Tipis vs Sailcloth Tents

1 TIPI - Seats 70 & a dancefloor

Tipi or not Tipi?

Our tipis (teepees / tepees) have a rustic look and make an inspired choice for any event. Whether you are planning a unique festival wedding or corporate event, these beautiful structures blend perfectly with natural settings due to their tan canvas and wooden pole structure. We provide Tipi Hire across East Anglia but have recently travelled as far as Italy to create stunning outdoor spaces for our customers. Paired with our rustic furniture, woven flooring and fire pits, they evoke a relaxed atmosphere for any event.

Alternatively our Sailcloth tents are elegant, light filled structures that glow beautifully at night. Sometimes known as Sperry or Tidewater tents, they are our newest style of tent and have proven to be a very popular alternative to the Tipis. Sailcloth tents have a very different look to the tipis and are available in varying sizes for all scales of event. Various finishing touches such as uplighters and festoon lights can be added, projecting light into the canopy at night for added ‘wow’.

 See below a more in depth look at each of our products and why they may be the right choice for your event.

Tipis – Rustically Stunning

Spacious and flexible, our tipi tents cater for just about any size and type of event. The ability to raise the sides makes it possible to link the tipis to each other, creating a single larger space. All manner of configurations are possible, and there’s no limit to the number of tents that can be linked together. Whether you’re having an intimate party for 50, a wedding for 100, or a corporate event for 500 or more, there’s a configuration of tipis that will work perfectly for you. Take a look at our tipi pricing card for general pricing and optional extras.

Tipi Hire The Tipis offer great flexibility when it comes to design in comparison to our Sailcloth Tents. Larger events will normally require multiple tents,  linked together in a variety of ways to create unique shapes and interesting layouts. This can be a great way to maximise the space inside the Tipis for smaller locations or to create bespoke layouts for dining / performance areas. We cater for most event types ranging from birthday parties and weddings to corporate events and festivals. Catering tents can be linked onto the Tipis in the colder months to minimise heat loss and we have a smaller chill out tipi (Kung), which can be linked onto your main tipi to create a separate bar / chill out area for your guests. In addition we have an even smaller Nimbus canopy that can be used to create beautiful covered outdoor spaces for bands, bars, food service areas or simply some extra shelter.

Custom decoration is a great benefit of this type of tent. Due to the unique structure of the Tipis you can easily add your own personal touches by hanging ornaments, making decorations and more. Transform your Tipi by creating hand made finishing touches to compliment the rustic look and make the space your own. Short on time? Our recommended suppliers in our little black book can help or take a look at our finishing touches brochure.

Festival style weddings are where the Tipis come into their own in comparison to the Sailcloth Tents. The unique aesthetics really compliment this style of wedding, with their quirky, natural look really adding to the rustic / boho style. Tipis look great at any style of wedding and can be pitched almost anywhere, adding to the list of custom options and layouts available for your special day. On setup you can choose to have the sides up to open up the tipi and let in more light, or down to make a warmer, more secluded area.

Another great aspect of the tipis is their ability to house an open fire pit, venting at the top of the tipi allows the smoke to escape leaving you to enjoy the warmth and atmosphere of an open fire inside. Their ultra durable canvas can withstand high temperatures and is fire retardant to a high standard so that they can safely house our fire pits, find out more about how are Tipis are made. Fire pits look stunning at night and make great centre pieces for social spaces, bring them inside the tipis and enjoy sitting around the fire with your friends and loved ones. Take a look at our gallery to see images of our Tipis in action or see the comparison gallery below.


  • Tipis are not only a beautiful setting for your wedding but they are also a blank canvas for you to transform and put your stamp on
  • Offers a unique shape, cosy environment and interesting look to your event
  • They come in a variety of sizes and configurations making them suitable for any event size
  • Festival style weddings
  • Rustic / boho style weddings
  • Can be pitched almost anywhere
  • Sides up or down
  • Unique aspect of the tipis is their ability to house an open fireplace/fire pit
  • Blends beautifully with natural surroundings due to their tan canvas and wooden pole structure
  • Can link together

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Sailcloth Tents – An Elegant Solution

Introducing our beautiful Sailcloth Tents! The latest addition to our product range and an increasingly popular choice for weddings and events across East Anglia. Also known as Sperry Tents or Tidewater Tents these stunning structures are light-filled in the daytime and glow at night time. Their panoramic sides mean that you can always enjoy the 360-degree view of your venue.Sailcloth Tent Hire

In comparison to the Tipis, the Sailcloth tents offer a more elegant look and feel, with graceful curves and a translucent canopy, they fit perfectly into most surroundings and ooze class with their art deco glamour. Sailcloth Tents are more suited to a traditional wedding style or event theme with a modern touch. An advantage of the Sailcloth Tents over the Tipis is the ability to raise the sides up or put them down yourselves, this is great for any unexpected changes of weather / temperature on the day, and makes the space flexible to your needs.

Simple décor is the order of the day with these classic, New England style tents. Paired with our long wooden tables complimenting the all natural wooden pole structure, they look simply gorgeous. There are many other finishing touches available for our Sailcloth tents such as; up-lighters, festoon & fairy lights, bunting and more, download our finishing touches brochure or sailcloth tent pricing card to see some of our awesome additions. Sailcloth Tents are almost identical to Sperry tents, but have a patented wall system that doesn’t allow leaks or any water to enter. Available in different sizes for events from 80 to 500 guests seated, we can quote to suit your size of event and guest list, get in touch for more information.

The translucent nature of the Sailcloth Tent canopy ensures a bright, modern looking space in the day and allows light from our up-lighters to shine through the canopy at night for added WOW factor and beauty.  All poles are beautiful oiled wood, so all you see is strong wooden poles and the striking canopy, with no metal work in view. Take a look at our gallery to see our beautiful tents in all their glory or take a look at the comparison gallery below.


  • On-trend choice still new to the UK, imported from the US
  • Translucent fabric adds a beautiful glow to the interior space
  • All natural wooden pole structure
  • Graceful curves, sailing vessels
  • Art deco glamour
  • Panoramic sides mean you can enjoy a 360 view of your wedding venue or location
  • Beautiful sophisticated & elegant and keeps in theme to a more traditional wedding
  • New england style
  • Light filled in the day time and glow at night time
  • Sides up or down
  • Canopy designed to make the perfect back drop for any chosen style or theme


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