Check out our Double Dome at the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race!

Dome Hire at Boat race

We are excited to announce we will be collaborating with the lovely people over at Rupert and Buckley Clothing and Chapel Down Vineyard at the 2018 Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, a first for the race (but hopefully the first of many!)

Starting at Midday on Saturday 24th March we will be hosting them in the Double Dome placed in Bishops Park, walking distance from the starting line.

If its official race merchandise you're after we are hosting the Rupert and Buckley HQ and if your feeling thisty grab something refreshing from the Chapel Down Vineyard bar. See the rest of the event out in style, kick back , the DJ will be spinning some tunes out and the prize giveaways are looking pretty epic. 

Come along and see what we do best, our double dome will look right at home at the iconic race day.

See you there!

Team Baya :)

a glimpse into the timber framed domes 2017 season


Image : Joel Penn

And at Baya HQ we have been dizzily walking around the office getting our heads back in the game after our busiest season to date.

We have a fair few miles under the old baya belt supplying for weddings and events all over the country and have met some fantastic clients and suppliers along the way.

Event wise we have had the pleasure of supplying a double dome for the main restaurant at the CountryFile Live festival for the second year running and a Single Dome for the Chris Evans fields at Carfest North and Carfest South.



Image : Joel Penn


Image : Joel Penn

We would like to say a massive thank you to all the lovely brides and grooms we had the pleasure of meeting. Below are a few images selected from a huge season collection and the decisions were not easy to make as all photographers have done such a stirling job and captured the essence of our timber framed domes.

The hard work doesn't stop now though as we have lots of innovative ideas for some new structures and design tweaks to our domes and furniture so stay tuned for some updates we will be releasing throughout the coming months. 

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BayaHire's 'Under the Sea' Charity event Saturday 7th October 2017


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AHOY me hearties, welcome to 'Under the Sea' - an ocean-themed evening event set in one of BAYA Hire's magical domes, full of DJ's, drinks & dancing set in the beautiful Combas Farm between Croyde and Putsborough.

All proceeds from this night are being raised for the Foundation for Prader Willi Research. PWS is a condition which has affected Josh's little family hugely since the arrival of his little ball of fluff, JoJo. 

When JoJo was born in 2015 she quickly ran into some troubles. Unbeknown to us in her first night in the world, she ingested milk into her lungs. This caused pulmonary hypertension, a scary condition for a tiny tinker. 
She was whisked from Barnstaple hospital to Plymouth NICU unit, where she got rapidly worse. An incredible paramedic team in London raced to her rescue as the last-chance-saloon & she was airlifted to Great Ormond Street hospital to undergo a huge life-saving operation. JoJo beat all the odds and was moved on to Bristol NICU unit, and then finally back to Barnstaple. This deeply stressful time took around 6-7 weeks but finally, we were able to take her home for the first time. 

Since coming home, however, it still has'nt been plain sailing. A few weeks later, JoJo was diagnosed with Prader Willi Syndrome, a rare genetic condition that affects around 1:20,000 births. 
It is a totally random event and could happen to anyone, of any age, and any lifestyle. PWS was the cause of JoJo's low muscle tone (which started the whole hospital touring business) and also inhibits her growth, physical ability, and possible learning difficulties amongst other things. Ultimately what PWS is famous for, or should I say infamous for, is that at some point it will affect her ability to feel full - she will feel hungry, 24 hours a day. Imagine that. 

Obviously, this has changed the way we live our day to day lives. Diet and exercise are now of ultimate importance as JoJo has to eat super healthily - no sugar, nothing processed, just wholesome, whole foods as her metabolism is much slower than ours. Put it this way, if JoJo was to eat one sugar coated jam doughnut it would be like you eating 10. And she wouldn't know when to stop.

The ray of hope for JoJo's future is that research is bringing potential cures to help control the symptoms of PWS. All money raised for FPWR goes towards this life-changing research and so we have decided to put on this event.

The ticketed evening event will be starting at 7.30pm until midnight. There will be food by Stoned Pizzas, bar by Mojito Bros, Innate DJ and Nixon bringing the tunes and also the lovely people from The Remarkable Photobooth Company, all encased under our geo-tastic BAYA Dome and sail with an Under the Sea theme - so get some marine-inspired fancy dress sorted and be willing to dance the night away. 

