Well the Covid crisis has certainly been a shock for us all! We’ve been on a rollercoaster ride since our last wedding in March and we know you have been too. Although it’s not over yet, things are easing and as we get ready to host our first post-covid wedding next week we feel that this is the right time to be sharing our plans for moving forward. We hope that all of you and your families are safe and coping well.
No-one knows how this crisis will play out in the long term. Will it fade away? Will it continue to come at us in waves? Will we be living with it for quite some time?
As a highly experienced and responsible venue we are planning and investing in measures that assume we may cycle in and out of periods of disruption due to Covid and we wanted to share these plans with you.
Our team have been really busy over the last few months. We’ve been re-scheduling weddings, planning future weddings, improving our venue and keeping up with the everyday maintenance so that we are ready to get going again as soon as we can.
Most importantly we are keeping ourselves up to date and informed on all the important safety considerations that will be required going forward to keep all of our staff and customers safe.
We have been planning for the future so that we can host awesome weddings that comply with guidance and give everyone peace of mind.
On the 17th of July 2020 the Prime Minister announced further lifting of restrictions and a conditional timeline. From the 1st of August weddings and receptions for up to 30 people can take place. By October conference and stadium events will be taking place and by November there will be a “significant return to normal”.
We are expecting more details on a specific roadmap for wedding in the coming weeks but it is great to hear weddings being mentioned and that things are moving forward. You can read his speech here
There are currently restrictions on numbers for weddings and the Guidance can be found here
Wedding venues have been identified as a distinct business sector with unique abilities to implement track and trace.
In addition to further wedding specific guidance, any change to current rules on the size of gatherings will also impact on the ability of larger weddings going ahead.
Government Guidance no longer applies for a specific length of time and can be reviewed at any time. The government is working with stakeholder in the wedding industry.
This means that we carry on with our Intimate Weddings but larger weddings are only possible under current guidelines.
We are re-arranging our large October weddings and will review weddings beyond then when we either have guidance or it gets to 4 weeks before – whichever comes first.
We want to be in the best possible position to comply with any guidance that may apply to weddings at any point in the future to make sure that weddings are special occasions that are also safe for everyone involved.
As a large venue with tons of indoor and outdoor space with dedicated function rooms for ceremony, meal and drinks we are in a great position to offer safe and stunning weddings going forward. All of our plans assume that, regardless of the season, it could rain and that we can do everything indoors if required.
Our plans also allow us to host weddings for our maximum guest numbers.
Here are some of things we already have in place ad we’ll be updating this page constantly as guidance changes and we get input from you.
To ensure that we have enough socially distanced dining space for our largest weddings we have purchased a 10m x 30m marquee. This marquee is situated on the old tennis court to the left of the house and has views over fields and Bodmin Moor. The marquee has mostly clear span walls, it is lined, has permanent flooring, heating and lighting. This additional space is included free of charge for all of our 2020 Exclusive Use weddings (dates will be reviewed depending on how the Covid situation develops).
We have invested in our wifi network and livestreaming technology so that you can stream your ceremony remotely to any of your guests who cannot be at your wedding in person. Your ceremony can also be streamed onto screens in the Red Brick Barn and The Green Room. This gives you even more flexibility with how you use the space and even allows you to create a separate space for guests who do not want to mix with a larger group. This service will be free of charge for our 2020 weddings. (This timeframe will be extended if necessary due to Covid impact).
You can now download our drinks ordering app and order and pay for drinks to be delivered to you. This avoids queues at the bar keeping the drinks flowing safely.
Buffet-style self-service food is giving way to individually plated dishes and snacks. We normally serve our evening food as a buffet but instead will be serving our evening food “street style” from out of our vintage horse box
Free of charge for all 2020 weddings and extended if required.
We all know it by now!
In addition to the 30 sinks and basins that we have for hand washing we have installed a further 15 hand sanitiser stations throughout our facilities to keep you safe and relaxed.
Step-in Step-out (held outside but couple step inside for legal words)
Anywhere Ceremony (couple and witnesses go to licensed area before or after for legal words)
The easiest way to reach us at the moment is by email but if you prefer a conversation then let us know and we can arrange to call you. We will keep this page up to date with everything we are doing.
If you have any feedback or questions then please let us know