January 17, 2020 /

Best Wedding Venues In The East Midlands

Where are the best wedding venues in the East Midlands? As a Nottingham wedding photographer you'd think most of my weddings would be shot close to home. Nooooo! The majority of my weddings ar...

two brides holding hands walking along a lake side

Where are the best wedding venues in the East Midlands?

As a Nottingham wedding photographer you’d think most of my weddings would be shot close to home. Nooooo! The majority of my weddings are scattered far and wide across the UK, which is awesome. As the world warms up though I’m becoming more and more conscious of trying to travel less so no longer shoot weddings abroad. Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to photograph at some beautiful venues closer to home, venues I’d love to photograph at again.

So here’s my list of the best wedding venues in the East Midlands. I’ve also added a little list of those I haven’t photographed a wedding at but would love to. Cheeky! And if you are getting married at one of those wedding venues, and would love fun informal wedding photography taken by a multi award winning fabuloso wedding photographer with a silly sense of humour, ? I’m offering a free Nottingham engagement shoot to the first couple from each venue who books with me. Epic.

In alphabetical order, here are the best wedding venues in the East Midlands.


Belvoir castle

bride and groom marrying in the sword room at Belvoir Castle

Belvoir castle, the stunning ancestral home of the Duke of Rutland, is surrounded by gorgeous gardens and parkland. ‘Young Victoria’ was filmed there and Netflix ‘The Crown.’ It’s the perfect place for a fairy tale wedding.

Info: Licensed for civil ceremonies.

Email: weddings@belvoircastle.com

Location: NG32 1PE

Website: https://www.belvoircastle.com


The Carriage Hall

bride and groom dancing at the carriage hall Plumtree

The Carriage Hall is a former railway station goods shed with a quirky mezzanine, set in Nottinghamshire countryside. The Carriage Hall is licensed for civil ceremonies and the main hall can seat up to 100 guests.

Info: Licensed for civil ceremonies.

Email: mlatter@thecarriagehall.co.uk

Location: NG12 5NA

Website: https://www.thecarriagehall.co.uk


The Chequers Inn

bride and groom kiss under confetti at the chequers inn Woolsthorpe

The Chequers is a cosy 17th century country inn with a light and airy modern restaurant. It has an exclusive use pretty garden, and is surrounded by farmland set in the Vale of Belvoir.

Info: Licensed for civil ceremonies.

120 day guests – 250 evening

Tel: 01476 870701

Location: NG32 1LU

Website: http://www.chequersweddings.co.uk/


Dodford Manor

bride and groom leaving their bard ceremony at Dodford Manor Northants

Dodford Manor is a lovely rustic wedding venue. It has a Grade II listed barn for ceremonies that has been beautifully restored. It is set in over 20 acres of stunning Northamptonshire countryside.

Info: Licensed for civil ceremonies.

Prices from £6,450 to £8,950

Email: enquiries@dodfordmanor-venue.co.uk

Location: NN7 4SR

Website: https://www.dodfordmanor-venue.co.uk


Hazel Gap

confetti shot hazel gap barn notts

Hazel Gap is a large rustic red-brick barn on the Welbeck Estate in Nottinghamshire. It has a lovely courtyard with fire pits and a bright and airy dining room. It has space for 150 wedding guests during the day and another 100 in the evening.

Info: Licensed for civil ceremonies.

Email: enquiries@crippshazelgap.com

Location: NG22 9EY

Website: https://crippsandco.com/hazel-gap


Inkersall Grange Farm

humanist ceremony at Inkersall farm

Inkersall Grange Farm is a tipi venue set in the midst of  Nottinghamshire countryside. It has three giant tipis, seating up to 150 wedding guests, and a chilli out tipi. Each wedding they do is bespoke and you can have access to the tipis the day before to decorate, personalise and make it your own. There is pretty fairy lighting in and outside of the tipis as well as fire pits. Guests can camp there and there’s a cool wedding night log cabin close by.

Email: info@inkersallgrangefarm.co.uk

Location: NG22 8TN

Website: https://inkersallgrangefarm.co.uk


Kilworth House

wedding group photo letting balloons go at Kilworth house

Kilworth House is a Grade II listed Italianate country house set in 38 acres of rolling parkland. It is a beautiful hotel available for exclusive hire.

