Last and by no means least I put up the Airlie Sun Shelter.
Although it starts out as a kinda weird deflated bagpipe, it goes from flat to glorious in the blink of an eye. A quick glance over the instructions was all that’s required and voila – I had the most beautiful sun shelter on the entire beach (which was empty, but I would stand by that statement on busy beach too!) This is the Waikiki print – soft greens and orange/coral – no fluro tent materials here!.
The shelter doesn’t have a base or ground cover which is genius! It means the kids can play in the sand in the shade (its UPF50+ too fyi) (And you could use the adventure mat in there to cover wet grass etc)
I thought I’d lost the vented canopy for a second there as I couldn’t find it in the bag. Eventually noticed its attached to the main shelter so I’ll never lose it.
It was sooo pretty I got straight to photographing. It received compliments and enquiries from passers by until it started to blow away in the breeze, luckily catching on a small child as ballast!. It took all of ten seconds to secure it, filling the sand pockets on the front corners and down the back. There are four sand pegs you can use as well. Probably should’ve done that to start with!
Pack up is pretty simple IF you remember to empty the sand out of it first (which we initially neglected in our hasty pack up). Its also probably much simpler if a dog doesn’t come by and pee on the side of the shelter so the sand isn’t all wet from rinsing it… Life eh?