Upthorpe Wood are members of WVSG and ABWB
What is Dry Hire?
The venue is hired out as a blank canvas. Allowing you to choose your own suppliers (excluding Bar Companies) furniture etc and to set up and decorate to your own individual style. We ask that you leave the venue in the same condition as hired. We have a strict 'Leave No Trace' policy, which includes clearing the site of all decoration, rubbish, food items, bottles etc.
How is the venue hire fee calculated?
Our blog, which can be found on the Notes page of the website, explains how we calculate our fees. The hire fee includes much more than the venue use on your wedding day alone, in fact the wedding day is only a very small part of the venue fee. In order to run as a sustainable business the fee includes all aspects of our running costs/admin/licences/maintenance/meetings/emails/telephone calls/professional planning advice etc.
What are your maximum guest numbers?
100 is our maximum guest number, this includes children/babies.
Apart from the venue hire, what else will we need to hire for our wedding?
You will need to book either a Registrar or celebrant. Other things to be considered are Caterers, entertainment and decor.
Do you have your own In House Bar at the Wood?
Yes we do, therefore we do not allow other bar or drink companies onsite and do not allow caterers to supply drinks for your day.
Will you reduce the hire rate if we only have a small number of guests?
Regardless of smaller guest numbers our venue hire remains the same for 15-100 guests. If you are planning a small intimate wedding for up to 20 maximum, with up to 8 hours venue hire (this must include your setting up and clean up time) then we have an amazing elopement or ceremony hire package.
Does the hire fee include an On The Day Co-Ordinator or Wedding Planner included in the hire rate?
It doesn’t because not every wedding will need co-ordination, although should you wish to include this in your package we have an in-house Co-Ordinator. We can recommend Wedding Planners but it isn’t a role which we provide although we are always ready to help with any advice.
Do you hold a wedding licence?
Yes we do, After passing all the rigorous checks with the appropriate authorities, we became a Licenced venue in Spring 2019. We are licenced for up to 100 people. Our Barns and Woodland Den are licenced. Our local Registrars Office is based in Bury St Edmunds. Couples must contact the office directly.
If we don’t want a legal wedding, can we have a blessing conducted by a celebrant?
Yes of course.
Can we hire the venue for additional hours?
Yes, certainly. Additional hours are possible for Friday or Sunday. Maybe you'd like to extend your hours on Sunday and have all guests back for brunch? Additional Hours are charged at an hourly rate.
Do staff help set up and clear down?
We leave that to you, friends and family. Stylists can be organised to help set up and style your day. We can offer a Clean Up Service if required.
Can we have an After Party?
If you're looking for a mad all nighter, I'm afraid we aren't the venue for you. We ask for all music to finish by 11pm.
Can guests camp over on the wedding night?
Unfortunately, we don't allow overnight camping. However there are many campsites and lots of accommodation within 5 miles of Upthorpe Wood.
Are we allowed to hire bands to play outside?
Yes of course, although we ask it to be unamplified (no speakers) so acoustic works best. After 7pm all music must be located inside the barn.
Can we bring in our own food?
It's your wedding day and we'd prefer you to sit back and be catered for by a professional caterer.
Is the woodland wheelchair accessible?
Yes, there is access through the reception areas and barns, however some areas in the woodland may prove more difficult to access.
Do suppliers need to provide their own equipment?
Yes they do, this includes staff. Caterers and other suppliers, will need to bring in their own generators, if required, as well as refrigeration units, gazebos and lighting. Suppliers have access to the venue during your hire period hours.
Is there plenty of accommodation available in the area?
Yes there is, within 3 miles you'll find many Air bnbs, hotels and cottages for hire. Our nearest large town is Bury St Edmunds (9 miles away) which has plenty of hotels etc.
Just ask us for recommendations.
Children must be supervised at all times.
We open for weddings between May- September each year and only host weddings at weekends.
We only allow a pet (belonging to the wedding couple) by written prior arrangement only, due to the wildlife onsite. Unfortunately, we do not allow guests to bring pets.
We have car parking for up to 45 cars, including a supplier car park.
Receipt of a Non Refundable deposit (£1,500) will confirm your preferred exclusive weekend hire/booking.
Prices are non-negotiable.
HELPFUL GUEST INFO
Travel, Hotels, Info.
We have lots of local Air BnBs and several campsites within 2 miles, check by postcode IP31 2AP.
The Grange, Thurston - 3 miles
Stowlangtoft Estate Cottages - 2 miles
The Angel, Bury St Edmunds - 9 miles
The Chantry, Bury St Edmunds
All Saints Hotel, Bury St Edmunds
Premier Inn, Bury St Edmunds
Travel Lodge, Bury St Edmunds
TRAIN STATIONS AND BUSES
We would ask guests to car share or arrange a minibus as much as possible, as our Car Parking is limited.
Local Train Stations are:
Thurston (direct to London, Norwich), Bury St Edmunds and
Diss (Direct to London, Norwich)
We are on a Bus route from Bury St Edmunds and Diss
For Sat Nav use IP31 2AP
Taxis will need to be pre-ordered
Bury St Edmunds
A1 Cars 01284 766777
Bury Travel 01284 771520
Getaway Cars 01284 701999
Express Taxis 01379 212020
Diss Town Taxis 01379 414141
Acorn Taxis 01842 775050
A2B Taxis 01842 755222