The 2024 Guide to Pop-Up Gazebos

Heading into 2024, pop-up gazebos have grown massively in popularity with consumers and business owners alike. They are an incredibly versatile product. They are a transportable unit that can be used in almost any situation where quick shelter is required. Not only are they extremely functional as temporary cover, but they can be used as pop-up branded advertisements for any business, charity or other organisation, especially if they are printed using simple heat pressed vinyl artwork, or more intricate dye-sublimation printing techniques. This is our guide to ten of the top uses for pop-up gazebos in 2024, including our recommendations for the best tents for the purpose.

Motorsport Shelter

A bright pink drift car rests beneath a pop-up motorsport shelter

Pop-up motorsport tents are a common sight in motorsport paddocks across the world. They are particularly useful for privateers and teams as shelter for their vehicles and equipment, as well as for large professional motorsport teams as storage tents, catering facilities or hospitality units.  

We think the best 3 tents for the purpose are the 4m x 8m Gala Shade Pro 60, which is the biggest and strongest pop-up gazebo on the market. We also recommend the 3m x 6m Gala Shade Pro 50 as a strong and popular choice, and the 3m x 4.5m Pro 50, which, with only 4 legs, makes it perfect for covering a single vehicle come rain or shine.  

Mobile Valeting Shelter

A porsche 911 sits beneath a mobile valeting pop-up shelter

Professional valeters and detailers love the transportability of pop-up gazebos, as it helps them to do their work no matter the weather. After all, in poor weather conditions, they can't perform their work to the best of their ability.  

The top 3 tents we're recommending are the 3m x 4.5m Gala Shade Pro 40, which is a lightweight option that can be erected by one person. For smaller vehicles and partial work, the 3m x 3m Pro 40 is a great option which travels exceptionally light. For teams of people, the 3m x 6m Gala Shade Pro 50 is a heavyweight, professional shelter that can cover vehicles of all size.

Hot Tub Shelter

A hot tub beneath a white pop-up shelter

Pop-up gazebos have been offered by hot tub hirers up and down the country for years. they provide shelter and privacy for people enjoying some time in the bubbles. They are also very popular with owners of Lay-Z Spas and hot tubs alike.  

The top 3 we recommend are the 3m x 3m Gala Shade Pro DX, which is a low-cost, very lightweight shelter. We have seen it withstand winds of 25mph, making it the strongest cheap gazebo in the UK. For something larger, the 3m x 4.5m Pro 40 is a great, lightweight option, and for something smaller but more robust, the 3m x 3m Gala Shade Pro 50 is the smart choice.  

Market Stall

A row of purple pop-up gazebos used as market stalls

Pop-up gazebos are quickly replacing classic market stall framework with dated tarpaulin covers. This is due to their transportability, which allows town and city market operators to clear and use the space for other purposes when it isn't a market day. They can also be used in other events, such as town festivals and shows. They are also hugely popular with independent traders who attend exhibitions and fairs.  

Our top 3 tents recommended here are the 3m x 3m Pro 50, which is built for regular application in high footfall areas. The Pro 40 Compact is an alternative shelter for independent traders who have a small vehicle but need to shelter their products. It is perfect as it folds down to a very small 105cm, which is around 60cm shorter than any other gazebo. The final recommended tent will be the 3m x 4.5m Pro 40 tent, which is a little larger, offering more space from which to sell products.  

Garden Shelter

A green garden gazebo covers a seating area

A perfect outdoor shelter for garden parties, barbecues and simply for sitting out in the sunshine to enjoy a relaxing drink. They are also great shelters from the sun for children, and as a cover on decking.  

The top 3 tents recommended here are the 3m x 3m Gala Shade Pro DX, which is low-cost, functional, and very effective. It's lightweight so it can be erected by one person easily. For larger gardens, we recommend the Gala Shade Pro MX in 3m x 4.5m, which is a heavyweight steel-framed gazebo, and the even bigger 3m x 6m Pro MX, which can cover more than a dozen people easily.  

