Product in Focus: Marquees

Young’s pubs, nationwide

Young's Pub interiorProduct: Custom made stretch tents for pub gardens, outdoor hospitality and consumer facing areas
Supplier: MyTent, 0208 947 2465,,

Details: Working with Young’s, alongside other well established pub brands and independent hospitality businesses, MyTent provides made to measure stretch tents for pub gardens and outdoor customer areas. Young’s has been a longstanding client and over 45 stretch tents have been installed and managed for them.

Young's Pub exteriorThe process is always collaborative and involves working closely with the Young’s team and individual pub managers to create custom stretch tents that are rigged and managed by MyTent. The MyTent team visits the site, measures up, and does a full design consultancy to create tailored coverings for each space. A drawing of the tent in situ is produced and once everyone is happy it is installed by qualified riggers. When the pubs are ready to take their tents down they are swiftly removed, cleaned and stored in time for the season change.

Tents are made from a high grade polycotton stretch fabric that is flame retardant and anti-microbial. This year MyTent has installed over 200 stretch tents at hospitality venues around the country and is proud to help local pubs, restaurants and bars with outdoor spaces to remain open during these uncertain times.


Canvas Hamlet, North Wales

Canvas HamletProducts: Stratus tipi, stretch tent, white marquee, power distribution, furniture and hammocks
Supplier: Event In A Tent, 01978 661449, /

Details: Event In A Tent worked with the owners at Forge Farm and The Canvas Hamlet to create a six week pop-up glamping field near Llangollen, North Wales, in summer 2020. They co-ordinated all suppliers for the bell tents, kitchen equipment, land and furnishings, while supplying all infrastructure including a Stratus tipi fully furnished with rattan chairs and sofas, coffee tables and wooden tables and benches plus some hammocks for lazing in!

Also supplied was a stretch tent dining area complete with mat flooring, benches and tables, and a pagoda marquee with a wooden floor that was turned into a kitchen area. The bell tents were sourced and kitted out with double futon beds, rugs and bean bags to create a luxury camping experience.

Canvas HamletCustomer feedback: Ian Thellwell of The Canvas Hamlet, said: “The Canvas Hamlet was a great success in 2020, so much so that we are working with Event In A Tent again this year to create three pop-up glampsites. Event In A Tent provided a great service from start to finish for us. We had five star reviews from last year’s campers who had an amazing staycation, so we are looking forward to working with the team again this year to bring bigger and better things this summer!”


High Billinghurst Farm, Surrey

High Billinghurst FarmProducts: Stretch tents in beige; 20x12m joined to a 10×7.5m totalling 315m sq. Flooring, lighting and bar
Supplier: TentStyle, 01403 333135,,

Details: TentStyle worked closely with the venue and client to deliver a stunning rustic themed wedding, consulting, advising, delivering and fully installing a striking structure for the couple. From the stretch tent, dance floor and matting floor, through to the bar and specific lighting requirements, the bespoke set-up delivered exactly what the client wished for.

The lighting installation, also by TentStyle, made a real difference and included chandeliers, fairy lights, festoon lighting both internally and externally, as well as external LED up-lighters to highlight a beautiful stone monument.

High Billinghurst FarmCustomer feedback: The client said: “Just a quick note to thank you for you and your team’s help in delivering our event on Saturday. The tent was a real hit! We really appreciate your flexibility and professionalism throughout the booking and delivery process.”


Wilde Lodge, Powys

Wilde LodgeProduct: Unique custom safari tent
Supplier: Bond Fabrications, 01453 767171,,

Details: Wilde Lodge owners Jemma and Kevin Willis approached Bond to talk about adding a structure that would give them a unique and stylish wedding space for guests. Wilde Lodge is a beautiful and intimate location surrounded by glorious scenery in Mid Wales, so a shiny white marquee was not going to work! The structure needed to fit into a quirky space between existing characterful barns, blend into charming surroundings and offer a relaxed yet sophisticated space.

Bond enjoyed working with Jemma and Kevin and it was certainly one of the team’s more unusual projects. Essentially it needed to be a bespoke sized safari-style structure with traditional features yet have the structural integrity of a permanent installation. Natural wood poles and panoramic windows in an olive green canvas created a subtle, welcoming façade that sat pleasantly with the barns.

Wilde Lodge barIt is not unusual for Bond to take on such projects and the company does love a challenge! Having served the outdoor hospitality industry for over 30 years the team has vast amounts of experience, technical know-how and skilled craftsmen. With CAD design capabilities and structural engineering input, Bond can offer a full design and manufacture service using a variety of frame types and the highest quality fabrics. As a true British manufacturer, Bond prides itself on exceptional quality, attention to detail and a personal service.


Private wedding, Anglesey

Anglesey tentProducts: 15x30m white stretch tent with flooring, tables and chairs for 130 guests along with a PA system, patio heaters and lighting
Supplier: Tentickle, 07826 843099,,

Details: Tentickle was approached by a couple who wanted to hold their wedding reception in a vast field. Prior to any deposit, Tentickle made a free site visit to meet the couple and offer a personal touch to its service.

During the site visit, the team spent time going through all weather situations and how to maximise on the great location and view, and it was suggested that the trees on one side of the field be used as a natural shelter from the wind.

By incorporating the nature of this beautiful location Tentickle was able to plan for any weather. The stretch tents are wind, rain and storm proof so it’s all about working with the client to understand the vibe they are after and what they want from the day.

Anglesey eventThe hire included a 15x30m white stretch tent with flooring, tables and chairs for 130 guests along with a PA system, patio heaters and lighting. All the equipment was delivered in four large vans and the tent installed three days ahead of the wedding to allow time for decoration.

After the installation, the team and client took time to walk the space and envision how it would work on the day. The bride asked for a few slight amendments to the front of the tent so the view of the spectacular scenery could be enjoyed even more.

Customer feedback: The bride said: “You understood from the outset the vibe I was aiming for and want to thank you for all your help and assistance, especially your patience!”

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