View of marquee at start of build in Covent Garden, London for the Africa Centre Summer Festival.

We know that many people can think of marquees as just for summer weddings, put up and used for a weekend, a short-term solution for a one-off event. However, increasingly more of our business is coming from long term marquee hire, and you may be surprised at the type of events marquees are used for.

One of our long-term clients is The Royal Society and for the last few years we have provided a marquee for their Summer Science Exhibition. For those of you unfamiliar with The Royal Society, it is situated in Carlton Terrace overlooking The Mall, and is a building steeped in history. It is a beautiful space inside but is not big enough to sustain a long exhibition. That is where Trafalgar and JF Marquees stepped in to help.

We erected a 9 x 48 metre marquee on Carlton Terrace, which afforded great views of The Mall for all attendees. It also meant that the exhibition would not be effected if the Great British Summer Weather did its’ worst. In addition to the structure of the marquee, we provided chairs, tables, marquee lining and lighting in the form of chandeliers.

As always, access and egress for a Central London installation, was interesting, especially as the Tour of Britain was taking place at the same time. But, with precise planning, we pulled off even the most challenging of set ups and take downs.

Another long-term client is Chessington Garden Centre.  With this project, we get to contribute to the magic of Christmas by providing a marquee to host their Christmas Grotto. The Garden Centre itself is using space to its’ capacity at Christmas time, selling Christmas trees and decorations, so we provide a marquee on their patio area that keeps Father Christmas and all his visitors warm and dry.

As well as the marquee, Trafalgar and JF Marquees also provided heating and lighting and roof overlay in festive colours. The versatility of a marquee space also means the client can update and create the theme they want as they are literally starting with a blank canvas. Families travel for miles to visit the Chessington Garden Centre Christmas Experience and we are proud to contribute to such a successful event.

Our experience of co-ordinating large long term hires means that we have several regular clients who use us year after year. It means a lot to us that they trust us to deliver a high quality service for their flagship events, and we always go the extra mile to ensure that their specific requirements are met.  Our experience of complex builds with sometimes limited access means that even the most unusual of settings can transform a seemingly unusable space into the perfect venue.

If you have a long-term event problem contact us for a solution that makes the event not only workable, but memorable too.

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