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

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