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The Normans

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The Normans is a lovely North Yorkshire wedding venue situated just outside the village of Bilbrough, only a 20-minute drive from York and 35 minutes from Leeds city centre. This 18th-century farm venue is the epitome of ‘country cool.’ Husband-wife team Oliver and Laura Robinson tied the knot at The Normans in 2014. Their wedding was such a wonderful and joyous event that it inspired them to transform part of the farm into a stylish, all-weather event space that perfectly combines rustic farm features and state-of-the-art lighting and design.

Facilities and Capacity

At The Normans, everything centres around the magnificent south-facing Courtyard, which features beautifully manicured lawns, Buxus hedges, a slick central water element, modern integrated seating, and twinkling fairy lights. You and your party can then make your way to the fully licensed Ceremony Barn, where you will find a high-vaulted ceiling supported by handsome wooden trusses, exposed-brick walls, and a cascading curtain of fairy lights. After the ceremony, you can take some time to sit, chat, and relax in the quirky Cow Stalls or enjoy a quick drink in the Tack Room Bar before adjourning to the Grain Shed to dine and dance the night away. The chic Normans Cottage, situated just a few steps from the wedding venue, is the perfect bolthole for you and your new spouse to relax and enjoy your first night as a married couple. South View by The Normans, located in the nearby village of Askham Richard, is part of The Normans’ property portfolio and affords excellent overnight accommodation for your guests.

Services Offered

Oliver and Laura know that there are so many factors to consider when planning your big day, and they want to help you out by keeping things as simple as possible. They don’t charge per person because it doesn’t matter to them whether you invite 60 or 140 guests. Instead, they offer one exclusive use package that includes personal and professional planning support and day-of coordination services, tables and chairs, ambient lighting across the venue, an optional pop-up bar, a dance floor, indoor heating, and washroom facilities. Oliver and Laura invite you to get in touch, and they look forward to welcoming you to The Normans.

Frequently Asked Questions

Venue Type:

Exclusive Use
In the Country
Historic
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

Overnight Accommodation:

Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple

Other Features:

Car Parking
Confetti Permitted
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    Lauren H. Married on 25/06/2022
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    Breathtaking venue

    I found The Normans on Instagram a few weeks after I got engaged and fell in love even on the screen, when we went to view the venue I couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else!

    From the word go, Sharon and Oliver were so accommodating and nothing was too much trouble for them. They answered any questions we had quickly and let us come to visit the venue whenever we wanted even if was just for a quick 10-15 minute brainstorm.

    Sharon and her husband Dave made setting up so easy, and they just made you feel so welcome and made life setting up a wedding with an 8 month old so much easier. Whenever you see them it’s like you’re part of the family rather than someone that’s there just for your wedding day.

    On the day, Sharon was absolutely fantastic, we had a couple of incidents that were out of our control and she made sure none of this effected us and dealt with them so well which she didn’t need to do. Everything ran so smoothly and there was nothing we had to question during the day and Sharon was there whenever we needed her.

    The biggest appeal to us about The Normans was that everything was built around the beautiful courtyard and there was different areas for the guests to go. All the guests commented about how beautiful the venue was and how well the day went.

    We stayed in the Bridal Cottage and the new guest accommodation for two nights and they were absolutely perfect, and the Bridal Cottage has the best space for everyone to get ready.

    Even on the Sunday, everything was packed back into boxes for us just to load into the car.

