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Stay stylish in your Seat Ateca with a Hatchbag boot cover

The Seat Ateca (2016 on) is a comfortable SUV for both the driver, passengers and furry friends. It shares a lot of similarities with the Volkswagen Tiguan but at a fraction of the price. The SUV category has grown in recent years and the Seat Ateca takes on rivals such as the Nissan Qashqai, Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson.

The Seat Ateca doesn’t disappoint in terms of boot space with 510 litres available with the second row seats upright, the space also expands with the second row seats down, meaning you have enough space in your boot for dogs, sport gear, hiking gear, luggage and general day-to-day items such as shopping bags and school bags. So, with all that space, you will want to make sure you protect your boot from general day-to-day activities and here at Hatchbag, we have the perfect solution with our Seat Ateca boot liner.

You can customise your boot liner to suit your personal needs whether it be with the rear plus option, which allows you to fold your backseats down altogether with the liner in situ or the rear split option, which allows you to fold your backseats down individually or all together. Or, maybe you wanted to protect your bumper from muddy paws and pram wheels with our bumper flap etc. Whatever you need to protect your boot from, we are sure to have the solution. Create your tailor-made boot liner here.

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Maintain your Mercedes E-Class boot in top condition with a boot-liner

One of our most popular boot liners is the Mercedes E-Class 2010 – 2016 model, so, when we heard that the new model had been released, we knew we had to get our hands on it. And, now, we are pleased to present the new Hatchbag boot protector for the Mercedes E-Class 2016 on.

The Mercedes E-Class Estate rivals models such as the Volvo V90 and Audi A6 Avant. It has a boot space of 640 litres with the second row of seats in the upright position and 1820 litres with the second row of seats folded flat. You also have the option of splitting the seats 40/20/40 meaning that the Mercedes E-Class Estate boot is versatile to suit your needs. Plus the load room area with the second row of seats lies flat making the boot a very practical space indeed. The boot comes with a powered tailgate and more legroom space than earlier versions of the model.

So, with all that space to be utilised whether it is packing up the car with luggage for a family holiday, or, providing room for the family pooch as you drive to your favourite walking destination, you are going to want to make sure that mud and dirt remain at bay. And the Mercedes E-Class boot liner does just that. The liner is made from reinforced material and is tailor-made to fit the contours of your boot to not only provide protection but to also keep your boot looking stylish. Plus, with a choice of seven colours, we are sure you will find one that matches your car's interior. So head over to our Mercedes page now to customise your boot protector.

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Keep mud at bay in your Fiat 500X boot with our brand new boot protector

With its retro design and improved space compared to the original Fiat 500, but smaller than its sister the Fiat 500l, the Fiat 500X is the perfect vehicle for young families and fashionistas alike. The car comes as a standard 5 door hatch and is a perfect city runaround.

The boot comprises of 350l with the row 2 seats upright and 1000l with the row 2 seats folded flat. Plus, the boot comes with a removable floor meaning you can either opt to have a raised/flush boot or a deeper boot. And here at Hatchbag we have taken this on board and designed two boot-liners so that you can choose which one is most suitable to your needs. So, whether you are taking your four-legged friend, or loading the boot up with shopping, the Hatchbag Fiat 500X boot liner is the perfect accessory for keeping your boot clean but also looking stylish.

All our boot liners come in 7 colours so that you can match your boot protector to your car’s colour. Plus, we also offer an array of optional extras such as a bumper flap, rear seat flap and tailgate cover. Customise yours today here: https://www.hatchbag.co.uk/fiat-500x-2015-onwards

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Another new boot-liner to join the Hatchbag family - the Lexus RX (2016on)

The Lexus RX 2016on comes in two variations, the normal version and the hybrid version and here at Hatchbag, we have come up with a pattern which fits both variations. The Lexus RX 2016on version is the largest RX to date and is ultimately one of the biggest SUVs on the market, competing with the likes of the BMW X5 and Audi Q7. And even though it is so big, it is also a comfortable car, so great for both the driver and passengers.

