Gloucestershire wedding venues guide

From fairytale castles and sprawling country estates to intimate locations packed with character, SoGlos’s wedding venues guide rounds up some of the best places to get married in Gloucestershire.

By Emma Luther  |  Published

Couples are absolutely spoilt for choice when it comes to stunning wedding venues in Gloucestershire.

To help make those shortlists a bit more manageable, SoGlos has put together a selection of special places to get married in the county.

Cheltenham wedding venues

Weddings at Ellenborough Park

In partnership with Ellenborough Park  |  ellenboroughpark.com

About the wedding venue

Built in the 15th century, this country house estate provides the perfect traditional backdrop for those all-important wedding photos, while the modern luxuries within ensure that guests feel truly indulged.

Offering an Indian-inspired spa, Taittinger terrace, fine dining restaurant and 61 beautifully appointed rooms and suites, Cheltenham’s five-star Ellenborough Park hotel promises the finest luxury in town.

Wedding package options

As well as exclusive use options, Ellenborough Park offers flexible packages adaptable to wedding parties of all shapes and sizes.

With an elegant Georgian chapel on the grounds, couples can also choose to exchange their vows and hold their wedding breakfast and evening reception on the same site.

Catering options can be arranged to suit most budgets, with a selection of menus crafted using locally sourced ingredients.

Depending on the time of year, guests can be entertained with garden games on the Mews Lawn, or enjoy their canapes and fizz under cover in the Horse Box Bar.

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Couples can choose from six dedicated wedding spaces, including the wood-panelled Royalist room for intimate weddings, a stone gazebo in the garden for outdoor ceremonies and the option to create an extended dining area by erecting a marquee in the grounds.

The venue will also treat newlyweds to a complimentary stay at the five-star hotel on their wedding night, complete with breakfast in bed, full use of the spa and a bottle of champagne to share a toast to wedded bliss.

How much do weddings cost?

Book your wedding at Ellenborough Park by 1 September 2022 and you can take advantage of its late availability To Have and To Hold wedding package, from 1 October 2022 to 28 February 2023, with prices starting at £5,300 for 40 guests, catering included.

Beyond that, venue hire for 2023 and 2024 weddings ranges from £1,500 to £4,000 with a minimum food and beverage spend of £125 per person, based on minimum guest numbers of 70 people on Saturdays, or 50 people from Sunday to Friday.

To book

Call (01242) 545454 or visit ellenboroughpark.com/weddings.

Cotswolds wedding venues

Weddings at Blackwell Grange

In partnership with Blackwell Grange  |  blackwellgrange.co.uk

About the wedding venue

Steeped in rich history and passed down through generations of the same family, the 16th and 17th century buildings at Blackwell Grange make for a spectacularly elegant wedding venue.

Set in the beautiful Cotswolds and located within close proximity of Cheltenham, Oxford, and nearby towns such as Chipping Campden and Broadway, couples set to be wed can create memories full of love and laughter in Blackwell Grange’s diverse barns and contemporary spaces – plus the wedding party can opt to spend the night at its new luxurious accommodation, 1604.

Wedding package options

Blackwell Grange can accommodate up to 150 people for the wedding ceremony itself and sit-down dinner, and up to 200 guests for the evening party – with 43 parking spaces too.

Like many of the spaces at Blackwell Grange, The Potting Shed dates back hundreds of years and has been transformed into a warm and inviting space for bridesmaids to prepare for the day ahead.

The 16th century Thatch Barn has been lovingly restored for civil ceremonies, while still retaining its historic character; and reserved solely for the wedding breakfast and evening celebration, the gorgeous Orchard Barn provides a great space for dancing and dining. Plus, there’s acres of countryside and exquisite gardens, providing the perfect backdrop for wedding snaps.

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When the big day arrives, couples can focus on enjoying themselves without the stress of organising food and drink for the wedding, with the help of Blackwell Grange’s on-site catering team. From decorating tables to liaising with suppliers, it will all be expertly handled.

What’s more, brides and grooms to be will have the chance to attend a tasting event to create a special personalised menu for their big day, with the chefs using the very best ingredients that the season has to offer.

How much do weddings cost?

Venue hire starts from £2,250 excluding accommodation and catering; food prices start from £69 per person; and an exclusive overnight stay in 1604 costs £1,700.

