The Best Festival Tents and What to Look For

Camping at a festival and yet to buy your tent? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here we’ve shared our expert advice on what to look out for when shopping as well as our top festival tent recommendations. From easy festival pop up tents to more robust options, we’ve given a good idea of the different affordable options available below.

What you need to know before buying a good festival tent

If it’s your first time shopping for a tent there are a few things that are worth knowing and considering before you start scoping out your options.

Tents are sold in different sizes based on the number of people that can fit lying down. If you’re looking to take camping kit with you and like to have a little room to move around, it’s worth sizing up. If you’re unsure of the size of the tent that you need, you can head to a shop to get a feel of the different sizes on offer.

With the unpredictability of the weather in the UK, you need to have a basic understanding of the waterproof rating given to different tents. This is called the Hydrostatic Head rating and will be given in millimetres (mm) from 800mm to 10,000mm. The higher the rating, the more rain your tent can handle without leaking.

Our best festival tent picks

Here are our festival tent recommendations, many of which are award winners in our Tent Owner Satisfaction Awards.

1. Quechua 2 seconds pop-up camping tent

Quechua 2 second pop up tent

Coming in blue, green and white colourways with 2 and 3 man options, the Quechua 2 second pop-up is a fuss- free, affordable option for festival camping and beginners. Being super quick to pitch up and pack away, this time efficient and impressively waterproof tent is the lowest price point in our selection. The porch space gives you ample room for storing shoes and camping gear and the interior pockets are great for keeping valuables off the ground.Quechua were the 2019 winners of our best budget and weekender tents in our Tent Owner Satisfaction Awards. 

View this tent, prices from £44.99

2. Regatta Malawi 2 Pop Up Tent

Regatta Malawi 2 pop up tent

If set up speed is a high priority this Regatta tent fits the bill and doesn’t compromise on durability. Pitch up in just a few minutes, wasting no time, allowing you to get on and enjoy exploring the festival. This tent has interior hanging points which are perfect for lighting when you get back late and the interior pockets are as handy as any. Fold this back up into its cover in just a few minutes, ready for your next camping trip.

View this tent, prices from £50

3. Go Outdoors Freedom Trail Apache 6

Go Outdoors Freedom Trail Apache Tent

Easy to spot in a crowd, this one pole tepee design not only looks stylish, but it stands its ground in poor weather too. With sufficient ventilation, internal storage pockets and enough room for six friends, this is an affordable option for a spacious tent. Although this tent has no porch, you can purchase a Freedom Trail Tarp to create a sheltered entrance for storing any bulky kit. This is especially handy if you’re sleeping six. Did you know that members of the Club receive a 10% discount on top of the Go Outdoors Discount Card prices? Find out about joining the Club to benefit now.

View this tent, prices from £79.00

4. Coleman BlackOut 3 Festival Dome Tent

Coleman-Blackout-Festival Dome Tent

Get a great night’s sleep and be festival ready in the morning with the BlackOut 3 tent. This tent has blackout technology which keeps the interior dark even in the middle of the day so there won’t be any rude awakening when the sun comes up. The small porch means you can fit three people with light kit and the ventilation keeps condensation to a minimum. Fairly easy to put up and take down, this is a great option for a few days at a festival and short camping breaks.

View this tent, prices from £99

5. Coleman Instant Dome 5 Tent

Coleman Instant Dome 5 Tent

Speedy pitching and a sturdy structure land the Coleman Instant Dome 5 Tent on our recommended list. The steel and fibreglass poles come already attached to the tent so there’s no struggling with pitching up. Another bonus is the fully integrated groundsheet, keeping you dry and protected from any creepy crawlies. With space for 5, this tent has plenty of room for a few friends or small family spending one or two nights in the great outdoors. You don’t get a sheltered porch space on this tent so it’s worth bearing in mind the capacity when planning your trip. Coleman were the 2019 winners of our best family tents

View this tent, prices from £169.99

6. Vango Pulsar Pro 300 3 Person Tent

Vango Pulsar Pro Tent

Whilst one of the higher budget options we’ve listed, this is a really good choice if you’re looking for a three man tent. Ideal for festival camping, the generous sheltered porch in the Vango Pulsar Pro is great for storing muddy shoes and camping gear. The design of the tent prevents rain from pooling on top and there is a door on either side of the porch for easy access when theres more than one of you. When you’re ready to pack up and go home, the compression bag provided makes the job easy, even with a wet tent.

View this tent, prices from £180

We hope this has given you a good idea of the type of tent you’ll need for your festival camping trip. If you’re looking to test out your tent before you go or enjoy your festival trip so much that you’d like to give camping another try, we have over 100 Club Sites spread all over the UK. View our campsites by region.