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Keep warm with this heated sleeping bag from Vango.
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£72.70
Value for Money
8.5
Comfort
9.5
PROS:
  • A well-insulated sleeping bag.
  • Additional heating built-in.
CONS:
  • Obviously, slightly more expensive than a regular sleeping bag.
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The Coleman Vail 6L is a smart-looking, large family tent that's ideal for family holidays where you want a tent with plenty of space.
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£569.99
The Coleman Vail 6L is a smart-looking, large family tent that's ideal for family holidays where you want a tent with plenty of space. If you have more than two kids, a tent of this size will be ideal. But even with two older kids who don't want to share, or you want lots of space, this is a fantastic size. It comes in at a lower price than some other tents of this size. It has fewer features than the Coleman Castle Pines 6L but still has many great aspects, such as a 4000mm hydrostatic head, built-in porch, and a no-trip entrance.
Value for Money
9.3
Features
8.7
Family Friendly
8.8
Quality
9.2
Practicality
8.7
PROS:
  • Great size for larger families or family camping holidays.
  • Built-in porch.
  • No-trip entrance.
CONS:
  • It has great features, but if you want more like Coleman BlackOut bedrooms and mesh to make your tent bug free, look at the Coleman Meadowood 6L or Coleman Castle Pines 6L.
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If you are on a tighter budget, only have one or two kids, and want to get away camping at the weekends, the Coleman Aspen 4 is well worth considering. While it might not have quite as many features as some other tents in the Coleman range, it does come with features not normally found in this price bracket, such as a 4000 mm hydrostatic head, no trip entrance, and a wind test rating of seven on the Beaufort Scale.
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£349.99
If you are on a tighter budget, only have one or two kids, and want to get away camping at the weekends, the Coleman Aspen 4 is well worth considering. It may not have all of the features of some more expensive tents in the Coleman range, but it still packs some features you don't normally see in this price bracket.
Value for Money
9.8
Features
8.5
Family Friendly
8.5
Quality
9.2
Practicality
8.7
PROS:
  • Lay-flat no-trip groundsheet at the large tent door so you don't trip going into the tent.
  • 4000 mm hydrostatic head. Most tents in this price bracket only have 3000mm.
  • Small shelter on the front of the tent makes it easier to get in and out of the tent if the weather isn't as good.
  • Darkened bedrooms for a better night's sleep.
CONS:
  • Ideal for weekend camping. If you want to stay longer, such as several nights for a family holiday, we recommend looking at the slightly larger Coleman Aspen 4L.
  • If you want features like mesh to keep the bugs out, look at the Coleman Meadowood 4.
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We think the Coleman Meadowood 4 Air tent is a great choice for a family with 1 or 2 kids who want a simple tent to pitch for weekend camping.
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£749.99
This is a great tent with lots of features. It's lightweight and simple to pitch. The size makes it ideal for a few nights camping at weekends. For longer stays, we recommend looking at the Coleman Meadowood 4L, which gives you a bit more space.
Value for Money
9.4
Features
9.2
Family Friendly
9
Quality
9.3
Practicality
9.2
PROS:
  • Easy to pitch, inflatable tent.
  • BlackOut bedrooms for a better night's sleep.
  • No Trip Entrance.
  • Flexible choice for cable entry.
CONS:
  • None. Though if you want a tent for a family camping holiday where you are staying a handful of nights or more, consider the slightly larger Coleman Meadowood 4L tent.
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We think the Vango Rome Air 550XL tent is ideal if you are planning a family camping holiday and you have two or three kids.
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£914.99
The Vango Rome Air 550XL is a great holiday tent if you have a couple of kids.
Value for Money
9.3
Features
9
Family Friendly
9.1
Quality
9
Practicality
8.7
PROS:
  • Great sized living space.
  • Useful side storage area; ideal for a camping toilet.
  • Darkened Bedrooms
  • Built-in porch with door
  • Additional Side door with rain-safe entry.
CONS:
  • The tent is quite large. This is ideal for holiday camping where you stay several nights, but the tent might be a bit large for regular one-night weekend camping.
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The Vango Valencia II Air 450 Tent is a great choice for a family with one or two children.
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£749.99
The Vango Valencia II Air 450 Tent is a great tent for families with one or two kids. Ideal for family camping holidays and not too big for weekend camping either.
