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  • Writer's pictureKatharine Snowden

What's included in your marquee hire price?

Updated: Feb 27

Welcome, party planners, nearly weds, and anyone with an extraordinary event to organise! In this week's blog post, we're talking about the finer details of marquee hire costs. Whether you're organising a lavish wedding, a milestone birthday bash, or a sophisticated corporate event, a stunning pole and canvas marquee is the perfect choice. But what exactly do you get as part of your marquee hire package when you go with Peacock and Bow? We'll break it all down for you, including some snazzy add-ons that can take your event to the next level.

The essentials: what's included in your marquee hire price

Bespoke hand-built bar

Designed and crafted by talented hands of Mr Peacock and Bow, our oak panelled bars are the classy way to serve drinks. They can also be used as an impressive looking DJ booth! This unique feature adds quality and style to your event, especially when placed around the King Pole in our larger marquees or in a separate chill-out tent. They bring the wow factor for sure.

The crescent bar is included with the following marquees:

  • Our 7.3 x 18.3 metre marquees, can be hired from £5000, and accommodate up to 60 guests. These marquees are ideal for ceremonies, reception drinks or any intimate gathering.

  • Our 9 x 23 metre marquees, which can be hired from £9000 and can accommodate up to 100 guests. These beauties bring elegance to any small to medium sized event

  • Our 9 x 30 metre marquees, which can be hired from £10,000 and can accommodate up to 140 guests. A majestic space for any medium to large event

A full round oak panelled bar inside a Peacock and Bow pole and canvas marquee

The round bar is included in the hire price of all of our 12 metre marquees, these three, four and five peaked canvas palaces make the ideal party space for your large celebration:

  • Our 12 x 27 metre marquees can be hired from £12000 and hold up to 160 guests

  • Our 12 x 34 metre marquees can be hired from £13000 and hold up to 220 guests

  • Our 12 x 42 metre marquees can be hired from £15000 and hold up to 260 guests

Marquee flooring

Our premium matting is both eco-friendly and has the look and feel of natural coir. It's perfect for rustic or traditional-style weddings and events. It creates a protective barrier between the ground and the marquee, so if anyone hits the deck they’ll at least stay clean and dry. Although, the matting also provides a stable and level surface, so the risk of trips and tumbles are greatly reduced. We keep our flooring impeccably clean and sanitised so it will look brand new just for you.

Our matting flooring is included in the guide prices for all our marquees.

Internal fairy lights

Is there anything that transforms a space more than fairy lights? Think about it, when have you ever slung up a string of fairy lights and they haven’t instantly made even the dingiest student bedroom look like an enchanting cave of wonders? Create a magical inviting mood in your marquee with fairy lights, which we hang in a star formation from the King Poles.

Fairy lights are included in the guide price for all our marquees.

two bridesmaids surrounded by wedding guests dance inside a Peacock and Bow pole and canvas marquee lit with fairy lights
Photo credit - Kate Lowe Photography

Flying lights above the canopy

Exclusive to Peacock and Bow, our flying lights hover above the canopy on the outside of the marquee, following the roofline's swoops. They bring bags of drama to your marquee's evening silhouette, turning it into a focal point that can be seen from miles around. They give off a vintage and retro vibe, igniting that warm feeling of nostalgia in your guests. They’re practical in that they help light the outside space. They also set the tone for romance and make for amazing and unique photos.

An external view of a Peacock and Bow pole and canvas marquee at night lit with flying lights along the roofline and festoon lights light the entrance walkway

Flying lights are included in the guide prices for all our marquees.

Tables and chairs

Make sure your guests can dine, take a load off and mingle in comfort with our high quality and stylish tables and chairs. Because no event is complete without these essentials! We have based our guide prices on our elegant and iconic Chiavari chairs. These chairs have a cushioned seat and are finished in lime wash.

Inside a Peacock and Bow pole and canvas marquee, trestle tables are dressed with white linen, floral arrangements and candles. Limewashed chiavari chairs with seat pads are positioned at each place setting

Our standard trestle table and chiavari chairs are included in the guide prices for all our marquees.

Auckland oak dance floor

Our Auckland Oak dance floor compliments the warm and natural aesthetic of our pole and canvas marquees, its smooth, durable surface can withstand all the knee slides and is easy on feet and joints, so your grandparents can keep jiving long into the night. The oak even makes the music sound better as it enhances the marquee's acoustics and reduces vibrations and echoing.

Inside a Peacock and Bow pole and canvas marquee a man does the worm while other guests throw shapes around him on the Auckland oak dancefloor

Our 4.5 ㎡ dance floor for up to 150 guests is available for the following marquee sizes:

  • Our 7.3 x 18.3 metre marquees, which can be hired from £5000

  • Our 9 x 23 metre marquees, which can be hired from £9000

  • Our 9 x 30 metre marquees, which can be hired from £10,000

Our 5.5 x 6.5 metre dance floor for up to 250 guests is available for the following marquee sizes:

  • Our 12 x 27 metre marquees, which can be hired from £12000

  • Our 12 x 34 metre marquees, which can be hired from £13000

  • Our 12 x 42 metre marquees, which can be hired from £15000


Create a designated elevated performance space for live music, speeches, presentations, or any entertainment act. Make sure no one in the marquee misses a thing. Stages are also useful for keeping sound and lighting equipment out the way and ensuring light and sound are projected properly throughout the marquee. Make your stage a focal point by decorating it to match the theme of the event. Give your photographers and videographers the chance to use it as a backdrop or to capture the event from different angles.

