Barn wedding dreaming? Inside The Hidden Oak – a hidden gem wedding venue in North Yorkshire

This beautiful barn is set within 200 acres of rolling countryside. With woodland, lawns, duck ponds and a cobblestone courtyard – here’s everything you need to know, and why you should consider it for your big day.

Written by Laura Kingston
Published 14.09.2023

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Barn weddings are having a moment. Ask anyone to show you pictures of their dream wedding and you’re likely to be scrolling through images of exposed wooden beams, twinkling lights and smiling guests having fun together.

Enter, The Hidden Oak.

Just 55 minutes outside of Newcastle and 15 minutes from Darlington, The Hidden Oak is one of the North East’s best-kept secrets for a unique wedding venue.

With capacity for up to 110 daytime guests and 140 evening guests – this is a venue you’ll want to check out…

Image credit: Mick Merriott Photography


The barn is a carefully refurbished 17-century milking parlour, letting in plenty of natural light with large bi-fold doors, with impressive high ceilings and exposed oak beams.

With a bespoke approach to every couple, The Hidden Oak also welcomes additional spaces such as tipis, yurts or marquees – with a large garden area in front of the barn the options are endless.

Surrounded by beautiful scenery, guests can spill out onto manicured lawns, immaculate grounds and a cobbled courtyard which is perfect for an outdoor drinks reception.

Set within 200 acres of grounds, there is plenty of picture-perfect nature to explore and take photos, from woodland to duck ponds and sprawling green spaces.

And if you want to arrive in real style, there’s a landing area for a helicopter…

Image credit: Mick Merriott Photography


The Hidden Oak can accommodate weddings and civil partnerships of up to 110 daytime guests.

For the ceremony, vows can be exchanged in a stretch tent which can be positioned within the secret garden or in front of the barn. Or in warmer weather, say ‘I do’ outside on the beautiful grounds.

If couples would prefer a traditional church wedding ceremony, St Mary’s in Norton Village and St Peter’s in Bishopton are close by.

Intimate weddings of up to 80 guests will be held in the beautiful barn.

Image credit: Mick Merriott Photography


The food and drink options really allow couples to design their dream day.

Options range from a relaxed barbeque or platter dining, to a three-course wedding breakfast.

There are also loads of great options for fizz, toasting drinks, canapes, and evening supper to keep guests well-fed and watered throughout the day.

The Hidden Oak can meet any dietary requirement or need.

Check out one of the sample menus here.

Image credit: Mick Merriott Photography


As night falls and the party really gets started, The Hidden Oak is lit up with gorgeous outdoor lighting throughout the grounds and inside the barn.

The barn gets transformed with a dance floor and fully stocked bar until 11.30 p.m. and can accommodate a DJ or a live band.

There’s also the option to light up the sky with outdoor fireworks.

Image credit: Francis Burn Photography

2024 – 2025 PACKAGES

The Hidden Oak likes to work with couples on a bespoke basis to help them create the barn wedding of their dreams. But here’s an idea of the packages available…

April 2024 – October 2024 

Mid-week (Monday – Wednesday)

£10,995 – £12,595

Weekend (Friday – Sunday)

£13,995 – £15,495

Intimate (Monday – Wednesday)

£6,495 – £7,295

Image credit: Mick Merriott Photography

October 2024 – March 2025

Mid-week (Monday – Wednesday)

£10,295 – £11,995

Weekend (Friday – Sunday)

£11,995 – £13,595

Intimate (Monday – Wednesday)

£6,495 – £7,295

Image credit: Mick Merriott Photography

The price range varies depending on food and drink options.

Minimum 80 guests. Additional guests are priced at £95 for daytime guests and £15 for evening guests.

Intimate weddings have maximum 40 guests and are held inside the barn.


  • Reception drinks
  • Canapes
  • 3-course wedding breakfast
  • Toast drinks
  • Evening supper
  • A wedding co-ordinator to run your special day
Image credit: Mick Merriott Photography

To make your enquiry today, email: [email protected] or call 07984 540007.


Laura Kingston, High Life North Magazine
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