Wadhurst Castle

Sussex & Kent Wedding & Event Venue

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Why get married at Wadhurst Castle?

Wow, if you are looking to make your fairy-tale wedding come true, Wadhurst Castle is an incredible, romantic and stunning castle that scarcely anyone knows about yet!

It’s a private venue for events, weddings and celebrations of all kind, consisting of a grand Regency Castle and the recently converted Victorian Carriage Barn along with magnificent grounds, just to the west of the village of Wadhurst.

The Castle is offered on an exclusive, dry hire basis, which is great for you, as it means we can be your bespoke wedding or event caterer. The season runs from mid-May to mid-December each year but during the winter months, the Carriage Barn remains available. If you’re looking for a castle wedding with real WOW factor, where the photo opportunities are endless, team Touchays honestly think you are going to be blown away by this wedding venue.

The Castle

The Castle is surrounded by extensive parkland (140 acres) along with beautiful terraced gardens, that offer stunning, uninterrupted views across the Sussex countryside. The gardens and private estate have been restored to their former glory and now make the perfect backdrop for your wedding or event. And, you can say your vows in the perfectly charming walled garden.

The Carriage Barn

For couples lusting after a castle wedding with a modern twist, the recently renovated charming Carriage Barn offers you a modern function suite perfect for your indoor wedding ceremony, sit-down meal, or as a party-pad. It is also available for hire for other major milestones in life; from naming celebrations, special parties and anniversaries, to the gathering of those marking a family member’s passing.

 The Winter Garden

For those who prefer a small and more intimate wedding, Wadhurst offers the gorgeous Winter Garden Room with its display of exotic plants, that are perfect in summer or winter. For up to thirty guests seated family-style on one long table.

The specifics

In addition, the Carriage Barn and Well Courtyard are available Mid-January to Mid-May each year for daytime weddings and events. Both the Castle and the Carriage Barn offer space for dining for up to 104. For parties between 104 and 130 guests, a marquee can be placed on the South Lawn or can be erected in such a way as to become an extension to the Carriage Barn.

 

What else does Wadhurst Castle have to offer recently engaged couples?

Start your day in the beautiful, spacious dressing room with en suite bathroom and unbeatable views across the estate. The south-facing room is flooded with natural light, enabling your photographer to get some amazing preparation shots.

The walk through the gardens, to the outdoor ceremony area in the walled garden, is stunning with beautifully maintained flower beds lining the way. The outdoor ceremony area is surrounded by brick walls that give you a sense of seclusion and intimacy. For indoor ceremonies, several magnificent beautiful rooms have also been licensed along with the recently converted Carriage Barn.

Following your wedding ceremony, your guests can spill out on to the stunning and impressive South Terrace lawn with its amazing views for your group shots, cocktail hour with delicious canapes, carefully prepared by Touchays of course.

After live music and perhaps games played on the lawn, your Master of Ceremonies (MC) can call your guests in for your delicious wedding breakfast which can be in any one of the three interconnecting reception rooms within the Castle or you can transfer to the converted Carriage Barn.

What is a Dry Hire Venue?

So, you want to hire Wadhurst Castle for your wedding, only to find that catering and drinks aren’t included because you have to hire the venue on a dry-hire basis.

For those of you who have never planned a wedding or large event before, this term means that you hire the venue, but you have to organise your own catering, drinks and ‘dress up’ the venue yourself.  But, don’t worry.  Booking Wadhurst Castle enables you to also book us, a recommended caterer, to help you to create your perfect truly personal and memorable wedding.

However, we do tend to get booked up, especially during the summer, two to two and a half years in advance, so please do get in touch with us now.

How to plan a wedding at Wadhurst Castle, a dry hire venue?

We are so proud to become a recommended caterer at Wadhurst Castle that is booked on a dry-hire basis. If you hire us, Touchays, for both your food and drinks service, we are a multi-award-winning wedding and events caterer who will provide you with a full wedding planning service that includes:

  • an on-the-day coordinator, who will be the point of contact on-site for your suppliers
  • help source your cutlery, glasses, crockery, tables and chairs to secure the look that works for your special occasion
  • the staff to serve drinks and food
  • a faultless service working with your other suppliers to dress the venue and we will de-rig/clear away after your event
  • a detailed timeline for the day, so that everyone knows exactly what is happening and when
  • us clearing away at the end of the night and removing our waste.

Touchays wedding food ideas, perfect for Wadhurst Castle

We bring restaurant-quality food and service to Wadhurst Castle drawing on over 25 years of experience. Let us deliver your perfect wedding breakfast, beautifully presented and served by staff who really care.

Choose from our Classic Menu that not only tastes fantastic but will also suit the theme of your occasion. Or, if you want to make a statement, collaborate with us to curate your own bespoke menu, that might include heritage, nostalgic or regional dishes to create your own ‘royal’ food memories within the elegant, unique and historical setting of Wadhurst Castle. Our menus cover a wide variety of tastes and diets, have kid-friendly options and dessert choices for those who don’t have a sweet tooth, plus we have a wide variety of exciting, interactive food and grazing station ideas for your evening after-party.

Ask about our carefully selected range of wines and champagnes to pair with your menu. At Wadhurst Castle, whatever drinks you choose, let us get creative to guarantee you feel like royalty, as you toast your new marriage in your very own castle.

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