The Flying Fish Barn

The Flying Fish, Ilminster (Somerset) TA19 9NX Map · Telephone · Website
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About The Flying Fish Barn

Surrounded by fields and beautiful countryside, yet within striking distance of Taunton, The Flying Fish Barn is your perfect rustic barn wedding venue.

The Barn is licensed for wedding ceremonies and can accommodate up to 100 for your seated wedding breakfast and up to 200 people for your wedding reception.  Furnished with farmhouse style long wooden tables and beautiful chiavari limewashed chairs, under a canopy of twinkling fairy lights and bunting, it really is an enchanting setting for your special day. With its own bar, full PA system, mood lighting and rest rooms, everything really is under one roof. Outside the barn, is a spacious garden area overlooking fields, providing the perfect backdrop for your all-important wedding photographs. 

Weather permitting, it is also possible to have your ceremony in our gazebo in the garden outside the barn.

Your hosts, husband and wife team Buddy and Kate, together with Wedding Co-ordinator, Nikki, are experienced wedding organisers who will guide you through the sometimes daunting but exciting process of planning your perfect wedding. 

Our delicious in-house catering options include sumptuous hot and cold buffets, plated meals, Caribbean cuisine, hog roasts and BBQs. Alternatively, you may bring your own caterer, subject to the necessary Health and Safety documentation, insurance and caterers fee.

We work with a host of local suppliers from room decorators, photographers and florists to bands, DJs and hairdressers.  

Also on site, The Flying Fish Stables provides 6 double and 2 twin well-appointed, spacious, en-suite rooms (2 of which are fully accessible) providing accommodation for you and your guests.  As if it wasnt perfect enough we  have the added bonus of a charming newly refurbished country inn, The Flying Fish Pub on the property, with a wonderful conservatory and garden overlooking the most glorious country views and serving delicious home-cooked food and a range of local ales and ciders.

We would be very pleased to show you around and discuss your wedding plans so don’t delay, call us today and start converting your dream to reality.

Please visit our website www.theflyingfishweddingbarn.co.uk to view and download our brochure.  

2020 dates available

  • • Traditional barn venue with all mod cons with countryside views, easily accessed from A303 and M5
  • • Licenced for civil wedding ceremonies
  • • Accommodates up to 200 people
  • • Variety of in-house catering options and dry hire
  • • Charming country inn on site
  • • Eight en-suite hotel rooms in stable block and additional accommodation nearby
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6 Reviews for The Flying Fish Barn

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5.0 out of 5.0
  • Quality of the Service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value for Money 5.0
  • Response time 5.0
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    Laura and Chris Hawker · Married on 04/05/2019

    5.0
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    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value for Money:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Our wedding day was magical

    buddy and Kate, and the team at the flying fish did an amazing job of making our special day the most amazing day we could have wished for, from the 1sr viewing to the day after the big day. The Food was fantastic, and was complimented on by all our guests. The Stable Rooms were spacious and comfortable.

    Would Recommend this venue to any bride and groom to be..

    Thank you buddy and Kate

    Laura and Chris xx

    Sent on 17/06/2019
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    Helen and Naomi Duke · Married on 13/10/2018

    5.0
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      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
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    • Value for Money:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
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    Great venue, lovely staff

    We were able 2 spend a few days in the lead up to the day setting up the ceremony and prepping for the turn around for the reception which the staff did amazingly!! The venue looked brilliant!! We had terrible weather so used the lovely refurbished pub and it's conservatory for our welcome drinks which my mum also decorated with our themed flowers which really made it feel part of the wedding.
    Buddy ensured the ceremony went perfectly. We didn't realise a young lady who was introduced in the morning of the wedding was actually the person who would be ensuring the whole experience would be running smoothly so on a personal note I would have liked to have met her before to explain my needs as a few things like our home made photo booth and props were left under the tables and not put out,(as guessing the message wasn't passed on), we also didn't really have enough food for our evening buffet even though less evening guests then we put in for, however it didn't overly effect the day - it still was just lovely.
    The rooms on site were just fab - huge beds and very clean and the breakfast in the morning was faultless! The staff during the day and night especially Mimi and the lady who took a friend back to Taunton in the evening (as missed the bus), and then did our breakfast in the morning were just amazing. Mimi really made us feel special - a lovely lady. The other lady (sorry i didn't get her name) was just fab and went the extra mile. It wouldn't have been the same without them - a real credit to the owners.
    A great venue with staff that really care xx

    Sent on 05/02/2019

    The Flying Fish Barn's reply:

    Dear Helen

    I am pleased you all had a great time here at the Flying Fish and thank you very much the photos which we have added to our Facebook page. Regarding the two issues you had on the day, the first one was totally my fault. I gave Michaela a written brief as I always do prior to the weddings and that was the one thing that was excluded so I accept full responsibility. I understand once the staff realised they weren't out they all rallied immediately and had them all on the table in record time. Regarding the evening food of bacon baps, Michaela did bring it to my attention and it all honestly the chef should have made more as there was plenty of bacon and boxes of baps on site. This has never happened before and it pleases to me say the particular chef in questions is no longer with us and since then for all the other weddings have never happened again. Thank you very much and we hope to see you and the family up again soon.
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    Douglas and Nicola Bennett · Married on 04/08/2018

    5.0
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    Amazing wedding

    What an amazing day! Couldn’t of asked for a better venue.
    The staff were great and everything was perfect.
    Food was amazing and tasted great, all our guests made lovely comments on the food.
    Accommodation was so comfy.
    I would highly recommend this venue if you are thinking of getting married.

    Sent on 31/08/2018

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The Flying Fish Barn FAQ

  • Venue Type:
    Exclusive Use
    In the Country
    Small Hotel
    Pub or Restaurant
    Unusual Weddings
    Civil Ceremony Licence
    Barn
    Outdoor License
  • Dining Options:
    Seated Meal Facilities
    Corkage Option
    Allows Private Catering
    Alcohol Licence
    Buffet Meal Facilities
    In House Catering
  • Evening Entertainment:
    Marquee Available
    Dance Floor
    Entertainment Licence
    Live Band Facilities
    Evening Reception Facilities
    DJ Facilities
    Outdoor Fireworks Permitted
  • Overnight Accommodation:
    Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
    Overnight Accommodation for Guests
  • Venue Staff Assistance:
    Wedding Coordinator
  • Other Features:
    Disabled Facilities
    Car Parking
    Confetti Permitted
    Changing Room for Guests
    Pets Welcome

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