Quirky Kent wedding venues
PUBLISHED: 19:06 17 October 2015 | UPDATED: 20:30 18 October 2015
Â© Mark Proctor 2012
Great idea for where to have your ceremony in Kent, whether you are of a literary or theatrical bent or prefer the excitement of a wild animal park or the thrill of a football stadium as your backdrop
If you’re wild at heart, there is no better venue in Kent than the Port Lympne mansion, set against the background of the famous wild animal park near Hythe.
The venue offers three individually styled rooms, romantic outdoor terraces for and the elegant Aspinall Suite for evening receptions and entertainment. Six en suite bedrooms combine original Edwardian features with contemporary luxuries, so you can get married, party and stay all under one roof.
Port Lympne Reserve, Aldington Road, Lympne, Hythe CT21 4PD
0844 842 4647, www.aspinallfoundation.org/weddings
One of the most iconic venues in Kent, Priestfield Stadium, is certainly a unique venue to host your special day. And you don’t even have to be a supporter of the Mighty Gills. With adjustable walls and a choice of available rooms, including the Boardroom and the Great Hall, Priestfield can cater for weddings from 40 to 500 guests and is fully air conditioned, with hi-tech audio visual equipment and capability too.
Priestfield Conference & Banqueting, Redfern Avenue, Gillingham ME7 4DD
01634 300000, www.priestfield.com/weddings
Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway
The World’s Smallest Public Railway must surely be a dream wedding venue for train spotters and for the past few years the RH&DR has been offering totally bespoke weddings. You can hire its licensed room for your ceremony, charter your own train and include the special heritage carriages, request anything from fish and chips to silver service dining, have live music or just enjoy the peaceful location on the Romney Marsh.
New Romney Station, New Romney TN28 8PL
01797 362353, www.rhdr.org.uk
What fan of Dickens wouldn’t adore the chance to have their ceremony in a room called Great Expectations – and nowhere deserves that name better than Bleak House. Originally Fort House, it’s the “airy nest” overlooking Viking Bay where the great novelist wrote perhaps his most famous work, David Copperfield. Now the historic Grade II listed building can accommodate smaller ceremonies and celebrations of 60 people to more lavish events for up to 200.
Fort Road, Broadstairs CT10 1EY
01843 865338, www.bleakhousebroadstairs.co.uk
If you are of a theatrical bent, then the home of the Victorian actress Ellen Terry from 1899 to 1928 is the perfect stage for your ceremony. The half-timbered house, built in the early 16th century when Smallhythe was a thriving shipbuilding yard, has delightful cottage grounds that include her rose garden, orchard, nuttery and the working Barn Theatre.
Smallhythe Road, Tenterden TN30 7NG
01580 76233, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/smallhythe-place