A breathtaking sea side location with stunning views.
Pricing & Costs
Venue Hire Only
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EXCLUSIVE USE OF POLHAWN FORT
The surrounding gardens, summerhouse, all weather tennis court, private access beach, car park for approxi...
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Features & Capacity
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Bridal Changing Facilities
Grade I/II Listed Building
In-House Wedding Coordinator
Open Flame Permitted
Outdoor Reception Space
Ceremony & Reception
Church Within Walking Distance
Outdoor Ceremony Available
Sound System Available
Food and Drink
No Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
External Catering Permitted
Asian Wedding Specialist
Muslim Wedding Specialist
The Guardian of Whitsand Bay since 1867, Polhawn Fort is a unique, exclusive use wedding venue on the Cornish coast. The experienced team of wedding professionals at Polhawn Fort are dedicated to helping you create the wedding you have always dreamed about. Your guests will enjoy the stunning, secluded location complete with private access beach. Offering extended stays and luxurious accommodation you have the choice to do as much or as little as you choose. Actually, choice is what we do best. With a handpicked list of trusted suppliers, curated with quality and service in mind, you will be able to bring your ideas to life! Flexible spaces mean you can plan your wedding to be as relaxed and simple or as formal as you can imagine. The Grand Hall is perfect for everything from a sublime indoor ceremony to a riotous, lively party! The summerhouse overlooking the Bay stands ready for enchanted outside ceremonies but can also be transformed into a beach hut bar or chill-out zone! Not to mention the beach for cricket, bonfires and water sports.
New for 2018 is the use of the Mediterranean inspired Roof Garden Terrace. Situated on the top of the Fort your guests can enjoy Al Fresco dining with sweeping views of the Bay from the end of the Terrace. You are free to choose how to use the space which lends itself to a casual barbecue or chilled out drinks reception. Combine a fire pit and festoon lighting to encourage your guests to appreciate the sunsets from the roof or your very own fireworks display from the neighbouring field.
To add to the enjoyment of the extensive grounds, Polhawn provide a range of garden games. A bit of healthy competition will develop between your family and friends as they challenge each other to Croquet, Giant Jenga and our favourite traditional Cornish game – Smite! Spectators can enjoy the sport from our new folding lawn chairs and side tables.
Polhawn Fort has viewing days every Monday and Friday afternoon, including Bank Holidays.
Personal Message from the Manager
Name of Wedding Contact: Gemma
Polhawn Fort is a one-off, unique kind of place. It stands alone, quite literally. So if you’re looking for a coastal wedding venue to make your own, you’ve probably found it. Imagine a home-from-home vibe and you’re halfway there (if ‘home’ happens to be a Napoleonic fort, complete with drawbridge)!
We welcome you to come and visit us on any Mondays and Fridays between 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Contact the team to book your viewing https://www.polhawnfort.com/arrange-a-viewing/.
See you soon.
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More than 50
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Hannah & Thomas
Married in May 2019
The perfect balance of flexibility & support.
Thank you! We had the most amazing day, of course in part due to the impossibly beautiful setting, but mainly it was down to an array of wonderful and super professional ...
Catherine & Simon
Married in December 2018
Polhawn Fort is a magical venue
Polhawn Fort is a magical venue and we had our perfect winter wedding there this December. I loved how we could be as creative as we wanted and everything was totally up ...
Catherine and Simon
Married in November 2018
Beautiful venue and perfect day!
Polhawn Fort is perched on the edge of the long gorgeous beach where I grew up as a child. When Simon and I got engaged I knew exactly where I wanted to get married!
Married in October 2018
The place was stunning. Our guests kept asking us how we found it. We loved it and so did our guests. The staff we met were lovely and understanding! Definitely recommend...
Holly & Nick
Married in August 2018
A mini holiday
We had an amazing weekend at Polhawn from Friday afternoon to Monday morning. Unfortunately it rained for the first time in weeks on our actual day but that didn’t put a ...
James and Abigail
Married in August 2018
Thank you for making our dream wedding come true
James and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for making our dream wedding come true. When planning our wedding we couldn't have dreamed of a more perfect ...
Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?
Wow, that's really tough! From all the bells & whistles to more intimate choices a wedding at Polhawn Fort can be shaped in a zillion ways. Take a look at the thoughts and memories of one of our past couples. https://www.polhawnfort.com/nazia-martin-real-wedding/
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Book your venue first to ensure you have the dates that you want! After that everything else will fall into place...
What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?
With a garden that hugs the coastline surrounding it from all corners we have had a range of different activities and games on display. From the wacky and wonderful to the more laid back traditional activities. Spending time with family and close friends whilst the sea splashes below is truly a magical experience and something our guests take full advantage of.
Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.
Unique, Majestic, Historic, Flexible, Cornish!
Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?
The private beach - without a doubt.
Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?
We would never breathe a word....
What’s your favourite canapé?
Little cones of tempura battered cod with shoestring fries and aioli - you're at the beach after all!
What’s your favourite midnight treat?
Piping hot Cornish Pasties made just down the road.
What is your venue's most unique feature?
The Grand Hall with vaulted ceiling, 8 foot thick walls, and windows built into the cannon embrasures facing the sea.
What part of your business are you most proud of?
The fact that we allow our guests so much choice. Fully licensed with no corkage fees or curfews and the ability to bring your choice of suppliers, the world is your oyster!