Celebrities and where not to find them

  Sometimes someone simply has an amazing reason to throw a festival, and when they do more often than not, the easiest solution is to hire in production services to manage the whole thing for them. But…. How do you make sure that partnership is going to work out? What are the key ingredients to…

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Cartoons for Thought

I heard a phrase the other day which made me think. Now, I know I come across like a highly professional and highly skilled tent engineer (right?!) but I still love a cartoon every now and then.     If you haven’t watched it before, Bojack Horseman is a dry and very very funny show about a…

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Living Wage

It’s easy to forget that in the events industry, we get the best of people and the best of your worlds. We see your weddings, your birthdays and your special occasions. We meet your families, your friends and often see your wonderful homes.Not all of the world is a party and without doubt, none of those…

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Do I Want an Outdoor Stage?

It’s a good question. Outdoor stage or BigTop? We’re going to answer that here. Plenty of our customers seem to understand the basics of putting on an event in a tent but what circumstances are better for an outdoor stage seems to be a lesser-known set of facts. So for the lovely people interested in…

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Advice and Opinions

So here’s a thing. Those of you who know me know I like words and believe strongly that we tell stories in the type of language that we use. Not just saying things, but the specific implications of what the thesaurus in our brains spits out. This means that words that we can think are…

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Event Hire FAQs – The Bare Bones

There are certain questions we get asked a lot, which might be of use to you when deciding whether Terrapin is the events company for you. Maybe you’ve changed your mind about planning an event, festival or wedding and if you’ve already decided that, I’m good. It’d be REALLY rubbish if an unanswered question was…

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World’s Gone Crazy!

Is it just me or is the world going a little bit crazy? If it’s not international affairs with a constant threat of violence, it’s the fear drummed up by our own press. It’s enough to make me wonder what impact putting up stages and tents for a living can possibly have? But after I…

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Case Study – The Wilson / Collins Wedding

In reality, this was the event that launched a whole idea. Terrapin Tents started in 2012 and I had the idea a couple of years after that for BigTopWeddings. For too long (in my opinion) weddings looked like weddings and festivals looked like festivals. How do you keep everyone happy whilst still doing something different?…

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Choose Your Backdrop

Best start looking now! When we think about planning, one of the first things we imagine is the photos and what kind of backdrop they’ll have. A gorgeous harvest field, a fairytale forest or in your very own back garden! Whatever you decide, it’s really important to consider the venue and the Big Top simultaneously.…

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One-Stop-Shop

‘If only I knew before!” I hear that a lot, so here’s where I try and fix it…“If only I knew before that this would be so stressful”“If only I knew before that you guys [Terrapin] could do this for me.”“If only I knew before that I’d need x, y, z.”When we finally have the pleasure…

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