The Old Barn
Everyone wants something a bit different and unique for their special day, and when you are getting married in North Devon, why not combine the old with the new, the traditional with the different and get married in a beautiful 17th Century barn with a private surprise after-party?!.
With its exposed beams and conservatory, The Old Barn is the perfect backdrop to any wedding, however what makes this venue so different is that it is located within the grounds of one of North Devon’s top attractions, The Milky Way theme park! The Old Barn is sheltered from the hustle and bustle of the main park, you’d never know you were on the park’s grounds…but once the park closes and the families and tourists have gone home, the dodgems are all yours for you and your guests to enjoy! Can you think of any other wedding venue that promises such a memorable, thrilling event?
Visit the Old Barn Website here: http://oldbarnwedding.co.uk/
The Old Barn has been converted into a unique setting for weddings and events that can comfortably accommodate 118 people for a seated meal or 200 for a reception, depending on the time of year
Attached to the barn is a beautiful conservatory covered in grape vines and wisteria for much of the year, with large windows overlooking the private courtyard garden. The conservatory can seat 80-118 for a ceremony and is a wonderful setting for weddings and civil ceremonies.
It’s an ultimate DIY venue – decorate as you please and choose the caterers and suppliers that you want. We offer kitchen preparation space within the barn and there are plenty of options outside for a barbeque or hog roast. The space is incredibly flexible, there’s even a grassed courtyard alongside the conservatory suitable for a tepee or small marquee.
You are welcome to bring your own welcome drinks and wine for your sit down meal, or we would be delighted to help you with this, it’s totally up to you. We also provide chairs and tables if needed and we have our own bar and bar staff.
Tara and Jacqui
As the daughter and daughter-in-law of Trevor and Christine Stanbury, the original owners of The Old Barn at The Milky Way, Tara and Jacqui have seen The Old Barn transformed from the park’s café to the beautiful wedding venue that it is today.
Tara grew up on the site and has returned to join the family business, whereas Jacqui has been an integral part of the park since marrying the Stanburys’ son, Marten, 22 years ago.
With a degree in tourism and leisure, a post-graduate diploma in marketing and years of hospitality and management experience under my belt, I decided to return to the family business full time. Over the years I have organised events of all sizes in a professional capacity. My own celebration was a DIY affair, we held the reception for my civil partnership at The Old Barn, starting with welcome drinks on the lawn followed by a sit down meal for 90 people before more guests arrived for the after party - complete with live music, buffet, a cocktail bar, disco and dodgems! Many of my friends said it was the best ‘wedding’ they had ever been to!
I organised everything from caterers and cocktail bar to decorations and a cheese wedding cake. I really enjoyed the experience and I hope to bring my experience of professional event organisation (as well as having organised my own celebration at the old barn) to other couples. To be able to give other people the opportunity to have their wedding at The Old Barn is very exciting for me – I can’t wait to see what other brides do to make their day as special as ours was, in ways that are personal to them.
As the person in charge of catering and bar sales for the site, I know this venue inside-out and have seen first-hand what a beautiful and flexible space The Old Barn is.
Before joining the business I trained in catering and worked in various pubs and hotels – including Portledge Manor, where I helped with the organisation and day to day delivery of catering at top end weddings and black tie events.
My own wedding was 22 years ago now, we had a fantastic evening party at The Milky Way for 500 people! Everything was organised ourselves and in recent years I have overseen several weddings on site for various family and friends. Now that we have The Old Barn, I look forward to helping out with many more events, and of course I am always on hand to advise on the catering!
How to find the Old Barn
Take the A39 towards Clovelly, stay on the main road until you see a sign post of The Milky Way Adventure Park on your left. The Old Barn will be on your right.
Address - The Old Barn, Clovelly, Bideford, Devon EX39 5RY
Take a look at the Old Barn website here.