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The Whitaker is a historic museum and art gallery in Rossendale, Lancashire that provides a unique venue for weddings and other special occasions. The museum has a long and storied history, having been built in 1840 and donated to the people of Rawtenstall in 1902. With expansive terrace spaces and private woodland areas, this property makes a marvellous setting for a truly memorable celebration. It sits in the Rossendale Valley and is surrounded by stunning views.

Facilities and Capacity

The elegant surroundings of this stately venue present numerous options for hosting wedding festivities, with civil ceremony and outdoor licenses. Ceremonies at The Whitaker are held in the Old Stables, which offers rustic wooden floors and clean white walls. Arched windows fill the room with natural light, as well as offer views overlooking Whitaker Park. A couple and their guests may also enjoy an outdoor celebration with plenty of room for a marquee or tent. Dining and dancing can follow in the Old Stables with several spaces for festivities. Wheelchair accessibility, on-site lifts, and car parking spaces add convenience and comfort for all guests. This venue can hold up to 80 guests for seated meals, while receptions can have up to 110 attendees.

Services Offered

The Whitaker ably hosts wedding ceremonies and receptions. This venue features wireless internet, conference call facilities, and air conditioning. Additionally, the rental inventory includes a projector and flatscreen television. The in-house team have considerable expertise in planning events and will guide a couple through the options available to them. The goal of these professionals is that each guest has the best possible experience on a couple's special day.


The in-house culinary team at this venue designs delicious menus based around the freshest seasonal and local produce, wherever possible. Choose the serving style that best suits your vision for the day, whether it's a formal three-course banquet or a more modern family-style setup. Couples may provide their own beverages for a fee.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Pub or restaurant
Unusual weddings
Marquees and tents
Outdoor license
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Marquee available
Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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Haslingden Road, Rossendale BB4 6RE Rossendale (Lancashire)
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