The Woodyard is a beautiful new wedding and events venue situated within the historic Worstead Estate.
Ensconced in the North Norfolk countryside, the 16th Century Worstead Park forms the centrepiece of the estate, whilst the wider 2000-acre estate includes a working farm run by the Paterson family since the 1930s. The farm is carefully managed to provide a home for nature as well as to create a number of local products including Norfolk’s first Wagyu beef herd, ethically reared using sustainable farming methods.
Once upon a time a sawmill, The Woodyard, which includes a thatched barn and the surrounding outbuildings, has been lovingly restored with modern amenities fit to cater your every need whilst keeping true to the history of the building.
For couples who would like to get married at the Woodyard, the bright and airy Mulberry Room is ideal for ceremonies. With high ceilings and plenty of natural light, the room provides a romantic backdrop for you to exchange your vows surrounded by your nearest and dearest. Worstead Estate is fully licensed for marriage ceremonies and partnerships. Alternately, couples can also get married in the beautifully rustic and cosy thatched barn. Similar to the South Wing, it is a blank canvas and can be dressed up with gorgeous fairy lights, flowers, indoor trees, stunning drapes, etc.
Following your ceremony, guests can venture on to the sun-kissed terrace for an alfresco cocktail hour with stunning views of the country estate. Couples can explore the many picturesque photo spots within the grounds, including the centuries-old Walled Garden, Lake Island, and the dramatic lime-tree boulevard. In the event of inclement weather, newlyweds and their guests can easily move through to the Main Barn without the need to venture outside.
Dinner will be served in the Main Barn, a rustic yet sophisticated dining room that will take your breath away with its vaulted ceiling, exposed timber, red-brick walls and magnificent chandeliers. 20-110 guests can be comfortably seated for dinner. The stylish space can be decorated as you like, be it with lanterns and candles for a romantic feel or with twinkling fairy lights from above – the space is yours to create your dream setting. The South Wing can also be a beautiful spot to host your dinner. Both spaces are incredibly versatile and couples can choose which room suits their taste, be it for their ceremony, dinner or dancing!
After dinner, guests can move on to the terrace to take in the sunset and views of some of the original 16th century features of the country estate including the 400-year-old mulberry bush and the authentic icehouse once used to store fresh fish over the summer months. Wander down to the lakeside for sundowners before heading back up to the Woodyard for music, dancing and cake.
For larger weddings, there are several spots on the estate where a marquee can be set up to suit your guest list, including The Walled Garden or in front of the west Terrace. Contact the team to discuss the various options.
There are three beautifully renovated Georgian cottages on the estate, ideal for couples, families and the bridal party to stay. Each have their very own wood-fired hot tub, private gardens, BBQs and table tennis so that you can make the most of your time.
Estate Cottage offers three en-suite bedrooms, a living room, kitchen and library sleeping 6 guests
Holly House is perfect for larger parties with eight grand bedrooms sleeping 15 guests
Grade-II listed New Lane Cottage is the newest addition and offers a fairy tale like setting for newlyweds with three bedrooms sleeping 4. Renovations are due to be complete later this year.
The events team at Worstead Estate are passionate about helping couples create their perfect celebration. They will provide you with an extensive list of tried and trusted suppliers. From catering to décor, flowers to celebrants, they will help you source the right service to suit your style. A full bar is provided in-house for your convenience for your evening party and for earlier in the day, the option of paying corkage and providing your own drinks is an option.
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