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Why Village Farm Marquees?


Looking for a Yorkshire marquee company you can really trust? At Village Farm Marquees we'll take care of everything so that you can 
concentrate on enjoying your event.

Types Of Events

Whether you want to line a village hall for a wedding, throw a sit down garden party for 200 or promote your company, we’ll guide you through the event planning maze.

Unique Approach

Your happiness really matters to us and we’ll take an innovative, bespoke approach to making your event special, backed by unbeatable personal service.

Experienced Professionals

Trained to the very highest standards, our VFM team boast decades of experience, from small events in back gardens to lavish Royal occasions at Buckingham Palace.

Guaranteed Service 

We take it personally – Tony and Chrysta will oversee your event from start to finish. We’ll deliver what we say we will, when we say we will, to exacting standards.

About Village Farm Marquees


We are Tony and Chrysta Newman and we established Village Farm Marquees in 2010, in the beautiful East Yorkshire seaside village of Skipsea.
 
Originally from London, we moved to the East Coast to build a new way of life, away from the ‘big smoke’, establishing our award-winning Village Farm B&B as well as Village Farm Marquees.
 
We bring years of experience and wisdom to the planning and execution of your event. Chrysta used to lead the recruitment team of a major international bank and has outstanding project and event planning knowledge.
 
Meanwhile, Tony learned his trade working across the UK for a nationally renowned marquee business which lists royalty and A-list celebrities among its clientele. Career highlights include erecting marquees for Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the Williams Formula 1 team.
 
This experience has left Tony with an uncompromising approach to quality and, as a result, Village Farm Marquees now lists gun makers Browning International, the Britax pram and child car seat manufacturer and Powerboat P1 Management among our corporate clients. We have also paved the way for dream weddings, anniversaries and birthdays for numerous private clients, including local Olympic champion boxer Luke Campbell.
 
We are passionate about our business and, most importantly, about making your day the best it can possibly be. Approachable and caring, we will stop at nothing to make sure your event is not only memorable, but magical as well.
 
“We don’t just approach a marquee booking as a package or formula,” said Tony. “Every person and every event is unique and we start by sitting down with them, really listening to what they tell us, and then make it our mission to bring their vision to life.
 
“What we provide are not just marquees, but stages on which the most memorable occasions in people’s lives and businesses unfold. We understand that every single one has to be extra special, delivered with genuine love and conviction.”
 
Tony works with a trusted team, many of whom have been involved with Village Farm Marquees for years and are as committed to outstanding results as we are.
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Our Expertise


At Village Farm Marquees, we understand how much your event means – whether you are getting married, celebrating a special occasion or promoting your business.

Weddings


Our Village Farm Marquees weddings are marked by quality and creativity, as fitting backdrops for people opening the next chapter of their love stories.
 
Whether big or small, we can help you shape your day into something which exactly matches your dreams, no matter what environment you have to work with.
 
We offer marquees of all sizes, and a selection of options from starlit ceilings to fairy lighting, to help bring the magic to life. We can even manufacture bespoke features to make your wedding venue unique to you. Past examples have included everything from a ski chalet themed entertainment room – to a pond and fountain!
 
If you can’t quite stretch your budget to your own marquee, we can also dress a venue of your choice.
 
We can take care of as much or as little as you want us to – whether that’s ‘just’ the marquee itself or full end-to-end event planning, including commissioning and overseeing trusted professionals from florists to venue stylists.
 
Whatever you have in mind, it starts with a conversation. To book your free, no obligation initial consultation, contact us today.
 
If you’re planning to get married but not sure where to start and need some inspiration, download our Event Guide, which is packed with helpful hints and tips.

Parties


Whether you’re an individual looking to mark a life milestone with the people you most care about, or a company wanting to celebrate your employees’ success, we can deliver an eyecatching and memorable venue.
 
We provide themed marquees in a range of sizes, even installing unique, tailored features limited only by your imagination. Or, if you already have a venue, we can transform it for you with everything from beautiful linings to lighting.
 
We’ll just provide the venue or you can let us take care of everything – with our event planning service which includes commissioning and overseeing trusted professionals from florists to venue stylists.
 
Whatever you have in mind, it starts with a conversation. To book your free, no obligation initial consultation, contact us today.
 
If you’re planning to throw a party but not sure where to start and need some inspiration, download our Event Guide, which is packed with helpful hints and tips.

Corporate Events


Why do you host a corporate event? Well, usually it’s to build relationships with customers and suppliers by providing them with an experience they won’t forget.
 
Whether you’re holding a party, hosting a trade stand at a show or promoting a new product or service, your corporate presence needs to stand out from your competition, which is where we come in.
 