Value for Money
9.4
Features
9.2
Family Friendly
9.4
Quality
9
Practicality
8.9
PROS:
  • Great living space with inner living area and porch.
  • Additional storage space behind the bedrooms.
  • Darkened bedrooms.
  • Rain-safe entry on all doors.
  • Not too heavy for an inflatable tent.
  • No-trip entrance at the main door.
CONS:
  • None found.
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The Coleman Castle Pines 6L BlackOut tent is a great family holiday tent. Ideal if you have more than two kids, you want more space on holiday, or you have two older kids who want their own bedrooms.
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£76.22
The Coleman Castle Pines 6L is a large family holiday tent that's ideal if you have more than two kids or have two older kids who want their own bedrooms or want lots of space for your family camping holiday. The tent comes packed full of features for a really great price.
Value for Money
9.4
Features
9.3
Family Friendly
9.4
Quality
9.4
Practicality
9.1
PROS:
  • Lots of features...
  • Darkened Bedrooms
  • Great living space size
  • Built-in porch
  • Bug-free mesh on doors and bedrooms.
  • Cable entry on both sides
  • Zip-up blinds
  • UPF50 on the material
  • 6000 mm hydrostatic head
CONS:
  • None found
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The Coleman Castle Pines 4L Blackout is an excellent tent for a family with one or two children.
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£549.99
We think the Coleman Castle Pines 4L is an excellent tent for family camping if you have one or two kids.
Value for Money
9.4
Features
9.3
Family Friendly
9.4
Quality
9.4
Practicality
9.2
PROS:
  • A great layout for family camping.
  • Good sized living space, ideal for family camping holidays.
  • Built-in porch - a big bonus.
  • Zip-up Blinds.
  • Darkened Bedrooms.
  • Flexible cable entry points.
  • No-trip entrance.
  • Bug mesh on all the doors.
  • Great hydrostatic head.
  • Lots of features throughout this tent!
  • Not heavy or bulky to transport or pitch.
  • The price is exceptionally good for a tent with all these features.
CONS:
  • None found!
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The Outwell Knoxville 7SA is a massive family tent, with a massive spec list to match.
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£1,699.99
Value for Money
8.5
Features
9.5
Family Friendly
9.6
Quality
9.9
Practicality
9.2
PROS:
  • Loads of space - ideal for long family camping holidays.
  • Lots of features.
  • Very useful three-zone layout.
CONS:
  • Being such a large tent, it is very heavy and bulky to transport.
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Looking for kid-friendly walks around the UK? Check out 1000 Great Walks with Kids by Jen and Sim Benson.
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£12.53
This is a great book to help explore your local area or to help plan a family adventure somewhere new.
Family Friendly
10
PROS:
  • Tried and tested by kids.
  • Clear maps and step-by-step guides.
  • Additional details.
CONS:
  • None :-)
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The Coleman Meadowood 4L BlackOut is a great family tent, with plenty of living space and lots of features. Ideal for a family with one or two kids.
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£481.97
Value for Money
9.4
Features
9.2
Family Friendly
9.3
Quality
9.2
Practicality
9.1
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The Coleman Castle Pines 4 Blackout is a great family tent for weekend camping. Ideal for a family with one or two smaller kids.
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£429.99
The Coleman Castle Pines 4 BlackOut is packed with features and comes in a bag that's easy to store, easy to transport, and easy to pitch. We recommend this is an ideal tent for weekend camping for a family with one or two kids.
Value for Money
9.9
Features
9.2
Family Friendly
9.1
Quality
9.4
Practicality
9.1
PROS:
  • Packed full of features (See the Specification)
  • Darkened Bedrooms
  • Lay-flat Entrance
  • Zip-up blinds
  • Good tent material with SPF50 to help keep UV off you and your family
CONS:
  • None found so far.
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The Vango Joro Air 600XL is a large family holiday tent, and it's made from recycled plastic bottles!
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£750.00
Value for Money
9.3
Features
9
Family Friendly
9.2
Quality
8.9
Practicality
8.8
PROS:
  • A practical family camping layout for longer camping stays.
  • Good sized porch area.
  • Good sized inner living space.
  • Bug-mesh on exterior doors.
CONS:
  • The tent is a little on the large size if you are only planning on camping one night on a few weekends.
