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  Hosting outside? What about a tipi
 What inspired the tipis business? It began when Lawshall Swan landlords Lawrence and Laura Williams hosted a tipi wedding at their pub and experienced just how special the space and atmosphere of such an event can be. Robert Barneveld, who has previous experience of hiring them for both private and corporate events, then became a partner to make the business what it is today.
What sets them apart from other forms of outside event hosting?
At 10m diameter the Giant Hat Tipi’s are the largest available. They can be set up on their own, or linked together, and are therefore hugely versatile in terms of space, numbers of guests, flexibility of layout, and the atmosphere you want to create. They provide a unique setting for almost any occasion and, in all but the coldest or windiest days, the sides can be lifted to extend capacity and add a whole new outdoors, or festival feel, to your event. The tipis are hugely popular in their simplest, most natural form, with wooden poles and rustic tables and benches, which are perfectly complemented by the natural tones of the canvas, woven flooring, and simple strings of LED lights. All hire packages come with an optional entrance porch, with double doors included, which can really help theme your event as simply or as dramatically and lavishly as you wish.
We talk to the people behind Swan Tipis
Inside and outside the Swan Tipis. They can be doubled up for even more room, see right and above
Will you be up and running for the spring and early summer?
The roll out of the vaccines has given rise to optimism that special celebrations can take place from late spring onwards. We held some open days in September last year and also hosted some socially distanced Christmas events in December which means that we already have a number of bookings from May onwards.
I think with its large garden/outside space there is room at the Lawshall Swan to host an event?
Yes, there is a very large garden overlooking beautiful and unspoilt open countryside. We are fortunate to be able to offer exclusive use of the garden as an event venue (and can also include the pub by special arrangement) which saves the costs and the hassle of arranging outside catering and bar services separately. We can provide the venue, the tipis, the catering and drinks packages plus loads of help and support through a single point of contact.
Alternatively you can choose your own venue as we are more than happy to travel to you and we offer a free site survey to make sure your space is suitable.
Can you give us an idea of hire costs?
Our packages for tipi hire are all inclusive meaning that flooring, lighting, tables and benches and entrance porch are all included...... you don’t need anything else for your event unless you want to add extras like firepits, dancefloors, floral decorations, etc. Hire costs start at £1900 for a single tipi which will comfortably seat 60-75 guests. Swan Tipi’s are not just for weddings, birthdays or other celebrations and parties as they can provide a fantastic setting and base for bespoke corporate events.
How can people find out more?
Call Laura or Rob for a chat on 07767213186 or send us a WhatsApp or text on the same number. Our email address is and our new website is

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