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Gote Barn is a wedding venue located just outside Lewes in Sussex. Nestled away in the heart of the East Sussex countryside, it would make a truly idyllic venue to host the wedding day. Owned and run by the Craig family for over 75 years, Gote Barn also produces unpasteurized milk from their herd of Friesians. Along with this, they produce excellent, naturally-reared lamb grazed on the meadows near Glynde, at the foot of the Downs. The Grade II Listed barn with high vaulted ceilings has been around since around the 1600s, with many of the barn's original features still intact. Situated right in the heart of the Downs in the beautiful Sussex countryside, part of the Glyndebourne Estate, Gote Barn is 5 minutes from the center of Lewes and 20 minutes drive from Brighton.

Facilities and Capacity

Perfect for a beautiful countryside wedding, the barn's rustic and original charm is the ideal background for the big day. The venue has a minimum requirement of 80 adult day guests, with a capacity for up to 180 seated guests for the day and up to 250 in the evening. With a lawn for drinks & canapes, surrounded by the most stunning views, the barn is perfect if you are looking for a venue to personalise and bring to life once again! Newlyweds will have exclusive hire and the chance to hold their wedding in a unique and charming venue none of their guests have been to before.

Services Offered

Venue Hire includes 6ft round tables and Chiavari chairs, brand new toilet building, wooden bar, raised stage, car parking facilities, outdoor drinks reception space, and fairy lights decoration.


As there are also in-house caterers, Circa, at the venue, couples will be able to design their own wedding breakfast with the assistance of critically acclaimed Executive Chef, Justin Gillam. From creative canapes to formal three-course wedding breakfasts to Hog Roasts, BBQ, or 'Family Style' sharing platters, during the day there are an impressive variety of potential dishes. Guests can then experience some of Circa's quirky evening food options such as The Circa Pizza Van, Bert & Ernie Street Food Karts, Bev the Gelato Bike, and the Brighton Burger Company Van.

Late Availability Offer for Weddings at Gote Barn in 2023...

As we still have some of the key Summer dates available for 2023 we’re running a special late availability offer for ALL weddings booked between now and 31st Dec 2022.

Book your wedding at Gote Barn for 2023 and enjoy a £500 discount on the venue hire PLUS complimentary Circa canapés for all your guests! A total saving of over £700!! *

To discuss dates and arrange a viewing with the Circa team please pop us an email to

* Subject to availability and minimum numbers. T&C apply.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Unusual weddings
Woodland and festival
Unique weddings

Dining options:

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

Evening entertainment:

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

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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Sara T. Sent on 14/08/2023
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Thank You!

Dear Circa,

We would like to say a massive thank you for everything that was done to make our wedding at Gote barn last Saturday the most amazing day of our lives!

Through planning, Marc and Sara were so wonderful at keeping us in the loop, helping us plan the different stages and answering questions promptly when they arose!

On the day (and the day before) we were supported by the amazing Event manager Katie. Nothing was too much for her, she assured us the day before that everything would be done for us and sure enough… we didn’t lift a finger all day! Some of our guests even had their dress sewn up after a dress disaster by one of the lovely staff who had sewing kits on them! Our guests were taken care of, individual needs catered for and all our guests comments on how amazing Gote barn was and his incredible the food and staff were! The Mediterranean feast went down an absolute treat…especially on the hot weather we had! Everyone asked how we had found this amazing place!

A big thank you to Will and Polly who own the barn. It was so wonderful having it as a place that didn’t feel like a corporate place or that we were the fifth people having a wedding there that week! We felt thought about!

There aren’t the words to say how much we loved having our wedding at Gote Barn with Circa.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this the best day of our lives.

Bridget and Tom :)
Amy Sent on 14/08/2023
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We couldn’t have picked a better caterer/venue manager in the team at Circa. We sing their praises to anyone who will listen. We got married in summer 2022, postponed from Summer 2020. Circa are an incredible team and I’d highly recommend them to anyone! They have a stunning selection of places they look after but special mention to Gote Barn, our glorious venue in the South Downs. We ended up being in contact with Circa for 2.5 years about our wedding due to the pandemic, and they had the utmost professionalism throughout. The way they handled the changes and the pandemic was exemplary. We had three date changes and a venue change! They were considerate, understanding and communicated superbly. All we could ask for in what was a difficult time for everyone. In the run up to our wedding day the entire team were helpful, always responding quickly and very patient with all our last minute requests. Sara and Liv were exceptional in helping us plan the day, and Ben and his team were brilliant on the day itself. They were just the best and made every moment relaxed, fun and flexible. They were always there - but never intrusive, just making everything went smoothly behind the scenes. We chose Circa because they are 'food led’. And the food didn’t disappoint. It was plentiful and divine. I am still thinking about the prawn taco canape and the BBQ food and salads. It was all stunning. And the gelato bike was very welcomed by all! We loved our wedding day and Circa played a massive role in making it the success it was.
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