Cripps Barn

(384 reviews) 384 5
Fosscross Lane Bibury Cirencester Gloucestershire GL7 5BA
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About Cripps Barn

Fosscross Lane, Bibury, Cirencester
Gloucestershire, GL7 5BA

Cripps Barn is the original wedding barn from the family-run Cripps & Co.

Cripps Barn is an 18th century Cotswold barn, set in the heart of the countryside near Bibury in the beautiful Coln Valley. With its flagstone floors, rustic beams and roaring open fireplace, this historic building has been transformed to provide a wedding barn for all seasons.

Ceremonies are held in the main barn, whose solid stone structure is finished with a medieval chandelier, a large stone fireplace, a huge candelabra and two huge entrances bringing light in from a large terrace on one side and the sun-filled Oak Room on the other. We can accommodate 120 guests in this room, with a further 30 guests seated in the Oak Room with a view through to the ceremony.

Alternatively, we have an Oak Pavilion in a woodland glade in the gardens of the barn, for those wishing to hold their wedding ceremony outside in the warmer months.

The grounds of Cripps Barn are as lovely as the barn itself and provide an excellent backdrop for wedding photography. A vast glass and timber door opens out onto a large terrace with views over the Cotswold countryside and onto our woodland garden, complete with fire pits and a large bonfire.

Guests can eat in style in our light and spacious Oak Room, with further dining capacity in the Ceremony Room. We can accommodate 150 seated guests in the Oak Room and 84 seated guests in the Ceremony Room.

Wedding feasts are created by our own chefs, who flame-cook food on a giant rotisserie and BBQ grill. We buy the best, cook it simply and serve it generously.

The main barn is transformed into a spectacular dance floor after dinner, where guests can celebrate into the night thanks to our special late 1 am license.

Our on-site wedding team are on hand to help with everything from the big ideas to the last minute details.

  • 18th century stone barn

  • Candlelit indoor ceremonies

  • Outdoor ceremonies in our woodland glade

  • Capacity - 150 for ceremony and dining, 200 total (including evening guests)

  • Free camping available

  • Exceptional service from the on-site Cripps Barn team

  • Late license until 1 am

  • • Informal and relaxing environment • Exceptional service from the experienced team at Cripps Barn • Delicious food from a giant rotisserie or all-weather BBQ • Free camping available • Licensed until 1am

    Facilities at Cripps Barn

    Venue Type :
    Civil Ceremony Licence
    Exclusive Use
    In the Country
    Outdoor License
    Unusual Weddings
    Unique Weddings
    Evening Entertainment :
    Evening Reception Facilities
    Dance Floor
    Entertainment Licence
    Live Band Facilities
    DJ Facilities
    Venue Staff Assistance :
    Wedding Coordinator
    Dining Options :
    Seated Meal Facilities
    Buffet Meal Facilities
    In House Catering
    Alcohol Licence
    Capacity :
    30 to 50 guests
    50 to 75 guests
    75 to 100 guests
    100 to 150 guests
    150 to 250 guests
    Other Features :
    Disabled Facilities
    Car Parking

    Cripps Barn Reviews (384)

    Perfect venue worth every penny!
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    By Lucy Hoten, on 10 Jun 2019Date of Wedding - 26 May 2019

    Cripps Barn was absolutely perfect for our wedding. Not only is the venue stunning (as commented by all the guests), but their online system and the service that they provided leading up to the day was great with very timely and helpful responses. On the day they made everything run incredibly smoothly, assuring us throughout the day that everything was in hand. They have weddings on the vast majority of days throughout the year but the changeover was seamless and it really felt like it was only ever ‘our’ venue by the way it was handled. On top of this, the staff were fantastic to deal with, especially Lucy, James and the bar manager Dave. Highly recommend!! Thank you so much!!!

    Cara Wiltshire, Barn Manager at Cripps Barn responded to this review on 10/06/2019 15:21:13

    Hi Lucy, Thank you so much for taking the time to write us such a lovely review. We are absolutely thrilled that you found the whole experience so good, but especially that you had such a wonderful day. We will certainly share your kind words with the whole team. It was a pleasure to have you and Elliott here for your special day, and we wish you all the luck and happiness for your married life together. All our best wishes, from everyone at Cripps Barn.

