As 2019 draws to a close, we’re reflecting on all the events we’ve been lucky enough to provide marquee hire for this year. We have travelled many miles across Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey and beyond, putting up marquees in lots of interesting places.
Variety has certainly been the theme of the past year – and not just in terms of the weather! We’ve provided marquees for corporate, public and community events as well as personal occasions like weddings and birthday parties. They’ve ranged from clearspan marquees, to stretch tents, to pagodas – each time decorated with as much unique flair as dependable functionality.
We take joy and pride in every event that we provide marquees for and we wish we could feature them all here, but if we really have to choose, here are some of our highlights…
Nobody need guess what Harry and Meghan’s highlight of this year has been! Back in May, as they began family life in Frogmore Cottage with baby Archie, we were providing marquees for a special charity event very nearby at Frogmore House in aid of the National Garden Scheme, British Heart Foundation, and the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society.
Highclere Country Show
May Bank Holiday weekend? What holiday? Spring is one of our busiest seasons and this year was no exception. Good job we adore what we do! We installed a massive 2,052 square metres of marquee at the Highclere Country show near Newbury in Berkshire to house the members enclosure, chefs’ demonstration, craft areas, food festival and shooting line.
Build It Live 2019, Bicester
Build it Live exhibitions are popular self-build events held around in the UK. Hundreds of suppliers present and exhibit, inspiring and informing visitors about how to build their dream home. We provided the entrance marquee at the Build it Live Show in Oxfordshire in June, through which over 4,500 visitors walked. Phew!
Polo, polo, polo!
At Chesterton’s Polo in the Park, we constructed marquees for a luxury shopping village full of high-end brands. We also installed marquees at the Cartier Queens Cup Semi Final, Cartier Queens Cup Final and Royal Windsor at Guards Polo Club, Smith Lawn, Windsor Great Park. Anyone for polo?
Official ceremonies like graduations are always a joy to provide marquees for because they provide part of the backdrop to photos – and memories – that last a lifetime. This year, we supplied marquees for the holding area prior to graduations (and where the ceremony is broadcast on large TV monitors for those not in the hall). Our marquees were also the social area for graduates and their guests to celebrate with refreshments.
The public events didn’t stop there! An exhibitor space at Surrey Heath Show and a trade stand for Eileen Douglas Tack shops at Badminton Horse trials to name a couple more.
Community and school events
As well as bigger events like those we’ve mentioned, we’ve covered plenty of smaller events, such as local festivals, sporting events and fundraisers.
For the 12th year running, we supplied marquee cover for the Hartley Wintney Cricket Club benefit match vs. Hampshire County CC, as well as a hospitality marquee for a charity event held in support of the Dove House Academy School and Hampshire cricket in the community.
Our marquee was also used by the cricket club for their summer ball and the council used the marquee on the Sunday for the Women’s Institute tea.
On a beautiful summer evening, we were honoured to work with the Hornsby House PTA to create the spectacular summer ball for 340 guests in honour of the school’s 30th anniversary.
Weddings and parties
Bryony & Simon get married
There are few occasions more magical than a wedding and we are always honoured and delighted to provide the celebration space for two people tying the knot!
Bryony and Simon held their reception in one of our marquees on Ham Island, Old Windsor, arriving at this stunning riverside setting by barge. Our words can’t possibly do their fantastic day justice, so take a look at the official photos.
Happy Birthday in Sunningdale
One of the reasons we love working with marquees is that there’s so much scope for creativity with the décor and lighting. This special birthday was a fiesta of colour featuring clear rooves and fairy lights over the bar area, then blackout roof and coloured hanging lanterns over the dancefloor.
The look was finessed with coloured cube seats and tall LED glow poseur tables. The garden featured two different levels so we placed a boarded floor in to raise the level up. We never let an awkward space ruin your birthday party!
Wow! As we wind down from another stellar year, we would like to say thanks to everyone who has allowed us to become part of their occasion in 2019 – and we wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
What celebrations and events are in store for you in 2020? Time Marquees is a marquee hire company based in Hampshire. Call us on 0118 973 6444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your marquee requirements for next year.