Family camping in a tent

Camping is one of the great British family activities. Whether you’re going for a last-minute weekend away or a main family holiday, nothing can beat heading off to the countryside, pitching your tent and relaxing in the great outdoors.

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But you’ve got a bit of prep work to do before all that, and one of the most important things to consider is what family tent to buy, which is especially vital if you have a whole family to house. With that in mind, we’ve taken a look at some of the best tents for family camping from some of the biggest names in the industry.

The 10 best family camping tents of 2017

In no particular order…

1. Vango Keswick 600 Tent

The Vango Keswick 600 tent is one of the best value family tents on the market – and it’s exclusive to Winfields!

It sleeps up to six people, so there’s plenty of space for most families or groups of friends. It features stand-up height, so you can quite comfortably go about your day-to-day business, as well as a roomy covered porch area in which you can relax or store muddy walking boots or wet clothes you don’t want inside the living area.

It also features all-in-one pitching, so you pitch the flysheet and inner together, making it quick and easy in no time at all.

Vango Keswick 600 family tent

Find out more about the Vango Keswick 600 tent


2. Kampa Studland 8 Air Tent

The Kampa Studland 8 is a top of the range inflatable family tent that sleeps up to eight people, ensuring plenty of room and storage space. There’s a great living area and, again, has a separate porch area for muddy clothes or anything else you don’t want in the main area of your tent. There are also three entrances to the tent, adding that extra bit of versatility and ensuring people aren’t tripping over each other when coming and going.

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Another air tent, it takes around 20-30 minutes to put up and is easy enough for the children to help with.

The tent is made from high quality polycotton. This helps keep the interior nice and cool when the weather is warm outside, which is perfect if you’re worried about the kids getting to hot.

Kampa Studland 8 Classic Air Pro family Tent

Find out more about the Kampa Studland 8 Air Tent


3. Vango AirBeam Maritsa 600XL Tent

This 6-person family camping classic has been reinvented for 2017, and now features Vango’s brilliant AirBeam technology. The Vango Maritsa 600XL features three king size bedrooms and a huge living space, with the new sky light windows making the tent feel even bigger.

We’re not the only ones who love this tent – Camping Magazine voted it as the best large family tent 2017.

Vango AirBeam Maritsa 600XL Tent

You can also take a snazzy 360 degree look at this tent in the video below. Simply click and drag on the video to take a look around…

Find out more about the Vango AirBeam Maritsa 600XL


4. Robens Klondike Tipi Tent

There’s been a big increase in people opting for tipi tents recently, and the 6-person Robens Klondike Tipi Tent is a great example of the style.

It’s made from a breathable polycotton fabric, and has an adjustable top vent cover for good air circulation in all weathers. There’s even space for an optional stove! This fantastic family tent really encapsulates the fun factor of camping.

Robens Klondike Tipi Tent

See more about the Robens Klondike in the great video below…

Find out more about the Robens Klondike Tipi Tent


5. Outwell Vermont XLP Tent

The Outwell Vermont XLP is a very high quality family tent that sleeps up to seven people in a 2+3+2 format. It has a huge living area and porch to give everyone plenty of room, and the panoramic front gives great views of the outdoors.

It’s strong steel frame is brilliant at coping with just about anything the weather throws at it, but one of the best features is the ‘lights out’ inner tent. This is essentially a darker panel to reduce the amount of light coming through in the morning, helping kids to get a better night’s sleep.

Outwell Vermont XLP family tent

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6. Vango AirBeam Illusion 800XL Tent

The Vango Illusion 800XL has become one of the most popular tents in the AirBeam range, and is generally renowned as one of the best family tents on the market right now.  It can sleep up to 8 people comfortably and has a very large living space and built-in front awning, so even if the weather is bad, you’ve got plenty of room to relax.

If it’s a bit too big for you, then take a look at the Vango AirBeam Illusion 500XL.

Vango AirBeam Illusion 800XL Tent

Shop the Vango AirBeam Illusion 800XL


7. Outdoor Revolution Airedale 6 Air Tent

We’re not biased, but we do think Outdoor Revolution make some great tents, and the Airedale 6 air tent is no exception! It comfortably sleeps 6 adults, making it perfect for family camping trips and even festivals.

As well as plenty of room in which to sleep, there’s also a great sized porch and living area, making it a perfect choice whether you’re relaxing with a beer or want plenty of room for the kids to play.

Again, we’ll let the brand themselves do the talking with this video about the Airedale 6 Air Tent…

Shop the Outdoor Revolution Airedale 6 Air Tent


8. Zempire Aero TXL Polycotton Air Tent

This amazing 6-man tent is perfect for family camping holidays, its large tunnel giving it a huge living area, made even bigger by the vertical walls. And as with all our inflatable tents, it’s incredibly quick to pitch, so you can spend more time relaxing.

We also think it’s one of the best looking tents around at the moment, so you’ll definitely be the envy of the whole campsite!

Zempire Aero TXL Polycotton Air Tent

Shop the Zempire Aero TXL Polycotton Air Tent


9. Sunncamp Shadow 800 Tent

The Sunncamp Shadow 800 great value family tent sleeps up to eight people in a vis-à-vis style layout with bedrooms either side of the living area. This gives the kids (and you) a little extra privacy should they want it.

One of the brilliant things about this tent is how easy it is to put up. Its sewn-in groundsheet system, fibreglass poles and simple tunnel structure mean that it can be pitched in around half an hour, meaning you and the kids spend less time putting the tent up and more time enjoying your camping holiday.

It’s also exclusive to Winfields!

Sunncamp Shadow 800 family tent

Shop the Sunncamp Shadow 800


10. Vango AirBeam Diablo 1200XL Tent

If you need a bit of extra room to squeeze in the whole family, then the Vango AirBeam Diablo 1200XL is an ideal choice. It sleeps up to 12 people across three bedrooms and includes a huge living area in the middle, plus a large front attached porch, so there really is plenty of room to relax without bumping into each other.

It’s also a very durable tent, with its 150D Protex Polyester fabric being highly waterproof and long lasting.

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And don’t be fooled by its size – being inflatable, you can erect it in little over 10 minutes, so you can spend more time enjoying your camping trip. Here is Vango themselves to tell you why the Diablo range is so great…

Shop the Vango AirBeam Diablo 1200XL tent or if this is a bit too big for you, take a look at the Vango Diablo 800XL, which is the 8-person version.


We hope we’ve inspired you for your next purchase. If you want to see the full range, take a look at our wide selection of family tents.