The boot offers 435l of space with the seats upright and 924l of space with the seats folded flat, so a good amount of space for your pooch to get comfortable as you drive towards the walking destination of the day. If you want to offer your furry friend some more space then you can either fold the seats flat 60/40 or all together. In some of the models, there is also a powered tailgate cover, which means, you can open the boot by hovering your hand or elbow over the Lexus badge, as long as your car keys are in your pocket.

So, with all those journeys to be made, you will want to keep your boot clean and the Lexus RX 2016on boot liner offers the perfect protection. It comes in an array of 7 colours with a number of optional extras, meaning you can create the solution that suits yours and your family needs. Click here for more information: Lexus RX 2016on

Remember to send us a photo of your Lexus RX boot protector in action, as we love seeing our product on the open road. You can tweet us your pics at @thehatchbagcompany, or send us via Instagram @thehatchbagcompany or via our Facebook page.

Keep your Peugeot 308 SW 2014on boot in tact with a Hatchbag boot-liner

The Peugeot 308 SW is bigger than its sister hatch version, providing more space for passengers, furry friends and luggage alike.

With a number of competitors in the estate category, for example, the Volkswagen Golf Estate, Seat Leon ST, Skoda Octavia Estate and Ford Focus Estate, the Peugeot 308 SW does well to boast of one of the biggest boots in the range. So, with all that extra room both in the boot and for passengers, the Peugeot 308 SW is a great all-round family car.

There is a total of 660l of space in the boot with the seats upright and once the back seats are folded down then there's a whopping 1775l of space to be utilised. Plus, the back seats fold down completely flat making the space more practical to use.

So, with all that space offered, you will want to make sure your boot remains in tip-top condition and a Hatchbag boot protector offers the perfect solution for keeping dirt and grime at bay. And with the extra space with the seats folded flat, why not opt for either a Rear Plus or Rear Split version.

The Rear Plus allows you to fold your backseats down altogether, whereas the Rear Split version allows you to fold your backseats down altogether or individually. So go on and customise your boot protector here: Peugeot 308 SW

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6 Activities You Can Enjoy With Your Dog

If you’re a regular visitor of our blog, you’ll know we’re somewhat enthusiasts when it comes to our four-legged friends. After all, like Frederick the Great of Prussia once said, “a dog is a man’s best friend”.

But, did you know just how much a dog can benefit from activities carried out with us humans?

There are many activities that can help a dog. For example, dogs that regularly exercise are less likely to become bored. Dogs that suffer from boredom are more inclined to carry out destructive behaviour in the home or worse still, suffer from mental issues.

At Hatchbag HQ, we’ve shortlisted 6 great activities you can enjoy with your pet pooch.

Dog parks  

Parks that allow dogs to roam free are becoming increasingly popular, especially in cities or built up areas. For the most part, parks are securely fenced, have safety signs posted with park rules and require you to pick up after your dog if it makes a mess, so be sure to carry doggie bags with you.

Dogs that are sociable enjoy meeting other dogs, and you might even make some new friends too? 

Doggy Day Care

If you work long hours or if you have just one dog that often spends long periods of time on his/her own, it might be worth looking into a doggy day care service.

Doggy day care can best be explained as a short-term boarding service for dogs. Usually, dogs will stay for the day, and the whole experience differs from kennels and boarding facilities. The whole day is centred around play, activities and exercise, keeping the dogs entertained rather than simply providing accommodation.

Fetch 

Playing fetch is a win-win for your dog. After all, dogs love both playing and pleasing their humans, and playing fetch involve both of these things.

Some dogs instinctively understand how to play the game, realising the need to retrieve the ball in order to run again, however, some don’t. So, you might need to do a little training with your pooch.

Here’s a great blog post that can help you train your dog to be a fetching pro.a dog sitting on the beach

Hiking

From moorland to canal towpaths, coastal walks to mountain peaks, the UK boasts a variety of stunning walks to enjoy with your four-legged friend. Better still, if you come across a National Park, you’ll more than likely come across rare wildlife too.

Check out the National Parks website to find a great route near you.

Holidays 

Gone are the days when you’d need to banish your beloved pooch to the kennels when you go on holiday. These days, dog-friendly hotels are aplenty, with some even offering pet services such as walking & playtime, just for dogs.

Go for a drive

For some dogs, a car ride can be the highlight of their week, however, not all dogs love the car. For some dogs, a car ride is one of the most nerve-wrecking experiences that leaves them shivering and tense.

