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#1

Newland Hall

Roxwell, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 4LH, Chelmsford, Essex
£2000
Up to 200 guests
The Manor of ‘Newlanda’ belonged to King Harold before the Norman conquest, and was the only land-holding in Roxwell specifically listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. It was so named because it was created out of untamed forest on ‘newly won land’. The land was held by Eustace, Earl of Boulogne. At the beginning of the 13th century Newland was held by Ralph de la Neweland, and for the next two centuries it remained in the hands of his descendants.The first reference to Newland Hall (rather than just Newland) was made in 1447. Original records exist for Manor Courts held at Newland Hall from 1448 onwards. There is strong evidence that Newland Hall was one of the places of retirement for the lascivious King Henry VIII.

After the ceremony you may wish to enjoy reception drinks and canapés on the lawn whilst listening to a string quartet before receiving your guests for the Wedding Breakfast.


Due to exclusive use, all of the above options will be available to you. There is no requirement for you to commit to any particular location for the ceremony when you book your wedding with us. You can alter your ceremony plans any time – right up to the last minute!


We will, of course, ensure that contingency arrangements are in place in case of unsuitable weather.


Please contact us for a personalised detaiuled emailed quotation based on your expected numbers.


• 100% Guaranteed Exclusive use available of the house, gardens and marquee.

• Stylish, full of character, and steeped in history. Listed in the Domesday Book of 1086.

• Over 20 Years experience of running Weddings

• Same dedicated Coordinator for organising and running your day

• Only 4.5 miles west of Chelmsford City Centre

• Please contact us for a detailed emailed quotation.
#2

Leez Priory

Hartford End, Great Leighs, CM3 1JP, Chelmsford, Essex
£6000
Up to 250 guests
One of our two Essex wedding venues and three-times winner of Wedding Ideas Magazine ‘Best Wedding Venue’, Leez Priory remains one of the most sought-after wedding venues in the country. Set in 40 acres of parkland, with a sweeping driveway, manicured lawns and lakes, Leez Priory offers a picture-perfect backdrop for a very special day.

Ceremonies can be performed in any of seven licensed settings, including the stunning historical Tower, which stands adjacent to the Main House, or outside beneath the carriageway for a truly unique setting on warmer days.


Fine dining is guaranteed, with a dedicated team of in-house chefs waiting to create your chosen culinary delights. Dine in the cosy Great Hall with its exposed beams and feature fireplace or, for larger parties, choose the rustic charm of the Coach House.


The newly transformed dance floor offers a more modern and contemporary space for those wishing to dance the night away, with a contrasting traditional bar and lounge area available for those who want to chat and enjoy their surroundings.


Leez Priory also boasts 15 beautiful bedrooms, which are exclusively reserved for you on your wedding night, as well as a hidden cottage within the grounds for the Bride and Bridesmaids to stay in the night before the big day.
#3

Maidens Barn

High Easter, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 1HU, Chelmsford, Essex
£28
Up to 200 guests
At the heart of Maidens Barn are Katherine and Clive Matthews, the owners who have lovingly restored a dilapidated Essex farm barn into a stunningly beautiful wedding venue.Their eye for beauty, and passion for excellence, shines through every element but particularly in the warm and personal service each and every couple enjoys at this special Essex wedding venue.

Here at Maidens Barn we have the space and facilities to cater for your entire day – from

preparation right through to a secret bridal Hideaway Cottage – perfect for your first night as ‘Mr and Mrs’.


We are licensed for civil wedding ceremonies inside the stunning new Oak Barn and of course, for outdoor weddings in the garden underneath the flowering wedding arbour


The beautiful Oak Barn provides a fantastic space for your drinks reception. It is an ideal indoor/outdoor solution for coping, beautifully, with the English weather enjoying direct access to the garden. With three sets of double doors opening onto the garden it will allow your guests to mingle inside or out whilst enjoying a glass of bubbly and a few tasty canapés. This large, light-filled space can comfortably accommodate up to 200 guests for your drinks and canapé reception.


