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Last update: November 2023

Your Coastal Wedding Awaits

Weddings at The Gallivant are as individual as you are.

Every one hand curated to ensure you have the wedding of your dreams.

There's a glorious sandy beach on our doorstep and beautifully considered spaces inside and out to celebrate in.

​Your private beach house by the sea, exclusively yours for you and your guests.
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​Beautifully considered spaces for eating, drinking, dancing, sleeping and relaxing, set behind sand dunes fringed with sea grass and buckthorn that over look an extraordinary sandy beach.

Curated menus, individually designed with you, locally sourced and sustainable. Plates filled with joy and happiness.
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​On property wellness and beauty gurus for pampering and recovery, a Bamford mini spa and calming yoga studio.
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​One of the top ten independent luxury hotels in the UK, as voted by The Times, Telegraph, Conde Nast and countless others.

Licensed for civil partnerships and marriages, our intimate venue is perfect for wedding groups of 30-80 people.

Weddings at The Gallivant are for exclusive use only, with children of all ages welcome.

Features and Spaces

  • Unique coastal venue located in Camber, East Sussex
  • Exclusive use of the venue, including all 20 bedrooms
  • Drinks reception on the sand dunes or in our beautiful coastal garden
  • A 3-course, locally-sourced Wedding Feast served in our Summer House
  • Licensed to host indoor and outdoor civil wedding ceremonies

Awards and Accolades

  • Best Wedding Venue 2022 - Beautiful South Awards
  • Times 100 Top British Hotels - The Times
  • Top 25 Beaches Near London - CondĂ© Nast Traveller 2022
  • The Most Romantic Hotels in the UK - The Telegraph 2021
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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Small hotel
Coastal weddings
Unusual weddings
Outdoor license
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

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

Evening entertainment:

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

Venue leisure facilities:

Beautician

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Pet-friendly
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Hattie
Hattie P. Sent on 04/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely incredible

We LOVED getting married at The Gallivant - it is the most stunning venue and it was so special to be able to bring all of our guests there for a unique experience and to have them all stay at the venue with us. We went for a big hungover swim at the sea next day (with blankets, towels, flasks of tea and coffee - all provided by the Gallivant!), which was such a fun experience.

The team were incredible from start to finish and thought of every single detail that made our day even more special. Daisy was a fantastic wedding planner, who was always responsive and came up with some amazing ideas for how we can really make the most of the space at The Gallivant. The food was unreal (many of our guests commented it was the best food they'd ever eaten, let alone at a wedding!). On the day, Hamish and the team thought of everything, dealing with any issue that came up, catering to each of our guests and making sure that my husband and I were able to have many moments together just us - we didn't have to worry about a thing and could fully focus on enjoying every part of the day.

We could not recommend having your wedding at the Gallivant more. If you want a relaxed, chic and elegant wedding, where you can have all your guests in one place and bring them the best of local food, wine and a team that will do anything to make sure you have the best possible day.

Christopher
Christopher J. Sent on 11/07/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Magical, unique, memorable… the best day

We originally planned to get married in Spain in 2020, but the pandemic put paid to that, and it was by something of an accident we came across the Gallivant when searching for a UK venue. But as we write this two weeks on, we wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. The Gallivant was simply perfect. The venue is gorgeous, the service impeccable, the food and drink absolutely sensational, and the drinks reception on the Dunes in the sunshine, with the brilliant Ben on the piano, genuinely was the stuff of dreams. The run-up to the day wasn’t easy, with doubts over restrictions and numbers, but we can’t thanks Sarah and the rest of the staff for all of their understanding and flexibility. This is what the future has to be about - people working together and helping each other out to create happy memories. We can’t recommend The Gallivant highly enough.
Rebecca
Rebecca P. Sent on 23/05/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect venue for our laidback wedding

We had originally planned to marry at a different venue in the centre of Rye but unfortunately, three months before our wedding, there was a fire and the venue was forced to close.
We'd spent over a year planning the day and so the thought of having to do it all again, in such a short space of time, was pretty soul destroying. However, the team at The Gallivant were amazing at recreating our vision and went above and beyond to make sure all the little details we'd already planned could still be incorporated into the day.
We wanted a laidback, slightly less conventional wedding, with an intimate breakfast for family and then a big party with plenty of locally-sourced food and drink for everyone afterwards. A special mention to head chef Jamie, who as well as creating a stunning menu, also sourced and shucked local oysters, which is something not usually on the menu but we were keen to include for our guests in the afternoon.
They say things happen for a reason and, while the day wasn't the original we had planned, The Gallivant was the absolutely perfect venue for us and the day surpassed all our (and our guests') expectations.
Becky and Sam
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Jaime C. Sent on 17/06/2021
5 out of 5 rating

A perfect day at the Gallivant!

