Our weddings are absolutely bespoke to each of our wedding couples. We supply the venue as a beautiful blank canvas onto which you can build the day you really want. You can choose to sit down with your friends to a formal wedding breakfast, or you can go full festival pop up waggon style… or indeed, mix it up to your taste. The idea at Shimpling Park Barns is that you can construct your unique and memorable event around a beautiful space. We do not charge any commission or corkage on any other aspect of your wedding that you bring in to make the perfect day that you want.
If this sounds like the kind of wedding you are dreaming of, we would be delighted to show you around.
You will have so many questions to answer to make your day perfect, just click the plus signs below to hear our answers to some of them. If you have more to ask, please contact us.
The location and barns are rustic and beautiful. They are as environmentally sustainable as possible with reused historical materials where suitable and heated entirely with renewable fuels from our organic farm. A unique venue.
We are not licensed, so the legal registration is done at a Church or in our local Registrary Office. Back at Shimpling, you can design your own ceremony as formally or informally and totally bespoke to you with a celebrant or a family member guiding you and your guests through your commitment to each other.
You can seat from 10 up to 80 for a formal style “wedding breakfast” in the tall barn. You could have up to 120 if you want extra evening guests to dance later!
Exclusive use of the tall barn and the lantern barn, the outside bar area and the two courtyards. We have plenty of Vintage style trestle tables and folding wooden chairs. (You are of course welcome to rent in round tables if you prefer). There is plenty of parking and plenty of kitchen space for your caterers. There is easily accessible festooned courtyard for any food trucks / pizza ovens / ice cream vans or bar trailers you might want and there is a fire pit with logs available if you would like.
No. There are no extra costs. You can choose caterers and bar services that you want. You will pay them direct and there are no hidden charges from us.
No. We have extensive knowledge of services if you want ideas and are equally happy to work with ideas that you might have.
From those specialising in a formal “wedding breakfast” to food trucks and hog roasts for a more festival and rustic feel, as long as they are professional, and we feel confident that in our experience that they will deliver what they have promised you are free to work with your ideas.
No. We have a bar that you are welcome to use from which you can supply your own drinks and hire staff to serve it or you can rent in a pay bar. Assuming your providers are competent (and licenced if you have a pay bar) we are delighted to make the wedding unique to you.
Again, We have lots of suggestions and ideas if you need them.
Yes, the gardens and farm are very photogenic with woods and ponds as well as a “ha ha.” You are welcome to use them for a pre-event shoot.
Unfortunately, we do not currently have accommodation on site but we can give you a good list of great places to stay nearby.
You can have exclusive access from 9am on the day of your wedding. (If there is not an event booked on the day before we are normally able to allow early access for a more relaxed set up). We ask that the licenced bar stops serving at 11.30 pm and recorded music stops at 11.45pm. The wedding party will leave the site by Midnight (you may be exhausted by then!) At your own risk, you and your guests are welcome to leave cars and your decorations at the barn as long as they are recovered by 10.30am the following day.
We will give you a clear contract, so you know where you are, but in brief, we ask for £500 to secure your booking. We ask for £1500 six months before your wedding and the balance is due a month before the wedding. There is a returnable damages deposit of £500. (We have never had to withhold any damages money at all)
We keep it simple. For weekdays and low season, the current price for exclusive rental of the venue is £3900.00. For weekends and high season, it is £4500.00.