    Dream wedding
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    By Phoebe, on 30 Apr 2019Date of Wedding - 26 Apr 2019

    Amazing venue already stunning so little needed in the way of decoration. Helpful and attentive staff, day ran smoothly and loved every minute of it.

    Cara Wiltshire, Barn Manager at Cripps Barn responded to this review on 03/05/2019 16:58:01

    Hi Phoebe, Thank you so much for writing us such a lovely review! We we pass on your kind comments to all the team here.

    A dream come true
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    By Monica, on 24 Apr 2019Date of Wedding - 21 Apr 2019

    We got married on Easter Sunday 21st April 2019. I don’t even know where to begin. From the very moment we went to Cripps Barn to book our wedding the staff have been so helpful. The whole planning of the wedding was stress free and so easy and this was all down to the staff! The food was incredible we didn’t even have a tasting and took a gamble on just booking it anyway ! The lamb chops ! The chorizo sausage and not forgetting the chocolate fondant, Baz & Fred pizzas, everything was just wow! The day was so organised thanks to our front house manager James he was just incredible and so efficient. All the staff on the day attended to our needs and whatever we required they were there ! Everything about this place is beautiful and we couldn’t of picked a better place to get married. We can’t thank you enough for making our day so special! We will definitely be back to visit one day.

    Cara Wiltshire, Barn Manager at Cripps Barn responded to this review on 03/05/2019 16:56:16

    Hi Monica and Arjun, Thank you so much for your lovely words and taking the time to post us a review. We are thrilled to hear you had such a wonderful day, and that you found it such an enjoyable process. It really was our pleasure to have you here for your day, alongside your friends and family. We will certainly pass your thanks on to James, and the full team involved. Please do come back to visit us, we would love to see you both. With our very best wishes, and every congratulations to you - from us all at Cripps Barn!

    A magical winter wedding
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    By Gabby, on 21 Feb 2019Date of Wedding - 17 Feb 2019

    Our wedding at Cripps Barn surpassed anything we could have imagined. The location, staff, venue - everything - was absolutely perfect. We opted for an intimate winter wedding which has only 38 of us. The staff arranged the barn in a way which made it look like we filled up the space, despite being able to accommodate many more than that! Lucy was our manager for the day and we couldn't have asked for a lovelier person to have. She was friendly, calm and made sure everyone was happy. The food was cooked wonderfully, with great portions to more than fill up our guests. All through the night, the staff made sure things were kept moving nicely, however they never imposed. It was the most magical day I could have ever hoped for and am so grateful to the team. The only thing I wish was that we could do it all over again :)

    Cara Wiltshire, Barn Manager at Cripps Barn responded to this review on 22/02/2019 13:28:35

    Hi Gabby, What a lovely review! We are so pleased your experience with us was perfect, we loved having you here for your special day. We will, of course, pass your comments on to Lucy and the team involved. Wishing you every happiness in your new married life, and we hope to welcome you back for a visit to Cripps Barn in the future. Best wishes and congratulations, again - from us all!

    The most amazing day!!
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    By Sam Waite, on 19 Feb 2019Date of Wedding - 28 Dec 2018

    Thanks to the team at Cripps Barn for giving us the most memorable of wedding days! From the first point of contact they went above and beyond to help deliver our dream day. The venue is absolutely stunning and all of the guests were completely blown away by the food.... Many commenting “The best wedding food they had ever had” A friendly team operating in the most amazing venue. Thanks guys!!

    Cara Wiltshire, Barn Manager at Cripps Barn responded to this review on 22/02/2019 13:26:01

    Hi Sam, Thank you for taking the time to write us such a lovely review. We are so pleased you had such a wonderful day with us. We will pass on your comments to the full team involved, the chefs will love the feedback on the food! Sending our very best wishes and congratulations, once again, from us all at Cripps Barn.

