Wakehurst

Selsfield Road, Hickstead (West Sussex) RH17 6TN Map · Telephone · Website
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About Wakehurst

Wakehurst in Sussex is an idyllic setting for you to celebrate your wedding with your loved ones.

Nestled in 500 acres, Kew’s wild botanic gardens will provide you with endless photo opportunities ranging from the picturesque English Walled Garden, temperate woodlands of the world or magical reflections on the lakes.

Steeped in history, our 16th Century Mansion is simply stunning and is sure to impress you and your wedding guests. With views across our sweeping lawns and waterlily pond, you will feel like Lord and Lady of the Estate nestled in this picturesque setting. The Dining Room, Gallery and Library inside the Mansion feature wood panelled walls, ornate fireplaces, and beautiful sculptured ceilings. Creating a grand and historic backdrop to your special day, providing wonderful photo opportunities.

Alternatively, our perfectly groomed Croquet lawn is the ideal foundation for a marquee. With the capacity to seat up to 200 guests the setting is quintessentially charming. With a range of marquees available from our exclusive suppliers we will be delighted to liaise with you on your individual requirements and design a bespoke package to cater for your exact needs and dreams.

Our dedicated in-house caterers, Graysons, have creativity, quality of food, and excellent service at the heart of everything they do. Their passion to inspire and deliver exceptional events will make your experience at Wakehurst a truly memorable one. Whether a formal sit-down wedding breakfast or something more relaxed and informal, Graysons will work with you to individually tailor a wedding that reflects you as a couple. Whether its Pimms on the lawns and garden games or Mulled wine and mince pies, we can celebrate with you whatever the season.

For further information please contact the Events Team at Wakehurst wakehursthire@graysonsvenues.com

  • Exclusive use Grade I listed wedding venue close to Gatwick in 500 acres of gardens
  • Dedicated in house caterers to manage your wedding from start to finish
  • Contemporary Glasshouse wedding venue option - Millennium Seed Bank
  • Licensed for Civil Ceremonies, Partnerships and outdoor ceremonies
  • Facility to accommodate marquee for up to 200 guests
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42 Reviews for Wakehurst

Recommended by 100% of couples


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  • Quality of the Service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value for Money 5.0
  • Response time 5.0

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    Julie W. · Married on 17/07/2021

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    Amazing!!! Beautiful venue, great service and outstanding food. Couldn’t recommend anymore highly

    Living locally we set our hearts on Wakehurst back in 2019 and had everything set to get married in April 2020 until the pandemic hit! Incredibly Jo and the team were super understanding and stuck by us over the next year and a half as we reset the date 4 times finally getting married July 21. Throughout every consultation, menu tasting, venue set up, dismantle and during the day itself Jo, Kim, Tash and all the team were outstanding adapting to all our needs and wants including constant replanning to current covid restrictions and a last minute ice cream requests on our wedding day, which happened to be the hottest day of the year.
    The food was outstanding, classics done to a superb standard. We had roast main and so many complements from guests on the catering during and after the day.
    We really couldn’t recommend the venue or the team more highly and are so grateful for all they did to make our day perfect 😊

    Sent on 28/08/2021

    Wakehurst's reply:

    Dear Julie & Rich
    Thank you so so much for such a wonderful review! We really enjoyed helping you plan your big day and on behalf of myself and all the team at Wakehurst we wish you a very long and happy marriage together!
    Love, Jo x
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    Natalie H. · Married on 05/09/2020

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    The most perfect day

    We had our wedding at Wakehurst in August 2021 after two postponements due to Covid-19.

    We honestly had the best day. The venue is absolutely stunning and our guests could not believe that they were able to explore the grounds near the mansion alone after the public had left. The grounds are also an incredible place for a huge variety of couples wedding shots so we ended up with so many amazing photos to choose from.

    Jo, Kim and all the team at Graysons (who manage events at Wakehurst) were fantastic from start to finish. They helped us plan and manage our day to perfection and made sure none of the details were forgotten. The flexibility we experienced with the team due to Covid changes was amazing and we really felt they went above and beyond throughout the process to make sure we finally got the day we had originally planned.

    On the day itself, everything ran extremely smoothly and someone was always on hand if we needed them. Kim was with us throughout the day and so was able to arrange for the start time of our band and evening food to be pushed back when our wedding breakfast overran a little.

    Truly an incredible day - there is literally nothing negative I can say!

    Sent on 01/09/2021

    Wakehurst's reply:

    Dear Natalie & Chris
    Thank you for such a lovely review! It was a great pleasure to be involved in your big day. Your photos are incredible! Thank you for sharing them with us. We look forward to welcoming you back to Wakehurst in the future.
    Love Jo x
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    Uni · Married on 10/09/2016

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    Our whole experience at wakehurst was exceptional.

    Our whole experience at wakehurst was exceptional. From first enquiry right up to our most wonderful wedding day, nothing was too much trouble and we felt so reassured knowing that we were in very safe hands on the day.

    Sent on 10/11/2016

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Wakehurst FAQ

  • Venue Type:
    Exclusive Use
    In the Country
    Stately Home
    Historic
    Landmark
    Woodland and Festival
    Civil Ceremony Licence
    Outdoor License
  • Dining Options:
    Seated Meal Facilities
    Corkage Option
    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:
    Wedding Coordinator
  • Other Features:
    Disabled Facilities
    Car Parking

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  • Selsfield Road Hickstead (West Sussex) RH17 6TN
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