Creating an Outside Events Terrace

Tipi outside events terrace
The appeal of outside event terraces

Outside event terraces have become very popular here in the UK in recent years. And what’s not to love?

Firstly, there’s the additional celebration space they create.

Secondly, they offer a unique creative outlet at events.

They hint at outdoor activities and encourage guests to move around.

Not forgetting it gives the hope or certainty (depending on location!) of relaxing with friends in the sun!

But why a terrace rather than just a natural outdoor area?

Outdoor living is understandably popular in reliably sunny places like California and the Algarve.

Yet despite our well-known weather in the UK, the concept has become very popular here in recent years.  Exterior design is the key, bringing the character of the inside space into a defined area outside. It’s no longer enough to just go out on an expansive lawn!

Bars, restaurants and hotels – permanent venues – often start with the advantage of a structure. Relaxed seating on decking, quirky roof beer gardens and intimate balconies for dining all flourish.

But the events industry has to be a bit more creative in defining an area and designing it’s character…

PapaShop’s outside events terrace

PapaShop’s outside events terrace is beautiful in all its simplicity, or dressed up to the nines. It complements marquess, teepees, stretch tents and sailcloth tents perfectly. It is also a practical temporary addition to venues with grass areas.

Basic outside events terrace
Simple Outside Events Terrace (Lucy Davenport Photography)

Here’s what we used to build the basic outside events terrace shown:

We sell all these items online.


If you want to personalise your outside events terrace, the sky’s the limit! As a starter…

Festoon lights are really effective strung between the Giant Shepherd Crooks to border the space. Lanterns, paper globes, bunting, etc, all enclose the space brilliantly too.

Chill out Furniture with throws, rugs, cushions and coffee tables offer unlimited scope to bring in some colour… as do foliage and flowers!

More formal furniture can be added for dining, such as tables and benches or our Oak Crossback Chairs.

And finally, our Outdoor Firepits can be positioned close by, a guaranteed way to draw people towards the outside events terrace!


Pinterest is a great place for further daecorating ideas, but we we’ll leave you with a photo of one of our all-time favourite outside event terraces…

Outside Events Terrace
Beautifully enhanced outisde events terrace (Alister Freeman Photography)

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