    If you love fairy lights, being able to dance on the bar to your heart’s content and the best staff for your wedding day then The Normans is for you.
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    Kay Married on 09/06/2022
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    Professional, friendly team and a breathtaking venue

    Oliver, Laura and the team could not do enough for the whole wedding party and their experience meant that everything went smoothly, and we could relax and completely enjoy the most amazing day. All the staff were very pleasant, polite and efficient and totally focused on making the day special. The facilities are top notch, and the converted farm buildings have been sympathetically renovated to give a rustic feel with the wow factor! The Hog and Apple caterers provided the food and drinks throughout the day from start to finish and the service and quality were excellent.
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    Catherine L. Married on 09/06/2022
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    Catherine Kay

    I don’t even know how to put into words with how brilliant this venue is and how outstanding Oliver was at my wedding yesterday. It was absolutely amazing, and I couldn’t thank them enough for what they have done. So a massive thank you to Oliver, all the staff, and hog and apple! Thank you!!
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    Sara C. Married on 05/02/2022
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    An amazing venue!

    From the moment I found The Norman’s on Instagram I loved it and couldn’t wait to see it in person! As soon as we visited, we knew it was our venue. The ceremony barn itself is amazing! The lights at the end of the isle are just WOW! And all the candles just gave it such a warm and romantic feel. The cow shed and tack room bar are the perfect place for reception drinks if it’s a cold day like it was for us. The evening room with all the fairy lights was just magical and is such a lovely contrast to the ceremony barn.
    We cannot thank Oliver, Sharon and all the team at the Normans enough for all their help. They went above and beyond. Having rearranged our wedding three times due to COVID they were extremely accommodating every step of the way, putting us at ease, giving us all the advice and guidance we needed. The communication was easy and all our questions were answered quickly.

    On the day Sharon was amazing! She helped us every step of the way and was there to assist with my wedding dress on a few occasions!

    Our guests all commented on what a fantastic venue The Norman’s is, saying how it was nothing like they imagined and it excelled their expectations. We did even hear ‘it’s the best venue we’ve been to and we’ve been to lots of weddings’ from a few guests!! Many guests expected the ceremony barn to be set up for our wedding reception so got a pleasant surprise when they were ushered into the grain shed.

    We had the most amazing time and wish we could do the day all over again. We cannot thank everyone at the Norman’s enough. We highly recommend the venue and hope to be back as a guest at a wedding one day!

    Thank you all again!!
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    Suzy N. Married on 22/12/2021
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    Perfect Christmas wedding venue

    The Normans is a beautiful wedding venue in North Yorkshire. It was the perfect setting for our Christmas wedding!

    The venue is very well set up with a separate room for the ceremony, space for reception drinks and then a large room for the wedding breakfast and evening do. With all the fairy lights and rustic elements it hardly needs any additional decorations, although we enjoyed adding some festive touches.

    Sharon and Oliver were so helpful both before and on the day of the wedding. Moving our wedding date several times due to covid was quite stressful at times, but they could not have been more flexible and accommodating. This made a big difference.

    Would not hesitate to recommend at all!
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    Matthew W. Married on 27/11/2021
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    A wonderful wedding venue

    From the first moment we set eyes on The Normans we knew it was the only place in the world we wanted to celebrate our wedding.
    Oliver and his team are a delight to deal with with any queries and issues solved with minimum fuss and maximum satisfaction.
    For anyone looking for a beautiful rustic venue and a pain free wedding day and build up look no further!
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    Zoe G. Married on 13/11/2021
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    Best venue and team!

    From the very first venue Google the Normans was top of our list and our viewing did not disappoint- Oliver was so friendly and helpful and took the time to talk us through everything and answer any questions. The venue is stunning and our guests certainly agreed on the day! The Normans also recommended other suppliers and were constantly responsive and patient with all of our questions as we planned our day. Sharon and Dave were also on hand for set up and the day itself and Sharon even helped carry my dress across a courtyard during an unexpected blizzard!

    Everything was faultless and we couldn't be more grateful to the team, or recommend the lovely Normans more highly!
    Zoe and Jon
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    Natalie G. Married on 06/11/2021
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    The best day of our entire lives!!

    I really do recommend the Normans but I don’t want to because I want it to be our special place!! I don’t know where to start with this review because the Normans exceeded our expectations in every way possible.

