What's included & Frequently Asked Questions

What's included -

The Wedding Barn

  • Capacity for 120 seated guests 
  • Licensed Bar and lounge, upper and lower courtyards 
  • Covered and heated marquee area (15m x 6m) attached to the Barn in case of inclement weather 
  • Furniture Hire (your choice of round or trestle tables plus oak cross backed chairs) 
  • Wooden cable drum for use as a cake table (please note a cake knife is NOT included) 
  • Registrars table 
  • Use of our speaker system and wireless roaming microphone 
  • Glass hire 
  • Outdoor cane furniture 
  • Adjoining catering kitchen for use by our caterers 
  • Heating and Lighting 

Use of the Gin Bar & Cocktail Bar

  • Drinks to be charged as taken

Use of the Bridal Preparation & Beauty Suite

The Grounds

  • Access to the gardens, grounds, lakeside and jetty
  • Access to the boat house for photographs

Luxury Accommodation for 2 nights

  • The Bridal Cottage – 1 bedroom self catering cottage with hot tub – sleeps 2
  • The East Wing of Town Head House – 3 luxury guest bedrooms – sleeps 6
    • 2 x first floor en-suite kingsize rooms with shower and bath
    • 1 x ground floor accessible kingsize room with separate walk-in shower room
  • Barn Cottage – 3 bedroom self catering cottage with hot tub – sleeps 6-8
    • 2 x ground floor en-suite kingsize bedrooms with shower rooms
    • 1 x first floor en-suite family room with king size bed, double sofa bed and family bathroom (shower and bath) – sleeps 2-4
  • Farm Cottage – 3 bedroom self catering cottage with hot tub – sleeps 6
    • 2 x king size en-suite bedrooms with shower room
    • 1 x king size bedroom with separate shower room
  • Toilet and shower block in the paddock for use by overnight campers (max 12 tents)

Frequently Asked Questions

No you don’t. We have a choice of round tables or rustic trestles, with oak cross backed chairs. We also have a cable drum which looks beautiful as a cake table, and a restored sewing table for the registrars.  The lounge and bar area are fully furnished, and we have beautiful outdoor seating for the terrace too. All our furniture is included in your venue hire. However, if you have a specific style in mind you are welcome to hire your own from elsewhere.  The only exception will be for outdoor ceremonies when you will need to hire your own seating, however we will be able to assist with suppliers.

Define small. It makes not a jot of difference to us whether there are two of you or 120, as the price for the venue is to block book the whole thing with all accommodation included. So if you want to have the place to yourself, or pack it to the rafters, it’s your call. The price will be the same and the two nights are yours to enjoy. However, if you’re feeling spontaneous and are looking to book within the next 6 months, then speak to us and we’ll be happy to bespoke a package to suit you – day hire, one night, whatever takes your fancy. If we have the availability, then we’ll come up with something.

Because it’s the only part of the venue that is shared with the owners. We, like our lovely guests, love playing in the lake, by the lake, on the lake, etc. The beautiful Boat House is one of the reasons we fell in love with TH, and we fully expect people to feel the same and to want to enjoy it too. We would never dream of gate-crashing your party down there, so if you are planning a proper event at the Boat House in addition to your wedding celebrations, then the extra charge is simply the value we put on leaving you in peace and finding something else to do

All on-site accommodation comes complete with fully equipped kitchen facilities. For your wedding celebration in the Wedding Barn, we will provide all glassware, wine coolers and water jugs, but you should speak to Karen Rhodes Catering about everything else, such as crockery, linen, a knife to cut the cake etc.

Yes we do. The bar is fully licensed, opening at a time to suit you on your wedding day (no earlier than 11am) and closing at midnight. We are also happy to open the bar the night before the wedding for you and your guests by prior arrangement.

Yes it can. Who doesn’t want a drink the night before the wedding?! We would just ask that you give us at least 1 month notice so that we can arrange appropriate staffing.

We have a fully stocked bar and a really good wine list. Our prices are competitive and we’re happy to discuss drinks packages to suit you. We are also happy to try and source anything specific that you would like that isn’t on our wine list.

That said, wine and fizz are personal choices and people like what they like. Therefore, you are able to bring your own wine and fizz for the drinks reception and/or the wedding breakfast, subject to a corkage charge of £5 per bottle of wine, £10 per bottle of prosecco and £15 per bottle of champagne.

Quantities are limited to two glasses of fizz per person for the drinks reception, one glass of fizz per person for the toast and half a bottle of wine per person for the wedding breakfast. We will run the Town Head bar alongside throughout the day.

We’ve taken a LOT of advice on this to make sure we get it absolutely right. If we cover the Barn in fairy lights, and fairy lights are not your thing, then we’ve cramped your style before you’ve even started decorating. So, we’re going subtle. We’ve lit the walls, we’ve lit the beams, and we’ll leave the fun stuff to you. That said, we have installed RBG lights in the ceiling so you can actually light the ceiling any colour you wish (including white), or have it scrolling through the colour wheel for the full party effect. There are lots of power points hidden away up in the beams where you can’t see them, and a wire running around the walls to attach decorations to, but other than that we’ll leave it to you to create your perfect backdrop. The Barn is beautiful left just as it is, but you may well have some amazing ideas to really make the space your own.

Via our speakers!! We have installed a full speaker system in the Barn, which is compatible with an iphone or ipad – all you need to do is download your playlist onto spotify (or similar) and plug into the system. Alternatively, just let us have your playlist and we’ll do the rest.