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The Coleman WeatherMaster 4 Air is an ideal tent for a family of 3 or 4 with smaller children, who want to turn weekends into family camping adventures.
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£749.99
The Coleman Weathermaster 3 Air BlackOut is a great family tent for taking the kids away on a weekend adventure.
Value for Money
9.4
Features
9.3
Family Friendly
9.1
Quality
9.4
Practicality
9.2
PROS:
  • Good family layout.
  • Darkened bedrooms for a better night's sleep.
  • Zip-up blinds.
  • Lay-flat no-trip entrance.
  • Easy pitching inflatable tent.
  • 6000 mm hydrostatic head.
CONS:
  • If you want a slightly larger porch (which is very practical in our opinion) have a look at the similar tents in the range.
  • If your budget can't stretch to this tent, have a look at the Coleman Castle Pines 4 BlackOut tent, which as a similar layout but isn't inflatable.
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The Outwell Grandville 8SA is a massive tent, ideal for larger families, or those that want lots of space.
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£1,900.00
The Outwell Grandville 8SA is a massive tent, ideal for larger families - that is, families with lots of kids or taking an extended family such as cousins or grandparents or older children who want their own bedrooms.
Value for Money
8.5
Features
9.5
Family Friendly
9.6
Quality
9.9
Practicality
9.2
PROS:
  • Ideal if you have a large family.
  • Darkened bedrooms.
  • Longer Ambassador Master Bedrooms.
  • Four double bedrooms.
  • Massive living space.
  • Quick and Quiet doors.
  • A built-in porch that can be zipped up.
  • 6000 mm hydrostatic head.
CONS:
  • Expensive, which is understandable for the size and features of the tent.
  • Very heavy and large when packed, as you would expect for the size of this tent.
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This lightweight waterproof jacket will help keep you dry if you are out with the kids hiking, cycling, or trail running. Handy also for the school run!
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£104.95
This jacket has become my new go-to jacket for running...the fact that it is compact means I can easily fit it in my backpack when I'm up on the hills and feel prepared for a change of weather!! I love the berry colour not too bright but enough of a colour to feel stylish and on-trend! In summary, a great technical jacket with lots of features to make getting outside more enjoyable and safe.
Value for Money
6.5
Quality
8.5
Features
9
PROS:
  • It's lightweight, comfortable, and no movement restrictions.
  • I found the pockets to be a good size I was able to fit my gloves in them when I started to work up a sweat!
CONS:
  • My only gripe is the zip to the pockets. The toggle on them is short and slippy and with cold hands, I found it difficult to unzip the front pockets.  This was not so much of an issue with the back pocket as it has a longer toggle with more of a grip.
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The Outwell Mountain Lake 5ATC is a luxury family tent, ideal for family camping holidays, for two adults and a couple of kids.
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£1,999.99
The Outwell Mountain Lake 5ATC is a top-end tent that's ideal for creating that family holiday home-from-home.
Value for Money
8.4
Features
9.5
Family Friendly
8.9
Quality
8.9
Practicality
9.2
PROS:
  • Outwell Outtex Airtech polycotton tent material.
  • Darkened and larger tent bedrooms.
  • Large and flexible living space.
  • Wing-lounge.
  • Multiple cable entries.
  • Optional groundsheet for porch area.
  • Quick and Quiet inner doors.
  • Tinted windows with zip-up blinds.
CONS:
  • Expensive.
  • Bulky and heavy when packed.
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The Outwell Springwood 5 is an ideal tent for a family of 3 or 4 people, who want to get away for just one or two nights camping.
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£499.95
This is an ideal tent for a family of 3 or 4 who wants a quick getaway when good weather is forecast at the weekend.
Value for Money
9.9
Features
9.1
Family Friendly
8.7
Quality
9.3
Practicality
9.1
PROS:
  • Lightweight and small to store and transport to the campsite.
  • Darkened bedrooms.
  • Tinted windows.
  • Quick and Quiet bedroom door.
  • Optional tent extension if you want to upgrade the living space.
  • 4000 mm Hydrostatic Head.
CONS:
  • None found though I would recommend a slightly larger tent if you want to take your family camping for a week or more.
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The Outwell Jacksonville 5SA is a 5-person inflatable family tent.
