Screen Shot 2016-04-12 at 10.33.01North Yorkshire County Council is launching a new tipi and events business called Totem as part of its commercial operations to help fund vital services.

The County Council is running a Spring Wedding Fair at County Hall in Northallerton on Saturday 30 April from 11am to 3pm, where visitors will be able to see the tipis dressed for a vintage country wedding. Local wedding suppliers will also be at the event to showcase a range of products and amenities.

The County Council’s tipis are used for youth arts events but they are also ideal as stunning venues for a wedding party.

“The County Council is making innovative use of its existing resources to create commercial operations to fund vital services, “said County Councillor Gareth Dadd, North Yorkshire’s Deputy Leader. “Our tipis make wonderful, exciting venues and Totem is therefore an ideal commercial venture to raise much-needed revenue.”

The County Council’s tipis are Stratus 72, also known as a Kata tipis or Giant hat, based on a traditional Scandinavian design. Due to their unique interlocking features, the Kata tipis make stunning intimate venues for a small wedding party or can be joined together to create larger structures to accommodate the largest of wedding parties. The structures are built to withstand harsh weathers. With strong sustainable timbers and waterproof fabrics, they can cater for all events in all seasons.

“I hope anyone planning a wedding will attend the event on 30 April”, said Cllr Dadd. “Whether you want to create a summer celebration with the sides up, or fancy a winter wonderland with an open fire pit, indoor heaters and warm blankets, the tents can accommodate all ideas, seasons and tastes.”