Hi, This good weather is tempting us into camping as a family. It just seems like a cheap way of travelling in the spring/summer. I camped loads before all the kids came along but wondered what are the best tents for families nowadays. I prefer easy pitch tents but don't want to spend a fortune in case it isn't for us yet. our kids are 9 months, 2 and 7. Tips anyone?
We've just bought a Vango Icarus 600 for our similarly aged family (8 months, almost 3 and 6). Not been away in it yet, but impressed when we put it up in the garden. You can buy a canopy to give more sheltered space - you could skip this to start with and add it later if you find you like camping.
My advice would be buy big, even if your kids are small, buy big but easy to put up. When it is lashing with rain you will be pleased you're not all crammed in a space four foot square. If there are five of you buy an 8 berth tent.
I have a tunnel tent, loads of room. Steer clear of tents you can't stand up in.
Buy one on ebay or in Argos to start with and work up. We got a tent called Nevada in Argos and it was great. Then we bought a bigger one on ebay but same shape.
helyg, if you are still out there... we also have that tent, not used it yet(!). Gets its first outing tomorrow. Is it straightforward to put up? We are 2 adults and 2 small DC's, so hoping it should be suitably comfy?!?!?!?