• Exclusive use for the whole day

• Fully staffed, licensed bar to supply drinks at competitive prices

• Flexible table layout, you are welcome to decorate the barn as you like

• Excellent caterers to create a bespoke menu for you

• We can supply a list of trusted suppliers

• Excellent choice of accommodation locally and our Honeymoon Cottage for the happy couple
#4

Brandy Hole

Kingsmans Farm Road, Hullbridge, SS5 6QB, Hockley, Essex
Brandy Hole is a flexible venue, whereby we tailor the space to you and your celebration. Here, we endeavour to make every event special and unique.

With a contemporary interior, a well-stocked bar and large private terrace, Brandy Hole is available to hire for:


Birthdays, Anniversaries, Wakes, Baby showers, Bridal showers, Hen parties, Christenings, Christmas parties, Charity fundraisers, and much more!


Large windows along the north side allows for lots of natural light and spectacular evening views, unmatched by any other local event space. Brandy Hole offers disabled access and overnight car-parking.


As well as providing a great location, we aim to make the planning of your celebration as easy and stress- free as possible. Entrusting us with the organisation of your event means you have a few less things to worry about. We can take care of: booking the right entertainment, catering, sweet carts, balloons & decor, photo booths & photographers and any other additional requests.


Brandy Hole really is the perfect backdrop for ANY celebration.
#5

Compasses At Pattiswick

Compasses Road, Pattiswick, Essex, CM77 8BG
Up to 150 guests
Aside from weddings and corporate events, The Compasses at Pattiswick provides an ideal location to gather friends and family to celebrate your special occasion. Our venue is perfect for anniversaries, christenings, birthday parties or simply an excuse to gather your nearest and dearest in beautiful surroundings with attentive service and excellent food.

With so many years of experience in event management, The Compasses team will work with you to put together your perfect party – taking care of all the arrangements for you or working alongside you as we tackle the exciting arrangements together.


From formal seated dinners to buffets, BBQs and hog roasts, our flexible catering team allow us to tailor any event to suit your requirements, leaving you free to relax with your guests and a glass of bubbly!


• Licensed to hold civil ceremonies

• Bespoke packages to suit all budgets and requirements

• Exclusive hire available, with grounds to accommodate marquees or teepees

• Tailored menus created using fresh, locally sourced produce

• In house florist and prop hire available

• Countryside setting, located just off the A120 and just 20 minutes from Stansted Airport
#6

Maylands Golf Club

Colchester Rd, RM3 0AZ, Romford, Essex
Imagine holding your special day in a 200-year old barn, with its original exposed beams, large open fireplace, many other original features, and beautiful fairy lights, which gives that extra special and romantic touch.

At Maylands’ Golf Club, we understand every wedding day is different; therefore we have a full time, experienced Wedding Co-ordinator to assist with your planning and help build the perfect package created just for you. We can help you select everything from your food, to your photographer, flowers and much more.


Whether you would like to keep things traditional or would prefer to host a more relaxed affair, we have packages and prices to suit your requirements. We are licensed to hold civil ceremonies, enabling us to host every aspect of your day, from start to finish.
#7

Houchins

Coggeshall, Colchester, Essex, CO6 1RT, Colchester, Essex
£2850
Up to 150 guests
Our wedding venue has been designed to offer comfortable entertaining for up to 150 people in elegantly simple surroundings. Working with utilitarian 1950’s farm buildings (erected by my grandfather!) we have created a truly unique venue that sympathetically marries concrete, wood and steel with the glorious setting.

We hope the buildings and décor, unexpected from the outside, will surprise and delight you.


What to expect


The Foundry - this has been redesigned to host indoor ceremonies in the afternoon and then transform into a night club for the evening.


The Chitting Shed - linking to the Foundry, this rebuilt zinc and cedar shingle shed is the perfect area for drinks receptions. Huge glass double doors open out onto the west facing terrace and gardens.


