Folly Farm Centre

(8 reviews) 8 5
Stowey Pensford Bristol BS39 4DW
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About Folly Farm Centre

Stowey, Pensford
Bristol, BS39 4DW

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.

Facilities at Folly Farm Centre

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Exclusive Use
In the Country
Outdoor License
Tipis and Yurts
Marquees and Tents
Woodland and Festival
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Marquee Available
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Outdoor Fireworks Permitted
Overnight Accommodation :
Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Overnight Accommodation for Guests
Other Features :
Confetti Permitted
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Allows Private Catering
Alcohol Licence
Corkage Option
Capacity :
Less than 30 guests
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
150 to 250 guests
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator

Folly Farm Centre Reviews (8)

Fantastic wedding venue
Venue Service

By Alan, on 23 Aug 2018Date of Wedding - 01 Aug 2018

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!

Wonderful wedding venue
Venue Service

By Kate, on 23 Aug 2018Date of Wedding - 12 Jul 2018

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!

Amazing Wedding Venue and a Fantastic Team!
Venue Service

By Hattie, on 23 Aug 2018Date of Wedding - 01 Jun 2018

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!

So much more than a venue...
Venue Service

By Sophie and Pat, on 29 Mar 2018Date of Wedding - 24 Feb 2018

Firstly we would like to say a massive thank you! We literally cannot thank you enough. From the moment we booked Folly Farm, we felt at ease. Folly Farm is the most beautiful, laid back venue, and we couldnt have wished for anything better and more suitable for us. And to everyone at Thyme Chef, you helped us throughout, even when I did keep changing my mind. Everyone said the food was amazing and there were lots of comments on how kind all the staff were, so thank you! As you know, when we arrived, we had a lot of stuff, as I had the day pictured in my head from the very start. Everyone enjoyed it so much, and the outdoor games were enjoyed by all. Both Folly Farm and Thyme Chef are so much more than a venue and caterers, you have helped plan throughout, and feel more like friends than suppliers.

A terrific wedding venue
Venue Service

By Imogen and Letty, on 06 Apr 2018Date of Wedding - 14 Jul 2017

We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Folly Farm to anyone looking for a terrific wedding venue. We don't think anything locally matched Folly’s beauty, space and atmosphere – not to mention the people we worked with who were fantastic hosts throughout.

The first and only venue we visited
Venue Service

By Amber and John Scales, on 06 Apr 2018Date of Wedding - 04 Mar 2017

Folly Farm was the first and only venue we visited! The moment our eyes set on those rolling hills and the stunning views that Folly offered it was an easy decision. Folly Farm (and all it's kind natured and helpful staff) encapsulated everything we had wanted: a relaxed and charming vibe with all our favourite people. All the things that were important to us Folly Farm helped us to achieve with little stress and a genuine sense of pride and kindness. We left Folly Farm on the Sunday after the most heart warming weekend and left as Mr And Mrs Scales hand in hand. We're still beaming, thank you.

Just as we had hoped it would be
Venue Service

By Pippa, on 14 Feb 2018Date of Wedding - 18 Feb 2017

Folly Farm was the perfect setting for our wedding weekend with all our friends and family. From the casual meal on Friday, to the walk around the Mendips on Saturday morning, and of course our ceremony and party - it was relaxed, friendly and warm. Just as we had hoped it would be. We were even gifted with warm sunny weather in February.

The perfect wedding venue
Venue Service

By Laura & Dale Wakeman, on 10 Aug 2016Date of Wedding - 11 Jun 2016

We found Folly Farm online after many searches and once we arrived for our showround we loved everything the venue had to offer. Having the venue from the Friday evening to the Sunday morning worked perfectly and gave us the opportunity to see all of our guests and to extend our celebrations over the 2 days. Luckily the rain held off and we managed to have our ceremony outside which was perfect with Chew Valley lake in the background. A stunning outlook. All the team at folly farm were always friendly and helpful throughout the whole process. All our guests commented on how lovely the venue was and how it was nice to spend the weekend together. This is the perfect venue for anyone who is looking for a more relaxed weekend celebration.

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