Hockering House

£5500 - £6000 for a package
Up to 150
5 Bedrooms
Exclusive Use
Wedding Licence
COVID-19 Update
We are now welcoming couples for viewings of the venue & grounds obviously keeping within social distance guidelines. We are also taking bookings.
Open May through to September - design your own Norfolk wedding. Looking for an intimate woodland experience or an elegant affair with real character? The day is yours to create with Hockering House.
Pricing & Costs

(total price)

Prices Start At
Maximum Price
Number of Guests Included
Open from May through to September ONLY - This is inclusive of exclusive hire of the Hockering House Estate inc a beautiful lined, traditional rope and pole marquee with large dance floor, stage, tables, chairs, full bar with staff and glasses and full wedding coordination from point of booking to the day itself. Not including food and drink costs, marquee decoration, music and entertainment. That's for you to decide.
Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Country House
Manor House
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
Usual Access Time
12:00 AM
Usual Finish Time
12:00 AM

Ceremony & Reception

Fireworks Permitted
Wedding Licence
Dancefloor Available
Outdoor Ceremony Available
Confetti Permitted


Landscaped Gardens
Exclusive Use
Open Flame Permitted
Marquee Permitted
Disabled Access
On-Site Parking
Outdoor Reception Space
In-House Wedding Coordinator

Food and Drink

External Catering Permitted
Alcohol Licence
No Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol

Cultural Specialists

Jewish Wedding Specialist
Muslim Wedding Specialist
Asian Wedding Specialist
Full Description
With 10 years wedding experience, we at Hockering House help you to create a wedding individual to you. Each week is different and with only one event per week, we dedicate our time to you and your experience. Nestled in the heart of Norfolk’s beautiful countryside, yet is just 15 minutes from Norwich, Hockering House is a truly unique venue with no set packages, no set menus - the only limitation is your imagination.. Hockering House is licensed to conduct both civil marriage weddings and partnerships, duo ceremonies, and is also the perfect venue for your renewal of vows, naming and humanist ceremonies. We offer ceremonies both on the lawn or in the woodland. The grounds and parkland of this handsome country house are exclusively yours for your day and we only have one wedding per week so there is plenty of time to set up with family & friends. With over 20 years of event experience, from the first meeting to your last dance, owners Oliver and Sam Berney will help you create your bespoke and unforgettable wedding day. Whether you are looking for that beautiful elegant wedding or maybe wanting something unique and fun, then Hockering House is your unique-to- you Wedding Venue in Norfolk. You are guaranteed a warm welcome, our home becomes yours. So, if you are the slightest bit intrigued and want to know more, just send Sam Berney an enquiry now. Finally, we are able to offer the ultimate glamping experience for you and your wedding guests. Gorsey Meadow provides a rural escape of tranquillity and natural relaxation. With brand new fully equipped bell tents that sleep up to 23, a 'pitch-your-own' spot and two fire pits, the estate is fully yours for the day and night. Each bell tent is discounted to £250 for two nights. Not a glamping fan? Not to worry! We have a full list of local and trusted accommodation spots.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Sam
As this is our home we take huge pride in ensuring every little detail of your day is exactly as you want it. No wedding is ever the same as we encourage individuality at each and every event. We have hosted weddings here for 10 years and look forward to another 10 successful years!


