British made Sleeping Bags, sleeping mats, tents and other camping and outdoor gear (listed as usual in no particular order).
http://www.buffalosystems.co.uk – Great sleeping bags from Buffalo Systems – made in Sheffield, England. Buffalo make fabulous outdoor kit for men and women. Everything is made at their factory in Sheffield, England. Outdoor clothing and sleeping bags. Buffalo products mostly have a Pertex outer and pile linings. Everything they make is simply fantastic.
http://www.snugpak.com – Snugpak do a range of great sleeping bags – take care to choose the manufactured in the United Kingdom ones though. They also do great UK made cloths (just some jackets, trousers and hats are made in the UK), so likewise with their clothing take care to choose made in the UK. Items that are UK made are clearly labelled as so on their website. You can even filter to just UK made products. Only some clothes, some sleeping bags, some bivvi bags, some sleeping bag accessories, some hammock blankets, and a stuff sack are UK made; everything else they sell is imported.
They have a specific military website at http://www.snugpak.com/military/
Rab sleeping bags are hand filled in their Alfreton warehouse (none of their clothing or other gear is made in the UK). I am not sure that really counts as being made in England though! Still though at least they are filled in the UK, so that’s good.
PHD (Peter Hutchinson Designs) sleeping bags are made in the UK. PHP make down sleeping bags, down jackets, down suits and mountaineering clothing. All PHP products are made in England – http://www.phdesigns.co.uk
Bespoke Ultralight (BeUL) “is primarily a custom builder of most things fabric based for ultralight backpacking, camping, hammocking, bike-packing and all of those other familiar activities.” On the front page of their WordPress website Scott describes Bespoke Ultralight as a “UK based maker of bespoke, ultralight, one of a kind backpacking, hammocking and camping gear” and says “I love what I do for a living now and actually think I’m pretty decent at it too (immodest ?), I know I’m a pain in not having lots of bits listed as a buy it now and having to ask for prices but I really believe that me building unique one of a kind items is the way I’d wish to run my business for myself and for any customers, all while keeping quality high and Britain manufacturing.” They have an eBay shop (selling a range of products including their UK made products) or your can contact for custom made – https://bespokeultralight.com
For British made blankets please click here.
Mutimat (part of Beacons Products in Wales) make some of their products in the UK. All Mutimat original closed-cell foam roll mats (or sleeping mats) are made in Great Britain. This includes basic very low cost 3 season sleeping mats like their Camper 8 pictured below through to products such as their 4 season + Army Mat (also pictured below) which is still very reasonably priced. MultiMat are currently contracted to supply the 80,000 of these Army Mat camping mats to the MoD and it is good to see the MoD procuring a British made product in this instance. Excepting their original closed-cell foam roll mats and their underlay XL and ground pad and some of their komfie sitmats, all other MultiMate products (for example all Multimat self inflating roll mats) are foreign made. Products highlighted with the Union Jack within their brochure are manufactured in the UK. High street and online Stockists can be found on their website or using a search engine. As well as the Multimat brand of outdoor leisure products, Beacons Products also produces a wide range of foam and rubber products for industry, including thermal insulation for refrigerated vehicles, under the brand Functional Foam and cushioned flooring for commercial and domestic use under the brand Acoustalay.
