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Last update: March 2024

Located in Stadhampton, Oxfordshire, The Crazy Bear is a wedding and event venue. This memorable setting in Oxfordshire features striking décor that helps it leave a lasting impression. Combined with the high standards of service and cuisine, this is an ideal backdrop for wedding celebrations.

Facilities and Capacity

The original Crazy Bear is full of character and inimitable charm. The Oxfordshire venue has almost 30 years of experience of hosting fantastic weddings, offering civil ceremonies and receptions for 300 guests. Celebrations are held in an exclusive area of the hotel, allowing you and your guests to enjoy a private party. The space also opens up onto a secluded terrace, copse, and woodland gardens.

Services Offered

To help with your wedding plans and preparations, your own personal wedding coordinator will be on hand to help create your perfect day. Every detail of your wedding, from the ceremony to the reception, can be tailored to suit you, your individual requirements, and your ideas.

For your wedding breakfast, the venue offers a range of award-winning Thai and English cuisine. The chefs also offer private tastings to help create your ideal, bespoke menu.

The staff are able to provide an additional range of services at The Crazy Bear. Activities and Thai massages, may be incorporated into your unique event. Live bands, burlesque, DJs, can also be arranged for your evening entertainment.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Small hotel
Pub or restaurant
Unusual weddings
Historic
Marquees and tents
Woodland and festival
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

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Changing room for wedding guests
Pet-friendly
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100% Recommended by couples
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Calum P. Sent on 04/03/2023
4.8 out of 5 rating

Totally un-stressful

The Crazy Bear is a special place. If you go there expecting to be pampered and treated like you’re royalty, you will likely be disappointed and you should stick to the Randolph. If you go there with an open mind for a totally different hotel experience, you’re far more likely to enjoy it.

We held our wedding reception there (having stayed at the Beaconsfield hotel previously), and I can honestly say, that it resoundingly rose to the challenge of the occasion. The hotel staff are thoroughly capable of hosting big occasions, as shown by the regular raucous parties they throw for events like Halloween etc. From the beginning of the planning stage, right through to the execution of the event, they had it totally under control, offering advice and suggestions on how to make the night more memorable. They worked seamlessly with vendors my wife and I chose for the flowers/cake etc. They really are exceptional professionals.

Although the food was mass catered by the kitchen staff, for the wedding party (120 people), you would never have guessed it. Countless guests approached me over the evening and the following days informing me that the food (the lamb in particular) was one of the best meals they’ve ever eaten. I shared that opinion. Really blew me away that mass catered food like that could compete for flavour with some of the best London restaurants.

The rooms are, of course, eccentric. If you’re even remotely considering staying at the Crazy Bear then you’ve likely seen the pictures. All the reviews I’ve read talking about how the rooms are dark or over the top, with low ceilings etc, I really don’t understand. The Crazy Bear isn’t trying to be a sweet ordinary hotel. If you’re looking for a Holiday Inn style room, stay in the Holiday Inn. If you’re looking for a room dripping with individuality, that you absolutely, for definite, will find nowhere else, then the Crazy Bear might be for you.

I cannot thank the staff there enough for making the best day of my life continue into solidly one of the best evenings of my life. I am absolutely elated that I took the risk in celebrating my wedding night at the Crazy Bear and not some run of the mill, off the shelf converted barn that was the runner-up option.
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Bella A. Sent on 09/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Service as good as the surroundings

Rob is a very smooth operator - we could not have wished for someone better to run the show. He and the team were everywhere they were needed, had handled any issue before you knew it and delivered on our personal requests and customisations like they'd done them a thousand times before. We appreciated the enthusiasm and friendliness, which was the same at the end as 12 hours earlier when we arrived. Likewise the painstaking preparations, which set the tone for a magical afternoon.
Everyone loved all the food, to which I would add that the house wines were also excellent. Beers were standard pub price with a good choice of taps, as well as a nice range of cocktails for those who do.
We loved our room and were only sad not to stay longer. Thanks for keeping hold of our gifts and wedding things overnight - it couldn't have been easier.
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Emma Sent on 12/03/2020
5 out of 5 rating

We had the best day ever!!

What can we say about the wedding day apart from WOW! We had the best day ever! Thank you Guy, Con and Flori and all of the other staff involved working that day. Everyone was so brilliant and the day went just perfectly. We had so many comments from our guests about the venue, the food and how slick the running of the day was. Thank you for all of the planning and meetings leading up to the day and on the day itself. It has been an amazing start to married life. Thank you again (and again and again!)
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David Sent on 12/03/2020
5 out of 5 rating

An Absolutely Fantastic Day

We had an absolutely fantastic day with our wedding at the Crazy Bear. Nothing was too much effort for the staff. Flori & Con were warm and friendly to ourselves and our guests. From set up to the actual event, we were treated fantastically and the organisation behind the scenes was exemplary. Once again a huge thank you from both myself and Anne Marie
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Michelle Sent on 21/11/2019
5 out of 5 rating

The Most Perfect Venue

Guy we cannot thank you enough for how smoothly Friday went. We had an incredible day in the most perfect venue. Thanks also to Con and the rest of the front of house team. All of the staff were polite and nothing was a problem to sort out. As Crazy Bear members we will hopefully be back soon to catch up with you all and one of your event nights
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Lauren Sent on 21/11/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Thank You!

