Stratford Upon Avon Town Hall

Where: Right in the centre of Shakespeare’s very own Stratford-upon-Avon.

What: Stone-built Georgian Town Hall with crystal chandeliers, sweeping staircases etc. an English ‘Gone with the wind’!!

Weddings: Licensed for weddings  in the elegant first floor ballroom for a sit down reception for up to 120 guests.

Who: Emma Evans on 01789 269332, e-mail: emma.evans@stratford-tc.gov.uk

Web: www.stratforduponavontowncouncil.com and click here to go to the weddings section of the site.

Alveston Pastures Farm

alveston pastures farm warwickshireWhere: In the rolling (silent) countryside just outside Stratford-upon-Avon, deepest Shakespeare country.

What: A secluded barn surrounded on three sides by open countryside.. great views, peace, calm, tranquility, a maze, lawns etc.

Weddings: Not licensed for weddings, but a great reception venue, one of our favourites.

Who: Call Marion Clayton-Wright (she is so helpful) on 01789 840378, or e-mail marionclaytonwright@hotmail.co.uk

Web: www.alvestonpasturesfarm.co.uk although the website doesn’t mention wedding receptions.

Lord Leycester Hospital

Lord Leycester HospitalWhere: Central ancient Warwick, perched on the town walls in fact.

What: A superb complex of rambling medieval half-timbered buildings still functioning as almshouses but with a Guild hall and Great Hall for weddings and some great spaces for photographs.

Weddings: Both the Guild Hall and Great Hall are licensed for marriages.

Who: Contact the Master’s office on 01926 491422 or e-mail them at info@lordleycester.com

Web: www.lordleycester.com

Hatton Village Hall

Hatton Village HallWhere: Outside the village of Hatton, between Solihull and Warwick.

What: A Victorian village hall of quite some pretensions.

Weddings: Licensed for weddings and rooms for receptions. Good kitchens.

Who: Janice books the weddings and looks after the place and she lives on site. Call her on 01926 484692 or e-mail her via the contact form on their website (see below).

Web: www.hattonvillagehall.co.uk

Broom Court

broom courtWhere: Deepest Shakespeare country, between Stratford-upon-Avon and Evesham.

What: 600 acres of Warwickshire countryside surrounding a 17th century brick manor house.

Weddings: Not licensed for weddings but perfect for your reception.

Who: Contact Anne on 07590 536768 or e-mail her at anne@countryhouseoccasions.so.uk. Mention that you wish to use your own caterers at the first enquiry.

Web: see www.broomcourt.co.uk

Hadsham Farm

Hadsham Farm Wedding VenueWhere: North Oxfordshire, Nr Banbury, but nearly in Warwickshire.

What: Located in a secluded Cotswold valley in north Oxfordshire, yet only 10 minutes from Banbury, Hadsham Farm provides a stunning lakeside tipi wedding reception venue suitable for up to 200 guests between the months of May and September. They offer exclusive use of the venue for you to create a truly bespoke wedding experience – no set suppliers and no corkage – just hire the venue and create your own unique occasion over 3 tranquil days – no rush, no hurry and minimal restrictions!

Weddings: Not licensed for marriages, but another amazing reception site.

Who: Phone Charlie Taylor on 07920 587406, or e-mail him at   cwstaylor@hotmail.co.uk

Web: www.hadshamfarmweddings.co.uk/

Bishton Hall

bishton hallWhere: between Stafford and Rugeley in deepest Staffordshire. Just on the edge of Cannock Chase.

What: A private school in a huge old house.

Weddings: Licensed for weddings with plenty of space for marquees for the reception. Or you can use the school dining room for about 40 guests – there are adjacent kitchens.

We got married here and did just that and we loved it. Its all ivy-clad with fab gardens and 18th Century garden monuments for super pictures. We call it ‘faded glory’ – a wonderful venue.

Who: Hilary Stafford-Northcote and her team book weddings (and much else), and its probably best to telephone them in the first instance on 01889 881277. You can e-mail them on admin@saintbedes.co.uk but they don’t always pick up e-mails, so a phone call is always best for this site.

Web: There is no dedicated web site for weddings (only the school).

Sugnall Walled Garden

sugnall walled gardenWhere: Just outside Eccleshall on the way to Loggerheads.

What: The most amazing Indian pavilion  located within the total tranquillity of the restored 18th Century 2 acre walled garden at Sugnall Hall.  Exclusive use for your reception surrounded by fruit trees, beds of herbs, flowers.

Weddings: The perfect wedding reception venue with parking, a ready-made marquee, power water and its licensed for weddings too.

Who: Call Karen Jacques on 01785 850820 or e-mail info@sugnall.co.uk

Web: Go to www.sugnallwalledgarden.co.uk

Sandon Hall

sandon hall staffordshireWhere: On a ridge of rolling green hills high above the Trent Valley, near Stone – all a very long way away from the 21st Century.

What: Superb stately home in huge open parkland.. lawns, space, follies, flowers.

Weddings: You can get married in any of three rooms within the house (or in the isolated, Romantic medieval church, 500 yards away). Those couples then wishing to hold their reception in a marquee (on the superb lawns) are free to choose their own independent caterers. NB: this is not currently mentioned on the Sandon Hall website, so do ask when enquiring.

Who: Cheryl Millward will assist if you call her on 01889 508004 or e-mail Cheryl.millward@sandonhall.co.uk

Web: Go to www.sandonhall.co.uk