    I first found the Normans on Instagram and was immediately wowed by the backdrop of their fairy light curtain in the ceremony barn. On the weekend we wanted to get married there just so happened to be a COVID related cancellation so it felt like fate!

    From our first contact we were met with the friendly, down to earth team who couldn’t do enough to help us create our perfect day.
    They were always reachable by email/text/phone and allowed us visit the venue multiple times on the run up to the wedding.

    The venue is stunning. Considering it’s fashioned from old buildings from a working farm you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s a purpose built wedding venue. Different parts of your wedding day happen in different buildings, so there feels like there is a real flow to the day to change the vibe and to keep guests interested.
    The ceremony barn is almost cathedral like, with its vaulted ceilings, stunning fairy light backdrop at the ‘altar’ and lined with candles- it’s really romantic. The tack room bar is cosy, almost feels like a small pub, and lends itself perfectly for winter weddings with a fire. Then the cow sheds (yes cows used to live in here) is again really cosy and quirky and our guests loved sitting in here. Oliver clearly has a thing for lighting because there are gorgeous corners of delicate subdued intimate lighting everywhere which makes the whole venue feel really romantic. The venue has old farming equipment dotted around (I’m not even gonna bother guessing what they are but picture old machinery!). the venue basically has a real raw authenticity and is very ‘industrial chic’ which is really en vogue at the moment. Finally the huge doors were flung open to reveal the grain shed where the wedding breakfast and reception happen, which is a fabulous, modern room- more twinkling lights everywhere, an amazing bar and lit up dance floor. Our guests were not expecting this reveal and it wowed everyone.
    There’s a gorgeous outside courtyard with a fountain which lends itself perfectly to summer but I feel the buildings come into their own in the winter- so cosy. Basically any time of year- you’re covered. We had some rain on our wedding day and the staff somehow moved our party indoors without us noticing or feeling herded!

    The day before the wedding we had the venue to ourselves to set up and I spent most of the day with the wonderful Sharon and her husband Dave, who immediately felt like long lost friends. They could not have been more helpful, and again- everyone is so down to earth and friendly.

    On the day of the wedding, our cake supplier didn’t turn up but I was none the wiser as Sharon, Dave and Oliver were busy finding me a cake replacement and didn’t want to stress me out- I preferred what they found to my original cake!!!
    These are the extra steps they will go to to make sure their brides and grooms have a seamless day. Sharon was the one that got me ready to walk down the aisle/fluffed my dress/ sorted my veil- I felt so comfortable with her and she really helped ease my nerves.

    They use the Hog and Apple catering company which supplied the most delicious food and the drinks were flowing all evening.

    The venue as an aside- it is the people of the Normans that give it the love and soul that makes it so successful. They could not have done enough, and did it all with enthusiasm and a giant smile on their faces. I know they do weddings week in week out but it felt like they really enjoyed ours which felt so lovely.

    Oliver, Sharon, Dave- thank you for the most wonderful experience.

    If you want a unique, fabulous venue with the greatest team of people behind it- look no further.
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    Sarah K. Married on 30/10/2021
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    The most amazing day!

    I genuinely do not have enough good words to say about our experience with The Normans. From looking around the venue a few years ago, to re-arranging our date for the fourth time, Oliver, Sharon and the whole team were unbelievable throughout - what a genuinely nice group of people who will literally do anything to make your day just as you have dreamt it. The venue itself is absolutely beautiful and cannot be beaten (believe me I looked round many!). As soon as we laid our eyes on the ceremony barn, we just knew that it was the perfect place for our special day and so many of our guests said it was the best wedding venue they have ever been to. I would not hesitate to recommend them!
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    Katie P. Married on 09/10/2021
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    Stunning, family-run venue

    The first time I came to look around The Normans, I was so blown away by the ceremony barn that I welled up and instantly knew I’d never be able to see us getting married anywhere else. The venue is so stunning but not only that, the team are so kind and down to earth and will do anything they can to make the day extra special for you. We had continuity of communication with the fabulous Sharon from the first day of looking around to overseeing a wedding day by which point it felt like she was one of the family!
    We absolutely can’t recommend this magical venue highly enough.
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    Juliet S. Married on 07/10/2021
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    Stunning Venue - Magical day!

