The Thatch Barn Brochure

a barn on a farm

Congratulations on your forthcoming wedding and we would like to welcome you to The Thatch Barn, here at Church Farm in the small Cambridgeshire village of Yelling. Set on a working farm, this 400 year old, award winning barn has recently been totally refurbished to offer couples a totally unique barn venue for their bespoke wedding reception. We have maintained all the old charm of the building with its high oak beams and glazed oak entrance, topped with a read thatched roof to keep it cool in the summer and maintain heat in the winter. Our old cow sheds have been rebuilt into modern toilet and kitchen facilities in keeping with their original design. The barn seats up to 100 people comfortably for the reception meal, and we are licenced for an additional 20 persons in the evening.

contacts Telephone: 07712 772880 We want to give our wedding couples the opportunity to put their own mark on their wedding celebration, so, within reason, you can decorate the barn as you wish, set out the tables how you would like them, choose your own menu from our caterers, provide your own florist, entertainer, cake maker, photographer etc and you can stipulate how YOU want your day to run, as opposed to being dictated to! (Or, if you would like us to help in any way, we will be happy to do so). The Thatch Barn, Yelling @thethatchbarn_yelling

the perfe The barn is ideal for a range of celebrations with the gorgeous Cambridgeshire countryside providing a beautiful backdrop. Our Facilities Our modern facilities include: • Sole use of the Grade II listed thatched barn • Tables and chairs • Licensed bar • Fully fitted kitchen • Ladies, gentlemen and disabled toilets • Installed lighting, electricity and water • Decked area adjacent to barn • Seasonal farm land for photographs • Car parking for 40+ vehicles • Music monitoring system • Heating available at extra cost • Wheelchair friendly English Heritage The Thatch Barn is a Grade II listed building and is recognised by the English Heritage Awards.

ect venue prices Caterers 3 Course Wedding Breakfast From £40pp +VAT (2024) Hog Roast, buffets, afternoon tea also available Corkage £9 per 75cl bottle wine (2024-25) Hiring the barn includes time on the day before to set up, the day of the wedding and time to dismantle the day after the wedding. Hire price includes tables and chairs and provision of bar. 2024 May, June, July, August & September £3800 (+VAT=£4560) February - April & October - December £3400 (+VAT=£4080) 2025 May, June, July, August & September £4000 (+VAT=£4800) February - April & October - December £3600 (+VAT=£4320) 2026 May, June, July, August & September £4200 (+VAT=£5040) February - April & October - December £3800 (+VAT=£4560) Prices subject to change at any time, please enquire at time of booking. All prices subject to 20% VAT (excluding corkage)

ceremony Alternatively, why not have a blessing or a ring ceremony in the barn itself? We can officiate the service and make it as intimate or formal as you like. We will set up the barn with an aisle for the bride to walk down to meet her groom surrounded by up to 80 of your family and friends. After the ceremony, the room is rearranged for the wedding breakfast. (Ceremonies subject to weather conditions and only advisable during summer months) The beautiful Church of the Holy Cross sits adjacent to the barn and is just a 100 metre walk across to the reception barn. We can show you around the church at the same time as you view the barn, if you would like to see it. We are fortunate that our lovely vicar welcomes the opportunity to marry couples in his church, and not only couples from the Parish of Yelling - with a few visits to the church leading up to your big day, couples from outside of the area can also marry here. (Subject to you satisfying the vicar of your intentions!)

hire it To tie in with the barn theme, we have a number of items you can hire to enhance your wedding, including a light up Love sign, original old milk churns, vintage decorative bike which is personalised (just add flowers!), slabs of wood for centre pieces, our very own candy cart and doughnut door or a vintage easel made from an old ladder to hold your seating plan. Just ask to see our ‘Hire It’ information for costing

catering We offer a choice of in-house caterers, all of whom are experienced in delivering the perfect menu for your special day. Be it a stunning a la carte meal, picnic hampers, paella, hog roast or anything in between, they will ensure your guests are beautifully catered for.

Either choose from our selection of wines and fizz for your reception, or bring in your own wine to drink with your meal, or bubbles to celebrate before the meal, at a reasonable corkage charge. Ask for our up-to-date drinks price list. drinks

suppliers There are many excellent wedding suppliers in our region and we are more than happy to recommend some to you, but below are just a handful of those that come highly endorsed by us! Cakes Keen for Cakes (St Neots) Petals and Crumbs (Over) Jennie’s Cakes (St Neots) Amber’s Bakes and Cakes (Huntingdon) Tom’s Cakes (St Ives) Love Life Eat Cake (Oakham) Photographers Liz Greenhalgh Photography Sian Richardson Photography Mark Nortcliffe Photography Bridgewood Wedding Photography Daniel Ackerley Photography Lee Allison Photography Purple Rose Photography Zoe Parnham Photography Chauffeur Driven Cars Florists Flowers by Sanchia The Flower Bar, St Ives Suzanne Randell Photobooths The Snap Booth Treasure Trove Events Waterfall Photobooth Company Entertainment Smith and Sons Band Jolly Boys DJs Strobe Disco Roadshow Tommy Philpot (singer) Matt Strafford Band Soho Soul Band Joyrider Band The Blue Rinse Cover Band So Discos DJ Chair Covers Calligraphy a.b.calligraphy

