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Weddings at Calke Abbey

A bride and groom enjoying their wedding photography in the Orangery at Calke Abbey, surrounded by tropical plants and the faded, peeling plaster of the Orangery
The Orangery at Calke Abbey makes a stunning backdrop for wedding photos | © Leigh McAra

Nestled within 600 acres of country estate, rustic gardens and pleasure grounds, the Riding School at Calke Abbey is the perfect venue for a country-style barn wedding. Working with Ivy House Weddings, we’ll help you design your perfect day – from the décor to the menu and everything in between. Find out how to enquire about weddings at Calke Abbey here.

Weddings in the Riding School

Weddings at Calke Abbey take place in the Riding School, a grade II listed barn venue nestled within the picturesque 600-acre Calke Estate.

With bare brick walls, exposed beams and original features, the Riding School is the perfect blank canvas to create a unique wedding that reflects your style. We’re licensed to host full wedding ceremonies so you can enjoy your whole day at Calke Abbey, or you can choose the Riding School for your wedding reception.

The Riding School at Calke Abbey dressed for a wedding reception, with round tables and tall floral centrepieces
The Riding School dressed for a wedding reception at Calke Abbey | © HBA Photography

Planning your wedding

We work with local wedding planners, Ivy House Weddings, to deliver unique weddings at Calke.

With over 15 years’ experience in the wedding industry, Rebecca and Emma will work with you to make every detail perfect – from your first visit to the Riding School to your last dance at the end of the night.

Visit the Ivy House Wedding website to find a range of packages, carefully crafted in partnership with local suppliers, or to discuss a bespoke wedding package to suit your style.

Booking your big day

If you’d like to visit the Riding School, Ivy House Weddings host a viewing weekend every month to showcase the venue, alongside a selection of local suppliers. It’s a great opportunity to see the Riding School at its best and find plenty of inspiration for your big day.

Weddings are available to book between May–July for spring-summer weddings, and Sept–Oct for autumnal weddings. There is still some availability for 2022 weddings, so if you’ve recently got engaged, why not come along for a chat?

A bride and groom walking towards a sunset in the meadow at Calke Abbey with a glowing sun on the horizon and ancient trees in the background
A bride and groom enjoying the sunset at Calke Abbey | © The Light Painters

Catering and drinks

Ivy House Weddings work with Derbyshire-based caterers Black Peppermint to create a bespoke menu designed with your tastes in mind. From formal dinners to laid-back sharing menus, Black Peppermint’s modern and creative approach means you’ll have full control over your wedding food.

The caterers also provide a bar service for the full day, so you and your guests can stay refreshed and dance the night away.

Start your wedding journey

Ivy House Weddings are the first point of contact for wedding enquiries, so we recommend visiting their website, where you’ll find more information about weddings at Calke Abbey.

You can also follow Ivy House Weddings on Facebook and Instagram to find more real wedding photos and inspiration.

A close-up from behind the bride and groom on their wedding day at Calke Abbey, with a view of the house in the background on a sunny day

Ivy House Weddings at Calke Abbey

We work with local wedding planners, Ivy House Weddings, to deliver unique weddings at Calke Abbey. Visit their website to find inspiration, photography and to enquire about your wedding.

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