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Our Festival Survival Guide

With Glastonbury only five days away and a whole host of other fun festivals coming our way over the summer months, now is the perfect time to pick up the essential items you’ll need to make it through the season in one piece. We’ve gathered together our top picks from our extensive range of clothing and accessories, with styles for men and women all at great prices. Check out our festival survival guide below!

Although it’s often hard to guarantee what the weather will do on the day, it’s always best to come prepared for the worst. This Splashmacs Adult Rain Poncho is the perfect remedy to a sudden rainstorm, with drawstring fasteners and a pop stud placket to really keep the damp at bay. Available in a choice of clear PVC or seven vibrant colours, it can even fold away conveniently into a handy carry case when conditions improve.

A sturdy backpack is the best way of keeping your valuables with you whilst on the move, whether it’s travelling to your festival of choice or zipping between your tent and the stage. This Bagbase Heritage Retro Rucksack is a stylish choice for festivalgoers of all ages, and comes with a storage capacity of 18 litres, perfect for holding onto everything from water bottles and umbrellas to spare jumpers and coats.

If you’re planning on camping out during a multi-day festival, comfortable and warm bedding is a must. In addition to sleeping bags and pillows, blankets are a great way of keeping snug and adding extra warmth if needed. With a super soft build and an anti-pilling finish, this Result Plain Outdoor Fleece Blanket is the perfect choice for a great night’s sleep, and comes in a choice of four colours.

Last but definitely not least, the all-important British festival staple; the wellington boots. With thousands of feet churning up the field, wellingtons  can be a life-saver if the weather takes a turn for the worst. These unisex Dunlop Wellington Boots are the perfect choice to keep feet warm and dry, and at just £12.20, they’re an effective and affordable option. For those wishing to be a little more adventurous, these Cotswold Ladies Sandringham Wellingtons are a vibrant, colourful choice, with striking pink and purple shades on offer, as well as metallic silver and gold.

Next week customers can get an extra 15% off top summer staples including Wellies, Raincoats, Backpacks, Summer Hats and Dresses when you spend over £30 by using voucher code VP43JVB7 at the checkout. 

Check out our full range of clothing and home textiles at Universal-Textiles.com!

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Choosing Children’s Footwear

At Universal Textiles, newsletter subscribers will receive an extra 15% off our extensive range of footwear this week. Having discussed Men’s and Women’s footwear in recent posts, here we take a look at some of the Kid’s Footwear available to purchase from our online store.

These Hi-Tec Girls Trainers are a high quality pair of durable sports shoes. The sole has excellent grip, making it ideal for all sports surfaces both indoor and out. The lightweight and breathable mesh fabric of the shoe helps keep feet cool and comfortable, whilst the trainers have a stylish silver and pink design.

Perfect for indoor PE lessons and casual wearing, we have these Velcro Plimsolls from Mirak. The white plimsolls are suited to both boys and girls, with strong velcro fastening for a secure fit. The thick rubber soles offer durability and the shoes are easy to clean.

The Macadam Boys Leather Shoes are ideal for formal occasions and as school shoes. Featured is the Bournemouth design of Macadam’s collection, a slip-on leather shoe. Designed with stitching accents and a metal bar across the tongue, the shoe has a small heel for further definition.

Whether for cold winters at home or holidays in the snow, the Mirak Girls Warmlined Boots are great for staying warm. Just one item in our extensive collection of children’s winter wear, the warmlined boots are waterproof and have a synthetic shell offering protection. The adjustable pull tie at the top of the boots helps maintain heat whilst also preventing ice and snow entering the boot if required. Available in two colours, these shoes are a winter must have.

We stock several varieties of Dunlop Wellington Boots for adults and children including the Dunlop Kids Sports Wellington Boots. Made to the high standard one expects from Dunlop, these waterproof PVC wellingtons are durable and adorned with the Dunlop logo. Perfect for staying dry and warm in the wet and cold months, many of our customers trust Dunlop wellingtons throughout the year, join them by purchasing a pair today.

Finally, from our kid’s sportswear section we have these Mirak Velcro Moulded Football/Rugby Boots. The two touch velcro straps make the boots both secure and comfortable. The boots have man-made moulded soles which provide them with excellent grip regardless of the quality of playing surface. The boots have a stitching design and come in black and silver.

To view our full selection of Children’s Footwear, click here.

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Festival Fashions! A buying guide for Wellingtons

wellFestival Season is upon us, and whatever sort of music you are into, there are a few necessities you need. Whether you’re going to Glastonbury or Download, Isle of Wight or Reading, you will need the number one festival essential – Wellingtons Boots. We stock a variety of Wellingtons for men, women and children, but how do you choose? To make things easier for you, this week are comparing a few different options.

Cotswold are a big name in Wellingtons, and these Carnival Wellingtons are bright and colourful; perfect for the Isle of Wight Festival. They are manufactured with a Super Lightweight EVA Fabric meaning they don’t weigh your feet down. They have Pull-On holes which makes them easy to get your feet into and their colourful design will make you stand out in a crowd.

Another one from Costwold, these Short Wellingtons come up to your ankles, which prevent your calves from getting too hot if the weather is sunny. These Wellingtons are seriously on trend right now, with lots of celebrities wearing them this year. They are made from PVC which makes them easy to clean and lightweight. These would be perfect for Hyde Park Festival.

These Moo Wellingtons are really cute! They are also manufactured by Cotswold, and come up just below the knee. They are made with a fully waterproof Rubber upper and a Cotton lining, which will keep you protected but also allow your skin to breathe. The funky cow print will be right at home at Worthy Farm for Glastonbury.

One for the guys here, these Dikamar Evora Wellingtons are great quality at a great price. Made from PVC which makes them lightweight, and available in two colours – Black and Green, these would be great for Download Festival.

Lastly, we have these Dikamar Administrator Wellingtons. These are the typical festival Wellingtons. Made from PVC with a Nitrile Sole, they have a ribbed outer collar which makes it easy to get the boot on and off. Perfect for any festival!

So whichever festival you’re going to, we hope this buying guide makes it easier to choose, if you would like to browse our full range of Wellingtons, please click here.

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This Week’s Giveaway!

wellybobsFollowing the huge success of our Facebook competition last week, in which we featured a Ladies Summer Dress, this week the prize is a pair of Dunlop Devon Wellingtons.

These wellingtons boots have a slip resistant outsole, a steel toe cap and mid-sole protection. These wellingtons are perfect for festivals, farmers, or even walking the dog in the mud.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is go to our Facebook Page here and like the picture. (You may also have to like the page if you have not done so already) and the winner will be chosen at random next Friday. Good Luck!

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Choosing Wellington Boots

Wellington boots are essential right now! With so much mud and rain, wellies are perfect to stop your other shoes getting ruined. They were worn and popularised by Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington, where the name comes from.

Wellington boots are water proof and are usually made from rubber or PVC, they are ideal when walking on wet or muddy ground, for example dog walks, festivals or farmland and protect the wearer from muck and puddles. The traditional green wellington boots were introduced in 1955 and Paddington Bear is recognisable by his red wellies.

We stock the typical green wellington along with funky styles for women and children, such as polka dot for girls and cow print for women. We also stock wellington boot socks, which are extra-long, ideal for pairing with your wellies and keeping your foot and calf nice and warm.

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