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Last update: November 2023

Folly Farm is an environmentally sustainable, countryside wedding venue nestled in the heart of a 250-acre nature reserve in Pensford, Bristol, 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.

Facilities and Capacity

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. Couples can choose to hold their 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. 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 the venue's spacious bridal suite or choose to hire a bell tent for a night of glamping. For receptions, the property can hold up to 150 evening guests. There is also plenty of space for marquees, and the team can connect you with their list of suppliers.

Services Offered

Folly Farm offers exclusive use of the entire venue, including all of the 18th-century farm buildings, for a completely private celebration. Soon-to-be-weds are welcome to invite family and friends the day before the wedding and share the fun of decorating and personalising the venue, followed by a pre-wedding evening meal. 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.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Unusual weddings
Historic
Woodland and festival
Barn
Outdoor license
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

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:

Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:

Hairdresser

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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Reviews for Folly Farm Centre

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Hitched Wedding Awards 2024 Winner
5.0 out of 5 rating
28 reviews
99% recommend it
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Tom
Tom H. Sent on 16/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Tom Harvey

We had a wonderful weekend wedding at Folly. It felt like a holiday for those staying from Friday to Sunday as we self catered Friday, with catered breakfasts Saturday and Sunday and all the trimmings Saturday.

The food is through their caterer and probably one of the nicest wedding foods we've ever had. Everyone raved about our wedding breakfast and they accommodated those with dietary needs very well. The drinks package was generous.

We were able to create the day that best suit us. Unfortunately it rained so we could not get married outside but the team were very good at leaving it to the last possible minute to make a decision whether we were getting married inside or outside. And the indoor ceremony was absolutely beautiful.

We can't thank everyone at Folly enough. It is a beautiful and unique venue that our guests and ourselves absolutely loved, and allowed us to create a wedding that was quintessentially 'us'.
Leigh
Leigh R. Sent on 19/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The Rowles Wedding 10/08/23

I absolutely adored the venue. It really did look as if we were abroad! Everything was so relaxed and I truly had nothing to worry about, as Folly Farm took all of our props/decorations and sorted everything behind the scenes. The food was delicious from Thyme Chef, with lots of compliments from our guests! Would definitely recommend! Xx
Charlotte
Charlotte E. Sent on 06/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Best wedding we could have wished for!!

The staff at Folly Farm really look after you all the way through the process. The venue is beautiful, relaxed whilst providing a fun atmosphere. The food is excellent and all of our guests have commented on this.
A big thank you to Clare, Jason, Matt, Adelaide and the other FF staff for making our day so special.
Alison
Alison Sent on 13/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Relaxed and happy

Claire, Adelaide and their team at Folly were so helpful and accommodating. They looked after us throughout our wedding planning and our special day. Everything flowed smoothly and it was a relaxed experience from the start. Nothing was too much trouble and Claire was able to suggest alternatives for our wedding. Folly is a very beautiful place with a beautiful outlook across Blagdon. Our day was too windy to be outside so the ceremony was indoors, which actually made it more intimate. We loved everything about Folly.
Tiana
Tiana A. Sent on 20/08/2023
4.8 out of 5 rating

The ultimate wedding weekend with your loved ones

A stunning venue that has everything you could ask for. The deciding factor for us was accommodating 50 loved ones to stay onsite the entire weekend. It was perfect for our international loved ones. We also got to self-cater for half the time, then leave the rest to the professionals. The facilities were on point, and everything was seamless. The venue is lush, but you can completely transform it into whatever your heart desires. The team will accommodate your every wish, no matter the weather! Cannot recommend it enough!
Sophie
Sophie D. Sent on 18/01/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful setting

We had a fantastic wedding here in Dec 2022. Team were amazing. They helped us make the weekend exactly how I envisioned it. We stayed from Friday to Sunday. Breakfast for everyone on the Saturday and Sunday was beautiful. Food during the wedding reception was amazing. So much food!!!

Just a perfect day xx
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Hayley G. Sent on 12/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Fantastic Wedding Venue

We recently held our wedding at Folly Farm Centre and had a super experience from beginning to end. We fell in love with the place from the moment with saw it and our families did too. Everything was just perfect and couldn鈥檛 ask for anything better. Clare, Sasha, Jason and the team were simply amazing at what they do to provide an exceptional service. Clare and Sasha were extremely helpful in the planning our wedding and on the actual day. The whole team went above and beyond to ensure that everything ran smoothly and that we could relax and enjoy the day to the fullest.
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 at the venue made the celebrations really special. Our only down point about the venue is the rooms within the main farmhouse. They need a bit of updating and some TLC. All of our friends and family have described it as the most chilled wedding ever which is exactly what we had hoped for, we loved every minute and couldn鈥檛 have wished for more.聽The food, from Thyme Chef (Folly's recommended caterers) was incredible, including breakfast on the Wednesday. I can honestly say the pie and mash went down a storm at the wedding reception.
Thank you Folly for helping to make our day so special!
K
Kim P. Sent on 28/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful venue, run by amazing people.

Folly Farm orchestrated the perfect wedding stay for us. The team were brilliant at making our timeline and different rooms work for us and our guests. They were so professional and really helped to keep a calm, happy atmosphere, even when dealing with unplanned mishaps.

We can鈥檛 thank the team enough for the quick and clear communication from the moment we booked the venue, to the morning after our wedding.

Our guests were blow away by the views and the walks around the barn and we have the most incredible pictures that capture how beautiful the farmhouse, barn and nature reserve is.

