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What's the difference between a yurt and a bell tent?

Want to host a party, wedding or corporate event outdoors and make it an event to remember? Provide shelter if it rains? Create your own glamping village? If you're planning an event and you're not sure which type of outdoor structure is most suitable for you and your guests, then we're here to help.


There are a few things to consider when choosing your structure:


Number of Guests - This is important as each structure has a maximum capacity for guests either seated, standing or sleeping.


Season - Some structures can withstand rain or wind better than others.


Type of Event - Is it going to be more relaxed, a sit down meal, presentations or partying all night?


Space Available - Where are you hosting your event? If it's in a garden, how big is it and can it be accessed easily? Is your space flat or are there slopes?


Budget - Each type of structure has a different cost due to time spent putting it up, the storage costs, insurance costs so it's worth having an idea of budget in mind.


Duration - With some structures the set-up time can be a full day, therefore it's not feasible for them to be taken down again on the same day. We have minimum hire periods for this reason.


Now you've considered the above, let us tell you some more about our yurts and bell tents...


Our Yurts

Originating in Mongolia as homes for the nomadic tribes, these beautiful structures are designed to be moved around and withstand some wild weather.


The round shape is a lovely welcoming space and the roof poles create an amazing feature ceiling. Not to mention the clear centre crown which allows sunlight to flood into the yurt, giving everything a golden glow. At night you can still see the stars from inside.


From a practical point of view, there is a lot of headspace in the yurts so you can walk around without crouching and if you're event is bigger you can pod two yurts together to create a break out space or bar area.


We have two yurt sizes available for hire - 18ft yurt and 24ft.


18ft

Set-Up Time: 2-3 hours

Min. Hire Duration: 3 Days

Cost: From £700 depending on package chosen

Capacity: Seats 20, Stands 35

Space Requirements: Needs a flat, grassed, accessible area with a circular size of more than 7m

No. Of Doors: 1 Double Door

Perfect for: Parties, Baby Showers, Hen Party, Micro-Wedding, Private Dining, Outdoor Bar, Workshop Space, Yoga Retreat.


24ft

Set-Up Time: 3-4 hours

Min. Hire Duration: 3 Days

Cost: From £1250 depending on package chosen

Capacity: Seats 40, Stands 60

Space Requirements: Needs a flat, grassed, accessible area with a circular size of more than 9m

Number of Doors - 2 Doubles & 1 Single Door

Perfect for: Outdoor Weddings, Parties, Corporate Events, Pop-Up Bar and Restaurant, Workshop Space, Yoga Retreat.


Both yurts are available with extras to hire like furniture, fairy light canopy and a festoon walkway.



If you're looking for something smaller or a bit more casual, then our bell tents are ideal.


Our Bell Tents


Bell tents are synonymous with glamping and that's because they definitely provide campers with some luxury. They're really spacious with a peaked ceiling and the central pole allows you to hang lighting from the middle to cast a glow. In warm weather you can even roll up the bottom so you keep the shade but have a lovely breeze coming through. Bell tents are perfect for hosting guests at your event. We can put them up wherever your event is, a bit like a pop-up hotel.



We have two sizes of bell tent - 5m and 4m. Our 4m package sleeps 2 but you can add an extra single if needed. Our 5m package sleeps 4 but could fit an extra 2 people to sleep 6. We make our tents comfortable with rugs, fairy lights, bed side tables, cosy bedding and lanterns. Our bells are made from high quality canvas and keep you dry in rainy weather. All our packages are a 2 night minimum which means your guests get to stay the night before your event and the night of. It makes for some great nights chatting round the fire pit and catch-ups over a camp breakfast the morning after.


Bell Tents


Size 4m

Sleeps Up to 3 comfortably

Set Up Time 45 mins per tent

Min. Hire Duration 2 nights

Cost: £200 for 2 nights

Space Requirements: Needs a 6m circular space on relatively flat ground

Perfect for: Couples or two friends sharing


Size 5m

Sleeps Up to 6 comfortably

Set Up Time 45 mins per tent

Min. Hire Duration 2 nights

Cost: £250 for 2 nights

Space Requirements: Needs a 7m circular space on relatively flat ground

Perfect for: Group of friends or couples wanting more space



We also offer a couple of other options for your event with our bell tents. If you're looking to create a more relaxed space for people to spend time away from the main event, our chill out tent is perfect. At 5m it comfortably seats around 8-10 people on floor cushions and bean bags. Filled with faux plants and lanterns, our chill out tent is a great add on.


If you're booking a wedding village, our honeymoon tent is the perfect place to spend your first night as a couple! Our 5m honeymoon suite comes with a real bed, beautiful decor, a bistro set to have an al fresco breakfast and a hamper with fizz and treats for the newlyweds. This comes free with bookings of 15 tents or more!!


We hope that's helped explain the difference between a yurt and a bell tent as well as sharing more about what we can offer for your event.


Check out our website at www.northskyyurts.co.uk or give us a follow on instagram at @northskyyurts


If you have any questions at all please get in touch, we love to chat!






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