When it’s a tent. Or a yurt. Or a Gazebo! There are many different names for marquees depending on the size, shape and where the opening is.
If you’re having a garden party in Dorset with live music but not necessarily sit down catering then a large gazebo might be just what you need. If you want to allow guests to dance under cover then a larger open fronted marquee might fit the bill. Although not necessary you might want to add a solid dance floor, maybe a stage area. And if its a barn dancethen don’t forget those all important hay bales for people to sit on.
Teepee or wigwam ?
Other types of tent you can use for a more rustic function or festival are yurts and teepees. A teepee is a cone-shaped tent, traditionally made of animal skins upon wooden poles. A tipi is distinguished from other conical tents by the smoke flaps at the top of the structure. If you grew up watching westerns on TV, do not confuse a teepee with a wigwam which is a is a domed dwelling formerly used by certain Native American and First Nations tribes, and still used for ceremonial purposes.
Glamp it up in a yurt
A traditional yurt (from the Turkic languages) or ger (Mongolian) is a portable, round tent covered with skins or felt and used as a dwelling by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia. The structure comprises an angled assembly or latticework of pieces of wood or bamboo for walls, a door frame, ribs (poles, rafters), and a wheel (crown, compression ring) possibly steam-bent. The roof structure is often self-supporting, but large yurts may have interior posts supporting the crown. Yurts have become increasingly popular for festivals and the term glamping has become synonymous for those who like camping with their creature comforts.