Beer Garden Shelter

2 pop up[ gazebos covering some benches in a pub's beer garden

By having a sturdy, pop-up gazebo over beer garden benches and tables, it will help pubs to attract custom, no matter what the weather is. They can be decorated with flowers, lighting or other decorative pieces to make it feel super-inviting. Large tents are recommended, to cover more tables and paying customers, they would also need a very strong tent for health and safety [purposes. 

Our top 3 recommended tents are the 3m x 6m Pro 60, which has double reinforced joints and unrivalled 60mm hexagonal aluminium legs. We would also recommend the 4m x 6m Pro 50, which has a huge 24 square metre open plan covering, and the 4m x 8m Gala Shade Pro 50, which is the biggest tent available to buy at present.  

Street food Stall

A printed black pop up gazebo used by a crepe maker from Yorkshire

Pop-up gazebos make amazing street food stalls, as they can be transported to any festival, fair or event with ease. Street food is a very visual industry, especially with social media platforms, so by taking dye-sublimation printed covers, businesses can express themselves and the colourful brands they have with custom-printed covers. 

The top 3 recommended tents here would be the 3m x 3m Pro 50, which is heavy duty and built for taking up and down regularly. The 3m x 4.5m Gala Shade Pro MX is a good, lower cost tent which is fairly heavy duty because it is a steel frame. For larger options, we recommend the 3m x 6m Pro 50, which allows for having a larger food preparation area at the rear, with a half wall at the front which acts as a servery.  

First Aid Tent

Image Credit: LPS Events

For health and safety, many festivals, fairs and public events require a first aid location that's clearly marked and signposted. Pop up gazebos make perfect first aid tents, as their sidewalls can provide great privacy and dignity for any injured parties. 

Our top 3 gazebos would be the 3m x 3m Gala Shade Pro 50, the 3m x 6m Pro 40, and the 3m x 6m Gala Shade Pro 50 for larger events that require greater provision of first aid facilities. We would also recommend printed flags, which can be attached to the gazebo framework, providing a stronger signpost to the vital service.  

Party Tent

Image credit: Lay-Z-Days Events

An application that is growing in popularity, especially with new businesses that are offering fully serviced party hire, is the disco party tent. Gazebos are being fully enclosed, with party lighting, DJs and neon decoration, to offer exclusive parties to their clients. Many footballers and notable celebrities are booking exclusive party services with the use of pop-up gazebos.  

Our top 3 recommended tents are large, and strong enough to withstand rowdy parties. The 3m x 6m Gala Pro 50 is large enough to cover around 20 guests, the 4m x 6m Pro 50 will cover around 24, and the huge 4m x 8m Gala Shade Pro 60 will cover around 32 guests. We recommend decorating with all manner of lighting, to really get the party started.  

Mobile Bar

Several popup gazebos used as mobile bars for Rebellion Brewery

Image credit: Rebellion Beer Co. Ltd.

Much like streetfood stalls, mobile bars are needed up and down the country at festivals, food fairs, and all manner of other town and country shows. The pop-up, transportable nature of gazebos makes them the perfect solution. Whether it's a gin bar, prosecco bar or a classic beer bottle bar, gazebos are perfect for any boozy requirement.

We recommend the 3m x 3m Pro 40 as a small bar for any occasion, which can be erected by one person if you’re a sole trader selling your artisan gins, spiced rums or craft ales. The steel structure of the 3m x 4.5m Pro MX is a heavier duty alternative, and the 3m x 6m Gala Shade Pro 50 is a monster of a tent that can shelter multiple fridges and staff.  

This was our top 10 uses for a pop-up gazebo in 2024, but they can be used for almost any use where an outdoor shelter is needed temporarily. Gala Tent sells 6 different models of gazebo, across 5 distinct sizes (not all sizes are available in all models). Which gazebo somebody needs will depend on the use, so it makes sense to give the Gala Tent team a call on 01709 911948 to discuss the event. Gala Tent also supplies a full range of spare parts for all tents, so if there's accidental damage, then simply replacing a small component will be much cheaper than replacing the whole tent, which may be a requirement if the tent is bought elsewhere. 

There are also many amazing accessories, including ground bars, heating, lighting, and inflatable furniture, as well as weights, anchors and strengthening products. 

Ryan Bracha 1/9/2024,

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