Marquees offer unparalleled flexibility for event locations, thriving in various settings due to their adaptability. This versatility is key to their popularity for events ranging from festivals and weddings to fairs and corporate gatherings. A crucial aspect of marquee setup is the surface it’s placed on, which affects both the choice of anchoring method and the need for additional flooring or carpeting. Here, we delve into the most common surfaces suitable for marquee installations and provide tailored advice for securing marquees on each.


Grass is the most traditional and frequently used surface for marquees. Whether it’s expansive parks, rolling hillsides, or intimate garden settings, grass offers a natural and versatile foundation. We utilize floor plates with sturdy stakes to anchor the marquee, ensuring it remains stable without damaging the turf. Grass venues, however, do come with considerations, primarily concerning moisture. The UK’s penchant for rain means flooring might be necessary to prevent the interior from becoming muddy or waterlogged, especially after heavy rainfall. For sloped terrains, we can adjust during installation, ensuring the marquee sits level and secure.

Concrete & Gravel Paved Areas

Concrete surfaces, such as patios and paving areas, provide an excellent foundation for marquees without the need for any drilling. To secure the marquee, we strategically place heavy weights on each footplate, ensuring stability and integrity of the setup. This method avoids any potential damage to the concrete while keeping the structure firmly grounded. Although concrete surfaces are generally not affected by rain, incorporating flooring within the marquee can significantly elevate the aesthetics of your event, giving it a more refined appearance. Gravel surfaces, with their inherent unevenness, are also well-suited for marquees. We use weighted anchors to secure the marquee and employ specialized footplates to achieve a level base. Additionally, tension adjustments are made to ensure the marquee fabric remains tight and neat, contributing to an overall attractive and sturdy structure.


Marquees on stages cater to live events, providing shelter for equipment and performers. Depending on the stage’s design, we either use weights or tension straps anchored into the ground for stability. Precise communication regarding stage dimensions is essential to ensure a safe and fitting marquee installation, with enough leeway for adjustments.

Comprehensive Event Solutions

Beyond the marquee itself, we offer a complete package to safeguard your event against the elements, regardless of the chosen surface. Our team is ready to tailor the perfect setup, ensuring your event’s success in any season. For detailed planning and bespoke solutions, reach out to discuss your specific needs and let us help you create an unforgettable event experience.

Can I Set Up a Marquee on Any Type of Surface?

Yes, marquees can be set up on a variety of surfaces including grass, concrete, gravel, and even stages. The key is using the appropriate anchoring method for each surface to ensure the structure’s stability and safety.

How Do You Secure a Marquee on Concrete Without Drilling?

To secure a marquee on concrete surfaces, we use heavy weights over each footplate. This method provides a firm hold without the need to drill into the concrete, protecting the surface from damage or drilling.

Is Flooring Necessary Inside the Marquee?

While not always necessary, flooring can significantly enhance the look and feel of your event, especially on uneven or wet surfaces. It provides a solid, level ground for guests and can add to the overall aesthetics of the marquee.

Can Marquees Be Used in Rainy Conditions?

Absolutely. Marquees are designed to provide shelter and protection from the elements, including rain. For added comfort, consider incorporating flooring and side panels to keep the interior dry and comfortable for your guests.

How Do You Level a Marquee on Uneven Ground?

On uneven ground, such as gravel, we use specialized footplates and weighted anchors to level the structure. Internal tension adjustments may also be applied to ensure the marquee fabric is tight and the appearance is visually appealing.

What Safety Precautions Are Taken When Installing a Marquee?

Safety is our top priority. We ensure that the marquee is securely anchored to withstand weather conditions, adhere to fire safety regulations by providing clear signage and access to fire extinguishers, and conduct a thorough check of the structure once installed.