Price includes: Venue hire and use of 600 acres of spectacular grounds and gardens including the enchanting orangery for photographs; Professional, experienced and knowledgeable event managers to support you through your planning process; Full set up and co-ordination of your special day and a joint, one year National Trust membership.
Package prices vary and can be tailored to suit each individual couple, their tastes and budgets. The option to not book a package is also available.
The Riding School is corkage free and an extensive drinks package is also available.
The Riding School is situated within the picturesque and historic Grade I listed, Calke Abbey estate in the stunning Derbyshire countryside. The venue is surrounded by unique courtyards, incredible grounds complete with free roaming sheep and cattle. The exquisite gardens and the enchanting orangery lend themselves to be the perfect backdrop for your incredible wedding photographs.
The estate is within easy reach of the M1 motorway and is only a short 15 minute drive from East Midlands Airport.
With its bare brick walls, exposed oak beams and stunning original high windows that allow the natural light to pierce through, the Riding School is an utterly unique wedding venue and is the perfect blank canvas to start planning the wedding of your dreams.
The Riding School is such a versatile space that suits every style, if you are looking for a rustic feel for your day or you are searching for a little piece of country glamour, maybe you’re a dreamy boho chic couple or you want to go all out with over-the-top florals, chandeliers, sequins and neon signage the Riding School is the venue for you!
There is nothing better than welcoming excited guests to the Riding School ready to see the happy couple say I do and for the couple, knowing that every last detail has been taken care of by their experienced event managers means that they can relax and enjoy their special day with their guests.
The happy couple say I do under the high windows surrounded by their nearest and dearest and can then enjoy an abundance of delicious canapés and fizz to celebrate. A flurry of confetti follows as the couple disappear to explore the grounds and gardens with their photographer. With a stunning backdrop at every turn, the gardens will leave you spoilt for choice. The gardens boast a spectacular orangery and quirky greenhouses. Walls are lined with an abundance of wisteria and the manicured boarders are always alive with fragrant flowers. The incredible, original auricula theatre is the only one of it’s kind in the country and no matter what the season is always the perfect backdrop for a photo or two.
A huge cheer will erupt as the couple return to join their guests for the speeches and a delicious wedding feast that has been designed especially for them by their talented in-house catering team.
As the day passes, it’s time for the evening guest arrival, the cutting of the cake, and the romantic first dance before everyone dons their dancing shoes and parties the night away!
For a Ceremony – Maximum capacity is 160 guests
For a Wedding Breakfast – Maximum capacity is 160 guests
For the Evening Reception – Maximum capacity is 240 guests
It is of the upmost importance to us that our couples have the choice to have the ceremony that is perfect for them.
We welcome all kinds of wedding ceremonies within the Riding School and we also have a church on site. More information can be supplied upon request.
Please also note that we do not allow flames within the Riding School.
Couples are also able to marry elsewhere and then join us to continue their celebrations.
The National Trust have five beautiful self-catering cottages available across the estate that sleep between 2 and 14 people. A full list of alternative local accommodation can be provided upon request.
As well as offering reasonably priced drinks packages, we are able to offer the Riding School as a corkage free wedding venue. (Time limited, please ask for further details).
We absolutely do! We will talk you through all of your options and we always make it our mission to ensure that everyone and every aspect of your day is taken care of.