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On since 2024

Last update: April 2024

Drybeck is Situated just outside the picturesque village of Armathwaite in the heart of the stunning Eden Valley. This lies between the majestic Lake District National Park and the wild moorlands of the Northern Pennines, whilst only being a 20 minute drive from the historic border city of Carlisle. We specialise in weekend wedding celebrations. Parts of the farm date back to the 16th century and the wedding barn is constructed from the distinctive local red sandstone. The beautiful river Eden flows through the farm and provides our more adventurous guests with the opportunity of a wild swim or paddle boarding. Drybeck is the ideal countryside getaway and comes with accommodation in the shape of Glamping, Bell Tents and camping. This ensures you can make the most of the festivities. At Drybeck, you can customise the decoration, from boho chic outdoor weddings to a rustic but elegant barn reception. Our weddings have often been described as “festival style weddings”,though they can be whatever you create.

Facilities and Capacity

Drybeck Farm features two traditional sandstone barns. This can accommodate indoor celebrations. One barn contains a fully stocked bar and comfortable seating, and the other can be used for ceremonies, indoor dining and dancing the night away. Alternatively, couples can set up a marquee and outdoor entertainment, such as bouncy castles or a live band on the outdoor stage. We are not liscenced tohold legally recognised wedding ceremonies. The venue however is great to hire for receptions or weekend celebrations. Our capacity for weddings is approximately 50 - 180.

Services Offered

Newly weds and their loved ones exclusively use the farm for the weekend, from Friday afternoon to Monday morning. The celebration can start on Friday evening or take it as a time to relax befor the big day. Everyone will have access to the barns alongside the surrounding lawn and outdoor stage, allowing the festivities to flow indoors and outdoors. You will receive help from the onsite team to plan your big day and coordinate local vendors. They work in a relaxed and informal manner whilst being attetive to your needs without intrusion. Though we are a dog friendly venue management of them onsite will be discussed prior to the event.

We provide a variety of quirky, comfortable acoomodations. These include:

  • Six glamping units sleeping up to 22 guests
  • Six bell tents, which sleep a total of 24 people
  • An event field that allows your loved ones to set up additional camping options

Our Yurt is perfect for the Wedding Suite fitted with a vanity, full lengh mirror electical outlets and plenty of space for you and your wedding party to get ready.

The owners of the business are Paula and Steve. Paula is an interior designer and can provide a decoration service for the barns. ,Steve, is a trained wedding celebrant and can work with you to create a personalized service to mark your special day.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Unusual weddings
Marquees and tents
Woodland and festival
Tipis and yurts
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Fire ceremony

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Private catering allowed
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities

Evening entertainment:

Marquee available
Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:


Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Changing room for wedding guests
Horse baraat permitted
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Reviews for Drybeck Farm

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Steve A. Sent on 21/04/2024
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Spectacular Surroundings & Service

Our wedding at Drybeck was amazing thanks to the spectacular surroundings & all of the support we got from Steve & his family. We held our ceremony in the barn which we were allowed to decorate however we wanted & Steve sourced us hay bales to use for the seating. Then we got a marquee for the dinner & dancing which was from a supplier recommended to us by Steve. Thich was the cheapest we could find by a long way & looked amazing. The bar was well stocked & ran very smoothly throughout & was very reasonably priced. A massive plus was the idyllic accommodation that Drybeck offers on site each with it's own wood-fired hot tub. Steve was more than happy to help with anything we needed & really went out of his way to make the day special. I cannot recommend Drybeck enough for a wedding venue & Steve is so accommodating & easy to deal with & took a lot of pressure off us on the day. Also it was very hard to find a venue that could cater for 200 guests & Drybeck was perfect for this.
Helen W. Sent on 05/05/2024
5 out of 5 rating

The BEST venue for a relaxed outdoor wedding!

We loved getting married at Drybeck, where else can you enjoy a pre wedding dip in the river to calm the nerves?! Steve and the team are absolute stars, nothing was too much from putting up extra lighting for us, pouring the fizz for the toast and accommodating my older aunties need for a tea and coffee station! It was brilliant to have free-range in the barn to decorate to our taste and to arrange the food the way we wanted to as well. Its a magical place and our guests loved it too, it was great having everyone camp or stay nearby so we could all meet up again the next day. HIGHLY recommend!
Clair T. Sent on 26/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Utterly fabulous

In April 2023 we chose Drybeck Farm Campsite as our wedding venue. We were able to create our perfect festival style wedding. The site itself is utterly beautiful and we made full use of the glamping pods for accommodation for close friends and family, everyone else either camped or stayed close by. We added our own touches with fairy lights, flowers and decorations.
The site is perfect for keeping the camping and celebrations separate as we had plenty of space to erect a mini big top and have a BBQ and a food van outside next to the barn. I cannot express how many people commented on how beautiful the site is and many guests have returned since our big day. We used the barn for our ceremony and for the band later in the day, it looked amazing! Steve and his family were extremely helpful allowing us access to Drybeck prior to our day so planning was easy and the day itself ran perfectly. Steve and his daughter Aileen were incredibly accommodating, they were quick to answer emails and offer advice and on the day were very welcoming to all our guests. We are due back for our one year anniversary, and hopefully many more too.
Leah S. Sent on 12/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing staff, easy going, perfect wedding day!

My husband and I got married at Drybeck in April 2023. Our day was amazing, (despite the wether) everything was perfect. We had a very relaxed small wedding of about 50 guests (however they can accommodate so much more!) All accomodation was welcoming and homely. The location is breathtaking and we even got the paddleboards out the next day, the guests loved it all! Stephen and crew were fab, very attentive and easy to communicate with. From the day we first went to look around we felt at ease and spoke about what we wanted and how we wanted it to go, Stephen was really helpful with ideas, suggestions and recommendation for local chair and table hire.

Gorgeous area, incredibly easy going and helpful staff. Highly recommend!!
Rebecca Sent on 12/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

The most perfect wedding venue

We got married at Drybeck in September 2022 and I can’t think of a more perfect place. It’s just stunning. Barn for food and indoor music/ dancing, outdoor stage for more music, lots of quirky accommodation; yurts gypsy caravans etc (look at the pictures on their website!) all do so beautifully! Also option for bell tents and loads of space for guests who want to camp / van sleep. Not too far from other local accommodation too. Steve the owner and crew were outstanding. Couldn’t fault anything. Steve also did our ceremony which was just lovely, it was his first ceremony and he smashed it, personal, funny, heart warming. He also ran the bar for us as well as lots of other help behind and in front of the scenes. Outdoor ceremony with the sound of the river Eden babbling in the background and a kingfisher flashing around, really couldn’t ask for anything more. Solar panels, eco toilets, hot tubs all added to the loveliness. They went above and beyond to make our day so special. If you’re thinking of getting married here, look no further this is a total gem.
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Drybeck Farm, Armathwaite, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA4 9ST CA4 9ST Carlisle (Cumbria)
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