If you are thinking of university marquee hire, or for any other academic or student event propose, white clear-span frame marquees are lovely of course and they can create incredible, large indoor spaces for fantastic events.
But why not add a unique touch and step out from the crowd! Grab some colour! Boost your event theme and visibility!
Are you planning next years College Summer Ball, Student awards ceremony, Open day, PTA Function, School fete, Theatre production or Freshers fairs?
You may well need one of our tents! Or even some entertainment!
Bigtopmania have been lucky enough to work all around the country for various colleges, schools and universities.
In recent years this has included 3 trips to Scotland for St Andrews’s Big Top Balls with mammoth circus tent installs; various Oxford and Cambridge University summer balls, Bristol University, Birmingham University, Colleges including Bedfordshire, Chichester, Schools including Harrow.
It seems our alternative is proving to be a popular option for university and college event marquee hire…we are currently in talks with University of Northampton for a Feb 2018 event.
Summer 2017 schools, colleges and University marquee hire fun & frolics…a few recent events!
Most recently we supplied 2 brand new colourful circus tents/big tops to Bristol University for their fresher’s event on The Downs. The brightly coloured 12m round with new 8 foot walls for larger feeling space and a brand new 6x12m traditional marquee. The 2 tie in nicely to each other but helped to give the event a colourful focal point in the middle of their site.
Earlier in the season the boys had a good journey up to Cambridge for a short days work where only the roof of a fairly small open-sided tent was required as a bit of sun/rain shelter and also to add to their circus and funfair theme at the Newnham College Garden Party.
At Chichester College we supplied the large red and yellow tent for their student induction week and Principal’s address.
At Newport School in Barnstaple we supplied a large 400 seater theatre tent for various activities, children theatre show and the school’s anniversary. A small dressing room tent was installed behind therein one.
For Bedfordshire, Shuttleworth College student awards ceremony 2016 we supplied a large 500 seater red and white tent which they all used for the student ball after..
At Dumpton School in Dorset, we supplied a lovely tent with patriotic theme and circus trapeze rig for their PTA summer ball.
At Harrow school we supplied for about the 7th time, a marquee for the Grove boarding houses leaver’s meal.
For Leighton Park School in Reading in Feb 17, we supplied a selection of linked tents for their GCSE drama production of WoyZeck. Fabulous photo album here.
Casting the mind further back to last year, the team were working hard in Oxford in the beautiful grounds but pouring rain! We even had a very close call with a lightening strike. For a rather large Oxford university marquee hire install at Wadham College Wonderland ball of 4 Big Tops and various small tents.. What a beautiful event.
Whilst here you will see a 5 pole Red and White Big Top supplied to Bristol University Wills Hall Founders Ball for the welcome drinks reception at their 2016 summer ball. Let’s hope there was lots of drinks and lots of people to be welcomed!
Planning a University Event in 2018?
Please do get in touch as soon as possible, a lot of dates are already taken up for 2018 with weddings and festivals being every present in our schedule, but we will do our best to fit you in and add some circus sparkle to your event!
Marquee Hire Cornwall.
Kernow Marquee Hire!
Are you looking for interesting marquees for your event in Cornwall or Devon?
We live there and offer a huge range of interesting tents and event equipment for rent especially for marquee hire Cornwall!
Bigtopmania is based on the Devon side of the River Tamar border (border!?) pretty much in the centre of Devon and Cornwall near Launceston.
We live in Devon but have a Cornwall postcode but are only 45 mins from Exeter and Truro, so are centrally placed to supply marquees and event equipment to events and weddings in both Cornwall and Devon, as well as far away.
Literally in fields further away!
Marquee Hire Cornwall.
Are we a Cornish marquee hire company or a Devon marquee hire company. Does it matter? We rent marquee and event equipment throughout the area.
We are certainly a south-west marquee hire company with our marquee hire Cornwall install team based mainly from Plymouth to Bristol.
We go almost anywhere and take our marquee hire services to rustic country weddings, garden parties, birthday parties, coastal celebrations, boutique arts festivals, music festivals, town and country events, outdoor events, theatrical events, agricultural shows and a host of other event styles, let alone tv and film production supplies.
For Cornwall wedding marquees, we are totally on tend with rustic theme weddings, festival weddings, circus weddings, alternative weddings, unusual weddings, boutique weddings, bijou weddings, DIY weddings, theme weddings, rock and roll weddings colourful weddings, red and white weddings; any more?