The food! The food at folly farm was delicious. Our guests are still talking about the pies, the pizza and the canap茅s.

We loved our wedding. Thank you Folly Farm for making it special and unique to us.
J
Jo Price Sent on 21/12/2023
4.8 out of 5 rating

Christmas wedding at Folly Farm

So as the brides parents, and the fact that we have had organized some pretty epic parties in our time (and the bride used to work in the wedding hospitality sector!) this was always going to be a big deal handing over the organisation of the biggest celebration that our families and friends were ever going to attend.
Well, we need not have worried. Folly Farm went with our wacky ideas (German Christmas market theme evening buffet, casino, construction of a massive bauble arch, only a 2 course wedding breakfast but more canapes - the guests are always starving after the ceremony!) And over the weekend Matt and Jason were like human dynamos, any little problems were swiftly sorted out. The young staff worked their little socks off and actually joined in with the day - we may have encouraged that!
The food was amazing - especially the vegan options. How you serve a full blown Christmas dinner to 80 odd people and deliver it pipping hot is incredible. The friday night dinner/breakfasts were pretty darn good as well.
Lauren and George's remit for the day was to deliver a wedding day filled with fun and laughter, with a relaxed vibe - Folly Farm you delivered in spades, it really was the best day and we couldn't fault a thing, even the weather played ball. And the fact that you are a charity plus big on sustainability and we weren't giving our hard earned cash to a big multi national hotel chain might have had something to do with it, thank you ALL so much for a very,very special day.
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Alex K. Sent on 03/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Stunning countryside wedding

We got married at Folly Farm in October 2023 and the entire wedding (all the way from the initial planning to the actual day) was absolutely fantastic. Clare and her team are so great and so flexible, I really do believe they want you to have the best day, which I don't think a lot of places can honestly say.

Folly Farm is incredibly good value for money and effort. I am not saying it's cheap, because it's not, but it is a lot cheaper than many other venues that I don't think are as good in my own opinion. It has beautiful scenery surrounding it and has some wonderful amenities. We had our reception in the Barn, and stayed the entire weekend. All our guests loved being able to stay on site and we had the best time of our lives that weekend.

We booked an extra night as it just gave us a little bit more time to clear up and enjoy the weekend without it feeling like a huge rush. I would recommend doing that if you want a more chilled experience.

One thing to mention is the food is absolutely incredible. Clare and her team are proper chefs, and they produce some of the best food I have ever eaten in the UK. One thing that all our guests said was how good the food was. The only teeny tiny problem was that there was probably too much, so remind your guests about this.

Overall I cannot recommend Folly Farm enough. It's a beautiful venue, it has everything you need and you will be taken care of. 100% recommend.

J
Jodie M. Sent on 27/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Best day of our lives!

What an amazing venue! Ever since we looked round the venue two years ago right up till the Sunday morning when we left the venue, the team at Folly Farm have been absolutely brilliant. The venue itself is beautiful and a lovely location, and the weekend price including accom for 50 people is the same price as some venues charge for one day (!) So they are great value for money as well. The food was absolutely amazing, they were so flexible with our requirements and gave us exactly what we wanted. They allowed us to make the day exactly how we wanted it to be and we cannot thank them enough. The team on the day of the wedding we're absolutely brilliant - Matt was such a calming presence and so efficient with everything, it all felt so smooth with no worries for us. We loved this venue and think it's a perfect place to get married. If we could do it all again, we would.
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Rowles Sent on 21/08/2023
4.8 out of 5 rating

Outstanding!

What an amazing venue for a wedding. My son and his new wife wanted a stress free, relaxed feel to their wedding which is exactly what they had. We had the venue for two nights which I would highly recommend. We provided a BBQ for the guests the evening before the wedding, giving our guests the opportunity to get to know each other - it couldn't have been more relaxed. Having exclusive use of the venue allowed all our guests to have accommodation on site. The wedding day itself could not have gone better thanks to the staff / wedding co-ordinators. From start to finish, it was just perfect and I would highly recommend this venue!
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Megan T. Sent on 21/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

What a weekend!! 馃榿馃挅

From start to finish, the team at Folly Farm made our wedding experience absolutely perfect. The level of detail and amazing attentiveness from all members of staff, made our weekend so incredibly special. We will never forget those beautiful moments shared with our family and friends and thank everyone for their hard work and dedication in pulling our wedding off! We 110% recommend this venue for any couple. Thank you so much!!
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Daniela K. Sent on 07/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Dream Venue

I would happily recommend Folly Farm to anyone for their wedding. The staff are so helpful and knowledgeable. The venue itself is beautiful and magical. All of our guests raved about the wedding and how wonderful Folly Farm is.
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Harriet E. Sent on 02/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Incredible wedding weekend at Folly Farm

We are still on an absolute high from our wedding last weekend. Clare, Adelaide, Jayson and all of the staff at Folly Farm couldn鈥檛 have been more helpful, communicative and knowledgable and we can鈥檛 thank you all enough for making the day and whole weekend run perfectly.

The venue itself is stunning, with breathtaking views over Chew Valley which we were lucky enough to have as the backdrop to our ceremony. The option to stay Friday - Sunday meant we could spend more time with friends and family who鈥檇 travelled from afar, set things up the night before and wake up to get ready in the morning with minimal stress!

The food was also incredible, and we loved the uniqueness of the menu choices and relaxed option to have it served platter style. The whole planning process was made so easy and enjoyable, thank you so much to everyone!
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Folly Farm Centre BS39 4DW Pensford (Bristol)
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