FieldCandy tents are made in England. FieldCandy tents add some stylish flair to the outdoor space through a wide range colourful tents and these are ‘proper tents’ too designed to be used in the great outdoors. On their website they say “FieldCandy is proudly handmade in England”. The company seems to have been launched in about 2011. Their Original Explorer range are double skinned with a separate fly sheet, whereas their Festival range are single skinned. Their Little Campers range for kids are tipi (wigwam) play tents for outdoor or indoor use. They also make sunshades for use on the beach or in the back garden to protect you from the sun (and the rain! to some extent). Tents and sunshades come with a carry bag. Tents and sunshades are waterproof, flame retardant, and fade resistant and come with aluminium poles. They’ll also do personalised tents and branded and bespoke tents. Additionally their Snoos fun travel pillows are made in England. Their roll mats (sleeping mats) are made in the UK and come in pairs. Their little flags (to match the tents) are made in England. All their tents are made in England. Of their tents they say on their website “Every tent is proudly made in England, in-house at our UK manufacturing site and is checked before leaving our factory for quality assurance.” They also say on their website that “…FieldCandy has blossomed to include a wider range of products which are now proudly made in England…” – let’s hope that continues. No country of origin information is given for their sunshades but they told me by email (on 4th August 2015) that “Our tents and sunshades are made in our own factory in Derbyshire UK”.
No country of origin is given for the fabrics their tents are made of nor the accessories like guy ropes and tent pegs. No country of origin is given for their Little Campers play mats which fit in their Little Campers play tents. No country of origin is given for the FieldCandy Solar Power Pack or can holders, so I assume these are foreign made. No country of origin is given for their customisable “pub” signs. The FieldCandy accessories pack contains spare tent pegs, a rubber mallet, a peg puller, combination padlocks and storm guidelines to attach your tent to the ground more securely in bad weather; the Tri-Circle padlocks are foreign made and I do not know about the rest of the contents. Their Retreats range of exclusive wooden and canvas tents are made by Slovenian company Lushna and I assume they are foreign made. I assume the SLPY range of wearable sleeping bags they sell are foreign made because there no mention of country of origin on the SLPY website. They also sell other foreign made products such as the Toughstake sand / snow tent pegs.
Way Out West large tents and canvas shelters are made in the UK. They also make van awnings. They say on their website “Way Out West structures are designed and made by our workshop team here in the UK” – http://thiswayoutwest.com
The Tipi Company manufacturer large event tipis. They say on their website “All of our products have been awarded the Made In Britain marque and are crafted here in the UK”. They produce all of their tents in their own facilities in Manchester. I am not sure if all their accessories are UK made. They are part of the Awning Company, which has manufactured large outdoor event structures since 1983. They say on their website “All products manufactured by The Awning Company are designed and Made In Britain, in our factories in Lancashire”. They are specialists in awning design for the motorsport, events, coach building, campervan & utility industries. They are also accredited to use the Made in Britain marque.
Gala Tent offer a large selection of Heavy Duty Marquees, Commercial / Domestic Pop Up Gazebos, Garden Marquee and Party Gazebo Tents. Whilst most of the materials used are imported, Gala build most of their products in the UK, also assembling components and modules to make a full structure in Britain. Country of origin information is not shown against individual products on their website, so you will need to ask about where a particular product is made. Gala Tent have a showroom in South Yorkshire or you can on their website – http://galatent.co.uk
Specialised Canvas exclusive pop-up Gazebos seem to be made in the UK – http://www.flags-flagpoles-banners.co.uk/category/outdoor-display/pop-up-gazebos. The Specialised Canvas group who make flags, flagpoles, banners, bags, and suchlike (more information on them can be found here). Flagmakers is Britain’s oldest flag maker and a trading name of George Tutill, Able Flags and Turtle and Pearce, making flags, flagpoles, banners and bunting. Also, flag hire. Part of the Specialised Canvas Group. ‘Flagmakers’ still manufacture in the UK and have an ethical sourcing policy. I asked the company about the origin of their products and got this response: “We sew our flags here in Chesham and print at our parent company in Chesterfield. We also have an overflow printing partner in Germany. We purchase most of our material within the UK however some specialist silks are not stocked here and we have to go abroad for them. Our wood products for table flags, bases etc are sourced from a local carpenter here in Chesham.” You can see some examples of their flags here. Also part of the Specialised Canvas Group are: JMS Flagpoles who make flagpoles in the UK, make cafe windbreaks in the UK (available at www.cafe-windbreaks.co.uk) and supply flags; Banner Box who make banners in the UK; Proflight Bags who make custom bags, emergency bags, industrial bags and covers in the UK; Specialised Canvas Services who manufacture canvas sheets and covers in the UK, including awning repairs and re-sizing, cover repairs, industrial covers, equipment covers, market stall covers, bespoke canopies, groundsheets, tent repairs, shade sails, and transport covers; Porters flags who make flags in the UK; www.flag-pole.co.uk who make flagpoles and graphic display systems in the UK. Check where the Specialised Canvas group product you want will be made – as they state above some production is outsourced for example to Germany. http://www.flags-flagpoles-banners.co.uk – a site featuring Specialised Canvas group products generally.
