What is included in the hire of The Woodyard?
- Exclusive weekend hire of The Woodyard, our stunning thatched barn and beautiful range of Norfolk brick buildings; - Exclusive use of the grounds surrounding the wedding venue, including the sun-soaked west lawn and picturesque lake island; - Our fully stocked and staffed bar; - Round tables for your wedding reception, and Chiavari chairs for up to 110 seated guests at your ceremony; - Priority booking of our self-catering cottages on and around Worstead Park, with private hot tubs, games rooms and outdoor dining, sleeping up to 31 of your bridal party and guests; - Our dedicated venue management team, Hardesty Event Design, with the option of bespoke wedding planning services (at additional cost)
Are you licensed for ceremonies?
We are fully licensed for both civil ceremonies and partnerships in The Woodyard, and outside ceremonies on the Lake Island.
Can we get married outside?
For intimate occasions for up to 50 people, couples are invited to host their ceremony on Lake Island against a break-taking backdrop of leafy woodland and calm waters.
Do you supply chairs for the ceremony?
Yes – there are 110 chairs available for use for ceremonies inside the Woodyard. We have a different type of chair available for outside ceremonies.
We would like a church wedding – is there a church close by?
Yes - there are several churches within a 5 minute drive of Worstead Park including the stunning Saint Mary the Virgin Church in the quaint village of Worstead.
How many guests can be seated in The Woodyard?
The Woodyard can comfortably host 120 guests for dinner and 160 people for an evening reception.
Can we provide our own tables & chairs to create our own style / décor?
Yes - 110 Chiavari chairs are provided for the ceremony and 12 round tables for the wedding breakfast, however, couples can hire in chairs and tables if they wish to match their own style. The setup of both long trestle or round tables are possible within the Thatched Barn or Mulberry Room.
How long is the hire period of The Woodyard?
The Woodyard is hired on a 3-day basis – giving you the day before to create your style and look.
Are we able to view The Woodyard ?
Yes. To arrange a private viewing please email the events team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do we book?
Please email the events team on email@example.com.
Who manages our wedding?
Prior to the event itself, our dedicated event team are able to provide guidance and advice throughout the whole wedding process and recommend suppliers during the lead up to the wedding. Our experienced event managers will also be on hand throughout the event to ensure everything runs smoothly.
What accommodation is avaliable?
Worstead Estate has luxury cottage accommodation for up to 31 on the estate. Estate Cottage sleeping 6, is opposite The Woodyard and must be hire with the venue. Three is plenty of other local accommodation available, information on request.
Is there outside space?
The Woodyard is set within landscaped grounds provide a wonderfully romantic setting for drinks receptions, afternoon entertainment and photographs. The bar opens onto the east facing courtyard, whilst the Thatched Barn opens onto the sun-kissed West Terrace; the perfect spot for an alfresco cocktail hour. The sweeping west lawn and romantic tree-lined paths guide you along a short walk to the private lake, with a beautifully restored boat house and bridged island.
Can we choose our own caterers?
We have a selection of hand-picked caterers for you to choose from. All of our caterers have been chosen upon merit, for their professionalism and for expertise. Your caterer will be responsible for running your wedding day, keeping to the timing schedule they’ve set out with you, along with pouring and serving all food and drinks throughout the day.
Are we allowed to book street style food vans?
Yes - there is plenty of space outside The Woodyard for a street style food van to set up and serve in the evening.
Do you have car parking onsite?
Yes – we have car park ready for guest parking all year round, with additional allocated space adjacent to the Mulberry Room for disabled parking.
Can we hire music and entertainment for our wedding day?
Bands can play until 11pm and DJs until 11:30pm in The Woodyard. We have an high quality, integrated audio system throughout which is included in the price. This system can also be used for speeches and background music. Acoustic performances are permitted both inside and outside during the day.
Can The Woodyard be decorated?
Yes - the space has been designed so that you can create the perfect setting in your own style for your special day. We have a number of suppliers we can recommend for styling or decorative inspiration so please do speak to us about any ideas you may have.
Are candles allowed?
Yes - you are more than welcome to use candles as table decorations in The Woodyard. We’re also more than happy for you to use candles as part of your ceremony set up or at the foot of a table plan easel.
Is there a bar and is it stocked and staffed?
You hire fee includes a fully stocked and staffed bar with local produce, including ales from the estate. We usually open the bar after your wedding breakfast, unless you would prefer other arrangements. The bar closes at 11:30pm.
Can we provide our own wines and toasting drinks?
Yes – we offer the option of corkage so you can provide your own wines for the table, toasting drinks and reception drinks. Please enquire for our corkage fee. Alternatively, drinks can be pre-ordered from the bar and will be available ahead of time for your caterers to prepare and serve. Please enquire for our drinks list.
Can we use confetti?
Yes - confetti is allowed however we do ask that this is biodegradable or real petals. Confetti canons are not permitted.
Can we have fireworks or Chinese lanterns?
These are strictly prohibited. The Woodyard has a thatched roof and is part of a farming estate with livestock.
Can our dog be part of our wedding?
Yes - your dog can be part of the ceremony and all our cottages are dog friendly.
Do you have disabled access and facilities?
Yes - throughout The Woodyard there are concealed wheelchair lifts both inside and outside to ensure all guests can move around the space freely. There is also a disabled bathroom and baby changing facilities onsite.
Our postcode is NR28 9RS and our events management team can provide local taxi numbers on request.
Thank you Emily, for all your help and support to make our wedding day run so smoothly and for your extra sprinkle of styling expertise to help everything come together. We have so many wonderful memories and look forward to future stays on the estate! All the best, love Mr and Mrs B x
Myself and Greg got married at Worstead Estate in July 2022, Emily was able to make sure the day ran smoothly and we really appreciated all the hard work that went on behind the scenes. We had an amazing day and would recommend her to anyone planning on getting married.
Dear Emily and the rest of the team at Worstead, Thank you so much for all your help in the lead up to, and on our wedding day. It has been exciting to have been one of the first few weddings at Worstead and to have seen the venue going from construction site to the beautiful venue it is today! We had a great day, and the venue looked absolutely gorgeous in the Spring sunshine. We wish you all the best as a venue and hope to come back and visit the farm shop (coach house) once open! Best wishes, Harriet and Will x
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