Best Family Tents in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 7, 2019
Whether you are an avid camper or feel like spending a few weekends in the wild, a safe roof over your head is one of the most vital things you will have to arrange. So if you are looking for your first family tent or your old one needs replacement, our review of the five best family tents is definitely worth a read. ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
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Material
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PROS

The company's AirBeam tech structure allows pole-free pitching, meaning that you'll be able to get your tent erect and up-and-running within minutes. You won't have to waste your time setting up huge poles. The ProTex 70D polyester flysheet is waterproof and fire-retardant.

CONS

There are no storage pockets in the living area. 

OUR VERDICT

Vango Odyssey is a lean and mean camping machine. The tent is sturdy, comfortable, and super convenient. The large diamond-clear windows will let you enjoy the view outside. The lights-out' inners will let you sleep at night without that pesky sunshine waking you up in the morning.

detailed parameters
Best for

6 persons

Use

3-season

Material

Tent: ProTex 70D polyester

Floor: polyethene

Conveniences

TBS®II tension band system, lantern hanging points, toggled inner divider, toggled privacy curtains, Vango AirZone™, pre-angled AirBeams, carry bag and pump included

Dimensions

380 x 465 x 203 cm

17.5 kg

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The model comes supplied with extra poles that you can use to convert the front door into a shaded and relaxing porch area. There's a zipper opening for cable entry, so you'll be able to bring some major electronics with you and keep yourself entertained and occupied wherever you go/set up the tent.

CONS

It takes some time to put the tent together. 

OUR VERDICT

Skandika 1937 Montana is the biggest tent we've looked at that was simultaneously comfortable and practical too. The model will be able to accommodate two families. The repair kit included in the package will let you fix any minor issue on-site.

detailed parameters
Best for

8 persons

Use

3-season

Material

Tent: polyester

Floor: polyethene

Poles: fibreglass, steel 

Conveniences

3 entrances and 3 sleeping rooms, hook for a lantern, a zipper opening for cable entry, air vents, entrance can be used as a sun-shade, storage bag and repair kit included

Dimensions

310 x 700 x 200 cm

25.8 kg

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The two BlackOut™ bedrooms block 99% of daylight, making sure you're able to get a great night's sleep. With these bedrooms, you won't have to wake with the first light. Plus, they keep the temperature inside the tent up to 5°C cooler during the day. The model's large PVC windows with covers offer an excellent balance between light and privacy.

CONS

It'll take some time and practice to learn how to fold the tent in the bag. 

OUR VERDICT

Coleman Rocky Mountain is all about making your camping experience as comfortable as humanly possible. The model offers an excellent home-from-home experience in the great outdoors. You'll be able to enjoy nature without giving up basic necessities.

detailed parameters
Best for

5 persons

Use

3-season

Material

Tent: polyester

Floor: polyethene

Poles: fibreglass

Conveniences

BlackOut™ bedrooms, WeatherTec™ system, full-height door with a drop-down section, UVGuard™ flysheet (SPF 50 protection), storage bag included

Dimensions

310 x 455 x 195 cm

16.8 kg

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The fully sewn-in polyester groundsheet is 10000-mm waterproof, providing that bug- and draught-free environment that is hard to overestimate. The company's patented TBS®II tension band system will make sure that the tent always performs ace in adverse conditions, especially through strong changeable winds.

CONS

The zips and the fabric around them seem weak. 

OUR VERDICT

Vango Farnham is virtually impenetrable. There are no weather conditions that will be able to spoil your camping experience with this family tent. It will let you spend quality time outside with family and friends. There's enough room and measures here for privacy when necessary. 

detailed parameters
Best for

5 persons

Use

3-season

Material

Tent: ProTex 70D polyester

Floor: polyethene

Poles: fibreglass

Conveniences

TBS®II tension band system, cable entry point with tidies, lantern hanging points, pre-angled poles, pre-attached extension, Vango AirZone, carry bag included

Dimensions

320 x 540 x 200 cm

19.5 kg

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The 360-degree view construction makes the model perfect for music festivals. There are six large windows and a mesh roof that provide outstanding air circulation and, when necessary, can be opened up to make sure the 6-8 people inside the tent are able to enjoy an unobstructed view outside.

