What to consider when hiring marquees for film & TV production

Lights, Camera, Marquees!

Hiring a marquee for filming is an ideal solution for on-location shoots. Our production marquees provide shelter and flexibility, they are indispensable in supporting TV and film production companies. However, choosing the right marquee for your film or TV production involves careful consideration of various factors. In this blog post, we’ll explore key aspects to keep in mind when hiring marquees for your next production!

Why install a marquee on set or location while you’re filming?

Marquees are incredibly versatile structures making them perfect for any aspect of film & TV production. We can supply marquees suitable for everything from sets at the forefront of filming to back of house structures for actors and production teams. This includes:

  • Makeup & wardrobe marquees – Designated areas for makeup, costume design and hair styling. Just add dressing tables and clothes rails for the perfect behind the scenes experience.
  • Canteen & crew catering space – Ensure your team remains fully fuelled with space for dining and catering. Our marquees provide a comfortable and functional space for both your team and your caterers.
  • Sets – Our marquees provide a blank canvas for any set. Whether you choose to build a set inside one of our marquees or use it in a scene itself our team can work with you to design a marquee that provides the perfect look and feel for your scene.
  • Green rooms – Marquees provide designated additional space to have a green room where actors, guests and crew can rest between filming. With additional heating and furniture rental from Field & Lawn, the space can be made perfectly comfortable and relaxing.
  • Production offices – Marquees can provide additional space to house production offices on site. Often production offices are required to help with the administrative tasks that come with managing a film production.
  • Storage space – There is understandably going to be a lot of equipment required on the set of your film or TV show. Installing a marquee on site ensures your equipment is protected from the elements remaining safe and dry.

Here are some of the top things to consider when hiring a clearspan marquee for your film or TV production:

Scale of your production:

One of the first considerations you’ll need to think about when hiring a marquee is its size. The size of the marquee will depend on the scale of your production and the space available at the filming location. Consider the number of crew members, equipment, and scenes that need to be accommodated within the marquee. It’s essential to take everything into consideration and ensure you have enough space for your operations. At Field & lawn we can supply a wide range of marquee sizes, from smaller marquees to larger marquees we can install a structure that fits your space perfectly.

Customisation Options:

Every film or TV production has its unique requirements. At Field & Lawn, we can offer a wide range of customisation options to meet the specific needs of your project. This includes a huge range of carpets, vinyl flooring and specialist surfaces, ABS solid sides and glass panels, lighting fixtures, HVAC solutions, furniture rental, interior tent linings, internal fit-out options, and equipment rental.

The flexibility to adapt the marquee to various uses such as hair and makeup tents or green room marquees enhances its functionality and ensures it seamlessly integrates with the creative vision of the production.

Marquees for BBC film & tv production
Marquee structure for BBC election coverage

Duration of Use:

It’s a good idea to consider the duration for which the marquee will be needed. Some productions may require a marquee for an extended period, while others may need it for specific scenes. At Field & Lawn, we can offer marquees for both short-term hire and long-term rental so you can choose stunning marquees that suits the needs of your production. No matter how long your filming schedule is.

Power Supply and Electrical Needs:

Consider the availability of power sources on-site and whether additional generators or power distribution units may be required. We provide a completely holistic solution at Field & Lawn meaning we can assess your needs and supply power distribution to your production including full lighting displays.

Green room & catering space in a marquee for film & TV production
Green room & catering space in a marquee for film & tv production

Aesthetics and layout of your marquee:

If the marquee is going to be used as part of a set, you will need to ensure that every detail of the interior and exterior of the marquee is fully aligned with the overall look and feel of the scenes. Some productions may also require branding or signage on the structure, at Field & Lawn we have a range of options such as bespoke gables and colour choices to make sure your marquee is fully branded to your requirements.

