Springing from a love of outdoor parties, The Arabian Tent Company was founded in 2004 by Katherine Hudson. The magic of festivals and marquee parties captured Katherine’s imagination, soon she was hooked and decided she had to try and put on her own event.

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After searching the whole of the UK for a suitable party tent, and finding nothing but white PVC marquees, Katherine realised she would have to try a little harder if she wanted to do something truly special.

Now determined to find the perfect party marquee and with a gap in the UK market found, Katherine set off on her quest to Morocco to talk to a man about a tent...The Moroccan tent Katherine first bought (and infamously drove back to the UK strapped to the roof of her van) may not have been anything compared with the wondrous interiors The Arabian Tent Company boasts today, but it was the beginning of something new and different, and word soon spread throughout the party world and people all over the UK started to book the marquee for all sorts of festivals, parties and events.

The more tented parties Katherine put on, the more her inspiration grew. Soon she decided to design her own marquee linings and collected cushions and furniture, ornaments and feathers, candles and lanterns to adorn the interiors.

This was how the Arabian Tent Company was born, how it grew, and (for the most part) how it continues to grow today.

Now with the largest collection of unique marquees in the UK, a wonderful team of creative and skilled marquee crew, drapers and event specialists and a whole lot of passion and attention to detail, The Arabian Tent Company are proud to have weathered 2 recessions and a global pandemic to have supplied magical marquees, cosy furniture and interesting props and furnishings to some of the UK's (and Europe's) most spectacular parties for more than 15 years.

In the new age of carbon overloads and climate emergency, every effort is important. We are proud to introduce our tree planting scheme to offset the emissions created by delivering to our clients, and have limited our delivery distance to within 100 miles of our West Sussex base, as our committment to tackling climate change.

Events and weddings, by their very temporary and high impact nature, are an eco-challenge. The industry is a major culprit in unnecessary landfill and avoidable emissions. Currently there are no practical alternatives to using diesel-fuelled trucks and vans to deliver our equipment - thus we now offer an option to offset this unavoidable footprint.

We can help you to offset this footprint - and calculate the wider impact of other elements. We have numerous recommendations to drastically reduce the impact of your event.

We strive to be part of the solution and we hope you’ll join us.

We can help design your wedding

Are you planning a wedding? Not only do we have the best tents, furniture props and décor, but we are an award-winning event design company, too!

Take a look at what we offer.

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