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Weddings and venue hire at Smallhythe Place

A bride and groom on their wedding day in the garden at Mount Stewart, County Down
A bride and groom on their wedding day | © National Trust Images/Megan Taylor

Hire the unique 17th-century Barn Theatre for an event or function and enjoy the idyllic countryside views at Smallhythe Place. The theatre in Kent is ideal for work and personal occasions such as weddings and conferences, where guests can also appreciate the pretty cottage gardens at the historic home of Victorian actor Ellen Terry. Find out what's available for venue hire space at Smallhythe Place.

Book a special event at The Barn Theatre

The Barn Theatre is a charming location for an event or function, including a birthday party or anniversary. The historic venue is also ideal for office gatherings including conferences and work social events.

The theatre is set within the picturesque cottage garden at Smallhythe Place, where guests can enjoy the surrounding Kent countryside.

The historic stage has welcomed many theatre legends including Sir John Gielgud, Sybil Thorndike, and Dame Eileen Atkins.

Wedding days at Smallhythe Place

The 17th-century theatre provides an intimate and unique venue for your wedding day. Couples can get married on stage and have exclusive use of the cottage garden, ideal for wedding photographs with guests.

Wedding ceremonies can be held on closed days in season, so couples can enjoy the exclusive use of the characterful theatre and the scenic views.

Although the venue is unable to cater a reception after the wedding, guests can enjoy celebratory drinks and canapés with friends and family in the cottage garden.

Outside the 17th-century Barn Theatre at Smallhythe Place, Kent
Outside the 17th-century Barn Theatre at Smallhythe Place | © National Trust Images/John Miller

Help with organising an event

The team at Smallhythe Place regularly host a wide programme of events in The Barn Theatre and can offer their experience in organising functions. They are happy to discuss any suggestions for an event and will help guests plan their special occasion.

As the venue space is a working theatre it can be dressed to impress by the team, who can help with event decoration or wedding ceremony ideas.

Contact Smallhythe Place to hire The Barn Theatre

For further information or to book the theatre for an event or function email or call 01580 762334.

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