Ash and Mike met some 20 years ago working for a local marquee company, now they are business partners running their own successful marquee company, Tents N Events Ltd. Now with more marquees and tents than you can shake a king-pole at and a warehouse brimming with all the equipment you would need, they have established themselves as the go-to company for weddings and events.
Ash has been working within the marquee and event industry for over 20 years. Starting when he was 17, he has worked throughout the country at hundreds of venues, erecting thousands of marquees of all shapes and sizes.
Working for several companies over this period has provided him with a vast experience of various situations, events, locations and teams. This wealth of knowledge is now driving Tents N Events to the forefront of the wedding and event industry within Sussex and neighbouring counties.
This expertise and experience was expanded further when Ash became involved in the Arundel Festival, which attracts thousands of people to a host of activities within the area. As Chairman of this annual event, he developed his skills and range of contacts even further, all of which he can brings to the table when advising and assisting our clients.
This really shows that he has a passion for events, whatever form they take, embracing them with enthusiasm, confidence and above all commitment.
He brings this attitude and aptitude to every wedding and event that Tents N Events are involved
Having gained experience within this environment some 20 years ago, Mike has expanded his skill set in several sectors over recent years and has valuable knowledge of the drinks and entertainment industry.
This expertise is now employed in listening to and advising clients, ensuring that their individual requirements are met and their expectations exceeded.
From initial site visits to actively managing the construction teams, Mike provides professional assurance and a pivotal point of contact to guarantee the success of the event.
His attention to detail is second to none and this maintains the high standards that Tents N Events has become known for.
Recently Mike has invested much of his time in the technical electrical aspect of events, with the start-up of Toddy Power Generators, making him the go-to-man for any power requirements needed.
Tents N Events boasts a highly skilled and expert team with many members of our team coming back year-on-year.
The high standards that we strive to achieve with every aspect of our business, are transferred to our staff through the work they carry out and thus surpasses the client’s expectations.
The team represent not only our professional image through matching uniform but also take great pride in the finishing touches and detailing at each and every booking.
Ash and Mike’s love and enthusiasm for marquees and Tents N Events radiates through the team and is reflected in the attitude and high quality of service that they provide, at every step of the client’s journey.
"Ash and Mike and the team at Tents N Events were amazing from start to finish. Our marquee for our wedding was absolutely amazing and we couldn’t have been happier. A huge beautiful pole tent which fitted 140 seated and 42 extra evening guests. Ash was so kind and I bombarded him with emails and he replied always so promptly and nothing was ever too much for him. The guys put up our marquee in typical English wet weather and they all worked so hard and continued to smile throughout. All the other suppliers they suggested were also fab and great to work with. We were so pleased to have you involved in the best day of our lives - you are all so great! Thank you so much for everything!"
Thea and Chris, 150 person wedding, August 2017
"I couldn't recommend Tents n Events enough, we got married earlier this summer and they helped make the day so special. They were suggested to us through the venue we hired and I can see why, every step of the journey was made easy with clear communication and friendly attitude. Not only did they provide the most beautiful marquee and lighting (flooring .... staging ... tables ... chairs...!) but they helped source toilets, a generator and even recommended companies for decorations and catering, which ended up choosing as they were both fantastic as well. The fact all these companies/providers had all worked together was so reassuring and really helped to take the stress off us planning, they all communicated with each other independently which helped make the day run so smoothly. Mike and Ash responded quickly to any email or call and were very honest and helpful with every step. The venue looked stunning and it really was the most special beautiful day, we really couldn't have done it without the help of Tents n Events."
Carla and James, 100 person wedding, June 2017
"Josh and I don’t know how to begin to thank you for all your hard work. The marquee was simply amazing. You worked so hard and made sure everything went perfectly for the big day an we are so grateful for all your trips you made to make sure it all went smoothly. Truly first class service. I also want to thank you so much for bringing your gorgeous daughter on the day- she definitely distracted me for a few minutes and helped settle my nerves. We will definitely be recommending you to our friends and have given your name a few times already. Once again thank you so so much for everything you did and for helping making our day truly perfect."
