The Waterfront

(17 reviews) 17 5
Barton Marina Barton under Needwood Burton upon Trent Staffordshire DE13 8AS
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About The Waterfront

Barton Marina, Barton under Needwood, Burton upon Trent
Staffordshire, DE13 8AS

The Crow's Nest at The Waterfront, Barton Marina is the perfect setting for a wedding. Located in Staffordshire, the venue is a unique and charming canal-side attraction, offering inimitable views and exceptional service for your big day.

The Waterfront’s Crow’s Nest function suite was first opened in 2007 and provides the perfect space for celebrations and events of all types. The privately owned free house is full of character, embracing the style of a Victorian warehouse by the canal. The first floor function space uses reclaimed timber, brick and stone flags wonderfully to create a charming atmosphere, complete with period lighting. 

The Crow’s Nest, overlooking the vibrant Marina, provides a truly luxurious setting for your big day. Whether you are planning a small, intimate affair or a larger event, the suite can be divided to suit the size of your wedding party.

From your civil ceremony to a spectacular fireworks display, you and your guests will enjoy exclusive use of the Crow’s Nest suite, the private bar, dance floor and the balcony area with stunning views.

When you are planning your special occasion, our fantastic team will be on hand to offer help and support. Drawing upon a wealth of experience, they will ensure that every detail has been taken care of for your dream wedding day.

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• Competitive prices • Exclusive use available of the Crow’s Nest suite, private bar, dance floor and balcony views • Three-course wedding breakfast and evening buffet • Excellent wedding team on hand throughout • Use of the silver wedding cake stand and knife • The Marina, woodland and lakes offer wonderful photo opportunities

Facilities at The Waterfront

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Exclusive Use
In the Country
Pub or Restaurant
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Outdoor Fireworks Permitted
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator
Master of Ceremonies/ Toastmaster
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Alcohol Licence
Capacity :
Less than 30 guests
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
Other Features :
Confetti Permitted
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking

The Waterfront Reviews (17)

Our Wedding
Venue Service

By Stephanie & Martyn, on 14 Oct 2016Date of Wedding - 08 Oct 2016

Thank you so much to Bronwyn & Michelle. We had our wedding reception here at the weekend and it was just perfect! Everything went so smoothly! And we have had so many comments about how the perfect the venue was and that the food was fantastic! Thank you again. Stephanie and Martyn xxx

Our Wedding Day
Venue Service

By Shelley & John Breeze, on 14 Oct 2016Date of Wedding - 02 Oct 2016

What can I say.. from the start Michelle and Bronwyn have both been amazing.. nothing was to much trouble in making our day perfect. The venue its self is stunning.. so unique and beautiful, all our guests commented on how amazing it looked.. The food again was amazing.. so filling and tasty. The bar staff were so lovely and made everyone feel welcome.. Cant thank you all enough.. it was all just amazing Thank you all so much Shelley & John xxxx

Our Wedding Day
Venue Service

By Mr & Mrs Wileman, on 31 May 2016

Thank you to Michelle for helping making our day so special. After taking over at the crows nest Michelle has been fantastic. Our day ran so smoothly and it really was amazing. And even though Bronwyn has only just joined their team she couldn't have been more helpful and nothing was too much. Love the location and would definitely recommend. Thank you. Mr & Mrs Wileman. X

Our Wedding
Venue Service

By Lee & Bex, on 07 Apr 2016

We had an amazing wedding day at the Waterfront in February. The setting is romantic with canal boats, lakes, woodland and bridges for fabulous photos. All the staff worked together to ensure our wedding day was organised to perfection from the moment we booked until the end of our big day. Prior to our wedding day we had a taster session where we were able to customise our menu choices. The food on the day was of excellent quality and effortlessly served by friendly and competent staff. A huge plus with the service was that the food was delivered to each table at the same time (something rarely experienced on big occasions). The evening buffet was awesome too! The Crow’s Nest is a very attractive and versatile venue which was adapted seamlessly throughout the day for the wedding ceremony, the wedding breakfast and the evening celebrations. It was great to be able to help prepare the venue the day before our wedding. Michelle was extremely helpful and we enjoyed decorating and setting up the room. Our guests had a great time and we had the wedding of our dreams. Thank you to everyone at the Waterfront! Our wedding package was good value for money and we would highly recommend this venue. Lee and Bex

Our Wedding
Venue Service

By David & Sarah Rowe, on 30 Mar 2016

Michelle I just wanted to quick drop you an email to say what a fantastic time we had on Saturday. The food and staff were brilliant, and everything went as planned. Thank you very much Regards David

Incredible Wedding Reception
Venue Service

By John Shanahan, on 10 Jun 2015

What a fantastic wedding reception The Waterfront staged for my son and his new wife last week..Champagne and canopes on the terrace on arrival, superb wedding breakfast and evening buffet, excellent service throughout - all contributed to a great day. On top of this, the venue itself, and the bachdrop of beautiful views of the marina and surrounding grounds were all stunning - we are still receiving messages now from guests who were so impressed that they felt the need to compliment us on our choice. All this, plus the professional and diligent support of Sarah the Events Coordiator made it a day to remember!.

