Marquee FAQs

Got a question?

We’ve compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions:

We hope that you find the answers to your questions below, in our marquee FAQs section. If not, please email us or give us a call and we will be more than happy to help.

I want to hire a marquee, where do I start?
Why not give our team a call and explain what your event is and what you might like to do. They can help to guide you in your choices and can offer a no obligation quotation if appropriate. Call 01372 459485 or download your full copy of our comprehensive ‘Marquee Hire Guide’ here.

What do Inside Outside do?
We are experts in all kinds of marquee events from birthdays, to weddings to large scale corporate functions and long term hires. We can just assist you with a marquee, or we can plan and deliver the entire event – we will give you as much help as you need. See our Planning & Mangement page for more details.

What types of marquee do you supply?
We offer frame tent marquees, traditional pole marquees, stretch tents and pagoda marquees. Our frame tent marquees can be used to create house extension marquees too. You can find out more about the differences between the types of marquees in our free to download Marquee Hire Guide.

Do marquees have to go onto grass?
No, modern marquees can be erected on any surface, provided there is some means of anchoring. Undulating surfaces can be tackled with a standard boarded floor, slopes and troughs will require an integral raised floor.

Can you put a marquee on a tennis court?
Yes, tennis courts are an ideal space, though the surface can sometimes get marked and netting needs to be removed. A wooden floor may necessary to protect the surface and assist drainage. Find out more here.

I have a sloping lawn, can you help me?
Yes, we regularly build marquees on sloping lawns, across terraces, stepped terraces and more. We have solutions that allow us to even out undulating ground, build over garden features such as ponds and lakes and more. We are experts in finding solutions for even the most awkward of spaces.

If other marquee companies have been unable to help, contact us! We always find a way to provide a marquee – even in the most challenging of locations. Read this article to find out more.

Will a marquee damage my lawn?
Not really, except on soft, wet lawns where the entrances and exits can become soggy where it is well trodden. We advise a wooden boarded floor in these kind of conditions. There is generally just a slight yellowing of the grass, which quickly returns to its normal colour. You can read our article on this subject here.

Do you supply house extension marquees?
Yes, house extension marquees are a specialty of ours. We construct solid house extension marquees that attach directly and seamlessly to your house or building. You can find out more about our house extension marquees, here.

What is the difference between a gazebo and a marquee?
In short, a gazebo is a basic, lightweight cover solution, designed to provide simple cover and/or protection against light rain or bright sunshine.

Marquees are generally large, solid structures, usable in all types of weather throughout the year. They require teams of experienced builders to construct and usually include internal linings, theming and decoration, flooring, electrics, lighting, furniture, stages, dance floors, bars and more. They provide impressive, bespoke venues for private and corporate events. Read more here.

What makes Inside Outside Marquee Hire unique?
Attention to detail. We understand the importance of precision and workmanship, which naturally leads us to make our own canvas poled marquees and beautiful and elegant linings in a range of colours and styles. Our versatility and can-do approach has given us the reputation of being the leading marquee hire company in the South East.

We also offer a unique 10 point STRESS FREE service guarantee. Something that you are unlikely to find with other marquee suppliers.

How do I get a marquee hire quote?

Contact us and we’ll guide you through the process. Although it is a relatively simple process it is worth considering a few factors before picking up the telephone.

Some of the key factors that are worth considering are as follows:

  • Approximate guest numbers
  • Event type: Birthday party? Wedding? Or something else entirely?
  • Will there be dining and dancing, or just one or the other?
  • Are you having a band or a DJ?
  • Will you require a caterers area?
  • Do you need toilets?
  • Are you having a bar?
  • Will you want/need heating or cooling equipment?
  • Location: Where will the event be held?
  • What surface will the marquee sit upon? Lawn, hard-standing etc.

But don’t worry if you don’t have all of the answers as yet! Our team are more than happy to talk through your event and to start out by offering you a ballpark estimate, over the telephone, based upon the planning stage that you are at when they speak to you.

If you are happy with the estimate then the next step is for us to come and visit you to conduct a site survey. At this point we will discuss your event with you in person and in more detail, before providing you with your fully itemised and comprehensive quotation and floor plan.

How long have Inside Outside been providing marquees in Surrey?
We are proud to have been trading for over forty years. We don’t just supply marquees in Surrey, we cover the whole of the Southeast of England too.

Does Inside Outside only provide luxury marquees?
In general, Inside Outside provide luxury marquee hire. Our services extend beyond simple marquee provision and include high levels of customer service, third party supplier coordination and more.

That said, we offer a range of marquee packages individually tailored to your needs. We can supply everything from unlined traditional pole marquees to state-of-the-art frame tents, suspended flooring and bespoke linings made to order.

Are your marquees suitable for corporate events?
Very much so. We offer comprehensive corporate marquee hire services. AGMs, conferences, meetings, product launches, exhibitions and more are regularly serviced by Inside Outside Marquees. Discover more about our corporate marquee hire services, here.

Do you offer long term marquee hire?
Yes, we consider ourselves to be experts in long term marquee hire. We have supplied marquees for long term hire to retail outlets, cafes, bars and restaurants, as well as to sports clubs, schools, colleges and more. Visit our long term marquee hire page for more information.

Why are some estimates so cheap?
There are many different kinds of marquees available and also a wide variance in quality or materials, build and service. Watch out for hidden extras and corner-cutting including an insufficient power supply which could potentially ruin your party. We have a 10 Point Guarantee to ensure that you get quality, safety, and reliability with no nasty surprises

I’ve hired a marquee, when should I cut the grass?
We recommend cutting the grass a couple of days prior to the arrival of the marquee to allow it to dry out.The aim is to erect the marquee on a dry surface to limit condensation and damage to lawn.

COVID-19: Can we still hire a marquee?
Yes. We have created a virtual site visit service which we employ during any periods of lockdown and also for customers who would rather not have visitors to their home during these uncertain times. Please click here to discover more about our virtual site visit service.

Is there anything missing from our Marquee FAQs page?
We hope that you found the answers that you were looking for. However, if you have a question that you believe we should add to our marquee FAQs page, please email us marketing@inside-outside.co.uk

Alternatively, why not speak to a member of our team on 01372 459 485? We’ll be more than happy to expand upon our marquee FAQs, as well as to supply estimates and ideas over the telephone.

Call 01372 459485 or email sales@inside-outside.co.uk to discuss your requirements