Cripps Barn

(379 reviews) 379 5
Fosscross Lane Bibury Cirencester Gloucestershire GL7 5BA
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About Cripps Barn

Fosscross Lane, Bibury, Cirencester
Gloucestershire, GL7 5BA

Cripps & Co is a family business restoring beautiful barns and walled gardens for weddings and events.  We have six venues throughout the UK, with more coming soon.  Please click above to view our website.

Cripps Barn can offer all you need for a truly wonderful wedding day. Opened in 1990, the venue was one of the first party barns. When you hold your day here, you will enjoy delicious food in a relaxed, informal environment with stunning surroundings. With over 25 years’ experience managing weddings, Cripps Barn’s team will provide superb service from start to finish.

The venue enjoys a lovely countryside location near Bibury in the Coln Valley. The 18th-century Cotswold stone barn is beautifully finished with flagstone floors, rustic beams and an inviting open fireplace. For additional space, you and your guests can also make use of the charming Oak Room, connected to the barn by huge 12ft barn doors.

You can choose to say “I do” inside with up to 150 guests. Alternatively, you can have an outdoor ceremony that would take place in the delightful glade in the woods beneath an oak structure. Following your ceremony, the main stone barn can accommodate up to 84 seated guests to dine, while the Oak Dining Room can seat up to 150 guests.

The outdoor spaces at the venue offer a number of special features, including free camping. With fire pits on the terraces and a fantastic bonfire, you can make excellent use of the outdoor areas. In addition, the enchanting woodland gardens offer beautiful backdrops for your all-important wedding photographs.

• 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
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 (379)

Out of this world!
Venue Service

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
Venue Service

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!

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

Venue Service

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.

Perfect venue and the perfect day
Venue Service

By Nicola and Dan Freeman, on 12 Oct 2018Date of Wedding - 09 Sep 2018

Cripps Barn is the most STUNNING venue and we really did have the best day of our lives. The location, the views, the barn itself, the decorations with candles and fairy lights, the food – it was all perfect. The whole team at Cripps were so on-the-ball and friendly in the whole planning process and on the actual day and it really helped set our minds at ease and not worry about the running of the day, we knew we were in safe hands. Nothing was too much trouble, even my endless questions via the online chat, which is super handy!! James ran our day and Jodie was the night manager, both helped to make the day feel so special for us and I cannot thank the team enough. The food was simply out of this world and the portions were HUGE!! So many quests commented on the meal and how amazed, and full they were! It wasn’t just your typical wedding food, it was simply amazing and one of the best meals I have ever had. We will never forget our day and that’s partly down to the team at Cripps who are like wedding ninjas who make sure the day runs like clockwork, almost without being seen! Cannot thank the team enough and we cannot recommend this venue enough – amazing!!

Cara Wiltshire, Barn Manager at Cripps Barn responded to this review on 12/10/2018 17:02:34

Wow! What a review. Thank you so much, Mr and Mrs Freeman, for your kind words. We are absolutely thrilled to hear you had such a wonderful time, and we will pass on your comments to the full team involved. We do hope you are both enjoying married life and we all wish you every happiness for your life together. Congratulations, once again, and we hope to see you for a visit in the not to distant future. With very best wishes from us all at Cripps Barn!

Couldn't have been better..
Venue Service

By Lisa & Aled, on 12 Sep 2018Date of Wedding - 05 Sep 2018

Myself and my husband had the best experience with Cripps Barn. Our front of house Jodie and night manager Dave were fantastic, they were extremely professional and attentive.. Nothing was to much bother and the day ran so smoothly - If something didn't go to plan, I was not aware of it. Everyone of our guest raved about the food, and the portions sizes were HUGE!! The venue is just gorgeous and everything we wanted. We cannot recommend Cripps enough - FAB!

Cara Wiltshire, Barn Manager at Cripps Barn responded to this review on 17/09/2018 12:19:20

What a fabulous testimonial! Thank you, so much, Lisa and Aled, for taking the time to write this review. We are so pleased you had a wonderful time with us at Cripps Barn; we will certainly share your comments with the whole team involved. Wishing you both every happiness in your life together as Husband and Wife. Congratulations, once again, from us all at Cripps Barn.

