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I'm Spencer King, an ex-marquee erector. This blog is designed to help those running a hire business or thinking of starting. I don't claim to know everything, I'm just trying to help people avoid the mistakes I made! Check out our event planning section for advice on planning your own marquee event. Please contact us if we can help or offer advice in any way.

PAT testing in marquees

As I posted a little while ago if you’ve got electrical equipment (anything with a plug) then it should be PAT tested annually. This is from Louise at Essential Supplies:


After the success of our 2009 PAT Testing Courses we have arranged some dates for 2010. They will be held in March, we have availability on the 2nd and 10th of March and limited availability on the 9th March. The location will be confirmed when we have numbers, but will be in the Basingstoke area.picture1.gif


The aim of our one day ‘practical’ workshop is to obtain an understanding of why PAT Testing is necessary and be able to demonstrate safely and accurately all aspects of electrical testing necessary to perform PAT tests on your own or other peoples electrical equipment.

The course is designed for those within the events industry, although the testing techniques learnt can be used in any industry. You will be shown how to PAT test a wide range of our products from extension leads to metal light fittings and from simple distribution boards to power tools. There will be a maximum of four delegates per day, to ensure you get the most out of the course.

If you have already purchased a PAT tester you are welcome to bring it along to ensure that you get the best from it. Alternatively we will give you advice on testers to buy.

Price £220.00 per delegate (+ VAT)

Course fees include:

The official IET guide: code of practise for in service inspection and testing of electrical equipment. This is a complete reference for you.

Training at customer’s site shall be subject to extra transport costs.

To sign up…

call: 0800 0432 123


I’m not making any money from this recommendation (although a pint at the showmans show wouldn’t go amiss Louise..) and I’d like to point out that others can offer PAT testing training but it’s a lot easier if you’re on a marquee orientated course with like minded marquee people (we’re an odd bunch after all). As I pointed out before it could turn in to a lucrative winter sideline for those quieter months.

Thanks for reading


  • hawkerbrown

    I have had use of a number of Extreme Marquees

    the workmanship is poor eg look at the rocks market Sydney
    Southbank Brisbane the fittings are fragile, the canapoy is also of poor quality

  • essentiallouise

    Thanks Spencer, will make sure you get a pint at Showman's!

  • There's a few people who owe me favours being repayed by pints, it could prove an interesting show!

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