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How to run power to your marquee

There are usually three ways of running power to a marquee:

i. extension leads run from a house to the marquee
ii. a large mains supply temporarily connected from a house to the marquee (electrician required)
iii. use a generator

Extension leads:

circuits (electrician required):

Generators:

We are always happy to offer more customised advice for your event, please contact us giving a few details of the event you are planning (type of event, space available, number of guests and diagrams/photographs of the site if possible) and we will be more than happy to advise on your options.

If you would like to use or quote any part of this article please contact us for permission or licencing.

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How to run power to your marquee:

There are usually three ways of running power to a marquee:
i. extension leads run from a house to the marquee
ii. a large mains supply temporarily connected from a house to the marquee (electrician required)
iii. use a generator

Extension leads:

  • Check the extension lead for maximum loading (usually 3KW) and be sure not to overload it
  • Neaten the extension lead by attaching the excess cable up to the eaves rail of the marquee (cable ties are perfect for this)
  • Avoid running extension leads in areas where people might trip over them. Running them out of the side of the marquee above head height to a fence or hedge and down to the house is ideal.
  • If using multiple extension leads then plug them in to different circuits of the house (eg one in the kitchen, one in a room downstairs and one in a room upstairs)
  • If you require more than 3 extension leads then consider using an electrician to connect a temporary supply or using a generator
  • If the marquee is a long distance from any available power (30m+) then consider using an electrician to connect a temporary supply or using a generator
  • There shouldn't be a problem with weather if the plug is inside the house and the socket is in the marquee off the ground and away from any potential condensation. Avoid having any joins of extension leads outside as they are difficult to make waterproof.
  • Always ensure any electricity supply is protected by earth leakage circuit breakers, this will protect against any accidental damage.

Temporary circuits (electrician required):

  • Only use a certified electrician registered for Part P
  • Confirm how much power the circuit will provide and ensure that is enough for the power requirements in the marquee (include caterers, band/DJ, bar & lighting)
  • Confirm with the electrician that the power will be supplied to the marquee terminating with standard 13amp sockets
  • Ask the electrician to run the cable in a suitable location to avoid a trip hazard
  • Always ensure any electricity supply is protected by earth leakage circuit breakers, this will protect against any accidental damage.

Generators:

  • 'Super-silent' generators are the quietest models available
  • The generator hire company should be able to advise on the size you require based on your total power requirements
  • Ensure the hire of the generator includes cabling to the marquee and terminates in the marquee with standard 13amp sockets
  • Position the generator as far as convenient from the marquee.
  • Have spare fuel (usually diesel) available and ensure the tank is full before the event starts
  • Always ensure any electricity supply is protected by earth leakage circuit breakers, this will protect against any accidental damage.

We are always happy to offer more customised advice for your event, please contact us giving a few details of the event you are planning (type of event, space available, number of guests and diagrams/photographs of the site if possible) and we will be more than happy to advise on your options.

If you would like to use or quote any part of this article please contact us for permission or licencing.