Millie and Josh, 150 person wedding, July 2017
"Used Tents N Events for my wedding in September and couldn't have enough good things to say about these guys, fantastic product that is well looked after and maintained, excellent service and a pleasure to work with. The festoon lighting finished it off perfectly and it looked as beautiful in the evening as it did in the day. A huge thank you from me and Matias to all the team as you really did produce our dream venue! Thank you x"
Sophie and Matias, 140 person wedding, September 2017
"Thank you Ash for supplying the tables and chairs for our wedding at Duncton Village Hall in August. They were perfect, exactly what we were looking for and suited the venue and our style beautifully. Your team were so courteous and friendly when dropping them off and picking them up and we were so happy with the service we received. You fitted in with our delivery and pick up times and were really helpful adapting to the updated numbers of chairs needed. Thank you so much! Laura and Nathan"
Laura and Nathan, 90 person wedding, August 2017
"Ash and the team set up our marquee for our wedding in July and they were absolutely amazing. The marquee was exactly what we had in mind, and looked great! The team were so helpful all throughout the planning process, and really accommodating for the set up/take down. Would highly recommend using Tents N Events."
Emily and Tom, 140 person wedding, July 2017
"Tents "N" Events made the organisation of our summer party, July 2016, to celebrate both Gold & Silver wedding anniversaries an enjoyable experience, team Tents "N" Events were efficient and professional, the "crew" were eager to ensure all our requirements were met, making additions to the original order on installation day was not a problem, the traditional Marquee looked magnificent in the garden providing a super venue to entertain family and friends on a special occasion, the day was a great success due in part to the Tents"N"Events team."
Brian, Wedding Anniversary Party in Angmering, July 2016 - 75x30ft Pole Tent
"We were thrilled with the traditional pole tent from Tents n Events for our country wedding. Ash was very supportive in the run up to the wedding and gave us lots of ideas and answered all our questions (of which there were a lot!). When the team came to erect the tent they were professional and kind, no job was too big or too small. We really couldn't have asked for a better service and on the day the tent looked fabulous and attracted a lot of compliments. A big thank you to Ash and his team for a stress free process and beautiful tent."
Amy and John, Wedding in Hurstpierpoint, August 2016 - 90x30ft Pole Tent
"I can't recommend Ash highly enough. He was so supportive and helpful throughout the whole process for our wedding as well as being very patient with all our changing demands and repetitive questions!! Ash didn't treat us as just a number but as individuals and felt that he was truly committed and passionate about helping us create our perfect day. He gave us so much valuable advice that years of experience has obviously taught him! The tent was simply stunning!!!!"
Jenny and Kieran, Wedding in Washington, June 2016 - 75x30ft Pole Tent
"Your team were highly organised, experienced, and friendly, no request was too much. Our day was perfect in every way possible, the marquee set against the landscape of the southdowns was beautiful and elegant and a wonderful sight to behold. Thank you all for your hard work!"
Tiffany and Tom, Wedding in Findon, August 2016 - 60x30ft Pole Tent
"We used TentsnEvents for our outdoor wedding in Sussex. Ash and his team were absolutely fantastic. They were approachable, friendly, reasonably priced and went out of their way to help us with anything we needed, even the day before the wedding. The pole tent was beautiful and lots of our guests commented that it was the prettiest marquee they had ever seen. The fairy lights Ash put up inside were particularly lovely in the evening. Ash put us in contact with most of the suppliers we needed for our wedding, including toilets and generator. His fiancee Eloise has a fantastic wedding props and decorations company. Between the two of them we sourced most of the things we needed and this was a real help because organising an outdoor wedding requires a lot of planning! Ash has a lot of knowledge of planning outdoor events which he used to help us as we had lots of questions! He did a site visit with us which was very useful too. Having Ash and his team involved in our wedding was extremely reassuring because we knew they could and would sort anything out without a fuss. We would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone who will listen!"
Fran and Luke, Wedding at Maplehurst Farm, August 2016 - 75x30ft Pole Tent
"Mike, Ash and the team were a massive help, thank you so much for everything you did. The marquee was one less thing to worry about!"
