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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! Brides on a Budget.

We are pleased to offer and alternative option for those with a smaller budget, or who might prefer a much simpler affair. Why not get married on a Tuesday or Wednesday.

By choosing our evening wedding package, your celebration would begin at 6.00pm, followed by celebratory drinks and photographs, speeches and cake cutting and a sumptous finger buffet or BBQ before dancing the night away to our fantastic in-house DJ.

If you like the idea of a less formal wedding, and think that our evening wedding package could be what you are looking for then come and have a look round and chat to us about your wedding day plans. 

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

• 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.

Facilities at Crabbs Barn

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
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

Crabbs Barn Location

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

Crabbs Barn Reviews (237)

So Many Happy Memories
Venue Service

By Hannah & Tom, on 07 Apr 2016

To Paul, Roz, Jenny and all at Crabbs Barn, Thank you for the most amazing wedding day! We had the best time and loved every minute of it. Paul, thank you for making the day run effortlessly. Everyone commented on the beautiful venue and how brilliant all the staff were. We cannot thank you enough. We have so many happy memories from the day which we will treasure. Thank you for everything you did. With love from Hannah and Tom

Nothing Was Ever Too Much
Venue Service

By Elizabeth Howlett and Matthew Sharp, on 24 Mar 2016

Dear Paul, Roz and all at Crabbs Barn, We just wanted to say a huge thank you for everything. Everyone has been amazing from day one to the “Big Day”! Nothing was ever too much and everyone made the day run so smoothly. Paul and Roz made us feel so at ease knowing our special day was in the best hands. The venue was beautiful and the staff decorated it perfectly. I am so happy that we chose Crabbs Barn. Thank you so much again. Lizzie and Matt (Mr and Mrs Sharp) xx

Best Time Ever
Venue Service

By Crabbs Barn, on 03 Mar 2016

Hi Paul, We just wanted to say a huge thank you for Friday. We had the best evening and all of our guests said what a fantastic time they had and how beautiful the venue was. Thanks to you and your team for making the barn look so pretty and for keeping everything running so smoothly. It was the best wedding and we just wish we could do it all again! The accommodation was beautiful too and an amazing spread at breakfast. A happy bride and groom. Thanks again Sarah and Paul

A Day to Cherish and Remember
Venue Service

By Rachel and James, on 16 Dec 2015

Hi to all at Crabbs Barn, I hope you're well. It's been a couple of months now, and we probably should have done this sooner, but it's been a hectic time - getting married and moving into a flat at the same time does make things a little busy! Rachel and I just wanted to say thank you for all of your help with our day and the support you gave us in planning it and making sure it ran smoothly. We couldn't have wished for a better day and everything came together to make it one we will cherish and remember forever. We're not sure we could have done it without your support on the day - it was invaluable - and we can't thank you enough. Thank you once again, and we wish everyone at Crabbs Barn a very merry Christmas! Thanks, James and Rachel

We Had the Best Day
Venue Service

By Caroline and Stuart Duff, on 02 Dec 2015

To Paul, Roz and the team at Crabbs Barn, Thank you so much for all your help to give us the most special wedding day. Everything ran so smoothly and your hard work to make sure every detail was a we wanted it didn't go unnoticed. I know I cried a lot.....but we had the best day in such an amazing venue. Thank you so much Caroline and Stuart Duff

You Made our Day Perfect
Venue Service

By Amy and Rikke, on 01 Dec 2015

Dear all at Crabbs Barn Thank you so much for all of your hard work and making our day so perfect! So many of our guests have commented on how beautiful the venue is and how good the service was throughout the day! Love and Best Wishes Amy and Rikki

The Venue is Amazing
Venue Service

By Elaine, Kevin and Sophie, on 01 Dec 2015

Dear Paul, Jenny and all at Crabbs Barn Thank you for all your help and assistance with the organising of my mum's 85th Birthday celebrations. The venue is truly amazing and beautifully decorated by yourselves. Once again thank you. Yours sincerely Elaine, Kevin and Sophie

Everything Was Covered From Start to Finish
Venue Service

By Mr and Mrsd Aqqad, on 01 Dec 2015

"To everyone at Crabbs Barn, Just a note to say a big thank you for the amazing day that you all gave us. We can't thank you enough. Paul welcomed us as we arrived and ensured everything was covered from the start until the end. The bar staff did an amazing job and kept everyone happy and the BBQ food was awesome, most people went in for seconds! I had lots of guests tell me how lovely the venue was and that it was a great choice. One last thank you is for the office staff, communication was great and everything was covered. All of the rooms were amazing too. Thank you so much :) Mr and Mrs Aqqad"

From Start to Finish, Just perfection
Venue Service

By Mr and Mrs Jacks, on 29 Oct 2015

To everyone at Crabbs Barn, We literally cannot thank you enough for helping us with our wedding day. From start to finish, just perfection. The whole thing was seamless and it's all down to you! We wish we could do the day again & we wouldn't change a thing, the venue is perfect & the staff...well, the advice you gave, the way you decorated the service, Phenomenal!!! Lots of love Mr and Mrs Jacks 22/5/2015

Paul and his Amazing Team
Venue Service

By Lisa Griffin, on 29 Oct 2015

To Paul and his amazing team at Crabbs Barn We wanted to say a huge huge thank you for making our special day so perfect!! We thoroughly enjoyed every second of it and that was down to the amazing work you all did! The passion you all have is evident in the way you care for every detail – even things we had not thought about! From the day we first visited Crabbs Barn we knew it would be our venue and wanted to book there and then but Paul, you insisted that we waited to ensure we made the right choice – not many businesses would do that unless they were confident and cared about the experience they would be giving their customers. At each visit your attention to detail and organisation gave us assurance that we had definitely made the right decision – and we will, and have already, recommend Crabbs Barn and the amazing team to anyone! You even managed to deal with a bride turning up 30 minutes early!!! You really made the whole experience completely stress free – who said weddings were stressful?? The venue is absolutely stunning and the Bridal Suite is just gorgeous – it has everything you want and need after a very long day (although it flew by). We had such great feedback from everyone who attended – even that it was the best wedding they had ever been to! The whole day was such a success, we really didn’t want it to end - thank you so much! Thanks again Lisa & Shaun Griffin 18.07.2015

We Could Not Have Asked for a Better Team
Venue Service

By Hnnah Mole, on 14 Oct 2015

Hi All, We just wanted to send an email to say huge thank you for all you did with regards to our wedding on 19th September. We could not have asked for a better team to bring everything together for our big day and it turned out better than we could have imagined! You brought everything together perfectly and we were so happy with where you chose to locate all of the decorations - particularly the bunting which was put outdoors rather than in the Garden Room and looked fab! Matt nor I had to worry about anything throughout the day as it was all taken care of, and we were able to enjoy the day with our guests. The DJ was superb and the dance floor was full all night, the food was excellent (we received so many positive comments about the food provided by Bespoke) and everyone just seemed to have a brilliant day. We were both so happy that the sun came out on the day so that we could all enjoy the beautiful gardens at Crabbs Barn too! Thanks again for all the hard work and organisation that helped to make our day perfect. The only downside was that it went far too quickly - however I'm sure every bride and groom say that! Thanks Hannah

Amazing Day
Venue Service

By Carly O'Sullivan, on 30 Sep 2015

To Jenny and everyone at Crabbs Barn I just wanted to say thank you again for making our special day so amazing. Thank You Mrs Carly O'Sullivan

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