When the tickets are gone they are gone and it will mean we are at full capacity so be sure to get in early to avoid disappointment. 

We have been struggling to find ways to support this great charity so hopefully, this will be the first of an annual event.

Combas Farm, Meadow Lane, Croyde, North Devon, Ex33 1PH


Click on the link to get your tickets -

And if you can't make it but would like to donate then visit our justgiving page here -


We are proud to say we will be teaming up with the lovely people at the new Devon Business and Education Centre East Devon to host an open morning.

Please feel free to pop along, meet the team and experience the domes first hand. We will be setting up our Dome and Sail configuration which can comfortably seat up to 180. If you have been looking for an alternative to a marquee or teepee then our domes will be the right option for you.

Grab a free refreshment and have a relaxed stroll around the venue and see how our timber framed domes are the perfect choice for your wedding or event. 

Follow the link below to obtain your free ticket and we look forward to seeing you there!


5 things to know when planning a DIY Dome wedding

For some, the thought of a DIY wedding can be overwhelming especially if you have zero experience in organising any kind of event. Don’t despair however, we’re here to help - a DIY wedding is no doubt a fair bit of work; forward planning, a bit of a ‘vision’ and lots of creative ideas are needed. Luckily with the internet at your fingertips and the likes of Pinterest and thousands of incredible ideas and images at the click of a button, an instagram-worthy wedding is easier to achieve than you might think.

Here are our top 5 tips to help you on your way:

 Just another fantastic viewpoint in North Devon

Just another fantastic viewpoint in North Devon

1. Spreadsheets

It sounds like organisation-central but a spreadsheet can be the holy grail of planning a DIY wedding. It doesn't have to be a colour co-ordinated, all singing and all dancing extravaganza, but a simple list to help you put all your ideas in one place can help turn full on wedding stress into calmly manageable.  If spreadsheets really aren't your thing, rope in a super-organised friend or family member to get on the case - they will love to help you create calm from chaos in list-form and help to make your big day feel a lot easier to prepare for.

2. Delegate

Don't be afraid to ask people for help. If you have limited time or the list seems to be growing then you'll be surprised at a number of friends that will be keen to help, if not only for the praise in the speeches! Whether its napkin folding, furniture moving, invitation writing or cake making, the right friends and family will love that you've asked for their help and be more than willing to help create the joy for your special day.

 Beautiful handmade origami butterflies.

Beautiful handmade origami butterflies.

3. Sourcing suppliers through suppliers

The wedding industry is surprisingly tight knit so before the hours turn into days trying to source the right supplier of that thing you have got your heart set on, the odds are we either know someone that has/does it or know someone that knows someone that has/does it. Don't be afraid to ask!

4. Vison

It's amazing when we have a client that really knows what they want and has a true vision of how they want the setup of our timber Domes to look. However, not everybody has this and it can often be overwhelming to even know where to start. Pinterest can be the holy grail of planning your own wedding so get started by creating boards of ideas of things you like. These ideas can be shared with suppliers and also with friends and family so that you end up with that rustic-inspired table setting you were after rather than a tinsel-covered monstrosity that you then have to politely use. 

5. Photographer chats

Photographers are going be some of the most creative people you can meet on your DIY wed journey so getting their perspective early on can be key.  They can have good advice for the location, positioning of your venue and even style/theme. It's a good idea to let them know the kind of end result you'd like to have - from natural shots to a more classical look, list your must-haves for your photographs and have a chat so you’re all on the same page from the word go.

So there are some simple tips for your DIY wedding - but remember if it's the weather that's really plaguing your mind then you can't go wrong with one of our timber framed Domes. If it's windy we are sturdy, wet then we're dry and if it's grey then the light is just about perfect.






Unique Dome hire company has exciting name change.

From our very humble beginnings designing and making furniture from reclaimed scaffold planks our business has taken us in some wild and exciting directions. We believe the name The Plank Company just doesn't fit right with where we are and more importantly where we want to be.
After much deliberation we will now be known as BAYA Hire.

Wait, what? Let me explain the meaning of 'Baya' to give you the gist on the name change.

Baya is a type of weaver bird and it sums up all of us here pretty nicely we think.

'The ‘baya weaverbird’ is found across the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. They are best known for their hanging retort shaped nests woven from leaves and grass shoots.
These nest colonies are often built near water and are so ingeniously constructed as to defy their rivals.
They are widespread and common within their range but are prone to seasonal movements mainly in response to rain.’

