October. How did that happen? Whilst we will miss the summer months, we are ready for the Autumn season and our upcoming weddings this season. As both an indoor and outdoor wedding venue, we love every season here at Eastnor Castle and relish the beauty that each time of year has to offer.
There will be many decisions to be made for your wedding and one of your first will be when you tie the knot. Some couples will be certain they want a summer wedding whilst others prefer the idea of a romantic winter ceremony. Whichever option you choose, Eastnor Castle is a wedding venue that caters to all weathers.
When is Eastnor Castle Open for Weddings?
We are open for weddings all year round and have a beautiful collection of past weddings during every season. Get in touch with us to find out what availability we have coming up or fill out our wedding form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Spring Wedding Venue
Spring is when everything comes to life and is a beautiful time of year to get married. Our Castle terraces allow for enjoying the beautiful views of the Malvern hills with your reception drinks in the lighter evenings. We know British weather can be unpredictable so even if your spring wedding is cooler, we have a host of indoor options and can light the fire in the Great Hall to keep you comfortable at all times.
Summer Wedding Venue
Summer weddings are our most popular time for wedding bookings and it isn’t difficult to see why. Eastnor Castle is simply beautiful in the summer, with our leafy green surroundings and rolling landscape that makes for stunning backdrops for your photographs. We have outdoor wedding ceremony blessing options available including on our terrace overlooking the lake so you can say I do as you watch the sunshine glisten across the water.
Autumn Wedding Venue
Often referred to as the ‘fairest’ season, Autumn is equally wonderful for weddings at Eastnor Castle. Enjoy the rich tones and hues of the Autumn foliage to make for a welcoming, romantic atmosphere for your special day. With indoor and outdoor options, you will be able to enjoy every aspect of the season during the Autumn season.
Winter Wedding Venue
We love winter weddings at Eastnor Castle and can make all of your winter wonderland dreams come true. Our 20ft Christmas tree makes for the perfect backdrop and evokes a feeling of magic, grandeur and warmth for your winter wedding. Our castle is the perfect place to enjoy your wedding reception and embrace the festivities of the season with your special day.
Outdoor Wedding Venue
Have you always pictured getting married in the great outdoors? An outdoor wedding blessing on the lower terrace offers tranquillity to our couples as they take their first steps in married life. The grand castle wedding venue will form the fairytale backdrop to your blessing as you soak in the beautiful views across the beautiful lake.
To form your vows legally, our Gothic Drawing Room allows for an intimate setting for you to have your short private ceremony as your guests enjoy canapes and drinks on the terrace below. Should the weather be a little unpredictable, we have gorgeous wedding marquee options available to keep you dry and still enjoy the stunning setting at the same time.
Church Wedding Ceremony
Just a stone’s throw away from the castle is St John the Baptist Church, a beautiful location for your church wedding ceremony. This makes for the perfect ceremony venue all year round, with an enchanting footpath through the stunning grounds from the Castle’s front door, just a 10-minute walk away.
If you are worried about keeping warm if the weather is a little chillier, fear not as the church can be heated at any time of year accordingly. Add a romantic and warm touch with the many church candles that can be lit upon request – a charming option for effortless wedding decoration at any time of year.
Embrace the Castle
Our wonderful castle is a magical setting for weddings and has so much to offer for your special day. The magnificent 19th-century Gothic Drawing Room is a fitting host to your civil wedding ceremony and seats up to 80 guests. With breath-taking views of the lake and natural daylight flooding in from every angle, the Gothic Drawing Room is an enchanting space to soak up the sheer splendour and magnificence of the room.
Whatever season you choose for your special day, Eastnor Castle can accommodate your every need. We love every wedding that we have the privilege of hosting, whether it be in the castle, amongst our beautiful grounds and in any weather or season. Find out our wedding rates and explore our wedding brochure to find out more about what we have to offer.
We are proud to be a renowned castle wedding venue with over 25 years of experience in helping couples plan the most special day of their lives. Our venue is brimming with romance, grandeur and charm – all working together for the most magical wedding setting imaginable.
There are endless photo opportunities at Eastnor Castle. We love a first look wedding photo and that moment when the father of the bride sees his daughter for the first time is one of our favourites. We can think of no better place to share that moment than on the wonderful grand staircase at Eastnor Castle.
Grand Staircase at Eastnor Castle
Your wedding day should be the most memorable and magical of your life and our grand staircase is the perfect way to start it. Whether you walk down the stairs with your father by your side or your bridal party waits at the bottom for you to make your grand entrance, our staircase is one of our favourite parts of the castle.
