English Tea

Frame Tent Collection

The innocent patterns and pretty bunting make this the perfect marquee for a quirky vintage garden party, a unique festival wedding or a lucky child's birthday party.

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Find yourself in Wonderland

The English Tea Tent is a whimsical wonderland of child-like delights, inspired by a penchant for taking high tea and a childhood spent reading Alice in Wonderland.

Designed by Katherine and her sister Rosemary Hudson, the ceiling of each of the 30ft x 30ft interiors contains over 200 cotton doileys meticulously sewn on, and each of the 6 individual wall panels depict a scene or character from the book.  Look for the rabbit in the key-hole, the cup-cakes tessalating into roses, the lobster with a bow in his tail, a pink-wafer cake stand and the slightly tongue-in-cheek teapot pouring lashings of 'leg' tea into teacups.

This was a popular festival tent at Bestival and Camp Bestival, being used to house many different festival activities each time, last year saw The English Tea Tent used as a knitting tent.

The innocent patterns and pretty bunting make this the perfect marquee for a quirky vintage garden party, a unique festival wedding or a lucky child's birthday party.

Accessorise with fun decorative biscuit cushions which come in Nice, Custard Cream and Bourbon styles, or dress it up with your best china tea set, strings of pearls and bowls of old fashioned sweets.

It was a magical experience having such a dramatic event in our garden, and I truly believe the tent was fundamental in setting the scene. It saved hours of sourcing props and room dressings as the tent did it all for me. If I could watch everyones faces as they walked in again I would be ecstatic, they were truly amazed!

Jeremy ★★★★★

What looks good with the English Tea

Here's a small selection of our additional tents, furniture and props which we think complete the English Tea's look.

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How our previous customers have used the English Tea

We're always on the lookout for new and exciting ways to decorate and theme our tents and these are a few ideas which our customers have found worked well for the English Tea.

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If you have any questions or enquiries, please get in touch.

You can either contact us directly using the details provided below or you can use the enquiry form opposite.

Please let us know the number of guests you’re expecting, the tent you’re interested in and the date of your event along with any other useful information, to allow us to best help you plan your event.

We aim to get back to all enquiries within 24 hours.

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Enquiry form for English Tea tent hire

Fill in a few details opposite and we will get back to you as soon as possible with an accurate quote.

We aim to respond to all enquiries within 24 hours.

What is your event?

Total amount of guestsIf you aren't sure on exact numbers, tell us the most guests you are expecting.

Are any of these dining?Are you having a sit-down meal? If not, just leave this at zero.

Do you have a date?

What's the location of your venue?If you don't have an exact postcode, give us an indication of whereabouts in the country your venue will be so we can quote for delivery.

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What is the maximum capacity for the English Tea tent?

Answer: 260 people

Depending on how many guests you have, whether you are dining, and if you want a dance floor and other seating and chillout areas, will determine what size of tent you will require.

This table provides a good reference to work out what kind of space you will need. If you are having an even bigger party than our maximum capacity, we suggest putting more tents together!

Tent Sizes Standing Dining Mixed
3m x 3m 12 12 0
4.5m x 4.5m 20 16 0
4.5m x 9m 40 32 20
4.5m x 14m 50 45 30
6m x 6m 30 24 20
6m x 9m 60 60 30
6m x 12m 60 80 40
6m x 18m 120 120 60
9m x 9m 90 90 50
9m x 18m 180 180 90
9m x 27m 260 260 150

What spacing requirements should I consider?

Answer: The minimum space you will need is for the English Tea

This area takes into account the tent itself as well as the guide ropes, which need 2 metres around every side to ensure it is set up safely. Use the chart above to work out exactly how much space you will need.

Being frame structures our tents can be erected on hard standings such as tennis courts, concrete car parks and gravel drives and this requires eye bolts to be drilled into the floor. Because of their construction, they require the area where they are being erected to be level. Scaffolding can be put in place to level areas that have too much of a slope to them. However, if the ground is slightly uneven then a hard-flooring upgrade can be used to level out the floor within the tent.

How long does it take to set up?

Answer: The English Tea takes to set up

Our tents vary in size, some of our smaller tents can be set up in a few hours, whilst our largest tents can take several days. The build would ideally begin on Monday or Tuesday to ensure everything is ready for a Saturday event.

To give you an idea of the build and what to expect at your party, here's a time-lapse of one of previous events.

Are the tents waterproof?

Answer: Yes, they are waterproof

The exteriors are made from high quality cotton canvas which is regularly waterproofed throughout the season. It is important when positioned on windy sites to put in additional supporting poles inside the tent to support the pyramid ceiling, to ensure they can endure winds of up to 30 mph.

Will the tents be warm enough?

Answer: Yes, they are easily heated

Our tents can be easily heated on cool days as their vented elevated ceilings and canvas exteriors are geared towards providing shade on a hot day rather than warmth on a cool one.

When would you take them down?

Answer: The following day

We would come and take them down the following day (usually a Sunday).

Do you need a power supply?

Answer: Yes

We will always require power. Most lighting can run from a 13-amp domestic supply or a generator. Our cabling is weatherproof.

How much will it cost?

Answer: Varies (See examples)

Every single party and event is unique, however, we have given a few examples below to give you an idea of how much it might cost.

Ask if there is anything else you would like to know

If you have any other question, big or small, just ask away. We are happy to answer any queries you may have.

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