We are a dry-hire venue, where DIY weddings are the order of the day, for you to choose any theme from royal to rustic, and any suppliers – you basically have a blank canvas to create your very own bespoke wedding. We have set out the parameters here of the ‘packages’ available, and what you get with each one.
Barn and Stackyard Marquee (April – September inclusive).
This 3-day package is our main and most popular package when you book the Sancroft Barns, and you get an amazing lot too.
You always get exclusive use of the whole venue: the Barn for your ceremony that seats 115, not including you, the registrars and your photographers. Or for the ceremony you can choose to have an outdoor one pretty much anywhere at the venue. Current regulations allow the whole legal ceremony to be conducted outdoors, but it’s possible that after 1st April 2022 you may have to do a very short legal bit inside too – this can easily be accommodated for in the Barn for the 8 people required. Or if you are having a local church wedding and don’t need the Barn for a ceremony you can arrive and go straight onto the Courtyard and surrounding area for your wedding reception or just to chill out. The stunning Portuguese limestone-stepped reception Courtyard is a great south facing suntrap, with easy access. After your reception you can use the Stackyard Marquee for your wedding breakfast seating up to 120 – there should also be sufficient space to hold a small reception in the Marquee too in the event of bad weather, or you may be able to use the Barn depending on exactly your wedding type. There is a covered link from the Barn to the Marquee so neither you, your guests or your food should get wet. Then once the staff have re-set the Barn, you can use it later for your evening ‘partydance’, while still having access to the Marquee.
The facilities that come with this ‘package’ are the WC block (so you don’t need to hire in separate luxury loos), the catering kitchen space for use by your caterer should they require it, bar space, dance floor, power and lighting as fitted, water, and heating in the Barn. We also provide the courtyard outside furniture, parking ... oh yes and loads of space around the venue and gorgeous country views! You can start your set up from 10am the day before your ‘do’ to arrange and set up your layouts, decorations, flowers etc; then from 8am until midnight of your wedding day itself; then until midday the next day for the take-down, clear up and depart. We can share our list of suppliers which will give you some options, but if you have a chosen supplier of your own, just tell us in advance so we know who will be coming. Importantly you will also need to pre-book your registrar (and/or celebrant) well in advance if you are planning to have your ceremony here.
Paddock (April – September recommended)
For those wanting the full rustic countryside experience, the 3-day Paddock ‘package’ may be for you, as it has been for other brides and grooms down the years. Again it’s exclusive use of the whole paddock area for your choice of wedding marquee (or Tipis), catering tent and reception/bar area (which may of course be an integrated space within your marquee); and you choose your decorations, flowers and everything inside the marquee. You will have use of our WC block, but you may wish to bring in luxury loos as an addition. We will supply water for your caterers, but power and lights are up to you, so you will need to hire generators too. Everything in the marquees, of whatever size, is up to you: tables, chairs, linen, table decorations … the lot. It’s a 3-day package as above, but we allow an extra day beforehand and afterwards for the marquee to be put up and taken down by the company from whom you hire it.
Barn and Courtyard (all year)
If you are looking at hosting a wedding and/or reception for up to 50 guests, and a dinner and dance (or any combination of these) then hiring just the Barn may be for you. For those planning a small winter wedding, it’ll be perfect for the months of October to March, but it’s available all the year round when not already in use by another couple of course! With the Barn being our main licensed space it is even possible to get married as part of the package. Or you can certainly use any outside space we have around the Barn on your day, depending on the weather.
Add a Ceremony
If you choose the Paddock ‘package’ and want to have a full ceremony in the Barn or outdoors, then you can add a ceremony onto the package, and have the benefit of marrying either in the gorgeous Barn, or you can use anywhere on the paddock for your outside ceremony (note the legal caveat above that might require doing the legal bit under cover in the Barn). And if you need straw bales, they will be provided by us.
Add Glamping and Camping
We have a great space for glamping too. You can get Bell Tents, yurts or whatever you want for your celebration. Even your guests can pitch up as well, although we will charge a little extra for that service – either individually or to you if there are lots of them.
Corporate and other Events
It might be you are looking to not host a wedding at all, but want your own intimate Barn or paddock for a different celebration or event. Whether it’s a wake, a Christmas Party, cocktail party, a presentation, pop-up event, meeting or exhibition we have the space and the facilities for this. Bear in mind we are dry-hire venue so you would still need to hire in certain important elements to make your event happen. But the exclusivity and seclusion in this gorgeous north Suffolk location should attract you. For your event you will have use of any variety of Barn, courtyard, marquee, or paddock plus the WC block, parking, and heat and light. So get in touch to see if it fits the bill.
The only restrictions are on the numbers and timings outlined here and on the use of fireworks. Because of our adjacent thatched house and the standing crops surrounding the venue, there are to be absolutely no fireworks, or Chinese/Sky Lanterns released during the period you hire the Sancroft Barns. Likewise no hand held smoke flares are to be used at the venue, as they are likely to stain the delicate fabric of the buildings and landscaping.