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5 of the best camping chairs for festivals in 2018

19th June 2018 Off By

A chair is an absolute campsite essential. We’ve reviewed some of the cheapest and some of the best camping chairs for festivals this year.

We’ve tried to find the cheapest high street options, so you can pick one up today in a hurry, and avoid paying loads more at a festival.

We’ve also found some great chairs available online, offering a much better chair for less than the price of a basic chair at an event.

Check out the full list below, but first, here’s our top camping chair tips:

Camping chair tips

  • Unless you’re at a really chill festival, make sure you move your camping chair inside your tent when you leave the campsite. It will definitely get stolen otherwise, especially if you’re at Leeds. It helps if you have a decent tent with a living area.
  • If your camping chair gets soaked, stand it upside down. The water will run off and it’ll dry faster.
  • Sitting with one leg over the armrests is comfy, but it’ll reduce the life of your chair.
  • Getting cosy with someone sat on your knee will also reduce the life of your lovely new camping chair.

Deal Alert – £5 at B&M Bargains

B&M Bargains have just reduced their range of camping chairs to £5.00, and there’s probably stacks of them at your local store.

The Swiss Military brand chairs come with that essential carrying bag and in a choice of four colours.

If you still need a chair for this summer, get to B&M Bargains and pick one of these up. They’re only available in store, but you can browse the range online.

Argos Steel Folding Camping Chair

First up, Argos, with their aptly named Steel Folding Camping Chair.

It folds up into a nice bag. You’ll probably lose the bag, but try not to, because it makes it loads easier to carry into the festival. Without the bag and shoulder strap, a chair can end up requiring an extra trip to the car just to bring it inside!

Standard camping chair with cup (i.e. can) holder and a carrying bag with strap. That’s all you’re looking for in a festival chair. You could pay £30+ for a deluxe, padded, bucket seat if that’s your thing, but don’t, you want something cheap and replaceable.

It’s Argos, so you can check nearby stock online and pick one up in a hurry. You can order for home delivery, if you’d prefer.

Either way, this chair is currently just £7.99 from the Argos website.

Winfields Outdoors Highlander Traquair Chair

Another option for a branded budget chair, this Highlander chair from Winfields Outdoors is available in five wonderful colours.

Black, blue, red, orange, and teal.

There are eight Winfield’s stores scattered around the North of the UK, but if you’re not near one, they also do next day delivery.

These colourful chairs are £9.99 each, but a 2 for £17 deal makes them incredibly good value.

Grab a pair now from the Winfields Outdoor website.

Amazon Highlander Folding Camping Chair

The same chair as offered by Winfield’s above, but with Amazon Prime delivery.

Amazon offer the chair in a slightly different selection of colours, with patterned chairs also available. 

Check out our favourites below, or click through to Amazon for the full choice of styles.

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Decathlon Quechua Folding Camping Armchair

Exactly like the Argos chair above, but this time it’s a branded product. They even supplied us with that lovely image of a family camping trip making use of their wonderful Quechua chairs.

Are they comfier than the Argos chairs? I don’t know. Possibly.

They’re slightly more expensive at £9.99, and come with a strap for carrying, rather than a bag. They do however still feature a cup or can holder.

Decathlon also let you check stock in local stores and pick up today, or you can order for delivery. Grab one from their official website.

SportsDirect Gelert Camping Chair

Probably the best known camping brand around, these Gelert chairs are the highest quality budget chairs featured, perfect for festivals.

Everyone knows where there nearest SportsDirect store is, so you can pick one up last-minute. They’re also available to buy online.

They may be slightly more expensive at £10.50, but they’re on an awesome 2 for £16 deal at the moment. Go splits with one of your mates and you’ve paid just £8 each for a great quality chair from an established brand. Sorted.

Check them out here on the Sports Direct website.

Bonus accessory: Clip-on Camping Chair Side Table

Want be to the envy of the campsite? 

These clip-on side tables should fit any of the camping chairs listed above, and are a worthy upgrade. You’ll get two solid cupholders, alongside a safe place for your phone and whatever else you’re holding onto.

This will prevent you dropping everything you’ve left on your lap on the floor every time you stand up.

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