Not only can we provide you with the highest quality backdrop, we can create bespoke features from mobile bars to product displays, which will ensure your target audiences remember you and, without fail, choose you.
 
Whatever you have in mind, it starts with a conversation. To book your free, no obligation initial consultation, contact us today.
 
If you’re planning to host an event but not sure where to start and need some inspiration, download our Event Guide, which is packed with helpful hints and tips.

Dress Your Venue


Don't have the budget or space for your own marquee? No problem, we can dress the inside of your venue for that marquee experience. 

The Venue

local hall wedding venue
We can transform the humblest of spaces into a ‘field of dreams’. This is the outside of Cayton village hall, which we were asked to line for a wedding.

Inside The Venue

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What a difference! The hall looked so different by the time we’d finished with it, the wedding guests could hardly believe where they were.

How It Works


plan your event

1. Plan

build the frame for your party

2. Build

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3. Accessorise

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4. Enjoy


  Case Studies


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“I was thinking of new things all the time, and Chrysta and Tony were so patient, going out of their way to source whatever we had in mind.”

Toni & Chris Massey
Wedding

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“Village Farm Marquees absolutely understood what we wanted to achieve and nothing was too much trouble.”

Lisa & Adie Wadforth
Wedding

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“Our instincts were right and we were delighted with the way they took care of everything – right down to replacing the carpets.”

Katy & Iggy Penna
Birthday

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By Village Farm Marquees 01 Mar, 2017
We're expecting this year’s event to attract hundreds of enthusiasts to our region and raise hundreds of pounds for Alzheimer’s research. This is all part of Chrysta's fundraising drive, which will also see her walking 70 kilometres along the Great Wall of China this October, for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Her dad Malcolm Sparks, 72, pictured in the top hat above, is a keen ukulele player and decided to organise the charity festival as a way for people to have fun and support a worthy cause at the same time. He has been astounded by the way it’s taken off.

This year’s festival, which will be taking place at Skipsea Village Hall, starts on Friday 21 April with a ticketed event to include a Pie and Pea Supper and cabaret style performances from acts such as the Filey Ramshackle Shanty Man and the Ten Foot Ukes from Hull.

The main festival starts at noon on Saturday 22 April and will include a range of ukulele performances, open mic sessions and workshops.

“The 2016 event was popular but this year it’s generating even more interest,” said Malcolm. “It’s attracting people from all over to play and watch, including Cumbria and Nottingham – we’ve even had enquiries from Japan!

“In 2016, 300 people attended and we raised £500 for the Alzheimer’s Society. We’re hoping this latest event will generate considerably more.”

As well as organising the event, Village Farm Marquees is providing the staging and lighting. Other local companies are also helping out, including Yorkshire Coast Hog Roast, which is providing the catering. There will also be chance to win raffle prizes donated by local businesses.

Malcolm discovered his passion for all things ukulele in retirement. After moving North from London with Tony and Chrysta six years ago, he joined a local choir and met someone who played the ukulele. This inspired him to learn to play and he then graduated to crafting ukuleles. Together with his fellow enthusiasts, he’s also raised funds for Hornsea Cottage Hospital and entertains care home residents around the region.

“Ukulele playing is an extremely popular art form and I keep discovering new groups dotted around our region, since running the annual festival,” continued Malcolm. 

“I think that’s because it’s a very simple and accessible instrument to play, and produces such fun music and a sociable atmosphere.”

Malcolm and Chrysta are urging as many people as possible to come along and enjoy what promises to be a really good family knees-up.

“This is about supporting our family and our local community, and raising money for a good cause that is really close to all our hearts,” said Chrysta.

Chrysta decided to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society because her Granddad Allenby Leslie suffered from the disease before he died, in 2009. She’s always dreamed of visiting China and is now fulfilling that goal by raising a minimum of £3,000 for the charity.

She will be hiking 70 kilometres over six days, along the section of wall that spans the Yanshan Mountains in northern China. It includes the so-called ‘Heaven’s Ladder’, 2,000 steps up a cliff face.

She is working with highly regarded personal trainer Katherine Felgate, of Body Bootcamp & Personal Training Services Ltd, to get into peak shape for the challenge. With Katherine’s help, she has dropped two dress sizes and lost over two stones, since embarking on a new fitness regime just months ago.

Chrysta and Tony decided to sell up their highly strung life in London six years ago, after losing a couple of much-loved relatives made them re-evaluate what mattered most. As well as Village Farm Marquees, they own the Village Farm B&B in Skipsea.

Of her charity challenge and the Ukulele Festival, Chrysta said: “Being part of our community and raising much-needed funds for good causes is very important to Tony and I.

