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The Riding School, Calke Abbey is a countryside wedding venue located in the heart of Derbyshire, England. Set amidst 600 acres of picturesque parkland, the historic manor house that shares it's location in Ticknall dates back to the eighteenth century. From the moment they arrive, guests will be transported to a bygone era of glamour and elegance at Calke Abbey. The manicured gardens, fragrant flowers, and unique greenhouses are just some of the scenic highlights on the grounds of this estate. The Baroque exterior of the main house is the ideal backdrop for wedding photographs. Receptions are held at The Riding School, which has everything you need to plan a special celebration.

Facilities and Capacity

Civil ceremonies can be held within the Grade II listed Riding School or you can organise a church wedding in the on-site chapel. Ivy House Weddings presents The Riding School barn for upscale events for up to 240 people. This rural haven has been reimagined to a high-end finish while also retaining its original equine charm. This space features exposed red-brick walls, oak-wood beams, and elegant white drapes. Large windows allow natural light to seep in throughout the day. Whether you envisage a rustic and relaxed soirée or a sophisticated gala, this room can be curated to reflect your tastes. Taditional style seating and tables are provided, and the acoustics are perfect for live entertainment. Loved ones can enjoy a laid-back reception of canapés and bubbles or experience an evening of formal fine dining. This splendid destination is home to an authentic auricula theatre where you can stop by for portraits and group photos throughout your big day. When dinner is done and the cake has been cut, a night of dancing and partying awaits. This is a wheelchair-accessible venue and there is ample parking for your guests’ convenience.

Services Offered

An in-house team of coordinators oversees the smooth running of wedding events at Ivy House Weddings. They will collaborate with you to ascertain your vision, theme, and colour scheme. Expert chefs are on hand to create a wedding menu that reflects your wishes. From casual sharing platters to refined seated meals, they customise each course accordingly. You can connect with a member of the team today and begin planning your dream day.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Unusual weddings
Stately home
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Chapel or temple on-site
Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Alcohol licence
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

Other features:

Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Orangery on site
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Hannah G. Sent on 04/08/2023
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Couldn’t recommend enough

Wow what a duo! Emma and Rebecca were incredible from start to finish! We couldn’t have wished for better co-ordinators! They made us feel super relaxed right from our initial chat and that anything was possible when making decisions on our big day!
The day was absolutely faultless which was all credit to E&R! Even our guests commented on what genuinely lovely people they are! We’ll really miss wedding planning with them now it’s all done, but will take away such special memories thanks to them.
Jade J. Sent on 26/11/2021
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THE Best Wedding Coordinators

Emma & Rebecca were amazing throughout the booking process but were something else on the day!! Anything we needed they were there, from fetching us drinks, to gathering family, to fixing props! They made us feel very relaxed and allowed us to enjoy our day without any stress, anything we were worried about they sorted it out/calmed us down right away. Our wedding day would not have been what it was without these pair - they genuinely go through every emotion with you too!

PS the venue is also incredibly beautiful and the bareness of the riding school allows you to create the day of your dreams to suit you as a couple. Highly recommend.
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Ticknall DE73 7JF Ticknall (Derbyshire)
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