Ideal for Weekend Camping

One of the great things about camping is that it is easy to pop away somewhere for the weekend without breaking the bank.

Weekend camps are typically one night, though maybe two if you can get away Friday night.

You, therefore, don’t want to take a lot of gear as setting up takes time, and you’ll be rushed to set up, have an evening meal, go to bed, only to wake up and take it all back down again.  No fun at all.

Single Bedroom Family Tents

Depending on how big your family is, you may decide to opt for a single bedroom tent.

Yes, these will be very cosy, but if you don’t mind sharing these are quick and easy to put up.

Also, the fact that these are smaller will encourage you to take less stuff for the overnight camp, which will also make life simpler in setting up and packing away.

You don’t need to go to a small backpacking type of tent though, as there are a few great family single bedroom tents.

Two Bedroom Family Tents

Typically though most families would opt for a two-bedroom tent, enabling some separation between Mum’s and Dad’s room and the kid’s.

There are quite a few smaller two bedroom tents that are great for just a single night’s camp….though could be a bit cramped if staying longer. You can also find some larger two bedroom tents that are light enough to use on both weekends and holidays but will be a bit bulkier to transport and longer to pitch.

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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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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 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 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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£549.99
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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£129.99
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 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 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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£499.99
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 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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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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£959.99
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 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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£1,049.00
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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8.7/10

Helvellyn 300

The Vango Helvellyn 300 is a 3-person backpacking tent.
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£152.00
We've based our review on our experience with the Vango Mirage 300 but adjusted for the specifications of the Helvellyn 300, which is slightly smaller and has a lower hydrostatic head. Despite a lower HH, this is a great tent for the money.
Value for Money
10
Quality
9
Practicality
8.5
Ease of Pitching
8
Features
8
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The Robens Pioneer 3EX is a lightweight tent that's ideal for backpacking or bikepacking.
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£29.58
Value for Money
10
Quality
8
Practicality
9
Ease of Pitching
9
Features
7
PROS:
  • LIghtweight and not too big when packed. Could be separated to pack smaller.
  • Very easy to pitch.
  • A really good sized porch area.
CONS:
  • Better as a two-person than a three-person.
  • Pitch the bedroom section well to keep the sides off the inner tent.
  • No groundsheet for porch area.
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The SheltaPod is a versatile 4-in-1 shelter that you can use with cars, campervans, motorhomes, and caravans.
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£395.00
We found the SheltaPod an amazing flexible shelter and have given it the Thumbs-Up award.
Value for Money
10
Features
9.5
Quality
8
PROS:
  • Lots of flexibility in one package.
  • Fits onto a variety of vehicles.
  • Great value for money.
CONS:
  • Only 3000 mm HH, but should be OK in most case.
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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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£659.00
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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£969.98
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 Parkdale 4PA is a great smaller family tent, and a good size to throw in the back of your car for a last-minute weekend camp. Although this tent is smaller than the many larger Outwell tents, it doesn't skimp on features.
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£839.99
Value for Money
9.4
Features
9.2
Family Friendly
9.1
Quality
9.4
Practicality
9
PROS:
  • Not too big and easy to throw in the back of your car for a last-minute weekend camp.
  • Inflatable for easy pitching.
  • Darkened, deeper bedrooms.
  • Quick and Quiet bedroom doors.
  • HookTrack System.
  • Multiple zones: wet-dry porch area, living area, and sleeping area.
  • Bug mesh.
CONS:
  • If you are planning on longer camping holidays, perhaps look for a slightly bigger model.
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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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£799.99
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 Robens Birdseye 500 is a small modern tent with traditional touches, such as that canvas feel.
£1,399.99
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The Coleman Weathermaster 4XL is a great family tent. Ideal for smaller families or weekend camping.
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£899.99
Value for Money
9.4
Features
9.6
Family Friendly
9.6
Quality
9.4
Practicality
9.3
PROS:
  • A good size tent but not too big, making it ideal for a last-minute weekend camp.
  • Good features like lie-flat groundsheet at the entrance and black-out bedrooms.
  • Comes with a built-in porch and rain-safe side entrance.
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The Robens Chinook Ursa is a great tipi tent and somthing different from your normal family tent.
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£1,070.70
Value for Money
8.7
Features
8.7
Family Friendly
7.9
Quality
8.3
Practicality
8.8
PROS:
  • A beautiful tent that's different to what you normally see.
  • A blend of tradition and modern, with the use of Polycotton and Aluminium.
  • You can fit a stove flue, without needing to cut a hole in your tent.
  • Easy to pitch.
  • Flexible use with the front that opens up.
CONS:
  • This style of tent is not for everyone, such as the lack of inner tent as standard. If you do get the inner tent, you cannot use a stove in the tent.
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The Outwell Hartsdale 4PA is a great family tent for both weekend camping and longer camping stays.
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£18.98
Family Friendly
10
Practicality
10
Quality
9
Value for Money
7
PROS:
  • A good size tent for both weekend camping and longer stays.
  • The Wing Lounge provides more living space.
  • Comes with an excellent porch built-in.
  • Darkened bedrooms with Quick & Quiet entry.
CONS:
  • The bedroom divider is a little translucent.
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