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  • 16th May 2022
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7 of the best outdoor wedding venues in the North East

A wedding outdoors offers the unforgettable chance to say your vows to a chorus of birdsong, enjoy a drinks reception in the summer sunshine and dance under the stars. Here are 7 of our favourite outside wedding venues…

KIELDER WATERSIDE, NORTHUMBERLAND

With an unrivalled backdrop of woodland and water, this calm oasis – right in the heart of Northumberland – is the perfect place to tie the knot.

Whether you’re after a laidback, bohemian wedding with a flair of festival chic, or if rustic, traditional and timeless celebrations are more what you’ve got planned, the four Nordic tipis available here are the perfect blank canvas to bring your dream wedding day to life.

Enjoy a celebratory drink after the ceremony with up to 120 family and friends in your own private courtyard, before dancing the night away under fairy lights and stars in the darkest skies in England.

HLN Top Tip: Treat yourself to a package that includes a three or four-night stay in one of Kielder Waterside’s luxurious lodges (complete with hot tubs).

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HIGH HOUSE BARN, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

Tie the knot in this bespoke, rural wedding barn on a traditional English farm, against the most dramatic Northumberland backdrop, and remember your big day for the rest of your lives.

With glowing agricultural surroundings, High House Barn is an inimitable outdoor wedding venue sparkling with rustic charm. Set your décor against soft, wooden furnishings, original beams, flagstones polished by time and provincial architecture, all surrounded by rolling English fields and dry-stone walls.

Exclusively yours for the day and the night, whatever vibe you’re going for on your wedding day, the neutral tones and understated style of High House Barn makes for the perfect backdrop. And if you need a little help bringing your vision together, their friendly team will be on hand to help you achieve all your wedding day goals.

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THE PALM, SUNDERLAND

Brought to us by the North East’s wedding experts behind multi-award winning venues Newton Hall, Le Petit Chateau and As You Like It, The Palm is the newest (and coolest) addition to the Sunderland wedding scene – and an unforgettably urban outdoor wedding venue.

Taking inspiration from its namesake, The Garden at The Palm is lined with palm trees and warmed with fire pits, channelling all those exotic, Hawaiian beach vibes for a ceremony under the sky.

Street food lovers, rejoice! Because once the vows have been said and the rings have been exchanged, the celebrations will continue with The Palm’s renowned street food shacks nestled within these tropical surroundings, before the party really does get started.

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BRINKBURN, NORTHUMBERLAND

Nestled in enchanting woodland, the magical tipis at Brinkburn Northumberland comprise no ordinary outdoor wedding venue.

As authentic as it is elegant, as consistent as it is timeless, and as private as it is personal, this private estate, tucked within a secluded wooded ravine on the banks of the River Coquet, has charm, character and calmness in abundance. Or, in other words, everything you could ever wish for on the wedding day of your dreams.

Brinkburn’s immaculate Tipi allows up to 120 seated guests to dine. While you enjoy your wedding breakfast, your evening band or DJ will discreetly set up alongside the Brinkburn Northumberland team, who will transform the White Room into somewhere special for the party to really begin. Once you’re ready, your guests can flow into the White Room and enjoy drinks on the terrace around the fire pit, while the bar in the Tipi comes alive.

Specialising in 3-day weddings packages, this haven of secluded bliss won’t fail to enchant your wedding guests.

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BOWBURN HALL, DURHAM

Tying the knot in the summer months will mean you have the unique opportunity to host your ceremony in the ornate garden gazebo of Durham’s sumptuous county house hotel, Bowburn Hall.

A truly romantic setting, Bowburn Hall’s gazebo is the perfect combination of classic, old-school glamour and elegance, and more modern, laidback wedding vibes.

Imagine saying your vows in a beautifully landscaped garden, with 160 of your loved ones surrounding the decorative pagoda, which forms a stunning centrepiece for the ceremony, before enjoying drinks and canapes in the sunshine. Pimms, anyone?

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LE PETIT CHATEAU, NORTHUMBERLAND

Bold, romantic and fantastical, Le Petit Chateau’s Mediterranean Terrace provides the perfect backdrop to celebrate your wedding day out in the open air, (whatever the Great British weather may throw at you!).

This contemporary inside/outside space is unique and spectacular, with its retractable roof providing some shelter where needed. Think pastel hues, an abundance of tropical foliage, twinkling fairy lights and dreamy waterside vibes and you’ll be well on your way to imagining an al fresco wedding ceremony at Le Petit Chateau.

Fully equipped to host outdoor ceremonies any time of year, you’ll find every base covered here. Plus, firepits will keep your guests warm and cosy as they celebrate in the starlight.

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JESMOND DENE HOUSE, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

Marry in The Secret Garden at Jesmond Dene House and you’ll be tying the knot in your very own enchanted forest.

Take in the stunning views of the wooded valley as you say your vows with the sound of the tranquil waterfall in the background, before celebrating with 100 of your nearest and dearest in a garden party fit for royalty (after all, the estate has played host to plenty dignitaries in its time). Think music, magical festoon lighting and a feast under the stars.

This Grade II-listed, independently owned boutique hotel has 40 luxurious bedrooms to extend your stay in, too, so you needn’t worry about sorting out any late-night taxis.

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Laura is the Founder and Editor of High Life North. She had the idea to set up an exclusively digital women’s magazine after feeling there was a gap in the market in the North East. With over 10 years of experience in marketing and PR, Laura had a very clear…

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