Shugborough Estate

shugboroughWhere: In open parkland within a loop of the River Sow, on the southern edge of Cannock Chase and all just 7 miles from Stafford.

What: A huge house (formerly Patrick Lichfield’s place) with the most incredible assemblage of classically-inspired 18th century monuments, perfectly set in open parkland.

Weddings: Two rooms are licensed for weddings. There are no reception facilities but Shugborough allow you to build your own marquee or Tipi on the lawns and then use your own caterers for a magical wedding far from the 21st century.

Who: Phone the wonderful Ruth Stanway on 01889 881388 or e-mail her at ruth.stanway@staffordshire.gov.uk.

Web: www.shugborough.org.uk

Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens

Where: In the leafy suburbs of East Birmingham.

What: An amazing 10 acres of 18th Century formal garden.

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Weddings: Not licensed, but the nearby 17th Century church and hotel (the former ‘big house’) both are. Great site for a marquee or a tipi-based reception in utterly amazing surroundings comprising elements such as a holly maze, large lawned areas, ponds etc.

Who: Your contact at this venue is Glynis Powell or Sue Brain and both are available on 0121 749 4100 or by e-mail at admin@cbhgt.org.uk

Webcastlebromwichhallgardens.org.uk

 

Kidderminster Town Hall

Where: Central Kidderminster.

What: 1855 historic complex with two rooms to get married in, one with medieval panelling or the Victorian Music Room with a William Hill Organ that can take 450 guests!

Weddings: Yes, licensed for weddings (2 rooms). Lots of others for your reception. You can’t bring your own alcohol to this venue however.

Who: Ask for  Joanne Bowkett when phoning 01562 732158. or e-mail her on  joanne.bowkett@wyreforestdc.gov.uk

Webwww.kidderminstertownhall.org.uk/weddings.aspx

Park Hall

park hall worcestershireWhere: In Worcestershire countryside near Kidderminster. Easy for M5.

What: Queen Anne mansion (1710) set in 132 acres of parkland.

Weddings: Whole site can be booked for your exclusive use. Licensed for civil ceremonies with reception facilities and loads of room for marquees etc.

Who: Contact Anneka on 01562 700602 or e-mail her on enquiries@parkhallcountryhouse.co.uk

Web:  www.parkhallcountryhouse.co.uk

Homme House

homme houseWhere: Just outside Ledbury (Herefordshire).. so nearly Worcestershire!! an hour from Birmingham and Bristol using the M5 and M50.

What: The wonderful historic family home of Jocelyn and John Finnigan – warm and welcoming, – perched above open flowery (see pic) parkland with the Malverns/Cotswolds beyond.

Weddings: Licensed for weddings. You can choose how you use the site.. very few ‘house rules’ – – room for a marquee and/or use the dining room (for 100), good parking arrangements, lovely gardens and such nice people to help you (when you want it). No corkage either.

Who: Jocelyn looks after weddings.. call her on 01531 660419… or e-mail wedding@hommehouse.co.uk.

Web: www.hommehouse.co.uk

The ARK at Alvechurch

the ark at AlvechurchWhere: Close to M42, but deepest Worcestershire.

What: Amazing (even futuristic) village hall right next to the Medieval Church in Alvechurch, a superb, modern, warm, dry, fully equipped hall available for functions including wedding receptions.

Weddings: Its joined to the church!

Who: Call Ian Price on 0121 447 7955 or e-mail thearkalvechurch@yahoo.co.uk

Web:  www.thearkalvechurch.co.uk.

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