Alex and Richard, Wedding in Middleton, July 2016 - 80x40ft Pole Tent
"Everyone said how amazing the marquee, bunting and lights looked. We both absolutely loved it and could not have asked for a nicer group of people to help make our day everything we wanted it to be. Thanks again for being totally brilliant and we hope there will be another occasion where we can have a big party and work with you guys in the future. From the initial meeting where we explained our vision and ash produced a details design, the constant communication over the year with questions through to the construction of the site, tents n events were a step above our expectations. Nothing was too much trouble and we had numerous guests who were shocked by the results. A pleasure to work with and will always get them involved in future events, but hopefully not another wedding! These guys are extremely professional- they managed to have the whole marquee down the next day for a cricket match at 12am. "
Andy and Jo, Wedding at Burpham Cricket Club, August 2014 - PVC Pole Tent 75x30ft for 120 guests
" Working with the Tents N Events team for our wedding in July was an absolute pleasure, they were completely professional at all times, very dedicated, helpful & open to any suggestions that we had. Nothing was too much to ask – anything was achievable, even if at first it seemed impossible! We would highly recommend them to anyone looking to hire a marquee, as we had absolute trust and faith in them. They helped us achieve everything we wished for on our wedding day, we can’t thank them enough. "
James & Sarah Baker, Wedding in Lyminster, July 2014 - Clearspan Frame Tent 70x30ft for 100 guests
" Tents n Events are an excellent company. Ash and the boys are super helpful and went above and beyond for us. Everything is done with a smile whatever the weather. I can't recommend them highly enough. "
Hayley Collins - Family Reunion in Burpham Cricket Ground, September 2013 - PVC Pole Tent for 100 guests
"As event organizers we started working with Ash and his team at Tents'N'Events last year to generate extra exhibition space and a platform to showcase a range of his fantastic marquees and gazebo's. They are very accommodating of all our requirements and works to our strict deadlines and confines. We feel that they have become part of the AbFabEvents family and work with the same ethos as us. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone."
Dawn, Michelle and Amanda - Ab Fab Events
"I would like to thank Ash Kent for creating such a wonderful setting with his marquees and tents for our son's party at Arundel Castle. It looked absolutely amazing, everything was so easy and Ash is extremely efficient at his trade, what a lovely person to work with."
The Duchess of Norfolk
"We have seen our “Big Night Out” event grow over the years and also our bookings for wedding marquees increase, Tents n Events have always given us a Rolls Royce service at a really competitive rate. They have various sizes and styles of Marquees to suit all our different needs from a beer tent or posh wedding marquee to a more traditional retro village fete marquee. The company is run by two enthusiastic guys always willing to go the extra mile to ensure we get want we want."
Gary Taylor - Chairman of Madehurst Cricket Club
"T n E were excellent throughout the whole process, they not only offered competitive rates but went over and above with the level of service I expected. We asked Ash for some ver niche things i.e. thrones and he never stopped looking and we got them! T n E communicated brilliantly with all of our suppliers and aided in the whole day running very smoothly. Thank you so much to everybody, we would definitely use you again for a different event!!"
Ross and Leah Elliott, Wedding at Duncton Mill, May 2014 - Clearspan Frame Tent 60x30ft for 60 guests
"Having a 90ft marquee erected in your back garden can be quite a daunting thought, but Ash, Mike and the team from Tents n Events were fantastic and made the whole process straight forward and stress free. From our first meeting with them to discuss our plans, to the last minute when they took down the marquee, their care, attention, and thoughtfulness to ensure everything ran smoothly was just brilliant. What really made the whole experience though was their helpfulness, they didn't flinch when I asked to hang 15 flower filled watering cans across their beautiful traditional pole tent! Instead they did everything they could to make our vision for our wedding possible and we really can't thank them enough. Thank you so much to you and the team for the amazing job you did for our wedding. It was perfect! It turned out to be everything we wanted it to be and more and we couldn't have done it with you guys. "
Nikki and Chris Lamb, Wedding at Patching, July 2014 - Canvas Pole Tent 30x75ft for 70-120 guests
"We searched what seemed like the entire country and the web for our perfectly formed, rustically charming and unusually large traditional wood pole canvas wedding marquee. We finally contacted Ash and Mike at Tents 'n' Events and from the very beginning received a very professional, positive, optimistic and friendly service. They understood the importance of every detail of our day, and gave suggestions and images of all of the products their service offers. From festoon lighting, rustic barrels and a beautiful range of vintage chairs, to hiring straw bales with blankets not to mention the wonderful floral displays by Sandie at 'thebeautifulday'. Ash and his team completely achieved the look we envisioned. We had what turned out to be a small budget for the size our wedding and in relation to what other marquee companies were charging the price was spot on and they provided a service to be proud of. We'd choose Tents 'n' Events again tomorrow if we could."
