Doxford Barns- A Fabulous Award Winning Venue in Rural Northumberland

by Michelle

Doxford Barns is a gorgeous award winning barn wedding venue nestled within a 550 acre estate along the beautiful Northumbrian coutryside near Alnwick.

In addition to it’s romantic fully refurbished wedding barns, Doxford Barns offers exclusive use of the estate for one and three day weddings. This offers your wedding party the opportunity to truly relax in style, enjoy the onsite accommodation and unwind in the estate’s rolling green fields – so worthy of an Instagram post or two.

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When it comes to delivering your dream wedding, Doxford Barn’s approach is to stray away from the norm, and working closely with you, they will help you celebrate your day your way creating the most magical memories along the way.

Romantic rustic, effortless elegance, or paired down contemporary chic, these are just some of the wedding themes that would work perfectly at Doxford Barns and we just know that the team will do all they can to capture whatever you have in mind.

We’ll pass you straight over to them now to tell you more about their wonderfully unique venue.

Tell us about your venue

Doxford Barns is not just a typical rustic barn venue; it is a complete retreat for you and your guests, set within our private Northumberland country estate. When it comes to delivering your dream wedding experience, our approach is to stray away from the ‘norm’ by giving you complete freedom to enjoy our venue and surrounding space for either one or three-days.

Located conveniently just off the A1, 7 miles north of Alnwick, Doxford Barns is only a short drive to many favourite North East locations, including the stunning Northumberland coast, so there is plenty to do and see during your stay.

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The character of our venue comes from our beautiful 18th century, grade II listed barns, which have been lovingly restored and comprise of traditional stone and oak, filled with festoon lighting, dried hops and original exposed beams. Both the Threshing Hall and Great Barn create a striking setting to marry and celebrate your wedding.

The Threshing Hall is the jewel in the crown at Doxford Barns, whilst the Great Barn offers uninterrupted views over rolling green meadows, which are sure to wow your guests and provide a picturesque backdrop for your wedding breakfast. The Great Barn is also soundproofed with fantastic acoustics, providing you with the perfect place to party the night away without any noise restrictions.

The Farmhouse lawn and Doxford Lake are another two ceremony locations you can choose to say your vows. So, whether you dream of having an English garden wedding, barn or bohemian theme, we can completely tailor anything to achieve your perfect big day.

Do you offer civil marriage and civil partnership ceremonies?

Yes we are fully licensed for civil wedding ceremonies, which can be arranged through the Alnwick Registry Office.

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Do couples & their wedding party have exclusive use of your venue?

Our couples & guests have complete exclusivity of our venue for either one or three days, which includes on-site accommodation.

Venue capacity – How many guests can attend the day ceremony, if applicable, wedding breakfast & the evening reception?

The Threshing Hall has a capacity of up to 160 guests, for your romantic ceremony.  We can host 180 guest for your wedding breakfast in the Great Barn, followed by up to 250 guests for your evening entertainment.

Tell us just a little about any wedding packages you offer

Our 3-day wedding experience offers couples the opportunity to arrive the day before the wedding, to give you time to dress the venue, spend time with your friends and relax, with options to enjoy an evening meal and drinks.

For our one-day wedding experience we offer couples exclusive use of the venue from 1pm on the day of arrival until 12 midnight, with the option of overnight accommodation if required!

Do you have in-house catering, or preferred suppliers or are couples free to choose their own caterers?

We are very proud of the incredible cuisine prepared by our head chef and the culinary team at Doxford Barns. We are privileged to be on the doorstep of some of the country’s best ingredients, giving us plenty of choice when it comes to working closely with artisan suppliers.

Whether you choose to be creative, classic or contemporary, our team will offer you guidance and inspiration when it comes to choosing your menu. From canapés to wedding breakfasts, dining the evening before to breakfast the morning after, our talented chefs will take care of all your culinary needs during your stay.

Can couples supply their own alcohol for the evening? Is there a corkage fee?

Our Turnbull Bar is stocked from 11am on the day of the wedding until 2am the following morning. From here, we serve a selection of wines, spirits, beers and cocktails. Only alcohol purchased from our bar can be consumed at Doxford Barns.

Are couples completely free to choose their own wedding entertainment & do you have a specific sound system?

Yes, couples can choose their own entertainment. We have an in house Sonos system to play background music throughout the wedding breakfast and drinks reception if needed.

Do you offer accommodation on site? If so, for how many guests?

Yes, we have plenty of room for those wanting to rest their feet (and their heads) in our beautiful Doxford cottages, which sit opposite the main venue and can accommodate up to 41 guests, as well as the Hayloft bridal suite. The décor in our cottages aims to deliver a cosy and relaxing home from home ambience, so the full wedding party can relax for the duration.

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We also have brilliantly fun glamping pods, sleeping a total of 20, which offer plenty of space for those adventurous guests who are happy to sleep under the stars.

Do you have an in-house wedding co-ordinator?

Our team is here to support you with your wedding planning from day one, giving you an experience that delivers the best wedding day you could wish for. We do this by centering everything around achieving your dream and turning your vision into a reality, to exceed your expectations and to give you a wedding day that will become the best day of your life.

How far in advance can couples or their wedding stylist, florist etc have access to the venue in order to decorate it?

Your suppliers can begin to transform the venue into your dream wedding from 1pm on your arrival day. For Monday weddings please speak to your wedding co-ordinator to gain an accurate access time.

Do you have gardens or an outdoor area for wedding photographs?

Doxford Barns is surrounded by 550 acres of stunning Northumbrian countryside, including the 3 acre Doxford Lake. Many of our couples venture into the evergreen woodland surrounding the lake to capture some beautiful wedding photography.

We also have a courtyard and front garden, which are beautiful spots to sit by the firepits and watch the sunset, fireworks or to take group photographs.

What’s your best advice to couples when choosing their perfect wedding venue?

Follow your heart, if something feels right – it usually is!

Any finally, what are your favourite moments from previous wedding you’ve been involved with?

All of our weddings are filled with special moments. One of our favourites was when the groom found his new wife’s first pony and arranged for it to make a surprise appearance on her big day.  To say there were tears of enjoy is an understatement!

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All images courtesy of Doxford Barns


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