The Grainstore - artfully reclaimed as a dining area with capacity to seat up to 150. It incorporates a large fireplace and mezzanine gallery to make full use of the 35 foot high ceilings.


Ceremony Loggia and Wedding Garden - situated in front of the terrace. From May to September you may choose an outdoor civil ceremony in the Loggia with guests seated in a connecting marquee, protected from the vagaries of the British weather.


• Stylish, modern wedding barns and elegant accommodation

• Exclusive, private use of the venue available

• Licensed for civil ceremonies for up to 110 guests

• Receptions for up to 150 seated guests

• Overnight accommodation for up to 16 (bride and family) in the listed farmhouse and our new Honeymoon Lodge for the married couple from April

• Good access from Colchester, Stanstead and London, and just one mile east of Coggeshall on the A120
#8

Layer Marney Tower

Colchester, Essex, CO5 9US, Colchester, Essex
Up to 200 guests
Layer Marney Tower is one of the most romantic places in England: the beautiful Tudor buildings are surrounded by picturesque gardens set in attractive parkland, with breathtaking views to the Blackwater Estuary. The Tower and gardens combine formality and intimacy, ensuring a Layer Marney Tower wedding will leave you with wonderful and lasting memories.

A unique wedding venue in Essex, Layer Marney Tower has been skilfully adapted to meet the requirements of the twenty first century bride. You, together with your friends and family, may now sip champagne and nibble canapés where Henry VIII once strode.


We have been helping couples make their dreams come true for over 25 years and the single most important thing we have learnt is that every wedding is different. You may be sure that everyone at Layer Marney Tower will work with you to ensure that your wedding dreams become reality.


Ceremonies


As you walk up the aisle with your friends and family around you, the majestic beamed roof soaring above, and surrounded by history, you will be beginning a new chapter in your own lives.


At Layer Marney Tower Wedding Ceremonies usually take place in the Corsellis Room, which seats up to 120 guests, in Tuke’s Chamber which can hold 40 guests, or in the hall at the base of the Tower, which can accommodate up to 18 guests. The Corsellis Room has exquisite Mulberry hangings which form a beautiful backdrop for photographs and adjoins Tuke’s Chamber with which it shares an original wattle and daub wall. The Tudor and Jacobean panelling of the Hall of the Tower offer an intimate setting for smaller groups.


Receptions

People have come to Layer Marney Tower to celebrate Weddings for hundreds of years. More recently the wedding venue facilities have been upgraded to include running water, efficient heating and flushing lavatories! At this country house wedding venue we recognise the need to offer the best of the past and the past at it’s best!


Most Wedding Receptions begin with drinks and canapes in the lovely gardens and move into the Long Gallery for the Wedding Breakfast.


The Long Gallery is a stunning room, with a magnificent beamed ceiling, oak panelling and a polished oak sprung floor – ideal for dancing. With varying table layouts you may comfortably seat between 14 and 140 guests for your Wedding Breakfast and there is room for a total of 200 guests in the evening.


The grand Edwardian staircase, which you may decorate with your choice of flowers, foliage and fairy lights, makes an impressive entrance to the principal room. The historic Jacobean fireplace adds to the ambiance of the room throughout the year, acting as a focal point whether decorated with flowers or with log fire blazing.


If you are planning a smaller wedding without dancing then we have other rooms that are available at certain times of the year. Please contact us to discuss your Wedding Venue requirements and we will explore how we can assist you.


