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The Chinese Hat

The Chinese Hat, or Top hat, is a square structure with a pointy roof, as shown in the picture below, most often used as an extension, an entrance, a bar, an isolated tent or part of a walkway. Our Chinese hats are either 3mx3m (10ft x 10ft) or 6mx6m (20ft x 20ft) and can be supplied with bespoke roof linings and illuminated with high output LED lighting and decorated in a variety of styles. The hat gives the overall clearspan structure a more interesting look. When joined to a larger, Clearspan structure the joint is guttered to ensure the overall structure is weatherproof. Where we supply Chinese hats as doorways we can include aluminum Debut Doors to ensure the structure remains warm and dry.

Chinese Hats Marquees can be used for

  • Open/closed sided bar area
  • Buffet area
  • Marquee for up to 40 banqueting guests
  • Disco space
  • Garden shade for a summer party
  • Presentation space at a county show
  • We've even had a bucking bronco in one! Marquee dimensions 10ft x 10ft / 20ft x 20ft
  • Marquee height 3m
  • Capacity up to 80 standing persons in a 20ft Chinese hat
  • Our party marquees are designed to be "fit for purpose”. What does this mean? The manufacturer, Roder in Germany, has many years experience in the design and construction of marquees, identified exactly what was being asked for in a "party marquee”. It should be sturdy. It should be versatile, so it can be any size, open or closed, lined or unlined. It should be user friendly, easy to build and easy to clean. And above all is should be value for money. 

The Chinese Hat Gallery

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❝ All seasons were very professional and friendly. We were very impressed with the quality of the marquee and the assorted extras, tables, chairs, pa system etc. The set up on the day couldn't have been any smoother, I would highly recommend All Seasons and would definitely use them again in the future   ❞
Andrew Northover

Our FAQs for hiring a marquee.

Here are some of our Frequently Asked Questions, if you have any more then don't hesitate to call on 01425 655 664 or email us on info@allseasonsmarquees.com: Lets start with the important decision you need to make.

How big? 

It is important to err on the small side. Tempting as it might be to show off with a huge structure; your guests will always want to feel busy and close to other guests - think " in the kitchen at parties" - this applies with a marquee. Too big and your guests with congregate outside or in a corner.

How much will it cost? 

Our prices start from £150.00+ VAT for a 10ft x 10ft structure.

Naturally you will get quotes from 3 or 4 suppliers. Expensive does not always mean high quality so make sure to look at all the websites and read the reviews. Then decide. At ASM we have fixed, sensible prices. 

What is the marquee like?

The industry standard for professional Marquee hirers is Roder compatible equipment. Beware suppliers who supply thin, weak, cheap structures such as pop up tents bought from the supermarket. There are, in our area, several marquee companies offering poor quality structures but not making any accommodation for this in their cost. How can you tell? As a rule - if the structure is made up with "round poles" rather than  substantial Aluminium Box beams - it is cheap! It will not be as safe as a Roder structure and the canvas will be flimsy and they are generally lower in ridge height. You can tell. They look Cheap!!!

How long is the marquee normally up for?

Your marquee rental can be up for however long you want depending on availability. Normally a wedding marquee is built on Wednesday or Thursday t and dropped on Sunday or Monday. In the summer months we try to organise our staffing and marquees to suit the customer, however this can be tricky when we have multiple weddings in one week. If you request your build and removal dates early then we will do everything we can to fit in with your dates. We tend to build Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and remove on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. If you need the marquee to be removed or built on a weekend then let us know and we will try to accommodate this however we may charge an additional "weekend work" fee.

What flooring can I have?

We supply Dandy Dura polypropylene matting as standard  ( see flooring in "Equipment Hire ") in either sky-blue or neutral fleck. This is professional, event matting - always clean and odourless. Alternatively we supply wooden suspended flooring with carpet over.  On occasions we have built marquees where downpours on waterlogged ground have created puddles in the marquee, please ensure that you speak to your landowner about their knowledge of any waterlogged areas and let us know so we can try and prevent this spoiling your event. (Especially wedding venues who use the same area for marquees as the ground can get compacted from guests and cause drainage issues) We also offer new and used carpet laid on grass with a polythene underlay.

You supply cream lining, can I have white or a different colour?

We can hire in different linings for your day. Coloured swags and linings come in many colours . Let us know if you would like a colour swatch sent. The Mughal comes with flat, white linen lining. Clearspan, framed structures with Ivory, silk , pleated.

What insurance do you have and do I need?

We give you third party liability insurance as standard. However, when the marquee is in your hands its up to you to keep it, and the equipment, safe. You can obtain full Event insurance to cover you, the marquee and its equipment from around £100. Let us know if you would like more information. 

Can I have a marquee in the winter?

All Seasons Marquees - we build year-round. With the addition of powerful heaters, insulating lining and suspended flooring, our winter marquees are warm and dry.

Do you have a delivery charge?

We offer free delivery within a 10 mile radius, after that £1 per mile.

Can I rent just lining or flooring?

Yes of course. You can hire anything from us if it is available for your date. Please refer to our "Equipment Hire" page.

What can I do if you don't supply something I would like?

We regularly work with other marquee and hire companies to ensure that our customers have everything they could possibly want. Just ask.

When do I pay?

We require 25% deposit and a signed booking form within 1 week of the invoice and the balance within 3 working days of the event. If the booking form is not signed within a week of invoicing then availability will not be guaranteed but we will inform you of this.

Can I change my mind about the marquee size after paying my deposit?

You can change almost anything you want, within reason, up until the week of the event. Subject to availability. We do not make a penalty charge for minor changes. If you decide to radically reduce your order there would be a charge commensurate with the booking loss suffered by us.

What are the rules when hiring a marquee?

Full terms and conditions will be sent with your invoice. Please read these carefully. One of our big NO-NOs is sticky tape on the marquees (it sticks forever and ruins our walls). Also no smoking in the marquees under any circumstances.

I have an uneven lawn, will the marquee fit?

We will do everything we can to offer you a stable and comfortable marquee. Really uneven surfaces may require suspended flooring at an extra cost- it looks stunning though!

What if I want to put the marquee on hard standing (not grass)?

If you require a marquee on hard standing we supply Water weights. The larger of these hold a tonne of water each and keep the marquee in place! This will cost you around £100.00 extra but less/more depending on location and size of the marquee.

What if something happens to the marquee whilst it is in my possession?

If damage or loss is caused by you or your guests then any replacements or damage are chargeable to you. When signing the booking form you are agreeing to our T&Cs.  Any damaged caused by our build failures are our responsibility. You must notify us immediately if you notice anything you believe is not as it should be. We will endeavour to rectify this ASAP.

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We can recommend Bespoke Strings to play at you function. This high quality string quartet are versatile and can offer a range of musical sets from Church sessions to background. https://www.bespokestrings.co.uk/