Set in the delightful North Norfolk countryside, and only a short drive from the picturesque coastline, Piggyback Barns is perfectly placed for your wedding celebrations. The attractive red brick converted barns are Set on 500 acres of a private estate, so you can be sure of finding your ideal spot for your photos.
Piggyback Barns is available for weddings throughout the year and can cater for receptions ranging in size from 10 to 250 guests.
What makes Piggyback Barns truly unique and a real star in our eyes is that your wedding package price includes venue hire together with the use of three luxury self catering barns for you and your guest to stay for the weekend or even the week.
And to take away the stress of planning your wedding, Piggback Barns have their very own in house event planner who is ready to help you with anything you may require. There is a separate cost for this service, but just think of all the benefits in terms of time saved sourcing just the right suppliers etc. This must be our cue to hand over to Sandie, the In House Events Organiser to tell you more.
Tell Us About Your Venue
Piggyback Barns is a family run business that is run by Tony and Lizzie Pointer and is situated in the North Norfolk countryside on 500 acres of land, 100 of which is woodland. As the owners they consider themselves extremely fortunate for their farm which is a haven for a myriad of different species of birds and fascinating wildlife which is on display every time you walk out of the front door or even when you sit in the gardens.
Built 180 years ago the red brick barns have been elegantly and sympathetically converted into three only what can be described as superb holiday homes, an ancient moat and grassed pathways to take nice long relaxing walks along, of which comes highly recommended and encouraged by the owners themselves.
Situated adjacent to Piggyback Barns stands what used to be a Bed and Breakfast run by the Pointer family, this is still occupied by the family today as a home and was been built on the 500 acres of moated land since before 1085; the property is Grade II Listed and was once part of The Cranmer Estate until it was split in 1941 when the Pointer family bought the farm.
The pathways on the land are signposted for all who want to enjoy this and you have the ability to enjoy a relaxing sit down at many of our ponds situated around the farmland. Our local church is situated a few minutes’ walk of the barns where we encourage brides and grooms to hold their ceremony with its lovely layout and location looking over the barns and farmland.
Do you offer civil marriage and civil partnership ceremonies?
We offer the ability for celebrants to marry clients at the venue, but no we are not a licensed venue so the legal documents would have to be completed at their chosen registry office.
Do couples & their wedding party have exclusive use of your venue?
If the function hall is booked then no other guests have use of the function hall from Friday – Monday this includes guests staying in the onsite accommodation unless they are with the wedding party.
Venue capacity – How many guests can attend the day ceremony, if applicable, wedding breakfast & the evening reception?
Everything depends on certain aspects – Seated guests we can accommodate 200 without a dancefloor until the evening when tables can be moved and 160 with a dancefloor throughout the day including the wedding breakfast. Without any tables in the function hall say for evening the hall can have a capacity of up to 250
Tell us just a little about any wedding packages you offer
Do you have in-house catering, or preferred suppliers or are couples free to choose their own caterers?
Couples can choose their own suppliers throughout – If they need recommendations we do have some suppliers we tend to recommend and would be happy to pass on details but do not ask couples to use them, it is their free choice.
Can couples supply their own alcohol for the evening? Is there a corkage fee?
We are not a licensed venue, so long as they supply the drink free of charge then there is no requirement for a license and no we do not charge corkage due to this.
Are couples completely free to choose their own wedding entertainment & do you have a specific sound system?
As mentioned previously suppliers are chosen directly by couples unless they ask for recommendations from us.
Do you offer accommodation on site? If so, for how many guests?
We have 3 barns on site which in total including use of all sofa beds and temporary beds sleeps a minimum of 28 and a maximum of 37.
Do you have an in-house wedding co-ordinator?
Yes – not obliged to hire but if couples wish to, the in house event planner is also the bookings manager and can assist in all matters.
How far in advance can couples or their wedding stylist, florist etc have access to the venue in order to decorate it?
We usually allow access from the morning of the day before the event, sometimes dependant on availability we can offer 2 days prior to the event but this is subject to availability.
Do you have gardens or an outdoor area for wedding photographs?
Yes plenty of areas to have photos – we are on 500 acres of working farmland with plenty of picture opportunities.
What’s your best advice to couples when choosing their perfect wedding venue?
Don’t pick too quickly, make sure you receive all the correct information before booking and make sure you visit all venues of the same style within the local area as other venues may be able to offer you better location at better prices.
Any finally, what are your favourite moments from previous wedding you’ve been involved with?
We like to know we’ve accommodated all weddings sufficiently and always ensure that the barn is at it’s highest standard for the couples.
To see how couples decorate our venue using different themes is always lovely as it allows us to see it looking good in a variety of different styles, and not just one style like rustic.
When weddings are taking place in the summer to see the venue in the summers day light really gives the venue that beautiful surrounding feeling.
All images courtesy of Piggback Barns