If your dog does love the car, then be mindful that they might appreciate the ride if you’re just planning on going for a short drive.

Note: Please don’t ever leave your dog in the car alone and make sure you bring water, food and their lead just in case you do end up needing to stop anywhere.

Whatever activity you end up doing with your doggies, we would LOVE to see. Send us a snap or tag us in your picture by finding us on @HatchbagCompany on Twitter, @thehatchbagcompany on Instagram and The Hatchbag Company.

The UK's Best Bank Holiday May Festivals & Parades

May Day is a public holiday usually celebrated on May 1st. It is also a traditional spring holiday in many cultures, with dancing, singing and cakes usually making up a part of the celebrations. With the May Bank holiday fast approaching, we’ve shortlisted the best celebrations to get to this weekend.

Jack in the Green May Day festival, Hastings

The Jack in the Green Festival is an annual event that takes place in various parts of the seaside resort. Attracting thousands of attendees each year, the festival spans a total of four days, and, if the residents of Hastings are anything to go by, it truly is an event not to be missed.

The long weekend promises to deliver music of all genres and dance performances, as well as numerous activities to keep the whole family entertained. The weekend is topped off by the main event on the May Bank Holiday Monday with the Jack in the Green parade itself.

Setting off at 9:45am from the Fisherman’s Huts on Rock-a-Nore Road, you’ll see traditional folk dancers and music throughout the afternoon. The festival finishes with the slaying of Jack to release the spirit of summer for this year.

Sweeps Festival, Rochester

Sweeps Festival is a modern mix of music, dancing and entertainment with more than 60 Morris performances and entertainers celebrating throughout the three-day festival.

The festival began back in 1868 after the Climbing Boys’ Act 1868 made it illegal to employ young boys to carry out the trade of chimney sweeping. During the days of underage chimney sweeping, the boys were allowed one holiday per year which was May 1st.

The festival year on year promises to recreate the joy and laughter enjoyed by the chimney sweeps from April 29th – May 1st with multiple dance performances.

At the festival, expect to find a jam-packed programme with The Mayor of Medway officially opening the festival with a dance showcase at Guildhall Museum Forecourt.

Full details can be found here.

Festival of Fools, Belfast

The Festival of Fools promises to be a festival like no other with daredevil street performers, fast paced acrobats, heart-stopping Hip Hop dancers as well as laugh out loud comedy acts.

With more than 120 performances taking place across the streets of Belfast City Centre and Cathedral Quarter, you’d be crazy to miss this.

The line-up won’t disappoint with world class acts coming from all over the world including Poland, Italy, France, Spain, Germany, USA, Canada, Ireland & Holland.

If you live in Belfast, get ready to gather up your loved ones and come join in for the best weekend of the year.

Beltane Fire Festival, Edinburgh

Celebrate the first signs of summer with the Beltane Fire Society which marks the changing season with a wild mix of drums, fire and physical theatre.

According to the festival organisers, “as darkness falls and the fire torches are lit, our drums will thunder and the May Queen will awaken. Across the night She leads her court around the hill and through great arch of fire; the Green Man will be stripped of his winter guise and reborn, and together they will light the traditional Beltane bonfire.“

To find out more or to buy your tickets, visit the website here.

Whatever activity you end up doing this weekend, we’d love to see what you get up to. Send us a snap or tag us in your picture by finding us; @HatchbagCompany on Twitter, @thehatchbagcompany on Instagram and The Hatchbag Company on Facebook.

Happy May Bank Holiday!

The UK’s Favourite Car Brands, Models and Colour

From supercars to well worn-bangers; Britain is in LOVE with its motors. In 2016, the British public added another 2.69 million new cars to the road which is a growth rate of 2% year on year. Consequently an immense total of over 38 million cars are now on Britain’s streets, with the love for a sweet ride differing in all aspects of size and function. Varying from functional hatchbacks to full-size 4x4s and even hybrid electrics – Britain has a brand or model for every personality.

But which car brand has won the hearts of the British public? Which car model are Britons in love with? And what colour do they want their new ride coated in? To find out, we’ve data-mined through every registered car in the DVLA database to uncover the secrets of Britain’s car habit.

