Tell me about your wedding ceremonies - are you licensed?
We are licensed for weddings, which can either be held inside the main Barn or outside as part of a duo-ceremony where couples have their ceremony outside and return inside the Barn to conduct the legal aspects of the wedding.
How do we book and what are the deposit and payment options?
Once you’ve decided to go ahead and book Godwick we are happy to hold a date for 10 days. This gives you time to contact the registrar’s office www.norfolk.gov.uk/ceremonyenquiryform if you wish to marry at Godwick Great Barn, or to contact the vicar/rector at the church you wish to use.
Once you have confirmation from the registrar or the vicar/rector that your date is available then you need to confirm your booking by sending a non-refundable deposit of £500 for the venue and £250 if accommodation is required, together with a signed copy of our terms and conditions.
The balance of the venue cost and accommodation (if booked) is then split into four equal payments, these are payable on months 12, 9, 6 and 3 prior to your date. Therefore, the balance will be settled three months before the big day. Any optional extras (fire pits, lighting of ruins etc) and damage deposits are required a month before your wedding day.
We love the idea of your Duo ceremony and getting married outside but what happens if it rains?
We usually have a better idea of what the weather will be like a few days before your wedding and can plan accordingly. Plan B is to set up a ceremony inside the barn so if the weather turns for the worse just before the ceremony then we can quickly move inside for the comfort of your guests, the registrars and of course yourselves. For an outside ceremony, we provide up to 120 folding wooden chairs for seating and these are included in the venue hire if required
Do you recommend other suppliers?
We have contacts with many local suppliers providing services such as wedding cakes, flowers, photography, hair and make-up, taxis, coach hire, marquees, bell tents for camping, additional lighting, vintage bunting, bands and other entertainment. If you have a specific theme in mind, we are very happy to work with you to make it a reality if it is possible.
Do you have heating in the barn?
The barn is a very old 16th Century building and we have done our best to try and keep it warm. We have underfloor heating along with two external heaters that pumps warm air into the barn and we have other back up heaters if required. We have also installed discreet fans in the rafters to force the warm air back down to try and stop it all escaping from the magnificent, but very large roof.
How many guests can be seated in the barn?
We love having big parties at Godwick and up to 150 can be seated. If you are having your wedding ceremony in the barn as well, we recommend between 100 and 120 as being an optimum number.
If you are inviting evening guests, then the maximum number in the barn to comply with fire regulations is 200 people.
Do we need chair covers?
Our chairs are a natural limewash chiavari style with ivory seat pads. We think they are simple and look great without chair covers, however if you wish to cover then you can do so, but at your cost.
How big are the tables?
Our round tables are 6ft wide and can seat 10 to 12 guests and they do require linen. We also have 20 fabulous rustic trestle tables that you can hire separately. These look great without linen and really suit the barn. Each rustic table is 8ft by 3ft, will seat 4 guests each side and can be placed in long rows for a less formal reception.
We love the idea of having a festival style wedding, can we have Tipis?
You certainly can have a tipi or marquee on the lawned area to the west of the barn. We have companies that have set up here before and know the site well so just ask and we will put you in touch with them.
What time can I get into the barn the day before?
If you have hired the venue on our three-day package, then you are welcome to start setting up from 10am the day before your event. We will ensure that everything you require, like tables and chairs, is in place for you.
A member of our team will be on hand when you arrive to welcome you. Once you are settled in we will leave you to get on with setting up until we lock the barn at 8pm on the Friday night. The day after your event we ask you to be cleared away by 1pm.
Do you have ample car parking?
There is plenty of car parking in an adjacent meadow next to the barn and we also offer a drop off and collection point right outside the entrance of the barn.
What about music and entertainment?
We allow music and alcohol to be served until 12.30am and request that all guests have left by 1am. For weekday weddings, we allow music and alcohol until 11.30pm and the premises to be vacated by midnight.
We do not have an audio system at the Barn but we can hire a PA system on your behalf that allows you to play ceremony or background music along with a wireless mic. Please check with your band or DJ as they may allow you to use their microphones for speeches if required.
Can we put decorations up in the barn?
We would love you to personalise the Barn with your own decorations. We are flexible with decorations providing they do not cause danger to your guests or staff at the Barn or cause any damage to the fabric of the building. Godwick Great Barn is a grade two listed building and it is a criminal offence to alter or damage the building, so please be careful and use the fixings that already exist. If in doubt, please ask and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
One exception is helium balloons as they could damage the ceiling fans if they escape, also due to the height of the barn we can’t get them down! Any electrical items that are to be used within the Barn must be PAT tested and a certificate provided on request.
Are we able to have candles?
Candles create a lovely ambience and we permit these providing they are in a container which is tall enough to shield the naked flame.
Can we throw confetti?
Confetti is preferably thrown outside unless the weather doesn’t allow it. We do insist that confetti is biodegradable and made of rose petals ONLY as these disperse quickly and easily.
Please remember we have weddings every weekend and we want the lawn area to be looking its best for every couple, so please inform your guests not to bring their own paper confetti as we may have to charge extra to clean it up before the next weekend.
