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Go Solar This Summer

2016-02-04 | Factual | Gardening

Premium Solar the Works

We love to be eco friendly at Quality Wellies so this summer we are fitting out our premises with solar lighting. Free to run and extremely easy to install we recommend our friends at wwww.redrobinsolar.co.uk.

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Save Money On Bogs Wellies

2015-11-19 | Vouchers

Save Money on Bogs Wellies

Quality Wellies have added Bogs to our wellies range so we are offering plenty of money off voucher codes. To get these codes you need to follow us on social media and watch out for our posts. Check out our different social media platforms by clicking on the social media links at the bottom of this page. Continue reading

Walking Festivals

2015-11-06 | Walking

Walking Festivals

If you're into walking and looking for the perfect resource then you should definitely have a look at http://www.walkingfestivalsuk.com. Walking Festivals UK and Ireland is a resource for finding and listing walking festivals and events. For more information read here. Continue reading

What Are The Best Wellies For Winter?

2015-11-04 | Factual

Winter Wellies

We are often asked 'what are the best wellies for winter' and it's an important question. Get your welly choice wrong when it gets cold and wet and you will have to suffer through the winter or spend more good money on a new pair. Get it right and a season full of comfort is ahead of you. Read our guide here to help make the right choice. Continue reading

What Are The Best Wellies For Weddings?

2015-11-04 | Weddings

Wedding Wellies

Your wedding day is one of the best days of your life but it can also be one of the most stressful and one of the most stressful influences can be the weather. So why not limit the stress by preparing for all eventualities. In fact I have been to many fantastic rainy weddings so why not make the weather fun! Wedding Wellies are a great way to do this so read here to here more. Continue reading

Cool Camping

2015-09-01 | Camping | Vouchers

Cool Camping

If you love camping then we highly recommend you have a look at www.coolcamping.co.uk. The team at Cool Camping have spent years searching for the very best campsites in the UK and Europe. What sets Cool Camping apart from the rest is that they don't just look at the amenities. They also look at the location, the view, the ambience and whether it allows campfires. They understand that different people are looking for different experiences and so their website is perfect for sorting through the mass of possibilities to find your perfect campsite. Continue reading

Caring for your leather boots

2015-02-06 | Factual

Caring for your leather boots

The leather wellies that we sell at Quality Wellies are high quality waterproof boots designed to keep your feet warm, comfortable and looking great. They are designed to last but to ensure a long life we recommend you give them a little more care and attention than normal wellies. Continue reading

The Heights of Abraham Matlock

2014-08-20 | Factual | Walking

The Heights of Abraham Matlock

The Heights of Abraham in Matlock Derbyshire is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Peak District. Since first opening in 1780 it has offered breathtaking views of Matlock, Derwent Valley and the surrounding Peak District hills and since 1984 it has been accessed by Britain's first alpine style cable car system. Continue reading

What Is Neoprene?

2014-06-26 | Factual

What Is Neoprene

Some of the best wellington boots we sell at Quality Wellies are made of neoprene but what actually IS neoprene and what makes it such a good material to make wellys from.

Neoprene is a generic term for a family of synthetic rubbers produced by the polymerization of chloroprene and was originally invented in 1930 by scientists working for an American chemical company called Dupont. At that time it was called Duprene. Initially neoprene had a foul odour which prevented it from being commercialised however DuPont soon eliminated the odour and by 1939 were generating yearly profits of over $300,000 from neoprene. Continue reading

Splendour Festival Nottingham

2014-06-19 | Festivals

Splendour Festival Nottingham

Held in the beautiful surroundings of Wollaton deer park Splendour Nottingham has been held every July since 2008. Originally a two day festival Splendour is an outdoor festival which attracts audiences from a range of ages and tastes. Stages include a main stage, support stage and if comedy is your thing then there is a comedy stage as well. The weather is usually great but don't forget your festival wellies just in case! Continue reading

Robin the Red

2014-04-23 | Gardening | Photography

Robin the Red

Back in 2012 Quality Wellies was almost ready to begin trading but there was just one small problem that needed resolving. The website had a name but the company did not and let me tell you thinking of a company name is harder than it sounds! It was a weekend so to help oil the creative cogs I threw on a pair of my Tayberry Osprey gardening shoes and started work repairing fencing at the end of my garden. The work involved plenty of digging and so before long our friend Robin the Red arrived for dinner.

Robin the Red is a regular visitor to our garden and loves to dine on any garden delicacies unearthed by gardening. On this particular occasion he was in a particularly photogenic mood and so I was able to capture some great shots of him. Here they are I hope you like them!

How did this help with choosing our company name? Well we named the company Red Robin Retail in Robin the Red's honour. I hope he's grateful. Continue reading

My Festival Love Affair

2014-04-15 | Camping | Festivals

My Festival Love Affair

It's light past 6pm, newborn ducklings waddle at the riverbank, trees are dressed in blossom and adults nationwide are silencing toddler tantrums with cream eggs. Spring has sprung - which means one thing only. Festival season is nigh.

There's so much to love about this time of year but for me it's the thought of the live-music-saturated-summer ahead that ignites spring fever - and I'm not the only one. According to a study for Visit Britain live music events attracted a staggering 6.5 million people last year and drummed up (sorry) £2.2bn for the UK economy.

Large-scale UK outdoor music festivals began in the 1960s with the likes of the Isle of Wight festival - hot on the heels of Woodstock's success in the US - and the winning combination of weekend-long revelry and live music has dominated the British summer ever since. Glastonbury's first ever incarnation was as the 1970 Pilton Pop, Blues & Folk Festival, nowadays you can find everything from dubstep to Mexican ska blaring across the 900 acre site.

Tramping around a field for several days and nights with limited access to washing facilities isn't everyone's cup of chai tea. But I love it, and here are a few reasons why... Continue reading

A Village Called Hope

2014-04-08 | Photography | Walking

Beautiful Views in Hope

I love to travel. In fact a lot of the time spent in my own country is whiled away dreaming about how I can be anywhere but my own country.

Which is ridiculous when there are places like the Peak District a mere train ride away from my doorstep. I visited this region of breathtaking mountainous beauty last autumn and was lucky enough to pass a couple of sunshine-filled days hiking through it. Albeit getting covered in mud and horrendously lost, but hiking nonetheless - and the leaves had just started to turn so the colour of the hillsides was truly stunning.

Staying in a picturesque little village called Hope with the Pennines-sweeping A road Snake Pass nearby, you wouldn't be a total chump to confuse this scene with something out of a bad fantasy novel. But I can assure you it was real, and pretty awesome. Continue reading

The History of Wellies

2014-03-11 | Factual

The Duke of Wellington

Wellies, wellies. wellies! They are the core of our business and our reason for existing so it makes perfect sense for us to talk a bit about where the wellington boot came from and how it has developed over the years!

Wellies are a type of boot based upon leather Hessian boots which were popular in the 18th century and largely used as standard issue footwear in the military. Hessian boots reached to the knee and had a decorative tassel at the top of each shaft. Over time the Hessian boots evolved and became the rubber work boots known as wellies that we all know and love.

Wellies were worn and popularised by Arthur Wellesley the 1st Duke of Wellington. In the early 19th century the now known "Wellington Boot" became a common part of hunting and outdoor atire. Continue reading