CONS

The tent isn't as wind-resistant as it could be. 

OUR VERDICT

Coleman Tent Octagon is the most versatile product on the list. You can use the model as a glamping tent. You can use it as a festival tent. The sturdy wheeled carry bag that comes supplied with the package will let you easily transport the tent around the campsite.

detailed parameters
Best for

6 to 8 persons

Use

3-season

Material

Tent: polyester

Floor: polyethene

Poles: fibreglass, steel

Conveniences

Convertible to a festival tent (6 out of 8 sides can be opened up), WeatherTec™ system, 2 patented hinge doors, wheeled carry bag included

Dimensions

396 x 396 x 215 cm

20.7 kg

Warranty

1 year

Vango Odyssey

Lean and Mean Camping Machine

Vango Odyssey means business. The tent is equally comfortable and reliable.

The company's AirBeam tech structure that is pre-built in all Vango tents allows pole-free pitching, meaning that you'll be able to get your tent erect and up-and-running within minutes. You won't have to waste your time setting up huge poles.

As it is usually the case with the Vango's tents, the ProTex 70D polyester flysheet is waterproof and fire-retardant. Incorporating fully-taped seams, the fabric is as durable and reliable as they come. It will have no issues keeping you warm and comfortable under pretty much any weather conditions.

Apart from that, there are many little details that make this family tent cosy, comfortable, and overall practical. There are multiple lantern hanging points, so you'll be able to keep the tent as lit as you want. The toggled inner divider separates the rooms. The toggled privacy curtains allow for, well, some privacy inside the tent.

Multiple ventilation panels that promote air circulation make sure to keep the atmosphere inside the tent breezy and comfortable.

Bottom line, Vango Odyssey is a lean and mean camping machine. The tent is sturdy, comfortable, and really convenient. The large diamond-clear windows will let you enjoy the view outside. The lights-out' inners will let you sleep at night without that pesky sunshine waking you up in the morning. All in all, probably the best large family tent on the list.

Review of Vango Odyssey Inflatable Family Tunnel Tent

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skandika 1937

When Size Matters

Skandika 1937 Montana is absolutely massive. The tent measures 310 x 700 x 200 centimetres and weighs 25.8 kilograms.

The gigantic eight-berth model incorporates three entrances and three sleeping rooms. As you would imagine, there's enough space there for at least eight people. Plus, given the 200-centimetre height, you won't have to crawl inside the tent.

The model comes supplied with extra poles that you can use to convert the front door into a shaded and relaxing porch area. There's a zipper opening for cable entry, so you'll be able to bring some major electronics with you and keep yourself entertained and occupied wherever you go/set up the tent.

The well-positioned multiple windows and vents let you control the light and airflow. Every entrance incorporates a mosquito mesh, meaning you'll be able to enjoy quality rest time without worrying about pesky bugs ruining your getaway weekend.

Last but not least, the 5000-mm water column, UV-resistant PU-coated polyester, sealed seams, as well as steel and fibreglass poles combined make the tent ridiculously durable. The only downside is that it takes quite some time to set the huge tent up.

Apart from that, Skandika 1937 Montana is the biggest tent we've looked at that was simultaneously comfortable and practical too. The model will be able to accommodate two families. The repair kit included in the package will let you fix any minor issue on-site. As far as large tents are concerned, this is as good as it gets.

Review of skandika 1937 Montana Family Group Tunnel Tent

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Coleman Rocky Mountain

Best Camping Experience

Coleman Rocky Mountain is all about making your camping experience as comfortable as humanly possible. The two BlackOut™ bedrooms block 99% of daylight, making sure you're able to get a great night's sleep. With these bedrooms, you won't have to wake with the first light. Plus, they keep the temperature inside the tent up to 5°C cooler during the day.

The model's large PVC windows with covers offer an excellent balance between light and privacy. The company's WeatherTec™ system, incorporating high-quality 4500-mm water columns with taped seams and fully sewn-in groundsheet, will be able to keep you dry whatever the weather. The UVGuard™ flysheet, with its SPF 50 protection, will make sure the harmful UV rays don't do any damage to you and your belongings.

