Fentham Hall

Where: Just outside Solihull in the village of Hampton-in-Arden.

What: A huge Victorian Meeting Hall, with modern facilities attached. There are toilets, furniture, a huge car park, a bar and a massive main hall that will seat 200.. plus a lovely sun-terrace with superb views across open countryside, and (most important of all) a GREAT kitchen that Kemp & Kemp can use.

Weddings: Licensed for weddings. A perfect reception location where you can make your mark without spending money on the things that no-one sees, like power supplies, toilets and a kitchen.

Who: Contact the caretaker Janice on 01675 442633, or e-mail info@georgefenthamtrust.org.uk

Web: For more go to www.georgefenthamtrust.org.uk

Sherbourne Park

Where: Just outside historic Warwick in open countryside and on the banks of the River Avon.

What: Just the most amazing location for a marquee (or tipi).. the grade 2 listed house on one side;  the Victorian Gothic church on the other (a Gilbert-Scott masterpiece); an avenue of lime trees with skippity lambs, sheep and horses safely on the other side of the ha-ha grazing the river banks; and open 18th century parkland on the fourth side. Tranquility personified.

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Weddings: Get married in the church and stroll across the gardens and cherry orchard to the marquee. BLISS.

Who: Mrs Coton looks after bookings and will help you.. call her on 01926 624215 or e-mail robinlsca@aol.com

Web: www.sherbournepark.com

 

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 farmWhere: North Oxfordshire, Nr Banbury, but nearly in Warwickshire.

What: Superb location for a marquee. Your own secluded site at the head of a deep, green valley with a teeming fishing lake; wildlife & wild flowers; a level terrace for parking and a marquee – – and all in complete and utter silence, yet 6 miles from the M40.

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/

Hire (and transform) a Village Hall.

hire and dress a village hallVillage Halls can make great wedding reception venues and often have kitchens your caterers can use as well as water, power, toilets, tables and parking. To find a hall in your area try www.hallshire.com

What you save on hire charges can be put into hiring a professional hall dresser (and the catering!).

We know a few excellent venue stylists who can transform a village hall or a scout hut. The picture to the right shows what  ‘Debonair Venue Styling’ did to a scout hut for a wedding client.

They are at  www.debonairvenuestyling.co.uk or call 01922 649399 or e-mail them at    info@debonairvenuestyling.co.uk.

We also know Abigail Cunningham of Pumpkin Events, another passionate venue stylist with a great team behind her – go to www.pumpkinevents.co.uk or call 0800 046 1027 or e-mail her at abigail@pumpkinevents.co.uk

Debonair Venue Styling and Pumpkin Events DON’T just transform Village Halls either. They work in marquees, stately homes – indeed they can utterly transform any space you wish.

Kemp & Kemp customers who have booked their wedding catering qualify for preferential rates with Debonair Venue Styling.