Crabbs Barn

Crabbs Barn, Cranes Lane, Kelvedon, Colchester, Essex, CO5 9AX
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Crabbs Barn Highlights

Crabbs Barn is licensed for Civil Marriage Ceremonies. You will have exclusive use of Crabbs barn for your special day ensuring privacy for you and your guests and our personal attention throughout. Crabbs Barn has seating for up to 120 guests and can cater for an evening reception of up to 170 guests. To ensure quality of catering and service we have specially chosen caterers that offer you excellent cuisine at very realistic prices. Our staff will be at your disposal to co-ordinate the smooth running of your Special Day. We are easily accessed from the A12, directly off the northbound Kelvedon slip road, with good parking facilities and first class bed and breakfast facilities close by, should you require overnight accommodation.
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About Crabbs Barn


If you are looking for a very special wedding venue that has an intimate atmosphere, that's exclusively yours and offers every couple a very personal service, then Crabbs Barn is the perfect choice. As a family owned and run business, with superb accomodation for every Bride and Groom and their chosen guests, we are committed to ensuring that your special day is everything you have dreamed of.


New for 2013

We are pleased to now be able to offer and alternative option for those with a smaller budget, or it may well be that you would prefer a much simpler affair. Have you considered getting married on a Tuesday or Wednesday? You could have an early evening Wedding ceremony, followed by celebratory drinks and photographs, speeches and cake cutting, then tuck into a sumptous finger buffet or standard bar b q and dance the night away to our fantatstic in-house DJ.

For more information please visit our call us on 01376 572643.

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Reviews for Crabbs Barn (197)

Everyone at Crabbs Barn was so Helpful

By Helen and Patrick Saunderw, on 23 Oct 2013

To all the Crabbs Barn Team First of all I would like to thank you for all the help and support you gave us in the run up to Helen and Lee's wedding, nothing was too much trouble and your time and patience were greatly appreciated. Then we had the big day and what a day it was, everyone at Crabbs Barn were so helpful and made the day fantastic. A special thank you to Jack who ran our day without a hitch and was amazing, he seemed to be everywhere making sure that everything was exactly as we wanted it. So many of our guests commented on how wonderful the day was and what a perfect venue, we couldn't have asked for more. Thank you most sincerely Irene and Patrick Saunders and a very happy Bride and Groom

The Best Day of our Lives

By Amanda and Chris Knightly, on 23 Oct 2013

Hello to you all, Please let us take this opportunity to thank you so much for making our wedding day the best day of our lives! We really do mean it when we say that the day was perfect and your beautiful venue made it even more special. Jack, who was looking after us was so friendly and helpful and made sure the day went smoothly without any problems. I lost count of the number of guests who said how lovely the venue was! Thank you again for everything, we really do appreciate it and had the most amazing day. Kind regards The new Mr and Mrs Knightly

Our Day Ran so Wonderfully

By Holly richardson amd Lee Hopkins, on 23 Oct 2013

To everyone at Crabbs Barn, Thank you all so much for making our day run smoothly and so wonderfully! We could not have wished for a better day. Thank You Holly and Lee


By zOBIA AND mARK, on 26 Sep 2013

To Paul, Jack and the rest of the team at Crabbs Barn, Thank you so much for making our special day 'PERFECT'. Every aspect was beautiful, not even the rain could spoil it. We have received nothing but praise and compliments regarding the staff and venue from all of our guests. Everyone was so attentive. Thankyou Guys. Love Mark and Zobia 06/09/13


By Sarah & Daniel Young, on 14 Aug 2013

The staff were amazing and the location was beautiful. We had a 1950's style rock and roll wedding and it was just amazing. We gave the decorations to the venue without a huge amount of instruction and the excelled themselves. It was a fantastic day made perfect by those at crabbs barn. We can't recommend them highly enough!

Everything was Amazing

By Mr and Mrs rimmer, on 19 Jul 2013

Dear all at Crabbs Barn Just a little note but a huge thank you for all that you did to make our wedding day so perfect. From one brilliant staff to the beautiful venue everything was amazing and we cannot thank you enough. Since the big day lots of our guests have commented on how fantastic the venue and staff were! Thank you so so much, With love from Mr and Mrs Rimmer

The Venue Looked Amazing

By Lorraine and Graham Wheeler, on 19 Jul 2013

To all at Crabbs Barn, just a quick note to say a massive 'thank you' for helping our wedding day go so smoothly. The venue looked amazing, and everybody seemed to enjoy themselves despite intermittent rain, Special thanks to Jack for his professionalism and for his support on the day. God Bless, Lorraine and Graham

