What is Dry Hire?
The venue is hired out as a blank canvas. We run events under a Temporary Events Notice and host a maximum of just 15 exclusive events per year. Allowing you to choose your own suppliers, furniture etc and to set up and decorate to your own style. We also 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.
What are your maximum guest numbers?
110 is our maximum guest number. With car parking limited we would ask all guests to car share or use a minibus where possible.
Will you reduce the hire rate if we only have a small number of guests?
Please get in contact with us, but as a general rule, regardless of smaller guest numbers our venue hire remains the same for 15-110 guests. If you are planning a small intimate wedding for up to 20 guests maximum, with up to 8 hours venue hire (this must include your setting up and clean up time) then we can give you a bespoke price for a Sunday afternoon/evening wedding.
Do you have an On The Day Co-Ordinator or Wedding Planner included in the hire rate?
No, although should you wish to include this in your package we do have an in-house Co-Ordinator, who we request you use. We can recommend Wedding Planners but our staff don't deal with this role.
Do you hold a wedding licence?
Yes we do, After passing all the rigorous checks with the appropriate authorities, we became a Licenced venue last Spring. We are licenced for up to 110 people. Our Barn and Woodland Den are both licenced. Our local Registrars Office is based in Bury St Edmunds. Our couples must contact the office directly.
Do you have an In-House Celebrant should we wish to have a blessing rather than a legal wedding?
Yes we do, Allan is our celebrant at Upthorpe Wood.
Can we bring in our own alcohol?
From 2021, we have our own bar at the woods, however you may still bring in a limited amount for your welcome drinks and table wine with no corkage charge.
Can we hire the venue for additional hours?
Yes certainly. We can extend your wedding day by a further hour. Additional hours are also 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/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 amplified music to stop at 11pm. Our camping numbers are limited to 20 max.
Are we allowed to hire bands to play in the woodland?
Unfortunately not, due to our close neighbours. No amplified music is allowed outside the barn, although we love acoustic! We would prefer you to choose our recommended DJ. 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.
Ask 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 pets by prior arrangement.
We have car parking for up to 30 but caterers and glamping may lower this number.
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