The complete guide to festival marquee hire

Enhance your festival expierience

Marquees play an essential part in any festival providing music venues, food stalls and reception tents. With over 35 years experience in marquee hire for festivals we supply and install out of this world festival marquees. Our team of dedicated experts have worked with some of the largest and most well-known festivals in the country including Glastonbury, Parklife, Download and Womad festivals.

In this guide, we delve into the world of festival marquee hire, exploring the intricacies of planning, design, and execution that go into crafting unforgettable, safe and enjoyable festival experiences.

How can Marquees be used as essential festival infrastructure?

Due to the versatility of our event marquees, they offer a complete solution for festivals of any kind. Whether it’s a music festival, agricultural show, food festival or cultural festival your guests will have basic needs that require essential facilities such as shelter, food and drink stalls, ticket checkpoints, security and toilets.

Here are a few ways that marquee hire for festivals can be used to enhance your guest’s festival experience:

With all of this to consider, when you’re planning a festival it’s important to get help from the experts. With Field & Lawn’s holistic approach to marquee hire for festivals each stage of the festival process is taken care of.

Bespoke event design and planning

The first step when planning any festival is planning the layout of event marquees on site. Each festival has a unique atmosphere with its own theme and identity. Everything down to the marquee design, venue layout and overall event space must be designed with this in mind. Planning a functional and practical layout for your marquee structures is key to creating a successful event. Field & Lawn play a pivotal role in bespoke event design and planning, helping festivals achieve that distinctive look and feel that the festival organiser imagined.

Installation of custom event structures

When it comes to providing entertainment, you may require some more bespoke structures for your festival. Attractions like silent discos, blacked-out cinema tents and kids’ entertainment may require more specialised structures. At Field & Lawn, we take a consultative approach discussing your requirements and providing custom structures that align with the needs of your festival perfectly.

Event sustainability. Carbon-neutral marquee hire

Consider the location of the supplier. The closer the better for the budget and the pocket! With four regional branches, you are never far away from a Field and Lawn branch. The event industry is championing sustainability and constantly looking to minimise its impact on the environment. Field and Lawn is a certified carbon-neutral company, meaning your marquee hire will be carbon-free through our audited carbon offsetting process.  How good is that!

Responsive service

During the process of planning a festival, you can’t always predict what will happen during the event. That’s why it’s vital to have a team on hand to carry out essential repairs and maintenance throughout your festival should the worst happen. Understanding the dynamic nature of festivals, when you work with Field & lawn our in-house team is available 24 hours a day should a tent become damaged and need repairing. This ensures your festival remains a safe and seamless experience!

A quick and easy dismantle

Delivering a comprehensive festival experience extends beyond the event itself. Dismantling festival tent structures with efficiency and ease is crucial. A swift and hassle-free dismantling process allows you to wrap up the event seamlessly and efficiently. Field & Lawn’s expertise ensures that the dismantle and removal of structures is as smooth as the setup.

Our dedicated team proficiently manage the de-rig with a timely and organised approach which minimises disruption to the festival surroundings.

Festival marquee hire is not just about providing shelter; it’s about creating a canvas for unforgettable experiences. At Field & Lawn, we bring expertise, innovation, and dedication to every project, ensuring that your event stands out to all festival-goers. If you’re looking for an event marquee provider, why not contact our team to discuss your options?

Bar marquee hire for festivals

Our five expert festival marquee hire tips

Chris Kitchin, one of Field & Lawn’s Project Managers shares his top 5 tips to help you find and hire the very best marquee for your festival. Chris has a wealth of knowledge and experience in providing Marquee hire for festivals on a large scale. Find out what he had to say below:

1. Plan early

Our marquee hire stock gets booked out quickly because of our premium service, quality stock, and competitive pricing. Furthermore, our clients are keen to secure our services on multi-year deals. Planning early will give you access to a wider stock range, and more options meaning we are more likely to meet your needs.

2. Site Visits

Get these pencilled in at the earliest stage, ideally, when the festival is ready for the public the year before. This helps to identify any obstacles that will always be more cost-effective to tackle earlier rather than later. Our experts will be able to plan logistics to ensure a smoother service delivery. We look at site access and potential marquee plots during these visits and how we can improve efficiency and quality.

3. Discuss the spec

Liaise with your marquee hire provider and allow them to support you with suggested specs based on your requirements and space. Our extensive knowledge could help you save money by offering more cost-effective solutions or a more premium finish.

4. Consider load in and out dates

The more time the better. As we saw over summer in 2023, the weather is unpredictable and more build time, allows us to overcome adverse weather, protect the ground prior to opening, and ensure the structures are built in time ready for your festival opening. If you can plan to avoid building on the weekend, it will be more cost-effective.

5. Contact Field and Lawn

Sit back and relax. Our unrivalled experience combined with our flexible hire stock means we can provide a world-class festival marquee hire service.  You may be happy with your current provider, but why just settle for happy?

Chris Kitchin from Field and Lawn

Marquee hire for festivals: the gallery...

Behind the Scenes at the Royal Highland Show Build

What does it take to bring the royal highland show to life!

The Royal Highland Show is an annual showcase for rural and agricultural products, produce and lifestyle.  As the largest agricultural show in Scotland, the event draws enthusiasts and industry professionals from far and wide to the magnificent Royal Highland Centre in Scotland.

The Show has something for everyone, from competitions to shopping, live music and tasty food and drinks.  It also helps to raise funds for the Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS).

The event is anticipated to attract in the region of 55,000 people a day between the 22nd – 25th June 2023.  

The scale of the event means it requires significant temporary infrastructure.  Locally based Field & Lawn Ltd are responsible for the monumental task of constructing a remarkable array of marquees and temporary structures for the event. Building around 14,000m2 (3.5 acres) of covered space. 

