The Best Family Tents for Camping Trips

There's no better way to enjoy the great outdoors than by rounding everyone up for a camping trip. To make your adventure as comfy as possible, it's worth investing in a durable tent with plenty of room. Whether it's your first camping trip or you're seasoned pros, here are the best family tents for sleeping four or more people.

Outwell Jacksonville 5SA

Outwell Jacksonville 5SA

Who needs a hotel room when you have a spacious tent to sleep in? This Outwell one is so big, it easily sleeps five to six people and is super-comfortable. It’s possible to roll the inner dividers up to decide how many rooms you want to have – very handy if your needs change as your family expands over the years. Also, the zips are silent, so you won’t wake up your neighbours if the little ones need the loo in the night.

Coleman Pinto Mountain 5 Plus XL Family Tent

This large family Coleman tent offers fantastic value. Sleeping up to five people, it has a number of indoor spaces within a long tunnel. You could even fit a dining table with chairs in the living area for indoor meal times on rainy days – because no one likes soggy sandwiches! The drop-down doorways are very handy for easily moving pushchairs and wheelchairs around the tent, too, making it accessible. And on hot summer days, the tent’s ‘UVGuard’ SP50 protection and vents keep it nice and cool.

Eurohike Buckingham 6 Classic Family Tent

If you think the bigger the tent the longer it takes to put up, then think again. You can pitch this Eurohike tent in under twenty minutes. It has three rooms, which comfortably sleep two people each, so there’s enough room for a family of six. The living area has plenty of headroom and each compartment is divided by large windows with roll-away curtains. It’s very effective at keeping you dry, too, thanks to its fully waterproof flysheet with taped seams.

Jack Wolfskin Great Divide RT

Sleeping up to six people, this Jack Wolfskin family tent is versatile. Depending on how many of you there are, the living space is easy to extend or reduce to make room for more bedrooms. Plus, with three entrances and lots of height, it feels very spacious. There are also plenty of places to store all your essentials, like playing cards, suncream and that pack of 20 emergency rain ponchos.

Outwell Knoxville 7SA Air Tent

Outwell Knoxville 7SA Air Tent

However big your family becomes, you can count on this tent having enough space for all of you. Its three bedrooms can sleep up to seven people and, being inflatable, it’s super-quick to set up. It also comes with a host of clever features, like a hanging rack system for lights and black-out bedrooms with magnetic closing doors – that means no fumbling around to find the zip in the middle of the night! Each of the side doors has a small canopy for keeping the rain off. There’s also lots of storage space so it’s easy to keep tidy even with seven people staying in it.

Easy Camp Moonlight Yurt

If you like the idea of staying in a yurt – and think you can survive the night in one big open space with your family – then you might want to consider this tent. Elegant, simple and tall, it has plenty of storage, large windows and a wide door. It has great weatherproofing and is super-sturdy, so it can withstand any conditions the British weather decides to throw at you. Children will also love playing in this unique tent and you could even take it to family-friendly festivals.

Berghaus Air 6 Tent

Berghaus Air 6 Tent

With tall living areas and big windows, this tunnel-style tent feels like a home away from home. The Berghaus Air 6 has a great deal of bright space and is well ventilated so doesn’t get too stuffy on warm days. Should the weather take a turn, the sturdy guy ropes supplied will keep it firmly in place. Its darkened rooms and storage space makes this tent perfect for taking little ones away with you.

Quechua Air Seconds 4.2 XL Fresh & Black Family Camping Tent

As family-size tents go, this inflatable one from Quechua has everything you could ever want. It sleeps four so it’s perfect for smaller families and very speedy to put up – less than five minutes to inflate with barely any pumping. That means less time spent fiddling with centre poles – who needs them, anyway – and more time for exploring when you arrive. The lining uses blackout technology to block sunlight, which allows you to lie in after sunrise and keeps the tent cool on hot days. Having been tested in winds of 60 km/h and shown fantastic resilience, it’s by far the best family air tent to go for.

Coleman Castle Pines 4

If you need a tent that’s going to withstand all weather conditions, it might be best to choose a durable model like this Coleman one. This tunnel tent with two compartments has tough but lightweight fibreglass poles that make it feel very secure. Coleman’s blackout material keeps the sleeping areas dark at night and the tent has plenty of storage. Plus, the zipped window shades are ideal for controlling daylight during nap time for little ones.

MSR Habitude 6

Active families may want to consider this light, thoroughly weatherproof MSR tent. Weighing just 6 kg, the six-person tent is easy to pack up and split across different bags, which is ideal if you’re hiking or biking between campsites. It provides a comfortable night’s sleep with enough standing room, lots of loops to hang your clothes on and plenty of storage, including pockets. It’s a stripped-back, functional choice for families who want somewhere to rest – no boots on the air mattress, please!

Vango Osiris Air 500

This eco-friendly tent from Vango is made from recycled single-use plastic so you can sleep soundly knowing you’ve taken a step to help the planet. Roomy and versatile, the tent can easily sleep up to five people. Also, with taped seams and good waterproofing, it’s durable so you can use it for countless camping trips over the years. Vango’s clever air beam system helps you put up the tent without any struggle, too.

Coleman Octagon Blackout

Coleman Octagon Blackout

When it comes to family camping tents, the Coleman Octagon Blackout is a great option if you want versatility. With windows on all sides, it’s light and airy. And when the sun goes down, you can hang a blackout divider inside to create a dark sleeping pod. Let’s face it, no camping trip is complete without a rain shower or two, so you’ll be glad that it has excellent waterproofing. At 20.6 kg, it’s a little on the heavier side and has a number of poles to construct the octagon design, but it does come in a wheeled bag which makes it easy to transport from the car park to your pitch. Plus, the generous height also means it’s great for any basketball players in the family!

Robens Klondike Grande 9 Person Tent

For big families, or maybe two families staying together, this retro-style bell tent from Robens sleeps nine people. With one open space, it’s roomy and communal. It’s quick to pitch and comfortable, whilst the vertical door allows for easy access, which comes in handy when you want to dash inside to miss a sudden downpour. Also, if it does decide to rain, protective eaves run around the tent to shelter the door and walls from water running off. The zip-in groundsheet even rolls away from the centre pole to make room for a safe area to use a tent stove, or as a place to keep muddy boots.

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