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About Us

Bowland Marquees specialises in the rental of our wonderful stretch tents. Working with a network of trusted suppliers, Bowland Marquees will provide you with everything you need to make your event a resounding success.

Whether you need furniture, lighting, flooring, food, drinks, decorations or anything else, Bowland Marquees can bring these elements together with the minimum of disruption for you and the peace of mind letting us deal with it brings. Let Bowland Marquees take the worry out of your event, so you can focus your energy on simply enjoying yourself.

Bowland Marquees will work with you to explore the best structure for your event needs and will provide a seamless service which includes:

  • Surveying the site and advising on sizing and layout
  • Erecting the stretch tent structure
  • Setting up any internal or external features, such as furniture, lighting, heating, decoration
  • Taking down the structure and ensuring that you are happy with the event site, once cleared

Taking its name from the stunning Bowland Forest, the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) we have on our doorstep, the staging of your event could not be in better hands.

Nick (Grey Defender)

Apart from a few extended jollies to Australia and three years at university in Hull, Nick has lived in the beautiful Ribble Valley all of his life. Having spent his formative years in teaching and having worked at a senior level in the civil service for a number of years, Nick now co-owns and co-runs Bowland Marquees. The opportunity to run his own business, meet lots of lovely people and spend most of his time in the great outdoors has successfully pulled Nick away from his former life sitting at a desk. In truth, he’s also been looking for a legitimate excuse to own a Land Rover Defender for some time, too...

As his friends and former work colleagues will testify, Nick is obsessed with detail and takes great pride in everything he does. He is married, has two young boys and lives in Whalley.

"I really look forward to meeting you and I’m sure you’ll be impressed with the service we provide. Hopefully, our passion and enthusiasm for what we’re doing will rub off on you, too."

James (Blue Defender)

Originally from Bridgnorth on the edge of the Shropshire Hills, James naturally developed a passion for everything outdoors. Whilst completing a degree in Leisure Management in Southampton, he spent his free time either out sailing or exploring the New Forest. Then James moved to London to start his career.

Seventeen years of recruitment later and wanting to fulfill a lifetime ambition of working outdoors, a chance opportunity came up to relocate to the Ribble Valley with his growing family. After meeting Nick, it became clear that they shared an increasing frustration of corporate city jobs and quickly pursued the idea of forming a business to provide a much needed hospitality service for the Ribble Valley and surrounding area. The rest is history!

Married with with three young children, James has lived in Whalley for four years.

Our Land Rover Defenders

When our thoughts turned to the company vehicles we’d need to buy, there really was only ever one contender - the iconic British classic, the Land Rover Defender. In truth, the Defender probably embodies Nick and James’ own characteristics - proudly British, most at home in the countryside, reliable, robust, at ease in most settings. However, the following may also be true - slightly eccentric, a little too traditional for some, charming but old fashioned, a little thirsty. We could go on...

Anyway, we’ll leave you to decide, but please do wave to us if you see us driving around and keep a look out for new additions to the family. We’ve just taken ownership of a traditional Rice horse trailer!

Our Mission

At Bowland Marquees, our mission is clear:

'To provide for you the highest levels of customer care, the very best products and a service which you wouldn’t hesitate to use again and recommend to others'

Useful Links

Forest of Bowland | Visit Ribble Valley