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Welcome to part three of the ultimate guide… So far we’ve talked about frame tents and traditional pole marquees and for this addition we’ll be taking a look at pagoda and stretch tent marquees.

Chinese hat pagoda marquees
Chinese hat pagodaThese decorative marquees can be used individually or in combination. They can be added to larger marquee structures to create decorative entrances, receptions, breakout or chill out areas.

How big is a Chinese hat pagoda marquee?
Lifestyle marquees provide 5m x 5m Chinese hat pagoda marquees with a 2.4m leg height.

Why choose a Chinese hat pagoda marquee?
Pagoda marquees are decorative, their size makes them flexible and versatile for use in a number of different ways.

Pagoda marqueesA row of three or four pagodas creates a pretty focal point for a garden party. They can be opened on all sides on warm summer days, providing shelter from the sun and space for seating, buffets or bars.

Pagodas really come into their own when added to larger marquee structures such as frame tents. Here they bring a beauty and elegance to proceedings while also adding practical and useable marquee space. The boxy appearance of the frame tent  marquee can be softened with the addition of a Chinese hat pagoda or two.

Chinese hat pagoda marqueeWhen decorated with casual furniture they create a stunning space in which guests can congregate for welcome drinks or to simply chill out during the evening.

Key points

  • Decorative
  • Can be used stand alone or grouped together
  • Adds attractive entrance or reception space to other marquee structures
  • Creates an attractive focal point
  • 5m x 5m


Stretch tents
Stretch TentStretch tents provide an unusual, festival style party space. Their unique appearance, created by the use of guy ropes and internal poles, is their main appeal.

What sizes do stretch tents come in?
Stretch tents come in a large variety of sizes from small to very large. Due to their inward curving walls encroaching upon their internal space it may be worth considering a slightly larger stretch tent if weighing one up versus its frame tent  equivalent.

Stretch TentWhy choose a stretch tent?
It’s all in the name – Stretch tents use a single piece of stretchable material, pulled over a series of internal poles and secured in place by guy ropes. This means that each stretch tent set up has its own unique look, dictated by the positioning of the poles. They may not be as practical as other marquee types but what stretch tents lose in practicality they certainly make up for in style.

Key points

  • Stylish and unique appearance
  • Stretch MarqueeSome useable space may be lost around the edges due to curved shape
  • Internal poles and guy ropes
  • Does not require lining/cannot be lined
  • Opaque, letting in more light – especially during bright summers evenings
  • Cannot be sealed to the ground to protect from breezes and rain
  • Cannot have doors or window walls


Did you enjoy our guide to pagoda and stretch tent marquees?

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