To book

Call Blackwell Grange on (01608) 698798, or visit blackwellgrange.co.uk.

Stroud wedding venues

Weddings at Eastwood Park

In partnership with Eastwood Park  |  eastwoodpark.co.uk

About the wedding venue

From the sweeping drive leading up to the 18th century country manor, to the deer that inhabit the 200-acre estate, Eastwood Park in Gloucestershire is a magical wedding venue at any time of year – and easily accessible from Bristol, south Wales and the Midlands.

Inside, it offers three private hire areas to accommodate weddings of different shapes and sizes, including the Eastwood Terrace for up to 180 guests; the Drawing Room for up to 100 guests; and the Study for smaller parties – with plenty of original features between them.

Wedding package options

Couples can choose from Eastwood Park’s inclusive wedding packages, covering the ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception, plus their wedding night in the bridal suite, or have their wedding co-ordinator tailor the day to their unique specifications.

They will also benefit from their own dedicated host to ensure their wedding day runs smoothly, so the bridal party can relax in the bridal dressing room and enjoy prosecco and pastries while getting ready.

Everything is taken care of, from welcome drinks and canapés to the three-course sit-down wedding breakfast complete with starched white linen, not to mention wine, bubbly for the toast, cake stand and knife, tea and coffee, after dinner disco and evening food too.

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Full-length windows flood the drawing room with light, while the neutral décor makes it easy for couples to put their own stamp on the space.

Optional extras allow you to upgrade the evening meal with delicious alternatives prepared, with fresh local ingredients by Eastwood Park’s in-house chefs.

The venue offers no end of fabulous photo opportunities too, with views across Berkeley Vale, a staircase with a stained glass window, a clock tower courtyard, terrace and gardens.

How much do weddings cost?

Eastwood Park has availability in late 2022, with rates from £9,950 for 50 day guests and 80 evening guests, or 80 day guests and 120 evening guests costing £14,660. While weddings planned for 2023 cost £10,945 for the smaller package or £16,060 for the larger one.

To book

Call (01454) 260207 or visit eastwoodpark.co.uk.

Beyond the border wedding venues

Weddings at Thornbury Castle

In partnership with Thornbury Castle  |  thornburycastle.co.uk

About the wedding venue

Part of the Relais & Châteaux collection of gourmet restaurants and boutique hotels, Thornbury Castle in South Gloucestershire certainly has what it takes to deliver an exceptional experience on your big day.

In fact, it’s the only Tudor castle operating as a hotel, and it’s fit for royalty too, having welcomed King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, who spent several days there some 500 years ago.

From the Tudor Hall to the Chancellor’s Lounge and the Baron’s Sitting Room, the beautifully refurbished castle – complete with luxurious bedrooms and a 2 AA Rosette restaurant – is imbued with regal grandeur, inside and out.

Set in 15 acres of land with stunning views of the surrounding countryside, its manicured lawns are complemented by a scented rose garden and a winding labyrinth.

Wedding package options

Couples planning weddings of up to 20 guests can secure a private ceremony room and enjoy exclusive use of the Baron’s Sitting Room and adjoining Chancellors Lounge, plus a one night stay in their very own Superior Deluxe bedchamber.

Larger parties of up to 75 day guests and 120 evening guests can opt for partial hire of the castle, including the Tudor Hall, Private Bar and seven bedchambers, or exclusive use of the whole castle, including all 27 bedchambers and grounds.

As well as canapés and fizz, guests will be treated to a sit-down meal from one of several menus put forward by Thornbury’s executive chef, Carl Cleghorn, with wine pairings and an evening buffet.

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Tempted to elope? You needn’t go as far as Gretna Green, with the elopement package from Thornbury Castle from £3,340, including two witnesses provided by the castle.

The venue was also awarded ‘Romantic Hotel of the Year’ in the 100 top British hotels for 2021 in The Times’ Best Places to Stay list.

How much do weddings cost?

Exclusive use of the castle with the Jane Seymour package costs from £28,000, while partial hire starts at £16,000 as part of the Anne Boleyn package. For weddings on the smaller side, the Catherine of Aragon package comes in at £2,915 to £4,000.

To book

Call (01454) 281182 or visit thornburycastle.co.uk.

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