Other than that, it is the little things that will make your camping experience overall pleasant and enjoyable. The full-height door with a drop-down section will provide comfortable entry for buggies, wheelchairs, you name it.

As far as we're concerned, the only problem with this model compared to other camping tents on the list is that stuffing it inside the supplied bag requires big-time finesse.

In short, Coleman Rocky Mountain offers a comfortable home-from-home experience in the great outdoors. You'll be able to enjoy nature without giving up basic necessities.

Review of Coleman Rocky Mountain Family Tent

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Vango Farnham

Virtually Impenetrable

Vango Farnham is the company's most durable and robust family tent.

The ProTex 70D polyester base, featuring waterproof fire-retardant flysheet (4000 HH) with fully-taped seams, will be able to keep you warm, dry, and comfortable through any weather.

The fully sewn-in polyester groundsheet is as robust and hardwearing as they come. Also, the groundsheet is 10000-mm waterproof, providing that bug- and draught-free environment that's necessary for a comfortable camping experience.

The company's patented TBS®II tension band system will make sure that the tent always performs well in adverse conditions, especially through strong changeable winds. Plus, you can always back away the straps when there's no need for them.

Of course, it is not all about the company's tunnel tents' practically impenetrable construction. The double-entry setup offers front and side doors into the tent's living area. The Vango AirZone high and low ventilation panels ensure optimal airflow and reduce condensation. The pre-attached front extension offers additional living space. The toggled inner divider and multiple lantern hanging points will let make personalise the room(s) and make the atmosphere there as cosy and private as necessary.

To sum it all up, Vango Farnham is virtually impenetrable. There are no weather conditions that will be able to spoil your camping experience with this family tent. It will let you spend quality time outside with family and friends.

Review of Vango Farnham Family Tunnel Tent

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Coleman Tent Octagon

Festival Tent

Coleman Tent Octagon is a festival tent first and foremost. It will prove more than suitable for camping purposes too though.

What makes this model a festival tent is mostly the 360-degree view construction. There are six large windows and a mesh roof that provide outstanding air circulation and, when necessary, can be opened up to make sure the 6-8 people inside the tent are able to enjoy an unobstructed view outside.

What we're dealing with inside is basically a single extra-large room that features a removable partition curtain to separate the room into two areas.

The colour-coded steel poles that come supplied with the tent allow for easy setup. These things will have no issues against some major wind action. Plus, you can always remove them and transform the tent into a bug-free screen room.

That being said, despite the company's WeatherTec™ system and robust poles, the tent isn't as wind-resistant as every other model on the list.

On the bright side, the two patented hinge doors function like actual doors, swinging open and shut and making the tent feel more like home far away from home.

In other words, Coleman Tent Octagon is the most versatile product on the list. You can use the model as a glamping tent. You can use it as a festival tent. The sturdy wheeled carry bag that comes supplied with the package will let you easily transport the tent around the campsite.

Review of Coleman Tent Octagon 100% waterproof Family Camping Tent

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What Is a Family Tent?

Most parents would agree that spending a holiday outdoors, fishing and reconnecting with nature is way better than simply going to the movies and having a few slices of pizza afterward. Camping can be a lot of fun as long as you have all the essential equipment and know camping safety rules.

Of course, every camper knows that a good family tent is a must-have when it comes to spending some quality time outdoors. Other than the tent, many campers also get camping chairs and tables in order to improve their level of comfort.

Today, the market is full of family camping tents of all sizes and shapes. They have many useful features and can accommodate from one to over 8 people at a time. Naturally, the main purpose of a tent is to provide shelter for the night out under the stars and to protect the owner(s) from bad weather. As you'd imagine, modern family tents do this job pretty well. Most of them are 3-season tents that offer the customer good air ventilation, heat retention, and protection from unexpected weather changes. Family camping tents can be either lightweight for backpacking or heavy for travelling by car. They have windows, vestibules, and even built-in closets in order to replicate the level of comfort people usually feel at home.

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Publish Date: 2019-10-07 14:10:46