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On since 2022

Last update: January 2024

Located in Newark, Nottinghamshire, Rufford Abbey is a beautiful country park and wedding venue for all seasons. The 12th-century ruins, woodlands, formal gardens, and the lake offer tremendous photography opportunities. Within the park lies Rufford Mill, once a corn mill for the estate. Couples can get lost in the beauty of this venue, enjoying the abundance of history and romance in every corner.

Facilities and Capacity

Rufford Abbey boasts several event spaces for lavish wedding events. The Talbot Suite is a beautiful canvas for ceremonies, situated on the first floor of the mill with ample space for up to 80 guests for dinner. Once the tables are put away, the room can host 100 guests. The Markham Suite is an additional function room on the ground floor that offers an adjacent area for the wedding event. Couples and guests can retreat to this suite for further celebrations, hosting up to 100 guests. Rufford Abbey holds a civil ceremony licence, meaning you can spend the whole day in one magnificent place. Everything here is designed to enhance relaxation and ensure that the happy newlyweds have a special day they will never forget.

Services Offered

Rufford Abbey offers three all-inclusive wedding packages. The Pearl package is perfect for 50 day guests and 100 evening guests and is available midweek in the Talbot Suite. Chiavari chairs, linens, complimentary glasses of bubbles, three-course wedding breakfast and drinks reception services are included. The Ruby and Diamond packages provide equal services with additional amenities and bar options, such as an in-house DJ, extra day guests, and waitress-served canapes. The bar services can include a glass of wine or bottle of beer after the ceremony, half a bottle of wine per guest at the wedding breakfast, and a sparkling wine toast.


Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

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

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Evening reception facilities

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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Reviews for Rufford Mill, Rufford Country Park

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Danielle P. Sent on 16/08/2023
4.8 out of 5 rating

Our dream wedding day

We had our perfect wedding day at Rufford Mill thanks to Séana and the team.

Everything was perfect and Séana went above and beyond when we realised the day before we had forgotten an important item for our ceremony. The staff were fabulous, and put us at ease during the planning of our day… and we had two ceremonies so it took a lot of planning and was something completely unknown to them.

Honestly the most perfect venue, 100% recommend to anyone looking to book their wedding.

It makes it even nicer that in years to come we will be visiting Rufford Mill, and hopefully bringing our children here to show them where we got married.
Sally A. Sent on 11/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

amazing day

Rufford mill was a beautiful venue for our wedding. the wedding team was really helpful from start to finish and too the pressure off from us. All our guests loved the venue. my husband and i had an amazing day from start to finish. I definitely recommend the venue for a wedding.
Mrs S. Sent on 26/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful venue for a wedding

The venue just sells itself. Friendly staff,good food. Our wedding was amazing.
Jodie B. Sent on 14/12/2022
5 out of 5 rating

The Most Perfect Day

Our wedding day was everything and more...

We fell in love with this venue the minute we walked onto the grounds. Amazing photo opportunities! There are people around outside the venue as it is a public place. However, no one disturbed or caused any trouble. Everyone was very respectful and it was quite nice to have people watching you arrive and congratulating you.

We dealt with wedding planner Carmel. She was so helpful and all our needs and requests were catered for. We had a different wedding breakfast layout to the normal circle tables. This was no trouble and she went above and beyond to make sure my vision came to life. All the staff on the day were so amazing and our wedding ran so smoothly. Very decent size venue. We had 72 day guests and roughly 130 reception guests. There was plenty of room and space for dancing! We went for the honour package which included everything we needed. The food was beautiful and and they had a huge variety of drinks at the bar.

Everyone commented how nice the venue was and I can't fault it in any way. Highly recommended. Can't thank Carmel and the team enough for all their hard work and dedication to making our day so perfect. xx
Hannah J. Sent on 04/10/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Rufford gave us our dream Wedding day!

We had the most amazing Wedding day back in April at Rufford Mill.
All the staff were fabulous!
From the food to the organisation everything was thought of.
I did not have to worry throughout the day, the staff had it all in hand.
We had suprise waiters and the staff went along with it sooo well! Nothing was to much trouble and I would 100% encourage anyone to get married at Rufford.
Jenny A. Sent on 04/10/2022
5 out of 5 rating

The most magical day

We had a wonderful wedding at Rufford Mill. Nothing was too much trouble and all our requests were catered for.
The team that ran the day were introduced to us and checked in regularly throughout our day.
The wedding was everything we hoped for and more, there was no worry, no stress and above all everything ran smoothly.
Thank you to all at Rufford Mill for a truly magical wedding.
Phoebe W. Sent on 04/10/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Our dream wedding from start to finish!

