Oakley Hall

oakly hall staffordshireWhere: Near Market Drayton, but right on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border.

What: Enormous house that is wonderfully light and is perched on the edge of a ridge overlooking a lake with views of woods and meadows – and no sign whatever of the modern day – the stuff of dreams.

Weddings: Two elegant rooms are licensed for weddings and the dining room is also available to you. Great grounds with great picture potential, and room for a marquee if you want a bigger wedding.

Who: Contact Ann Fisher on 01630 653472.

Web: see www.oakleyhallweddings.com

Westwood College, Leek

westwood college staffordshireWhere: On the edge of the market town of Leek.

What: Westwood College has great facilities, set within a grade 2 listed building and two acres of Victorian parkland.  It has views of the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Weddings: Licensed for weddings, and a great venue for a reception too.

Who: Call Julie Buxton on 01538 370930 or e-mail her – jbuxton@leekfederation.org.uk

Web: Visit the website at www.westwoodcollege.coop/facilities/weddings/

Lichfield Guildhall

litchfield guildhallWhere: Central Lichfield.

What: This is the ancient civic hall where the council still meet.

Weddings: Licensed for weddings, plenty of room for receptions and kitchens available.

Who: Contact is Sarah Wallace, Telephone 01543 309850, or e-mail her on sarah.wallace@lichfield.gov.uk

Web: No dedicated wedding website for this venue.

Idlerocks Farm, Hilderstone, Nr Stone

Mrs Barbara Dixon is happy to rent out a one acre flat meadow (with parking) for you to site your marquee. All the peace and tranquility of the countryside, views to the Shropshire hills – within a few miles of Stoke or Stone. Check the postcode on ‘googlemaps’ – its ST15 8RP. Call Barbara on 01889 505450 for availability and prices.

Stafford Cricket & Hockey Club

stafford cricket clubSituated close to the centre of Stafford town, the cricket and hockey club have twelve acres of quiet riverside meadow for hire – perfect for a large marquee, loads of parking. You can also hire their club-house for a very reasonable charge, and either way use Kemp & Kemp Catering for the food.

Phone Stephanie Sulliavn on 07716 853940 or e-mail her on stephanie@riverway-events.co.uk, or see their website at www.riverway-events.co.uk

And… you don’t have to be able to play (or understand) cricket!

Walcot Hall

walcot hall shropshireWhere: In deepest rolling Shropshire countryside in the hills near the Clun Forest.

What: Stately home with lakes, grounds, an aboretum – everything you could wish for.

Weddings: You can hire the entire complex and get married there (three rooms are licenced), have your reception in the amazing turquoise ballroom – even stay the night. Walcot prides itself on it’s flexible approach, you can use your own caterer and enjoy  the wonderful estate for the whole weekend. Check out client comments too – amazing!!

walcott

Who: There is a dedicated weddings team at Walcot led by Lucieanne Price  – call her on 01588 680570 or e-mail her on lucieanne@walcothall.com.

Webwww.walcothall.com.

Halston Hall

halston hall shropshireWhere: In the rich agricultural land between Oswestry and Whitchurch (Shropshire).

What: A magnificent Grade 1 listed country house in farmed parkland. Behind the house is a huge lawn leading to a two long winding lakes. Across the lakes is a half-timbered medieval chapel in total isolation. What a place to site your marquee! There is also room in the house for smaller functions.

Weddings: Not currently licensed for weddings.

Who: Contact Harriet on 01691 662335 or e-mail her at info@halstonestate.co.uk

Web: www.halstonestate.co.uk

Palmshill

palmshill shropshireWhere: Wem, central Shropshire… the Welsh hills are visible beyond.

What: Victorian house with lawns, a marquee and a superb Victorian Walled Garden housing an apple orchard… There’s even a duck pond.

Weddings: Not licensed, but perfect reception venue owned by a wedding planner (Meg).

Who: Meg awaits your call on 01939 235703 or e-mail her on events@palmshill.co.uk

Web: www.palmshill.co.uk

Cosy Hall

cosy hall shropshireWhere: Central to the east Shropshire market town of Newport.

What: Cosy Hall is a village hall which can seat up to 150 (and is licensed for 200) and can be hired for wedding receptions.

Weddings: No licence.

Who: Phone Martin Wynn on 01952 417598, or e-mailing him at administrator@cosyhall.org.uk

Web: see their dedicated website at www.cosyhall.org.uk