Best Camping Shelters with Reviews

Coleman Event Shelter

Coleman Event Shelter

Whether you’re looking to go to a festival, hold an event in your garden or a camping trip, then taking a decent event shelter is important to the success of your event.

The 4 shelters below have been carefully selected based upon their strength, their ability to keep you and your guests dry and the ease of which they are to build and take down afterwards.

If you’re looking for a large event shelter then we recommend that you take a look at the Coleman XL 4.5m.

We believe this to be the best for camping or using at a festival, plus, you can also buy lots of different attachments too.

4 Best Event Shelters (Quick View)

Here are our top 4 event shelters which are a variety of different sizes, shapes and can be used for varying types of events.  You can either select a product from below or scroll down further to read our helpful reviews.

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Coleman XL Review – Best Shelter for Camping & Festivals

Coleman Event shelter XL 4.5m (15ft)

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This 4.5m extra-large Coleman Event Shelter is a very popular choice for those of you that enjoy camping or spending time outdoors.

The unique shape with the arched frame surprisingly provides more sheltered room than you would first imagine.

The fabric canopy provides resistance against rainfall whilst offering a sun protection factor (SPF) of 50+ which is ideal especially if you have young children with sensitive skin.

Take a look at more features below or click here to see on Amazon.

Pros and Cons

  • Easy to Put up & Take Down
  • Can withstand windy conditions
  • A great alternative to a gazebo
  • Very Sturdy
  • Looks great once built

  • Not great in torrential downpours


Check out our favourite features of the Coleman 4.5m event shelter or take a look at the video further down for more information.

Good Quality

Coleman is a well-respected company when it comes to outdoors shelters and this particular canopy is right up there with the very best.

The fabric canopy is strong, will protect against rainfall and can resist breezy conditions as long as it’s attached properly.

The frame is powder-coated which helps with the durability of the steel which in turn increases the longevity of the product.

Lots of Sheltered Space

This 4.5m shelter will provide a total of 20 square metres of shade, therefore, you can invite lots of friends or maybe include different types of furniture such as folding tables and chairs or even a swing chair.

Varying Uses

There are lots of possible uses for this type of shelter which includes: festivals, barbecues, parties, beaches, sporting events, campsites or garden areas.

All this is dependant upon how much room you have in your chosen plot.

UV Protection

With much more information about the damage the suns ultraviolet rays can have on you and your family’s skin, the SPF of 50+ is definitely a welcome addition.

We still recommend using sunblock to further protect yourself from the sun, the protection from the canopy is just an added bonus.

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Check out this video which explains in more detail about the Coleman XL Pro Shelter.

Coleman Event Shelter 15x15 (4.5m x 4.5m)

With its wide dimension, the Coleman® Event Shelter is ideal for any outdoor event or activity. Features UV Guard™ protection that will protect you from the UV rays.

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Garden Gear Dome Shelter with Mesh & Sun Walls Review

Garden Gear Outdoor Dome Shelter

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This Dome Shelter by Garden Gear is a popular alternative to the Coleman range as it’s generally on the cheaper side and has extras already included in the price.

This day shelter is waterproof and also provides UV protection via the overhead canopy so you have protection against the rain and sun.

The fabric is SPF 30+ which offers protection against UV rays but suncream and other protection is still required.

The spacious canopy provides 13.4 sq metres of living space which means you have ample room to move around and even include furniture underneath for more comfort.

Take a look at more features below or Click Here to See on Amazon.

Pros and Cons

  • Waterproof
  • Keeps Fly & Mosquitos Out
  • Offers Uv Protection
  • Sturdy Frame
  • Easy to Assemble
  • Good Value Shelter
  • Hook inside to hang a light

  • Stitching could be stronger


Here are what we think are the top features of this Garden Gear Dome Shelter.

Very Spacious

With an approximate length and width of 3.5m, this outdoor canopy provides plenty of dry space to your chosen area.

The head height is just over 2 metres which is ample for the majority of people, although the sides are a little lower so you may need to duck your head on entering.

Once inside you will not have to crouch and will be able to stand upright.

Decent in Bad Weather

Whilst using shelters in really bad weather isn’t advised because that’s not what they’re made for, this Garden Gear shelter is surprisingly very robust in such weather conditions.