UK favourite car brands

Although their market share has been decreasing over the last few years (see below), the American giant Ford are the dominant car brand in the UK. With over 4 million cars on Britain’s roads, the only real competitor is Vauxhall which has nearly a million fewer cars on the road. The most ‘expensive’ brand to feature in the top 20 was Mercedes which impressively finished 9th in the results while the two other high end brands, BMW and Audi, performed fairly well finishing 5th and 7th respectively.

While little has changed over the past three years, there are some obvious winners and losers. Audi has made an impressive jump from 9th most popular in the UK to 7th, while Kia, a brand that started 19th in the analysis in 2013 managed to sell over a 100,000 cars in three years, improving its ranking to be 16th most popular.

The Nation's Favourite Car Models 2016

UK favourite car models

Next, we took a close look at Britain’s favourite car models. Analysing over 38 million registered car models in the UK, it was the Ford Fiesta Zetec which came out on top in 2016. In fact the Ford brand managed to take the top three places in our Model analysis, with the Mini Cooper managing to be the only non-Ford model to break into the top six. Other popular models include the Fiat 500, the Volkswagen Golf and the Renault Clio.

The Nation’s Favourite Car Colours

The data we received enabled us to also examine the colours registered against cars in the UK from 2006 through to 2015. Below you will see two graphics. One displaying the change from 2011 to 2016 and the other showing the change in colour preference from 2006 through to 2011. Analysing 31 million cars across the UK, Silver/Aluminium was the favourite colour in 2011 with a staggering 7.3 million painted this colour. Over a million behind, blue and black are the UK’s second most popular car colour with just over 6 million cars coated this colour. Interestingly, white has surged in popularity in the last 10 years while the demand for a red car has dropped off extensively. Meanwhile, multi-coloured cars still seem to be a popular choice, with just under 8000 cars opting for a tacky tinge. Make use of the interactive charts below to analyse the data further.

UK favourite car colours Nations Favourite Car Colours 2

While the chosen colours have largely remained the same, the biggest trends seem to be the decline in people choosing blue cars which correlates with the rise in silver car popularity. The other notable trend is the significant drop in love for a green coloured car. Within the space of 5 years there is over a million fewer green cars on the UK market.

Spring is in the Air

After what feels like the longest winter ever, spring is finally upon us. Gone are the days of leaving work at 17:00 in darkness to now leaving with the sun in our sights to do more things outside. And in all the excitement of the new season beginning, here at Hatchbag, we have come up with a few things you can do to kick-start your spring.

1. Spring Cleaning

The beginning of spring is the perfect time to sort out anything you no longer want or need and to give your house a good spring clean. And with the brighter and longer days, it is the perfect time for doing a car boot sale, taking old stuff to the tip or taking unwanted stuff to a charity shop. And, we can guarantee that once you have done your spring clean, you will feel so much better for it.

a dog waiting to come inside

2. Gardening

Spring is the perfect season for gardening as the soil warms up and flowers begin to bloom. Pop along to your local garden centre and pick out some new plants and seeds to brighten up your garden. Then once you return, don some old clothes and get your hands green, while enjoying the perfect spring weather. Best of all; bring some of your spring garden indoors, by picking your own beautiful spring flowers.

3. Walking & cycling

At last, it no longer feels that the day is over at 17:00. So after work, why not grab the whole family for an evening walk. What better way to end the day than enjoying the lovely spring weather after a day in the office or at school. Or, why not dust off the bikes in the garage or shed and go for a pedal with the family. It doesn’t matter whether you are walking/cycling around the block, down a quiet country road or across an open field; it’s just great to make the most of this perfect weather.

two children walking ourdoors

4. Making the most of rainy days

We all know that April showers gets its name from somewhere, but, don’t let this put a downer on what you have planned this spring. Instead why not make the most of it and be sure to brighten up your little ones day with the following activities;

  • Getting muddy – kids and four-legged friends alike love jumping and rolling around in the mud. And for those who like making things then why not make a mud pie. Just make sure you have a spare set of clothing with you, once your outdoor adventure has ended.
  • Puddles – find your reflection, splash in the water or see if you can spot any outdoor treasure.
  • Take a look at nature – Once the kids have stopped jumping into puddles and making mud pies then take a look around to see what nature is out there. In wet weather, all kinds of creatures take to the surface, so, go and see how many you can find?

