P.O.A
Up to 150
1 Bedrooms
Exclusive Use
Wedding Licence
shortlisted
Rookery Meadow is a unique outdoor wedding venue offering a beautiful blank canvas with private lake & meadow to make your own. Enjoy exclusive use for 3 days, plus free prop hire & an event manager.
Features & Capacity

Overview

Venue Type
Garden
Outdoor
Dining Capacity
150
Reception Capacity
200
No. of Bedrooms
1
Sleeps No. of People
35
Bridal Suite
Honeymoon Suite
Usual Access Time
10:00 AM
Usual Finish Time
01:00 AM

Venue

Bridal Changing Facilities
Disabled Access
Exclusive Use
In-House Wedding Coordinator
Marquee Permitted
On-Site Parking
Open Flame Permitted
Outdoor Reception Space
Pet-Friendly
Water View

Ceremony & Reception

Confetti Permitted
Dancefloor Available

Food and Drink

Alcohol Licence
No Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
External Catering Permitted
Full Description
Rookery Meadow is a true blank canvas venue, meaning you have complete control over every element of your special day. From a festival-feel tipi to a traditional white marquee, pizzas, afternoon tea or a three course meal, the choice really is yours. There is no corkage charge or hidden costs, so you have financial as well as create control. Campers are welcome whilst you can spend the night under the stars in our bridal bell tent. As you will enjoy three days exclusive use, why not have family bbq the following day? Our hire price includes help and support to source and book suppliers, plus help to set up, break down, and event management on the day. Benefit from free unlimited hire of props from our Barn of Curiosities, including the rustic old oak bar, tree of cake, milk urns, log slices, jam jars, straw bales, blanket boxes and much more. The lake features a jetty, row boat, island and lake walks, offering a beautiful spot for a ceremony or reception. Or have your marquee/ tipi away from the lake in the meadow, where ancient oak trees offer shade and there are two acres of grass ready for you to fill with guests and games. Whether you are seeking a relaxed day, festival wedding or classic marquee wedding, our flexible approach gives you a genuine chance to create something truly unique. Hire is £3,500, there is no VAT to pay and the price includes: - exclusive use for three days (Friday to Sunday) - generator and wiring - unlimited free prop hire from the Barn of Curiosities - support to research and contact suppliers - event manager on the big day - freedom to camp - bridal bell tent - shower room Facilities such as a marquee/ tipi, catering, drinks, entertainment, celebrant and flowers are not included and are hired in by each couple. We support you in seeking out the things that meet your needs and have a list of recommended suppliers to inspire you. The average total cost of a Rookery Meadow wedding, including hire, is £16,000.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Gemma and Rob Walpole
When we became engaged there was no question about venues - the best place we could think of celebrating our special day was Rookery Meadow. Nowhere else could offer the freedom to choose everything we wanted, and nowhere else could match the beauty and tranquillity of the natural surroundings. We know that not everyone is as lucky as we are. Most people don’t have a fairy-tale meadow at the bottom of the garden. So we are giving you the opportunity to share ours.

Experience

Year Business Was Established
2015
No. of Weddings Hosted
Between 10 and 30
Public Liability Insurance
Yes
No. of People In Team
2
Reviews
(16)
stephanie quilliam
Wedding: November 2018
November 2018
Loving Family Farm
You won't be short of a few helping loving hands on this family owned working farm. Gemma and Rob are truly unique helping with decor, your drinks, any extra hours you need to create your dream wedding this pair pull out all the stops. The meadow, lake and mature trees are the perfect backdrop for your bespoke wedding.
Clare Wilson
Wedding: October 2018
December 2018
The best organised venue
Being an outside catering company we attend many private weddings and functions but we are always delighted to accept clients at Rookery meadow. We know that Gemma and Rob will have thought of everything and checked through with the clients the full specification and ensure we are aware of everything for the event. They are more than organised. Rookery Meadows is not only picturesque. It is the most hospitable venue we visit and Gemma and Rob are simply a delight to work with.
Matt & Steph
Married in September 2018
November 2018
Friendly, Passionate & Versatile
Rookery Meadow is one of those rare gems that ticks every box, including some that you don't anticipate before planning a wedding! Gemma and Rob have a beautiful and versatile venue that would suit any type of event, especially with the amount of help and advice that they are able to offer in regards to the actual planning of the wedding. My wife and I were astounded by their friendly, hands-on approach from start to finish. They gave us the tools and the knowledge to plan exactly what we wanted and were as involved as we needed to them to be at all times. And that was just before the wedding! Many of our guests commented that they'd never seen two people work as hard as Gemma & Rob did on the day to make sure everything was going smoothly. Everything about the venue, from the lake (which was perfect for photos) to the Barn of Curiosities (which houses hundreds of vintage knick-knacks like bowls, bottles, chests and even some sofas, all available to use included in the price) was spot-on. All of this is included in one, incredibly competetive fee which for what you receive is an absolute steal.
Magical Events Ltd
Wedding: July 2018
December 2018
Absolutely Stunning Venue
We have the pleasure of working with Gemma & Rob regularly through the year they really are an amazing couple and have the most incredible venue. We love how versatile their venue is there is so much space and the out look over the lake from the tipis is just amazing. We would recommend Rookery Meadow to anyone looking for a beautiful setting with a laid back approach it really is truly stunning.
Matt and Steph
Married in November 2017
January 2018
A huge thank you
Read their own words on the card pictured below!
Dazed Photography
Wedding: October 2017
January 2018
The venue is stunning
Gemma and Rob are brilliant, attentive and thoughtful hosts. The venue is stunning whether there's rain or sun. Such a beautiful spot to get hitched, highly recommend!
Location & Contact Details

Address

Harleston, Suffolk, England

Travel Notes

A map and instructions on how to find us can be found on our website. A we only have six weddings a year there is only a sign outside on event days, ensuring we stay a little bit secret! Please therefore book visits in advance.

Nearest Town

Bungay

Nearest Motorway & Junction

M11

Nearest Train Station

Diss

Nearest Airport

Norwich

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FAQ
(10)

Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

A rugby themed wedding! The whole day was relaxed with children and families playing games (including rugby!) in the meadow, a gorgeous tipi, live band and lots of smiles, before spending the night under the stars in luxury bell tents.

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

Don't worry about pleasing everyone else - it is your day so create what you want. If you don't want a first dance or a sit down meal, then don't have one! And equally important is enjoy every bit, from the planning to the day itself. It will go quickly so treasure every second.

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

Every wedding at Rookery Meadow is completely unique so they are all full of personal touches. One of our favourites was a handmade sweetshop built by the bride and groom.

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Unique Rustic Relaxed Alternative Flexible

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

On the jetty overlooking the lake

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

Not that we know of!

What’s your favourite canapé?

Sausage rolls (they go very well with Pimms!)

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Walkways lit with fairy lights

What is your venue's most unique feature?

The beautiful lake

What part of your business are you most proud of?

The personal support we give each couple