Nina and Blake, Wedding at Madehurst Cricket Club, August 2014 - Canvas Pole Tent 80x40ft for 180-240 guests
"Tents ‘N’ Events have been exemplary every time my company have used them, professional yet friendly and willing to go the extra mile to make sure our event or functions goes down smoothly. They are very willing to suit your needs in terms of timescale, very reasonably priced and the quality of the marquee. I would recommend Tents ‘N’ Events to anyone in need of their skills. "
J.Woolf, Operations Manager, Fontwell Park Racecourse
"Ash and Mike, what can I say! My crazy vision of an event materialised miraculously…well less of a miracle more of your remarkable attitude, hard work, never say no and constant attention to detail and service. I really appreciated your professionalism and am happy for you to use me and provide my number to prospective clients . It is rare to work with companies like yours where everyone’s concerned was the success of the event. As professionals in the Hospitality Industry, I can tell you that is not always the case! Helpful, professional, contentious, adaptable, knowledgeable and reliable…this should be your strap line. Great job and if I get married again, you are my first call. Thank you "
Jon and Gesine, Private Field in Patching, September 2014 - 4 Marquees for 250 – 500 guests
"TentsNEvents supplied a Marquee, chairs and tables for our daughters christening during the summer, we didn't have a lot of space in the garden but the guys suggested a Marquee design to make full use of the space the Marquee and equipment looked new and of high quality. We couldn't be happier with the service and we will be in touch for our next family event. "
Claire and James from Thunder Audio, Christening in Selsey - Clearspan Frame Tent for 40 guests
"You were both so helpful and really made our wedding run smoothly! Both relaxed and professional which was perfect for our needs! Once again thank you to you both and your team! "
Georgia and Steve, Wedding at House on the Brooks, August 2014 – PVC Pole Tent 70x30ft for 130 guests
"Tents ‘N’ Events provide a warm, friendly, professional service and cater for all your marquee needs. Ashley and Michael put our minds at rest knowing we had chosen a reliable marquee company for our wedding and bent over backwards to accommodate our wishes for our big day! It was a pleasure, stress free and fun decorating our marquee alongside Tents ‘N’ Events and we were so impressed with the quality, attention to detail and the overall look of the venue. Our June wedding was nothing short of perfect! We decided to use local businesses which included Tents ‘N ‘ Events to organise our marquee, Paul Stanniford who created the most amazing Vintage High Tea with a selection of sandwiches, scones with homemade jam and clotted cream and delicious cakes all served on vintage crockery hired from Vintage Tea Leaves! In the evening, we began with Skedaddles who truly got the guests going, followed by DJ Tony to continue the party! As far as we were concerned the only way to satisfy your hunger during a dance was with a gorgeous Hog Roast from Local Hand Reared Pork, stuffing and apple sauce provided by Guy and Eve Powell washed down with copious amounts of drinks from Arundel’s own Eagle Bar! Our special day was definitely not one to forget and we enjoyed every second of it thanks to our reliable, local suppliers! "
Kristian and Maddie, Wedding at Private House in Walberton, June 2014 – Clearspan Frame Tent 70x30ft for 80-120 guests
"Ash and Sandy were a key part of making our wedding day so special. The vintage tent was exactly the right look and feel for our relaxed garden party reception, and we appreciated the care and attention they paid to our needs. We didn't feel like just 'another booking' of many in the wedding season, their attention to detail and desire to meet our ideals surpassed our expectations. The provision of the marquee, the dressing and the option to book additional items through one provider was really helpful. We also felt the support setting up and on the day was a key part of the over and above service they offer. Thanks Ash! Best wishes "
Vicky and Ben, Wedding at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens Hampshire, June 2014- Canvas Pole Tent 45x30ft for 80 guests
"Ash Kent from Tents n Events was brilliant from start to finish. Ash advised on the best option for our requirements, invited us to come
and see one set up and was extremely efficient and accommodating. He definitely helped make our wedding a great success! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend and use them again for other events."
Claire and Simon, Wedding at Brooklands Barn, July 2014- 6m Pagoda for 80 guests
"Tents And Events supplied the marquee for my wedding and I can't recommend them highly enough. I found them extremely professional, focused and committed. Nothing was too much trouble and I could contact them at anytime with any queries or concerns, no matter how trivial , which they were happy to answer. The marquee looked beautiful once up with delicate drapes and traditional chandeliers. Tables and chairs were supplied along with anything else they could help with.
I would definitely recommend Tents And Events to anyone looking for a well organised, friendly, easy to liaise with marquee company."
Zoe and Johnny, Wedding at Madehurst Cricket Club, September 2014- 9m Clearspan Frame Tent for 80 guests
Tents N Events, Thankyou all so much for your support, time and expertise when helping us plan our wedding in June. The marquee was beautifully set up and it really fitted with our summer vintage theme. We cannot thank you enough for everything you did for us.