• Experienced and friendly staff who are dedicated to helping you

• Exclusive use available

• Amazing Tudor home licensed for civil marriages with Parish Church in the gardens

• Beautiful gardens and parkland. Top class catering

• Use of our 1931 chauffeur driven Rolls Royce included with each wedding reception

• Flexible, relaxed and utterly professional approach
#9

Royal Burnham Yacht Club

The Quay, Burnham-on-Crouch, CM0 8AU, Burnham On Crouch, Essex
Situated in the heart of picturesque Burnham-on-Crouch next to the river, the Royal Burnham Yacht Club is only 55 minutes from London by train. Alternatively if travelling by road, the club has ample car parking. With meeting rooms overlooking the river, a fully equipped bar, dining facilities for 150 people and comfortable accommodation, the Royal Burnham Yacht Club can host a very special event, whatever your requirements.
#10

Cooling Castle Barn

Cooling Castle, Cooling, Rochester, Kent, ME3 8DT, Rochester, Kent
£6000
Up to 250 guests
We are a family owned and family run venue. That’s not to say that we do it all ourselves, we have loads of lovely people that work alongside us to make sure that we are the best that we can be. Everyone here has a very very important role in making sure that we deliver what we say we will. We don’t just employ seasonal people on a seasonal basis, the great thing about being busy means that in the main our staff are permanent and have been with us and stay with us for a long time.

Staff training is paramount and every member of the team is well trained and has a huge sense of pride in our offerings.


We have our own kitchens and are proud of the fact that we don’t provide processed food and everything that we can, we make from scratch. No microwaves in our kitchen! We have an in house laundry to ensure that we have control over the quality of our bed and table linen. We have our own bore hole to ensure that we always have beautiful lawns, flowers and hanging baskets. Even in the rare event of a drought. We even dare we say it, pump our own waste water – being out in the county you can’t be too sure. We feel very strongly about our environment and recycle as much as we can.


Finally, we have a strong sense of fairness and value for money. We wouldn’t provide anything for our guests that we wouldn’t use ourselves and aim to provide excellent service for a fair price.


• Exclusive use available with the choice of inside or outside ceremonies

• Beautiful backdrops for photographs

• Seated wedding breakfast for up to 160 guests in the Tithe Barn and up to 250 evening guests

• Fantastic menu choices - three-course meal prepared by in-house chefs

• Resident DJ included in all wedding packages

• On-site accommodation, plus our honeymoon suite
#11

Wivenhoe House

Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ, Colchester, Essex
£2000
Up to 150 guests
Weddings at Wivenhoe House are everything you’d expect of a glorious occasion in a splendid country house hotel, which makes it the perfect wedding venue in Essex for the most beautiful day of your life.

Licensed for civil ceremonies, it is endlessly grand. The staircase sweeps; the rooms are elegant; the lawn is sunken, the Essex parkland is splendid. It’s an effortlessly beautiful wedding venue that’ll make for some memorable photographs.


But this is tradition with a twist. The ancient fuses with the modern, in the new garden wing that sits alongside the meticulously renovated historic house. Wivenhoe House hotel marries the talents of seasoned professionals with aspiring managers; they’ll lavish the utmost care and attention on every aspect of your wedding day.


So that your wedding is absolutely perfect, you can be sure that our dedicated wedding team will take care of every detail to exceed your expectations. We only hold one wedding a day, promising you the undivided attention of our professional dedicated wedding team. In this most historic of settings in Essex, this is your chance to write the next chapter in the history of this unique and magnificent country house wedding venue.


• Romantic Country House Hotel

• Traditional 18th-cenutry house

• Historic function rooms, ideal for romantic ceremonies

• Choice of luxurious suites for the perfect Honeymoon Suite!

• Wide variety of delicious menus created by our in-house Master Chef

• Picture-perfect locations throughout
#12

The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Chatham Historic, Dockyard Trust, The Sail & Colour Loft The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4TW, Chatham, Kent
£6500
Up to 300 guests
At The Historic Dockyard Chatham you are not just “hiring a venue”, you are buying into a complete and unforgettable experience set within a place that is quite simply like no other.

