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Canvas Bell Tent Woodland

It all started with a young boy and his love of camping...

The Vintage Tent Company


It all started with a young boy and his love of camping. From the young age of 4, the creator of the vintage tent company Steve was taken on regular camping trips. His growing appreciation for camping and all things outdoors led him into Adulthood wanting more from the overall camping experience.


Then he discovered bell tents. The bell tent or ‘Sibley tent’ was invented by American military officer Henry Hopkins Sibley in 1856. His design radicalised traditional tents by being supported by a central pole that telescopes down into a tripod. Not only does this give the campers more ground space but it also makes the tent much easier to erect and pack.


Being introduced to the bell tent swiftly changed Steve from a camping fan to a camping fanatic but there was still something missing he couldn’t quite put his finger on. After owning 5 different bell tents with a number of different issues Steve decided to reimagine the bell tent and improve on what he saw were imperfections that ruined the camping experience. Aiming to create the ‘Rolls Royce’ of bell tents and make sure people buying them glamp rather than tramp, Steve deconstructed the bell tent, took everything he didn’t like about it and changed every single little niggle he had.


100% canvas tents not only look beautiful and are incredibly durable, but they are quick and simple to erect. So even if you are a first-time camper, you can turn your can’t into CANvas!

The Vintage Tent Company Story
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