Outdoor shelters are a great opportunity to increase revenue and elevate the customer experience by extending your hotel’s offerings and space. The experts at Woodberry have made planning your hotel’s outdoor shelter as easy as possible. They have shared some some top tips for measuring, deciding design, and installing shelters.


Did you have a marquee or temporary gazebo in your outdoor areas during and post-pandemic?

In 2023, we have seen hired marquees taken down and hospitality clients are now installing more permanent outdoor shelters.

The ROI has been proven for many venues. Sheltered terraces or feature gazebos have seen some of our hospitality clients double their outdoor revenue. The other great benefit of this designated area is that it can be used for private party hire.


1. Where do you want the shelter to go? Is it adjoining a building or free standing?

If it is adjoining a building, look at any windows or doors that might be in this area. You need to consider the height of a shelter and the pillars, so they do not obstruct doors and windows.


2. Measuring up.

Width, depth and height are your key measurements. If the ground is slightly sloping, please take note of this. Plot where any windows and doors are as part of measuring. Woodberry offers free expert surveys to measure and assess your area.


3. What kind of roof and sides do you want?
Do you want a flat roof or an apex roof? Do you want a translucent or opaque roof (one that doesn’t let light through)? Do you want any sides like walls, shutters, slats or canvas sides? These are all things to consider.


4. Drainage is important to consider.

If it rains, there will be surface run off from the roof. To control this, look for guttering and drainage options that should be included in your outdoor shelter design.


5. Do I need planning permission?

No – generally you do not need planning permission for what is considered a temporary structure. This is something which is surface fixed, rather than having foundations and is under 4m tall, with a 2m gap from any boundary lines. If you are in an area of outstanding natural beauty or have a historic building, you will need to consult your local planning experts.


We recommend expert installation. The Woodberry team has good availability in August and September. Installs normally take 1-2 days.

Talk to the expert team at Woodberry who will make it as easy as possible for you to plan an outdoor shelter at your venue. 01926 889922. www.woodberry.co.uk