For marquee events like conferences, corporate gatherings, or formal ceremonies, having a stage conveys professionalism and provides a prominent platform for speakers, panellists and presenters, making it easier for them to address and interact with the audience. The stage can also be used as a canvas for event branding, displaying logos, banners, or other visuals that reinforce the event's identity.

Inside Peacock and Bow pole and canvas marquee, a three piece band play on a stage

Our 6 x 3.7 metre stage, suitable for a five to eight piece band, is available for the following marquee sizes:

  • Our 7.3 x 18.3 metre marquees, which can be hired from £5000

  • Our 9 x 23 metre marquees, which can be hired from £9000

  • Our 9 x 30 metre marquees, which can be hired from £10,000

Our 4.9 x 2.4 metre stage, suitable for a four piece band, is available for the following marquee sizes:

  • Our 12 x 27 metre marquees, which can be hired from £12000

  • Our 12 x 34 metre marquees, which can be hired from £13000

  • Our 12 x 42 metre marquees, which can be hired from £15000

Additional options to amp up your event (for an extra cost)

Entrance walkway - £65

For just £65 you can make your marquee’s entrance stand out or seamlessly link two marquees using our versatile matting walkways. Let your guests experience a VIP red (well, hessian) carpet welcome!

A coir walkway leads to a Peacock and Bow pole and canvas marquee. The entance is flanked by lanterns, easels and trees. Inside there is a warm glow from the dining area and pink and purple light emits from the party area

Wooden boarded floor - POA

An exceptionally robust foundation for your marquee, our wooden marquee flooring is designed to harmonise with the natural terrain to create a strong surface. You can enhance the look with a selection of colourful event carpets. This choice seamlessly blends functionality with elegance. Pricing is determined by a number of factors, including marquee size, so please contact us for a quote.

White festoon lights - £55

For an extra £55 you can add a touch of nostalgia to your marquee’s warm, romantic glow by replacing the fairy lights with white festoon lights, hung in star-like formation above your guests. It's like dancing under a starry night sky!

Inside a Peacock and Bow pole and canvas marquee white festoons hang above two long trestle tables dressed in white linen with bentwood french bistro chairs, some guests are seated and some are standing

Upgrade your bar situation

Our clients can and do have the round bar in our seven and nine metre marquees, there are no space restrictions. If you're hiring one of these marquees and would prefer the round bar, simply add £350 to the guide price.

If you want to make sure your guests are well oiled at all times and would like additional bars, they are individually priced as follows.

  • Crescent bar - £500

  • Round bar - £850

Inside a Peacock and Bow pole and canvas marquee guests  lean against the handcrafted oak bar which is stocked with glasses, wine bottles and spirits. A silver punch bowl sits on top of the bar. In the background a flower ring hangs around a king pole and the canopy is strung with fairy lights

Flower rings - £80

Decorate the overhead space with tubular steel flower rings suspended around the King Poles, creating a stunning aerial focal point. It's a floral masterpiece that will leave your guests in awe. Flower rings can be hired for £80 each.

Inside a Peacock and Bow pole and canvas marquee, the focal point is a dressed flower ring with hydrangeas, rosed and wisteria amongst its folliage. It hangs above long trestle tables and wooden crossback chairs

Mirror ball - £280

Remember earlier in the article when we said nothing transforms a space like fairy lights? Well, we momentarily forgot about the legend, the icon, the shiny spherical super freaky glitz and glamour maker that is the mirror ball. Create a boogie wonderland in your marquee with a rotating mirror ball. For £280 you can transport your guests to the dance floor of Studio 54. They won't be able to resist getting their groove on under the mirror ball’s dazzling reflections all around the vast expanse of canvas.

Giant shepherds crooks - £65 for 12

Don’t run the risk of any lost sheep by creating illuminated pathways, entrances, and enclosures with our giant shepherd’s crooks. These extra tall forged crooks with their ornate hooks can be adorned with lanterns or festoon lights. They’re a practical and picturesque addition to your event. You can hire 12 crooks for £65.

A bride and groom walk up a coir matting walkway lined with giant shepherds crooks that hold up festoon lights. There are two tractors in the background and an older woman looks on

Spill-out area - £370

Make the most of your outdoor space by creating a welcoming square area of matting, encircled by festoon lights, where guests can unwind and have those deep chats in the embrace of your event's ambiance. Perfect for a warm summer night. Prices for spill out areas start from £370.

Reveal curtain - £780

Inject even more excitement into your event by making use of our beautiful reveal curtain. This hand-sewn statement drapery can add drama and anticipation to your event, by screening off areas, helping you make an entrance or creating memorable moments.