Just wanted to leave a review to say thank you for our fantastic wedding day. It was everything we wanted and more. The staff were exceptional! We will certainly highly recommend your services to anyone. I think some of our guests have already been in touch for a wedding brochure! Thanks you once again Crazy Bear
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Sharon Sent on 16/11/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Our day was utterly special & perfect

A massive thank you to Guy for making our day so special and perfect! We have been overwhelmed by it all and everyone has commented on how wonderful the food, decor and surroundings were and how superb, welcoming, friendly and helpful the staff were. We knew this already but to have our guests say it too is testament to the great gig you have going on there. We really cannot thank you enough and will never forget it! A day to remember for sure!
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Christian Sent on 28/08/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Thank You!

We just wanted to leave a review for Guy and the team to say thank you so much for everything that you did for our wedding on Sunday. The day was much more than either of us expected and all of the staff were superb all day. We thought the venue looked amazing (we knew it would!) and obviously the beautiful weather was the icing on the cake! The English and Thai BBQ with the half lobsters was a real hit and it was just so relaxed and non formal which was exactly what we wanted. Thanks also Guy for the little touches that you did throughout the day. Thanks again and we will be back soon for one of your Christmas parties
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Katie Sent on 08/08/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Our wedding far exceeded all our expectations!

My husband and I (eek!) have just had our wedding at the Crazy Bear and I cannot thank them enough for everything they have done. We honestly had the most fantastic day without any issues at all! I want to say a massive thank you to Guy for organising everything from start to finish and a big thank you to all of the waiting staff involved. They were truly fantastic dancing along with us all and were so friendly and helpful. You all do a wonderful job there and you certainly know how to throw a party!
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Nicole Sent on 05/06/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Wow Everything Was Perfect

We have just had our wedding at the Crazy Bear Stadhampton and wow everything was perfect! Thank you Guy and to all at the Crazy Bear for making it that way. Your staff were amazing, service was first class and the guests loved the food!
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Nicola Sent on 08/11/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Venue, service, food & staff were faultless

Thank you Crazy Bear for the most fabulous wedding on the 28th July 2018. The venue, service, food and staff was faultless and both Oli and I had the most incredible day with you at the Crazy Bear celebrating our wedding with all our friends and family. Guy you have been very accommodating and patient with me, so thanks again for letting us use this awesome venue. Nic & Oli x
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Sarah Sent on 08/06/2018
5 out of 5 rating

We found the organisation & service impeccable

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Guy and the team present on our special day. We found the organisation and service impeccable. All of the staff were so attentive to mine and Justin's needs throughout the day. We are both so happy to of picked The Crazy Bear for our wedding venue, all our guests commented on how wonderful a venue it is. Thank you again for the exceptional service and for helping us make many happy memories. I'm sure we'll visit The Crazy Bear again very soon!
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Kirsty Sent on 08/06/2018
5 out of 5 rating

My guests were literally blown away!

Where do I even start!! My husband and I got married at the Crazy Bear in May 2018 it was just perfect form start to finish. The minute I set eyes on this venue I knew it was the one for me... it’s just magical. The decor is out of this world. My guests were literally blown away! Guy, the events manager could not of been more helpful! Planning my wedding was never once stressful, it was was actually a pleasure. Guy had everything under control through out the whole of the planning and was always at the other end of an email if I ever had a worry, concern or question. On the actual day I honestly don’t think I could say one negative thing. The staff were all amazing. Danny made sure the day ran smooth, nothing was ever a problem. Everything was taken care of and it was literally perfect. Thank you so much to everyone at the Crazy Bear! Everyone on reception and all the staff in the bar and restaurants. You were all absolutely amazing. And a massive thank you to Guy and Danny. I could never put into words how grateful I am for giving us the day of our dreams!!
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Claire Sent on 04/01/2018
5 out of 5 rating

We honestly cannot thank you enough

We had our wedding at the Crazy Bear Stadhampton on the 29th December 2017. We honestly cannot thank Guy and the events team enough as from start to finish they did everything possible to make our day special and as amazing as it was. We have absolutely nothing to complain about and that is so amazing as we've been to lots of weddings and picked up on things going wrong. THANK YOU Crazy Bear. You delivered way beyond our expectations giving us a day we will never forget! We look forward to coming and staying with you soon
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Amy Sent on 03/01/2018
5 out of 5 rating

You and your team were amazing

We just wanted to thank the Crazy Bear Team for helping to make our special day so perfect. Guy and his team were amazing - we couldn't have asked for anything more. Simply perfect
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Bear Lane OX44 7UR Stadhampton (Oxfordshire)
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