    Out of this world!
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    By Hannah Baskett, on 23 Dec 2018Date of Wedding - 15 Dec 2018

    We got married at Cripps on Saturday 15th December and are still in a bubble about just how amazing the day was, and that is mainly due to this absolutely beautiful barn and the wonderful Cripps staff. We knew we wanted a barn in the Cotswold's, and having looked online at a few we stumbled across Cripps. It was clear it was a popular venue from their online availability calendar, the 15th was the only December Saturday available 16 months out, as we weren't local we couldn't make a viewing for a couple of weeks but were so certain it was 'the one' that we almost booked it without seeing it. When we did finally make a visit, nothing could have prepared us for the feeling you get as you walk in, we were sold within 2 seconds, it is absolutely stunning! There is nothing the barn doesn't have to offer, for summer weddings the grounds are beautiful, so peaceful and private, and for winter weddings like ours, the grand open fireplace, Cotswold stone and candle light make for an atmosphere second to none. The food at Cripps is something else, of top restaurant quality but in feast style quantities! The steak bricks we chose are still being talked about by guests now! Last but by no means least, Cripps staff are diamonds! In the run up there's an easy messaging service for all those little questions you have. And on the day itself, Jodie & Cara made sure it ran like clockwork. Always there but never visible. The whole team are a credit to the venue and we couldn't have asked for more, thank you! If you're looking for a barn venue in the Cotswold's, book it, you will not be disappointed

    Cara Wiltshire, Barn Manager at Cripps Barn responded to this review on 07/01/2019 14:38:12

    Hi Hannah, What an amazing review, thank you so much. We are absolutely thrilled that you had such a wonderful time, and it's so lovely to hear how you fell in love with the venue right from the start. It was our pleasure to have you with us at Cripps Barn, and we are so glad that you have such fond memories of the venue, food and staff. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness together as Mr and Mrs Baskett. Congratulations, once again, from us all at Cripps Barn.

    Beyond Perfect
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    By Harriet and Adam, on 08 Jan 2019Date of Wedding - 08 Dec 2018

    We got married on the 8th December 2018 and from start to finish the whole Cripps Barn experience was utterly magical. The beautiful barn speaks for itself. It is well looked after, decorated in a way that means that it feels authentic and rustic. But what makes it even more incredible were the staff. Every single meeting was well managed with every one we spoke to demonstrating their knowledge of the barn but also the whole process which naturally gave us a lot of confidence and comfort. Jodie was our planner and head of staff on the day and did the most fantastic job. We have had so many compliments from our guests. They all especially loved carving their steak bricks on the tables and the vegetarians were blown away by how delicious their Tarka Dhal was! I would highly recommend getting married here. I couldn’t have imagined doing it anywhere else!

    Cara Wiltshire, Barn Manager at Cripps Barn responded to this review on 22/02/2019 13:23:25

    Hi Harriet and Adam, Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We are thrilled to hear that you had such a magical experience, and that your guests loved the Steak Bricks. We will, of course, pass your comments on to Jodie and the full team here at Cripps Barn. Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness together!

    Cripps Barn weddin
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    By Liberty, on 16 Nov 2018Date of Wedding - 08 Nov 2018

    Incredible venue, the Barn is beautiful throughout the year and well designed in its simplicity and the was its styled. Our level of service from the team on the lead up to our wedding was so great, we couldn’t have asked for more. On our day the staff were discreet but so efficient, we’ve had completely trust in them for the big day! Cripps organise the timings to work best for us and followed this through seamlessly. And then the food, well, all our guests are still ravinf about it! So delicious and the serving style was so social and with the banquette style tables, this worked wonderfully with guest and mixing up groups of people. We had an amazing day, I would highly recommend Cripps!

    Cara Wiltshire, Barn Manager at Cripps Barn responded to this review on 07/01/2019 14:32:19

    Hi Liberty, Thank you for such a lovely review! It is fabulous to hear that you had such an incredible experience with us and we will certainly pass your comments on to the whole team involved. We are pleased the barn complemented your styling and worked for the social feeling you wanted and thrilled, of course, that you and your guests loved the food! We hope you are enjoying your newly married life, and we wish you both all the very best for your future together. Congratulations, once again, from us all at Cripps Barn.

    October wedding at Cripps Barn
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    By Julianne and Jamie Kirkpatrick, on 13 Nov 2018Date of Wedding - 27 Oct 2018

    We absolutely loved everything about Cripps Barn. Fabulous staff, amazing food, great venue! We couldn’t have had a better day. Cripps Barn are professionals when it comes to running a wedding, everything was perfect from start to finish!