“We’ve been involved in a number of charity initiatives over the years, but this one is particularly dear to our hearts. Alzheimer’s is such a nasty illness and, despite its growing prevalence, research into preventing it doesn’t get as much support as some other charities do. So in our own, small way we hope to do our bit to help change that.”

The Ukulele Festival will run from Noon to 10pm on Saturday 22 April, Entry is £5 at the door. All are welcome and food and drink will be available – as well as lots of toe tapping music. The Pie and Pea Cabaret on Friday 21st April starts at 7pm and tickets must be purchased in advance at £10 each. They are available via the dedicated Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SkipseaUkuleleFestival or by emailing Malcolm directly at malcolm1081@gmail.com.
By Village Farm Marquees 26 Feb, 2017
Former retailer and florist wholesaler Cherry works on some of East Yorkshire’s most impressive events, including celebrations at the beautiful Rise Hall, owned by TV celebrity and property guru Sarah Beeny.

With her experienced, artistic eye, she regularly helps us transform our marquees into magical spaces full of wonder. We asked her for her take on the ‘in’ trends for 2017 and 2018, looking in particular at what the region’s brides are asking for.

“I love working with marquees,” she said. “Because they enable you to create an unfettered and unique look which you can’t always achieve at an existing venue. You can suspend things from the ceilings, you can choose your carpet colour, chair styles and you have completely neutral walls to work with. These are luxuries you don’t have with some venues, which already have their own fixtures and fittings.”

Vintage glamour remains all the rage, according to Cherry. “Vintage glamour has been popular for some time now and we’re still being asked for this, for weddings taking place in 2017 and 2018.

“The kinds of things that characterise this look are aged pieces, candelabras and full blooms. Quintessentially English flowers like hydrangeas, roses, peonies and dahlias are very popular.

“In terms of the colours that accompany these, subtle shades like nude pink are a very popular choice for bridesmaids’ dresses at the moment and this often dictates the look of the rest of the wedding, including table centres. Nude pink is very versatile and goes well with metallic accessories and decorations, as well as blending in well with colours like pinks and peaches.

“Lots of foliage in different textures and shades is also proving to be extremely popular. The Pantone colour for 2017 is greenery and this is certainly evident in table dressing at the moment. It is nature’s neutral shade and crosses the seasons beautifully.”

Sequin fabric is another key trend, according to Cherry. “We’re increasingly being asked for the sequinned look. Again, in soft pinks and rose quartz. This can provide a really lovely, glamorous feel when featured as table runners, table cloths, and details on bridesmaids’ dresses,” she added.

Asked where the inspiration for these looks comes from, Cherry said social media plays a strong role, as do celebrity trends.

“Almost every bride who comes to see me will have her own Pinterest board. Celebrity weddings they’ve seen in magazines also play a part, as do Facebook and Instagram, which are just full of stories and ideas.”

In order to guide her prospective brides, Cherry pays close attention to the fashion industry. “The fashion industry tends to dictate what’s going to be on-trend 18 months in advance, in terms of things like bridesmaids’ dresses. Because these are so pivotal to event styling, everything else tends to fall into line. All the indications are that subtle pastels look set to stay for the next 18 months and beyond.

“However, some couples are also looking for a richer colour palette, and choosing navy blue for bridesmaids’ dresses and suits for the groom and groomsmen. It's a colour that suits most people and can be quite striking.”

Seasonal factors can also play a part.

“Winter weddings can be great fun to dress,” continued Cherry. “For events taking place at this time of the year, you can go for dark, rich colours, candlelight for atmosphere and beautiful, winter flowers and foliage. Christmas, in particular, can be a lovely time.

“I always advise my clients to be guided by the seasons in deciding the look and feel of their event, to ensure a theme that suits the available light, the weather and flowers.

“Whatever I’m presented with at our initial meeting, I do my best to guide couples in developing their ideas in the most fitting way. I also give careful consideration to what will work best for the many other suppliers involved in their wedding, including the caterers and photographers, to ensure the best results all-round. While Pinterest and magazine photos might look adorable in isolation, they might not work well in practice.”
By Village Farm Marquees 17 Jan, 2017
We get asked this question a lot and our response is always that, if you want to guarantee the venue, suppliers and entertainment you have in mind, it’s best to allow between 18 months and two years from the point of booking.

There are lots of other reasons for this, including the fact that many suppliers offer heavy discounts for early booking. January and February are a particularly good time to start looking around, as this is when many companies are keen to secure their business pipeline for the next couple of years, and will be willing to incentivise you for helping them achieve that.

A 10-to-20 per cent discount on an overall event cost of several thousand pounds is well worth having, and starting early is also a great way of managing your budget. You can be absolutely clear about what you’re spending, and take your time to pay for the various elements gradually.
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