The Pumping House

(41 reviews) 41 5
Brake Lane Ollerton Newark Nottinghamshire NG22 9HQ
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About The Pumping House

Brake Lane, Ollerton, Newark
Nottinghamshire, NG22 9HQ

Winner of the Best Countryside Wedding Venue in the East Midlands 2019 - TWIA.

Highly Commended Countryside Wedding Venue in the East Midlands 2020 - TWIA. 

At The Pumping House we truly believe each wedding is unique. You will work together with our wonderful in-house catering team and dedicated Wedding Manager to ensure every aspect of your day is tailored to create a completely bespoke and magical experience.

The Pumping House is a beautiful Grade II listed Nottinghamshire wedding venue, featuring two licensed ceremony rooms, main hall for wedding breakfasts, accommodation and a large lawn for outdoor drinks receptions. Late licensed to 1am, our beautiful red brick building, still featuring the original and distinctive chimney, is located on a six-acre site in the heart of Sherwood Forest. The tranquil surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for weddings and offers ample opportunity for unique photography. The Pumping House is just a short drive from Sheffield, Nottingham, Lincoln and Mansfield.

The Ollerton Room has beautifully unique parquet flooring and is filled with natural light from the original paned windows, creating the perfect setting for wedding ceremonies against a backdrop of tranquil surroundings. The Ollerton Room is the main room licensed for civil ceremonies with seating for up to 100 guests. The Engine Hall is also licensed for civil ceremonies from 80 to 150 guests.

Guests can enjoy drinks and canapes following the ceremony in either, or both, The Conservatory Room and The Oak Room. These rooms are convenient and versatile spaces, beautifully themed and have an additional bar area. Both rooms can also be used as a more relaxing area in the evening for those guests who seek a quieter space.

The Engine Hall provides an impressive setting for the wedding breakfast. The unique tiling, stunning arch windows and high glass ceiling create an illuminating space that is perfect for weddings from 50 to 170 guests. The room can accommodate various layouts and can be used as a canvas for different theming and settings. As dusk falls, guests can dance the night away, celebrating this memorable day and bringing The Engine Hall to life!

Perfect for the younger guests, our cinema and games room is complete with a 60 inch plasma screen and a variety of children’s DVDs and games.


Using only the finest ingredients, using locally sourced products when possible, we aim to create delicious, rustic, home-made food. Our catering team understand the importance of every wedding breakfast and offer a menu where couples are free to pick and choose dishes from each suggested menu. Alternatively, we are always happy to discuss and design a bespoke wedding breakfast menu for the day.


Drawing inspiration from our storied past, The Pumping House unveils an oasis of beautifully thought-through luxury apartments. Nestled at the rear of our historic venue, these sumptuous, self-catering suites reinvigorate authentic Edwardian architecture with contemporary elegance – the perfect wedding accommodation for guests.

• Winner of the Best Countryside Wedding Venue in the East Midlands 2019 - TWIA. • Highly Commended Countryside Wedding Venue in the East Midlands 2020 - TWIA. • Perfect for weddings from 40 to 170 guests. • Licensed to hold both civil ceremonies and partnerships - exclusive venue hire. • Flexible catering options allowing you to create your own menu depending on style and budget. • 10 Self-catering apartments on-site including our stunning Bridal Suite with additional local accommodation just 5 minutes away.

Facilities at The Pumping House

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Exclusive Use
In the Country
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Outdoor Fireworks Permitted
Overnight Accommodation :
Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Overnight Accommodation for Guests
Other Features :
Confetti Permitted
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Pets Welcome
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Allows Private Catering
Alcohol Licence
Corkage Option
Capacity :
Less than 30 guests
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
150 to 250 guests
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator
Master of Ceremonies/ Toastmaster

The Pumping House Reviews (41)

What an amazing day!!!
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By Mr and Mrs Savill, on 08 Apr 2020Date of Wedding - 22 Feb 2020

Everything was perfect - you did a brilliant job and worked so hard on the day to bring everything together . It was better than we ever expected! The building looked stunning and everyone was saying that it was the best wedding food they had ever tasted! The band was cracking too !! Wowwww!!! Thank you so much for organising it all!! Very best wishes from Mr. and Mrs Savill x

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By Mr and Mrs Denton, on 31 Mar 2020Date of Wedding - 10 Jan 2020

The Pumping House is such an amazing venue and was perfect for our wedding in January. We fell in love with the place as soon as we saw it and right from the beginning Lian and the staff were amazing!! They helped us plan and prepare the day and picked up on lots of little details that we may not have thought about. The character of the building is amazing and the internal decoration is stunning, especially the quirky themed rooms that are on the upper floor which give plenty of room for creative fun. All our guests commented on how beautiful, yet different the venue was, and how well thought out the day was....a lot of which we owe big thanks to Lian and the staff for! The planning of the day was made stress-free, and the attentiveness on the day was great, it really helped settle both our nerves and allow us to enjoy the day. We couldn't recommend the Pumping House enough and would like to say a huge thankyou for making our day so perfect! BEST....DAY....EVER!!

The venue is beautiful, food was brilliant!
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By Mr and Mrs Ellwood, on 31 Mar 2020Date of Wedding - 21 Dec 2019

Thankyou so much to Ellie and all the team at The Pumping House for making our wedding run so smoothly and making the organisation so easy when we were planning a wedding from afar. The venue is beautiful, food was brilliant, and staff couldn't have been more helpful!

We had the best day
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By Colin and Sarah, on 08 Apr 2020Date of Wedding - 01 Nov 2019

We just wanted to say the biggest thankyou for making Friday so amazing. We had the best day and can't thank you and your team enough for making our day truly unforgettable. Everyone has said how amazing the venue, food and staff were. We all had the best day.