Instant Marquees UK pop-up gazebos are made in their factory in the UK. Instant Marquees (or pop-up marquees or pop-up gazebos tents) made in the UK; Pop-up Market Stalls; Idome Inflatable Tents; promotional flags and banners; Rash Vests and Event Tops (made using Italian lycra); and Inflatable Totem. They do not mention country of origin for their Inflatable Arches, their instant bar tents, their Crossover Dome Tent, their Lounger Dome Tents, or Cafe Barriers, so I assume these products are foreign made. They also do a rental service. You’ll need to contact them for prices, as their website is still under construction (as of June 2015) and does not show prices – http://www.instantmarquees.co.uk
Terra Nova Equipment Ltd make some of their tents in the UK. British made tents are clearly labelled as such on their website. Other tents are foreign made. Most, if not all, of everything else they sell is foreign made – http://www.terra-nova.co.uk
Snowsled (Snowsled Polar Ltd and Snowsled Clothing Ltd) products are all ‘Made in Britain’; sleds and all sewn items are produced ‘in-house’. You can order direct and other retailers are listed on their website. Their products include UK made tents (Scott Pyramid Tents, 2 and 3 man; prices on request), Pulks, Sleds (prices on request), sled bags, rescue gear (vacuum mattress, casualty bag, animal rescue sac), and clothing. Fabrics used in their clothing include Ventile and Nikwax Directional Fabrics. Clothing includes overhead smocks, jackets, Falkland Joggers, the Falkland Shirt, trousers, mittens, etc. Separate price list. Garment adjustments are possible (to sleeve length, extra pockets and such) – http://www.snowsled.com
John James Hawley (Specialist Works) Ltd was a tent manufacturer and rope maker in England selling under the Lichfield brand, founded in around 1837. A company called if AMG (Vango), now use the Lichfield brand, but there is no suggestion on their website that any manufacturing still happens in the UK. As well as the Lichfield brand AMG also use the brand names Blacks of Greenock (founded in 1861; well know for Scout tents; they used to be made in Scotland; today “Black’s of Greenock tents continue to be designed and assembled in our Glasgow factory” according to their website, but not made in the UK), Force Ten (well known for their durable orange small A-Frame expedition tents – again no longer made in the UK), Lichfield (no longer made in England) and Vango (founded in 1966 – no longer manufacturing in the UK). AMG also use the Rossignol skiing brand – http://www.blacksofgreenock.co.uk
Coleman are an American tent and outdoors company. Whether they ever made anything in the UK I don’t know, but as far as I know nothing they sell is UK made.
