ABOUT

Portobello Tents was founded from a love of the English countryside, a good party, and the desire to sleep in luxury once those dancing shoes come off!

Our team have pulled together their skills, providing stylish & luxurious ethically sourced canvas camps at festivals, weddings, parties and events all over the UK and beyond. There is something undeniably magical about sleeping outside under canvas. We offer a perfect balance of fresh country air combined with luxury; all our tents have memory foam mattresses, 200 thread count fresh linen, atmospheric lighting and lockable doors. Stay with us and find yourself refreshed.

Our Portobello Tents logo, the triangle with a line at the top, is a glyph meaning ‘explore’. We love the idea of exploring with our customers; finding inspiration along the way and creating beautiful events that are as individual as they are breathtaking.

Bell Tents have been used for human shelter for over 150 years. American military officer Henry Hopkins Sibley invented the first version of the Bell Tent, the Sibley Tent, in the 1850s. Shortly after conception they were brought across the pond and the British cavalry used them during the Crimean War in 1855, then the British Army in the Zulu War of 1879. History and heritage are things the Portobello Tents team hold dear as we deliver the Great British Glamping Experience.

Portobello Tents pride ourselves on delivering a slick, fun and professional service.

TEAM

Lara Audley

LAURA AUDLEY

Laura heads the team. With a background in interior design and chalet hosting, she thrives on working alongside great people, meeting and greeting guests, and understands the importance of fresh and beautiful accommodation!

She is often to be found chasing her Jack Russell, Archie, who features in his sunglasses on our homepage.

Charles Audley

CHARLES AUDLEY

Charles, Laura’s brother, produces events as well as being Director of Noisily Festival of Music and Arts. He is one of the most enthusiastic and helpful people (unless hungry). After coordinating a wedding reception all day, he has been known to drive home elderly guests who cannot get a taxi.

Charles is our audio and lighting expert, and, given the chance, would turn up the volume and trigger the strobes on any event he works on - within reason of course!

Nikki Cooper

NIKKI COOPER

Nikki arrived to help at our second ever job and whipped us into shape - our soft build manager and planning whizz; she loves a spreadsheet! With a career in local government and a lot of festivals under her belt, Nikki then moved to Argentina to explore before returning to run our interiors and on-site guest hospitality team.

She is wonderfully calm and collected and, with the most natural aptitude for making people feel welcome, is often found socialising with our guests. Glitter always in place!

Hugo Morris Adams

HUGO MORRIS ADAMS

Our site manager, and all round hero. He's unflappable and keeps everyone in check without ever raising his voice. Hugo arrives onsite before anyone else and is responsible for measuring up to give perfect rows of our beautiful tents. Hugo's father owns a marquee company and what he doesn't know about canvas isn't worth knowing.

Hugo has a degree in philosophy and is often found debating anything from existence to disco!

Grant Bentley

GRANT BENTLEY

Grant is an old friend of the Portobello family and we convinced him to join the team while he was having a career break. He is patient and methodical but attracts weird happenings - there is always a story to tell!

Having grown up in Somerset riding bikes and then motorbikes, he loves an adventure and is very good at keeping up morale towards the end of the day… usually by mentioning the pub!

Rory Langman

RORY LANGMAN

Rory has hopped over from Bassline Productions after a winter working for Ski Verbier Exclusive to be our Operations and Logistics Manager. Rory has a degree in Festival and Events Management and nothing is too much trouble for him. A true Gentleman!

You'll find him dancing at the Main stage at Noisily Festival every July having helped co-ordinate the build. See you there!

Alwyn Somerville

ALWYN SOMERVILLE

No one can put up a prettier bell tent than Alwyn, fact. A Somerset boy who's father has played Glastonbury more times than probably anyone else. Alwyn came to help for a few days and then just kinda stayed... he bought along Hugo and Dave who then bought along Luke and Hägen.

Alwyn is known to be found in the girls crew tent being covered in glitter before heading into a festival.

Victoria Saville

VICTORIA SAVILLE

A true Portobello Pixie from the beginning. With a degree in theatre design and an ability to smile, smile, smile... Victoria is the ray of sunshine in the soft build team. Always perfectly turned out even in the winds of Wales or heat of Cheshire. She creates the best festival outfits. The fastest and neatest bed maker in all the land.

Victoria gets on with everyone and even once won an award for the best flirt at university!

Dave Flailin Durant

DAVE 'FLAILIN' DURANT

Flailin, nicknamed for his long arms which are constantly moving, is best loved for his fabulous hair and dry wit... If you're lost at a festival you'll find Flailin, guaranteed! He has a degree in politics and loves to make a sign.

Owner of a fabulous collection of quite extraordinary colourful waistcoats!

Andy Hanratty

ANDY HANRATTY

Actor, photographer and wind-up merchant. Andy managed to convince the rest of the crew whilst at a job in France in 44 degree heat that Laura wanted to move 10 fully furnished tents by 15cm each... Luckily we've now worked out his nose wiggles a bit when he's not quite telling the truth.

About to hit the big time which is great for him but not for us!

Kit Swing

KIT SWING

A talented jeweller who can fashion pretty much anything out of metal. Kit has the naughtiest laugh around and can tie a person up using only their own limbs- these don't necessarily come together! A monkey once tried to steal her passport in Cape Verde and when she told it off it bit her.

She's scared of feet and the sea.

Luke Dowding

LUKE DOWDING

Luke, Lucy, Lucinda... depending on how much of a diva he's being. Telehandler extraordinaire, Lotus Belle king, logical mind, Somerset dream team.
Luke's a tree surgeon who lives on a Christmas tree plantation- ask him how many Christmas trees he had up at home last year...

Often found juggling mallets, balancing things on his chin and the only person who orders chocolate in a pub!

Masha Hammond

MASHA HAMMOND

Born in Russia, bred in England. Away from life's diverse distractions, Masha is an artist, performer and art facilitator to adults with special needs. She joined our interiors team as an old friend of Nikki's, with her great friend Kit... we're all friends!

Masha made marmalade a little while ago: red wine in one hand, stirring with the other. Tasting along the way. Turns out fermented grape, orange rind and a lot of sugar aren't such a delicious mix!

Rachel Hellier

RACHEL HELLIER

Rachel's ability at mental arithmetic is seriously impressive- she can count duvets like no other! She keeps Laura calm at the warehouse, on the road and onsite... Rach will load lorries, put up tents, make beds, party with the best of them and is a mega babe.

Find her with Rory at Noisily each July and admire her costume changes!

Hagen Zillman

HÄGEN ZILLMAN

South African born, UK bred, German blood. Another tree surgeon- Hägen and Luke met studying how to hang out of trees with chainsaws. He likes a dare... our favourite to date is having the Portobello logo tattooed on him.

After a long day on the field when the crew sit down to relax Hägen will keep everyone entertained with his poi skills.

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