frequently asked questions What is the seating capacity for the barn? The barn will comfortably seat 100 persons for a meal and up to 120 (so an additional 20 persons) in the evening. We provide 10 round tables, 100 chairs and some trestle tables. When will I have access to the barn to setup? The barn will be available for setting up one day before and again the morning after the event for dismantling/collections. We only hold one wedding per week so there is plenty of time to be relaxed about the preparation of the venue. We do not operate a conveyor style set up whereby you can’t get in until the morning and you need to leave with all your belongings that night! Do you have set caterers? We have a choice of caterers you can use, either Crucial Cuisine or Tom’s Kitchen. Can we bring in our own wine and do you charge corkage? You can provide your own wine to have with your meal. There is a set corkage charge for any wines or bubbly that you would like to provide yourself. All other drinks are available from the bar that is provided and your own wine can only be served during the meal. Does The Thatch Barn have a Civil Ceremony License? No, at this time we are not licensed for civil partnerships, however we can offer ring ceremonies/ blessings, or you can get married in the church opposite the Barn with prior agreement of the local vicar. What time does the venue have to be vacated by? Music has to finish at 11.30 pm and guests should vacate the premises by 11.45 pm Do you have any accommodation? There is no accommodation actually in the village itself, however there are many very good B&B’s and hotels in the area, within a 10 minute drive. Full details upon request. Is the venue wheelchair friendly? Yes, we have disabled toilet facilities, and the barn itself, as well as most of the grounds, are on the flat. Are candles allowed? Candles and tea lights are allowed inside the barn, on the condition they are in stable containers and no naked flames (i.e. in tea light holder, jam jar, hurricane vase etc.) Are fireworks allowed? Regrettably, due to the building being thatched, we are not permitted to allow fireworks on the premises. Is the barn heated? During the cooler months we can supply heat to the barn, for which there is a charge of £40. This is by means of a hot air blower to take the chill off the building. Are there any extra charges? We like to be transparent as a wedding is an enormous expense. When you hire the barn, you pay for the barn and our only other charge is a REFUNDABLE breakages deposit, which is returned to you 48 hours after the event. In addition to the barn hire fee, you will need to consider the cost of catering, any drinks you would like to provide, and then your own choice of florist, photographer, cake, entertainment, and of course wedding attire!

reviews Good morning Sanchia and family, We just wanted to send you a quick message to say a massive thank you to you all for your help and amazing service and venue. Everyone has said how fantastic the day was and how beautiful the venue is and that’s all thanks to you, so thank you so much for making our day absolutely incredible. We got married first weekend in September after 3 postponements. The day was absolutely perfect. Thanks to Sanchia and her team it was everything that we wished for. Everything we asked for she delivered on, including set up of a very large heavy cake! All our guests complimented the beautiful setting and day. Would 100% recommend, we had the perfect day. We had the absolute pleasure of celebrating our marriage at The Thatch Barn, Yelling last Friday and what a fantastic day it was! Sanchia has been amazing from the start and has done everything she can to make sure our day was perfect. The venue itself is stunning and the barn is the perfect place to create the dream wedding you envisaged. The views and location provide a beautiful backdrop. All of our guests said they could see why we had chose to celebrate here and commented on how unique and beautiful the venue was. It was everything we imagined and more! Sanchia’s family came to support in running the day and they were so attentive and nothing was to much trouble, our day was really made perfect thank you to them all and we are so grateful. It will be a day we are reminiscing over for years to come! We got married in July at the Holy Cross Church and then walked across to The Thatch Barn. From the start we felt listened to, there was no question that was too silly, too big or too small. Sanchia was great at every point of the way when planning our wedding and on our actual wedding day. Everyone we spoke to on the day and ever since has raved about how idyllic the venue and setting was. We would absolutely recommend this venue and Sanchia and her team to any and everyone. “Thank you just doesn’t even cover it, you have been absolutely fantastic!”

Having a celebration at The Thatch Barn made our wedding day absolutely magical! We were determined to get married and in these challenging times, Sanchia came to rescue, helping us plan a COVID secure wedding. All guests felt safe, we had a fabulous time and a true fairytale experience! We will definitely go back for other events! A hidden gem of a wedding venue. Sanchia and her team really went above and beyond. From booking, Sanchia kept in regular contact with us, answering my many questions quickly. With Sanchia also being a florist, it took the stress out of that part of the day too! Our day went seamlessly, was so laidback (which is exactly the vibe we were going for) and the team’s attention to detail was flawless. I just wish we could do it all again! Thank you thank you thank you! I couldn’t recommend The Thatch Barn more! Sanchia and the staff go above and beyond to make the day as special as it can be. They organised absolutely everything on the day/evening that we were just left to enjoy ourselves and not give anything a seconds thought. All of the guests had nothing but nice things to say about the friendly bar staff. The barn itself is beautiful it’s everything you can imagine and more. It’s simple, elegant and creates such a romantic relaxed atmosphere. We were given the opportunity to explore the grounds and take some amazing photos which also gave us an opportunity to escape and enjoy some bride and groom time. If we could do it all over again we would in a heartbeat! Well what can we say about The Thatch Barn? Sanchia you have a beautiful venue and a amazing team. nothing was too much, your laid back attitude made our day stress free for us. If anyone is looking for a venue this place should definitely be at the top of your list to look at... thank you for making our happily ever after day so special. A huge thank you to the team at The Thatch Barn for making our wedding day everything we could have hoped for. I have to say a special thank you to Sanchia, who went above and beyond on the day in every way. A true professional at what she does, but besides that such a lovely, kind person. Just what you need on such a special day. A beautiful venue run by such a lovely team. Thank you! “Do yourself a favour, and don’t go anywhere else.”