Best Event Shelters for Camping, Holidays & Gardens

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 6 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 afterward.

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.

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 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.

Read our review below.






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