Beautiful spaces for festival themed and outdoor weddings
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Marquee Wedding Specialist
On-the-day Wedding Coordination
Week of Wedding Planning
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We have three lovely private campsites just over an hour south of London. The Soul Camp spaces are not public, we don’t make them available all the time, so they're in great condition for your celebration.
At The Soul Camp we do things differently. We host a few select wedding parties a year and it’s your wedding party for the entire weekend... We’re not into formal weddings, we love to host festival vibe gatherings, where people want to camp out for the weekend (there are also many local B&Bs) in a truly stunning country setting, have a lovely barbeque, chillout by the fire pit all night and dance until dawn. Please note, our accommodation is via glamping tents not bedrooms).
One of our most popular sites is a lovely Grade II listed country house, with it's original 1919 art deco interior, it has a lovely ‘faded glory’ feel to it. In addition to glamping on the grounds, the entire ground floor of the house can be available, including the Entrance Lobby (great for a bar), the Dining Room (great for a buffet with french doors opening onto the east lawn), the Drawing Room (great for a music room or chillout space), the guest kitchen (great for teas coffees) and the Ballroom (great for music until dawn!).
We operate ethically and as environmentally responsibly as we can so our picnic furniture and benches around the fire pit are made from reclaimed wood and pallets, and we use local services and suppliers. We undertake wildlife and plant species surveys and have deep respect for the land and wildlife.
It’s a rare thing to find such beautiful, yet relaxed and flexible spaces with an easy-going attitude. We know because we couldn’t find any ourselves - it’s why we started The Soul Camp.
Big Love, Pete and The Soul Camp team :)
Personal Message from the Manager
Name of Wedding Contact: Pete Jones (Venue Manager)
I started The Soul Camp because I couldn't find a campsite where I could chill out with friends without being treated like a naughty teenager! All of The Soul Camp venues are a mix of campsite and festival culture. Your wedding celebration is of ultimate importance to you, we know that, we don't kick you out at 11pm, you can sit around the fire pit all night, we have smiling faces and are passionate about helping you create your perfect day.
Year Business Was Established
# Of Weddings Hosted
Between 10 and 30
# Of People In Team
Public Liability Insurance
Location & Contact Details
Etchingham, East Sussex, TN19 7PA, England
Nearest Motorway & Junction
Nearest Train Station
Etchingham Train Station
We have various sites, all of which are driveable from Etchingham Station
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What is your most memorable wedding?
The best wedding? Difficult to answer, to us, each wedding party is unique and special... one that does stand out in our memories is two lovely ladies who had a wonderful celebration with us, they decorated the trees and the area around the fire pit with beautiful hand made decorations and the ceremony under the trees was, well, just beautiful. The whole gathering was so calm and relaxed and peaceful whilst still being a fantastic celebration with music and fun and lots of love!
Don’t try to arrange it all yourselves! Unless you're super wealthy and can afford the most fantabulous wedding planner, the temptation is to say “we’ll get family and friends to help”. Yep, great idea and we’ve seen it work... only a few times, over many years... But mostly, with the ‘do it all ourselves’ couples, we’ve seen stressed out brides and grooms - on their special day. Family and friends obviously mean well, and with the best intentions they may offer all types of things, but that doesn't mean they actually can do them on the day! I have (Pete, founder of The Soul Camp) been organising gatherings of all types from weddings to festivals to clubs for 20 years and the best advice I can give is to plan your special celebration very carefully with someone who has experience of event organisation. It doesn't have to cost loads, they can be a friend or relative or colleague, just ask people you know, and they don’t have to be a wedding planner in my opinion, just someone who’s experienced in events organisation. And personally, i’m happy to share all I know for free. In fact I’m currently writing an ebook for planning your gathering. :)
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
As you know, we’re into outdoorsy type wedding celebrations not formal ones, so we love all things natural and nature based. We had a lovely gathering where the bride asked us if we could supply some bales for seating for their ceremony and some wooden centerpiece platters for the table. We got the chainsaw out and sliced a load of 3cm thick platters from a fallen big branch of an oak tree. They looked really nice, so natural with locally (and responsibly) picked flowers in simple recycled jars in the centre. Lovely!