Stunning Victorian buildings in the heart of Sherwood Forest and castles full of history are some of the wedding venues where couples can plan their big day in Nottinghamshire.
The county has many historic buildings which have been repurposed as venues for weddings and other occasions in recent years.
Other unique venues such as Trent Bridge Cricket Ground and country manors dotted around the county also make for picturesque places to get married.
Nottinghamshire Live has compiled a list of some of the best venues across the county – in no particular order.
1) Boughton Pumping Station
An Edwardian former water pumping station in Nottinghamshire built more than a century ago now serves a much different purpose from getting water to the city.
With its “distinctive” redbrick chimney, The Pumping House – formerly known as Boughton Pumping Station – can be seen by approaching visitors through the thick treeline of Sherwood Forest that it is hidden within.
Now, since 2016, most of its visitors make the journey through the forest near Ollerton to attend a function, in particular weddings.
The pumping station – and its surrounding structures of a superintendent’s house and five workers’ cottages – were built in 1905 by William Beedham Starr in a ‘baroque revival style’.
It is now managed by Venue Lab – who mange a series of ‘exclusive venues.’
2) The Lady Margaret Hall, Welbeck Estate
Set in north Nottinghamshire, this stunning estate is home to a wedding venue that is sure to make for some brilliant pictures.
The Lady Margaret Hall within the Welbeck estate will be unveiling its brand-new look at the end of October 2021.
Alongside the venue, the grade II listed Cuckney House property on the Welbeck Estate, near Worksop will be sympathetically converted into accommodation over the next 12 months to house groups of up to 32 people.
With space for up to 220 people – or 120 guests seated – it provides the perfect venue for all kinds of events and occasions and can be hired by groups or for birthday parties, anniversaries, and weddings.
The Abbey and the estate itself were originally acquired by the famed Bess of Hardwick’s younger son, Charles Cavendish, in 1607, and passed down through the generations.
3) Kelham Hall
Historic Nottinghamshire venue Kelham Hall is set to reopen after its sudden closure earlier this year – and that means weddings are back at this venue.
The Grade I listed landmark, near Newark, will return to business in December after being taken over by a “new and experienced management team”.
The Victorian stately home will relaunch with a glitz and glamour theme in the run-up to Christmas, under its new name – The Renaissance at Kelham Hall.
Nestled within 42 acres of parkland, Kelham Hall was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott in 1863. The building housed the Society of the Sacred Mission theological college, before becoming the former headquarters of Newark and Sherwood District Council.
4) Papplewick Pumping Station
This extraordinary pumping station now also serves a very different modern purpose.
Now a museum, the pumping station has also been a wedding venue since 2009 and hosts an average of fourteen weddings a year between April and mid-October.
It is a seasonal venue and does not take bookings for winter weddings, nor on Bank Holiday weekends as this is when it is n steam for the general public.
Papplewick Pumping Station in Ravenshead was built between 1882 and 1885 by the same man who designed Nottingham’s Trent Bridge river crossing and some of its sewerage networks, Marriott Ogle Tarbotton (1834 – 1887).
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The pumping station is a grade II* listed building and also recognised as a scheduled ancient monument by Historic England.
5) Trent Bridge Cricket Ground
This famous cricket ground’s history begins with a love story itself.
The inn was owned by widow Mary Chapman who married cricket-mad landlord of The Bell Inn, William Clarke, in 1838
Clarke managed to convince his wife Mary Chapman to convert a meadow behind the pub into a cricket pitch which today is the cricket stadium in West Bridgford.
Weddings also take place at the stadium and give couples access to the atmospheric Long Room which can seat up to 90 guests, the Derek Randall suite where 180 guests can be seated, or The Boundary’s Edge room where civil ceremonies can take place.
The listed building off Mansfield Road, in Bestwood, has a capacity for 250 people in its ground-floor wedding venue and a tower will provide spectacular views of the area.
Much of the pumping station building’s brickwork and tiling has been restored back to its original look.
It was built between 1871 and 1874 and operated until the mid-1960s.
It was commissioned by the Nottingham Water Company and designed by Thomas Hawksley.
7) Eastwood Hall
Georgian charm and elegant spaces set the scene for your perfect wedding here.
Surrounded by 26 acres of beautiful grounds, Eastwood Hall offers a gorgeous backdrop for your special day.
From the elegant rooms in the manor house to the modern banqueting suites, there is complete flexibility for up to 400 guests from the ceremony to the wedding breakfast.
Only a short drive from Nottingham. Eastwood Hall has 150 well-appointed guest rooms, fresh dining options and a leisure club where you can unwind.
8) Bestwood Lodge
History tells that Bestwood Lodge was once a Royal residence, used for hunting purposes.
King Edward III issued letters dated “at his Park at Bestwood” in 1364 and earlier still, Henry I granted to the Priory of Lenton permission to have “the right of having two carts to fetch deadwood and heath daily out of the Royal Forest of Bestwood”.
Down the decades, subsequent Dukes held court in the house, but it was the 10th Duke along with the top London architect S.S. Teulon who created the house we see today.
The original house was demolished in 1860 to make way for a large house in domestic Gothic style, with red brick and white stone facings. This Lodge was finished in 1863.
Now a wedding venue set in 700 acres of parkland, The Lodge, with 40 en suite bedrooms, offers plenty of space for wedding guests to stay overnight.
9) Belvoir Castle
Just across the county border lies Belvoir Castle’s which has a history that dates back to the eleventh century.
It is the ancestral home of the Duke of Rutland, where the family have lived in an unbroken line for almost a thousand years.
The castle features a choice of two rooms for civil ceremonies and drinks receptions for up to 120 people.
It also has a beautiful suite of rooms for the bride to use for herself and her bridesmaids to prepare in style.
The State Dining Room can host up to 120 people for a wedding breakfast and there is also an evening reception room and bar for up to 150 people.
The historic landmark dates back to the 17th century and has a selection of exclusive private rooms with contemporary bars and terraces to make for a perfect wedding.
All rooms are spacious with excellent facilities, have a wonderful atmosphere and superb photographic areas.
Whether you are having an intimate gathering of 30 people, or a guest list of hundreds, the experienced and dedicated team will ensure you will remember the wedding of your dreams forever.
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