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Laura & Joe Wilson
Married in July 2018
December 2018
Hockering Rocks!
From the start Joe & I knew we wanted a festival themed wedding. The first venue we looked at was Hockering House & straight away we knew it was perfect for Wilsonbury! We were given total freedom to run with our theme & Sam was on hand from start to finish. You are super amazing Sam, running about everywhere for us, making sure our day was perfect, there isn’t enough thank you’s for you! The suppliers you put us in touch with were super professional, friendly & so hard working on such a hot day! Our guests loved the BBQ from Trio’s & the gin bar from Best@Bars was a huge success! To finish the day we even camped in one of Hockering House’s beautiful bell tents (the groom also camped the night before & loved it!). Thank you again Sam for everything! We would love to come back & renew our vows in the future... our guests are already asking for Wilsonbury 2019 at Hockering House! Mr & Mrs Wilson (27th July 2018) x x
Simon & Michelle Page
Married in July 2018
December 2018
Beautiful venue
When we were looking for our wedding venue, we were keen to choose somewhere relaxed, where we could plan a ‘non-traditional’ day and Hockering House offered just that! Sam was always on hand to offer help and guidance whenever we needed it, but also gave us complete freedom to make the day our own. This venue is perfect for those wanting something a little different and is a superb location for an outdoor wedding. Sam also has a fabulous team of bar staff and caterers she can recommend to help the day run smoothly. Thank you Sam, for all you have done to help make our wedding the perfect day
Niall & Abbi
Married in June 2018
December 2018
Perfect is the only word to describe our experience at Hockering House. From the first time we met Sam through the next 18 months she was fabulous to work with. Nothing is too much trouble, she is so professional and organised and just a really really lovely person. Her recommendations for suppliers like Constance Rose and Best@Bars were spot on, and on the day Sam barely stopped moving as she kept everything running smoothly. Hockering House itself is stunning. The house, the formal gardens, our wedding spot in the woods, the meadows with the marquee....loads of our guests complimented us on finding such a lovely venue - in fact is was the first only one we looked at...after meeting Sam and seeing the space it was the easiest decision ever ! We glamped in the meadow that night with some friends and had a great time! Super comfy beds in luxurious bell tents with everything we needed to have a great time. It was ace to wake up the next morning and enjoy the afterglow of a wonderful day in a wonderful place. Thankyou for everything Sam. You’re the best. Abbi & Niall xxx
Holly Honeywell Wedding Styling
Wedding: June 2018
November 2018
A beautiful woodland wedding
I supplied props and details to Abbi and Nialls wedding in 2018 including a beautiful macrame backdrop in the woods for their ceremony. It looked stunning and then the couple had their reception in the marquee and games on the lawn x An amazing venue. Really helpful and lovely family.
Stacey & Danny
Married in May 2018
December 2018
Best day of our lives!
he first time we went to visit Hockering House we knew it was the right wedding venue for us. We took 2 and half years to plan our wedding and Sam was there for us every step of the way. Sam will really go the extra mile for you and I can’t thank her enough. We had the most amazing wedding day and wish we could do it all again. I highly recommend Hockering House, the grounds are stunning, you can make it your own day and Sam will always be there every step of the way to help! Thank you again Sam for all of your time and effort leading up to the wedding and the wedding day itself! Love Stacey and Danny (26th May 2018) x x x x x
Katy & Elliott
Wedding: July 2017
December 2018
Ice creams!
What a lovely venue, I served ice creams at Katy & Elliott's wedding on Saturday & Sam ( the owner ) was so friendly & accommodating , was a pleasure to meet you Sam Thank you
Location & Contact Details


Dereham, Norfolk, England

Travel Notes

Nearest Town

Dereham, Norwich

Nearest Motorway & Junction

Nearest Train Station

Wymondham / norwich

Nearest Airport


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Press & Awards

Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

They are all brilliant of course but we had a Chinese Groom once who's uncle headed up the Dragon Dancers in London. They came and danced at the wedding, an incredible performance to have the honour to watch.

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Have fun! Don't have what you feel you should have, have what you want!

What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?

Hockering House is deigned for personal touches, the whole point of choosing a venue like this is to make it individual to you. One couple who were festival goers designed and illustrated their invitation as a festival entry ticket with a perforated end to return, set up a entrance gate that looked just like a festival with 'security guards in day glow jackets & metal fences, gave out lanyards and arrival packs, table centre pieces were wellies filled with flowers, festival flags everywhere, the groom made giant wooden colourful letters over 1m high 'Wilsonbury', Wilson was his surname, ladies were given flower crowns and the list goes on. Their own personal festival!

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Secluded, beautiful, relaxed, memorable, individual

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

The avenue of trees in the parkland especially at sunset

Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?

Yes but our privacy rules mean we can't disclose.

What’s your favourite canapé?

Mini roast beef in yorkshire pudding

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

A sweet Crepe from Christophe's Crepes

What is your venue's most unique feature?

The space, peace and quiet

What part of your business are you most proud of?

The incredible testimonials we continually receive