Surrounded by historical paintings, architecture and decoration, the staircase is the perfect way to set off your castle wedding, with our beautiful chandelier shining in the centre to highlight your beautiful dress.
First Look Wedding Photo Opportunities
A first look wedding photo doesn’t get much more wow than on a castle staircase. This magical part of Eastnor Castle allows for beautiful first wedding snaps, with the stunning castle architecture and decor complimenting every bride on her special day. Our cascading staircase heralds the arrival of the bride as she makes a dramatic descent to her loved ones below.
Wedding Staircase Decor
Whilst our castle staircase is beautiful in its own right, many of our couples choose to enhance it with wedding staircase decoration such as flowers, candles and tulle. Here are some of our favourite ways to decorate your wedding staircase:
- Garland wraps
- Pillar candles in vases
- Floral decoration
- Cascading greenery
- Tulle garnishing
Our wedding planners are here to help you with every detail of your day, including your styling and decorations. We can recommend a host of amazing wedding suppliers with whom we have enjoyed working with closely over the years.
Castle Wedding Venue
Eastnor Castle wedding venue is one with never-ending magical spots to capture the moments of our couples wedding day. From our grand staircase to the stunning gothic drawing-room, our beautiful grounds for an outdoor wedding to our intimate state dining room, the options are endless.
We offer wedding show rounds for all of our couples so that you can see the magic for yourself and visualise every detail of your wedding day. It can be difficult to appreciate the sheer magnificence of Eastnor Castle until you see it with your own eyes, so we recommend booking a viewing. You’ll even be able to give the grand staircase walk a practice!
Get in Touch With Eastnor Castle
To see the grand staircase at Eastnor Castle for yourself or any other part of our venue for your wedding day, get in touch with us today to book a show round. We pride ourselves on being one of the best castle wedding venues in Herefordshire and the UK and we can’t wait to share it all with you.
Hereford is a city brimming with history; it lies on the River Wye, around 16 miles east of Wales, 24 miles southwest of Worcester, and 23 miles northwest of Gloucester. If you live in Herefordshire, Worcestershire or are new to the area, Hereford and its surroundings make a great day out for everyone.
Located in Herefordshire and on the borders of Worcestershire is Eastnor Castle, a perfect location for a day out with the kids and all the family. Surrounded by a beautiful deer park, arboretum, and lake, Eastnor Castle is the historic home of the Hervey-Bathurst family with lots to offer.
We have something to do for everyone, including discovering the historic castle itself, walking our beautiful grounds, exploring a maze, having fun on our adventure playground and much more. We have a castle tearoom and our newly opened woodshed – offering a wide range of refreshments for you to enjoy throughout the day. We also have a variety of events throughout the year, including circus skills, family fun days, workshops and children’s shows.
Eastnor Castle is also a venue with a variety of options for a range of events. We are an esteemed castle wedding venue, offering couples the most magical setting for their special day. We also offer corporate events including team building days and are a party venue, the perfect location for any celebration.
The post-pandemic population is increasingly keen on walking, for good reason. Getting out in the great outdoors is not only healthy for the body, but for the mind and soul too. Hereford and the surrounding area has lots of beautiful walks to explore, with a range of long and short to suit a variety of abilities. Some of these include:
- Bodenham (2.5 miles / 4 kilometres)
- Breinton (5.5 miles / 8.9 kilometres )
- Capler (2 miles / 3.2 kilometres)
- Hoarwithy (4.5 miles / 7.2 kilometres)
- John Kyrle – Ross-on-Wye (3 miles / 4.8 kilometres)
Walking is a free day out, you don’t need special equipment and it is the perfect way to catch up with family and friends. Herefordshire is a beautiful county and is an idyllic setting to get your walking boots on and enjoy mother nature.
If history is your thing, you don’t want to miss a visit to the magnificent Hereford Cathedral. Hereford Cathedral is the heart of a community that has worked and worshipped together continuously for over 1,300 years.
The building is a stunning piece of architecture, with intricate stained glass windows, art from all periods and beautifully crafted structures. There are many events held throughout the year for all to enjoy.
The cathedral also offers a range of refreshments in their cafe, allowing you to relax in the unique historic space or even enjoy the outdoors in their Chapter House garden. If you want to take home a memoir of your visit, there is a cathedral shop with a wide range of souvenirs and gifts.
Herefordshire is the home of many well-known food and drink brands, including Chase – founded in 2008 by William Chase. Chase distillery produces a range of beverages, including vodka, gin and a variety of cocktails.
