With over 1,000 ales from more than 500 breweries on tap, the Nottingham Robin Hood Beer Festival, organised by the local branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, is one of the biggest beer festivals in the country.


GL events first supplied marquees to the event in 2008, when it out-grew its previous venue and became an outdoor festival by relocating to the grounds of Nottingham Castle.

Based on two sites in the castle grounds, the event required two large beer marquees to keep festival-goers dry and to also keep the ales at their optimum temperature.

We also supply a wide range of additional marquees to accommodate extra attractions, such as music, food and entertainment.


This year we supplied 16 marquees in total, creating more than 3,000sqm of covered space. They included two aluminium frame marquees, measuring 700sqm and 900sqm and featuring flexible white PVC roofs and walls, which were used for the main beer area.

Elsewhere on the site, we supplied a number of Multi-Master aluminium frame marquees, ranging in size from 9sqm to 144sqm, with flexible green and white stripe PVC roof and walls. They featured roll-up wall panels and gutters to link them to neighbouring marquees which were put to use in a variety of ways, including a bandstand bar, viewing space and corporate beer annexe.

Many of the marquees were weighted on hardstanding ground. We fitted all marquees with interlocking floor panels throughout.


The old Nottingham Castle’s foundations are still present on site, which means that we followed a carefully prepared site plan to avoid the sensitive buried archaeological remains.

The flexibility of our marquees meant that we were able to work within the confines of the site in order to obtain the maximum amount of coverage available.

There was also a reduced build time to work with, because the castle is open to the public. We used a larger crew in order to get everything in place in just one week.


The 2013 Nottingham Robin Hood Beer Festival was a success, with a huge crowd drinking their way through thousands of pints of beer. The build and de-rig went smoothly and plans are already being made for next year’s event.