We fully appreciate just how important it is for your wedding day to be wonderful in every respect, relaxed, romantic, and with every moment savoured by yourself and all your guests. We believe Gildings Barns provide the perfect setting for your vital day and we are committed to doing our utmost to help ensure everything will be perfect. This includes providing advice and guidance when you want it, prompt responses to queries in the lead up to your day, and making it easy for you to come along as many times as you like in advance for planning purposes.
You may hold your formal marriage/civil ceremony at Gildings, or a celebrant-led ceremony. Click here for further information about on-site ceremonies.
There are three main structures at Gildings; the Gildings Barn, the Threshing Barn, and the Side Barn. These beautiful oak-framed structures reveal themselves in intriguing stages, eventually leading out to the expansive lawn, the Granary, and adjoining open farmland. Click here to view layout of venue.
For your ceremony and wedding breakfast, the maximum number of people that can be seated in the main barn is 110. In the evening feel free to invite up to an additional 20; the maximum capacity being 130.
You can decorate Gildings entirely to suit your taste, and organise your event as you wish. There is plenty of indoor and outdoor space, providing lots of scope for fun and creativity. There are no restrictions other than those to protect guests and the property.
We hire out Gildings on only a limited number of dates for weddings each year. This enables us to offer you the opportunity to set up the day before. For most dates you can have the whole of the prior day to set up, the main exception being Sundays on bank holiday weekends, when you can have set up from 12noon the day before. In all instances you may have as many planning visits to the barns as you wish. This might be to practice setting up, or practice speeches, etc.
We work with very carefully selected local catering partners. Between them they provide a wide range of excellent cuisine to suit a wide range of budgets. As well as delivering fabulous catering, they will work closely with you to understand how you want to organise your day, and will have an 'Events Manager' appointed within their team to ensure everything runs smoothly. We expect them to be highly attentive to your needs, both on the day and in the lead up to your event. We regularly check client feedback and pride ourselves on only working with those where this is absolutely and consistently high. Click here to link to the Catering page.
You may either buy your own alcohol and give it away, or use our approved licensed pay bar provider, or a combination of both. If you opt for a pay bar you will need a 'Temporary Events License', but please note there is only a fixed number of these available each year. We do not charge corkage if you choose to bring in your own alcohol.
You are welcome to hire in your own entertainment, and a stage is provided for bands etc, to perform from. If you need any recommendations, click here for recommended musicians and agencies on the 'Local Services' page. Out of consideration to neighbours and the rural environment, music must end at 11pm.
Vehicles may be left on site overnight on the day of the event at the owner's risk. Please arrange for them to be removed by 12 noon on the day after the event, or possibly later by arrangement only.
This venue is run with due regard to, and respect for, the local rural environment. As such, appropriate management policies are operated, reflecting our commitment to minimising any environmental impact.
Due to the remoteness of the location, guests at Gildings needing taxis at the end of an event are strongly advised to book in advance. We have had several instances of people being stranded until the early hours. Our 'Local Services' page lists a number of local taxi firms familiar with the venue. Please ensure accurate directions are given to taxi firms as drivers often overshoot and travel further up the road.
Venue hire charges:
Please click here for 2020/21 venue hire charges.
Please note that we do not normally take bookings during the months of November, January and February, but we remain open for viewings. (Newdigate and Charlwood residents and charitable organisations should nevertheless contact us regarding possible events in these months)
Prices may vary for part day only events; please contact us to discuss the options.
50% of the hire fee is required to secure a booking, and the balance must be paid at least 16 weeks before your date of hire. All payments are non-refundable. A security bond of £1,000 is also required at the time of your second payment, returned promptly after your event subject to our terms and conditions being met.
Terms & Conditions of Hire (PDF) »
Please contact us for availability and hire rates where applicable.
Please note this Booking Form can only be used once a hire date has been agreed and you have been given a Booking Code.
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