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On since 2022

Last update: March 2024

The Crow's Nest at The Waterfront is an idyllic wedding venue situated at Barton Marina. A waterside gem nestled in one of Staffordshire's most-visited destinations, it has a timeless quality that soon-to-be newlyweds are bound to appreciate. Home to indoor and outdoor event spaces, this romantic getaway is suitable for those who wish to enjoy every stage of their nuptials in one place. Romance, wonderful views, and unforgettable memories await you at this one-of-a-kind venue.

Facilities and Capacity

You and up to 200 of your friends and relatives can come together to celebrate at The Waterfront. The Crow's Nest is the property's showpiece, a rustic-meets-refined space suitable for ceremonies and receptions. With a balcony that overlooks the picturesque marina, this ornate facility is a fine place for wining and dining. Other inside event spaces include the stylish Main Lounge and the snug Pizza Lounge. If you would like to mix and mingle with your loved ones outside, you are welcome to make use of the Marina Terrace. Here, you can socialise with people while sipping on cocktails or savouring snacks. It features timber decking, glass-topped tables, and comfy stools.

Services Offered

The team at The Waterfront understands how to create a truly distinctive wedding. They will help you to craft a package that suits your specific needs. Available services include exclusive use of the Crow's Nest Suite, a three-course wedding breakfast, an in-house DJ, and more. Event items like Chiavari chairs, tables, a sweet card, and a silver cake stand can be provided.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Pub or restaurant
Unusual weddings
Asian wedding
Woodland and festival
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
Outdoor fireworks permitted

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:


Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Elephant baraat permitted
Horse baraat permitted
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Reviews for The Waterfront

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34 reviews
100% recommend it
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Lisa M. Sent on 30/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Mark & Lisa’s Wedding September 2023

What an amazing day we had at the Crows Nest celebrating our Wedding!
From the planning through to the day, Shelley was amazing planning it all with me. Always there for any questions I had and made the whole experience stress free.
The whole day went so smoothly and everyone had an amazing day, so did we!
Highly recommended.
Thank you so much Shelley and everyone who worked on the day to make it a day we will never forget xx
Jim O. Sent on 10/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Made our day even better.

Our wedding couldn’t have gone any better. The team at the Crows nest were fantastic, they took away so much of the stress. The service, the food, everything was spot on.

I would highly recommend this venue to anyone looking for something a little different.
Denise G. Sent on 03/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Our wedding

From first contact until the very end the whole team were amazing.
The Waterfront had been out ' date night' pub many times so held a special place in our hearts.
Our day was so effortless , so much so I wanted to repeat it. Our guests all commented on how amazing the venue is , with the marina, pools and parkland and how spectacular the room looked. The food was amazing, again many compliments from the guests.
I would recommend the Crows Nest to anyone. It's a very special place. ❤️
Joanna Sent on 15/10/2023
4.6 out of 5 rating

Perfect wedding venue

Our wedding day was amazing, the staff was spot on, the only good thing was to go and check the table setting before the guests arrived as I had to make some changes a specially at the top table as the setting was completely different than i arranged apart from that all went well
Hayley B. Sent on 23/01/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding party

Me and my husband got married here in October 2021 and we can honestly say that thanks to the team it was the best day of our lives. The team was absolutely fantastic and very professional. Big shout out to bronwyn who we dealt with from the start. Her customer service is second to none and she made the whole experience one we will never forget!
Jordan H. Sent on 01/12/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding Mr and Mrs cooper

From the very start myself and Browynn had alot of contact towards our wedding date. She was the gounder for me as she kept me postive that I would be able to have the day I wanted. We had an amazing wedding day. We were able to do everything we wanted and she supported us thought out the build up and also throughout our day. Just want to say a huge thank you Browynn and her team for making our day very special. It was definitely a dinsey beauty and the beast day 😍
Carly R. Sent on 01/12/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing and so helpful

Everything from start to finish was amazing. Bronwyn and her team were brilliant from start to finish. They couldn't do enough for us. The day went without a hitch the food was beautiful the venue was beautiful. The fairytale day every girl dreams of. All of our family and friends couldn't praise everything enough. Thankyou for making our day so special.
Mike S. Sent on 02/11/2023
4.8 out of 5 rating

An excellent team

At the time my wife was pescetarian, Bronwyn was happy to modify the fish dish (cod with chorizo parmentier potatoes) to cater to her.
They will always do their best. And their in house DJ GC events was an excellent MC
James C. Sent on 02/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Mr and Mrs Carr

We had a smaller wedding around 35 people and we were made to feel welcome. Comfortable and every step felt simplistic with amazing assistance all along the way. The venue gave an air of calm and relaxation. Something me and my wife really wanted for the big day
Rae T. Sent on 09/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

I cannot find words to say how amazing this venue is

My now husband and I had the most incredible day thanks to all the wonderful staff at the crows nest. Nothing was too much bother. We had zero stress about anything before our day or on our day. The attentiveness and care was above and beyond. Stunning venue to get married at. All of our guests commented on how beautiful the scenery was and how perfect the venue was laid out. Everyone loved the food, everything flowed perfectly. If you’re looking to get married, we cannot recommend this place enough.
Natalie C. Sent on 09/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A perfect day!

The perfect venue for our special day. Everything was tailored to what we wanted and Shelley was at the end of the phone from when we first viewed the venue to our wedding day. We found it affordable compared to other venues and loved the balcony with views over the marina. We would highly recommend this venue!
Bryony T. Sent on 01/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Incredible day

Shelley and the team pulled out all the stops to make our wedding day incredibly special.

All of our guests absolutely loved the Crow's Nest (and Barton Marina!) and we had compliments galore about the food, the service and the fairy lights.

The attention to detail was staggering, and we would recommend Shelley and the Crow's Nest without hesitation.

We had the most wonderful day, thank you!
Adam B. Sent on 18/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you for the perfect day!

Our dream wedding! We can’t thank the venue and the staff enough. The location was beautiful and we loved how our photos turned out. You did everything we asked for and more thank you so much!
Anthony N. Sent on 13/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Just Perfect x

From start to finish, Shelley and the team where one step ahead, and made us feel relaxed in the process.

Our guests commented on the beautiful venue and how amazing the food was. The day flowed and was flawless!

Thank you all on such an unforgettable day😊
Emma W. Sent on 05/12/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Our Wedding

The service provided was faultless. We had the best day ever, it was everything we dreamt of and more, would highly recommend the crows nest to anyone! A massive thank you to Bronwyn and Abbie, you made our day magical.
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Barton Marina DE13 8AS Burton upon Trent (Staffordshire)
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