You'll find us mentioning Bell Tents, Wigwams and Teepee's quite a lot around here, so here's a bit about what they are and where they came from:
Bell Tents: The Bell Tent design was first started to be used by European militaries as far back as the 9th Century, and the design was in regular service with the British Army by the Crimean War (1853-1856). Around the same time, a US Army Colonel, Henry Hopkins Sibley, patented a tent that was licenced to the US Army. He took his inspiration from tipis he’d seen whilst serving on the Texas Frontier in the 1850s, and his tent featured a single centre pole and a vented “cap” for smoke from a stove to escape.
Wigwams: These were the homes of Algonquian tribes of American Indians, made from trees and bark. These used poles bent and tied together to make a dome-shaped home. The outside was often covered in whatever materials that could be found at the time to insulate the construction.
Teepee's: These were the homes of the Native Americans of the Great Plains. As they were nomadic tribes (constantly moving around) the structure was easily packed up and moved. Using long poles as the frame, these were tied at the top and spread out to create the large space within. In the summer months, the covering outside would be raised to allow cool air to flow through.
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Unique. No 2 people are the same. No 2 experiences should be the same. You will never have the same setup or experiences twice. You won't find many mainstream themes here. Although, we do often adapt and feature on trend and current popular vibe so always best to get in touch to check.
The team is built up of our trusted partners and suppliers who we're incredibly grateful for. If you want to be apart of Horizon Experiences, please feel free to reach out.
Along with our specialist partners we work with a friendly, dedicated, passionate, hardworking and meticulous bunch of folk. Without whom we wouldn't be able to manage our busy and growing adventure. All of our team have years of events management and people skills. Don't worry, we have you covered!
The people behind Horizon Experiences are combined of a Master Chief Tent Putter Upper & Techie (with some awkward dance moves) and a larger than life; chaotic organizer with a passion for interior design, fairy lights and building unforgettable memories (who has a singing voice to keep a banshee at bay). Our founders of Horizon Experiences Gemma and Dev. And then importantly, the youngest members of the tribe, forever the ringleaders and cheerleaders supporting the journey every step of the way, Mason & Cassidy.
Gemma has spent the past few years building a successful Swindon Business hub in one of Swindon's affluent business districts while driving the business forward with some clever marketing and a magic funnel to direct sales. Combining this with a passion to drive her business forward and connect businesses across the county together has given her a great platform. To make all things magical come to life, it's important to rely on those that see life through different eyes and so her 2 young children will forever be the ringleaders; cheerleaders supporting that journey. When Gemma isn't found on a home sense haul for a new bell tent interior design or playing dress-up; lego & hairdressers with her children she can be found on another adventure with the Polaroid and kids in toe or dancing and singing in the only place that is designed for such important sporting events - the kitchen!
Fun fact! The children wanted a joint Superhero and Unicorn fancy dress birthday party. In true Mum fashion and to appease both of them, the world was introduced to the allusive Captain Unicorn.
Dev is our resident precisionist, cautionist, creative and often sceptalist and a man of many words, the better half. He enjoys (trying to) dance after a full moon and often struggles to open a jam jar.
Fun fact! Dev is petrified of all things with feathers. If you have birds in your garden, please keep them at bay. Do you think hypnotherapy would work?
The youngest gent about the house, the main motivator and daily finance checker but importantly the best big brother to his baby sister. Mason's ever growing imagination and adventurous inquisitive nature has given us our inspiration.
You might see Mason about learning the guy ropes pointing out where things should go and working on our videos.
Fun Fact! Mason is the only child we know who doesn't like staying up late!
You'll find Cassidy trying to help with everything and nothing at the same time. She is our magic. Always thinking of our clients first and the ultimate snack box inventor. The youngest and VIP member of the tribe.
Fun Fact: the only true believer in Captain Unicorn!
Here are just a few of the memorable experiences we have helped to create for our happy clients.
Had a movie theme teepee slumber party for my two as a joint birthday and it was amazing, professional and lovely. The price was great and the snack box and breakfast boxes were amazing too. My kids absolutely loved it and didn't want the tepees to go. Would highly recommend it.
We had the best time ever! Already shouting about you guys from the rooftops and will DEFINITELY be booking again in the furture.
My eldest son said, "let's do this on a regular basis".
Amazing company very friendly and made my lockdown birthday special! And they put all their effort in to make it looks as decorated and cosy as you would like. Highly recommend
I booked with Horizon with the idea to plan a special night for my partner who I was going to ask to move in. During the first contact Gemma was great, asking a lot of questions about what I wanted to do and how I saw it playing out. We ended up bashing around some ideas and came up with the best set up that I couldn't have even dreamed off. video montage/music/carpet picnic. Like something out of a movie. The girlfriend loved it, she cried of happiness and moved in shortly after. We're now expecting our first baby! thank you so much Horizon Experiences.
Professional service, Gemma explained how they set up when we booked and asked us about what we wanted. We booked the cinema package the set up was great with lots of extras. The little heater was brilliant and meant we could camp out even in the colder weather. This was great for all ages and was a lovely way to create a birthday memory for my teenager.