Ideal for Longer Stays

While it is entirely possible to have a camping holiday in a small weekend tent, we have found that if you’re staying more than three nights, then you need a larger tent.

A larger tent provides you with a lot more space for all the clothes, more food, and other stuff required to keep your kids happy.

We recommend you find a tent with multiple bedrooms and an excellent living area.

You will want to get some camping furniture for the living area to avoid the tent becoming an unorganised mess.

You will also want a tent that has a good entrance that enables you to come in and out of the tent in the rain without getting the interior of the tent wet.

You should also look to have a large porch area for storing cooking equipment, bikes, and muddy boots.


Larger Family Tents

You can extend many smaller two bedroom tents with add-on porches (also known as tent extensions).  Add-ons to the tent mean you can use the same tent for weekend getaways and family camping holidays, only adding the extra space for longer trips. (Click here to see some weekend tents)

However, pitching extensions can sometimes be a hassle, so if you want a more extended stay, opting for a larger tent from the outset is worth considering.

For those of us with a larger family, a three bedroom tent is usually the minimum size.  But even if you don’t need the extra room to sleep in, a spare bedroom is excellent storage (walk-in wardrobe) for those more extended camps during the family holidays.

There are a great many tents to choose from.  Below are some tents that are worth having a look at.

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The Outwell Sundale 7PA is a fantastic large family tent. Ideal for larger families, families with teenagers, or anyone wanting a larger luxury space for their family camping holiday.
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£1,279.99
The Outwell Sundale 7PA is an excellent tent for family camping holidays.
Value for Money
8.9
Features
9.5
Family Friendly
9.4
Quality
9.4
Practicality
9.2
PROS:
  • Lots of space.
  • Large bedrooms.
  • Darkened bedrooms.
  • Good ventilation.
  • Outwell Quick & Quite doors.
  • Outwell HookTrack compatible.
  • Large living space.
  • Large built-in porch.
  • Two side doors in addition to the massive main door.
  • Bug mesh on all doors to keep the inner living area and bedrooms bug-free.
  • Easy to pitch for such a large tent.
CONS:
  • It is a large tent, so pack is large and heavy, as to be expected.
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8.9/10

Coleman Vail 6L Tent

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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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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£290.00
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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£649.99
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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£495.00
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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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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£495.00
Value for Money
9.4
Features
9.2
Family Friendly
9.3
Quality
9.2
Practicality
9.1
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9/10

Vango Joro Air 600XL

The Vango Joro Air 600XL is a large family holiday tent, and it's made from recycled plastic bottles!
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£718.09
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 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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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 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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9.2/10

Outwell Pinedale 6PA

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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£1,088.84
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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9.2/10

Outwell Parkdale 6PA

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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£799.99
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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£1,599.99
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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9.3/10

