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Advice on barrier hire for different events

May 13, 2022

Advice on barrier hire for different events

Large scale events are hugely popular in the UK, from international tennis tournaments to music festivals, and even large trade shows and exhibitions.  They attract thousands of people at a time, many of which arrive at the event within a very short time period. 

As a result, therefore, there is always a need for temporary barrier hire.  However, when we talk about barrier hire, it's important that we're talking about the same thing, because you might be visualising something completely different to what we are.

Firstly, you can hire crowd control barriers.  These are temporary metal barriers, around waist-height, that link together, which you'll often see lining the streets of a marathon, or on the Mall in London when there's a Royal event taking place.  These are designed to keep the public away from the main event.  

Of course, if people want to jump the barriers, then they could, so there is a degree of policing also required. You'll also find that it's not usually event hire companies that stock metal crowd control barriers, as it's very specific and so you'll find that there are specialist barrier hire companies out there who can provide these in the quantities you need, and who will also no doubt be able to provide you with a set-up service as well.

So, what types of barriers do event hire companies normally provide, then?  Well, it's very much along the lines of temporary barriers to guide people to where you want them to be, rather than to 'control' them, in the strictest sense of the word.

In other words, when you have thousands of people arriving in the entrance area of a large arena or festival site, you will need barrier rental to guide them into queues for the ticketing and access areas.  If this is the case, then Tensabarriers are a perfect solution.  These are freestanding units, with 2m rolls of webbing inside the head.  You simply wind out the webbing from the head, and clip it to the next Tensabarrier, to create long runs of 'barriers'.  You'll find that Tensabarriers are also sometimes called retractable barriers, Tensile barriers or Tensator barriers, for instance, but the principle is the same.

And, finally, also falling into the sector of 'event barrier hire' are posts and ropes, which are more decorative than barrier-esque.  That said, posts and ropes do provide a subtle way of guiding people to where you want them to be, or get them to stay away from a prize exhibit, for instance.  Posts and ropes are perfect for providing a VIP look in the entrance area to your event, and really sets the tone for your occasion.  Attention to detail is all important when it comes to event planning, and chrome poles and velvet ropes are an affordable way to kick-things off, as soon as your guests arrive.

Whatever barriers for events you need, don't hesitate to browse our website here online at Event Hire UK and place your secure order online 24/7.  Our team is here to provide you with a seamless, nationwide service, and very much look forward to helping you create unforgettable events and occasions!

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