Marquees that let you sit back and enjoy the party
The perfect event or party needs a roof, whether to provide shade, shelter, or just a wonderful atmosphere. We have a huge selection of marquees, available in different colours, designs, qualities and sizes. From good quality, inexpensive PE party tents to extra high-quality, fire-resistant PVC marquees with certified wind and snow loads. Browse over 100 products to find the right tent to match your festival, event or party.
Just so you know: The majority of our products come with guaranteed replacement parts for 10 year from the date of purchase.
Versatile, stable and mobile: Marquees for all occasions
Marquees and gazebos can be used in many different circumstances. For example, as a shelter at garden parties, as exhibition stands at trade fairs and markets, or even for weather-proofing an outdoor swimming pool. The range of uses is vast. House of Tents provides party marquees in sizes from 3x2m to 8x36m. Ranging from small garden pavilions to large wedding marquees - everything to fit your needs.
Our garden marquees are an obvious choice as a party tent for wedding receptions. In particular, luxury marquees from our range of professional quality wedding tents will be a highlight for a wedding celebration that people will remember for years to come.
For anyone planning a garden party to impress, our garden party tents make a great basis from which to plan a party or garden wedding reception for the ages. During the day they protect against sun and rain, with UV protection and waterproof roof and side panels. During the evening they provide shelter against wind and the cold. Decorating according to your personal taste, perhaps with festoon lighting, an entrance with canopy or gable ends with windows, you can design a venue that serves as a backdrop for a wonderful outdoor event.
What sets our party tents apart:
Strong, robust connecting systems
Our marquees are designed for long-term, regular use. In the Premium and Professional product ranges, individual frame components are secured with bolts that pass through all connecting elements. Economy garden tents use a heavy-duty click-in system using a wide, solid steel coil spring within the poles as the spring element. These connecting systems provide a sturdy, reliable frame that can withstand all sorts of weather and some rough and tumble if the party really goes off.
Customise your party marquee with individually removable side wall and gable panels:
Large arched windows in the sidewalls create a light, open atmosphere in the marquee. Individually removable side wall panels are constructed so that there is a controlled exchange of air, with oxygen evenly entering the party tent and stuffy, damp air exiting. The tent has a comfortable climate day and night, even when fully closed. The wall and gable sections of our party marquees can be individually removed to create entrances wherever you need them. Eyelets in the tarpaulin and ground pegs (included in delivery) are used to prevent draughts and the tarpaulin from moving.
Tips for purchasing a party marquee
1. Calculate the size
In order to ensure that your party tent is neither too large nor too small, the following general rules can be used to roughly calculate the tent size required:
- When standing, an attendee requires 0.5 m² of space
- a seated guest requires approximately 0.7 m² on average.
- With long trestle tables and benches, each person requires approximately 0.8 m²
- With tables and chairs, expect people to need between 1 to 1.2 m² when seated at a table.
Thus, a 6x8 metre garden tent would accommodate approximately 96 garden party guests standing or 68 attendees seated.
Of course, you will also need to account for the dimensions of your outdoor area. For non-square gardens or spaces, you have the option of customising the shape of the structure to suit your needs using connecting gutters to combine tents.
2. Tarpaulin material: Light and easy for the short term, or heavy-duty for longer use?
On our site you will find party tents from two product lines, OPTIline and PROFIline.
The tarpaulin material of PE (OPTIline) party tents is thinner and lighter than the hard-wearing PVC (PROFIline) party tents. On average OPTIline tarps weigh only half as much. Due to the lower weight, PE tent tarpaulins are easier to handle and take up less space when stored. In addition, OPTIline party marquees enable quicker assembly and are generally cheaper than PVC luxury marquees.
However, PE tarpaulins are more vulnerable to damage than tarpaulins made of PVC material so are more suitable for occasional use and for short periods of standing. So, if you're looking for inexpensive party tents that should not be left standing all year round, OPTIline pavilions are the right choice for you. Our PE party tents can be found using the filter on this page. They are available in various thicknesses starting from approx. 180 g/m², extending to a weight of 300 g/m².
If you need a marquee for long-term or year-round use, we recommend buying a high-quality PROFIline marquee with a PVC tarpaulin. This is a durable, robust material that is suitable for year-round use. Party tent tarpaulins made of PVC are approximately twice as heavy as PE tarpaulins and are similar to a truck trailer covers in terms of their feel. Tarps used in our PROFIline party tents have a weight of 500 - 550 g/m². Alongside a high resistance to environmental influences, PVC has the property of being fire-retardant. That is why these party marquees are ideally suited for use in areas where fire safety must be ensured - for example, at corporate events.
