Thanks all! The Skandika seems really cheap but I was worried about not having heard of it. Might be worth a look then. The better known brands are so expensive so I'm looking for a second hand bargain there I think. I've seen lots of Outwells on previous camping trips.
We had a skandika Scirocco 8 person, 3 bed, for about 4 years. It was a great tent for the money. We used it loads. Paid £120 on ebay I think.
It did blow over a couple of times in very bad weather conditions, 1 pole snapped, other tents were blowing over too. We learnt to pitch it head to the wind and use storm pegs.
After about 12 camping trips, 3 years use, it leaked during 48 hours of torrential rain. We re waterproofed it and it was fine. The newer ones are a much better waterproofing rating I think (ours was 2000).
We have upgraded now to an Outwell Bear lake tent, about 7 times the price but a fantastic tent. It will have to perform well to make the value for money we had from the skandika.
I'm looking for a tent or actually 2. A 5-6 man for me and the family and a larger 8-10 to share with extended family, must have sewn in groundsheets and a bit of height in the living area. We bought a really rubbish unknown brand last year so this time, I'm doing my research. However I am on a tight budget so looking for a bargain. Any reccomendations? Anyone used/have a 'Skanika'? They're really cheap on ebay.