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.



Travel, Hotels, Info.

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We have lots of local Air BnBs  and several campsites within 2 miles, check by postcode IP31 2AP.

Local Hotels:

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



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

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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

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