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12 marquees for Brighton Half Marathon 2018

Events, News Feb 24, 2018 No Comments

Seaholme are providing marquee hire for this year’s Brighton Half Marathon, organised by The Sussex Beacon charity and sponsored by The Grand Brighton.

Glorious sunshine and all-systems-go for the team this weekend, as we set up an array of marquees for the seafront event starting at 9am on Sunday 24th February. It will be the 28th annual half marathon in Brighton, sponsored by The Grand for the first time this year.

Starting on Madeira Drive, the race passes many Brighton landmarks between Ovingdean, Old Steine and Hove Lagoon. Twelve of our marquees will be strategically positioned at various parts of the course, providing everything from the Corporate marquee and interior furnishings to the Massage and First Aid tents. It’s our fourth time supplying marquees for this event and it’s a little different every year.

Several large marquees hired for the day include the Charity Village, at 3m x 72m and 3m x 48m, with partitions. The Corporate Relay and VIP tent will stretch 3m x 60m, complete with glass doors and windows, wooden floor and Marine Blue carpet. Inside will be furnished – in keeping with décor at The Grand – with ivory roof and wall linings, gold swags, plus luxury Banqueting Chairs with seat pads.

The Youth tent is a whopping 9m x 27m with wooden flooring and there’s even a Team Beacon tent, a Changing Marquee and Baggage tent for the runners.

Aside from marquee hire, we’ll be delivering marquee lighting, trestle tables, cocktail tables, Bistro chairs, ¾ ton weights and a forklift.

It’s going to be a busy weekend for Seaholme – including transportation, assembly and dismantle of the marquees and furnishings – but our thoughts are with the runners and their hard work to accomplish the half marathon.

Best of luck to everyone, and thank you to The Sussex Beacon for our involvement in this fantastic charity event.

Find out more about Brighton Half Marathon.

See photos of our marquees – before the crowds arrived – on our Facebook page.


Royal Longines International Horse Show 2017

Events, News Jul 28, 2017 Comments Off on Royal Longines International Horse Show 2017

Marquee hire for another famous Sussex event, held at Hickstead since 1992 – the Longines Royal International Horse Show.

This, the official show of The British Horse Society, is now in its 109th year and features hundreds of international showjumping classes plus carriage driving, scurry driving, side-saddle classes and – “one of the highlights of the Sussex social calendar” – Ladies Day at Hickstead (29th July).

The Royal Longines International Horse Show is patroned by Her Majesty The Queen and takes place from 25th to 30th July.

Saturday’s Queen Elizabeth II Cup is one of the most coveted titles in the national showjumping circuit, while Sunday’s finale is the Longines King George V Gold Cup, one of the oldest and most prestigious classes in the world.

Seaholme are providing over 200 partitioned marquees for shopping stalls at the event. The marquees consist mainly of 6m x 3m “shops” with wooden flooring, matting and branded banners, selling equestrian clobber and equipment. There are also larger marquees for bars, the food hall and hospitality tents all adding up to 2700 m2 of tentage – which is a lot!

Pictured – during morning preparations for the event – is a selection of marquees in the Charles Owen Shopping Village, with weather-resistant curtain-style marquee walls, all nestled perfectly within the picturesque outdoor venue.

Seaholme have provided marquee hire for events at Hickstead for many many years, including the Hickstead Derby, and are very proud to continue our partnership with the showground and their suppliers.


“It works so well” at Henley Masters Regatta

Events, Reviews Jul 20, 2017 Comments Off on “It works so well” at Henley Masters Regatta

Another testimonial from a happy repeat client:

Just wanted to say thanks for your tent services at the Masters. Olly and Dave were great – on time, friendly and engaged. They put up everything quickly and perfectly and then on Sunday took everything down. It works so well when you have guys that have done this in previous years. Please send Jennie and my thanks to them.

Doug Montgomery
Henley Masters Regatta
(July 2017)

Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby 2017 – new sponsor, same Marquee Hire supplier!

Events, News, Reviews Jun 22, 2017 Comments Off on Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby 2017 – new sponsor, same Marquee Hire supplier!

Seaholme Marquees are very proud to have provided marquee hire for events at Hickstead for 18 years.

The annual Hickstead Derby is one of the most famous showjumping events in the world, with a challenging course that has barely changed in five decades.

No other event in the world asks this much of its entrants, and no other course creates this type of drama.

The Sussex-based show is best known for its international classes – featuring some of the best horses and riders in the world – yet there are showjumping classes for every calibre of rider and plentiful alternative entertainment for equestrian fans, including the traditional Celebrity Polo Match.

This year’s Hickstead Derby runs from 22th to 25th June and is the first event sponsored by Al Shira’aa.

The Seaholme team have had a busy week setting up hundreds of metres of “shedding tents” (marquees) for the Charles Owen shopping village, selling all manner of equestrian merchandise. The 3, 6 & 9m wide partitioned marquees offer each seller a sizable outlet for the duration of the event, with exterior signage and weather protection in the form of “roll-up” marquee walls.

We have also erected several lavishly furnished VIP hospitality tents.

