Hire our marquee or hire a 3rd party one
(Note the BBR dome marquee was first erected 29th Jan 2019 and, pending event photos, our gallery is incomplete). Bawley Bush Retreat offers brides and event organisers a range of marquee options to consider. These options are additional to our function room, already included in event tariffs. While third-party supplied marquees are welcome (and there are some excellent ones available), Bawley Bush Retreat now has its own 175sqm 6-sided dome marquee frame available for creative uses without additional charge. This frame can have lightweight PVC fabric stretched over it event by event to make a marquee at a fraction the hire cost of any 3rd party marquee alternative. This, unique Netherlands-designed-and-manufactured event marquee will comfortably house up to 150# cocktail style or 120# seated as well as providing space for a band and dance floor.
Our marquee frame will be permanently assembled with its 6 legs bolted to concrete piers. At 16+metres long, 14+m wide, 7.1m high it is made of sturdy 120mm diameter anodised aluminium and able to withstand constant weather exposure. (In previous promotion we erroneously stated the frame would be able to be relocated to make clear lawn space....but apologies, that has proven not to be possible).
A winchable lighting truss hung from the frame at a height of 5m will permanently carry basic waterproof, dimmable colour-selectable strip-lighting, useable also when the frame is fabric-covered. The truss and frame can be further custom lighted and decorated as desired by users. Our frame will always be ready for alfresco use by guests willing to take their chances with the weather and for such uses there is no additional charge....the lighted frame is included in our basic property hire charge. If you want the frame covered with a waterproof white pvc fabric, as shown in the photos above, to create a very large marquee for wind, rain and temperature protection as well as for decorative effect then an extra hire fee applies. Such is the texture of the fabric it will allow internal lighting effects to be visible from the outside. The covered marquee configuration must be booked at least 2 weeks before your event so we can schedule outside assistance to install it. We will organise to pull the fabric over the frame before your event and will remove it when weather permits, after your departure. Note we have no solid flooring but subject to to minimum lawn cover time can be hired from 3rd parties. Fabric hire includes annex matting to lay over our lawn and, optionally, up to 6 side panels and a 4.8mm X 4.8m dance floor (later, a stage).There are 3 opaque side panels that match the tenting fabric, one with a door and 3 clear panels, one with a door.
The marquee internal and the lighted marquee photos on this page are not taken at Bawley Bush Retreat, the others are. The ring-in photos are supplier-provided, include smaller marquees than ours, but are presented here to demonstrate to event organisers just what our structure could look like when lighted at night and when peopled. Photos will be updated as events pass at BBR. Our marquee structure is set in the bush and has beautiful views over sweeping lawns to the adjacent coastal lake. The frame-only pic above was taken during January 2019 construction and this pic will be replaced once the lighting truss is fitted.
The marquee lawn: Our 175sqm frame/marquee is situated at the north end of a 600sqm+ graded lawn area leaving plenty of level space for other desired celebratory uses, eg a preferred third party marquee, food or drink vans, games, outdoor furniture. A photo of part of this area is included above. If not hiring our fabric, extras that can be hired from us include a dance floor and a stage. See Wedding tariff schedule to budget for extras.
3rd party marquee? If you have your heart set on a 3rd party marquee that is no problem but note that our marquee frame will remain in position. Being lit it can be used for complemetary activities....say an open air dance floor, food truck parking, drinks caravan or just casual outdoor seating. There is enough space for as many as two conjoined nordic tipis to be erected south of our frame. We also have a level lawn in front of the Cockatoo Room...now 19m X 8m (but being expanded to 19m X 10m). A small per sqm ground hire fee for any 3rd party-supplied marquee or food vans applies. Marquee suppliers well-familiar with Bawley Bush Retreat include nordic tent suppliers Kata Lane and Matakata, also clear wall/roof and standard rectangular wedding-tent suppliers South Coast Party Hire and Shoalhaven Party Hire... but you are free to hire from any professional, insured third-party provider.