10 of the UK’s best outdoor venues

Exchanging your vows outdoors is a wonderfully romantic way to start married life. In addition to being more unusual, getting married outside can make for a more memorable day with the great outdoors offering a fabulous backdrop to the ceremony, dri

Boasting lush green lawns, flora and fauna in bloom and stunning views; we have many venues with special settings for an idyllic outdoors wedding. From colourful floral pagodas to ancient stone archways and sun-drenched chateau terraces, each of our outdoor venues has its own individual qualities and will provide the perfect location for your special day.

With a helping hand from Mother Nature, venue dressing is easy for an outdoors wedding. Inspired by the best of the season, an outdoors wedding is the perfect opportunity to impress your guests with beautiful flower displays and other unusual touches such as garden games, Pimms on the lawn or a quaint English country garden or country fete theme.

To inspire you, we take a look at some of the spectacular wedding venues that have the most magnificent outdoor spaces to celebrate your nuptials. Now all you need to do is pray for good weather!

1. Wasing Park, Berkshire

Wasing Park is a wonderful and luxurious wedding venue with a stunning Victorian Summerhouse which is often used for wedding ceremonies in spring and summer. Romantic and truly unique, the Summerhouse is a traditional building with a white wooden frame and roof, with indoor seating bordering each of its sides. Surrounded by luscious green lawns and offering breathtaking views of the grounds, it is the perfect setting for a special day. The interior of the Summerhouse has been lovingly decorated by renowned muralist Clarissa Parish who has carefully hand-painted flowers, cherry trees in bloom, birds and butterflies, creating a colourful fresco that makes for pretty photos.

10 of the UK's best outdoor venues - Wasing Park | CHWV
Image © Neale James Photography

2. Sandhole Oak Barn, Cheshire

For a wedding that seamlessly blends the best of an indoor and outdoor setting, look no further than picturesque Sandhole Oak Barn, a fabulous wedding venue that offers both charm and style, right in the heart of Cheshire. In addition to the striking Medieval-inspired oak beamed barn, there is a decked veranda and a stunning Oak Clock Tower which is licensed for civil ceremonies. Positioned next to the veranda, the stylish Oak Clock Tower overlooks the lake and rolling countryside and is highly sought after for a romantic outdoor exchange of vows during the spring and summer.

10 of the UK's best outdoor venues - Sandhole Oak Barn | CHWV
Image © Camille Wesser Photography

3. River Cottage, Devon

Quaint and full of charm, River Cottage and its 65 acres of organic farmland is a unique wedding venue with fabulous outdoor space, an eclectic style and culinary celebrity connection! The venue’s farmhouse kitchen is what makes River Cottage so recognisable, with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall cooking all of the dishes on his TV series from there. Hugh’s gorgeous vegetable garden is licensed for wedding ceremonies and provides an unusual and pretty place to become husband and wife. Brides approach their grooms via a walk through the organic vegetables to a picturesque hazel archway which is woven with climbing sweet peas, while guests sit on benches and straw bales, surrounded by remarkable views of the rolling countryside.

10 of the UK's best outdoor venues - River Cottage | CHWV

4. High House Weddings, Essex

Bespoke, beautiful and luxurious, High House is an exceptional wedding venue with a delightful thatched gazebo that offers a picturesque spot for an outside wedding. Standing proudly in the midst of six acres of luscious gardens, the stunning thatched gazebo is simple and sophisticated and allows brides and grooms to exchange their vows surrounded by uninterrupted views of the lake. A picture perfect place to say ‘I do’, the gazebo overlooks the rolling meadow and the Monet-inspired footbridge and pond.

10 of the UK's best outdoor venues - High House Weddings | CHWV
Image © Bloomwood Photography

5. Cooling Castle Barn, Kent

Dating back to the 17th century and occupying an idyllic setting next to the stunning Cooling Castle, Cooling Castle Barn is a magical wedding venue and the perfect place for a romantic exchange of vows in the great outdoors. In addition to three attractive barns, Cooling Castle boasts pretty walled gardens that are lovingly planted with colourful blooms, seasonal climbers and herbaceous borders and a stunning Wedding Pavilion that offers fantastic views of the venue’s natural beauty and rolling landscaped gardens.

10 of the UK's best outdoor venues - Cooling Castle Barn | CHWV
Image © Dan Potter Photography

6. Mythe Barn, Warwickshire

The magnificent Mythe Barn is without doubt one of the Midlands’ best barn wedding venues. Situated on a farm in the rolling Warwickshire countryside, Mythe Barn is a real rural retreat and boasts a barn that has been purpose-built for weddings and a pretty garden gazebo that is also licensed for ceremonies. A simple and versatile space, the gazebo stands proudly in the garden, offering brides and grooms the option to exchange their vows in the open air.

10 of the UK's best outdoor venues - Mythe Barn | CHWV
Image © Lee Glasgow Photography

7. Barony Castle, Edinburgh

Thirty-five minutes south of Edinburgh and near to the stunning Scottish Borders, Barony Castle is a majestic location for a fabulous castle wedding. With its magnificent countryside views, long driveway, tall white towers and gently fluttering flags, few settings are as elegant or romantic. Barony Castle offers a choice of two locations for outdoor weddings; a traditional courtyard or beside the ancient and historic stone altar. Either provides an unusual setting in which to tie the knot and a rustic backdrop for wedding photographs.

10 of the UK's best outdoor venues - Barony Castle | CHWV
Image © Pearson Photography

8. The Tythe Barn, Oxfordshire

Situated on farmland in idyllic Oxfordshire countryside, The Tythe Barn is a real rural retreat with fantastic styling and great features that give it the real ‘wow’ factor. The barn itself is typically used for the ceremony and wedding breakfast, but brides and grooms looking for an outside option can consider The Cowshed with its glass doors and windows that overlook the pretty landscaped garden, allowing the outside to come in. Weather permitting, guests can indulge in an array of garden games such as croquet and boules or relax on deckchairs and picnic blankets whilst enjoying alfresco drinks in the sunshine.

10 of the UK's best outdoor venues - Tythe Barn | CHWV

9. Brewerstreet Farmhouse, Surrey

Set in 200 acres of rolling Surrey countryside, Brewerstreet Farmhouse is a sophisticated wedding venue that features a magnificent Tudor Grade I listed farmhouse, Riverside Chalet and modern marquee. Couples will be impressed with the contemporary Riverside Chalet which is a pretty waterside gazebo with solid timber fame and removable windows. The bride and groom stand underneath the gazebo to exchange vows while guests watch on. The wedding breakfast is then hosted within the modern marquee which stands proudly right in the heart of the grounds.

10 of the UK's best outdoor venues - Brewerstreet Farmhouse | CHWV
Image © Silverton Photography

10. Bignor Park, West Sussex

Tucked away at the foot of the unspoilt South Downs, in the new South Downs National Park, Bignor Park is a magnificent 1,200 acre estate that offers a peaceful feeling of being miles away from anywhere. Approached via an impressive half mile long sweeping driveway, the early 19th century stately home is grand and majestic. Within the estate lies a stunning Greek Loggia; an attractive roofed, stone porch in front of a lawn that is surrounded by glorious gardens. Situated within the estate, it is a magical setting for an outdoor wedding, drinks reception or afternoon tea.

10 of the UK's best outdoor venues - Bignor Park | CHWV
Image © Allister Freeman Photography

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