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A gorgeous 18th century barn wedding venue set in 250 acres which is licenced for civil ceremonies, holds 140 formally (seated) and up to 200 in the evening. Rustic, rural and romantic.
Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
Bridal Suite
Changing Only
Usual Access Time
09:00 AM


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

Ceremony & Reception

Confetti Permitted
Dancefloor Available
Outdoor Ceremony Available
Sound System Available
Wedding Licence

Food and Drink

Alcohol Licence
Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
Halal Catering
In-house Catering
In-House Wine List
Full Description
The Great Barn is a privately owned idyllic 18th century wedding venue set in 250 acres of beautifully tranquil landscaped grounds – the perfect location to have your wedding, reception or private function. The Great Barn is located on the Oxfordshire/ Northamptonshire border just 10 minutes from Junction 10 of the M40 between Bicester and Banbury. The venue comprises two beautifully restored interconnecting 18th century stone barns which were built in 1770 and converted in 1986 specifically for weddings, private parties and corporate functions.


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
Sophia & Lee
Wedding: November 2019
November 2019
We love working with this fabulous venue!
We have worked with the team at The Great Barn for a while now and just wanted to say how fabulous they are! The venue itself is stunning and we always enjoy working there. The team behind the fabulous venue are just amazing! They are always super organised and communication is perfect. A definite 5* review from the team at Deans 🥰
Claire higgs
Wedding: October 2019
November 2019
Stunning venue, superb friendly team that really care.
I have worked at The Great Barn as a recommended supplier for almost 5 years now. I cannot fault this venue, they are so well organsied, really friendly and helpful, the venue is always immaculate and their in - house wedding fairs are always a great success with an amazing turnout.I love this venue and look forward to supplying wedding flowers there everytime knowing everything is taken care regarding floral changes and hired stock always always stored safely for collection. Thank you Great Barn, keep up the good work! Claire @ Hibiscus Floral Design.
Amy & Stuart
Married in October 2019
November 2019
We had an amazing day last Saturday and everyone at The Great Barn was brilliantly helpful and made the day go very smoothly which was really appreciated.
Valentina & Dan
Married in September 2019
October 2019
Thank you so much for making our wedding day amazing! We wil never forget you and The Great Barn. We can't thank you enough!
You & Yours Photography and Videography
Wedding: September 2019
November 2019
The best barn around!
Nowadays, there are many barns offering weddings, but for us , The Great Barn in Aynho is still number one. No matter what time of year, there is always somewhere to get incredible photos and video - whether it be 'down at the lakes'; in the fields during the summer months or beside a roaring fire in winter. Coupled with this picturesque setting are the warm and friendly staff who we have enjoyed working with for many years. Top venue :)
Rachel & Rhys
Married in September 2019
October 2019
An incredible day!
Thank you so much for Saturday, it was truly an incredible day and I can't put into words how special it was for us. The barn was amazing in every sense and I will 100% be leaving you a glowing review.
Location & Contact Details


Upper Aynho Grounds, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX173AY, England

Travel Notes

Please be aware that our postcode takes you to our neighbouring property, Mill House. We are clearly sign-posted 100m to the south of Mill House.

Nearest Town

Bicester or Banbury

Nearest Motorway & Junction

M40 Junction 10

Nearest Train Station

Bicester or Banbury

Nearest Airport

Birmingham or Heathrow

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Press & Awards

Industry Awards (4)

The Wedding Industry Awards 2014 Regional Finalist
The Wedding Industry Awards 2016 Regional Finalist
The Wedding Industry Awards 2019 Regional Finalist
The Wedding Industry Awards 2020 Regional Finalist

Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

So many - so different. They are all unique. Perhaps the best ones are the most relaxed ones where couples are happy just to enjoy the day with their family & friends.

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

Tell us what your dreams are and then relax & enjoy it!

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

A basket of flip-flops for tired feet to dance in!

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Rustic, rural, romantic, relaxed, private

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

On the bridges down at the lakes

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

Yes - Dawn French was our most recent one this year!

What’s your favourite canapé?

Mini brioche buns filled with pulled pork....yum!

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Sitting by the fire!

What is your venue's most unique feature?

As barns go, we are unusually large and spacious and the two interconnecting barns allow one part of the party to dance the night away and the others still be able to hold a conversation without feeling that they are separate groups.

What part of your business are you most proud of?

Our staff - guests time and time again comment on how attentive, polite, courteous and flexible they are and they go the extra mile to make your day really special.