Pictured is the VIP reception with comfortable sofas and entrance to the hospitality area, all decorated with lush marquee linings in white and gold, wooden flooring and carpet and beautiful exotic flowers to ensure all VIP visitors feel special from the moment they arrive!

Working in partnership with Hickstead for so many years, the Seaholme Marquees team are a “well-oiled machine” when it comes to setting up events at the West Sussex showground. We also provide an on-site team for the duration of the event for any marquee maintenance requirements.

Please read our testimonial from the Trade Stand Manager, following the Hickstead Derby in 2015.

Marquee Wedding Venues near Brighton

Weddings, Events, News Jun 08, 2017 Comments Off on Marquee Wedding Venues near Brighton

Seaholme Marquees offer several rural marquee wedding venues, all within a few miles of Brighton.

Whether you are looking for old-style glamour, a traditional country pub or an idyllic countryside setting, we can help you find the perfect venue for your big day.

Our newest venue is perfect for your dream wedding, aptly called ‘Woodland Wedding Venue’: set in 60 beautiful acres with its own terrace.

New for 2017! Within a sunny and secluded gated private venue, the marquee itself is surrounded by bluebell fields and woodlands. Supplied with everything you need – furniture and a choice of stunning interiors, delicious catering and various entertainment options – or you are welcome to hire your own suppliers. Camping is available on request.

Woodland Wedding Venue is in Albourne, close to Brighton and the South Downs and just 5 miles from the nearest train station.


For a festival-style wedding, we offer ‘Woodmancote’: a beautiful, laid-back venue set within 3 acres of unspoilt countryside.

Available with marquee and accessories, toilets, power and a choice of catering options, this venue can be hired for one day or for the whole weekend, with camping for you and your guests if required (however you may wish to keep the adorable hand built Shepherds Hut for yourself!).

Woodmancote is located near Henfield, just north of the South Downs and minutes from Brighton by car.


If a country pub is more your style, we recommend The Royal Oak: an attractive gastro pub with ample space for a marquee in the garden.

This traditional pub provides a sophisticated countryside wedding venue with excellent food, allowing you to extend your guest list with the hire of a marquee.

The Royal Oak is situated in the village of Poynings, just north of Brighton and within the South Downs National Park.


If it’s all about the glamour, Preston Manor is the ideal venue for you: a beautiful manor house just outside of Brighton city centre.

This stunning wedding venue is both elegant and intimate. The function room accommodates just 30 people and can be accompanied by marquee hire to house further guests.

Preston Manor is surrounded by the tranquil grounds of Preston Park, and very easily reached via the A23 and A27.


Our largest wedding venue near Brighton is Q Leisure: an activity centre that’s also a favourite for hen and stag parties!

With well-kept grounds and an attractive beamed function room that overlooks the pond and patio garden, the venue makes an excellent setting for a wedding marquee. The centre also offers a full catering service and many activities to entertain your wedding guests.

Q Leisure is just down the road from Seaholme in Albourne, Hassocks, and easily reached by car from both Brighton and London.


We also offer several beautiful marquee wedding venues in and around Sussex.

However, if these venues are not quite your dream wedding location, we are happy to find further options for you to your specification. Simply get in touch to discuss your ideas!

Woodland Wedding Venue near Brighton

Weddings, Events, News May 31, 2017 Comments Off on Woodland Wedding Venue near Brighton

Set in 60 acres of beautiful woodlands near Brighton and the South Downs, our stunning new marquee venue is the perfect location for your dream wedding.

The marquee itself is positioned on a sunny and secluded terrace within a gated private venue, surrounded by bluebell fields and woodlands yet just 5 miles from the nearest train station.

Supplied with furniture and a choice of stunning interior decorations or ready for your own colour scheme or theme, our Woodland Wedding Venue offers all you need for the perfect day.

The fully lined clearspan marquee is 6m x 30m metres and ideal for a variety of table layouts for up 150 seated guests, with top table and trestle tables and all crockery, cutlery and glassware supplied, table decorations, chairs with elegant chair covers and sashes and a dance floor for everyone to dance the night away!

A separate catering tent, BBQ, outside seated and heated terrace and luxury toilets are all pre-prepared on site.

We can provide delicious catering, staff and entertainment from our trusted partners – choose from musical entertainment including DJs, bands and karaoke, and menus from buffet banquets to 5 course fine dining – or you are welcome to hire your own suppliers.

There are many stunning views for the backdrop of your wedding photos, and tranquil corners for stolen moments to yourselves!

We can also offer the marquee venue for hire for parties, corporate entertainment and other events during the summer months (April to September).

With ample parking and easily reached from London, Gatwick and Brighton, we can offer overnight camping at the venue, with facilities, on request or your guests will find several accommodation choices in the nearby villages. There’s even a pub within a few minutes’ walk!

Our own office is very nearby in Albourne, West Sussex. If you have any questions or would like to view the venue please do get in touch.

Marquee hire for the London to Brighton Bike Ride 2016

Events, News Jul 04, 2016 Comments Off on Marquee hire for the London to Brighton Bike Ride 2016

Seaholme provided the marquee hire for a second year at the London to Brighton bike ride in June, run by The British Heart Foundation charity and sponsored by Tesco.