The canopy fabric is 190T and this kind of material is often used for workwear due to its strength.

However, to use this fabric for canopies like this one it has a PU coating which provides waterproof protection between you and the wet weather.

PU (Polyurethane) is widely used in waterproofing gazebos, shelters, tents and other outdoor materials that require to be waterproofed.

UV Protection

This fabric also offers protection against UV rays.  These are the harmful rays submitted by the sun and what causes skin damage, suntans and sunburns.

Longterm exposure to UV can cause tissue damage.

The protection of this shelter is SPF 30 which means that with sunscreen on it will take 300 seconds to burn and without suncream, it takes 10 seconds to burn.

Therefore, you divide 300 by 10 and you get the sun protection factor of 30.

Mesh Nets to Stop Flies and Wasps

The mesh nets come in really handy in the summer months.  We all know, once you start having food and drink outdoors then the flies, wasps and even mosquitos start to invade your space.

The mesh walls can be removed if necessary and you also receive 2 full shade sides just to provide more shade and privacy too.

If required, you can remove all sides and mesh nets should you want to.


The approximate weight of the product is around 7.5kg and this makes it a very lightweight shelter which makes it much easier to transport to your event or location.

Being lightweight, don’t think that the strength of this product is compromised because of this.

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Take a look at this video which helps explain a little more about the Garden Gear Dome Shelter.

Garden Gear Dome Shelter

The Garden Gear Dome Shelter is ideal for those of you looking to hold events on your own property, to take on holiday, camping, festivals, and lots more possible uses.


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Coleman Octagon Tent Review | 6 to 8 Man Family Dome Tent

Coleman Octagonal Tent Review

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Fancy an alternative shape to the regular square, rectangle or hexagonal tents available?  Then try this very modern and stylish Octagonal tent.

Thanks to the unique design, you can get full 360 panoramic views, or none at all, with fully closing curtains on each panel.

With 15.7m² of space, there’s enough room for activities of any kind and there’s a divider that can be put up down the middle – making it ideal for glamping.

The doors are super convenient as they operate on hinges, moving away from the traditional zip-up design.

All the outer fabric is 100% waterproof and will keep everything protected from the rain, a frequent occurrence in the U.K during festival season!

Check out our in-depth look at the features below or click here to check it out on Amazon.

Pros and Cons

  • 100% Waterproof
  • Bug Nets
  • 360 Degree Views
  • Enhanced Ventilation
  • Simple to Setup
  • High Quality Pegs
  • High Ceiling

  • Holding bag could be a little bigger


There’s plenty to get excited about with this Coleman Octagon Tent, check them out below.

Hinge Doors

A rare luxury in the event shelter world, Coleman patented hinged doors.

It’s something that you take for granted until it’s gone, but having a hinge is a huge convenience and saves the hassle of having to zip open/close every time you need to enter or leave your shelter.

Velcro is what holds it closed but don’t worry, there’s also a zip so you can secure it properly during the night or when you need to secure your valuables.

Speaking of securing valuables, this brings us on to our next feature – keep reading to find out what it is.

100% Waterproof

All outer fabrics are 100% waterproof to protect everything that’s under the shelter.

This makes it ideal for a variety of situations, if you planned on using the shelter as a portable office then your electronics will be protected if there’s a sudden downpour, or perhaps you want to take an iPad to keep the kids quiet for an afternoon.

The waterproofing is thanks to Coleman’s unique Weather Tec system that provides a hydrostatic head of 2000mm and to put that in perspective, 1500mm is the minimum to be classed as waterproof so you’re getting much more than necessary for that extra peace of mind.

Hydrostatic Head is the measurement used to determine how water resistant a material is, it represents the amount of water your shelters fabric can hold before water seeps through.

So for a 2000mm material, it means that the fabric will be able to hold a column filled with 2L of water before any starts to come through the weave.

360 Panoramic View

The beauty of this is that you can wake up and see the world around you, it’s perfect for those picturesque areas.

With the 360 views, you’re probably wondering what will happen to your valuables when you’re not around or what if you want more privacy?

Well, there are curtains on each panel of the shelter so you can have full privacy, giving you the ability to hide your valuables from plain sight when you’re not around.

Another bonus to the curtains is that you can turn as many panels as you want into windows.