Whatever the weather this spring and no matter what you get up to, one thing is for sure, your Hatchbag boot-liner will come in very handy; whether it be stopping your boot from getting damaged as you spring-clean, or, preventing mud from getting into the carpet from a day at the garden centre and also from wet and mucky dogs and clothes alike.

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Happy spring everyone!

6 Activities to do with the Kids this Easter Holiday

We all know that kids and adults alike love Easter, whether it is for the endless supply of chocolate, egg hunts, cute animals, or just spending time with loved ones. Easter is a firm favourite calendar event. Plus, as the Easter holidays are now upon us, we’ve rounded up the best Easter activities for kids that the whole family will love.

1. Sea Life London Aquarium - London

Step into a colourful aquatic world at one of London’s busiest attractions. When you’re standing outside County Hall – a previous dull looking council building - it’s hard to imagine that behind the doors lie sharks, penguins, tropical fish and many other fascinating underwater creatures.

This Easter, you’ll learn more about the wonderful world of jellyfish in a new permanent exhibition ‘Ocean Invaders’. Here you can discover interesting facts about the often dangerous species and the little ones can even create their own digital jellyfish.

And don’t worry, if you are not in the London area this Easter, as there are 13 Seal Life locations within the UK & EIRE, where you can also experience an aquatic adventure.

Find your nearest centre here.

a turtle swimming

2. National Botanic Garden of Wales - Carmarthenshire

Set in the beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside, the National Botanic Garden of Wales incorporates a fascinating blend of themed gardens, exciting play areas and packed programmes, which are sure to delight your little ones.

Across the bank holiday weekend, the Llanarthne site in Carmarthenshire will be host to everything from duck herding to magic shows, meerkats as well as Easter egg hunts.

Admission is £9.75 for adults, £4.95 for children over five and free for ‘Garden Members’.

3. Edinburgh Zoo - Scotland

Dare to book something a little on the wild side for your kids this Easter break? Why not book your little ones onto a week of spring schooling at Edinburgh Zoo?

The Spring School allows your kids to enjoy over 700 animals from all over the world, with favourites such as chimps, hippos and zebras. Here, the kids will learn more about the animals and their habitats as well as different cultures of Africa through to zoo trails, games, arts and crafts.

The sessions are held at the park, from the classrooms of the Education Centre to the African Plains and the Budongo Trail.

To book your place, visit the website here.

4. York Chocolate Festival - York

This activity is sure to get your taste buds tingling this Easter holiday. Enjoy a fully guided tour into the Easter of York Past and uncover fun facts about the chocolatiest holiday of all and all while the chocolatiers create delicious delights for you to enjoy.

On the tour, you’ll discover the origins of chocolate, how to make chocolate, how to taste chocolate like an expert and even the sustainable future of chocolate.

To book your place, visit the website here.

5. Seal & Wildlife watching trips - Kent

Spoil the kids by visiting one of the UK’s largest active seal colonies. Organised by the National Nature Reserve, the trips coincide with tidal flowers for the best chance of seeing these wonderful mammals.

This adventure is brilliant for families and makes the perfect day out. Don’t forget to take your camera with you, to capture some beautiful memories that will last a lifetime.

According to the website, early bookings are advisable to avoid disappointment.

For more information and to book your place, visit the website here.

a sea lion

6. Alton Towers - Staffordshire

Perfect for those little thrill seekers in the family, Alton Towers is home to Britain’s most loved theme park rides with great kid’s attractions, special events and so much more.

Add to that, the two fantastical hotels, a wacky indoor waterpark with gallons of fun, a luxurious spa and an extraordinary golf course too, the Alton Towers resort has something for everyone.

If you are planning to go this Easter then make sure you book your tickets to avoid disappointment.

Visit the website to book online.

Whichever activity takes you and your family’s fancies, be sure to take your Hatchbag boot-liner with you to protect your boot from family adventures. Also, we’d love to see pictures of what you get up to. Send us your snaps to @HatchbagCompany on Twitter, @thehatchbagcompany on Instagram & The Hatchbag Company on Facebook.