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What is the difference between a pole marquee and frame tent?

Pole marquees have central poles and are supported by guy ropes and tent pegs.  5’ is needed on each side of the marquee for the guy ropes, i.e. a Marquee 50’ x 30’ takes a space 60’ x 40’. Marquees need to be erected on soft ground e.g. grass or gravel.  Frame Tents do not require extra space for guy ropes and can be erected on hard ground like tarmac.

Should I have a pole marquee or frame tent?

Pole Marquees cost less to hire but can only be erected on soft ground e.g. grass or gravel. The poles are good to use for decorating the inside. A pole marquee is an attractive environment, particularly for country weddings. If space is a problem, then frame tents are more efficient. Frame tents can also be used on hard ground.

Will you erect the marquee and take it down after the party?

Yes. All our prices include the cost to deliver, erect and dismantle the marquees.

When will you come to erect the marquee?

We normally erect marquees for a weekend event between Tuesday and Friday. The exact day will depend on the size and complexity of the event. For a wedding work would probably begin on Wednesday. For an event on public ground work would probably be carried out on Friday.

We start dismantling from sites on Monday.

How much space for each person will I need?

For a conference allow – 10 sq. ft or 1 sq. m. per person
For a stand-up finger buffet reception allow – 10 sq. ft or 1 sq. m. per person
For a fork buffet with 50% seating allow – 15 sq. ft or 1.5 sq. m. per person
For a sit down reception allow – 20 sq. ft. or 1.8 sq. m. per person

If we are planning a seated meal what size table do we need?

We offer various sizes of table. The most popular format is using round tables. We suggest the following quantities:

6’ dia. Round tables – to seat between 10 to 12 guests
5’ dia. Round tables – to seat between 8 to 10 guests
4’ dia. Round tables – to seat between 6 to 8 guests
3’ dia. Round tables – to seat between 4 to 5 guests

How many trestles will I need for serving food?

This will depend on the caterer and the number of guests. For more than 100 guests we recommend offering more than one service point in the buffet. Our tables are 6’ x 2’6” wide. Normally between 2 to 10 will suffice.

If you have any other questions please: Tel: 0118 957 5589 Email: or use the Contact Us form.        



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