It’s no surprise that campsites saw a huge surge in bookings as lockdown was eased, as many seek to grab an affordable last minute getaway for summer 2020. Having spent months cooped up at home, the great outdoors has never had more appeal. Here, we trial eight of the best large tents to invest in before your trip:
Vango Valencia II Air 650XL, £1000
A good amount of usable space is key to the Valencia II Air’s success, with an extended front beam for increased height and a pre-attached awning. Full-standing height adds to the comfort factor – this tent comfortable sleeps six with ample living area. A covered side door is a nice touch if the weather is poor – preventing water from getting inside the tent.
Coleman Valdes Deluxe 4XL Air, £726
A slightly smaller option is the Coleman Valdes Deluxe 4XL, a 4-man tent with ample space for a family, with a built-in, integrated front porch with large windows and a face that can be either partially or fully removed. Fast-pitch air technology allows the inflatable sections to be erected by one person if required. A clever touch we liked is the BlackOut Bedroom technology, promising to block out almost all the light entering the sleeping space.
Jack Wolfskin Grand Illusion Family Dome Tent, £450
If a traditional, simple larger tent is what you’re after, you could do a lot worse than this offering from Jack Wolfskin. The Grand Illusion Family Dome is a traditional dome-shaped tent, with a roomy sleeping cabin and a vestibule that can act either as a storage or living area. As a free-standing dome construction, we liked the fact that it’s easy and un-fussy to put up, with a simple pitching procedure that adds to the enjoyment of using this tent for regular adventures with the family.
Outwell Airville 6SA, £1,600
The Airville six-person air tent from Outwell is made with comfort and size in mind. No expense has been spared by Outwell, and the tent won the best family tent award at the 2020 Camping Magazine awards. The flexible design of the Airville allows it to be configured in a number of ways – featuring two bedrooms, standing height throughout and a generous recreation, lounge area. Four zip sliders on the front allow full opening for a verandah option. For a large tent, the clever air beams make pitching as simple as possible.
Berghaus Air4 Inflatable Family Tent, £399
Another inflatable beam option, the Berghaus Air4 family tent is a slightly more affordable option which takes only moments to pitch, and provides enough space and ample comfort for a family of four. Neat little features like zipped access for an electricity supply, an ability to hide wires and the fact that it packs into an easily transportable wheeled carry bag add to its appeal.
Quechua Air Seconds 8.4 8 Person Family Tent, £699
One of the best things about this sizeable eight person tent is the fact it has four separate bedrooms, with a large living area with ample height to stand in. Another inflatable tent, pitching is easy (note that a hand pump is not included) and it retains excellent weatherproofing for a large tent – able to withstand wind speeds of up to 60kph. Transparent windows with blinds also feature mosquito netting.
Vango Kapalua 550xl TC, £1,399
This top of the range Vango offering is perfect for a smaller family or couple looking for comfort and ample space. New for 2020, the tent has a fully sealed groundsheet, ‘midnight’ blackout bedrooms and a three zone design offering a large living area for socialising and cooking. We liked the array of windows – allowing a generous amount of light in and giving the tent excellent proportions and a feeling of spaciousness.
Snugpak Journey Quad, £273.50
For a small family looking to get adventurous, this option from Snugpak fits the bill. It’s a four-man, meaning it’ll fit a family of four easily, and is lightweight and portable – it’ll strap on to backpacks and cycling equipment enabling it to be taken deeper into the wild. It features a living compartment for storing outdoor and camping gear, and it’s also a “Fly First” pitch, meaning you erect the Fly first as the primary structure, and then the inner tent attaches from inside to the fly. Quick to put up and take down – perfect for family wild camping off the beaten track.