Go Outdoors have reduced the price on Wild Country tents. You may never have heard of them, but they are a very good make, being an offshoot of Terra Nova who make REALLY high quality expedition tents. There are often tent deals on here for less-than-decent tents that would be a waste of money, this is the real deal and is a tent that will last for years and years if looked after correctly.
The Halo 73 is a large family tent (ignore the rubbish about it being a 10-person, it has two large sleeping pods and a small single sleeping pod. They assume you will stuff three into each large pod, one in the small pod and have three sleeping in the living area!) Realistically it's a 4/5 person tent, maybe 6 at a pinch.
Large dimensions (you'd need a 7 x 7m plot to pitch it) and has fully sewn-in groundsheet (much thicker quality than you find on other supposedly premium brands like Vango and Outwell too)
Now the clever bit... It's on sale at Go Outdoors for £249.99. They have a policy whereby if you find it cheaper elsewhere, they'll beat THAT price by 10%, therefore you need to find it cheaper elsewhere and in stock...
World of camping has it at £239.99 (http://www.worldofcamping.co.uk/shop/wild_country_halo_73_tent._green._current_model.__1597) and I know that Go Outdoors honour this price and offer the 10% price match discount, so you get the tent at £215.99. If you can find it in stock at a Go Outdoors store, then there is no delivery charge (obviously!) but it's £5.99 if ordering from the web.
Go Outdoors state that you need their membership card for this offer, but I ordered online without it and it was fine, wasn't asked for. If you do need it, it costs £4.
If you're a smartie, you may have googled and found this one at £219: http://www.gear-zone.co.uk/eshop/Wild-Country-Halo-73---SS06.html
but this is a previous model (no circular front window and not as waterproof) so I don't *think* that Go Outdoors will price match on it...
HH is 4,000 flysheet, 5,000 groundsheet
Max Internal Height: 2.2m
Living Area: 8.3m²
Porch Area: 5.1m²
Season Rating: 2 Season
Pitching: Inner First
Fully Waterproof Communal Area
Fits in 2 Bags For Easy Storage and Transportation
Equal Length Main and Bedroom Poles for Easy Pitching
Awning and poles included
Inners sized to accommodate box airbeds
Full mesh screens on inner doors
Heavy duty zips on inner doors
Large ventilation panels
Lighting suspension point
Cable entry point and cable ties
Porch area mud walls
Bath tub groundsheet for inners
Full zip flaps on doors to keep out wet
Same length steel poles for ease of pitching
Colour coded glassfibre poles for ease of pitching
Black pole sleeves for identification
Manufacturer website: http://www.terra-nova.co.uk/Brand/Wild_Country/Tents/Halo_73_Green_.html
The Halo 73 provides a luxurious amount of space for 7 people with the option of sleeping and extra 3 in the communal space.
The two main berooms will sleep 3 each on airbed, so there is plenty of room for a family of 4. The extra 'bunk' at the rear can be incorporated into the living area if needed or used as storage for equipment or clothing. It also offers an excellent space for an older child, who needs their own space. The bedrooms all open on to the waterproof communal area, which prvides a large, draught free space for daily living. The Halo range was re-styled for 2007 and provides a 'home from home' feel not found in tents of lesser quality.
The large porch will easily house your cookware and furniture and the door will convert to an awning with the poles provided. Each inner features a large mesh panel for ample ventilation.
*PS - any camping snobs, yes, IF it is raining heavily, then pitching inner first can be bad news as it's going to mean some wet inner bits of the tent, but be honest, how often is this really going to be an issue...?