Traditional Marquees

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Traditionally marquees were constructed using central poles and single piece canvas roofs.  The structure was held with guy lines and large wooden pegs driven in all around the outside of the marquee.  As marquees evolved the ‘Traditional’ marquee moved from wooden poles and pegs to a selection of wooden or aluminium poles and metal stakes (pegs/pins).  The latest Traditional marquees can have modular roof sections and changeable walls.

Traditional marquees are now mainly found at country fairs and shows and following years of hard use many of them are showing signs of ageing and can be quite dirty with mould patches.  This said, there is still a market for the traditional style and some manufacturers continue to produce new versions.

fotolia_58742779aThis style of marquee is easy to spot being normally taller than a Clearspan marquee and generally having tell-tale pole ‘peaks’ on the roof, and of course guy-lines around the edge.

The positives – The pole construction normally makes Traditional marquees quicker to assemble, and hence cheaper to hire.  The extra height gives them a classical look and a spacious airy feel inside.

The negatives – Generally speaking Traditional marquees are darker than their newer cousins with fewer window walls and often heavier ‘canvas’ type roofs.  The extra height makes them more susceptible to wind-loading and therefore they are best used in sheltered conditions or else when an alternative venue is available if wind speeds increase above their limits.  The stakes around the marquee perimeter can be trip points and the extra space needed for their guy-lines can be an issue in smaller locations.

So if you’re looking for a more traditional look, and can live with the slightly darker ambience and poles dividing up the central space, then a Traditional marquee might be what you’re looking for, just ensure that you check with the supplier to make sure it’s not too old…