Woodland Yurts are made in England. Available in different sizes and for up to 4 seasons they are “based on traditional Central Asian designs”, “designed and built to suit the UK climate”, and “individually hand crafted in Somerset”. A yurt or ger (in Mongolian) is a large portable, round tent used as a dwelling by nomads in Central Asia. Woodland Yurts are made from timber and canvas. Some people in the Uk and Europe live in yurts year round – http://www.woodlandyurts.co.uk
Stuart Canvas Products, established in 1971, has over 40 years experience in manufacturing covers out of variety of materials like PVC and cotton heavy duty tarpaulins. They specialise in the manufacture of covers for the sporting world let that be for cricket to tennis for rain protection to football and rugby for frost protection. They can manufacture all sizes of industrial covers for commercial and industrial uses. They also supply all sorts of cricket related equipment but no country of origin information is given on their cricket website – http://www.stuartcanvas.co.uk
Portakabin portable buildings (modular buildings) are still be made in the UK. On their website it says “Designed and manufactured at the 250,000m2 Portakabin production facility in York, Portakabin buildings fulfil the demands of an increasing range of applications, from office space, childcare facilities and classrooms to health centres, hospitals, call centres and toilets and showers. Sometimes referred to as portacabins or terrapins Portakabin is actually a trade name. The other well known temporary buildings company Terrapin of Milton Keynes went bankrupt in 2012. The most familiar modern type of portable buildings are designed so that one can be carried to or from site on a large lorry and slung on and off by a crane. Portakabin also make the well known brand of portable temporary or permanent toilets, Portaloo. Portakabin buildings need planning permission – http://www.portakabin.co.uk
For British made caravans and camper vans please click here.
Cunningham Covers, founded in 1969, might produce some or all of their products in the UK, so it would be worth asking them. Although they do not talk about country of origin on their website, they seem to have a manufacturing plant in Maghera in Northern Ireland. Tarpaulin covers, transport covers and curtains, oil and gas industry covers, industrial covers, canopy and gazebo covers, banners and signs – http://www.cunninghamcovers.co.uk
For made in Great Britain Flags, Bunting, Windbreaks, Awnings and Blinds please click here. For Made in Great Britain garden umbrellas, parasols and umbrellas please click here. For made in Great Britain deckchairs and garden furniture please click here.
Granger’s waterproofing products, including G-Wax and tent waterproofing products, are still made in the UK at their factory in Alfreton, as are their other products. They state on their website “Today, we’re proud to say that all our chemical products are designed and manufactured in the UK” – http://www.grangers.co.uk
“All [Nikwax] aftercare products are manufactured in the UK”. The Nikwax Analogy waterproof system fabric was developed by Paramo / Nikwax but I assume the fabric is foreign milled (because Paramo products are foreign made). Nikwax make canvas waterproofing and cleaning products, as well as waterproofing and cleaning products for clothing and footwear – http://www.nikwax.co.uk
‘The Beach Towel Clip’ by JDM Designs Ltd is a polypropylene beach accessory that simply pushes into the sand to stop your beach towel blowing away and is British made. The beach towel clips are manufactured at Form mould & tooling in Haverhill Suffolk UK. The beach towel clips are manufactured 100% in the Suffolk, UK. The cartons are manufactured in Glossop, UK, The assembly and distribution of the beach towel clips is done in the North West of England. On their twitter its says “The official account for http://www.thebeachtowelclip.com the multi award winning 100% UK designed & manufactured beach accessory that stops your towel blowing away.” – http://www.thebeachtowelclip.com
You can find British made mess tins at http://www.messtin.co.uk – “These Mess Tins are manufactured by TOC Ltd. TOC Ltd supply products to the Ministry of Defence; they are reputedly the best and are often still recommended by expeditionary groups and outdoor people. Ideal for campers, scout group’s, cadets, Duke of Edinburgh Awards or anyone who simply enjoys outdoor cooking!”
Size: Large 60mm x 135mm x 180mm, Small 56mm x 128mm x 165mm; Weight: 0.375kgs; Weight Pair: 390 gms; Specification: 1mm Food Grade Alloy; Handle: 5mm; Aluminium.
Used for cooking, boiling or to simple eat out of when camping, walking, trekking, expeditions just like the military. Brand new – made in Coventry, England – http://www.messtin.co.uk
TOC Ltd also have a Cycle Frame Building & Finishing service under the name tocycle (clever use of their name here). Renovation, Re-spray and Frame Finishing Services. Bespoke Cycle frames built in the UK with the benefits of batch production prices and lead times – http://www.tocycle.co.uk
There’s a great video review of mess tins generally below.