Mr and Mrs Puttock, Wedding at Madehurst Cricket Club for 110, 9 x 21m Clearspan Frame Marquee, 2nd May 2015
The chairs from tents and events were perfect and delivered/picked up on time. They really made the room at our wedding look so elegant and romantic. Reasonably priced as well. I can't recommend them highly enough.
Natasha, Wedding at Norfolk Arms Hotel for 90, Limewash Chivari Chairs, 5th September 2015
We hired Tents n Events for our wedding in May and what a fantastic job they did. Their customer service is second to none, from the moment we contacted them, always being helpful and going out of their way to ensure things went smoothly.
On the days before the wedding, the team worked incredibly hard to ensure the marquee was up in time, paying attention to all the small details that ensured it looked perfect on the day. The marquee was in a great condition and the lining made it look extra special. We had so many lovely comments about it and I wouldn't hesitate to use them again! Thank you!!
Emma and Mat, Wedding at Sompting Abbots for 90, 9 x 24m Clearspan Frame Marquee, 23rd May 2015
Just a quick email to thank you both for the excellent service that you provided for our International Submariners Congress at Arundel Castle grounds last week. Everything went well, and of course our submariner friends have gone home with happy memories!
Brian de Mullet, International Submariners Meeting at Arundel Castle for 250, 75 x 30ft pole tent, 19th May 2015
Once in a while a business really stands out for its customer commitment. From the first phone call through to dismantling, Ash, Mike and team were on the ball, professional and filled me with confidence that everything would be great on the day. And indeed it was. The marquees went up on time, where I wanted them, looked stunning (the real deal) and the whole team were gentlemen to boot. Highly recommend.
Jason Humpries, Private Party at Stopham House for 65, 45 x 30ft pole tent, 8th August 2015
Ash was helpful, supportive and understanding of my needs for my party. We talked about the different size of tents available and what would suit the party and numbers effectively. The guys were good spirited and fast in getting the marquee up. Well done guys and thank you!
Elizabeth and Dan, Private Party at a Private House in Climping for 100, 45 x 30ft pole tent, 19th September 2015
Meanwhile, thank you so much for the brilliant service you provided. The marquee was perfect for the setting and the team who put it up and took it down were really efficient and helpful. We would definitely use you again.
Annie, Wedding at Lodsworth Village Hall for 150, 75 x 30ft pole tent, 18th July 2015
Ash, Mike and their team arrived on time and put up the hexagon marquee while we got on with other party matters. The marquee transformed our party venue into an amazing space and really announced that this was a special event. When I got back from work 2 days later, it was gone and it was as if it had never been here.
Tim Worley, Anniversary Party in Warningcamp for 50, 8m Hexagon, 23rd May 2015
Ash and Mike were lovely to work with from the very beginning of our wedding planning right through until the day itself. Nothing was too much for them, and they went above and beyond to make things run as smoothly as possible for us. Their laid back, hard working approach makes your feel in very safe hands! Very highly recommended!! Thank you so much Ash and Mike!
Claire and Reuben, Wedding at Madehurst Cricket for 100, 9 x 24m Clearspan Transparent Frame Tent, 2nd May 2015
We also wanted to say thank you again for looking after us so well during the decision making process and helping us. The marquee was beautiful and I really loved the chairs.
Julia and Adam, Wedding at House on the Brooks for 90, 60 x 30ft pole tent, 1st August 2015
From the very start of our enquiry with TentsNEvents – we had no doubts about their expertise and professionalism. Initial meeting, visiting site, and advise on the marquee all went extremely well. Erection of the marquee was done quickly and skillfully, by well presented/fit/youthful fellas! The marquee gave us complete peace of mind on the day that all was safe and secure. Well done TentsNEvents – looking forward to 2016.
Glynis, Cowfold Horticultural Society Event, 60 x 30ft pole tent, 4th July 2015
Tents n Events offer outstanding customer service. They are really friendly and always helpful and reliable.
Chestnut Tree House, 45 x 30ft pole tent, 7th June 2015
Thank you for organising and supplying the marquee for the Celebrations and fete. It worked really well and helped make the day such a memorable and successful one! Hope it brought back many happy memories for you too of your days and Fetes at Great Ballard!
Great Ballard School, 9 x 9m clearspan, 16th May 2015
On behalf of Capsicum, Jane and myself, sincere thanks to you and your teams yesterday for an amazing event. Mike, marquee and toilets brilliant and well admired (the marquee that is). Our sincere thanks again. Watch this space for the next one.
Goodwood House, Corporate Cricket Game at Goodwood House, 45 x 30ft pole tent, 15th July 2015