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Images by Helen Russell Photography.

Doxford Barns, which is based in Chathill, near Alnwick and is characterised by 18th century oak and stone barns is set within 500 acres of uninterrupted country views. This year the venue has seen unprecedented levels of interest as couples are drawn towards its natural setting together with the relaxed vibe from the team, whose award-winning approach to planning weddings is all about encouraging creativity and being imaginative with the space in order to develop the ultimate vision for the couple’s wedding day.

Demand for the venue has grown rapidly since Doxford Barns opened its doors in July 2015 and in order to both keep up with this and open the opportunity for more couples to marry at the venue, the team have introduced ‘A Day with Doxford’ – it’s first one-day wedding experience that offers the same award-winning team, endless space, multiple ceremony options, creativity and dining – all in one day.

Threshing Hall at Doxford Barns

To facilitate this new service, Doxford Barns has invested in staff and resources to manage the venue, which is increasingly appealing to couples from all over the UK as an alternative space to marry by those seeing for a venue that is a little bit different from the norm.

Owner Richard Shell says “We’ve had an unprecedented level of weddings this year and our new one-day experience will help us to share our outstanding space with more couples who are wanting to experience what we have to offer.” Richard continues “It has been brilliant to see how our venue has evolved since we started up over two years ago. Our specialism lies in taking an alternative approach to weddings by offering couples a blank canvas to tailor the venue exactly as they wish. With an award-winning team by their side, we encourage couples to be creative with our space, which seems to be inspiring more and more couples to want to celebrate here.”

“Our award-winning teams ensure that every single guest at Doxford Barns receives the highest level of attention. Thanks to our growing reputation, which is well-known beyond the North East and helps us to attract some of the best names in hospitality.  As a wedding venue, we offer that something a little bit different and being flexible and accommodating is at the core of everything we do.”

Over the past two years, Richard and his team have won best wedding venue of the year [Northumberland Tourism Awards], gold in the rural diversification award [North East Rural Awards] and an award for outstanding customer service [North of England Wedding Awards].

Doxford Barns’ three-day wedding experience is available for weddings held between Friday to Sunday or Monday to Wednesday. The one-day wedding experiences are available on Sunday, Mondays & Thursdays.

To find discover more about Doxford Barns simply click through to their beautiful listing here or visit

The Details

As a wedding venue, Doxford Barns offers:

  • Several wedding ceremony options from intimate to large weddings and has a capacity for 250 guests
  • Exclusive use either for three or one day weddings
  • On-Site accommodation for up to 41 guests

Instagram @DoxfordBarns | Facebook @DoxfordBarnsTwitter @DoxfordBarns.


Photography Helen Russell Photography

Doxford Barns

Northumberland, North East


They stray away from the ‘norm’ at Doxford Barns by providing a beautiful barn venue, with accommodation on-site, that is exclusively yours over three days.

The Need to Know


  • 160
  • 250
  • Yes
  • In-house
  • In-house
  • Sleeps 41+
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • 2am
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Emma Hla

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Emma Hla

Emma is the founder & curator of these award-winning pages. Passionate about venues, interiors and a good Whiskey Sour. You'll also find Emma working as a Creative Director consulting for wedding venues around the UK.

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