Party tents from both product lines offer excellent protection against sun and rain and are extremely durable. Both OPTIline and PROFIline pavilion garden tents are UV-resistant, 100% waterproof and have welded seams at all tarpaulin seams. In order to ensure your party marquee is waterproof, it's important that the seams are sealed or welded. This is the only way to assure yourself that the party tent is weatherproof and 100% watertight, even in heavy rain.
3. Select a party tent based on a great range of features
We offer the following qualities for marquees: Economy, Premium, and Professional. The quality categories represent differences in tarpaulin strength, frame construction and stability. All quality categories feature a fully galvanised anti-corrosive steel frame and individually removable wall sections.
Party marquees in the Economy product line are equipped with a click-in frame for OPTIline (PE) garden marquees, and bolted connections for PROFIline (PVC) party tents. Upper-range products such as Premium and Professional use bolted connections for all product lines.
Premium garden marquees have a slightly lighter tarpaulin than heavy duty Professional models. Due to base frames (ground bars) and roof reinforcements, frames in Premium and Professional marquees are especially stable. Professional products furthermore feature an extremely stable, thick frame.
The standard side wall height is 2 m. Professional marquees are also available with extra high 2.6 metre sides. At the apex, the height of these party tents is 3.40 m. High sidewalls are recommended for larger events, and there are many possible uses: for example, setting up a stage at a wedding or using the extra space for lighting and decoration for a big birthday party in the garden.
Overview of the 3 tips:
- Calculate the required size for your party marquee
- Choose the right material for the roof and sides
- Choose the quality category - from Economy to Professional - depending on the requirements and place of use
Good to know: How to increase safety
Fire-resistant-certified garden marquees
PVC tarpaulins are fire-retardant. If you want to go the extra mile, purchase a fire-resistant certified PVC marquee. This will ensure the highest level of safety for guests and meets official fire protection requirements.
Our fire-resistant tents comply with the following European standards: GB EN 13501-1, DE – DIN 4102 – B1/B2 and CH-BKZ 5.2. Our fire-resistant marquees are just as comfortable and mobile as our conventional tents, but with the added comfort of knowing that your garden tent has added protection. Few of our competitors offer certified, fire-resistant garden tents.
Improve stability with accessories
Improve the stability of your garden marquee or event tent using accessories. Use our anti-storm set for additional safety and greater stability. It features strong tension belts and ground anchoring. These make the garden party tents suitable for use in the garden, but also at professional venues such as at cafes and restaurants, or during weddings. In short, for events or parties where you want to be prepared for any possibility.
The Safety Plus Package offers the maximum level of stability for your party tent. The Safety Plus Package includes stability enhancements and corresponding snow and wind loads certified by engineers for all our party tents.
Professional party marquees from the PROFIline product line come with our safety plus package included. As long as the marquee is correctly assembled, it is certified to withstand winds of up to gale force 10 or snow loads of up to a maximum of 50 - 60 kg/m². The entire construction is additionally stabilised and secured by a specially designed steel rope system, a ground anchoring system and reinforced tension belts with ratchet fastenings. When using the Safety Plus Package with PE garden party tents or Economy and Premium party tents, certified snow and winds loads are not given. However, a Safety Plus Package is still recommended as it greatly increases stability and wind resistance.
Short assembly times make these a great option for a birthday party or wedding. The more complex a structure, the more time is required for assembly. If the garden tent features a base frame (ground bar) and roof reinforcement, it will take longer to erect as more components need fixing.
Our party marquees are simple to assemble and don’t require any additional tools. Usually an Allen key is all that is required - and it is included with the tent. Frame components of the tent are labelled and easy to identify during assembly. The assembly instructions are simple and guide you through the setup step by step. We recommend the use of a ladder if assembling a marquee with walls higher than 2 m.
When dismantled, the wedding marquees can be conveniently transported and stored in special storage bags made from hard-wearing Oxford material. With correct use and good care, you will be able to enjoy your marquee over many years, and countless parties.
Cleaning, maintenance and repair
The tarpaulin should be cleaned and inspected regularly. Our special PVC/PE cleaner gently removes obstinate stains. If damage is discovered during cleaning, this should be repaired promptly. Otherwise, the damage may worsen. In this case we recommend contacting our service team, or for replacing eyelets a repair kit is available online.
In the case of significant damage, components should be replaced. Simply contact us and we will help you to find the correct replacement part. House of Tents has approximately 100,000 replacement parts in stock. For most of our tents we maintain a supply of replacement parts for up to 10 years from the purchase date. You'll be hard pressed to find another company offering this service.