Large Open Area

This shelter offers a single 15.7m² room, giving you the maximum amount of space and ensuring there’s plenty of room for activities.

Provided with this product is a divider that cuts the octagon straight down the middle, providing 2 spacious areas.

Bug-proof Screen

The outer flysheet (waterproof cover) can be removed so you’re left with a huge area that’s free from bugs, this offers the ideal play space for your children during those hot summers where the pests are out in force.

With this, it also offers you a chance to escape from insects during the late summer evenings.

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If the thought of hinged doors has got you a bit excited and you just can’t wait to see them in action, here’s a video of a similar model for you to check the shelter out (skip to 1:30 for the good stuff!).

Coleman Octagon Tent 8 Man

The Coleman Tent Octagon is an ideal tent for those of you looking for something more spacious, with a full 360 panoramic view.

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Costway 4x4m Pavilion Canopy with 2 Tier Roof Review

This Costway fabric pavilion is very similar to what those who live in the United States refer to as a soft-top canopy.

Costway 4x4m Pop up Pavilion

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As you can see in the image, the roof overhangs the frame legs by quite a bit and this ensures that the rainwater run-off falls well away from your dry area.

The 2 tier roof section (see on the image) helps to provide added ventilation in hot and humid weather conditions.

It also adds to the stability and sturdiness of the structure in windy weather by providing an exit route for strong winds, which is ideal when pitched in open areas such as parkland.

Don’t underestimate just how much dry area this shelter provides, measuring 4 metres by 4 metres it can, therefore provide 16m² of protection from rain and harmful UV rays.

This canopy is not designed for overnight sleeping but is ideal to stand beside your camping tent and act as a living area or somewhere for mealtimes, or just somewhere to store your bags and cases.

Read our in-depth opinion of the features below or click here to check it out on Amazon.

Pros and Cons

  • Fully Waterproof
  • Straightforward to Build
  • No sagging of roof in heavy rain
  • Ideal for Spring to Autumn use
  • Sensible Pricepoint

  • The storage bag needs to be a little bigger
  • Side panels need hooks for pegging into the ground


We’ve highlighted just a few things we like about this Costway Canopy Tent, however, read in more depth below about what makes it so strong and a good hardwearing canopy.

Protects against UV rays

The canopy will provide protection against UV rays which is ideal for use in hot sunny conditions.  The silver lining underneath the canopy fabric protects you from UV by reflecting the harmful rays whilst also providing a cooler temperature underneath.

The polyester outer fabric also does a great job of blocking out the harmful rays from the sun.  It’s still recommended to use sun cream whilst outdoors, this canopy just adds to your overall protection.

2 Tier canopy section

The 2 tier section at the top of the roof section is extremely important and it’s not until you’ve had a canopy with and one without that you really understand the true benefits.

Upon first look, your first question is does the 2 tier section let water in? and the quick answer is a definite ‘no’.

What a 2 tier section does is provide extra stability by providing an exit route for wind in breezy conditions.  The immediate benefit is that it helps to prevent your canopy from lifting from the ground and takes the pressure off the supporting frame.

In hot conditions, it also helps to aid air circulation and to regulate temperature by providing an exit for hot stuffy air whilst also preventing a smelly and stale odour inside (especially if drapes are closed).

Guy ropes & Metal Pegs

Quite often, it is these 2 items that are left inside the carrying bag and what most people don’t realise is that they are extremely important and should be used whatever the weather.

People will normally leave them in the bag until the weather takes a turn for the worse and by then the frame structure will be under pressure.

Although you may think they look a bit of an ‘eyesore’ or a potential trip hazard, it’s not until you have a broken part that you wishes you’d of used them from the start when you first assembled it.

When you attach the guy ropes from the canopy top to the ground, try to make they are at an angle of 45 degrees for the best support.

Walk-In Height

Unlike some canopies where you have to duck underneath the framework or the canopy overhang, this Costway shelter measures 187cm (1.87m) from the ground to the first section of the framework.

This means most people can comfortably walk into the canopy without having to duck under the sides.

That is the lowest setting, therefore, should you use the highest then there is a walk-in height of 207cm (2.07m) which ensures that virtually everybody can walk in without crouching.

The apex measures 277cm (2.77m) and this is the highest point once inside the canopy.

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