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£1,330.00
The Outwell Jacksonville 5SA comes packed with features of the Outwell Superior Air collection.
Value for Money
9
Features
9.6
Family Friendly
9.6
Quality
9.9
Practicality
9.3
PROS:
  • Larger Ambassador Master Bedrooms, with a depth up to 230 cm and cable entry.
  • Darkened bedrooms.
  • Good sized living space (though check out some alternatives for even more space).
  • Split living zone, with the front one acting as a useful porch if you wish.
  • Quick and Quiet doors (except main front door).
  • Hook-track system for flexible lantern hanging.
  • Large rear ventilation system.
CONS:
  • The tent in its bag is large and heavy but does come with trolly wheels to make this easier.
  • This is also on the more expensive side, but I've listed some cheaper alternatives if your budget cannot stretch to this tent.
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The Robens Wolf Moon 5XP is a 5 person tent designed for quick pitching and regular use.
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£799.99
This is not just a regular family tent, but from Robens, there are design features that make this tent ideal for those that want to spend a lot of their weekends going camping.
Value for Money
9.3
Features
9
Family Friendly
8.5
Quality
9.2
Practicality
9.1
PROS:
  • A tent designed for regular use, with hardened alloy poles, tough material, and re-enforced pegging points.
  • Comes with a porch and a large flexible front door.
  • Two side doors.
  • One side door can be used as a sun shelter.
  • All doors have bug mesh.
  • Darkened bedrooms.
  • Adaptive inner.
  • Lots of storage pockets.
  • Lightweight and small pack size for a family tent.
CONS:
  • It would have been good to have the tarp poles included.
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If you are planning on camping for your family holiday this year, the Outwell Pinedale 6PA will provide you with plenty of space. You won't feel cramped in this tent.
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£1,169.99
This is a fantastic tent if you are looking for something spacious to take your family on a camping holiday.
Value for Money
8.9
Features
9.3
Family Friendly
9.3
Quality
9.4
Practicality
9.1
PROS:
  • Good sized bedrooms.
  • Darkened Bedrooms.
  • Built-in Porch.
  • Large living space with wing-lounge.
CONS:
  • The downside with such a large tent is that it will take up a lot of space in your car, and it will need two adults to lift it in and out.
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The Outwell Parkdale 6PA is a fantastic family tent if you are looking for plenty of space for your family summer camping holiday.
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£926.63
The Outwell Parkdale 6PA tent provides you with lots of space for your family, which is ideal if you are planning a family holiday under canvas.
Value for Money
9.4
Features
9.2
Family Friendly
9.1
Quality
9.4
Practicality
9
PROS:
  • 3 Bedrooms with flexible options
  • Darkened bedrooms
  • Huge living space, so plenty of space for furniture and storage.
  • Front of the tent can be used as a large porch.
  • Flexible door options
CONS:
  • None found so far
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The Outwell Montana 6PE is a classic Outwell tent that sleeps 6 people in two bedrooms.
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£749.99
This is a really popular tent and one you can't go much wrong on for most families wanting a base under canvas for their summer holidays.
Value for Money
9.5
Features
9.4
Family Friendly
9.3
Quality
9.9
Practicality
9.1
PROS:
  • Good layout with plenty of living space.
  • Front porch for additional shelter.
  • Useful enclosed side door.
  • Flexible opening doors with bug mesh.
  • Larger bedrooms, darkened, and with Quick and Quiet door.
  • Large vents for better airflow when the weather is hot.
  • Outtex 6000 Pro tent material with a whopping 6000 mm hydrostatic head.
  • Steel tent poles.
  • Tinted windows.
  • A really good price for the features and level of specification.
CONS:
  • Steel poles can be heavy. The tent comes in two bags to make that easier, but check you have transport space for both bags and don't leave one of the bags behind when you go to the campsite ;-)
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The Robens Eagle Rock TC 6+2XP is a large family tent with a modern, canvas-type, fabric and flexible bedroom arrangements.
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£1,600.00
Value for Money
8.3
Features
8.9
Family Friendly
8
Quality
8.7
Practicality
9
PROS:
  • Lots of layout options if you need the flexibility
  • Polycotton
  • Excellent rain-proof entrances to the tent
  • Bug mesh
  • Black-out bedrooms
CONS:
  • With all these features, it is at the upper end of tent prices.
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