We mostly have colourful marquees and try not being old school with the flouncy white marquee linings, up lighters and chandeliers type of package though there is undoubtably a place for them still.
Looking for circus tents? Vintage marquees? Sailcloth marquees? Candy striped marquees? Canvas marquees? Pagoda marquees? Free standing marquees ? Mini marquees? Baby big tops?
Let’s concentrate on memorable events and exciting, creative weddings!
We have a lot to offer the event sector in Cornwall and enjoy working on our doorstep! Bring on those cliff top coastal weddings!
Our event equipment includes: marquees, flooring, furniture, dance floor, lighting, electrics, decor, theme props, circus equipment, entertainers and hands on play activities.
If we don’t have it there are some excellent local event suppliers we can recommend to complement our services.
We are more than happy to work with other wedding and event suppliers and between us we can create all you need or if you prefer to add your own styling flourishes you can decorate to your heart’s content, stamping you unique style on the marquee.
In practice, it’s the joint efforts that create magnificent memorable events:
Marquee Hire for a Festival in Cornwall
may only want the marquee with no extras as a venue and then add all the other sound, lighting, creative elements themselves. ( nb. We prefer being more involved ).
Private Party Marquee Hire Cornwall
may need party tent hire and then select various other marquee accessories or do a lot of DIY. It can be simple and budget or spectacular.. Or spectacular at any budget!
A Wedding Marquee in Cornwall
needs a lot of thought, creativity and time to plan. There are so many things to consider to make the day work well and we are very happy to help. Our booking forms contain many useful items that we can supply.
Marquee venues and hire locations in Cornwall
are everywhere. Private land, festival venues, camp sites, wedding venues, estates and manor houses, council lands, cliff tops and many coastal views.
Below are some images of marquee rentals in Cornwall over the last few years.
Marquee venues at The Masked Ball, Porthleven.
dj dance tent at Masked Ball 2015
Dance tent at Masked ball 2016
masked ball festival venue 2016
masked ball venue 2016
Masked Ball main stage 2015
Masked ball main stage install 2015
Children’s marquee play area at Camelford Show 2016.
children’s mini circus tent at Camelford show.
Community event big top hire Baamfest in Bude, North Cornwall 2016.
Punch and Judy in Bude Baam festival marquee
colourful 6 x 6m pagoda tent as crafts tent
children’s Punch andJjudy show in marquee
Bude Festival Main stage 2016
Artist Dressing rooms at Boardmaster’s Festival 2016, Newquay.
baby big tops for green rooms
VIP tent at Boardmaster’s Festival.
9 x 21m canvas marquee at Watergate Bay 2014
9 x 21m VIP tent installed on cliff top 2014
Late night marquee venue at Port Eliot Festival, (official festival photos).
Port Eliot Festival late night venue 2016 official photo
Port Eliot festival late night marquee
Indian Wedding Marquee,
Henna Party Suppliers UK.
Are you looking for an Asian or Indian Wedding Marquee or a Henna Party Marquee supplier in the UK?
Why not do as this lovely Bride (Chandni from Watford, UK) did and host a Henna Party in one of our marquees?
Chandni chose to organise a circus theme Henna Party as part of her wedding celebrations.
The event was to be held the day after the English wedding and the night before the Indian wedding.
The marquees were set up in the back garden with plenty of time to allow decorating and catering installations.
A truly colourful and exciting venue was prepared by a great team of suppliers including;
Bigtopmania, (tents, flooring, side shows, lighting, circus props, electrics, heaters),
Jay and I Events (bridal seat, low chairs, cushions, stage),
Sapna Caterers (full Indian buffet catering for 300!),
Kelly’s Occasions. (candy floss and popcorn) and
Mobile Thrones (Loo’s and generator).
We had the pleasure of being at the event running the side shows that were a great hit with the children (and a lot of adults!!).
The event was nothing if not very colourful.. not only the venue but the dress code. Fabulous, bright and very stylish!
Near 300 guests had a great night, most of the ladies got henna done on hands, arms and legs.
For collecting guest photographs; good use of the Wedding Party smart phone App was made.. highly recommend this as a fun free way to do it
which looks pretty good.
Here are some snapshots we took.
So why not try us when you want an Asian wedding venue or an Indian wedding marquee for a henna party?