This fits in well with our ethos of working towards a sustainable company, growing in new directions and also striving to have a good work/life balance. 

You can keep up to date with us by following our social media channels if you don't already. We also have some exciting open days coming up so if you would like to come and have a chat and see our domes in the flesh please come along.



Carla and Arash's Beautiful Day in North Devon

“I’m not trying to counsel any of you to do anything really special except dare to think. And to dare to go with the truth. And to dare to really love completely.” 
— R.Buckminster Fuller 1895-1985

When Carla contacted us and explained her vision for her wedding we were really excited to be involved. The Venue - CandyLand Studios at Summerdaze Camping is an amazing place tucked away in the wilds of Devon, owned and run by a lovely family Lydia and Alex.

Carla and Arash opted for the Single Dome that couldn't have been anymore at home at this location. Being able to use the onsite accommodation and the wild, rustic setting made for a really relaxed atmosphere, just what Carla and Arash where after. 

As you can see from the beautiful images they dressed the dome up and gave it their own special touches and it looked magical to say the least.

Check out the wedding video shot by M.Stroud Pictures, an amazing edit that really gives you an insight into the look and feel of not only our domes but also captures the spirit of the Summerdaze Campsite venue.

This is definitely up there with our favourites...........

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Photo credit Yeti Photography

Mark and Kims Crantock Wedding

"Never forget that you are one of a kind. Never forget that if there weren't any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth, you wouldn't be here in the first place" 

R. Buckminster Fuller 1895-1985

After Kim and Mark came to have a look at our Dome with the Sail attachment at Tapely Park back in April they knew straight away that was the only choice for them. The location for the wedding couldn't be anymore fitting for our timber framed domes - a beautiful cornish field over looking the amazing Crantock Bay just outside of Newquay. 

We were lucky enough to be invited along to this beautiful wedding and with its open field location and panoramic view over Crantock beach, it was a superbly unique experience. Being part of Mark & Kim's special day, it allowed us to take in all the aspects the domes from both a social & work perspective.

With blanket-covered hay bale seating in the field and the ceremony taking place underneath our Archway with the backdrop of the sea, it was the perfect coastal wedding setting. The sun shone and the wind dropped. 

Kim and Marks vision for the styling for the domes was beautifully rustic, hand-made and colourful. The dome worked perfectly as a blank canvas for them to decorate with bright pom-poms, balloons and rainbow hued flower arrangements.

The afternoon flowed seamlessly into the evening and the acoustics bouncing around the dome from the band sounded amazing.  

The weather took a turn for the worse into the evening with the wind picking up and the rain coming down but with the guests cocooned inside the dome it went un-noticed as the dance floor came alive!

“Thank you to The Plank Company for providing the most fabulous, original and beautiful venue for our wedding in Crantock last weekend. We were so happy with the whole service provided by the plank company from the start till the end. They not only provided the amazing dome but all the tables, chairs, flooring, catering tent, lighting and spectacular sail, you seriously can't ask for more. If you want a marquee with a difference, the plank companies dome is what you have been looking for!”
Kim and Mark


Not just a pretty face..............our Double Dome event.

"We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims." Buckminster Fuller 1895-1983

Its fair to say our last event of season went off with a bang. The Indian Summer Ball charity event hosted by Blue Fizz Events was held in the perfect venue - Downend Field in our hometown of Croyde, North Devon overlooking the beautiful bay. 

 As all of our dome builds this year have been dotted around the country it was fantastic to see peoples reactions first hand and get some amazing feedback. With beautiful food by Seadog and working alongside other awesome local businesses, volunteers and all round lovely people the evening went off without a hitch and lots of money was raised for some great charities. 

Check out the images from Frey and stunning video by Panoptic Motion below to get the full effect of the Double Dome experience!   

Could these be the most beautiful venues?

When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty but when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong. - Buckminster Fuller 1895-1983


It has been a while since the last blog update but what can I say, the last 12 months has been a dizzying blur of ideas, designing, engineering, premises moving, coffee drinking, late night emailing, early morning emailing, woodworking, fabricating, problem solving and more coffee drinking. 

Along with the help of some truly inspiring professionals on most aspects of the project, we managed to deliver in time for the summer 2016 - Our Unique Timber Framed Geo Domes. 

