About Us

Tara (Hearthworks Owner & Director) erecting a Yurt

Hearthworks Formation

Hearthworks was formed in 1999 as manufacturers of traditional North American Sioux style Tipis, and soon began making Central Asian style Yurts in steam-bent English Ash. We now have over 10 years experience in manufacturing and also import felt-covered, willow framed Yurts from Kyrgyzstan along with various different types of decorative hand made felt work.

Hearthworks Tipis and Yurts have been used the world over - from the Australian bush to the tropical beaches of Costa Rica, from high in the Himalayas to the deserts of Sinai. Our experience of these different environments has given us direct insights into how these structures function best.

Hearthworks has grown to become one of the U.K's leading providers of Tipis and Yurts. As well as making bespoke Tipis and Yurts to order, we offer a friendly and professional hire service.

From the beginning we have offered accommodation in our Tipis and Yurts for Private Parties, Corporate Events and Weddings. In the last 12 years, this has expanded into the provision of boutique Tipi and Yurt accommodation to the public, as well as the provision of VIP accommodation, at a large number of festivals over the summer season. Hearthworks festivals include WOMAD, Electric Picnic, Port Eliot, Sunrise, Shambala, T in the Park and Bestival as well as many others, including Glastonbury Festival, where our Managing Director is also the Tipi Field Co-ordinator.


Our Vision

Our Vision is through helping others to experience these ancient shelters, we can share this simple, more natural way of living close to the earth.

Our comprehensive experience in hire has given us great insight into best practise for our manufacturing standards, as we understand exactly what the end use of our The Hearthworks Teamstructures is like. Hearthworks provides traditionally styled Tipis and Yurts with modern specifications, and are continually assessing and improving our designs. We are committed to maintaining standards of excellence in both manufacturing and hire, and maintain on-going relationships our clients. We are always available for advice and aftercare for any of our structures.

Inspired by living in Tipis and Yurts, we aim to make these structures as practical and durable as possible while maintaining their traditional and aesthetic qualities.


Clients have included The Eden Project, Midge Ure, Birmingham City Council, The Natural History Museum, Roger Waters, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Gryff Rhys-Jones, EMI, Oxfordshire County Council, Greenpeace, University Of Bristol, Radiohead, British and Commonwealth Museum, University of the West of England, Warner Bros, The Prince’s Trust, S.O.A.S, Tearfund, Somerset Rural Youth Project, Alice Temperley, Supergrass, Merrell, Test Valley Borough Council, Madness, St.Benedicts Primary School, Snoop Doggy Dog, Somerset Wildlife Trust, Rob Da Bank, Castleview School, YMCA, Jade Jagger, Busy Bees Nursery and the list goes on..



Here’s what some of our clients say:

...“ Thankyou for making our stay at The Port Eliot Literary Festival so wonderful. We look forward to staying in one of your Tipis in the near future. Thank you again ”...
Gisele, Irish Independent.

Hearthworks Yurt outside the houses of parliment

...“ Hearthworks provided a beautiful yurt for my birthday party which was so lovely we couldn't resist sleeping in it on the opulent cushions and fur rugs - made the party extra special, even though the weather was good so we didn't need to retreat inside until after dark. Lovely crew who erected and dismantled the yurt with minimum fuss and tolerated the interested attentions of children and dogs - who all found the process fascinating.... Would love to have one of Hearworks' yurts as a permanent fixture”...K.M.


...“ We hired a Hearthworks Tipi at WOMAD this year - and it was excellent. The tent was well constructed and sizeable, the interior was beautifully done out, the beds were warm and comfortable and the staff were helpful and fun. As a festival goer who is getting a bit old and arthritic for rough camping this is a great alternative that will enable me to keep on boogying for at least another decade.”...T.C.

..." What a fabulous time we had staying in one of your Tipis at Glastonbury this year - my first Glasto and tipi, which was a treat to myself "... C.P

..." A HUGE thankyou for a fantastic Yurt time at Bestival.  Everyone was delighted when they saw the accomodation and the field was beautiful "... J.C

..." I would like to say a big thank you to all the team for making our recent stay at WOMAD a pleasurable one..... you went out of your way to make surewe where all 'snug as a bug in a sheepskin rug "... H.C

..." Thank you so much for our lovely Tipi and for the great service you provided I have been coming to Glastonbury for 20 years on and off and this year was my best ever experience "... J.G

..." Thanks for the tipi field again this year - even better than last year..... The people running the field were angels "... E. H

..." Thanks for your lovely Glastonbury tipi field. Even the loos were ok, cos you could hear music while you went! "... M.H

..." We love our new Yurt .... the children have been so excited today to actually go inside .... a big thank you to the 2 men who came yesterday to install it, they were very efficient and really nice with everyone who wanted to have a look. Everyone who has seen the yurt thinks it is incredible "... D.L

Hearthworks want as many people as possible to feel inspired, as we do, about Tipis and Yurts. We provide a reliable service that is flexible to your individual needs. Don't hesitate to contact us.