A while ago at the end of Sept 2012, the Bigtopmania gang drove the lorry, boarded the ferry at Fishguard and set sail for southern Ireland.
Jane and James had invited us to set up their
circus theme wedding
and after lots and lots of planning, they trusted us to supply and we did!
They got a fabulous party!
Adventures on the Irish Sea included lovely food, a bit of cabin-sleep and a drink or two for the lads.
After a few hours we were in Rosslare then driving through Wexford.. a lovely gentle port and traveled up the road to location near Gorey, right on the Sunny Irish Riviera!
(quick note.. Irish drivers are dead friendly and courteous, always thanking with hazard flash after overtaking you.)
We were welcomed to the stunning location .. a 1930’s architecturally very interesting cliff top house, right by the sea (gently spinning wind farm in the distance a mile out). Met the gang, cups of tea etc and pretty much started work setting up.
You can see the results in some of these photos and video slide show .some taken just with the phone and others ( the much better ones!!) by the pro on the day Ian Mcallister (stills).
Weather during set up was typically wet and windy, but on the day a glorious calm settled in and it was a stunning balmy evening..moonlight over the waves, chill area, chimneas, etc..
Great fun was had whilst there.. we were staying in a holiday cottage just up the road from the event, and had a few outings in the evenings.
Notable visit back down to Wexford on “Arthur’s Day”..ie Arthur Guinness celebrations all over Ireland..music and Guinness! Brand Ireland!
Further afield, when all set up and we had the time, a picturesque journey and an overnight stop at Kilkenny, lovely medieval walled town,…more music..more Guinness. Craic!
Music in so many pubs!! Enjoyed it all and even sang along to the rebel songs!
Being a circus team we just had to make and effort to visit Tom Duffey’s Circus whilst there… old school, tigers and lions(!), horses (very good trick riding!) and lots more exciting things!.. sadly in a cold dank rainy rugby club car-park on outskirts of Wexford. Fabulous show by hard-working , dedicated circus team but where’s the glitz and glamour in a wet car park!?
Wedding day; we were there helping to set up, checking over the tent, keeping an eye on the electrics, working alongside the front of house maitre dee. We juggled, partied, watched it all unfold adjusted tables, helped set up the DJ, the band and to keep the bar flowing.
Again.. another craic occurred!
Jane and James; a lovely couple, as well as their families, all treated us really well and we hope we gave them a fab wedding… judge for yourselves by the images!
(hope to see them again later this year, when we visit Dublin!!)
below photos copyright Ian McAllister Stills where this is a full gallery.
alternative groom footwear
- Circus theme wedding Ireland first dance
cut that circus wedding cake
- festival theme wedding Ireland
Groom Speech Ireland wedding
Bride speech wedding Ireland
Circus theme wedding , Gorey, Ireland
bride and groom grande entrance
circus wedding Ireland
rest of the photos off my phone…
wedding chill out area Ireland
on the Ballymoney cliff tops.
candy striped wedding tent Ireland
red white tent interior, fairy lights, trapeze dummy
striped marquee interior
Ireland wedding tent set up
Wedding tent seating plan
circus theme wedding reception
table layout Irish Wedding
peep through photo board
circus wedding bar
circus wedding table
Circus wedding cake
curtained entrance to marquee
big-top in Ireland
alternative guest arrival vehicle
chill out tent
Irish wedding chill out area
catering tent entrance tunnel
route to catering tent
wedding reception Ireland
wedding speech Ireland
Ireland wedding party
wedding band Ireland
wedding party Ireland
wedding party band Ireland
wedding chill out area Ireland
We are chuffed to have one of our weddings featured on the hugely popular
A wedding blog by a Reading Blogger on a Reading Festival Wedding with ex-Reading wedding tent supplier!
Brings together some fab examples of what can be done with a little imagination to showcase the offbeat, alternative and the Rock n Roll! Think out of the box please!
The article is a feature of Lucy and Adam’s festival wedding in Reading! (It’s always nice to be working in the town where Bigtopmania was founded).
There are some great pictures of the bespoke DIY efforts they put into their big day. Hats off to the recreation of the People’s Front-Room, (a firm favourite venue on the festival circuit.)
This wedding was a great example of our adaptability to a clients imagination; we even rigged half of one of our older tents as an audience shelter to protect from the English weather.
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