Worstead Estate is proud to launch North Norfolk’s newest wedding venue, located in the private 300-acre Worstead Park - The Woodyard.
Once upon a time a sawmill, the building has been sympathetically restored to capture its long history, which is written into the patchwork of its red brick walls. Now, it is a stunning location for a wedding to remember, complete with a beautiful lake framing the charming Georgian buildings, a walled garden and enchanting scenery that stretches as far as the eye can see.
Available to view from January 2021, the venue is due to be complete February 2021 and is taking bookings from spring 2021. Worstead Park provides the dream wedding venue - all that is left is to pick a date.
The Woodyard, which includes a thatched barn and surrounding outbuildings, has been loving restored and beautifully renovated with modern amenities fit to cater to a wedding party’s every need, whilst still keeping true to the history of the building.
As guests arrive at The Woodyard into the Easterly courtyard, they can take in the picturesque locally listed building complete with original period features from its time as a working sawmill. What’s more, guests will be able to mingle and sip on a glass of champagne whilst watching the chef preparing the wedding breakfast.
The South wing hosts the Ceremony Room; once a space that housed the sawmill that shaped the very timbers that make up the rafters of the room. It is now a light and airy blank canvas, perfect for any bride or groom to turn it into their own special space. A charming spot to say your vows, Worstead Park is fully licensed for marriage ceremonies.
Following the ceremony, the newly married couple and their guests can easily move through to the Main Barn without the need to venture outside should the weather be inclement. The vaulted ceiling and exposed timbers of this traditional Norfolk thatched barn will take your breath away, filled with natural light and giving the feeling of space. The barn comfortably hosts up to 110 guests for the wedding breakfast, with the bar centrally located directly off the space.
As the sun passes over the yardarm guests can move out onto the patio in view of some of the original 16th century features of the park – a 400-year-old mulberry bush and an authentic icehouse once used to store fresh fish over the summer months. The decking to the South provides the perfect suntrap from which guests can wander down to the lakeside or enjoy the walled garden. Later in the evening, the Lake Island provides the perfect spot to enjoy a sundowner or two.
For those who want a bigger party Worstead Park is the ideal spot for hosting marquee weddings. The suntrap in front of the icehouse can host up to 250 guests with a large marquee. Guests can then enjoy live music and a full bar in The Woodyard.
For an intimate and close-knit affair, the summerhouse on Lake Island is a beautiful spot to say ‘I Do’ in front of treasured family and friends before retiring to the sanctuary of the Woodyard. From 2022 the Lake Island will provide the opportunity for the father of the bride to row his daughter down the lake to arrive by boat for those very special last moments of privacy.
Surrounding the historic 10th century medieval village of Worstead, Worstead Estate is a beautiful country retreat perfect for weddings, country pursuits or to simply re-connect with friends and loved ones.
Ensconced in the North Norfolk Countryside, the 16th century Worstead Park forms the centrepiece of the estate while the wider 2,000-acre estate includes a working farm run by the Paterson family since the 1930’s. The farm is carefully managed in order to provide a home for nature as well as create a number of local products including Norfolk’s first Wagyu beef herd, ethically reared using sustainable farming methods.
For those who want a traditional ceremony, Worstead Church is just a three-minute drive away. One of the grandest medieval churches in England, it dates back to the 14th century. Following the ceremony, guests can easily be transported back to Worstead Park, via the breath taking lime tree avenue.
Worstead Park offers beautifully renovated period buildings, including the newly renovated Estate Cottage. Lovingly restored to its original Georgian splendour with added modern luxurious touches, it is the perfect escape from the bustle of the day. A portrait of the 16th century owner of the estate, Sir Robert Berney, hangs above the original fireplace, and the bedrooms which overlook the wedding venue have been restored with wedding accommodation in mind.
Estate Cottage has three bedrooms and three bathrooms, as well as a living room, kitchen, and library. With a wood-fired hot tub, private walled garden, and log burner, this is the perfect home-from-home.
For larger parties, there is Holly House, a grand, eight-bedroom period property which is just a three-minute drive from the wedding venue. Or, if you are looking to get better acquainted with the animals that have made this idyllic spot their home, luxurious glamping in beautifully furnished bell tents is available on site.
The cosy New Lane Cottage is Grade II listed and has two double bedrooms – a fairytale thatched cottage for you to escape after your big day. The friendly team at Worstead Park is able to recommend additional accommodation close by for extra guests who would like to spend a night or two in the charming surrounding area.
Worstead Park has a preferred supplier list available for any wedding party. The site has a fully licensed bar which is accessible from when guests arrive in the easterly courtyard to the last sip of the night. For table wine corkage is available from £5.00 per bottle / £10 per bottle of sparkling wine / champagne.
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We're offering a 20% discount this Christmas if you book our gorgeous new wedding venue, The Woodyard, before February 2021.
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