We are a small family business based in Cheshire run by myself and my husband Steve and ably supported by our experienced full time staff. As our company is small, we are able to give a very personal service, tailor-made to each and every client. We will spend time getting to know you and your ideas, so we can provide you with exactly the right feel for your marquee and its interior.
Our traditional marquees are canvas pole tents made in Britain in a time honoured tradition by experienced craftsmen and women.
We are passionate about protecting the environment and so we recycle materials wherever possible and buy sustainable products. We do not use carpets in our interiors as these are used once only and then go the landfill sites, instead we prefer to use washable matting, it’s more labour intensive but we feel it’s worth it. We also use compostable membrane as a damp proof layer under our matting. We utilise the services of trusted local suppliers wherever possible for all our services to save fuel consumption and to support local businesses.
The marquee interiors are designed by myself and my team and are inspired by many things including but not exclusively, a love of the great outdoors and rustic rural charm, all things vintage and quirky, the festival vibe and by an interest in the homespun look and feel. I love to work with the ideas my clients bring to the table, it means we will always come up with something interesting and unique.
We have also fallen in love with stretch tents, which are very much in the forefront of tent technology. Their tensile fabric means the tent can be configured in many different ways allowing greater adaptability around the surroundings. Their curvy interior looks wonderful under lighting and we just can’t help but be excited about them.
We provide marquees to the film and TV industry through our partner company – Classic Canvas, offering over 25 types of tent from single person up to and including our 12m span marquees. Our marquees have been in many films and TV programmes including Howard’s End, Outlander, Call the Midwife, Philomena and many more.
Posh Frocks and Wellies continues a family involvement in marquee hire since 1888, when Steve’s great grandfather and great grandmother founded Barker’s marquees in South London.
Author : Sarah Powell-Barker