Instant tents are made by a number of suppliers and are the latest in a range of tents that really do erect themselves.
A long, coiled, sprung frame is permanently fitted into the fabric of the tent. By twisting the frame, the tent becomes a circular package.
Unleash the spring – in some cases you can do this dramatically by throwing the whole tent into the air – and the sprung frame turns the fabric bag into a remarkably elegant and practical shelter.
A short time ago we’d have said that these tents were really only suitable for good weather conditions, but recent developments have made some much more robust – complete with inner tents and sleeping space for as many as five people.
However, many are still best kept for a night or two at a festival or for the children to put up themselves while you put up the main family tent.