Best. Wedding. Ever.
Venue Service

By Mr and Mrs Martin, on 15 Apr 2015

We would like to thank the whole of the team at the Waterfront for making our day so amazing!! The food was lovely throughout the wedding breakfast, with great presentation, and the hog roast in the evening was a real winner with our guests! The DJ (who came as a part of our wedding package) was absolutely amazing and kept a great atmosphere up over the whole evening - no-one wanted the dancing to finish!! We must put in a specific mention for Sarah, the wedding co-ordinator, whose professionalism, enthusiasm and positivity was such a huge part of making our day as perfect as it was. Everything flowed well and ran on time, and we didn't have to think about a single thing on the day other than enjoying ourselves. It was a real relief to be able to put our day in such capable hands. If anyone is considering The Waterfront as your wedding venue, you cannot go far wrong by making this choice - your day is guaranteed to be relaxed, full of love and pretty darn perfect. Thank you to all the team at The Waterfront! Mr and Mrs Martin

Perfect wedding, perfect venue!
Venue Service

By Mr and Mrs Banks, on 13 Apr 2015

We initially chose to have our wedding at The Waterfront after looking at numerous wedding venues due to its unique characteristics. We enquired about the package that would be available to us and we were amazed by the outstanding value for money. We were fully satisfied with the service prior to the wedding day. We were taken care of by our wedding co-ordinator, Sarah, who was a newly appointed member of the team. We were extremely impressed with her organisational skills and wealth of knowledge that was gained during her years working within the wedding industry. Our wedding day was perfect from beginning to end! We were greeted by Sarah during the ceremony who did a fantastic job guiding members of the wedding party. Following the ceremony, the drinks reception was served promptly on the outside terrace, which allowed the guests to take in the stunning surroundings. All of the courses during our wedding breakfast were served promptly. The waiters were very effective as they worked together as a team. All of the food was absolutely delicious. Through to the evening, the wonderful service continued when the buffet was served. The guests all commented on how impressed they were with the day as a whole. With all the emphasis of this review mainly based on the food and our wedding co-ordinator, I would now like to comment on the venue alone. The setting allowed our photographer to get many different shots of which we will treasure forever, taking advantage of the marina itself, the two lakes, the promenade and the national forest. I would recommend this venue to everyone! The new Mr and Mrs Banks would like to thank The Waterfront for ensuring that our day was flawless!

Venue Service

By Justine and Craig Hewitt., on 13 May 2014

My husband and I were thrilled to enjoy our evening reception at the Waterfront. The staff were helpful the food was very tasteful as our guest remind us still today. The room was beautiful with nice lighting and we liked the use of the balcony. Our guests were looked after and welcomed as my husband and I made our entrance and the bar prices were reasonable too. Thankyou. Justine and Craig Hewitt.

Thank you so much for everything!
Venue Service

By Becky Cole, on 07 May 2014

It's quite hard to articulate how I feel about the experience we had booking /having our wedding at the Waterfront, Barton Marina. It was everything we'd dreamt of and much more. There was no question about having the Waterfront as our venue, its a stunning room in beautiful surroundings. Right from the beginning the wedding coordinators were on board with all our ideas. They made our vision a reality and helped make our day extra special and trouble free. Without a doubt, we would recommend this venue to anyone. The hog roast was amazing and was enjoyed by every single guest. Thank you so much for everything.

Venue Service

By Charlotte Mann, on 30 Apr 2014

It was the best decision we made to have our wedding at The Waterfront. Not only is The Waterfront a stunning venue and location with beautiful views of the Marina and park. But the service was unbeatable with Claire the wedding coordinator always on hand to answer any questions before the wedding, with the set up and throughout the day. The food was outstanding, beautifully presented and tasted amazing. All our guests commented on how delicious the food was, and how stunning the venue and location was. We decided to have the Champagne and canapés on the terrace which was a great opportunity to mingle with guests, and the champagne and canapés were perfect. Claire was really helpful making sure the day ran smoothly and we couldn't of done it without her! It truly was the best day ever and our daughter said it was, "The happiest day ever." And she loved her food, as did the other children. We had a DJ supplied by Claire which was fab as well as an amazing band The Vanz, Which got everybody up dancing. The lighting and dance floor were brilliant, and created a great atmosphere. I would recommend this (in my opinion) 5 star venue to everyone. Not only did The Waterfront create the perfect wedding for us, but it was incredible value for money and in my opinion unbeatable!

Venue Service

By Lucy Pritchard, on 30 Apr 2014

My wedding was fantastic! I was heavily pregnant which was discussed and ammo date by Laura. She was a life saver during the planning process and on the day. everything was as planned as left her to set up the room. The food was fantastic, i organised an afternoon tea as canapés and then sit down meal. Which Was to die for. Only complaint of the day was the broccoli was to al dente for me. The staff were friendly one even went downstairs to make me a mocktail. I also had a rogue guest who stole some vases on the night which the staff identified for me, which meant I got them back. The Manager dealt with my horrible florist who was rude and aggressive so I didn't have to on the day. And stayed right to the end. As well as packing everything away neatly and nicely to collect the day after. The location and room was lovely a great space to work with. On the night was Cattons firework display so we saw them all. A fantastic free surprise :) We plan on coming back for our anniversary so the voucher will be nice addition. Feel free to jiggle the paragraphs about as I'm writing this in a rush.

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