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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 day guest number and 150 for evening, 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.  Drinks packages are available, you may prefer to pre-pay an amount behind the bar or you can choose for your guests to pay as they go.  We will happily create a bespoke drinks package to suit your needs.  

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 50 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.

Can our guests camp overnight?

We have lots of local campsites and accommodation, so do not allow wedding guests to camp over, this also prevents guests retiring to their tents during your wedding day!

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.

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.

More Info.: FAQ


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


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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

More Info.: Guest info
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