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Ground bars

What are ground bars?

Ground bars are steel poles that run along the bottom of all sides of the marquee to create a sturdy base. The rest of the frame is connected to it using leg poles and corner joints.

What are they used for?

Not only do ground bars make your marquee much more level, upright and stable, they allow you to secure the sidewalls with straps to stop them flapping around in the wind.

Are they for freestanding marquees only?

While ground bars are designed to give extra stability to marquees situated on hard surfaces (e.g. tarmac or concrete), they can also be pegged down with stakes on soft ground such as grass. Our Ground Bar Sets are suitable for both types of surfaces.

Do they stop the marquee from blowing away?

Ground bars are intended for use in windy conditions, when the structure of your marquee needs additional strength. They can be used in combination with weights or tie-down kits to provide even more security in strong winds.

What if I buy a bigger marquee in the future? Do I have to buy new ground bars too?

No! We designed our Ground Bar Extension Kit with customers like you in mind. Whenever you come to buy a bigger marquee, you’ll be able to use your existing ground bars alongside the extension kit. And the stability of the structure won’t suffer at all—in fact, your marquee is likely to be more rigid and taut than before.

Ratchet tie-down kits

What is a ratchet tie-down kit?

A ratchet tie-down kit consists of two nylon straps, two ratchets and two ground pegs. The kit is designed to pin down your marquee and give it extra protection against bad weather.

How does it work?

You can run the straps inside or outside the marquee. The straps go over the eaves poles and down to the ground bar, where they’re held in place with the pegs. You might want to run the straps close to the leg poles in the corners of the marquee, to keep them out of the way.

How many kits do I need for one marquee?

It depends on the size of your marquee. The table below shows our minimum recommendations.

Size of marquee Minimum number of kits recommended
3m height

3m x 2m (approx. 10ft x 7ft)

2 kits

3m x 3m (approx. 10ft x 10ft)

2 kits

3m x 4m (approx. 10ft x 14ft)

3 kits

3m x 6m (approx. 10ft x 20ft)

4 kits

3m x 8m (approx. 10ft x 26ft)

5 kits

3m x 10m (approx. 10ft x 33ft)

6 kits

3m x 12m (approx. 10ft x 40ft)

7 kits

4m height

4m x 4m (approx. 14ft x 14ft)

3 kits

4m x 6m (approx. 14ft x 20ft)

4 kits

4m x 8m (approx. 14ft x 26ft)

5 kits

4m x 10m (approx. 14ft x 32ft)

6 kits

4m x 12m (approx. 14ft x 40ft)

7 kits

5m height

5m x 5m (approx. 10ft x 20ft)

4 kits

6m height

6m x 4m (approx. 20ft x 14ft)

3 kits

6m x 6m (approx. 20ft x 20ft)

4 kits

6m x 8m (approx. 20ft x 26ft)

5 kits

6m x 10m (approx. 20ft x 32ft)

6 kits

6m x 12m (approx. 20ft x 40ft)

7 kits

Marquee linings

What do marquee linings do?

Linings do two things: they provide insulation and they contribute hugely to the look and feel of your marquee by creating an elegant atmosphere. This video shows you an example of what one of our linings looks like when put up.

Are there different types of lining?

We offer a draped lining, which has a roof section, sidewall section and a pelmet (a section of fabric used to hide the join between the roof and walls).

How do you put up a lining?

At the centre of each roof panel are Velcro loops which attach to the centre peak pole of the marquee. On the outer edges there are more pieces of Velcro for the lining to attach to the frame. The lining will then hang down from the roof, hiding the frame from view. The side and end walls will simply attach to the roof/legs where required, using Velcro strips.

This video shows you how linings are fitted to the marquee.

Do your linings meet proper fire standards?

Yes, we make all our linings to comply with the requirements of British Standard 5867, which concerns the flammability of curtains, drapes and other similar materials.

Gutter kits and infill sidewalls

What is a gutter kit?