A trip to the Chase distillery is a fascinating day out for all. Expert tour guides go into detail about the production of their gin and vodka, with tasters available to enjoy and a distillery shop for you to pick up your favourite products. The distillery is nestled in the Herefordshire countryside, a beautiful location to enjoy the outdoors especially during the summer months.
Hereford has lots on offer, including a wide range of shopping and dining experiences. As part of your day out in Hereford, a trip to the Old Market will allow you to explore something for all the family, with restaurants, a cinema, cafes and a range of clothing stores – all based in the centre of the city.
Also centrally located in the city, The Butter Market is a hidden historic gem of Hereford. A charming, thriving indoor market with over 35 individual stalls offering something different and unique.
Discover Eastnor Castle
We may be biased, but if you are looking for things to do in Herefordshire and aren’t sure which option to go for, Eastnor Castle won’t disappoint. Come and see us today or get in touch and discover what we have to offer!
Kids Day Out at Eastnor Castle
The summer holidays are fast approaching and days out with the kids will be on a lot of parents’ minds. How do we keep them entertained for over a month? Where is there to go for a day out? How do I find things to do? If you are looking for a kids day out in Herefordshire, Malvern or anywhere in the Midlands area, Eastnor Castle is a wonderful option for you and your family. We have lots of events coming up this summer, discover what’s on at the Castle and book today! We have lots to see and do at Eastnor Castle, enough to keep the kids entertained for a whole day (or more)!
Discover the Grounds
Family walks are the perfect option to get the kids out this summer, as 2020 was the year of walks, a lot of families are looking to keep this healthy tradition up and have enjoyed being at one with nature in the early months of 2021.
Where better to enjoy the outdoors than our very own Eastnor Deer Park? Eastnor Deer Park is a 300-acre park overlooking Eastnor Castle and the Malvern Hills, full of outstanding natural beauty and a site of special scientific interest where a herd of Red Deer graze in a designated area. Dogs are welcome inside Eastnor Deer Park but must be kept on a lead at all times.
Explore the Castle
What child doesn’t love going to a Castle?! Exploring Eastnor Castle is a perfect day out for the kids, our Castle is a 19th Century revival castle built by the 2nd Baron (Lord) Somers, later 1st Earl, between 1810 and 1824. Eastnor Castle continues to be inhabited by his descendants and is a grade 1 listed building.
Visitors who explore the castle can view the magnificent staterooms including the Great Hall, State Dining Room, Gothic Drawing Room, Octagon Saloon and a number of opulent bedrooms. Visitors are invited to enter the Castle through the magnificent main doors and are welcome to our tea room and open gardens.
Fun for All Children
Eastnor Castle offers neverending activities for the perfect kids day out! When it comes to fun for children, Eastnor Castle is bursting with things to entertain and excite children of all ages! Below are just a few activities our Castle offers for children:
- Knight’s Maze
- Junior Obstacle Course
- Adventure Playground
- Woodland Play Area
- Tree Hunters’ Trek
- Little Land Rovers
You can find more activities for the children here. The Castle grounds are surrounded by natural play resources such as trees to climb, leaves to kick, sticks to collect and bugs to find! If you’re all swamped out by an energetic day then why don’t you relax with your kids and have a picnic in Eastnor Deer Park.
Things To Do in Herefordshire
Whether you’re local to Hereford or looking to take the kids out for the day, there are lots of areas to take in. Not far from Eastnor Deer Park lie the Malvern Hills, in which lie beautiful scenery, nature and views of the Midlands skyline at the top of the hills. If you’re up for a long walk then you should definitely consider taking on the hills. There are multiple family-friendly pubs to choose from, including the Plough and Harrow situated within Malvern. If you’re into your history then the fun continues, you can visit Abberley Hall, the Malvern Museum, The Tenbury Wells Museum and much more. Check out the historical places to visit in Malvern here.
If you’re looking to turn that day out with the kids into a long weekend, then why not camp out at our Malvern campsite!
Visitors come to the Eastnor Deer Park Campsite to enjoy its beauty and tranquillity. It is a perfect site for families to relax and enjoy the quiet friendly atmosphere.
The Deer Park Campsite is open to all ages and all camping facilities such as caravans, campervans, tents and motorhomes. With lots to explore across our grounds, camping at our Malvern campsite may be the perfect weekend away for you this summer! Campsite bookings can only be made online here.
If you are looking for a day out with the kids this summer, Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire is the perfect destination. Get in touch with us today to find out more about what we have on offer.