After a highly successful 2015 event, we were delighted to be asked again to help with this famous event, providing marquees at both the starting point in Clapham Common and the finish line on Madeira Drive in Brighton.

Both locations required an open-fronted VIP marquee adorned with ivory roof and wall linings.

At Clapham Common, the VIP marquee stood at 6m x 12m with an adjoining 6m x 6m marquee. Inside we positioned several poseur tables, trestle tables and wooden patio sets while clear panel windows, portable flooring and charcoal grey carpet finished the ‘indoor’ look. The larger Registration tent at 6m x 18m was filled with trestle tables and plastic bistro chairs.

The VIP tent in Brighton was a longer and thinner 3m x 24m, with open ends, to run alongside the final metres of the ride. Our new white and grey striped walls added a touch of fun to the exterior.

Next door were two further marquees – a small Merchandise tent for Tescos and a 32m long first aid tent for St Johns Ambulance. As they were up adjacent to the eastern end of Brighton beach, each of these marquees were secured with weights and guy ropes to counteract any forceful sea breezes.

Smaller tents were also set up at Ditchling Beacon and Hove Lawns.

The project ran over two days to include transportation, assembly and dismantle of the marquees, all carried out by our professional and efficient team.

Find further photos of our marquees for the London to Brighton bike ride on our Facebook page, with several pictures from both 2015 and 2016.

Corporate Marquee for a Barn Dance in Sussex

Events May 19, 2016 Comments Off on Corporate Marquee for a Barn Dance in Sussex

In the picturesque grounds of Southdown Gun Club, near Worthing in Sussex, our marquee was recently transformed into a rustic yet luxurious barn dance venue, complete with wooden flooring and hay bales.

Usually hired with a choice of marquee themes and optional extras, as part of our South Downs Marquee Venue Package, the Southdown Gun Club venue offers a beautiful setting with rolling hills on all sides.

The 9m x 21m marquee featured luxurious chandeliers and white marquee linings across the ceiling and walls including one wall with clear panels that opened onto the outside terrace and garden, allowing easy access and letting in the sunshine.

A rustic hay bale bar was built and the marquee was cleared of furniture to create optimal standing and dancing space for 150 guests.

The hay bales – used for both the bar and seating – and rustic wooden flooring helped to create an authentic barn dance ambience, and of course the flooring made an excellent dance floor for guests to “do-si-do”.

A catering tent of 9m x 3m was also provided, with food by Worthing-based caterers Bear Claw Catering.

Back to the seafront – marquees for Brighton Half Marathon

Events, News Mar 07, 2016 Comments Off on Back to the seafront – marquees for Brighton Half Marathon

Seaholme’s marquees took another trip to the seaside last weekend for the Brighton Half Marathon 2016, now in it’s 26th year.

Run by The Sussex Beacon, Vitality Brighton Half Marathon starts and finishes at Madeira Drive with a buzzing crowd and a myriad of marquees!

This is the second year Seaholme have been involved in the event, which – in terms of marquee hire – rivals the London to Brighton Cycle Ride. The finishing line is surrounded by marquees of all sizes including tents for massage and first aid, a large marquee to shelter VIPs and celebrities plus long lines of side-by-side charity stalls, stretching an impressive 39 metres and 90 metres along the promenade.

As several of the tents were set up on Brighton’s pebble beach, wooden flooring was provided along with ¾ ton weights to hold the structure steady should adverse weather come in from the coast.

The VIP tent, at 3 metres x 30 metres, proved to be the most elaborate marquee for the event, including ivory roof and wall linings with royal blue swags plus wooden floor and carpet, and – in true VIP style – pretty uplighters and the best of marquee furnishings including gold bistro chairs and lime wash chairs with gold seat pads.

Well done to everyone who helped organise and who took part in the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon this year, and especially to the winners of the race, Leigh Lattimore and Paul Martelletti, who achieved new records for the course.

Find our Facebook page for more photos of the marquees on Madeira Drive!

Albourne Village Show

Events, News Nov 07, 2015 Comments Off on Albourne Village Show

We love a little community spirit here at Seaholme Marquees, so every year we support our local village show at Albourne in West Sussex.

Just down the road from our office, the show has been held on the first Saturday in September since 2009, and is completely independent – no council funding or grants – relying on their own fund-raising and the support of local businesses on the day.

Albourne Village Show celebrates local talents in horticulture – from growing flowers to giant pumpkins – and each year’s event includes Apple Pressing with fruit from a local orchard plus jam and cake making, paintings and a dog show!

Seaholme Marquees join in the fun the way we know best. We provide the marquee every year, with the primary use of housing all the above local delights – and often proven useful shelter from the odd rain shower or warm late summer weather.

As a growing event, the marquee was a sizable 6m x 21m, provided with 30 trestle tables for the stall holders.

As always, we received a lovely “thank you” letter from the committee after the show:

“A huge thank you for all your help from the Committee of the Albourne Village Show. The Show goes from strength to strength every year and that would not be possible without people such as you giving your assistance. The donation of the marquee is always a huge success and is the centrepiece of the show.”