A gutter kit is a strip of weather-resistant plastic used to join two marquees of the same height either side by side or end to end. It is 30 centimetres wide and has eyelets running down both sides. The gutter is used to cover and waterproof the join between the two marquees and prevent rainwater from getting inside.

How do I use it?

It’s simply a matter of using cable ties threaded through the eyelets to attach the gutter to the end of both marquees and so filling the gap. (Don’t use bungee loops, as they will only allow the water to collect inside the gutter and potentially cause it to cave in!) If it rains during your event, the water will run down the gutter and on to the floor, safely away from any guests walking between the two marquees.

Does the gutter need to be a particular size?

It depends on the size of your marquee—our gutter kits are four metres to 12 metres long (for joining side by side) or three metres to six metres long (for joining end to end). However you connect the two marquees, make sure your gutter is at least one metre longer than the join so the water isn’t dripping on to the ground near the marquees and making it boggy.

How do I fit the gutter?

Marquees joined side by side

Marquees joined end to end

In both cases, it’s probably wise to test before the event. To do this, spray some water on to the roof of the marquee and check that the water runs down through the gutter and away. If it collects in the gutter, you’ll need to make some adjustments.

What is an infill sidewall used for?

Our infill sidewalls are designed for situations in which two or more marquees are joined together, and are generally used alongside the gutter kit. They fill in the spaces between marquees and stop draughts blowing through.

Marquee extension kits and add-on bays

These are intended for customers who want to extend their marquee without having to buy a new one. The extension kit provides all the joints, fixtures and bungee toggles you need to create a larger space, while the add-on bay supplies the poles. All you would need then is a new size of roof canopy and additional sidewalls.

Safety ramps

Lightweight yet sturdy, these ramps can be used to conceal ground bars or cables near your entrance and allow safe and easy access for people in wheelchairs or on foot. The number of ramps you need depends on the size of entrance of your marquee, as shown below:

Size of marquee entrance Number of ramps recommended

2m with side-door entry

10 ramps

3m Gala Tent with 2.3m front-door entry

12 ramps

4m Gala Tent with 3.3m front-door entry

16 ramps

6m Gala Tent with 4m front-door entry

20 ramps

This video shows you the size of the ramp and how they should be used.

Storage bags

You’ve taken down your marquee but now what? Where do you put it? With our storage bags, you can keep your sidewalls and canopy stored away, ready for next time. The bags are 4ft by 4ft so you might need more than one, depending on the size of your marquee:

Size of marquee Number of bags recommended
3m height

3m x 2m (approx. 10ft x 7ft)

1 bag

3m x 3m (approx. 10ft x 10ft)

1 bag

3m x 4m (approx. 10ft x 14ft)

1 bag

3m x 6m (approx. 10ft x 20ft)

1 bag

3m x 8m (approx. 10ft x 26ft)

2 bags

3m x 10m (approx. 10ft x 33ft)

2 bags

3m x 12m (approx. 10ft x 40ft)

2 bags

4m height

4m x 4m (approx. 14ft x 14ft)

1 bag

4m x 6m (approx. 14ft x 20ft)

1 bag

4m x 8m (approx. 14ft x 26ft)

2 bags

4m x 10m (approx. 14ft x 32ft)

2 bags

4m x 12m (approx. 14ft x 40ft)

2 bags

5m height

5m x 5m (approx. 10ft x 20ft)

2 bags

6m height

6m x 4m (approx. 20ft x 14ft)

2 bags

6m x 6m (approx. 20ft x 20ft)

2 bags

6m x 8m (approx. 20ft x 26ft)

2 bags

6m x 10m (approx. 20ft x 32ft)

2 bags

6m x 12m (approx. 20ft x 40ft)

2 bags

Room dividers

If you want to separate a large marquee into several smaller rooms, you can fasten room dividers into place (using zips and bungee toggles) wherever you need them to be. It means you can really make the fullest use of your inside space.