    The most gorgeous wedding venue ever! The ceremony barn felt intimate and romantic with their high ceilings and twinkling lights as we said our vows. The venue's show-stoppper area is the gorgeous and atmospheric grain shed - dining, drinking and dancing all under one roof ensures the dance floor is full from start to finish - a must for anyone looking to celebrate (and party) with their guests. We couldn't fault the service provided by the Normans. Their approach is so personal for every wedding and they went above and beyond for our special day - and didn't stop smiling, the entire time. Sharon was also an amazing help for the pre-aisle build up with the bridal party and immediately felt like one of the family. Oliver was on hand for any questions during the planning, booking and and build up, and we are so grateful for his guidance and enthusiasm from start to finish. The Hog and Apple - wow , incredible food, flawless service, just delicious.
    The Normans service doesn't stop on your wedding day. They were on hand to help take decorations down before we were even awake! Our items were neatly lined up for collection the next day - a seamless service whilst you're on cloud 9 of happiness. No stress here!
    Thank you to The Normans for making our wedding day the best day of our lives!
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    Emma W. Married on 30/09/2021
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    The best wedding venue we could have asked for

    From the moment we walked in to The Normans, we knew we had to get married there. It completely surpassed our already high expectations from photos on the website!
    Oliver & the whole team are absolutely exceptional and go out of their way to make sure everything is perfect on your big day.
    Nothing is too much trouble for them. We felt completely relaxed and reassured that the day would go ahead as we had hoped. When we had to reschedule our date due to the pandemic, they really had our best interests at heart and made the whole thing as easy as possible for us.
    We weren't blessed with the best weather for our wedding day in the end however the venue itself is so beautiful inside and they have so many different areas that it really didn't matter.
    The little touches on the day made such a difference, such as providing umbrellas for the wedding party & guests, and helping to calm the nerves at the top of the aisle. You really felt like they were a part of the wedding rather than working it!
    So many of our guests commented that it was the most stunning venue they've been to. I can't recommend The Normans enough!
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    Nicole F. Married on 23/09/2021
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    Dream wedding

    The most amazing breathtaking wedding venue! From the second I set foot in the ceremony room I knew this was my dream wedding venue! The rustic detail and millions of fairy lights make the venue so special and beautiful without adding anything else! Throughout the uncertain times of covid the team at the Normans were there to help and guide and reassure at the drop of a hat! As the wedding day drew nearer I started to get nervous at how the day would run but I didn’t need to worry Sharon and Oliver made sure everything was absolutely perfect! Nothing was too much trouble, no question too silly, no ask too big! Our wedding day was everything we dreamed of and more and every single guest commented on how beautiful it was! We cannot thank them all enough from the bottom of our hearts!
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    Nicole C. Married on 21/09/2021
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    Amazing venue

    This venue was always going to be my first choice. When I first saw it in person, it blew me away! Oliver, one of the owners has just been amazing since day one! Even through Covid, he was supportive and reassuring! The isle lighting especially, just beautiful! We had the best day ever.
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    Nima Married on 18/09/2021
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    A truly special venue!

    The Normans were slightly more expensive than other venues, but trust us when we say it's money well spent! Oliver and Laura (and the team) really do look after EVERYTHING for you, so much so you don't need to spend any time before or during the wedding worrying about any minor detail. They were welcoming and helpful to our guests, kept family at ease, and worked with our suppliers cohesively to ensure everything ran smoothly. The comms were always speedy, informative and very relaxed (in a good and unique way!). The venue is stunning, well maintained and in some ways prettier than the pictures! It has everything you need for the whole day!

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