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Buying a camping tent: The ultimate guide


Guide Contents

Everything you need to know about camping tents

An introduction to tents

Buying a tent can be confusing, with hundreds of different models available. Don't waste money buying the wrong tent. Use our guide to make sure the next tent you buy is the right tent to make your camping experience the best it can be. Become an instant tent expert with our tent buyers guide

Intro to tents  

Tent style guide

Q: What type of tent should I get?

A: Our style guide tells you everything you need to know about all the different types of tents available, from tunnels to vis-a-vis and everything in between.

Tent Style Guide  

Watch our Tent Styles Video Guide

A video guide to what style of tent is best for you.

Tent size guide

Q: What size of tent do I need?

A: Tents come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Want to find out what the best size of tent is for you? Our tent size guide will explain everything for you.

Tent Size Guide  

Watch our Tent Sizes Video Guide

A video guide to what size of tent is best for you.

Family Tents Video Guide

A video guide to the best family tents.

Watch our video to make sure the next tent you buy is the right tent to make your family camping experience the best it can be.

Expert tent reviews

Hundreds of tents reviewed in detail by camping specialists

Before you buy, find out what the experts think. We've got reviews of hundreds of tents, fully tested and tried out in real life!

Including the latest models from:

  • Outwell
  • Vango
  • Coleman
  • Outdoor Revolution
  • Zempire
  • Kampa
  • And many more.

Expert tent Reviews  

Trailer tents and folding campers

Q: What's the difference between them?

A: Here's our guide to everything you need to know about the differences between trailer tents, folding campers and lightweight caravans.

Trailer Tents and Folding Campers  

Camping jargon explained

Q: What does the tent jargon actually mean?

A: Baffled by the technical language around tents and camping? Be confused no more. Our camping jargon buster has all the technical camping terms explained.

Camping Jargon Explained  

Where to buy camping gear

Q: Where is the best place to buy a tent?

A: The popularity of camping in recent years means there’s now a multitude of retail outlets fighting for your hard-earned pounds and pennies. It’s a really competitive marketplace so shop around!

Where to buy a tent  

Tent insurance

Q: Do I need camping insurance?

A: Have you ever stopped to consider the value of all your camping gear when it’s put together? Our guide to camping insurance will give you more information.

Camping Insurance Guide  

Tent finance guide

Q: Can I spread the cost of a tent?

A: With family tents getting bigger and more luxurious, they can be expensive. But fear not! There are affordable ways to pay for your luxury tent.

Paying for Tents  


Helping you to choose the best camping tent


Camping in a tent gives you freedom, adventure and the chance to get closer to nature. It's also great value for money and buying the right tent lets you go camping whenever and wherever you want. Whether it is one night at the coast or a week's holiday in the highlands, the right tent gives you the power to explore.

Expert information for tent buyers

We love camping and have been camping all our lives. But every time we go camping we see people struggling with the wrong tent choices. Buying the right tent and camping equipment can make or break your camping adventure. Here you'll find expert opinions and advice about tents and camping from the people that really know. Make sure your tent is the right tent for you.

The right tent matters

If you've never camped before it can all seem a little confusing. And even if you are a camping veteran, choosing a new tent is not easy. There are so many different tents to choose from, where do you start?

Deciding what brand to pick, the size of tent you need and which style to go for can be tricky. That's why we've gathered together all the information you'll need to choose the right tent for you.

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It is the only magazine in the UK dedicated to the wonderful world of tents and life under canvas. Every issue features travel ideas in the UK and further afield, as well as top sites to stay on, plus tent and gear tests to ensure you are properly equipped for all your camping adventures!

Why not treat yourself to a subscription today?

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