The Great British Baking Show is a beloved fixture of British TV, pulling in an audience of millions each week. Just as iconic, then, is the famous tent that hosts the baking competition. However, conditions inside the marquee can be intense, particularly without air conditioning in the heat of the summer. But there’s a practical reason for the baking contest’s setting.
The Great British Baking Show tent is designed to invoke the feeling of a traditional British village fete. A fete is a type of fair, with activities such as food and commodities stalls, raffles, skill games, Morris dancing and, of course, baking contests. Although The Great British Baking Show’s location has changed over the seasons, it’s maintained familiarity with the identifiable tent.