Info: Licensed for civil ceremonies.

Email: info@kilworthhouse.co.uk

Location: LE17 6JE

Website: https://www.kilworthhouse.co.uk/weddings


Langar Hall

orange front of house Langar hall

I have real soft spot for Langar hall. It’s a small beautiful unique country house, which is eclectic inside and out. The grounds are pretty with metal emu sculptures, fields of sheep. and a small lake. Imagine spending the day with an eccentric Victorian philanthropist explorer. He wears tweed and lavish velvet, has a love of art and a good whiskey. He’s a collector of all things curious brought back from his travels of the world, and is rather fond of cats. Now imagine he’s a house and you have Langar Hall. I love the place.

Info: Licensed for civil ceremonies.

Email: events@langarhall.co.uk

Location: NG13 9HG

Website: http://www.langarhall.com


The Malt Cross

bride and groom walking under confetti

The Malt Cross is a cool historical Victorian Music Hall venue located in the centre of Nottingham. It has a ornate balcony and a mezzanine stage for live music.

Email: info@maltcross.com

Location: NG1 6FG

Website: https://maltcross.com



bride and groom leaving masa wedding venue under confetti

Masa is a small converted chapel on the outskirts of Derby city centre. Downstairs is open plan, with a semi-circular bar and a cool pillared dance floor. Upstairs has a light and airy balcony. It has little gardens at the front and back. Perfect for small weddings.

Info: Licensed for civil ceremonies.

Email: enquiries@masaweddings.com

Location: DE1 3PF

Website: http://www.masaweddings.com


Nanpantan Hall

tipis on the lawn nanpantan hall

Nanpantan Hall is a Victorian house set in the middle of a beautiful woodland estate. There is a lovely garden terrace at the back of the house, which overlooks gorgeous rolling hills and The National Forest. You can have a wedding in the house or outdoors as the lawn is large enough for a 3 giant tipis, like the ones above by Sami Tipi.

Info: Licensed for civil ceremonies.

Tel: 01509 239 230

Location: LE11 3YF

Website: https://nanpantanhall.org.uk


The Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery

group shot outside the green and gold building of the nottingham contemporary art gallery

The Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery is an arty green and gold warehouse style building sunk into sandstone cliffs and set in the Lace Market in Nottingham city centre. If you’d like somewhere urban, super modern and unique to hold your party then this is the place for you.

Email: niki@nottinghamcontemporary.org.

Location: NG1 2GB

Website: https://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org


The Old Stables

the old stables at swithland

The Old Stables is a rustic wedding venue set in the grounds of the Griffin Inn in the pretty village of Swithland, Charnwood Forest. It’s perfect for putting your personal stamp on your day.

Info: Prices from £4,999

Tel: 01509 890535

Location: LE12 8TJ

Website: http://oldstablesswithland.co.uk


Papplewick Pumping Station

two brides holding hands walking along a lake side

Papplewick Pumping Station is an amazing Victorian pumping house that books a small number of weddings a year between April and mid October. It’s set in secluded woodland. If you love industrial sites and Victorian engineering it’s a great place for a unique wedding. Perfect for a Steam punk themed wedding.

Email: director@papplewickpumpingstation.org.uk

Location: NG15 9AJ

Website: http://papplewickpumpingstation.org.ukSami Tipi


Sami Tipi

sami tipis in a field

Sami Tipi is an award-winning tipi company in Derbyshire. The owners Jodie and Craig are great at helping you plan the day you’d love exactly as you imagine it. They’ve even written a book about planning your outdoor wedding. The tipis come with bench seats and tables, pretty fairy lighting, and a dance floor. You can hire their tipis for your own location, hold your wedding at Cuttle Brook their beautiful riverside base, or choose from one of their 6 awesome countryside Leicestershire venues.