Confetti cannons may be used inside but they must be bio-degradable and we do ask you to hoover these up before you leave otherwise we will charge for additional cleaning time which is taken out of your damage deposit.
Can we organise a firework display? What about sparklers?
We are located on a working farm with sheep and other livestock so we cannot allow fireworks, Chinese lanterns, balloon releases and aerial displays in respect of the animals, landscape and historic buildings. Due to the potential fire risk to the barn we cannot allow sparklers inside the barn or on the lawns. They are permissible on the eastern side of the barn on the concrete steps or gravel areas.
You can hire two fire pits from us and guests love gathering around these in the evening. We can also light the Godwick ruins for you, which look great against the night sky.
Catering & Alcohol
Can I use my friends or family to do my catering?
In our experience, we believe the best option for you to have a great wedding and event is to use professional caterers rather than rely on your friends, family and guests. As a responsible venue, we operate within the guidance and requirements of the local council for food hygiene/safety. We want to protect you, your guests and our reputation from a bad experience. So, we can only permit professional caterers who have a five-star hygiene rating and appropriate public liability insurance to use the catering facilities at the Barn.
We can supply you with a list of recommended caterers, but if you are keen to use a caterer from outside our list we will need a copy of their 5-star food hygiene rating and public liability insurance. Caterers who have not worked with us before are welcome to make an appointment to view the kitchen space at the Barn. The only catering element we organise on your behalf is a Hog Roast as we only allow one supplier to be used.
Regrettably this means we cannot accommodate self-catering wedding food and the kitchen is a staff-only area.
Do you have table linen, crockery etc for us to use?
Table linen, crockery, cutlery and glassware is not supplied by Godwick, so you need to ask your caterer to include these items in your quote. A guide price for crockery and linen for a three-course meal is in the region of £8 per head; your caterer can advise on this.
Can we have street food and vans to provide food at our wedding?
There is vehicular access to the lawned area and weather permitting they can just drive on and set up. If it’s too wet to locate them on the lawns, they can set up on the gravel area to the east of the barn. As for all caterers, they must have a five-star hygiene rating and adequate public liability insurance.
Can we provide our own alcohol?
Yes you can and there is no corkage charge, all we ask is that your drinks are served responsibly by your caterers or we can organise staff to serve your guests. Our Godwick bar will be open for your guests to buy their own drinks during the day and evening, please ask for more details.
Evening drinks – we only allow the Godwick bar to provide drinks in the evening. So your guests can purchase their own or we can of course run a free bar for your guests with a bar “tab” being paid by you in advance. Saves you the hassle though of buying huge amounts of booze and the angst of knowing how much to get and either having stacks of drink left over or the worry of it running out.
Can Godwick provide the alcohol?
Yes, we use an excellent wine merchants and have a competitively priced wine list with wines ranging from £11 to £20. We can also arrange welcome drinks and the fizz for the speeches, team this with our Godwick bar and you have the full no-hassle alcohol package.
Tell us more about the Godwick Bar? Is it competitively priced and is there any charge for this?
Yes, our drink prices are competitive – just ask for a current price list. We discuss your event with you and find out what is required and if possible tailor it to your guests. Draught Lager is usually available along with bottled beers a good selection of spirits, wine and soft drinks.
Real Ale from a local brewery can be supplied when there 50 guests or more require it. All glassware and staff are provided with no charge, but we do insist that there is a minimum spend of £350 on the bar, but most events reach this without any difficulty.
To help your guests we do have the facilities to take card payments as well as cash.
Staying at Godwick
How many guest can stay at Godwick?
We can accommodate up to 20 adults on site within Godwick Hall and the Shepherd’s Huts set within the grounds. A further two children can stay on two z-beds available at the Hall.
Tell us more about the options of staying
Weekend Hire – Friday, Saturday and Sunday Nights Godwick Hall
Exclusive use of Godwick Hall, on a self-catering basis for up to 14 – 16 guests including children on two folding beds. The Hall has seven luxury bedrooms, dining and drawing room, conservatory, kitchen and games room. Two additional folding beds for children are available at an additional £30 per bed per stay. A three-night stay is required, check in on the Friday at 4pm and depart Monday at 10am
Shepherd’s Huts – Use of all three en -suite Shepherd’s Huts on a self-catering basis for three nights. (Maximum 2 guests per hut) Check in 4pm on the Friday and depart Monday at 10am.
Mid-Week Hire – Tuesday and Wednesday Nights Godwick Hall
Exclusive use of Godwick Hall, on a self-catering basis for up to 14 – 16 guests including children on two folding bed. The Hall has seven luxury bedrooms, dining and drawing room, conservatory, kitchen and games room. Two additional folding beds for children are available at an additional £30 per bed per stay. A two-night stay is required, check in on the Tuesday at 4pm and depart Thursday at 10am
Shepherd’s Huts Use of all three En -Suite Shepherd’s Huts on a self-catering basis for two nights. (Maximum 2 guests per hut) Check in 4pm on the Tuesday with check out on the Thursday at 10am.
What about camping?
We offer camping near the Barn for the night of the wedding only with access to our staff toilets within the Barn. Please note there are no shower facilities or hook-up electricity available.