The 10 Best tents

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Need a cheap festival pop-up? Or somewhere to be a home for the week?

{1} FieldCandy

Brand new this year, this top-quality tent looks like an enormous paperback book that's been dropped by a giant. It's even got a rear barcode and brief synopsis. It boasts extra-strong pegs, heavy-duty zips and lockable storage pouches and each tent comes with padlocks, a hammer and a tent peg puller.


{2} Retreat 60

This is an ideal all-rounder for the weekend. It's lightweight and compact enough just to bung in the car, yet spacious enough to sleep two to three comfortably, with a generous porch area for all your stuff.



{3} Gelert

If you're looking for a robust family tent to see you through years of camping trips, this is it. You'll fall in love with the space, height and light and, although you'll probably want a trial run of erecting it (during which you can expect some serious cursing), once you've got the knack, you won't look back.



{4} Gelert quickpitch

The Gelert QuickPitch does exactly what it says on the tin – just throw it to the ground and it erects in seconds. No wonder it's such a longstanding festival favourite and there are loads of colours and designs to choose from.



{5} Halfords

Feeling broke after forking out on your festival ticket? The Halfords Zone Festival 2 Man Tent Pack is basic but includes all the essentials for a decent night's sleep – two sleeping bags, camping mats and camping chairs – all for under 50 quid.



{6} Vaude

The Campo Eco three-man dome tent, made from recycled polyester, has been designed with environmental campers in mind. It's easy to pitch and has optimal ventilation through vestibule openings and two entrances.



{7} Urban Escape

The Atago five-man tent is fantastic value, boasting two separate sleeping areas, plenty of light in the living area, a door canopy to provide extra shelter from the sun or rain and a double-skin for greater insulation and reduced condensation.


{8} Mountain Equipment

The new Tundra is aimed at serious backpackers. Not only can this two-man tent happily cope with the most unpredictable of mountain weather, but it's lightweight, quick to pitch, extremely spacious and has loads of attention to detail.



{9} Outwell

The Montana 6 is officially the UK's number one tent. The spacious living area of the 2012 version extends intothe new panorama front and there's a side porch with detachable bathtub groundsheet too. If you can afford it, snap one up, and if you're feeling flash, a carpet and footprint groundsheet is available too.



{10} Mothercare

The Sandcastle Infant Play Shadeis a superb tent for keeping the sunand wind off little faces on thebeach or in the garden. It includes a cooling air vent in the back paneland storage pockets, while the

door folds down into a handy littleplay mat.


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