Email: team@samitipi.co.uk

Location: DE73 7JB

Website: https://www.samitipi.co.uk


Scrivelsby Walled Garden

bride and groom in a walled garden

Scrivelsby Walled Garden is a secluded wedding venue with space for 4 tipis, set in a formal walled garden & wild-flower meadow. It also has a field next to it for glamping and camping. It’s not licensed for ceremonies but you can have a humanist ceremony in the garden or a legal ceremony in the nearby church, which is just a few steps away across a meadow.

Info: price £4995 – £6995

160 day guests 

Email: info@scrivelsbywalledgarden.co.uk

Location: LN9 6JL

Website: https://www.scrivelsbywalledgarden.co.uk


Swancar Farm Country House

swancar farm country house

Swancar Farm is a mix of modern and rustic. It has a beautiful courtyard and large light and airy renovated barn full of oak pillars and beams, all surrounded by pretty countryside.

Info: Licensed for civil ceremonies.

Email: hello@swancarfarmcountryhouse.com

Location: NG9 3PQ

Website: https://www.swancarfarmcountryhouse.com/


Tissington Hall

Tissington Hall is 17th-century house with beautiful grounds and gardens, located in Tissington village in The Peak District National Park. You can marry in the house, on its terrace overlooking the gorgeous rose garden, which smells divine, or in the village church just a hop and a skip over the road from the hall.

Info: Licensed for civil ceremonies.

Email: weddings@tissingtonhallweddings.co.uk

Location: DE6 1RA

Website: http://www.tissingtonhall.co.uk


The Walled Garden

bride and groom the walled garden

The walled garden has a Georgian style marquee for your wedding breakfast and is set in a beautiful English country style garden with rambling roses, a stunning wisteria archway, a bandstand and it even has a mini maze. You can marry outdoors under the old green house, or in the main house in the oak panelled Dining room or main lounge, which has parkland views.

Info: Licensed for civil ceremonies.

120 day guests220 guests evening.

Email: admin@walledgardennottingham.co.uk

Location: NG9 3DA

Website: http://www.walledgardennottingham.co.uk


The Walled Garden at Castle Ashby

huge marquee at castle ashby

The Walled Garden at Castle Ashby is located on a working country estate well off the beaten track. Set in stunning grounds you get exclusive access to the Victorian Walled Garden and have your wedding breakfast in their huge marquee, which can cater for up to 200 guests.

Email: events@castleashby.co.uk

Location: NN7 1LQ

Website: https://www.castleashbygardens.co.uk


The West Mill

bride and groom by the river at the west mill venue

The West Mill, an industrial cotton mill, is one of the top UK wedding venues. It is split over 4 floors of beautiful red bricked rooms with great big sunny Georgian windows and a south facing courtyard. It sits next to the River Derwent and has its own weir.

Info: Licensed for civil ceremonies.

Up to 160 wedding guests.

Email: events@thewestmillvenue.com

Location:  DE22 1DZ

Website: https://thewestmillvenue.com


Wollaton Hall

bride and groom in the blue prospect room wollaton hall

Wollaton Hall is an epic Grade I listed 16th-century Elizabethan mansion set in 500 acres of natural parkland. It has a beautiful Great Hall and a Camellia House with parkland views. The Prospect Room, on the top floor of Wollaton Hall has panoramic views over Nottingham and was the setting for the Batman film ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’

Info: Licensed for civil ceremonies.

Email: wollaton.hall@nottinghamcity.gov.uk.

Location: NG8 2AE

Website: https://www.wollatonhall.org.uk


Are you getting married at one of the following wedding venues? Would you love me to photograph your wedding? Then I’d love to hear from you. I’m offering a free Nottingham engagement shoot to the first couple from each venue who books me for their wedding.


  • The Woodlands
  • In the Stix
  • The Pheasantry Brewery
  • Barnutopia
  • The National Space Centre
  • The galleries of Justice Museum
  • The Great Central Railway
  • Oaktree Farm
  • Castle View Stables
  • Overgrown Acres
  • Meadow Vale Weddings
  • Mythe Barn

Want to know how to book me as your wedding photographer? Feel free to get in touch via my contact page or email me directly at yvonne@yvonnelishmanphotography.co.uk to see if I have your date available. If I do we can book a video call for a chat about all things weddingy. It’ll be awesome to talk with you, to hear what you have planned.

Yvonne xx

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