Malvern is a town with a lot of history, and with that comes a lot to show. Below are our top ten selections of historical things to do in Malvern.
Upton Tourist Information & Heritage Centre
Located in the oldest surviving building in Upton, the Upton Tourist Information & Heritage Centre has displays illustrating the growth and development of the town and its involvement in the Civil War of 1651. The Upton upon Severn Tourist Information Centre is also housed in the building.
St Ann’s Well
Many wells, springs and spouts can still be found on the hillside and St Ann’s Well has a long history of welcoming visitors. Visit St Ann’s Well and its cafe to sample the waters. The Grade II listed building is owned and cared for by the Malvern Hills Trust who have recently undertaken a substantial restoration project to secure the future of the building. A tenant runs a café in the building offering refreshments to visitors to the Malvern Hills.
Abberley Hall School is a coeducational preparatory day and boarding school with about 300 pupils. It is located between Worcester and Tenbury, near the village of Abberley, Worcestershire, England. Ultimately, we provide each and every child with the best possible start in life. Abberley pupils enjoy a magical childhood and grow towards becoming likeable, confident and rounded individuals with a zest for life. We believe that childhood is precious and that children shouldn’t grow up too soon. We promote a sense of awe and wonder in our pupils and we try to remember the advice of Roald Dahl,
Leigh Court Barn (English Heritage)
Leigh Court Barn is a cruck framed barn at Leigh, Worcestershire, England, built in the early fourteenth century to store produce for Pershore Abbey. Medieval monasteries owned farmland that could supply them with food and raw materials, either directly, or indirectly through the sale of surplus produce. Monastic farms, known as granges, were often large-scale operations, and the size and magnificence of the grange barn at Leigh Court suggests that the Pershore Abbey farm was a well-organised and lucrative business.
The Malvern Museum in Great Malvern, the town centre of Malvern, Worcestershire, England, is located in the Priory Gatehouse, the former gateway to the Great Malvern Priory. The museum was established in 1979 and is owned and managed by the Malvern Museum Society Ltd, a registered charity.
Croome (National Trust)
Croome Court is a mid-18th-century Neo-Palladian mansion surrounded by extensive landscaped parkland at Croome D’Abitot, near Upton-upon-Severn in south Worcestershire, England. The mansion and park were designed by Lancelot “Capability” Brown for the 6th Earl of Coventry, and they were Brown’s first landscape design and first major architectural project. Some of the mansion’s rooms were designed by Robert Adam.
The mansion house is owned by Croome Heritage Trust and leased to the National Trust, which operates it as a tourist attraction. The National Trust owns the surrounding parkland, which is also open to the public.
Great Malvern Priory
Great Malvern Priory in Malvern, Worcestershire, England, was a Benedictine monastery (c. 1075 – 1540) and is now an Anglican parish church. In 1949 it was designated a Grade I listed building. It is a dominant building in the Great Malvern Conservation area. It has the largest display of 15th-century stained glass in England, as well as carved misericords from the 15th and 16th century and the largest collection of medieval floor and wall tiles. In 1860 major restoration work was carried out by Sir George Gilbert Scott. It is also the venue for concerts and civic services.
Tenbury Wells Museum
Tenbury Museum is a museum in the market town of Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, England. It holds a collection of local and social history objects, plus copies of the Tenbury Advertiser newspaper dating back to 1871. The building was originally Goff’s Free School and continued in use as a school until 1914.
The Firs – Elgar’s Birthplace
The Elgar Birthplace Museum has been taken over by the National Trust. The birthplace of Sir Edward Elgar is most definitely home to ‘Land of Hope and Glory’. Set in sight of his beloved Malvern Hills, this small family home in the village of Lower Broadheath is the perfect environment for nurturing a creative genius.
Eastnor Steam Weekend
For a historic fun-filled day out, enjoy a day at Eastnor Castle and take in the impressive line-up of steam engines and vintage cars in the Castle Courtyard. Watch a stunning Falconry display on the Valley Lawn (displays throughout the day at 11.30am, 2pm and 4pm) and look out for our resident entertainer who will also be popping up around the grounds to amuse you! Listen to the delightful sounds of Sauce City Jazz as you enjoy your day at the Eastnor Steam Weekend!
For further information and ideas for things to do in Malvern, get in touch with Eastnor Castle today.
Dog Days Out
Dog owners will understand the importance of taking their four-legged friends out for regular walks and exercise. Dog walking isn’t just about letting them have their toilet breaks, it provides them with mental stimulation, physical exercise, and develops their social skills with people and other animals. Whilst taking them out in the back fields is exciting, there are many benefits to taking your dog to different environments – not only for them but for you as the owner. It can be difficult to find dog-friendly places near you that provide as much entertainment for the owner as they do for the dog.