Thank you Cripps!
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By Rebekka and John, on 08 Sep 2018Date of Wedding - 31 Aug 2018

From the moment we entered Cripps Barn, we immediately knew that it was the place we wanted to get married. The staff were exceptionally accommodating, helpful and friendly from our very first visit and this attention was maintained throughout the entire process of our wedding planning. We visited Cripps for the Tasting Evening and were amazed by the food quality (the seared tuna starter was especially unforgettable...) We also visited for a planning meeting with Jodie, who helped us make choices about our day, without ever applying pressure. We felt so relaxed knowing that the Cripps team were so competent and in control, but also always knew that we were able to create a day that was unique to us. Our wedding day finally arrived last Friday and we really did have the best day of our lives. All anxieties that we had leading up to the event were forgotten as soon as we arrived for our wedding day. It was clear that Jodie and the team had everything completely under control and we were able to totally relax throughout the entirety. The food was absolutely exquisite - the sort of quality that you would be amazed by in a small restaurant, so the fact that such quality can be maintained on such a huge scale is only more impressive! Our day was one that we will never forget and we genuinely enjoyed every single second - a testament to the incredible Cripps team who are so amazingly organised and competent in what they do. Thank you Cripps team! We will never forget it! Bekki and John (Mr and Mrs Ridout)

Cara Wiltshire, Barn Manager at Cripps Barn responded to this review on 17/09/2018 12:14:38

Mr and Mrs Ridout, what a lovely review! Thank you. We are so happy to hear you had a fabulous time, that will provide such wonderful memories for years to come. We will, certainly, pass on your comments to the whole team involved. It was our pleasure to have you with us for your special day, and we wish you every happiness for your future. Congratulations, once again, from us all at Cripps Barn.

Best Day of our life!
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By Emily And Phill Butwell, on 10 Sep 2018Date of Wedding - 28 Aug 2018

My husband and I married at the Cripps Barn on 28th August 2018. This was the best day of our lives. The venue is stunning and the staff were amazing. The weather was good so we were able to get married outside which was just amazing. The staff were ready as soon as the ceremony was over and handed out drinks and canopies to the guest which as you can imagine made a lot of hungry and thirsty people happy! The food was phenomenal. We had the rotisserie chicken menu and strawberries with cream for the wedding breakfast and the pork rolls for the evening do. The venue catered for all of our guests( including me the bride) with dietary requirements without a single hiccup. Again not a single complaint from anyone. The decorations were amazing as we had the fire pits and lights in the evening and the tables were decorated exactly how we wanted. Such an amazing venue, with fantastic staff! Thoroughly recommended.

Cara Wiltshire , Barn Manager at Cripps Barn responded to this review on 17/09/2018 12:17:24

Hi Emily and Phil, What lovely words to read! Thank you for taking the time to write us such a wonderful review, we will pass on your comments to the full team involved. We are so pleased to hear you had a fabulous day here with us and we do hope you are enjoying the first weeks of married life. Everyone here, at Cripps Barn, wishes you every happiness for your future as Mr and Mrs Buwell.

Perfect Venue
Venue Service

By PMH, on 03 Sep 2018Date of Wedding - 17 Aug 2018

At a wedding fair my daughter was asked what her ‘perfect’ wedding venue would be like. Having described it she was advised to go to visit Cripps Barn. One visit and she knew this was the venue she had been imagining – candles, open brickwork, flowers, fairy lights……. The older, stone part of the barn where the ceremonies take place has a sense of occasion and history, small enough to feel intimate and allow guests to be close to the ceremony, big enough to accommodate lots of friends and family and have a real feel of celebration. The newer section of the barn where the Wedding Breakfast takes place is light and open and can be made as relaxed or formal as the bride and groom prefer. As it was a lovely day, weather wise, guests were able to make good use of the outside areas as were the photographer and videographer. Use of this outside space continued well into the night due to the fire pits and warm evening. However, as beautiful as the barn is, what makes it the wedding venue perfect is the team of people who actually make the weddings work! The front of house, the organising, the cooking, the cleaning, the gardening, the bar staff, the liaising, the calm words – everything that goes into making a wedding run smoothly. Everyone was so friendly, calm and helpful. The food was a delicious success. We had the best day. So if you are looking for the complete wedding venue….go and have a talk to the lovely people at Cripps Barn - the barn will speak for itself.

Cara Wiltshire, Barn Manager at Cripps Barn responded to this review on 17/09/2018 12:12:09

What a wonderful review! Thank you so much for writing this for us, we will pass on your lovely words to the full team involved. We are thrilled that your daughter was able to realise her wedding dream with us and hope they have a very happy, married life together. Best wishes to you all, from everyone at Cripps Barn.

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