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On since 2023

Last update: April 2024

Nestled in the North Cumbrian countryside in the beautiful city of Carlisle, Skitby is a breathtaking wedding venue. Situated near the Scottish borders and M74 motorway, this location is easily accessible for guests travelling to the event. You’ll delight in this award-winning barn, with its traditional style and decadent interiors. An ideal country getaway, this venue lends its beautiful rural landscape as the backdrop to your dream wedding. Defined by fields of green and vibrant foliage, this location produces an ideal setting for a celebration you and your loved ones will never forget.

Facilities and Capacity

At Skitby, the traditional timbering and cool sandstone tones blend with modern functions and amenities to make the perfect space. For your milestone event, you will have exclusive access to the barn and all it has to offer. With a licence to hold civil ceremonies, this space is primed for your big day. Defined by an open, roaring fire and classic grand piano, the Ceremony Room is perfect for you and up to 100 guests to celebrate in style. The exposed beaming and stone walls in the Main Suite create a gorgeous, rustic feel that is ideal for your festivities. This room can accommodate up to 96 people, suitable for intimate affairs or grand events. If you desire a wedding in the great outdoors, their spacious grounds have ample room for a marquee.

Services Offered

The team at Skitby make working closely with you and your partner a top priority. Catering to your needs is vital to them, and because of this they offer bespoke planning experiences. Their flexible menu outlook allows the catering team to tailor the feast to your liking. At Skitby, you and your partner can bring your dream wedding to life with ease.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Asian wedding
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

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
Outdoor fireworks permitted

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple

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 Skitby

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Nikki W. Sent on 31/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Wiseman Wedding June 2023

We had the BEST wedding!! Skitby was perfect for us, we wanted a small intimate wedding and it was perfect. Katherine catered to all our needs and nothing was a problem for her. We had exactly what we wanted down to the decoration to the food. Everything was perfect. We opted for a BBQ and requested additional food and it was exactly what we wanted. Everything ran to schedule, It was a perfect day!!! Thankyou Skitby!! ❤️
Nicky H. Sent on 28/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Hedley Wedding

Skitby is the most beautiful venue and Katherine is absolutely amazing at what she does! Nothing was ever to much trouble, answering questions, always helping to bring our ideas to life and adding special touches too.
Katherine made the day and the running up to the wedding stress free she is an absolute god send! The food is stunning and they have so many options to choose from.
Cannot recommend this venue enough!
Tara A. Sent on 28/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing venue, nothing was too much trouble leading up to the wedding or on the day of the wedding…the food was beautiful and the setting was perfect.

We had a beautiful day that was in main due to the support from skitby in ensuring all went to plan. Nothing was too much trouble leading up to the wedding or on the day itself, we had a beautiful and perfect day with perfect meal and beautiful setting. We woo on ups absolutely recommend Skitby as a wedding venue!!
Natalie M. Sent on 24/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The most beautiful venue

Absolutely could not Fault Skitby, amazing venue and nothing was too much trouble.
Catherine was so professional and came up with some amazing ideas and would happily see us to answer any questions.
The food was absolutely amazing and they catered for all our requirements
Georgie Sent on 13/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The best day of our lives

Before the day, Katherine was exceptional answering any and all queries about food, guests and decorating. She was an excellent sounding board. The venue, was great value for money. We were on a relatively low to middling budget, but we were able to combine Skitby's great food and venue, and provide some of our own additions keeping costs low. There was also plenty of room for out 90 day quests. On the day, everything went smoothly, Katherine and her team were always on hand for anything and everything. We couldn't recommend Skitby enough!
Amy H. Sent on 28/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely phenomenal

Katherine and the team at Skitby were absolutely amazing from start to finish. Nothing was every too much trouble and they managed to make us feel like we were the only people to ever get married there. I would recommend Skitby to anyone and everyone. I could never thank them enough for everything
Portia I. Sent on 02/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Our dream wedding

Skitby is the perfect barn inspired wedding venue. The team are excellent and made our day perfect. Katherine is an unbelievable asset to the team and takes all your ideas and dreams and makes them a reality. Nothing was ever too much for Katherine and everything to the last detail was perfect.
Jane L. Sent on 30/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The perfect venue!

The venue - not too big or too small to entertain our 96 guests. Everyone of our guests commented how beautiful the venue was. The service was exceptional! Nothing was a problem for Katherine and her team and everyone of them helped to make the day flow. We went for a buffet rather then the traditional wedding breakfast for more of a informal vibe and the food was delicious!

For a beautiful venue, quality, value for money and a guaranteed magical day book skitby.

I honestly can't thank Katherine and her team enough. Everything was perfect from start to finish.
Jade S. Sent on 15/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The perfect wedding day

As it says in the title, perfect. Nothing was too much trouble for Katherine and the team at Skitby, they made the whole day stress free. The food was amazing, super cosy atmosphere and they cater to what it is you want on your special day. There’s so much freedom to customise the day to make it suit you. If you’re looking for a stress free and beautiful wedding day, then Skitby will deliver this. We couldn’t recommend them more!
Emma C. Sent on 25/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

What an amazing place!

From organising the wedding to the wedding day the team at Skitby were superb. They couldn't do enough to help you, nothing was too small for them.
They made sure the wedding day run so smoothly and done everything in there power to make your wedding day special.
Have never had a bad meal at Skitby, they make sure everyone is full all day.
Can’t recommend Skitby enough!
Abbie S. Sent on 25/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Bull wedding

Katherine and the team really couldn't do enough for us, they went above and beyond for us, not just on the day of the wedding but also leading up to it. If we had any questions, Katherine was very quick to help. Katherine is just an absolute credit to her self and to skitby, she really can't do enough for you, she just loves what she does and enjoys helping couples have the most perfect unforgettable day. She made the place look fantastic with our decorations ( not that skitby needs it, as it just such a beautiful venue). And did I mention the food, it is out of this world. We had the most perfect special day and night and can't thank the team enough, especially Katherine, the serive is just outstanding
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