If you're looking at day tents for sale and you're touring in a large group, the Khyam Megatop might be what you need, says Practical Caravan's expert


If you're heading off on your caravan holidays in a big group and you want to have a communal area for maybe dining or just chilling and socialising, but without taking up anybody's personal or private space, perhaps a day tent or event shelter is an item you need to add to your touring kit. Of course, this role could be fulfilled by an awning, but some prefer a dedicated, group space to keep the sun or rain off. If there's just the two of you, a day tent might also be useful as an additional storage facility.

So day tents are becoming increasingly popular with caravanners, but you must be sure you're buying a strong and sturdy product. You might have seen gazebo-style tents for sale in supermarkets, but following tales of these taking off in the wind and causing damage and/or injury, some sites no longer permit them – and, of course, you'd rather your structure was stable.

We therefore made sure that our scoring system in our group test took account of a day tent/event shelter's stability. But what else should you look out for if buying one of these? Read on – our experts are here to help.

Our first test was how difficult or simple each day tent was to put up and take down; some were amazingly easy. And, as well as its sturdiness in use, whether or not a tent has a groundsheet and can be made completely weatherproof was another factor to consider – it means you could use it as extra accommodation or to protect items from bad weather.

Also, does the tent being tested have sides? And can these sides be opened, used as canopies or screen nets, or do they have windows? Do these size hurt the floor space on offer (some sloping sides can restrict the amount of usable space), and what kind of space is provided by the tent?

Finally, as you're going to have to find space to store your day tent or event shelter when on the road, once packed away, we considered how heavy it was and what size it packed down to.

Which brings us onto our review of the Khyam Megatop. Mega by name, mega by nature: this unusual-looking dome – think Disney World’s Epcot Centre in polyester – has 10 sides, all of which are almost 2m long. Therefore, the area inside is huge: in fact, it’s positively cave-like thanks to its lofty 3m height in the middle. Only the very biggest family or groups of friends will fill it. And, in reality, this will appeal more to large groups who combine touring with other pursuits – such as sports, dog showing, equestrian meets and rallies. But if such a large structure is desired, there are few products out there that come close.

Despite the gargantuan size, extensive use of Khyam’s unique Rapidex system results in a pitch time of around five minutes, and a pack-down size smaller and lighter than many family tunnel tents. Although there’s only one door, the four large windows can either be left shut, fully opened, or be set as screen nets.

We also tested the Kyham Screenhouse, the Khyam Day Shelter 300, Quest Elite Instant Spring Up Screen House 6, Quest Elite Instant Spring Up Screen House 4, Coleman Event Shelter 12 x 12, Kampa Cabana and Easy Camp Pavilion. Enjoy browsing our camping accessory reviews before you decide the best camping shelters and day tents for you.

Technical specs

Pack-down size140cm x 40cm x 40cm


So, at the end of the Khyam Megatop review, what do we think? If you need a day tent or event shelter to cater for a large party, few do the job better than this – but at £800, perhaps you'd expect it to perform well. Our expert testers gave it a four-star rating.

Do you want something a little more affordable? How about another Khyam product, the Day Shelter 300? We also reviewed the Kampa Cabana, the Coleman Event Shelter 12 x 12 and the Quest Elite Instant Spring Up Screen House 6.



  • It provides a large, high space
  • It's quick to pitch
  • Despite its size it packs down quite small and is pretty light, too


  • Its price
Share with friends

Follow us on

Most recent caravan reviews

The Practical Caravan 2017 Swift Challenger 635 review – 1 - The four-berth, twin-axle Swift Challenger 635 is priced at £21,470 (£23,060 as tested) (© Phil Russell/Practical Caravan)
The Practical Caravan Bailey Pegasus Genoa review – 1 - This 6.32m-long two-berth has an MTPLM of 1265kg, but can the baby in this range of Bailey caravans justify its price? (© Peter Baber/Practical Caravan)
The Practical Caravan 2017 Coachman VIP 565 review – 1 - The VIP’s looks have stayed fairly constant since 2012, yet it remains a desirable luxury tourer – plus, the front gas locker door boasts double locks (© Phil Russell/Practical Caravan)
The Practical Caravan Caravelair Antarès 476 review – 1 - The Caravelair Antarès 476's quirky, one 'eye' looks hint at the unusual layout inside – it has an MTPLM of 1200kg (© Phil Russell/Practical Caravan)
The Practical Caravan Buccaneer Galera review – 1 - The silver sides are new and give the 2017-season Buccaneer caravans a distinctive, upmarket look (© Andy Jenkinson/Practical Caravan)
The Practical Caravan Hymer Nova GL 470 review – 1 - Its external styling is a little boxy and retro, but there's no getting away from the Hymer Nova GL 470's £27,690 price and 1700kg MTPLM (© Practical Caravan)