Outwell Oakdale 5PA

The Outwell Oakdale 5PA is an excellent family inflatable tent, ideal for a few nights camping or a longer family camping holiday.
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£889.99
As I've mentioned already, I think the Outwell Oakdale 5PA is a fantastic family tent, with plenty of sleeping and living space, and lots of great features for family camping holidays.
Value for Money
8.9
Features
9.4
Family Friendly
9.4
Quality
9.4
Practicality
9.3
PROS:
  • Great sized bedrooms
  • Darkened bedrooms
  • Really good living space
  • Flexible front porch option
  • Good ventilation for when it does get warm
  • Carpet and footprint available (optional extras)
CONS:
  • As with most inflatable tents, the packed size of the tent can be large, so make sure you have space to get it to the campsite along with all the other items you'll want to take.
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The Easy Camp Match Air 500 is a great tent for a family of four, with darkened bedrooms, plenty of living space, and a built-in porch.
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£41.99
Quality
8.5
Value for Money
7.5
Features
8.5
Family Friendly
9
Practicality
9
Ease of Pitching
9.5
PROS:
  • Darkened Bedrooms.
  • Large Living Space.
  • Inflatable for faster pitching.
  • Built-in porch with a great amount of space.
  • Extra features like guy line storage and lay-flat groundsheet at doors.
  • The pump attaches to tent valves, which makes inflating easier.
CONS:
  • Bedrooms are smaller than 5 people in practice. Better for two adults and two children.
  • Velcro at bottom of tent doors may not be to everyone's liking.
  • No bug mesh on the doors.
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If you are after a large tipi tent, with canvas material, ready to take a wood-burning stove, and yet easy to pitch, then the Robens Klondike Grande could be just the perfect tent for you.
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£449.47
The Robens Klondike Grande is a large Tipi tent at a reasonable price. It's polycotton and easy to pitch, plus it's ready for use with a wood-burning stove.
Value for Money
9.2
Features
8.6
Family Friendly
7.9
Quality
8.3
Practicality
8.9
PROS:
  • Traditional yet high-tech.
  • Simple to pitch and not bulky to get to the campsite.
  • Ready for a tent stove.
  • Plenty of space.
CONS:
  • If you need bedrooms, these are extra.
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The Outwell Knightdale 7PA provides you with more sleeping options and plenty of living space that you need on those camping holidays. We think the layout of this tent is particularly great if you have older children.
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£7.97
Value for Money
8
Quality
8.5
Features
9
Family Friendly
9.5
PROS:
  • A great size for long camping holidays, providing everyone with plenty of space.
  • Optional 3rd bedroom gives you more flexibility.
  • Darkened bedrooms.
  • Longer Premier Bedrooms.
  • Quick and Quiet bedroom doors.
  • Bug mesh on door.
  • HookTrack System.
  • Privacy tinted windows.
CONS:
  • I think a bit large for just a one-night weekend camp - unless you have a large family to help, of course.
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The Outwell Rockland 5P is slightly smaller than the larger Outwell Family Tents but still is crammed full of features. We think this tent is ideal for a family of four, giving Mum and Dad a little more space in the three-person bedroom. :-)
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£89.99
Family Friendly
9
Quality
9.5
Features
9
Value for Money
9
PROS:
  • A good flexible tent for a family of four.
  • Darkened bedrooms.
  • Moveable front.
  • Quick and Quiet bedrooms.
  • Larger Ambassador Bedrooms.
  • Privacy Windows
  • HookTrack System
CONS:
  • None I can think of.
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The Outwell Roseville 6SA tent is a large inflatable family tent from Outwell. Although designed for six, we think this would make a great holiday tent for a family of four.
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£1,330.00
Family Friendly
9
Quality
9
Value for Money
8.5
Features
9.5
PROS:
  • Flexibility with the moveable front.
  • Darkened large Ambassador bedrooms.
  • Good size living space.
  • Quick and Quiet Bedrooms.
  • HookTrack system.
  • Inflatable for easier pitching.
  • Optional groundsheet for the porch.
  • Bug mesh to help keep the bugs out.
  • Privacy windows - easy to see out but hard for others to peer in.
CONS:
  • Personally, I think maybe a bit large for just one-night camping, but ideal for longer stays.
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The Coleman Weathermaster 8XL is a large inflatable family tent that's ideal for those family camping holidays.
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£1,249.99
Value for Money
8.9
Features
9.6
Family Friendly
9.6
Quality
9.4
Practicality
9.3
PROS:
  • Lots of space for family camping holidays.
  • No messing with large tent poles as this tent is inflatable.
  • Four dark bedrooms with the option to remove them if you don't need them.
  • Built-in wet-dry porch area.
  • Additional side-door entrance.
  • Good ventilation.
  • Comes with a large case with wheels.
  • Good features like window drain, lie-flat groundsheet, and easy blinds and curtains.
CONS:
  • Unless you have a family of eight, this tent is probably a bit large for just a single-night weekend camp. However, its ideal for longer stays where the extra space will be worth it. Check out the 4 and 6 person models if you want a smaller version.
  • Being a large tent with lots of features, the Coleman Weathermaster 8XL is at the upper end of the Coleman tents price range.
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