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If you’re planning a party at home, whether it be a barbecue or summer garden party, a marquee is definitely worth considering. Booking a party marquee is the best way to not only create the perfect party space, but also to ensure that the weather doesn’t spoil your plans (or drive everyone into the house!).

There are so may different styles of party tents and marquee available now, it doesn’t have to be a huge construction that takes over the garden.  We have a range of tents to suit all occasions.

Marquee Furniture to Hire - Chesterfield Sofas

What is a party tent?

A party tent can be anything, from a smart marquee with tables for dinner and a dancefloor, to a simple stretch tent that will make sure your barbecue/bar area stays dry!  We have a great package that includes one of our fantastic Nomad stretch tents and includes some casual seating, low tables and accessories.  It’s designed to create the perfect chill-out area for a relaxed summer garden party, and provide a bit of shelter whatever the weather!

Plan your perfect party with Shades

There are often a few key things that determine what type, style or size of marquee is best for your party.  Our first questions when we speak with our clients are:

  1. When and where will the party be taking place? Time of year is obviously a key consideration when planning any party. The location also makes a difference – whether it’s a simple garden party tent, or party marquee outside a venue, access, how flat the land is and the available space all needs to be considered.
  2. How many guests do you envisage coming, and what are the timings? (this allows us to consider the size of tent we’d recommend, and also the lighting that would be required).
  3. What’s the format? Whether you’re considering a dinner and dancefloor, afternoon tea, barbecue or just drinks & canapés, this all makes a difference to the size of party tent you’ll need.
  4. Budget – often an area that people don’t know when initially considering whether to hire a tent for a party. Even just a ballpark is a helpful guide when considering all the options.  We’ll gladly work to a budget and make recommendations where possible to ensure you get the best value for your event.

Drinks Table at Claire & George's Marquee Wedding

Marquee furnishings

Over the past 10 years we have really developed our range of marquee furnishings.  We have a great range of furniture, from bars to sofas, dining chairs to bar stools, cushions and lanterns, all designed to complement our party marquees.  All our most popular items are in a brochure, so that our clients can simply go through and decide which extras they prefer and would like to add to their marquee.

Lighting & decorations

We have some great lighting options for our outdoor party tents.  Often simple uplighters look perfect, but our festoon lighting or Edison lightbulbs also look amazing in the tents, adding a real wow factor.  The Aurora Sailcloth looks truly incredible with some patterned lighting projected at the ceiling – you can project anything onto the sailcloth tents.

Party food

We have met some truly great catering suppliers over the past few years and will gladly point you in the direction of people that we’ve worked with previously (and thought were great!).  Everything from amazing barbecues to pizza vans, caterers with fabulous cheese tables to fish & chip vans.  One of the main advantages of having a party in a marquee rather than at a fixed venue is that the choice of suppliers is less restricted, so you really can create your perfect event using the people you want.

Flower Hoops in Sperry Tent

Event management

The Shades Team all have a background in Event Management.  This allows us to understand your event from all aspects, from power requirements in the kitchen to factoring in a band set up in the timings.  We’ll gladly advise on other aspects of planning your party to help ensure it runs perfectly.

Typical events for party marquees

Party marquees are often booked for a range of events, including the following:

  • Birthday parties
  • Garden parties
  • Anniversaries & special events
  • Christmas parties

Party marquee gallery

The Sailcloth – this is the big one.  In it’s smallest form it seats up to 60 guests, and largest up to 250.

Sailcloth Party Tent

The Nomad Hybrid Stretch Tent – our newest addition to our portfolio! Seating up to 150 guests, with removable window walls, the hybrid stretch is the ultimate party tent

Interior of the Hybrid Wave Stretch Tent

The Nomad Wave Stretch Tent – a simple but stylish pop up, perfect for a simple garden party.  This tent isn’t weatherproof, but is great for providing some shelter or shade.

Stretch Tent, Capri Tent

Nomad Stretch Tent

The Vintage Army Tent – these tents are perfect for a safari themed celebration or similar. Full of character, and always a great talking point, we have a great range of furniture to suit.

Vintage Army Party Tent

The Raj – a stylish vintage marquee with canvas walls and roof.  This tent is effortlessly cool, with cream printed linings.  The walls can be removed to create a chill out space.

Raj Party Tent

The Cupola – Small and beautiful, our Cupolas have many uses, from covering the bar area to housing a string quartet! This tent is usually hired in addition to one of our others.

Party tent FAQs

  • What size party marquee do I need?

This depends on the number of guests you’re inviting, the format of your event and the space you have available to put it up.  Once we know these things, it allows us to make recommendations for your event based on the tents we have.

  • How much does it cost to rent a party tent?

We have some really great party tent packages available.  Our Nomad Oasis Tent is available to hire from just £950 + vat and can be put up in a few hours the day before or even the morning of your event.

  • What if it rains?

All our tents come with a sturdy coir matting floor.  The Aurora Sailcloth and Nomad Hybrid both have window walls that ensure they are weather-proof too – we recommend the Hybrid Wave especially for a party in winter or where the weather is less likely to be warm.

  • Is there a dance floor?

Absolutely! We have dancefloors available if one is required – we often find that they can be the most important part of the party!

Dancefloor in the party tent

  • Do you provide heating and air conditioning?

We often recommend keeping an allowance in for heaters, even for summer events.  We then usually try to make a call on whether these are going to be required a week or 2 before the event.  Often they do come into their own later in the evening so they’re not to be overlooked! Naturally if you’re planning a less formal party in a tent with no walls then the heating is less relevant.

Air conditioning units are available to hire for marquees, but we tend to find that rolling the windows up or removing window walls provides enough of a breeze to keep guests comfortable on most events.

  • Organising the event

Whatever the occasion, whether it be a birthday party tent, marquee for a garden party or something with a bit of character like our Vintage Army Tent – we’re sure to have the perfect party tent for you! Enquire today to find out which we would recommend for you.

Wanderlust Bell Tents


Thank you for all your help and hard work leading up to our wedding and on the day. The Sailcloth Tent was just as perfect as we had imagined and was ideal for the scorching weather we had! We had a fantastic day celebrating with friends, family and some friendly alpacas!
Charlotte & Calum, July 2018