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On since 2022

Last update: November 2023

Thursford's Garden Pavilion is a unique wedding venue that allows your day to be a true reflection of your relationship. Our venue can accommodate celebrations of all styles and sizes, meaning you can plan everything from a rustic barn ceremony, an escape in our secret garden or even a wedding set to the backdrop of a 200-year-old gondola. We are fully licensed, and as you can have exclusive use of our venue, your wedding will have all the peace and privacy you could wish for.

Facilities and Capacity

We have four ceremony spaces available; our rustic barn and secret garden can hold up to 130 guests, whilst our museum and lawn can hold up to 200. There is also our local church, St Andrew's, which is a confetti throwaway.

Following your ceremony, you and your guests can awaken your inner child, riding on our vintage carousel and gondola whilst also enjoying drinks, canapes and taking some once-in-a-lifetime photographs.

Our Garden Pavilion, a glass framed marquee, can hold up to 200 guests and is a blank canvas that you and your partner can dress in any way you wish so that your wedding showcases you two as a couple. We also have a hidden dance floor which will only be revealed to your guests when you are ready to take your first dance as a married couple. The pavilion is situated in landscaped gardens featuring immaculate lawns and flowering borders, ideal for adding a touch of rustic charm. There is plenty of outdoor space so your guests can relax and enjoy the stunning panoramic views.

Worried about where you will stay? Our Holly Lodge accommodation is a 3-minute walk from our main site. Here 14 members of your wedding party can stay, relax, rent bikes and enjoy a champagne breakfast on the morning of your wedding. For the rest of your guests, we are within 15 minutes of Blakeney and Wells-next-the-Sea, stunning coastal towns with lots of hotel space.

Services Offered

Our team here at the Garden Pavilion will be on hand to support you in not only the lead-up to the wedding but the running of your day as well. We understand that often it’s the little things that make your wedding so unique to you. Whether it's afternoon tea for all your guests or taking a ride on Thursford's famous carousels and gondola, we can support you in sourcing quality caterers, florists and even fireworks.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Unusual weddings
Marquees and tents
Outdoor license
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities

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:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Horse baraat permitted
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Reviews for The Garden Pavilion at Thursford

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Bethany L. Sent on 06/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating


“We had our wedding party here at Thursford Garden Pavilion. It was truly fantastic in every way we could of hoped for to spend time with friends and loved ones as a married couple.
The venue was perfect for having a celebration with the people we couldn’t get to our special day.
Everyone loved the atmosphere that the venue created for us with the rides. We have had so many compliments from our evening and would highly recommend for weddings or a celebration party.

A massive thank you to Charlie, Melissa and Emma for making our evening so special.”
Andrew B. Sent on 29/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful Experience from Start to Finish

We would like to start by saying a special thank you to Charlie, Emma, Mel, and their team who were absolutely fantastic with helping us to prepare the venue and who also went above and beyond on the day itself to make sure ensure that everything went as planned and that we and the guests had a wonderful time. It was a grand spectacular from start to finish. A day no one will ever forgot. Even a month later our big day is still the day-to-day topic with everyone. We were all treated like royalty, and it felt so special even though we know we are one wedding of many in your busy season.

On our wedding day we never expected you all to be running the show as you did. It was incredible how little we needed to worry about (if anything). From getting ready at Holly Lodge where our photographer got a surprise breakfast, to Mel getting Kath from there and walking her over to the gardens and setting everything up just as it was communicated (and even better). We were truly impressed by the work ethic and the team spirit. So much that the day after our wedding we wished we could do it all again at Thursford.

Thank you so much for making our dreams come true!
Gemma C. Sent on 30/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

We had the most magical day. Melissa at Thursford was wonderful, so helpful and kind.

Our wedding day was out of this world. We felt so special and so loved! I truly felt like a princess. Melissa at Thursford was amazing from beginning to the end. The whole day went so smoothly and it was just perfect.
Jaye Sent on 29/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Jaye Robinson-Friend

My new husband and I got married at this venue on the 6th May just gone

The venue couldn't have been more perfect, the day went so special. I'd like to recommend this venue. Also had it not been for our wedding coordinators and the band manager we would have lost my husbands mum from very low sugar levels. I was also very nervous on day, the girls were so patient and made sure both of us were extremely catered for. I can not thank them enough
Becca G. Sent on 09/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A Spectacular Venue!

We got Married at Thursford on 29th April 2023. We chose Thursford because of how versatile the venue is and how each part of the venue has a different and unique feel.

There is so much inside space to make use of but we had the benefit of choosing the warmest day in April so the outside space was just a bonus for us and our guests. It was so beautiful to see all the outside lights at the venue. We had so many guests say to us that the venue was simply amazing and one of the best weddings they had ever been to. One guest said "You don't go to many weddings where there is a carousel, we won't be forgetting this day in a hurry!".

The whole team were fantastic during the whole planning process and the run up to the day. Beth was our coordinator for the actual day. Her and the rest of the team made the day feel as relaxed and as smooth as possible. Nothing was too much trouble and we can't thank them enough for everything they did to make our day the best it could be (which it was!).
Neil K. Sent on 03/10/2023
4.6 out of 5 rating

Memorable Day

Our wedding at Thursford was a fantastic experience. The team were adaptable to all our wants, needs and requirements and made sure our day was just as we imagined it. Melissa and Emma were on hand to gently and professionally guide us through our day so we could just relax and focus on our guests and enjoy it without worrying about anything else.
Kai Sent on 30/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect! A magical wedding day.

From the beginning stages of planning to leaving (after having an amazing stay at Holly Lodge ) the day after the wedding everything was perfect. The staff are friendly , calm and efficient, and we couldn’t have asked for more from them. The venue is beautiful and so unique.