Sitting at the heart of this wonderful place is Commissioner’s House (1704), the most intact naval building from the age of sail and a truly stunning location. All weddings are bespoke, from an intimate wedding in one of the private dining rooms, to a wedding breakfast for 120 people in the garden marquee. Some choose the House’s garden bar room to host their wedding cocktail hour or the romantic 17thcentury terraced gardens as the backdrop for their wedding photos capturing their perfect day.


But we’re not just about a beautiful Georgian house, we offer so much more - with wedding ceremonies on the magnificent Victorian 3-masted sloop HMS Gannet (1878) to evening parties held in our brand new ‘Commands of the Oceans Mess Deck’. We offer experiences that no other venue can match.


The special touches we provide with each wedding means no two are the same. Immaculate detail and pure care come across as you and your partner venture into the future.


• Unique historic maritime heritage estate

• Venues include Commissioner’s House (1704) - Britain's oldest intact naval building and; HMS Gannet (1878) the last remaining sloop of Queen Victoria’s Royal Navy

• Personalised service

• Incredible backdrops for wedding photos

• Dedicated wedding planner
#13

Alfred Le Roy

Canalside Mooring 7 Queens Yard, White Post Ln, E9 5EN, London, Greater London
£600
Up to 60 guests
Alfred Le Roy is a classic British wide beam canal boat.
Named after a famous Belgian pub landlord back in the 70s,

Alfred is distinctly different from most other boats on the canal.

Step inside, and once onboard you’ll find yourself in a surprisingly

spacious and beautifully lit cocktail bar with tables and warm comfy

booth seats, playing the perfect soundtrack from the onboard

sound system. There are windows throughout the whole cabin

so everyone gets a view of whats happening on the canal side.
#14

Weddings at QMUL - Queen Mary University of London

Mile End Road, London, East London, E1 4NS, London, Greater London
£90
Up to 200 guests
Our unique venue creates the perfect backdrop...

Let us help you wow your guests by providing a unique setting for a wedding day like no other! We offer flexible spaces for the perfect wedding in London. Our Senior Common Room is able to host an intimate ceremony before progressing to the stunning Octagon to enjoy a sit-down wedding breakfast with your guests.


Dining in the Octagon is an unforgettable experience. This extraordinary Grade II listed venue provides a truly atmospheric setting for your special day. The Octagon was originally the College library, the shelves are still lined with brightly coloured books and busts of eminent authors which compliment the beautiful domed ceiling.


• A hidden gem in the heart of East London

• An extraordinary venue for up to 220 guests

• Licensed for civil ceremonies for up to 100 guests

• Dedicated contact to ensure the success of your day

• Brand new wedding packages

• Located in the heart of the East London (E1)
#15

Mile End Park Gallery

Clinton Road, Mile End Park, London, East Central London, E3 4QY, London, Greater London
Up to 260 guests
Tower Hamlets has a vibrant arts scene, a host of festivals, family and community events, activities for the young and old, and cultural events for all.

• Stunning lake view venue located in the heart of London’s East End

• Remarkable views

• Can hold up to 260 guests

• Blank canvas so you are free to create your own special day

• A short walk from Mile End Underground Station

• Outside caterers welcome no corkage charged
#16

The Oak Grove

Twinney Wharf, Susan's Lane, Upchurch, Kent, ME9 7HA, Upchurch, Kent
£6350
Up to 150 guests
Venue

Located in North Kent and nestled between two small villages, this woodland glade offers a magnificent venue for a unique, rural wedding. We can offer an exquisite ‘living willow’ licensed ceremony area to complete your day.


The wood itself sits beside tranquil meadows and is set within five acres of the North Kent countryside. Our treasured copse is not only surrounded by farmland on three sides but also lies within the ancient Saxon Shore Way on the banks of the River Medway.
#17

Museum of London Docklands

No.1 Warehouse, West India Quay, East London, E14 4AL, London, Greater London
£1800 
Unique settings
The Museum of London is a stunning venue, with a selection of beautiful and unique settings for your wedding. Whether you are planning an intimate ceremony or a large-scale reception we can assure that you and your guests will have a truly amazing experience.