    Cara Wiltshire, Barn Manager at Cripps Barn responded to this review on 07/01/2019 14:26:28

    Hi Julianne and Jamie, Thank you so much for your review - we are so pleased you loved everything about Cripps! We will certainly pass your wonderful comments to the full team. Wishing you a very happy married life - congratulations, once again, from us all at Cripps Barn

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    By James and Gema Brain, on 18 Oct 2018Date of Wedding - 12 Oct 2018

    Wow wow wow we had the most amazing day, the Cripps team took care of everything making our day so much more relaxed and some people say they don’t enjoy their own weddings well that's not the case for us. We loved every second, everything was taken care of and ran perfectly all day. The weather wasn't kind but Cripps barn caters for all days and didn't spoil a thing, we did get to use most of the outside nighttime decorations despite gale force winds the team kept trying. Its the most beautiful venue and the food is fantastic, all our guests were balled over by the venue. Don’t hesitate to book it, we were a little worried about the location and guests travelling and hotels but everything was worth it. So many differently priced accommodation near by and we put on a coach to and from Cirencester and had taxi number cards dotted around so don't be put off by that as its beautiful and wish we could do it all over again.

    Cara Wiltshire, Barn Manager at Cripps Barn responded to this review on 18/10/2018 13:55:10

    Wow, wow, wow - What a fantastic review, Mr and Mrs Brain! Thank you so much for taking the time to write us such kind words. We are thrilled you enjoyed every moment of your day, and that you weren't phased by the storm. We will, certainly, be passing your comments on to the full team involved. We hope you are both enjoying life as a married couple and congratulations to you, once again. With very best wishes for a lifetime of happiness, from us all at Cripps Barn.

    Therese and Victor
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    By Therese MTanios, on 03 Oct 2018Date of Wedding - 27 Sep 2018

    The whole day was just perfect from beginning til end ! Excellent service with attention from all the staff! Highly recommend, stunning location ! Thank you everyone at Cripps barn for making this Special day even more special

    Cara Wiltshire, Barn Manager at Cripps Barn responded to this review on 12/10/2018 16:58:12

    Hi Therese, Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review, it was such a pleasure to have you with us for your special day! We do hope you are enjoying married life, and that we will see you back at the Barn for a visit in the future. Very best wishes, once again, from us all at Cripps Barn

    Fairytale Cotswolds wedding
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    By Claire Daverley, on 17 Sep 2018Date of Wedding - 10 Sep 2018

    Cripps Barn is just the most stunning wedding venue. It was so beautiful with the candles, the exposed stone, the tranquil forest glade outside and the gorgeous conservatory, and it was every bit as magical on our big day. We managed to get married outside and the staff were really kind and flexible – they were happy to swap it with only half hour to spare, just in case it was too windy! On the wedding day itself our front of house James was excellent. The food was out of this world. Many people told us it was the best they’d ever had at a wedding (and for me, it wasn’t even just the king of wedding food – so much of it was the best food I’d ever tasted!) What I loved about Cripps was how flexible they were with us personalising our day. We did a LOT of DIY and they were more than happy for us to set all this up without any tight rules in place. The only things I would point out is that it ended up more expensive than we’d anticipated after the original online quote (there’s a big ‘staffing’ cost on top of the ‘venue cost’, for example, which isn’t included in the quote we’d calculated before we went to view it.) And we thought it was a shame that they charged for a 'tasting night' when most venues throw that in as part of the wedding experience. But if you get married at Cripps Barn you can trust in the venue and the staff to put on an astonishing wedding day. It’s a fairytale setting in the Cotswolds with an amazing menu. For us, it was all we’d ever dreamed of! Thanks so much to them.

    Cara Wiltshire, Barn Manager at Cripps Barn responded to this review on 18/09/2018 11:53:24

    What a lovely review, Claire! Thank you very much for taking the time to write this. We are thrilled you had such a wonderful day with us, and that you were blown away by the food. It was our pleasure to have you and we have passed your comments on to the chefs, and the full team involved. We are sorry that you found the charges for the Feast Nights and Staffing a little unexpected. We do our very best to be clear and honest throughout the process, which is why we display the charges separately as opposed to hiding them in the general catering fees. We do hope you are enjoying your first weeks of married life, and we certainly wish you every happiness for your future together. Congratulations, once again, and very best wishes to you from us all at Cripps Barn.

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