Not officially, although we are keen to avoid any complaints of excessive noise and so please understand if we have to ask particularly enthusiastic musicians and DJs to turn it down a bit.

Apart from catering, which is provided exclusively by Karen Rhodes Catering, yes, absolutely. We can recommend some great suppliers for all kinds of other things, but we won’t restrict you to using the ones that we like. We take no commission from any suppliers, and we are happy for you to engage any suppliers of your choosing. We would however ask that you check any suppliers that you want to use with us first so that we can make sure they are fully insured, and will work sympathetically with the historic listed buildings and parkland that make up Town Head Estate. In addition, if a previous couple has had a bad experience, then we would encourage you to choose someone else as poor service would not only spoil your experience, it would reflect badly on us as a venue.

Yes. Check in for accommodation is from 3pm, and we are happy to make the Wedding Barn available from then for you and your team to begin decorating. Please speak to us if you feel like you need more time and need an earlier check in and we will try and accommodate you although this will obviously depend on other bookings and the availability of our staff. Suppliers are welcome to speak to us directly to tell us what they need and if we can help, we will. Our only stipulations that any decorations at height, such as lighting, MUST be installed by a professional. You don’t want to be falling off a stepladder the day before the wedding.

We permit live entertainment in the Wedding Barn until 12 midnight (indoors only after 11pm).  However, we do have to be more careful down by the lake as sound does travel across the lake, and so reduced noise levels will be required in respect of both recorded and live music.

Absolutely not. Your wedding is your day. The price reflects the fact that you will have exclusivity of the venue. Our family lives on site but the wedding facilities are yours to use. There are no footpaths through any part of the Estate, so you are guaranteed privacy.

Yes we are. Our licensed areas include the Wedding Barn and the Boat House, in addition to various outdoor areas (see below).

Yes you can. Outdoor ceremonies are permitted under UK law providing the venue is licensed and has nominated specific areas that fall within that license. See our Our Ceremonies Locations for outdoor areas that currently fall under our wedding license

We are still surprised we even get asked this question. Yes, of course we do.

No we don’t. It is up to you to speak to the Registration services (or email them at [email protected]).

Yes it is. We love children and grannies alike. There is plenty of space to run around and children will love the lakeside location. Barn Cottage includes a family suite on the upper level which has a king sized bed, additional sofa bed and en suite with a bath rather than just a shower, which makes it perfect for a family with children. The Wedding Barn is fully accessible for pushchairs, and there is a baby change station in the toilets on the lower ground floor level in the Barn.

Yes. The Wedding Barn is fully accessible for wheelchairs. As it is built on a slope, access is at ground level from both the lower and upper floors, although wheelchair users may require some assistance up the slope. Please let us know if this is the case. There are disabled toilets on both levels. We have one ground floor mobility friendly bedroom with separate fully accessible bathroom within the East Wing. Wheelchair users can also access the Bridal Preparation and Beauty Suite.

The Wedding Barn has two toilet blocks, one on either level. Both include disabled toilets. We also have toilets in the shower block which is a short walk uphill from the Boat House. 

Yes we do. We have a shower and toilet block near the carpark and campers are welcome to pitch in the paddock up to a maximum of 12 tents. We can’t allow camping in the parkland unfortunately due to the presence of livestock throughout the year. We can recommend suppliers for bell tents should you wish. Please note that we don’t have electrical facilities to hook up to caravans and camper vans, although they are welcome to stay over in the car park.

Yes, for the daytime in the Barn and grounds, provided they are under control. Not in any of the other internal areas though, including all accommodation and the beauty room. Your dog may be the smallest and best behaved dog on the planet, but our next guests may have an allergy, so we do need to be absolutely strict on this policy. We can however recommend some excellent kennels nearby.

We ask for 30% of the total amount to secure your date. The balance is payable (along with a damage deposit of £1,500) 12 weeks before your wedding.

It is the Lake District after all, and despite the sun always shining on the righteous, there is always the possibility of a shower or two. But don’t panic. We have a 6x15m all-weather clear roofed clear sided marquee which sits neatly over the terrace, providing some shade on the sunniest of days when we can remove the sides completely, and shelter when it’s tipping it down. It’s easily big enough for your drinks reception. It has beautiful outdoor furniture, cushions, blankets, chandeliers and heating when required. The weather will do what it will do, but it shouldn’t be the thing that you worry about.

We understand that for various reasons your plans may need to change, so please talk to us. Your deposit is non-refundable but if something has happened that means you need to change your date for genuine reasons, then we will do our best to find you a new date.

We would do our absolute best to find you a new date, so your wedding would be rearranged, not cancelled. Your deposit, once paid, is non-refundable, and our contract with you would remain in place. If you had not yet paid your balance, then we would work with you to find a new date and the balance would become payable 12 weeks before your NEW date. If you have already paid the balance of your wedding (i.e. your wedding was due to take place within 12 weeks) but it cannot go ahead due to government restrictions, then again we would do our absolute best to reschedule your wedding. If it was simply a case of restricting your guest numbers, then we would work with you to make sure Town Head is fully Covid compliant and all guests can follow appropriate social distancing rules. A reduction in guest numbers is NOT the same as a wedding being unable to go ahead, and your balance would remain payable. Having spoken to several of our suppliers, this is the solution that they have all come up with and in most cases this has worked very well. That said, we are recommending to all of our couples to take out wedding insurance where possible. In the very unlikely event that we couldn’t find an alternative date that you were happy with, or you wanted to change venue, then you would need to talk to your insurer about recovering your money through your insurance policy.

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Town Head Estate
Town Head
Newby Bridge
LA12 8NP