Camping with the whole family can create lots of new challenges. However, it is essential to spend some time away from technology, get back to basics and reconnect with nature. We’ve compiled a comprehensive guide of the best tents to buy if you want to take the whole family away, and what to look out for when making such an important decision.
It can be a daunting task to choose a tent that will keep the whole family happy. There’s a diverse variety of options available to you, each with a different shape, size, appearance and functionality. Here are our top three things to look out for when choosing a family tent:
Arguably, the most important aspect of your tent is space. Although it may take longer to erect and dismantle, a bigger tent will make sleeping, playing games and relaxing a lot more enjoyable.
Given the unpredictable weather we receive in this country, it’s worth bearing in mind the waterproof rating of your family tent. The Hydrostatic Head rating is given in millimetres, from 800mm to 10,000mm – and the higher the rating, the more rain your tent can withstand.
It's worth noting that the smallest details can make the biggest difference, so look out for important features such as awnings, porches, storage pockets, hanging points and vents.
Whether you’re heading to your first family festival, scaling a mountain or just camping in the garden, there’s a tent that’s bound to please the whole family.
Accommodating up to 6 campers and all your gear, the Hi Gear Voyager Eclipse 6 is a versatile tent that is built for the most comfortable camping experience. With a strong semi-geodesic structure, the cross-pole design gives the tent extra strength and flexibility in windy conditions.
Arguably, the main selling point of this tent is the Eclipse technology it exhibits. The bedrooms are made of light-blocking fabric, helping you to sleep through an early summer morning. Hi-Gear tents are very popular within the camping community and even came joint 1st in the Best Family category in the 2020 Tent Owner Satisfaction Awards.
View this tent, prices from £249.00
With one bedroom and a large living room, the Quechua Arpenaz 4.1 is a spacious four-man tent, purpose built for family camping trips. With a very affordable price tag, the Quechua Arpenaz offers fantastic value for money. When erected, the tent stands at well over head height, making it easy to stand up in.
The fabric of the flysheet offers UPF 30 sun protection and can withstand strong winds of up to 50 kilometres per hour. Quecha comes highly recommended and was even awarded Highly Commended status in the Best Family category in the 2020 Tent Owner Satisfaction Awards.
View this tent, prices from £99.99
Exhibiting two bedrooms and a large living area, the Coleman Mosedale 5 is a roomy family tent with enough space to set up table and chairs. The simple tunnel construction allows you to pitch your tent with minimal difficulty. The Coleman Mosedale also has multiple entrances, giving the illusion of more space, and making it easier to enter and exit in intemperate conditions.
The Mosedale boasts black-out bedrooms, ensuring a more restful sleep – whether it’s early morning or mid-afternoon. It’s no surprise that this tent is popular; Coleman won the Best Family Tent award in the 2019 Tent Owner Satisfaction Awards by some way, with a satisfaction rating of 93%.
View this tent, prices from £299.00
Housing up to eight people, the Kampa Dometic Studland 9 Classic Air is a premium tent offering supreme quality, comfort and functionality. If you’re camping in sunnier European climates, the Weathershield AirFlow Classic Polycotton allows the fabric to breathe – making the living area much cooler in warmer temperatures.
Despite its vast size, the Studland can be inflated in around 60 seconds due to its AirFrame system. The inflatable structure ensures the tent is rigid and robust through testing weather. Kampa won the Best Family Tent award in the 2018 Tent Owner Satisfaction Awards and came highly commended in 2019.
View this tent, prices from £1,250.00
Accommodating up to three people, the Vango Beta 350XL is the ideal tent for a small family camping trip. This tent’s tunnel design gives an impressive space to weight ratio. The spacious sleeping area makes this tent the ideal choice for a three-person family. Also, the functional porch area is very useful for storing your camping gear.
The Tension Band System gives the tent sturdy stability and can be adjusted to prevent sideways movement in strong, changeable winds. Vango tents are a popular choice for families and were voted highly commended in the Best Family category in the 2018 Tent Owner Satisfaction Awards.
View this tent, prices from £125.00
If you’re feeling inspired to take the pack up the car and take the family away, take a look at our guide to family camping holidays. Not sure where to go? We’ve compiled a list of the best campsites for children.
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