Vintage Tents

Around The World With Vintage Tents

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Inside a Speigel Tent

There is a nice article in the Irish Independent on Spiegel Tents and the man who travels the world putting them up. Nice work if you can get it.

Read the article here

Early 20th Century Canvas Tent Pics

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
Images, Old_Photographs, Vintage.

John Ball, who kindly provided the pictures in my last post about the canvas tents at Heathrow Airport, has taken up my challenge to him of finding more pictures of all sorts of vintage canvas tent pics. John is an avid metal detector in Somerset & Dorset, cataloging his finds in local fields and presenting his finds to interested locals. His digging around has produced these great images we can show on here.

victorian canvas tent

1889 print. Looks like a circus or show event with a tent in the background

1915 circus

1915 circus


1920s Canvas Circus Tent

1920s circus tent


1920s circus tent

1920s circus tent




Pic dated 1945. Shows the US army WWII ‘pyramid’ style tent. Still made by Armbrusters in the US.


More Vintage Army Marquee Images at Heathrow Airport

Thursday, February 6th, 2014
Images, Tents, Vintage.

We have just been kindly sent some more pics of vintage canvas army marquee images taken at Heathrow airport.  The pics date from just after the second world war when the former airbase began to be used as an aiport.  My thanks go to John Ball for the supply of these pics.

Classic green army marquees alongside vintage period cars

Classic green army marquees alongside vintage period cars

heathrow tents

design classics alongside each other canvas marquee and Sir Giles Gilbert Scott's red telephone box.

design classics alongside each other canvas marquee and Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s red telephone box.

Vintage Tent Pics Pinterest

Sunday, April 28th, 2013
Tents, Vintage.

Spring is in the air and our vintage tents see their first bit of 2013 air in May.  We have set up a vintage tents picture moodboard on Pinterest. You can see some of the pics below, but there are more on Pinterest.

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Pop-Up Restaurant in a Spiegel Tent

Monday, November 19th, 2012
Events, Festivals, Tents.

As the festive season approaches and we seek comfort in cosy places and enjoy the lights, sounds and smells of the season why not try a Pop-Up retaurant inside the Christmas Spiegel Tent in Bristol?

Britains burgeoning pop-up restaurant scene is gathering pace and culinary delights can be found in the quirkiest of places, Sea Scout Huts, summer time gardens, festivals and tents!   Pop-Up restuarants bring the buzz of spontaneity, the spice of an unusual setting (and we all know that presentation is key to a good meal) and very ‘Now’ in the UK.   The Spiegel Tent is a vintage veteran tent that we reported on in this earlier article. The Christmas Spiegel Tent site has some history of the Spiegel Tent too.  This Christmas you can find one in Bristol hosting a pop-up restaurant from Mi Casa who are regular pop-up peeps in Bristol and the South West.

Also in our local Somerset area is Matt’s Kitchen in Bruton, the hot off the hob Kitchen Table in Wincanton. Wells chef AWARD-winning chef Adam Fellows took his Goodfellows restaurant to Glastonbury to create its first fine dining pop-up in a tent and an old Vintage Bedford TK supplied by Malinkey’s Mobile.

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Britain’s Tents go Vintage for the Diamond Jubilee

Saturday, June 9th, 2012
Events, Tents.

Lots of vintage military tents were out on duty last week keeping villagers in Charlton Musgrove, Somerset & West Meon, Hampshire dry for the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.

Charlton Musgrove's Diamond Jubilee Tent

The 60 year old tents preformed valiantly staving off the wind and rain and creating a great atmosphere for the celebrations.  They got lots of good comments and at West Meon villagers partied their way into the night on the dancefloor.

Vintage Spiegeltents Still Beating The Rounds

Saturday, June 9th, 2012
Events, Festivals, Tents, Vintage.

I first came across these wonderful tents at the Glade Festival in 2004 when Pussy Parlure’s venue was a SpiegelTent.

Image courtesy of

A Spiegeltent (Dutch for “Mirror Tent”, from spiegel+tent) is a large travelling tent, constructed in wood and canvas and decorated with mirrors and stained glass, intended as an entertainment venue. Originally built in Belgium during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, only a handful of these Spiegeltents remain in existence today, and these survivors continue to travel around Europe and beyond, often as a feature attraction at various international arts festivals

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The original Spiegeltents were constructed in the Flemish Region of Belgium in the late 19th century as mobile dance halls. They were transported around the country and assembled for town fairs in areas that did not have a proper dance hall.

More info on WikiPedia

Vintage Guide To Britain

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

I came across this new vintage themed website via a Tweet today. I thought I’d share the link with you here.

Listed on The Vintage Guide To Britain

Dust off your Vintage Tent & head to Wiltshire

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012
Events, Music, Tents, Vintage.

THE VINTAGE  NOSTALGIA SHOW begins this summer in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside. Their website encourages classic canvas lovers to get the tent out of the shed and give it an airing (might be worth checking the proofing first though).  The website says,

If you love vintage then dig out the old bell tent from the loft and come along! Everyone is welcome. Bring your old ridge tent, teepee, yurt, vintage caravan, classic car, vintage motorbike, steam engine, tractor, push bike. Whatever your interest come and celebrate with us. On Saturday night we have the  Obscuritones playing live fast paced 50’s rockabilly.

Here at VintageTents we are mighty tempted to set up our vintage tent & caravan and spend the weekend.

1918 Circus Cowgirl with tent

Friday, June 10th, 2011


This girl was from a family that was an American traveling circus family with last name of Brown who travelled around the US in early 19 teens. It shows a stripey circus style tent in the background.

The original image was sold by this website.