The top-rated tents for a back-to-basics 2020 summer holiday
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With campsites reopening in England from 4 July, you'll want to round up the family (or not, as the case may be) and head to the great outdoors for a few nights under the stars.
For your first post-lockdown camping trip, you'll need a top-notch tent for the clan, which is why we've picked the best family tents available to buy right now.
Tents are not only an essential on staycations or camping trips, but are also great for the garden where the kids can play in.
However you choose to use your tent, you are guaranteed to have bundles of fun enjoying family picnics and getting cosy in a sleeping bag underneath the stars on those summer nights.
We've scoured the great wide web to bring you the best family tents for sleeping under canvas with your clan.
From teepee-style camping tents, luxury designs with king-sized bedrooms, large family tents for fitting in a few of you and more affordable designs if you're after something fun yet affordable.
So, whether you’re looking for a tent that can hold the entire family or something perfect for a lone night away, just you and nature, we’ve found eight variations that will be perfect matches for someone.
6 of the best tents for summer 2020
Skandika Montana 8-10 Person Tunnel Tent | £332.16 from Amazon
One of Amazon's best-selling tents, this one has three entrances and three sleeping rooms.
Campers love the eight-person tent for its "nice touches throughout," which includes air vents, a hook for your lantern and a peak height of 200 metres.
One satisfied customer even said: "Been family camping for 20 years. Bought lots of tents- some ok, some not so good. This one the best so far".
Quechua Air Seconds 4.1 XL Fresh & Black Family Camping Tent | £249.99 from Decathlon
An inflatable tent designed to fit four campers wanting maximum comfort, this family tent features one bedroom and a spacious living room.
The fabric reduces heat inside the tent in the sun, while the black fabric means the sun won't wake you up in the morning if you're spending the night outside.
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1-Person Tent | £88.32 from Amazon
With 1,322 reviews on Amazon, it’s clear that this one-person, free-standing, tent is a big hit with shoppers.
“This was 100% easier to set up than I remembered them being all those years ago. It was also very easy to take down. It took me less than 10 mins to do either. I am 6’3” and there is still enough room at the end for a bag or extra headroom,” wrote one shopper.
“Love it. So sturdy yet easy to put together,” added another.
Coleman Tent Darwin | £56.95 from Amazon
“It’s not often something that’s ‘good value’ lives up to expectations, but this Coleman Darwin has easily exceeded mine,” one camper wrote about this two-man tent.
This lightweight and easy to pitch two-person dome tent is highly flexible, comes with light fiberglass poles that withstand strong winds. Plus it has several ventilation flaps for optimal air circulation to avoid condensation.
4 Person Double Skin Tent | £75 from Halfords
Simple to pitch, this four-person tent is ideal for small families taking short camping trips.
The front door cleverly converts into a canopy to create a sheltered living area, while the double skin provides better insulation and more protection from rain.
Trespass 2 Man 1 Room Pop Up Tunnel Camping Festival Tent | £29.99 from Argos
At just £29.99 you’d be forgiven for thinking this tent might fall short of other, pricier, versions. However, the 604 reviews on the Argos website testify otherwise.
“Waterproof, quick and easy put up and down, and a decent size for a two man pop up tent!” wrote one shopper, while another added: “Would recommend to anyone! Very good price too, would repeatedly buy!”
Vango Bravo 300 Tent | £110 from Amazon
A great one for daytime play or single-parent families looking to sleep under the stars, the Vango Bravo 300 family tent comfortably fits three sleeping bags.
It's simple and quick to pitch, and is waterproof to keep you dry in the April showers too.