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Venue Spotlight – Escrick Park

We’re sometimes asked by couples to recommend suitable locations that they could have their marquee or tipi sited and one of our absolute favourites is Escrick Park as it really does have something for everyone! Whether you want a ceremony in the woodland or at The Little Theatre, or you choose a church wedding in the local village first, Escrick Park is perfect for your reception, set in a peaceful and tranquil parkland with beautiful uninterrupted views.

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Parkland Weddings – Escrick Park Estate Grounds

The Venue
Escrick Park Estate Grounds offers a perfect grassland space for your bespoke event, all set in picturesque parkland. Offering glorious uninterrupted views across the former deer park and open landscape stretching for miles. The grounds are mostly facing south, providing a very special location for your marquee event. This site enables you to build your very own bespoke celebration perfectly.
Parkland & woodland is open for weddings all year round, with discounts offered on bookings between November and February for the winter period.

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Image courtesy of Charlotte White Film and Photography

Garden Weddings – Skipwith Hall

The Venue
Skipwith Hall venue provides the perfect private surroundings for your marquee wedding or celebration. The beautiful and exclusively private gardens of this Queen Ann Manor House are yours for the day!

Welcome your guests in the sheltered Kitchen Gardens, packed with colourful boarders and manicured lawns, cockleshell paths and a pretty pond with fountain in the centre.  After your reception drinks your guests can to lead to your marquee through the historic wrought iron gates.

Guest camping is also available in paddocks nearby and is all inclusive.
Cost
This venue is available from March to September and cost for a four day hire is £2400 (inclusive of VAT) for the site only to erect your own marquee.

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Image courtesy of Chris Seddon Wedding Photographer

Special Woodland Outdoor Space 
We love this special place and hope you do too…
Set in an ancient oak clearing, this outdoor open space provides rustic benching for up to 150 people seated with an archway crafted from dried oak branches to create a special space for your ‘I do’s’.

Bunting and bales are available to hire with this space.

The woodland is just a short walk from the tent site so once you have concluded your marriage ceremony, you can stroll back with your guests for your wedding reception. 

Please note this space can be booked for ceremony only with no obligation to hold your wedding reception at Escrick Park.

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Image courtesy of Alex Abbott Photography

The Little Theatre
For Civil Weddings, Hand Tie, Renewal of Vows or Baby Naming ceremonies.
A unique space in which to hold your Civil Ceremony, lovingly restored to provide a 60 person seated capacity, with a small raised stage for the bride and groom to say their vows.  With original oak floor and beamed ceiling this attractive building is set in the peaceful grounds of Skipwith Hall.  The gardens are stunning and available for your photography following the ceremony at a small extra charge.

We’re sure you will agree that Escrick Park really does have some fantastic options available for your wedding and we know they are a fab team to work with. If you go to see them please tell them we said hi!

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Hornington Manor Open Evening

Sorry for the radio silence recently, we’ve been crazy busy catering for lots of lovely weddings and events and having great fun whilst we do it! We did want to share some images from the Hornington Manor Open Evening that we recently attended – if you are looking for a venue and you haven’t checked them out yet then make sure you do. This stunning venue has everything including a beautiful barn which has been renovated to the highest standards, along with the luxury accommodation in the Manor House. Surprisingly, it’s still a working farm too so you can enjoy the countryside with the sheep and the alpaca’s being your nearest neighbours.

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Headed up by Jo, the Events Manager, the team there are second to none. Nothing is too much trouble but they still manage to maintain enough of a distance that you feel that you’re the only people there which of course is perfect, as you have sole use of the venue.

There are plenty of options for having your ceremony at Hornington Manor, including the Lych Gate if you’d like to be outdoors, inside the barn or the Gallery, or even the Ballroom in the West Wing for a more intimate group. We’ve catered for so many weddings at this beautiful venue and no two have been the same.

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The next Open Evening is set to take place on Monday 11th September – we’ll bring you more details when we have them. In the meantime, make sure you head over and check out this gorgeous venue that definitely has a piece of our hearts and we’ll sure it will capture a piece of yours too Check out Hornington Manor here…

Thank you to Craig of Craig Rodgers Photography for these lovely images. You can check him out here… C J Rodgers Photography

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Venue Spotlight- the fabulous Westfield Lake Weddings

We’re incredibly lucky to work in some of the most stunning locations and we’re always very excited when we find fabulous new venues. Imagine our excitement when we had the opportunity to visit Westfield Lake Weddings in Goole, which is a beautiful 18 acre park filled with grass and woodland, and an 8 acre lake.

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Not only do you have fabulous views and more space than you can fill, there’s these gorgeous pods for you to camp in! How cute are these?