Civil ceremonies

We are delighted to announce that the Museum of London is licensed to hold civil ceremonies. Wedding couples can now exchange their vows in the tranquillity of the Garden Room, the splendour of the recreated 18th century Pleasure Gardens or the modern Sackler Hall with its incredible 360 degree digital ellipse.


Wedding breakfasts and parties

We have a fantastic range of options to offer for your wedding breakfast and evening party, suitable for guest lists of 10 to 350.


The Museum of London not only offers the most amazing backdrop for your special day, but also a team of wedding co-ordinators who will make sure that every detail of the venue is perfect.


Entertainment

We can help guide you to choose the right catering and entertainment, as well as other suppliers to add those important finishing touches.


• Incredible historical backdrop for your wedding in Docklands

• The museum of London Docklands can be booked for Wedding Breakfasts or receptions

• Fantastic catering options from on-site partner Ampersand, who can create bespoke menus for your special day

• Perfect for both intimate wedding breakfasts and larger receptions

• Private outdoor spaces with incredible views over the Canary Wharf sky line

• Late licence options until 1am
#18

Cutty Sark

King William Walk, London, South East London, SE10 9HT, London, Greater London
Up to 400 guests
Royal Museums Greenwich comprises four unique venues available for hire. Located in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Maritime Greenwich – Cutty Sark, the National Maritime Museum, Queen’s House and the Royal Observatory Greenwich offer an epic backdrop for events.

This historic collection showcases pioneering architecture, British art and tales of exploration. The venues are an ideal setting for large gala dinners and awards ceremonies, inspiring daytime conferencing, epic product launches as well as intimate private dining and luxury hospitality.


Conveniently located in Zone 2, Royal Museums Greenwich is just a short journey from Canary Wharf, the Excel Centre and Central London with excellent connections from DLR and mainline rail stations. With Greenwich Pier just a stones throw away from the iconic Cutty Sark and Maritime Museum, see the sights of London from the River Thames on a leisurely cruise to our venues.


• World's most famous sail ship, last surviving Tea Clipper

• Easy to reach, London location in Greenwich

• Licensed for civil ceremonies on the Tween Deck and Dry Berth

• The Tween Deck and Dry Berth are also striking backdrops for your reception

• Stunning, unique location if you want something different from your venue

• One of a kind photography opportunites
#19

Cutrry Sark

King William Walk,, SE10 9HT, London, Greater London
£9000
Up to 450 guests
This historic collection showcases pioneering architecture, British art and tales of exploration. The venues are an ideal setting for large gala dinners and awards ceremonies, inspiring daytime conferencing, epic product launches as well as intimate private dining and luxury hospitality.

Conveniently located in Zone 2, Royal Museums Greenwich is just a short journey from Canary Wharf, the Excel Centre and Central London with excellent connections from DLR and mainline rail stations. With Greenwich Pier just a stones throw away from the iconic Cutty Sark and Maritime Museum, see the sights of London from the River Thames on a leisurely cruise to our venues.
#20

The Marble Floor, V&A Museum of Childhood

V&A Museum of Childhood Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9PA, London, Greater London
£4000
Up to 350 guests
The V&A Museum of Childhood is one of London’s best-loved museums and offers a unique and historical venue on the edge of the City. The Museum is a magnificent, grade II listed Victorian building, boasting remarkable spaces and many original 19th century features, including the elegant and historic Marble Floor laid by female prisoners from Woking gaol. The Marble Floor is surrounded by the collections creating a memorable backdrop for any event.

Marble Floor


This is the main space in the building and houses the famous fish scale pattern marble floor laid in 1872. This space is well suited to both seated dinners and standing receptions. The Marble Floor accommodates up to 300 for a dinner and 900 for a standing reception.


The galleries housing the museum’s collections can be opened up for your guests to view creating a truly unique event experience.


There are also two versatile lawns located on either side of the Museum available for drinks receptions.

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