Getting To Know...Upwaltham Barns

Upwaltham Barns is an idyllic Sussex wedding venue surrounded by the South Downs. The Barns are just half an hour from the coast and offer exclusive use.

Upwaltham Barns wedding venue in Sussex is a rare find. It’s a place where you can design your day your way. It’s family run, so you’ll feel completely at home. And yet it has an experienced, professional team on hand if you need them. The venue is idyllic, and is surrounded by the South Downs just half an hour from the coast.

Getting to know Upwaltham Barns | CHWV

What type of wedding venue is Upwaltham Barns?

Upwaltham Barns is two traditional Sussex flint long barns set around a courtyard. The Barns were built around 1740-1800. The East Barn is licensed for civil weddings, and the South Barn is ideal for receptions.

What makes Upwaltham Barns a great wedding venue?

It’s a personal service with great attention to detail that makes Upwaltham Barns unique. The venue is family-run, and everyone who works here is professional yet warm and caring.

Getting to know Upwaltham Barns | CHWV Getting to know Upwaltham Barns | CHWV

Getting to know Upwaltham Barns | CHWV
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How many guests can the venue hold?

You can invite up to 150 to your ceremony. The South Barn seats up to 160 people for the wedding meal and more guests can come for the evening celebrations.

Does your venue have overnight accommodation?

We have a lovely cottage right next to the Barns where you can stay. It has an open plan lounge and kitchen downstairs. And upstairs, a large bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and a Juliet Balcony. Brides love getting ready here because they can peek out and see their guests arriving.

Getting to know Upwaltham Barns | CHWV

Getting to know Upwaltham Barns | CHWV Getting to know Upwaltham Barns | CHWV
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What makes Upwaltham Barns different?

Being the freedom to create a bespoke, individual day is what makes Upwaltham Barns special. We’re here to help you as much or as little as you like. And you have the Barns all to yourself, so your day will feel really personal.

We also think the layout of the Barns makes it unique. You can have your whole day “under one roof”, and yet there are different settings within the venue for the different parts of your day. You have the Barns for your ceremony and reception, of course. But there’s also the courtyard for drinks receptions or a barbecue in the evening. The cottage garden offers wonderful photo opportunities and an escape for quieter moments. And to top it all off, the honeymoon cottage is yours for the day and night. So you really do get so much in one place here.

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Image © Photography by Vicki

Getting to know Upwaltham Barns | CHWV Getting to know Upwaltham Barns | CHWV
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How much does it cost to get married at Upwaltham Barns?

We offer the barns for your sole use on your wedding day, so you and your guests have the place to yourself. The cost to hire varies depending on the day of the week, month and year. Prices start from £2,800 (no VAT on top).

Food is, of course, a big part of any wedding celebration. Our caterers, Nibbles 2 Nosh, are part of the family-run team and know what works brilliantly for celebrations at the barn. They’ll be able to give you good advice on choosing a menu for your wedding meal and evening food. But you can see a general guide to their menus and prices on Nibbles 2 Nosh’s website.

You're free to design your own day. So you can decide on the other elements (e.g. disco, entertainment, flowers etc.) you’d like to have and how much you spend on them.

Getting to know Upwaltham Barns | CHWV Getting to know Upwaltham Barns | CHWV

Getting to know Upwaltham Barns | CHWV

Is there a wedding coordinator?

Yes, you are given your personal experienced events coordinator available before and on the day and also a Front of House manager who oversees everything on the day of your wedding.

What’s your advice for choosing the right wedding venue?

Keep a relaxed and comfortable feeling which will allow you to enjoy your day.

Where can I find out more about your venue?

Please visit our website, where you can see lots of pictures of Upwaltham Barns. There’s also information about local wedding suppliers, things to do in the area (handy for wedding guests wanting to extend their visit) and great places to stay. For our latest news, please find us on Facebook.

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