Field and lawn - marquee hire for the royal highland show

The month-long build programme started in May and involves meticulous planning and preparation with a team of over 20 people working on the build.  The build programme will see over 40 structures installed for the Show. Good progress is being made across the site.

One of the highlights of the build this year is the impressive Golden Shears structure which spans 30m x 20m.  The Golden Shears World Sheep Shearing and Wool Handling Championships returns to the Royal Highland Show in 2023 after 20 years.  It promises to be a standout event over the weekend under the largest marquee on the site.  

Piers Ballantyne, Head of Projects, Scotland for Field and Lawn commented on the task:

“Having been involved with the show for over, 25 years, we are thrilled to be part of the Royal Highland Show team once again. The scale of the show and the sheer number of marquees needed makes it a very complex build, but one we look forward to every year.  We are on programme, putting the finishing touches to the structures and can’t wait to see the show open!” 

finishing touches added to the marquees ahead of the Royal Highland Show

Mark Currie, Director of Operations at the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland said:

“Field and Lawn are world experts in their field, and we are grateful to have them as part of our team over the Royal Highland Show and across other events at the Royal Highland Centre. The Show is shaping up to be one of the biggest to date, and the Golden Shears Sheep Shearing Championships is part of that appeal. We can’t wait to see and hear the buzz coming from the marquee on the Sunday of the Show when the World Champion is announced.”

The Royal Highland Show Opens on the 22nd June

As the four-day event is just days away from opening, tickets are still available and can be purchased online: 

About Field and Lawn

Field and Lawn are one of the UK’s leading providers of event marquees and structures with over 35 years of experience, including some of the country’s most celebrated events.  

an event structure built by field and lawn

The Download Festival download! Music festival marquee hire in pictures

Music festival marquee hire Download festival in pictures

Download Festival is one of the most recognisable UK music festivals and 2023 marked the festivals 20th anniversary. A spectacular line-up featuring the likes of Metallica, Bring Me the Horizon and a red-hot closing set from Slipknot were some of the highlights of the long weekend. The festival takes place every year in Castle Donington and attracts over 100,000 festival goers.

There are over 1,000 music festivals taking place every year across the UK from small, independent and boutique festivals through to global icons such as the Glastonbury Festival of Performing Arts. Bringing a festival to life requires a large amount of temporary infrastructure. Most festivals, often in rural locations, create a small city for a weekend requiring marquees for everything from security and welfare to catering and storage.

Field and Lawn are one of the UKs largest festival hire companies, dedicated to providing event marquees and temporary structures for festivals and large scale outdoor events.  We have many different styles of structures and marquees available from large party tents through to small, side of stage pagodas.

Download festival merchandise stand

Field and lawn at download festival

As music festivals have grown in scale, diversity and popularity, creating distinct themed areas and stages as well as focusing on .  This year there was a significant focus on festival welfare facilities, providing top class facilities for visitors.

Field and Lawn provided nineteen structures at Download 2023, working in partnership with GL events who also delivered a number of temporary event structures and marquees across the festival site. The structures range from a large press and media tent which was 15m x 20m with ringbeam flooring, carpet and doors.  Right through to merchandise tents, showers entrances, kitchens, medical, and welfare tents. 

Festival Tent Hire

Field and Lawn provide a personal approach with unmatched experience, and top-quality products. From elegant VIP area hospitality tents to bar structures.  This year the marquees provided much-needed shade from the scorching sun, creating a comfortable and enjoyable environment for festival-goers.  If you are looking for a festival marquee, we provide a wide range of versatile tents and marquees from large, clearspan structures to conical marquees and pagodas..  

Are you a festival organiser?

back stage marquee for artist liaison

Field and Lawn work closely with festival organisers to understand their specific needs, ensuring that each marquee is tailored to the event’s unique atmosphere and requirements. This attention to detail and commitment to customer satisfaction have made them the preferred choice for many music festivals and major music events.

Field and Lawn marquees are built to withstand the unpredictable UK weather conditions, ensuring the safety and comfort of festival-goers. Additionally, our in house installation teams are able to get the job done without fuss, creating visually striking structures that seamlessly blend into the festival landscape. Our high-quality marquees not only provide essential shelter but also add a touch of elegance to the overall festival ambiance, in particular our VIP corporate hospitality tents:

A large event marquee with HVAC


this year, our marquees played a role in ensuring the comfort and enjoyment of festival-goers. As the sun beat down during scorching sunshine, the marquees offered much-needed shade and protection from the elements. Attendees were able to seek respite from the heat, relax, and enjoy a cool and comfortable environment. 

As the music festival culture continues to thrive in the UK, the demand for event marquees remains on the rise, especially during peak summer months. By hiring the right marquee you can create a true festival atmosphere and ensure the comfort of festival-goers. 

Festival Marquees For Hire

Our festival tents provide venues for a wide range of events, corporate hospitality structures, welfare and security structures for all types of festivals and outdoor events.  Our music festival marquees are durable, flexible and high quality.  Our festival marquees can be used for stadium concerts, outdoor events and shows to deliver covered space.  Our marquees create a real venue that will wow any festival guests.  If you are looking for an event structure or music festival marquee hire, Field and Lawn have a track record of delivering excellence.  

Marquee hire beyond music festivals

As well as music festivals, Field and Lawn provide marquee hire for all types of outdoor events, shows and exhibitions.  Be it your local beer festival, large wedding, community festival or arts festival, we can cover them all! Festival Marquees can help with other sorts of events as well,  and we often work with shops, street food markets, event organisers, businesses, clubs and venues. We can help with event furniture, dance floors, lighting, heating, cooling, staging and PA systems. 

an event structure built by field and lawn