FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I'm organising a festival/party but don’t want to deal with the extra administration of dealing with customers who want to hire tipis, can you help?
We have an excellent administration system set up to deal direct with your visitors, once we have had a site meeting and discussed your requirements you can leave the rest to us.
What comes with your tipis, how are they fitted out?
Our tipis usually come with;
- Groundsheet & carpet
- 6 beds which double up as comfy seating during the day
- Easy to light and maintain cast iron chimeneas mounted on a sturdy base plate.
- Smoke and spark free, simple to use fuel and of course kindling, firelighter etc. A fire extinguisher is standard in all tipis.
- 6 chairs you can use inside and out
- Lanterns which last 6 hours or on longer hires can be recharged from the mains or your car.
- Housekeeping stuff like waste paper basket, fire gloves, dustpan, ashtrays, first aid kit
- Easy to follow instruction sheets of making the fire, operating the smoke flaps etc.
- Even inside and outside door mats!
We can modify the furnishings to suit your event; more chairs, more beds are all available. Once you’ve decided to hire your tipi we’ll do whatever we can to make your event a success.
How big are they? How many people fit in them? Where can they go?
All our hire tipis are 18 feet in diameter, this size will comfortably sleep 4-6 people with all their gear for a long weekend, you can even sleep 8 if you don’t mind being closer together. At other times 10-15 can easily fit around the fire.
We can pitch tipis anywhere you have a flattish piece of grass. Our especially designed go anywhere transport means we can fit under even small arches and through any 7 foot gate.
How long can I have the tipi for?
Generally we don’t mind. Our hire fleet is so large so whether you need it for a few days or a week, we generally always have tipis available. The major cost for us is getting to your event and back again for which we make a nominal mileage charge. Because we are all over the country most of the time during the summer hiring out tipis, we can quite often combine jobs and keep the delivery charge to a minimum.
Will I need to provide anything?
Apart from a sense of adventure, just a sleeping bag and pillow. If you want a complete package including bedding we can provide good quality sleeping bags and pillows at very reasonable prices. However for health & hygiene reasons we don’t rent these out.
What about safety?
We want you and your guest to be safe and really enjoy their tipi experience and as such we leave no stone unturned to provide a safe environment. Every stage of the hire process has been fully evaluated for safety. So in addition to the full “risk and safety assessment” (copies available) which we carry out every year, we also especially modify our tipis to make them simple to use and very safe. Every aspect of the construction is over engineered for the job, the canvas is fire retardant and very tough. Fire extinguishers are provided, information sheets for your guests to read and before handing over your tipi we’ll give you a short introduction on how to get the best out of your tipi. Additionally we carry full public liability for the hire of tipis including the use of fires in them.
Can I hire tipis anywhere?
Pretty much, this year we are doing jobs as far apart as Cornwall and Inverness so most places in mainland U.K are possible.
Can you provide an on site tipi expert?
I know some insurers and event organisers require a tipi expert on site. This is no problem, we are happy to leave one of our fully trained and courteous crew for the duration of your event. We can even provide a basic drinks and fire keeping service if you wish.
Just how easy are they to use?
Brilliantly so. We have a dedicated tipi design for our hire jobs that eliminates all the nuances that traditional tipis sometimes need. The fires are simplicity itself to use (even if your guests have never lit a fire before) and the opening and closing of the smoke flaps is pretty much fool proof. In addition, straight forward illustrated instructions are left in every tipi.
Can you still have a fire in the rain, and are they really weatherproof?
Yes and yes. The brilliant elegant and timeless design of the tipi means you can still be snug and warm around the fire even when it is lashing it down. And apart for the odd drip for a short while during the heaviest storms you, your guests and their gear will remain dry.