Having originally planned to get married in August 2020, due to government restrictions we tied the knot in October 2020 with 15 of our nearest and dearest. Even at the best of times, the build up to your wedding can become quite stressful(!) however the support we received from everyone at the Gallivant was overwhelming. Sarah was our main point of contact and was amazing from the planning stages through to the day itself, going above and beyond to make sure we and our guests were perfectly looked after.
Head chef Jamie put together the most incredible menu for the day and the quality of the food and drink served across our weekend really stood out and was a big highlight for us.
The venue styling feels so sophisticated yet relaxed and having the exclusive use of such a beautiful space and accommodation felt very special. There were little details at every turn that made the day so personal to us, like the Bloody Mary 'Recovery Station' at breakfast as an example!

Our day couldn't have been more perfect, thank you all so much for the efforts you went to for us, it's one we will always remember.
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Amanda Sent on 25/10/2011
5 out of 5 rating

The team and place were amazing

We stayed as we were attending a wedding at the hotel. The team were exceptional, especially Natalie front of house manager, professional and attentive. For us being dog lovers, we were even allowed to bring our well behaved dog! Great quality breakfast! Will stay again!
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Sam Sent on 25/10/2011
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful venue

Stayed for the weekend for Fri and Sat night for a friends wedding. At first sight of the hotel, it was a single story understated beach hotel, but from entering the reception area you meet friendly, customer focused staff and our room was comfortable but with lovely furnishings that makes it feel like it is your own room. The Food is amazing and the whole wedding was coordinated beautifully. Being a stones throw from the beach we took evening and morning walks and was even abe to take the Hotel dog "Camber" for beach walks too!! Will definitely stay again!
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Sarah Sent on 25/10/2011
5 out of 5 rating

We have just had such amazing praise....

Thank you so much for everything you did to make our wedding day so great…we have just had such amazing praise for what a great venue the Gallivant was and how beautiful everything looked. We loved it so much and will certainly be returning.
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Jo Sent on 25/10/2011
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you for the fabulous wedding reception

I am writing to express a belated thank you for the fabulous wedding reception on 25th/26th September. There were so many elements to bring together during the weekend we were very nervous about how it would all work out, but the whole weekend went very well thanks to you and your team. Paulo especially, came in for praise from our guests and he did so much to make it run smoothly with a great deal of good humour. We thought the food at the reception and on the beach was superb, and I did have a word with Chef on Sunday to say how good we thought it was. We had so many people say it was the best wedding they have ever been to, and saying how much they would like to return to Camber Sands. We certainly would and would like to know if you are open the last week in November as we are thinking of coming down for a few days midweek? Once again thank you for making a special occasion very special indeed.
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Adam Sent on 25/10/2011
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you so much for helping to give us such an a

Thank you so much for helping to give us such an awesome day. We absolutely loved it. It really was just what we wanted …we want to do it all again! A big thank you to everyone at the Gallivant who helped make the day so special – wonderful food and brilliant service.
K
Kelly Sent on 25/10/2011
5 out of 5 rating

We really had an AMAZING day....

I’ve got lots of thanks to send over to you and all of the Gallivant Team – we really had the most AMAZING day, it couldn’t have been more perfect. The setting and everything that you all did to make the day so fabulous was noticed by everyone especially me and Ross. The canapés & drinks were fantastic, the main meal was really absolutely beautiful and just everything really. Your team looked after us all so well, we really can’t thank you enough. We were so lucky, everyone has said to us that it was the best wedding they’ve ever been to which is quite a accolade and a lot of that is down to The Gallivant – you’re onto a winning formula! I think for me, one of the things that is really to your advantage is that in no way did I ever feel like it was a formulaic wedding process either before or on that day – that was really important to me because even though I know you do actually do weddings all the time and they can’t be that different, it really did feel as though i was just ours and that was lovely so THANK YOU!
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