Planning a summer camping holiday with the kids? A great family tent is probably the most important element to ensuring a gang of happy campers. You need somewhere roomy, waterproof and comfortable, both to sleep and hang out in, especially if the weather isn’t looking so balmy. Family tents don’t come cheap though, but it’s worth investing in as good a quality model as you can afford – with care it will last you decades of camping holidays in Britain and beyond. The waterproofness of your new tent is a key feature, especially if you’re planning on camping in rainy Britain. Look for the “hydrostatic head” rating of a tent’s outer material – this is usually measured in millimetres, and anything over 1,000mm will stop rain seeping in and keep you dry. The floor of the tent should also be fully waterproof – look for a sewn-in groundsheet with a coated nylon floor. Working out the right sized tent for a growing family can be confusing. Be wary of the number of people a tent claims to sleep (e.g. “four man” or “six man”) – this usually means how many adults you could squeeze in at a push, sardine style. We recommend halving the number to work out how many the tent will sleep in comfo...