Eastnor Castle is proud to be one of the few dog-friendly castles in the UK.
Things To Do With Dogs
Simply walking isn’t always enough for some dogs, they require constant stimulation and a variety of environments to explore. You might want to take them for a run, play a game with them (which also provides training opportunity), or bring along toys that they can learn to use. With this, of course, your pet will need to be trained to walk without a lead so that they can develop their obedience and intelligence skills.
Eastnor Castle provides a dedicated dog off leads area so that they can enjoy every aspect of the great outdoors without restriction. We are blessed with a variety of terrains for you and your dog to explore, from rich forestry to our lakeside trail and serene arboretum.
A common issue that dog owners face on days out is the fact that they can’t bring their dogs inside public buildings with them. What if you are tired of walking and want to take a breather indoors? Or what if it starts raining? The benefit of taking dogs indoors is that it allows you to more closely bond and better train them to behave in different territories. Eastnor Castle is one of the few dog-friendly places to allow pets inside as well as outside. Whilst touring the castle, taking in the history and exploring the rooms, your dog can come along for the whole journey.
Any day out isn’t complete without a stop in the local cafe for a bite to eat or a coffee to refresh. The problem that dog owners face once again is where to leave their faithful friend during the lunch break. Eastnor Castle not only provides refreshment for you but for your dog too, with our Old Sock flavoured Waggy Doggy Ice Cream – available from the Ice Cream Parlour.
Dog walking doesn’t have to be mundane – as we have explored, there are a variety of options to get outdoors for the whole family, including pup. If you are looking for dog days out in the west midlands and the surrounding area, look no further than Eastnor Castle. Set amongst stunning countryside, our dog-friendly venue is the perfect setting to enjoy the great outdoors alongside our rich history and culture. Click here to find out our opening times or get in touch for further information and details.
Team building is classed as an activity or event that encourages a group of people to work together as a team, often used by business leaders to bring their employees together to develop communication, team-work and collaboration.
Designed to ultimately improve performance, you want your team building activity to have motivated and excited your staff, making them feel part of the journey and ready to achieve success as a collective business.
Here are just a handful of the benefits of corporate team building events.
Building Cross-Company Relationships
Even in companies where culture is king, how often do employees from separate teams work together, or even communicate? Team building is a great opportunity to break down those silos and form teams outside of the traditional departments that may exist within the business.
Taking your team out of the office and putting them in a new unfamiliar environment – especially pushing them out of their comfort zone with an activity, gives people that may not otherwise interact with each other common ground, and forms relationships that previously didn’t exist.
Communicating the Vision
A corporate team building day, or weekend, gives you an opportunity to communicate your company’s aims and vision. Very rarely do we have the chance to gather our whole team and update them on the long-term goals of the business. Taking your team away for an activity gives you a chance to bolt on a strategy meeting, or company presentation, to align the teams and get everyone on the same page.
Encouraging teams to get together to find better ways to work will encourage problem-solving and improve communication. You’ll notice that this results in a better performing team – both inside the traditional departments, as well as across the company.
Uncovering Leadership Qualities
You may have some real leaders within your business whose strengths have not yet been realised. Taking employees out of the office, putting them with new groups of people and setting them activities and tasks that test them, is a great way to see who steps up and takes charge. Every team needs a leader after all, and you may uncover a pocket of talent you didn’t know you had.
Boosting Staff Morale
Aside from all of the direct business benefits of a corporate team building activity, a day out of the office doing something fun will excite and motivate your team. If your team feels like you have invested in them, communicated with them and they’re part of the future – they will be more motivated to work and you’ll have a better chance of retaining your staff long-term.
Eastnor Castle is a unique corporate events venue situated at the foot of the Malvern Hills in Herefordshire, experienced in planning and hosting corporate team building events. We’re set in the heart of a 5,000 acre estate, yet we’re only ten minutes from the motorway.
We can organise and accommodate your activities within our grounds, through to hosting your team meetings inside the castle, and with accommodation on-site you can even make a weekend out of it.
Read more about our team building options, including clay pigeon shooting, abseiling and driving experiences, here. We can organise an action-packed programme of activities, either as a full-day or as a bolt-on to your meeting or conference. Alternatively, we can call upon our expert team building partners to offer bespoke programmes, designed to deliver the benefits you’ve read about here.