Belle Tents St Piran's Flag Belle Tents Logo
Makers of Beautiful Garden Tents and Marquees. Designed and made in Cornwall, UK.

Pole decoration in 24' x 34' marquee
Pole decoration in 50' x 30' marquee
Green & Blue Marquee

Design & Construction

Belle Tents and marquees may be a little more expensive than some on the market, but we are confident that we can offer a better quality of materials and craftsmanship than the cheaper imports, as well as a complete back-up advice and repair service. If looked after, however, your Belle Tent should last at least 10 years. 

When you order any of our tents and marquees you can expect personal and friendly attention and, because we live next to our workshop, we are also normally available out of office hours. We also pride ourselves on our prompt delivery to deadline; we have never missed one yet! 

The tents and marquees come complete with canopy, side walls, wooden poles, guy ropes, decorative turned wooden finials for the top of the wall poles, stakes, wooden pegs and storage bags for the canvas. It will be necessary to purchase either a sledge hammer or heavy mallet to put up the tents; these are obtainable from builders merchants.

Full, easy to follow erection instructions and diagrams are sent with every tent. We have sent out dozens of tents and find that most people have no problems at all putting them up. However we are, as always, just a phone call away to talk you through it if needed.

You are also welcome to visit us here in Cornwall.

Materials & Specifications

Belle Tents are made from the highest standard of materials, using local suppliers as far as possible.


Our canvas comes from a supplier in Dundee in Scotland, who also supply canvas for the Ministry of Defence.

The canvas is Regentex® which is 52%/48% polyester cotton blend, is 12oz per yrd² (407gm per m²) and is water repellant, rot resistant and flame retardant to British Standards. It has high tensile and tear strengths, approximately twice those of a similar weight of any cotton canvas and is used for all the tents and marquees.

PVC/polyester instead of canvas side walling can used for any of the tents and is standard on the larger marquees where heavy use is anticipated.

Please note: We usually carry a small amount of dyed canvas in stock and, depending on our work commitments, may be able to make the smaller tents at short notice. For marquee orders using colour canvas we are dependent on our supplier having the colour in stock. If not available, waiting times for a new batch to be processed can take up to 2 months. It is therefore advisable to order colour marquees in the Autumn for delivery the following Spring. However, if you have left things a bit late, it is always worth contacting us to check what colours we may have in stock.

Please Contact Us for colour samples.


The designs utilize tensile curves with few straight edges thus minimizing wind resistance. See Here for a customer review. 

All of our tents and marquees are either round or have rounded ends. We don't make square tents!

The tents and marquees are made with double valances as standard; the outer is the rain-flap and the inner is to cover the hooks holding the side walls.

  • Garden Tent canopies - Made in one piece.

  • Marquee canopies - Made in two or three sections and joined together with lacings.

Awning (Garden round & round end tents only):

We can add a 6' x 5' (1.8 x 1.5m) sewn in entrance awning for £130. Includes 2 extra tent poles and stakes.

Removable side walling (side curtains):

The side walls are attached to the canopies by brass hooks sewn into the canopy between the inner and outer valances. They are in at least two separate pieces and are joined together with lacings. 

Wall height can be made up to 8' 6'' (2.6m), POA.

Centre Poles:

These are made from Scandinavian redwood, from 2 inch (50mm) up to 4 inch (100mm) diameter, made in two sections and sleeve-jointed. They are hand turned in our workshop, then varnished to a high quality standard. Ring & spike on garden and small marquee poles, star-ring with pulleys for the large marquees.

Side Poles:

Also made from Scandinavian redwood, 2 inch (50mm) diameter in one-piece, hand turned in our workshop then varnished to a high quality standard with ring and spike.

Decorative finials & Flags:

All of the tents and marquees have 3½ inch turned wooden finials which sit on top of the side pole pins.
Larger finials, in various shapes, can be purchased for the top of the garden tent centre poles, POA.
Flags and bunting can be purchased from 


Delivery is extra and is by carrier. Prices for large marquees include delivery to UK mainland when we will supervise your team on how to erect it. You are welcome to collect your tent, when we will be happy to show you how to put it up. We can also organize shipment of our tents and marquees to almost anywhere in the world

Canvas care and cleaning:

Because the canvas is treated with water and fire repellants, hot water or detergents are not recommended for cleaning. The best way to clean the tent is to put it up on a sunny day and use a hose-pipe with a spray attachment, or mini pressure washer on the lowest setting. A little Ecover washing liquid can be used on stubborn stains.

- It is important to always store canvas away dry and in dry conditions -

Our workshop was built by ourselves and is made almost entirely from reclaimed timber, including recycled flooring, roof & windows, and is a stone's throw from our house in this lovely part of Cornwall.


For summer 2016 Camp in a Belle Tent here at Owls Gate, North Cornwall.

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