From booking our wedding 4 1/2 years prior to the day (thank you Covid and university), my husband and I could not have wished for an easier experience with the team at Rufford Mill.

Although the menu options had changed (understandably due to our long engagement), we were initially worried, but we needn't have been: the team were so accommodating of our wishes and were extremely flexible with our multiple dietary requirements and late updates. They were fabulous at accommodating for the children and teeny tiny guests, too!

The day itself ran so smoothly. Everyone who was part of the day, from the ladies running the whole thing to the bar and kitchen staff, were so friendly and warm. We were very clear that we wanted quite a relaxed day and they managed this beautifully.

I would recommend this venue to anyone. I am so grateful that we had our ceremony and reception here as I wouldn't have wanted it anywhere else!
Nenah D. Sent on 04/10/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Best day ever

We won our venue hire through Bespoke .. they ladies at Rufford made it so easy for us to make the plans we wanted and was so patient with all my calls and emails.
They were fab on the day and so welcoming! Made me feel at ease when I was so nervous and the food was delicious.

Thank you! X
Megan B. Sent on 28/06/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect wedding venue

Our perfect wedding venue. We got married at Rufford in June 2022. The whole day was perfect. The rooms looked amazing throughout the day with a quick and easy turn around. The service and food was absolutely fantastic. We had a lot of compliments regarding the food and staff and we agree it was perfect/delicious!

The staff went above and beyond to make the day so special and thanks to them we both felt at ease throughout the day and everything ran smoothly, we wouldn't have changed anything.

The venue was even more amazing set up and full of people. Highly recommend Rufford Mill as a venue. Beautiful venue and the staff are reliable and organised.
Nenah Sent on 04/05/2022
5 out of 5 rating

23rd April 2022

Amazing venue with fantastic staff! We are so lucky to have been able to have our wedding day here! Due to covid we had to change our date numerous times and it was never too much trouble!
Such a beautiful venue with amazing views! Thank you so much for everything ❤️ N&A xx
Charlotte M. Sent on 28/04/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing! Made our wedding day perfect!

We initially chose rufford for our wedding venue as they have great packages to choose from which made it all so easy! Seana and Carmel are so nice and helpful and they were so responsive to every question I had (and I had a lot of questions!) honestly they made the whole day run so smoothly and I can’t thank them enough! On top of all that rufford is just a beautiful venue with a lake and the abbey for photo opportunities!
Lorrain B. Sent on 25/03/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Just fantastic

Well where do l start! The venue is stunning and Carmel and Seana were always on hand with a smile and nothing is too much trouble. They made the whole process run smoothly, l cannot reccomend this place and people enough. It was such a wonderful day ☺️
Mrs S. Sent on 23/01/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely fantastic experience start to finish

The team at Rufford mill are able to see your vision. We had such a fantastic wedding and the venue looked amazing. At every turn the wedding planner (Carmel) was there to support us. Even the day before our wedding on Carmel's day off, she was there to keep me calm and support us with how we wanted the venue to look. As a bride, I would not hesitate on recommending Rufford Mill and their team. All our guests had an amazing day and compliments to the chef for a beautiful 3 course wedding breakfast. We can honestly say that the whole experience planning our wedding was brilliant. We felt listened to and valued the whole way through. Choosing Rufford Mill for our wedding is a decision we will never regret. Go and take a look for yourselves and let the romance of the venue and beautiful surroundings capture you. It is so worth it.
Elesha L. Sent on 30/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Where do I start?!

Our wedding day was an absolute dream from the first point of contact right up until the actual day itself. Séana is one of the nicest, most friendly and lovely people we have ever had the pleasure of meeting and dealing with. We feel that Séana was not only our wedding co-ordinator but we have also made a friend, I will actually really miss speaking with her from week to week. The staff at The Mill were amazing, all very polite and make sure everyone is happy at every step of the day. The food was outstanding and almost every guest has told us that too, the food choices we made were perfect and everything came out bang on time. Our guests have all said that they had an amazing day which means so much to us but The Rufford Mill, the staff and Séana all played a massive part in that. I could not recommend The Rufford Mill enough, we are so so glad we chose to get married there. Such a wonderful place that we can continue to return to as the years roll by. Thank you a million times and more.
Chelsey W. Sent on 16/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing venue!

From start to finish, Rufford Mill’s team were nothing but extraordinary! Nothing was too big of an ask and their professionalism meant our day ran smoothly with a real relaxed vibe.
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