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What it's really like to get married at Folly Farm

Updated: Jan 10, 2023

Getting married at Folly Farm, Somerset

**Disclaimer - I didn't take any of these photos, I was somewhat busy!**

Of all the Somerset wedding venues (and there are around 120 licensed wedding venues in Somerset!) the one I surely know best is Folly Farm. Afterall, this is where my beautiful wife and I got married.

A Folly Farm wedding is a special thing but my relationship with Folly Farm goes beyond just our wedding day. As an Avon Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve, it’s a place I often go for walks with my family, my children have gone there for school trips, and I’ve also used it as a venue to teach my Filmmaking courses for many years. It’s a place I’ve come to know and love.

This is the old dairy - just one of the buildings where you can get married at Folly Farm. After the ceremony, we spilled out into the garden for drinks and nibbles.

About Folly Farm

The 250 acre nature reserve at Folly Farm is a spectacular place to get married. The venue is an 18th Century farm surrounded by wildflower meadows and woodlands and has one of the best views over Chew Valley lake and the Mendip Hills. There surely can’t be many other wedding venues with dedicated viewing platforms for watching a resident population of badgers! All this and it’s only 10 miles from both Bristol and Bath making it the perfect place to host a Somerset country wedding.

Sitting by Folly Farm's wildlife pond with breathtaking views of the Chew Valley in the background.

What Folly Farm wedding venue offers

Folly Farm can host weddings of up to 100 guests in the Oak Room but there are several other intimate settings for smaller weddings. Some guests opt to hire a marquee for their wedding hosting up to 150 guests. Others opt for outdoor weddings with incredible views of hills and valleys all around.

There are 20 bedrooms on site sleeping up to 58 guests and camping is available for outdoorsy types. We made full use of the whole complex for our own wedding. We loved waking up with friends and family and having breakfast together while running through the stories and memories of the previous day. Folly Farm offers lots of service and support to make the wedding run smoothly, but we actually opted for a very light touch approach - it meant we cleared up our own breakfast mess etc. but the place truly felt like our own for the whole weekend.

Is the food at Folly Farm any good?

Canapés courtesy of Josh Eggleton!

When we were married at Folly Farm we hired a relatively unknown local chef from Chew Magna to prepare our wedding breakfast. The food was incredible. That’s not surprising as the chef, Josh Eggleton, went on to earn his first Michelin star less than a year later at the Pony and Trap!

Folly Farm didn’t cater our wedding but they have catered every course I’ve taught going back many years and there are always glowing comments about the food from every person. I've loved their lunches (and I consider myself a 'foodie'). I have brought the left over cakes home to my family, and it's been a total thumbs up from them too.

What makes Folly Farm so special?

People choose Folly Farm to get married for a number of reasons...

  • This is a nature-lover's paradise. There are lots of beautiful paths for couples and guests to walk among nature and so many places for a photographer to take photos of the bride and groom.

  • Folly Farm is part of Avon Wildlife Trust so all profits from the wedding go directly into helping nature.

  • Folly Farm is a relaxed and super friendly venue. Clare and her team go miles out of their way to make sure everything is perfect for your big day.

Why choose me to be your wedding photographer

As an ex-wildlife photographer, who is very local to Folly Farm, and who was married here, I know all the most beautiful spots to capture really magical moments. I know all the paths, the steps, the angles, the lighting; so I can hit the ground running. I have a strong relationship with Folly Farm which means I'm on their recommended suppliers list and have offered to give their clients a 10% reduction on all weddings booked before 2023.

I promise that I’ll do everything to make your wedding photos every bit as memorable for you as my memories of getting married are to me.

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