that it’s forced lots of outdoor retailers to slash their prices. That means there are some great deals on family camping supplies - and as the sun’s finally got its hat on, now is the perfect time to snap them up!
Kick off a super-cheap family staycation with this round up of red hot camping offers. Plus, find out the smart ways to keep camping costs down with our video and check out our guide to cheap camping holidays to suit your style and budget.
There are some great deals on tents around at the moment, with several retailers cutting prices by up to 70%.
Blacks is selling cut-price tents to suit every price bracket, with savings of up to 50% or more.
For example, this Eurohike Tamar two-person tent is reduced from £60 to £18.
If, on the other hand, you’re a larger family, the Buckingham eight-person family tent, also by Eurohike, may be for you. The price has been slashed in half from £400 to just £200.
Argos also has some great clearance deals on tents. The whole family can fit into this Regatta premium six-man tunnel tent; and it even has carpet! Originally £349.99, the price has been chopped to £174.99.
Finally, Halfords is currently holding a £2 million tent sale, with some big discounts on offer. You can pick up the Urban Escape Altai two-person tent for just £49.99 - a discount of £40 on the usual price. You can also save up to £12 on bundle deals if you buy the tent with other equipment from a select range.
At the moment, you can kit out the whole family with sleeping bags for a fraction of the normal price.
Argos has also got in on the act, with this mummy sleeping bag now priced at £12.79 - well over 50% off the regular price.
Halfords has an even better deal on the mummy sleeping bag, priced at just £9.99 each, or buy two for a further £1 discount at only £18.98.
Bags and rucksacks
You’ll need some hard-wearing and practical luggage to help you carry all those family camping supplies.
If you’re looking for simple day rucksacks for you and the kids, take a look at this Blacks deal on Eurohike Essential daysacks. Each one is now between £5 and £7.50, depending on the colour you choose. This is reduced from £15.
For longer trips, this Mountain Equipment Wet and Dry kit bag from Cotswold Outdoor might be just the ticket. It’s now £40, down from the normal £80 price tag.
Clothes and shoes
It’s also a good time to pick up outdoor wear for the kids, with lots of camping retailers selling cut-price wet weather and beach gear.
If you're looking for fold-up camping chairs for the kids, you'll be hard-pressed to beat the Halfords online price. Halfords is selling kids chairs for just £3.99 each - a hefty £10 off the in-store price. Better still, buy two and save even more, with pairs of chairs for £5.99.
Elsewhere, Mountain Warehouse is selling these cute foldable patterned picnic chairs for £7.99 each - down from £24.99 each.
Eating and drinking
Forget the boring tin mugs and baked beans - there are plenty of great offers on stylish picnic ware.
To get things bubbling away, check out this Gelert portable gas cooker from Cotswold Outdoor. It’s now £11, half the normal £22 price tag.
Finally, this set of four sweet strawberry hiball glasses from BHS is now £5, reduced from £10.
Other camping essentials
Complete your family camping supplies set with these outdoor essentials at knock-down prices.
Cotswold Outdoor is selling this Maglite Solitaire torch for £6.50 (usual price £12.99).
This Campri picnic rug from Field & Trek is now just £5, down from £14.99.
And to add the final festive touch to your camping holiday, take a look at this cute Strawberry bunting from BHS. A five metre length will now set you back just £1.40 - an 80% discount on its usual £7 price tag.