The possibilities are endless with this simple but stunning addition to your marquee. Create a beautiful backdrop for photographs and capture moments of revelation. Add some theatre and drama to your day, seamlessly and discreetly transition areas of your marquee from ceremony to reception. If it's a corporate event you can create a private area for performers or VIPs. The list goes on. The reveal curtain can be hired for £780

Portico - £1200, and colonnade - £450

For grand entrances or spectacular walkways between marquees, these structures set the scene for a fabulous time. Welcome your guests in style! The portico looks stunning styled with foliage and flowers and can be hired for £1200. The colonnade will guide your guests between marquees, or to the cloakroom in style and can be hired for £450. Both the portico and colonnade are handcrafted by Wills Marquees and made from the same fine natural wood and canvas materials as our marquees so they fit in seamlessly with the overall look.

A Peacock and Bow pole and canvas marquee is set up on a lawned area surrounded by trees. The marquee is unfurnished except for the coir matting floor. The focal point is the portico that creates a grand covered  entrance to the marquee

Upgrade your tables and chairs

For an extra £1 per chair you can customise your seating and dining experience by upgrading to our oak cross back chairs. Keep tushies comfy by adding seat pads for £3.80 each.

You can also upgrade to our wide trestle table for an extra £3 per table. The wide trestle also seats six but its width gives you extra space for eye catching centrepieces. Or, if you want to do a ‘family-style’ service, where food is placed on the tables on big serving dishes and everyone digs in and helps themselves. If you’ve ever seen an episode of River Cottage you’ll know what I mean.

We also offer our wide rustic trestle table for £8 extra per table, which is a beautiful solid wooden piece that doesn't require a tablecloth, even more River Cottage! If you're more River Cafe than River Cottage (this post wasn’t actually sponsored by Hugh Fearnly-Whittingstall believe it or not), you might prefer our round tables for an extra £2 each on top of the guide price. These tables seat 10 to 12 guests, whereas all our trestle tables seat six.

Bentwood cross back chairs are positioned at long trestle tables inside a Peacock and Bow pole and canvas marquee. The tables are dressed with white linen and floral arrangements and foliage cascades from a flower ring hanging high in the canopy.

Generators - from £960

Keep the party powered up with our generators, which can be hired from £960. The hire fee includes cabling, sockets, and 24 hour’s worth of fuel. Keep the lights on and the music playing all night long!

Service tents - from £650

Maintain an air of mystique by providing a dedicated area for food prep and storage. Giving your caterer a separate area ensures food hygiene standards are met and keeps your main marquee free of any waste disposal, kitchen noise or dishwashing activities that might ruin the vibe. Our service tents connect to the main marquee and include lighting and wooden boarded flooring. They’re available in different sizes for your caterer's needs. Hire fees start at £650.

An aerial view of a Peacock and Bow pole and canvas marquee with service tent connected to it and luxury portable toilets next to it.

Luxury loos or shepherd’s hut loos - from £900

Make sure no one gets caught short by providing easily accessible bathrooms for your guests. There’s no need to compromise on comfort with our luxury loos available to hire from £900. Or, if you want something a bit more quirky, you can opt for our shepherd’s hut loos, please contact us for a quote.

Inside a luxury portable toilet trailer

Cloakroom - £3200

Keep your guests protected from the elements as they make their way to spend a penny with our cloakroom structures. The cloakroom can accommodate a loo trailer or can be fitted with cubicles. They provide plenty of space for seating and a vanity area and are connected to the main marquee via a colonnade. The hire fee is £3200. Remember, It ain't no party until you’ve congregated in the bathrooms with your besties!

Heaters - £480

If you’re having a classy winter wedding, or just want a backup in case the unpredictable British weather does a number on you, hire our marquee heaters to keep things toasty. Supplied with enough fuel for 12 hours of constant use, heaters are available for a cool £480.

What brings our guide prices down?

The above add ons will push the total cost of your pole and canvas marquee up. But, there are ways to bring it down.

  • Channel a bit of Bauhaus with our folding wooden chairs at £5 each, that's £1 cheaper per chair than the chiavari chairs. Perfect for a vintage theme

  • Opt for our small round tables, which cost £12 each, the same as our standard trestle. But, with their 1.5 metre diameter, the round tables seat up to 10 people, rather than the trestle's six, so you won't need as many

Inside a Peacock and Bow pole and canvas marquee, bentwood cross back chairs sit at round tables. The tables are dressed with white linen and wild flowers in small pots and bud vases form the centrepiece.

When you choose marquee hire for your big get together, you're not just renting a space; you're investing in an extraordinary experience. The included features and additional options provided by Peacock and Bow allow you to customise your event space to your heart's desire. So, make your next celebration unforgettable with a marquee that's not just a tent but a world of possibilities. Cheers to making memories, filled with charm, style, and good vibes!🥂

If you would like us to put a marquee hire quote together for your wedding or special occasion, get in touch today and we’ll create a bespoke package that will bring your vision to life.


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