The venue is outstanding and just magical a“one-of-a-kind venue”, as many guests said.

It has a great mix of different areas for you to get married , have drinks and then have your wedding breakfast. The venue boasts lots of character both inside and out.

We chose to have use of the ice-cream parlour, carousel and gondola which made it even more special, especially as we’ve attended , (and will continue to attend) the amazing Thursford Christmas spectacular!

That’s another lovely thing about this venue… you can come back and visit!

We could also have Barney (our dog) involved in the day too!

The venue is beautiful by day and night, by day there are the lovely gardens and by night it’s lit up with fairy lights to add that special touch.

Melissa and all the team were superb! We couldn’t recommend Thursford (and Holly Lodge) enough.
Tom Sent on 07/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

What an AMAZING day!!!

THANK YOU THURSFORD SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT... Emma and Melissa you are both absolutely amazing!! We had the most perfect day from start to finish...your venue is STUNNING. We’ve had so many compliments on your venue and your team.
Crystal L. Sent on 23/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Thursford Garden Pavilion

We got married on 8th April 2023, Easter bank holiday weekend. It was the most magical and special day ever.

Thursford Garden Pavilion is a place like no other. We fell in love with the venue when we first saw it, from the secret garden, to the museum with the carousel rides and the old fashioned steam engines, to the evening in the Pavilion with all the indoor and outdoor lights. There is nothing that this venue can't do. It ticks so many boxes.

It was so different from the same old wedding venue that everyone has been to. Our guests cannot stop talking about it. They compared it to Disneyland.
Melissa and her team are incredible. They are so well organised. They made our day run so smoothly without a hitch. They double check with all suppliers before the big day. Went out of their way to walk us back to the Holly lodge after the big day ended to insure everyone’s safety.
Kelly C. Sent on 29/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Couldn't have had a better day ❤️

We got married at Thursford in February 2023 and it was the best decision we made! Melissa, Beth and the rest of the wedding team were amazing to say the least. They helped with everything from answering all my nit-picky questions to calming me down on the morning of the big day.

The venue itself is beyond stunning. As we got married in February, we were lucky enough to have lots of pictures with all of the fairy lights they have at The Garden Pavilion which were beautiful. Not to mention that all of our guests enjoyed themselves thoroughly as we hired the rides to keep them entertained while we had our couple shots. Please feel free to look at the pictures because my words don't do it any justice.

Everything leading up to and on the big day ran as smoothly as could be. I honestly cannot recommend Thursford and the wedding team enough ❤️
Ryan B. Sent on 05/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating


There is way too much to even mention. From the offset Mel was amazing with the initial viewing and planning explaining all the options available to us and all the little things we didn't even think of. The venue is spectacular!!! We got married in February and the night was drawing in at the time of our wedding, this meant that all the lights that decorate the venue were on and the place was simply magical, my partner loves Xmas so this was the perfect place to have our special day. We got married in the barn which was spacious and yet cosy and beautifully decorated. There were provision s for everything we wanted and the staff were amazing ensuring every part of the journey was flawless. Mel and Emma make you feel like your the most important people in the world, they feel more like friends and will do almost anything to ensure that what ever you can imagine gets done. We booked the rides in the museum for all of our guests and we were also able to have our photographer use the whole area for any pictures he could imagine. We had planning meetings so the photographer and caterers could see the venue and plan their magic before the event.
The pavilion is gorgeous and your able to decorate it to your taste or let the venue work their magic. The whole experience was amazing and all of my guests commented Ted on how wonderful the team was and how magical the venue was with many saying its the best wedding they have been to. All of this quality and we spent way less than we imagined we would.

I can't stress enough how amazing Mel and Emma are, the day wouldn't be what it was without them, thursford are lucky to have them and should hold on to them with both hands.
Martha D. Sent on 21/08/2022
5 out of 5 rating


Absolutely incredible place, everyone was blown away by our beautiful venue, Melissa was absolutely incredible from start to finish, even after our wedding got postponed she kept in contact and was just the other end of the phone when ever I needed her.
We stayed at hold lodge, the place was so clean and tidy and was the icing on the cake having our closest family with us all weekend.
Thursford will always have a massive place in our heart. We wish we could do it all again.
Nikita Sent on 12/10/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Wow, what a venue!

We have only positives to say about our incredible wedding venue... Everything about the wedding day was incredible from start to finish. Charlie and his team are amazing and we are truly so proud that we could have had our wedding at this venue. Everything was cleared up and nothing was too much trouble. We are so so grateful for all of the support and guidance from the team! We were treated so well, even when I was frantically emailing a few weeks before the big day. Every single guest said what a beautiful venue it is and how they wish they’d all knew about it when they got married. We will 100% boast about our day forever at this incredible place.
Rebecca Sent on 28/09/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Fantastic Fun

Thursford is a breathtaking venue for a wedding, we were absolutely delighted with everything. Charlie is very attentive and organised and made us feel relaxed from the initial meeting, the outside lights in the evening are just amazing and very romantic, we had many guests comment on this and they walked around the garden because it was just so beautiful, more than I actually expected it to be.
The fairground was also amazing and so enjoyable, our guests certainly enjoyed themselves, definitely a fun addition to have and well worth it.
A massive thank you to Charlie and his team for everything.
Rachel Sent on 25/10/2017
5 out of 5 rating

So much more than we could have hoped for!

'Our wedding at Thursford was so much more than we could have hoped for. All of the staff were amazing right from our first viewing, nothing was too much trouble, everything went smoothly and we didn't have to worry about a thing. Everything we wanted was taken care of.. We hadn't seen the garden all lit up at night before so it was magical for us to see too as well as our guests. Lots of our guests said it was the best wedding they had been to! We can't thank you enough for such a perfect day!'
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