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Mudway Workman, providing marquee solutions for over 70 years

Mudway Workman was founded in 1953 by Edward John Mudway, who used his knowledge as a sailmaker in the Royal Navy to manufacture marquees by hand. In 1972 the company was handed down to his son Graham who had been in the business since leaving school. Paul Workman joined the company in the early 1980s after leaving University and a partnership was formed five years later. Graham’s son Matthew joined the business after leaving college in 1993.

Since the early days of hand-stitched canvas, the marquee industry has advanced. Mudway Workman’s commitment to constant investment in new equipment and technology over the years means they can offer a full range of services from classic traditional marquees to contemporary clearspan structures.

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Types of Marquees available from Mudway Workman


Mudway Workman are still manufacturing to a cut pioneered by the late Edward Mudway at the birth of the business these crafted marquees offer a sense of style and heritage that is unfound in the clearspan option. With either an interior lining or left undressed the parabolic shape in the roof space offers an ambience of its own making. The walls provide shelter from the weather but can easily be removed to allow an open space for your guests to view the surroundings and benefit from a cooling breeze on a balmy summers day They are in every way they emulate the quintessential country feel. If the space is available they would be perfect for Weddings, garden parties if it’s the preferred look The supporting centre King Poles holding the shape of the roof of can be dressed with floral arrangements, and lighting. The high roof line offers a large scope for interior decoration. They do however take up a greater space than can be utilised for the event requiring an extra 6 ft of surrounding space to accommodate the guy ropes and retaining pegs. Garden and border space can be used for this purpose adding natural flora in a subtle way. Safety: as with all the material on our marquees the material is made from flame-retardant PVC manufactured to the latest BSI standards.

Pagoda / Chinese Hat

Whether you refer to them a pagodas, pavillions, chinese hats, witches hats or gazebos, these attractive marquees are perfect for when you just need a little shelter from the sun or rain. They can be walled or left open sided and can stand on grass or hard surface. They can also be fully lined, carpeted and lit and are great for ‘hosting’ the wedding ceremony or sheltering the band, just 2 of many uses.

Their unique shape provides a focal point for an event and when used in conjunction with a traditional or clear span wedding marquee they help create a special atmosphere.

  • Flexible: similar to clear span marquees, with no central poles, this style of marquee provides a great flexible space. Surprising large, tables and chairs can be arranged in any format you please.  They can be joined together to create a lovely shape to a marquee.
  • Multiple uses: these make for the perfect, flexible, additional space. Often used as a ‘porchway’ or entrance to the main marquee they can be attached to both traditional and clear span marquees. They are also great for bars, smoking areas, a cover for musicians, or just a chill-out area. Enclosed on all sides or left open as just a canopy, they are a great addition to any event or wedding.
  • A big or small area:  they come in 3m, 4m, 5m and 6m square and can be joined together if required and do not require ropes and stakes, our Chinese Hat marquees can be situated on just about any surface including hard surfaces. We prefer to secure with stakes but weights can often be used to protect against the elements. This means that this type of marquee is equally suitable for small garden parties and large weddings too,
  • Safety: as with all the material on our marquees the material is made from flame-retardant PVC manufactured to the latest BSI standards.

Clear Span

If you are looking for a more contemporary space in which to hold your event the clearspan aluminium framed marquee would be the preferred option. Using leading edge design and materials externally they create the current day feel.

However the main feature would be site flexibility. Incorporated with a flooring system, areas that clients considered unthinkable become the chosen position. Terraced and landscaped gardens, walls, ponds, steps, all come into play. Internally the option is still available to theme to the chosen mood making the structure suitable for weddings, parties and corporate events. Built on an optional 3 metre raised legs they can also provide the much sought after roof space often required by both florists and production companies. The clearspan, also free of central poles as its namesake suggests is also void of exterior ropes and fixings and sits more comfortably in a restricted space. The modular design facilitates the connection of various size structures to accommodate the most quirky of areas. As the clearspan marquee is freestanding it can be built on just about any surface including hard surfaces - sand, gravel, and concrete. If the ground is impenetrable then weights are supplied to hold the structure in situ. The clearspan can be used all year due to its higher wind and snow ratings offering greater stability through periods of inclement weather

In the Wedding and Event industry, where first impressions are key Mudway Workman leave nothing to chance. Well aware there is only one opportunity available to get it right is a constant reminder and drive in the ethos of the company. Working with you at every step of the way to ensure you have not only the right marquee for your event but also that the interior design, layout look and feel is perfect for your function.

Leaving the technical side to Mudway Workman’s wealth of knowledge ensures you can focus your efforts on your own day and guests. Whether you are looking for a traditional rustic impression or a contemporary guise we have a mix of both long established orthodox products and modern design to give your marquee your personal stamp.

Nearly 70 years of event experience and thousands of satisfied clients puts Mudway Workman in the forefront of the Wedding and Event Industry. Long terms relationships with both venues and client testify the consistency of an ethically, tightly operated Family Buisness.