Folly Farm Centre

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About Folly Farm Centre

Folly Farm is an environmentally sustainable, countryside wedding venue nestled in the heart of a 250-acre nature reserve, yet conveniently located just 10 miles from Bristol and Bath.

As one of Somerset's hidden gems, 'Folly' as it is affectionately known, offers peaceful seclusion and the most breath-taking views across Chew Valley Lake and the Mendip Hills; an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 

Surrounded by wildlife and ancient woodlands, Folly Farm is perfect in every season; from the carpets of spring bluebells and wildflower meadows of summer, to the golden tones of autumn and the dramatic winter skies, the backdrop for your day is sure to be beautiful.

All weddings at Folly Farm include exclusive use of the entire venue, including all of the 18th-century farm buildings, for a unique and completely private celebration. Invite close family and friends to arrive the day before the wedding and share the fun of decorating and personalising the venue, followed by a pre-wedding evening meal. 

Choose to hold your ceremony in the charming oak-beamed converted barn, the traditional Old Dairy, or the glass atrium filled with natural light. Alternatively, you can choose to say 'I do' outside with a gorgeous ceremony overlooking the Chew Valley Lake, or a blessing in the orchard? There's plenty of space for marquees too - and we can recommend suppliers.

The 20 farmhouse-style bedrooms accommodate up to 56* guests and, in the warmer months, additional guests have the option of camping in the paddock. The happy couple can spend the first night of married life in our spacious bridal suite or may choose to hire a bell tent for a night of glamping! Folly Farm can hold up to 150 evening guests. 

Delicious, seasonal food is in abundance and is often picked from the kitchen garden. The recommended caterers will expertly tailor menus to suit every budget and taste. Food is incredibly important to wedding celebrations, so couples can choose from a traditional three-course meal, relaxed platters, a hog-roast and everything in between!

Owned and managed by Avon Wildlife Trust, all profits are gift-aided back to the Trust to protect local wildlife and inspire people about the importance and benefits of nature. Your wedding will not only be an incredible day, but will leave an incredible legacy.

Folly Farm is unique in more ways than one - we hope to have the opportunity to share this extra special venue with you.

*Maximum occupancy of 56 guests by Spring 2020. For weddings before this time, the maximum occupancy is 49 guests staying on-site.

  • Environmentally sustainable countryside venue in the heart of a 250-acre nature reserve
  • Civil ceremonies in the converted 18th century barn, plus outdoor ceremony options
  • Accommodation for up to 56 guests, plus additional on-site camping
  • Exclusive use, offering complete privacy for you and your guests
  • Delicious seasonal food with a wide selection of catering options
  • Owned and managed by Avon Wildlife Trust, with all profits helping to protect wildlife.
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8 Reviews for Folly Farm Centre

Recommended by 100% of couples


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  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value for Money 5.0
  • Response time 5.0
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    Alan · Married on 01/08/2018

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    Fantastic wedding venue

    We got married at Folly Farm and it was a wonderful experience. Tony, Andrea, Clare and the rest of the team were so helpful and friendly. In the planning stages they were always available to answer our many questions, and during the wedding itself they worked so hard to make sure everything ran smoothly. It was very reassuring and relaxing to know that they were organising everything behind the scenes, and the day was even better than we could have imagined.

    It was great to have the freedom to get married outside, and decorate the venue to make it really personal. The fact that so many of our guests could stay or camp for the weekend made it really relaxing, and the food from Thyme Chef was also fantastic.

    It was really important for us to have an environmentally sustainable venue and it's great to know that the profits go back into supporting the nature reserve and the Avon Wildlife Trust.

    A massive thankyou to everyone at Folly Farm and we look forward to coming back and visiting regularly!

    Sent on 23/08/2018
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    Kate · Married on 12/07/2018

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    Wonderful wedding venue

    My husband and I got married here just over three weeks ago. The venue is idyllic, with its spectacular setting and view overlooking Chew Valley lake and the Mendips. There were a number of reasons we chose this as our venue, the setting is one of them, but its ties to the Avon Wildlife Trust; its environmentally-focussed ethos and the flexibility we were afforded in being able to have the entire venue for the weekend were among the others.

    We both felt very privileged to have been able to get married at a venue as special as Folly Farm and we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone for all of their help and assistance. Right from our first viewings and throughout our meetings, to the on the day preparations and delivery - everyone was to helpful, enthusiastic and positive. Nothing was too much trouble or too big a problem. The whole weekend went so smoothly and this was down to the team.

    We were fortunate enough to be able to have our ceremony outside, in the courtyard overlooking the Lake. There are a variety of other locations around the venue which are licensed for weddings, and you are free to choose a spot which is the best for your wedding size and needs - the team at Folly Farm go out of their way to ensure everything looks stunning.

    We have had so many compliments on the venue, the food and the overall service, both on the day and since we have been married. All of our guests enjoyed themselves, so thank you for your work in helping us make this happen!

    Sent on 23/08/2018
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    Hattie · Married on 01/06/2018

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    Amazing Wedding Venue and a Fantastic Team!

    We recently held our wedding at Folly Farm and had a super experience from beginning to end. Clare, Andrea and the team were amazingly helpful in planning our wedding and on the actual weekend, went above and beyond to ensure that everything ran smoothly and that we could relax and enjoy the day.

    The venue itself is beautiful and allows you the freedom to put your own stamp on the decorations and having the opportunity for our friends and family to stay for the whole weekend made the celebrations really special.

    The food, from Thyme Chef (Folly's recommended caterers) was incredible, including breakfast on the Saturday and Sunday, and we are still getting feedback from our guests about how much they loved it!!

    Thank you Folly for helping to make our day so special!

    Sent on 23/08/2018

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Folly Farm Centre FAQ

  • Venue Type:
    Exclusive Use
    In the Country
    Historic
    Marquees and Tents
    Woodland and Festival
    Civil Ceremony Licence
    Barn
    Outdoor License
    Tipis and Yurts
  • Dining Options:
    Seated Meal Facilities
    Corkage Option
    Allows Private Catering
    Alcohol Licence
    Buffet Meal Facilities
    In House Catering
  • Evening Entertainment:
    Marquee Available
    Dance Floor
    Entertainment Licence
    Evening Reception Facilities
    Outdoor Fireworks Permitted
  • Overnight Accommodation:
    Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
    Overnight Accommodation for Guests
  • Venue Staff Assistance:
    Wedding Coordinator
  • Other Features:
    Disabled Facilities
    Car Parking
    Confetti Permitted

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