Everything was pristine and just how we imagined!
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By Christy Laking, on 27 Nov 2019Date of Wedding - 11 Oct 2019

Ellie was our events manager at the pumping house for our wedding. We couldn’t of asked for anyone else to be in charge of our special day. We didn’t have the best guests for the staff to deal with but they were all amazing! Everything was pristine and just how we imagined it, if not better! And the food was to die for! There was nothing that wasn’t too much trouble for them. Thank you so much for making our day so perfect.

The Pumping House is the most magical of venues
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By Natasha Johansson, on 31 Mar 2020Date of Wedding - 21 Sep 2019

The Pumping House is the most magical of venues - words cannot express how grateful I am that we were able to spend our wedding here. We were looking for somewhere Edwardian architecturally, with a quirky interior for our indie / vintage inspired wedding, and wow did we strike gold! What I love most about the building is the little breakout rooms with their curious objects and antiques - full of character. It's like Alice in Wonderland! We adored the tiles and decor - the team have styled it superbly. Also it was so useful having Save the Date Event Stylists downstairs to help us make the place look extra special! Our guests were really blown away - so many of them saying it was the best venue they'd ever been to. It's worth saying too that Ellie and Jo were the most INCREDIBLE, attentive hosts and made me and my husband-to-be feel instantly at home. They made every step of the process a piece of cake - so much so that I had to make sure to get a selfie with Ellie on the big day! I was super anxious in the days before the wedding, and she was an invaluable help in making sure the day ran smoothly. She even let us bring our own street food caterers and turn the Engine Room into a street food market! It was incredible! All in all, I can't recommend The Pumping House highly enough. The only thing is - I want to keep it as my own little secret!! But if you love all things alternative, you will fall in love with this place just like we did. This place is a hidden gem and worth every single penny, and every accolade it gets.

I am so happy that we found The Pumping House
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By Peri Elliot White, on 27 Nov 2019Date of Wedding - 29 Aug 2019

Lian, thank you so much for all of your help throughout planning this wedding. The day could not have been this perfect if it wasn't for your help along the way. I am so happy that we found The Pumping House and as a result of that we found you. You made this whole thing so easy for us and we could not have found a better venue or team to host our day. You guys were everything Matt and I could have hoped for and more for our wedding. .

We would highly recommend to any future couples.
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By Mr and Mrs Hopper, on 28 Aug 2019Date of Wedding - 23 Aug 2019

Thank you so much for everything, you and the staff at the pumping house we’re all fantastic from start to finish. The day couldn’t have been more perfect and the best way for us to continue our story. We would highly recommend to any future couples looking to tie the knot. It was a blast and so grateful to you for being a huge part of that. Thanks again and bundles of love from Mr and Mrs Hopper xx

I seriously recommend this venue, it blew us away
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By Mrs Icke, on 02 Sep 2019Date of Wedding - 01 Aug 2019

I cannot thank Jo or the rest of her team at The Pumping House enough. Before the big day, there was reassurance and information given through quick emails/phonecalls and the meetings we had with Jo, she could not do enough for us, including offering some helpful recommendations to help our day run smoothly that we had not thought of. On the day, the staff that worked alongside Jo were faultless. They were friendly, and worked their socks off, going above and beyond to ensure my partner and I had the best day. I seriously recommend this venue - it blew us and our family/friends away and we loved every part of our day here. If only we could do it again...??? Thank you Jo and The Pumping House xx

We absolutely loved the venue for its uniqueness
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By Naomi Bairstow, on 06 Aug 2019Date of Wedding - 15 Jun 2019

My husband and I got married at The Pumping House in June and we couldn't have asked for a more perfect day - and experience in the build up to the big day! Jo looked after us from our first visit, she was so lovely and really helpful with our planning. On the day the Pumping House team made sure everything ran smoothly, and we had so so many lovely comments from guests on how fab the venue was, how good the food was and how friendly the staff were. We absolutely loved the venue for it's uniqueness, and the fact it is perfect whatever the weather; our wedding day was a mix of rain and shine, and so guests were able to enjoy the outside space as well as all the beautiful rooms inside. We cannot recommend this venue enough - thank you so much Jo and all the team for helping us to have the most special wedding day! Love Mr and Mrs Bairstow xxx

They went the extra mile!
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By Becky Churchus, on 27 Nov 2019Date of Wedding - 08 Jun 2019

Hugo and I could not be more grateful for everything that Lian and the team did for us for our wedding day. We received expert advice and service from the moment I enquired to see the venue. The whole planning process was supported, helping us to make decisions when I just had not clue. Then on the day we wanted for nothing and in addition to the big important things (making sure everything went smoothly and happened on time, which it did!), they went the extra mile... such as finding us a few extra sparklers so we could get some extra photos in (we ran out), to safety pinning my dress, getting a few extra chips made for one of our guests, to making sure there was always a bottle of Prosecco behind the bar for me. You all worked so hard and we received so many compliments about how amazing you were. We're so thankful!

I just want to go and do it all again!!
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By Aimi Oatley, on 07 Jun 2019Date of Wedding - 11 May 2019

We got married at The Pumping House on 11th May and I honestly cannot think of the words to do it justice - we just absolutely loved it. It’s such a beautiful building and we loved how there were so many different rooms to be used. Lian was amazing with the planning - answering all of our questions without delay and just being generally lovely. Nothing was too much trouble. She was equally as amazing on the day. She kept us calm and made sure everything ran super smoothly - we felt in very safe hands The food was delicious and all of the staff were polite and professional. I just want to go and do it all again!!

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