Wow Wow Wow

By Melissa & John, on 10 Jul 2013

Wow, wow, wow, what a Venue and what great staff! If you are reading these reviews unsure as to whether to book Crabbs Barn, look no further, you have to book this venue. After doing 3 months of research on venues right across Essex & Suffolk, we absolutely fell in love with Crabbs Barn as soon as we walked through the gate. Both being fussy, we’re not the easiest of people to please, but this venue double ticked every box and more. You can’t help but love the passion that Paul & Jade put in to each individual wedding and with their amazing team behind them, especially Jack & Jenny, they operate a slick, 5* service, that would make you think you were the only ones getting married in their venue for the whole year. If you wanted something doing, before you even asked it had already been done. I couldn’t think of anybody i would of wanted more than Paul & his team helping our day run as smoothly as it did. The Venue its self is stunning, the barns, outdoor area, everything, was very impressed that the lawn is cut and windows are cleaned before every wedding. Lots of our guests said it was one of the best weddings they had ever been to! Crabbs Barn gave us everything we had planned in our heads and more, it was more than perfect and will always have a special place in hearts. I really can’t put in to words how idyllic this Venue is. Melissa & John – 7/6/13

Paul and Jack are Gentlemen and Stars

By Shaun and Cheryl Tarling, on 02 Jul 2013

Wedding 29th June 2013. To all the team at Crabbs Barn, A big, big thank you to you all for making our day so special. From the moment we first arrived to check out your beautiful venue we knew this was the place for our wedding. Everything was stress free and very simple from the start. A very professional and courteous operation. You made us feel special. Paul and Jack are gentlemen and stars, thank you both. Special thanks to Jenny too. All the bar staff worked hard and were great. The accommodation (Bridal Suite) was perfect and the breakfast and breakfast room were superb. Sorry I did not get the ladies names that served us breakfast, but thank you. Wendy, Geoff and team have a great venue at Crabbs Barn and we would not hesitate in recommending them. Thanks again. Yours sincerely Shaun and Cheryl Tarling

Lovely Venue and Staff

By Haley and Richard Gill, on 30 May 2013

Hi Jenny, Paul, Jack, Jade & all the team at Crabbs Barn Richard and me just wanted to send you an email to say thank you so much for all of your hard work! You really did help to make our wedding day so perfect and special. The venue looked amazing and nothing was too much trouble for you. Leading up to the wedding you were really helpful whenever we had questions, and quick to reply to all my emails. On the day, everything went to plan and all of our friends and family commented on the lovely venue and staff. We would like to give an extra special thank you to Paul for all of his hard work on the day. He really made us feel relaxed and was always on hand whenever we needed something. My grandad was very impressed that he also managed to get the candle wax off of his suit jacket! Thank you for making the day run so smoothly! We will definitely recommend Crabbs Barn to any of our family and friends who need a wedding venue in the future. Kind regards and Best Wishes Hayley & Richard Gill Wedding 24/05/2013

Everything Flowed Beautiffuly

By Sarah and Paul Bush, on 30 May 2013

Hi all – sorry for the delay in contacting you but on behalf of Paul and myself, we wanted to say a massive ‘thank-you’ for all your help and organisation in making our wedding day a really special one. Everything flowed beautifully which was a real comfort to me as I worried about nothing apart from having a good time! A lot of people commented on what a lovely venue we had chosen and how great the food was - we couldn’t agree more! The bedrooms were also beautifully set-out, very comfy beds and breakfast in the morning was exquisite. Sitting around the table with some of your nearest and dearest was a real pleasure and a great opportunity to talk & laugh about the previous night’s shenanigans! It all seems a bit of a blur now though, if only I could do it all over again! We’ve just received the photos from David Islip which are a wonderful reminder of a perfect day! With much gratitude and appreciation Paul and Sarah Jukes (oops now Bush!)

We Clould Not Have Wished For a Better Venue!

By Miriam and David, on 15 May 2013

Dear Jenny, Paul and all at Crabbs Barn, Thank you so much for making our wedding at Crabbs Barn such an amazing and unforgettable experience. Your attention to detail and helpfulness on the day made it a truly perfect and wonderful day. We could not have wished for a better venue! We will keep recommending you to everyone we know. Thank you so much - you were absolutely fantastic! Love from Miriam and David

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Crabbs Barn Facilities

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony License
Exclusive Use
In the Country
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Dance Floor
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Outdoor Fireworks Permitted
Overnight Accommodation :
Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Overnight Accommodation for Guests
Other Features :
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Alcohol License
Corkage Option
Capacity :
Less than 30 guests
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator

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