Festival Tents Buyers Guide

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Heading to a festival this summer? If so, you're probably going to want to invest in a festival tent (unless you fancy sleeping under the stars, of course). If you're a festival pro, you probably know what you're looking for, but if you're a festival newbie we've put together this handy guide to give you a few tips for buying a festival tent.

Features to look out for on a festival tent

When you're looking for a festival tent, don't look for features that you'd look for on a tent meant for camping. You won't be spending too much time in it, so a basic model is usually all you really need.

Look for a tent that's:

  • Light - nobody wants to be trekking for hours across a field with a heavy tent weighing them down.
  • Easy to pitch - You're there to listen to music, not faff around all day putting a tent up. Therefore pop up tents are a fab solution.
  • Size - You want to make sure it's big enough for everything you've brought along with you, as well as making sure there's enough room to sleep!
  • Recognisable - After a long day and night and a few drinks, wandering into the wrong tent becomes a bit of an issue. Make sure you pick one that's going to stand out from the crowd!

Cheap festival tents

Festival tickets are known to cost a small fortune, so it makes sense to not splash out too much when you're getting a tent. Festivals are also known for getting rather muddy, and nobody wants to spend a couple of hundred quid to come back to a ruined tent.

Tent packs are a great option for the festival newbie: they come with all the essential gear you need (tent, airbags, sleeping bags and lights) and usually work out cheaper too.

The great British weather

When you think of festivals you either think of gloriously long summer days on sun baked grass, or a sea of mud that you'll lose your wellies in. Because of this famous unpredictability, you're going to want to ensure you get a tent that's waterproof as well as ventilated, so you're prepared for every eventuality.

Look out for a hydrostatic head of at least 1500mm. This tells you how waterproof the tent is - the higher the number, the better. Look for vents too - these will help to keep you cool if we're having one of those uncharacteristically warm summers!

Rock Out with Festival Tents at Halfords

We've got a fab range of festival tents at Halfords as well as everything else you need to ensure you have the time of your life. Don't forget to check out our festival camping checklist to make sure there's nothing you've forgotten!


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