We have received some amazing feedback from our clients that have chosen the Dome venues for their weddings this year and also some fantastic commercial clients such as CountryFile Live where the Double Dome was used as a restaurant. 

Our timber framed Domes are Inspired from the invention and design of the late Buckminster Fuller (an American architectsystems theorist, author, designer and inventor.) Without his inspirational designs we wouldn't have the really exciting jobs we have today - hence the fitting quote!

Check out some images of our Domes below and/or head to our Dome pages for more info.

the past, present and future...............

Its been a fantastic wedding season for The Plank Company. We have seen ourselves go from strength to strength in 2015 where we provided furniture for a total of 28 weddings and events. 

We have had some great highlights and met some fantastic couples along the way. The most rewarding part of the job is still when we see the wedding pictures where we can see our furniture decorated with each couples unique style and it always looks superb.

There has been hardly a week during the season where we haven’t been travelling up and down the country as far as London with our furniture deliveries. A definite perk of the job has been venturing around so many different areas and getting to meet our couples in person as well as viewing so many stunning wedding settings such as Pickwell Manor, Ocean Kave, The Anran Barn and many others. 

One of the Summer highlights has to be running our first Bar at Adam and Victoria’s wedding which was a big success and lots of fun! 

Naz and Mati created a unique look complimenting our furniture using true creative skill and hand making all the suspended Edison lightbulb lighting. 

While Debbie and Toby created a simply stylish setting including this cute kiddies table layout. 

One of our biggest events of the year took place at a charity dinner for 200 in Birmingham run by Phoenix events , hiring our entire stock to create a beautiful setting for a top notch evening.

The season ended sensationally when we were announced as a regional finalist at this years Wedding Industry Awards. We would like to take the opportunity now to thank all of the couples that took the time to vote for us and write such lovely testimonials.

Working alongside some other great companies in the industry has been brilliant too, Blue Fizz wedding planners and H&A catering just to name a few. Blue Fizz, creating some beautiful venue stylings at Down End field amongst other sites and we always hear great feedback about H&A catering and hope to work closely with them both in the future.

The Plank Company family has grown during the season in a number of ways, Lianne has joined the team who helps organise the office side of things and adds a needed feminine vibe to the workshop balance and Josh now has a gorgeous new family member, daughter number 2 little Jojo! 

Along with the Summer successes, there have been some tough times too as JoJo’s entrance to the world wasn't straight forward. It was touch and go for a number of weeks but we are happy to say that all is well now and out of the ordeal we have 2 new charities that we will be supporting as a company going forward,

The Childrens Acute Transport Service ,

The Sick Children's Trust

The Caroline Thorpe Ward at Barnstaple Hospital.

So as we look back fondly at the crazy Summer season, you may think we would take the Winter as a time to breathe again….nope. In fact we are going to be busier than ever with all of our passion and focus going into our next big adventure, our new venues the Geodomes. 

We have been lucky enough to have so much amazing feedback for our furniture and service along the way that we decided it made sense to expand into providing everything that a couple might need for their day, following the same beautiful, unique, and rustic theme as our furniture. We wanted to build a venue that is like no other…after months of planning and chewing over ideas, we have come to what we believe is going to be the next level up of venue from the standard marquee or tent,  the Geodome. 

A sustainably sourced geometric timber based structure consisting of 2 domes and a semi-transparent connection tunnel. We are so excited as it offers couples a venue that will set them apart from any other. The Plank Company will be a ‘one stop shop’ for every wedding day need.

We will be launching the Domes at our opening event set for April 2016 (date to be confirmed) supporting Jojo’s 3 charities. There will be bands, Dj’s and a great evening to be had as well as the opportunity to inspect our stunning new venue so watch this space for further details.

The Geodomes bring other changes, we will be expanding into Unit 5 of the Tesco units in Braunton over the next few months, things never stay the same for long with us! Its all extremely exciting and we cant wait to share more updates and pictures with you over the next few months!

2015 Wedding season so far!

So we've been pretty flat out lately as its our first full wedding season and we've been blown over with some really great feedback and even a few bookings for 2016. Heres a few images of a local intimate wedding we hired for in June, a great time was had by all. We are loving the kids table layout.


We have some really exciting things in the pipeline and we cant wait to shout about them so watch this space!