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Westfield do have some amazing packages, including their Platinum range which is £10,000 and this marquee seats up to 240 guests, which is fabulous.

We can wax lyrical about this beautiful venue but we’d suggest you contacting Zoe to chat through the options. She’s incredibly lovely and happy to talk through all the services the site and the team can offer, helping you to create a truly bespoke day. Check them out on Facebook here or give them a call on 07817 251675.

We hope that we get to work with Zoe and her team very soon and we wish them all the luck in the world with this fabulous venue <3

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Venue Spotlight – The Normans Farm

We have the pleasure of working in lots of different venues throughout Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire (primarily) and if you ask the F4D team they’ll all have their favourites. We’re pretty sure that The Normans Farm will feature quite heavily in that list. If you haven’t seen it yet, what are you waiting for?

First, let’s introduce you to these two cool cats – Oliver and Laura (along with Betty the Pug) who are the husband and wife team behind The Normans

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This fabulous photo was taken by Kate Gray Photography

Here’s Laura and Oliver’s story…

‘Our own love story began amidst the bright lights of Dubai, where we worked as magazine editors on leading lifestyle and travel titles before we traded sun, sea and glamour for farm life in North Yorkshire.
While Oliver toiled the land, Laura continued her career as a features editor for County Wedding Magazines (which means she knows more than a thing or two about how to create a show-stopping wedding!)
We love The Normans so much that we wed here ourselves in December 2014. And we weren’t the first – the farm’s set the scene for a number of Robinson family weddings, which inspired us to spend the past year transforming it into a cool, country venue that we believe is unique to the area.
We’re thrilled to announce that The Normans has now been transformed into a fully licensed venue, so you can now book this special place for your own unforgettable wedding. Our bespoke approach means that no wedding here will ever look or feel the same, nor will you be treated like ‘just another bride and groom’. And while we’ll be on hand to share all our creative ideas, we’re just as happy to leave you to it, to create your own dream day’

Every wedding we’ve catered for at The Normans is completely different but they have all had one thing in common – a wonderful relaxed day filled with lots of laughter and fun (and great food of course!).

Here’s just a small selection of images from some this beautiful venue…

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Image Credit Joss Widdowson

The Normans wedding by Toast Photography

The Normans wedding by Toast Photography

Image credit from the fabulous Shelly at Toast of Leeds

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Image credit from the very lovely Olivia Brabbs

If you’re still looking for a venue, make sure you check this one out. Dates for 2019 have now been released and we can guarantee they won’t be around for long!

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Selby Rugby Club Sportsman’s Dinner & Summer Ball

We’re often asked to cater for large scale events and working with Selby Rugby Club recently was a perfect example of this. They held a Sportsman’s Dinner for 476 guests on Thursday evening followed by a quick turnaround of the marquee ready for their Summer Ball for 506 on the Saturday. Events like these are always great fun to work and this was no exception.

They had a fabulous marquee provided by Classic Marquees (it’s always a pleasure to work with these guys) – a marquee for this many people always has to be sizeable and Classic did not let us down. Check out the sheer size of the marquee on this video… (Footage courtesy of Miles Hebden)

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For Thursday’s Sportsman’s Dinner, guests dined on a menu of Pate with Chutney, Rocket Leaf and Croutes followed by locally sourced Roast Beef, accompanied by Mash & Roast Potatoes, Yorkshire Puddings, Fresh Seasonal Vegetables and lashings of Gravy. Dessert was an all time favourite of Sticky Toffee Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream then a Cheese Board, along with fresh coffee or Yorkshire Tea and Petit Fours.

Saturday’s Summer Ball was a varied menu with guests having advance choices of either a Posh Prawn & Smoked Salmon Cocktail with a Bloody Mary Sauce or a Mezze Plate of Parma Ham, Sunblushed Tomatoes, Olives, Mozzarella, Houmous and Pitta Sticks followed by either Lamb Rump with a Minted Jus, a Pork Trio of Belly Pork, Black Pudding and a Sausage Lollipop or Chicken Breast filled with a Sage and Onion Sausage Meat Stuffing, each accompanied by Dauphinoise Potatoes and Vegetable Bundles. The meal was rounded off with either Banoffee Pie (seriously, our chefs make THE most amazing Banoffee Pies!) or Chocolate Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream then a Cheese Board served with Coffee, Yorkshire Tea and Chocolate Truffles.

Posh Prawn & Smoked Salmon Cocktails and Mezze’s as far as the eyes can see!

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A huge thanks to the fantastic team at Selby Rugby Club, especially Wendy, Emma & Karen – it was a pleasure working with you all.

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