Typical specification of marquees for film and TV production

Capacity: 30 — 1000+ people
Dimensions: 3m — 30m wide
Flooring: Level, solid flooring

Using marquees for location filming allows production teams to take advantage of the adaptability, mobility, and cost efficiency that they provide. This ultimately contributes to a more efficient and dynamic filmmaking process.

If you’re looking for a marquee solution for your next film, why not contact our team for expert advice and guidance?

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

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Top 5 uses for marquees at sporting events

Transform your sporting event into a crowd pleaser

When it comes to sports events, the benefit of marquees extends far beyond providing shelter from unpredictable weather conditions! As a leading provider of event marquees in the sporting events sector, we understand your needs. Offering a wide range of innovative event solutions and temporary structures that go beyond conventional expectations.

Successful collaboration with prestigious venues

Field & Lawn has a strong track record of supplying high-standard event tents to some of the UK’s most renowned sporting venues. Our structures have been installed at iconic stadiums across the UK, including Twickenham, Murrayfield, Stamford Bridge, and the O2 Arena. We take pride in being the trusted choice for marquee hire at these world-famous sporting locations. Providing adaptable solutions that enhance the overall experience for athletes, spectators, and event organisers alike. Explore the gallery:

Solutions to meet your sporting needs

Our marquee solutions have supported many large-scale events including the Calcutta Cup, London Marathon and the World Games. If you’re planning your next sporting event you may be wondering how an event marquee could enhance your sporting infrastructure? With our bespoke solutions built to meet specific event requirements, there are numerous different ways to use an event marquee structure to enhance your sports venue or event.

1. Marquees for ticket sales:

Marquees provide a great setting for efficient ticket sales, offering a designated space that is not only practical but can also enhance the overall visitor experience. With customisable layouts, our marquees create a seamless ticketing process, helping to keep an organised process from the minute your visitors enter the event.

2. Ensuring safety with security checks and crowd management:

Security checks and crowd management are paramount for safety at any sporting event. Our marquees can play a crucial role in maintaining order. Strategically placed marquees serve as efficient checkpoints, facilitating smooth security procedures and bag checks. Marquees with sidewalls can be used to help set boundaries allowing an organised crowd flow. The versatility of our structures allows for easy adaptation to different event layouts, ensuring a secure and controlled environment.

Sport event marquees

3. Bar marquees, food stalls, and catering spaces:

From trendy bars to enticing food stalls, our structures provide the perfect canvas for creating inviting spaces for fans and back of house infrastructure. With plenty of room for customisation, these marquees not only meet the logistical needs of catering but also contribute to the overall experience at your event. We also provide high quality catering flooring and power generation.

4. corporate events and hospitality:

Our marquees have been used for sporting events such as the FIFA women’s annual dinner to transform any location into a unique and high-class hospitality space. With fully customisable interior options including a huge range of carpets, vinyl flooring, interior tent linings and fit-out options, you can create a captivating atmosphere and unique dining experience. We can even supply furniture and equipment rental along with heating, ventilation and air-conditioning providing a holistic solution for sporting hospitality that offers a blend of elegance and practicality. Whether it’s a gala dinner or an awards ceremony, our marquees provide space to bring your vision to life.

Corporate event marquee for hospitality use

5. Dedicated press structures:

For media professionals covering your sporting event, our marquees offer a dedicated space designed for press activities. Create a comfortable and functional environment for interviews, press conferences, and media coverage. Our press structures are tailored to meet the unique needs of media teams, ensuring that your sporting event gets the coverage it deserves.

Marquees for sports events: Hire from the experts

Whether you’re envisioning seamless ticket sales, prioritising safety, or simply looking for inviting spaces to house bars and food stalls – we’ve got you covered. Field & lawn’s commitment to providing tailor-made marquees for sports events ensures that your sport event will be a success.

As you plan your next sporting event, contact our team for a personalised consultation and to discuss how our marquees can help transform your sporting event into an unforgettable and seamlessly executed experience.

Ready to discuss your event? Contact our marquee hire experts today