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On since 2020

Last update: February 2024

The Woodyard is a stunning range of traditional thatched and Norfolk brick barns, tucked into the Worstead Estate's 300-acre private parkland. Occupying a quiet spot in beautiful countryside, the estate is a short distance from the magnificent beaches along the North Norfolk coast and the serene inland waterways of the Norfolk Broads.

What's Included?

  • Exclusive weekend hire of The Woodyard, our stunning thatched barn and a beautiful range of Norfolk brick buildings
  • Exclusive use of the grounds surrounding the wedding venue, including the sun-soaked west lawn and picturesque lake island
  • Our fully stocked and staffed bar
  • Round tables and Chiavari chairs for up to 120 seated guests
  • Priority booking of our self-catering cottages on and around Worstead Park, with private hot tubs, games rooms and outdoor dining, sleeping up to 31 of your bridal party and guests
  • Our dedicated venue management team, Hardesty Event Design, with the option of bespoke wedding planning services (at additional cost)

The Setting:

Set within landscaped grounds, The Woodyard's west terrace overlooks a sweeping lawn with romantic pathways leading to a beautiful lake and island. The patchwork brick and pretty fruit trees of the estate’s walled garden stand proudly above the west lawn, enhancing the feeling of peaceful seclusion.

Just across from The Woodyard, and looking out over the east courtyard, is Estate Cottage, our splendid Georgian cottage. Classic elegance and modern amenities combine to provide luxury accommodation throughout, with three double bedrooms, a private hot tub and games room, all set neatly within its own walled garden.

The wider estate includes 2,000 acres of farmed land around the quaint historic village of Worstead in North Norfolk. The estate has been managed by the Paterson family for three generations and has diversified over time to include holiday accommodation, Wildcraft Brewery and a family-friendly equestrian centre. Traditional cropping for estate spring barley is used to brew Wildcraft Brewery beer that's available for guests to enjoy.

The Vibe:

Once the sawmill for Worstead Estate and now lovingly restored, the barns retain their original features, with spectacular oak beams and traditional Norfolk brick. The combination of rustic charm, character and modern luxuries, together tucked into a peaceful and private lakeside setting, creates a truly unique venue.

The interior design is a reflection of the surrounding history, with these buildings once alive with the hustle and bustle of the estate's sawmill. Each room tells its own tale, from the Thatched Barn with its striking, detailed brickwork, vaulted ceiling and stunning chandeliers to the natural light and airy space of the Mulberry Room. A hint of the industrial nature of the work once carried out here is provided in the bar, contrasting beautifully with the Norfolk brick of the main barn.

Outside, the landscaped grounds provide a wonderfully romantic setting for drinks, receptions, afternoon entertainment and photographs. Doors open onto the east-facing courtyard, whilst the Thatched Barn opens onto the sun-kissed West Terrace, the perfect spot for an alfresco cocktail hour. The sweeping west lawn and romantic tree-lined paths guide you along a short walk to the private lake, with a beautifully restored boat house and bridged island.

For intimate occasions for up to 50 people, couples are invited to host their ceremony on Lake Island against a break-taking backdrop of leafy woodland and calm waters.

The Woodyard is available for weekend hire. 40-120 guests can be comfortably seated for dinner in the room of your choosing. Each space can be decorated as you like, providing couples with the opportunity to create a unique indoor setting for their perfect day. Hardesty Event Design provides a dedicated event management team there to support you throughout the planning process, with the option of bespoke wedding planning and design services (at additional cost).

Alongside The Woodyard, just a stone's throw from the front courtyard is the beautiful Estate Cottage, set within its own private walled garden. The cottage can be optionally hired alongside the wedding venue and provides luxury accommodation sleeping six in three bedrooms, a private hot tub and a games room.

Couples are offered priority booking on accommodation on the estate, providing an opportunity to enjoy an extended luxury weekend with their closest friends and family. Holly House, Gatehouse North and New Lane Cottage together sleep up to 25 additional guests, and each brings its own unique character along with luxury furnishings, BBQs and outdoor dining, private hot tubs and beautiful gardens.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Unusual weddings
Asian wedding
Marquees and tents
Woodland and festival
Outdoor license
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Chapel or temple on-site
Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Private catering allowed
Alcohol licence

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

Venue leisure facilities:


Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Changing room for wedding guests
Elephant baraat permitted
Horse baraat permitted
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