All-Year-Round Outdoor Wedding Venue in Cambridgeshire

Minstrel Court wedding venue outdoor space - Minstrel Court

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So you have decided to host your nuptials here in Cambridgeshire. Do you want to take the plunge to get married in your hometown? Or have chosen this county as your destination to exchange vows far away from home? Whatever the reason, you’ve made a remarkably smart decision. Cambridgeshire is an amazing place to tie the knot. From historic cathedrals and listed manors to large farmhouses and rustic barns to luxury hotels, there is a wealth of indoor and outdoor wedding venues in Cambridgeshire.

Bride & Groom Kissing Each Other-Minstrel Court
Photo by Helen Alderton Photography

Whether you are planning an intimate or large ceremony and are looking for a traditional wedding venue or a quirky one in Cambridgeshire, you must visit Minstrel Court, first thing.  Located in Royston, near Cambridge, Minstrel Court is a magnificent venue to celebrate your Cambridgeshire wedding or other life milestones. Overlooking a private lake surrounded by acres of green gardens and a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces, this venue offers a rich range of flexible wedding options that even the pickiest couples can’t reject.

Why a First Stop at Minstrel Court?

Pristine Beauty

Minstrel Court is a stunning collection of historic buildings close to Cambridge, nestled amidst five acres of magnificent gardens and overlooking a private lake. It provides a fantastic rural getaway to celebrate your wedding. You can find solace and relaxation by immersing yourself in nature with your loved ones. The best way for you to make the most of this magnificent natural environment is to take timeless wedding photos.

All Year Round Outdoor Wedding Venue

Minstrel Court is an outdoor venue in Cambridgeshire for weddings and other events with three venues offering all-year-round facilities in all weather. A twin Marquee and a listed three-storey Barn are also available for inside dining and wedding entertainment.

Convenient Access

Situated in charming rural Hertfordshire near the borders of Bedfordshire, Essex, and Cambridgeshire, Minstrel Court is easily reachable. Minstrel Court is conveniently located near Cambridge and has excellent access to London’s transportation system. In addition, on-site parking is available for up to 40 cars.

One-Stop Wedding Venue

Unlike the majority of wedding venues in Cambridgeshire, we specialise in year-round outdoor ceremonies. Most couples choose to marry in one of our sensational outdoor pavilions – Lake Pavilion and the Orangery. Aside from these great places to have your marriage blessed, Minstrel Court also offers multiple romantic spaces to host your wedding reception, including a Marquee, a listed Barn, a gallery and a contemporary Lounge Bar. With a great variety of indoor and outdoor spaces, Minstrel Court is a perfect one-stop wedding location with no need to turn a single room around.

Ceremony

You can choose between two stunning venues to tie the knot at Minstrel Court. There is one Pavilion overlooking the lake and a beamed Orangery with a view of Wimpole Meadows creating two beautiful spaces to get married anytime. Both Pavilions are glassed in and fully heated, so you and your guests are sheltered from the elements. 

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Venue-Minstrel Court
Photo by Laura Lea Photography
Lake Pavilion

The Lake Pavilion is the perfect venue for couples to take romantic and graceful photos of their wedding day. Your guests can sit on the lantern-lit fairytale pavilion while watching you cross the Chinese bridge through the glass walls. This space can seat up to 140 guests undercover.

Orangery

Alternatively, if you’ve always dreamt of a magnificent bridal entrance in an elegant aisle and reading your vows in front of an intimate gathering of your beloved ones, the Orangery is the place for you. Sheltered under a spectacular stained-glass ceiling and surrounded by the sensational views of the luscious Wimpole Meadow, this beautiful space is perfect for your cold-season ceremony. The Orangery holds up to 140 people and guests can access the Orangery through sheltered pathways from the Tudor Barn and Marquee.

Got your heart set on an outdoor feast on sunnier and warmer days? The Orangery and Lake Pavilion both have removable glass panels, allowing fresh air in to host a picture-perfect al fresco wedding.

Wedding Reception Venue-Orangery-Minstrel Court
Photo by Helen Alderton Photography

Reception

Minstrel Court offers three gorgeous settings for your reception. You can hold your ceremony in the beautiful beamed Tudor Barn, the classy Marquee, or the cosy Starlit Hall featuring the 21st-century The Bar.

Tudor Barn

Built around 1810, the grade-II listed Tudor Barn is where rustic elegance and authenticity combine to provide a dreamy backdrop for your reception. With high ceilings, rich wooden beams, white walls, stained glass windows, and metal chandeliers, this space can make a stunning place to hold any part of your big day. This is one of the customisable spaces which make Minstrel Court one of the most flexible outdoor wedding venues in Cambridgeshire.

Equipped with dimmable lighting plus fairy lights on the beams and tall stained glass windows, the Tudor Barn offers a romantic atmosphere to serve your wedding feast. If you decide to have your guests dine in the Marquee, the Barn can make an excellent space for taking photographs. You and your photography team will enjoy photo shooting in a private location. You can capture stunning photos in a spacious ancient room with incredible natural light all day.

This listed location seats up to 130 guests and offers up to 10 round tables, plus a top table. Live entertainment facilities are available at the Barn. The insulation and heating system keep this space warm and cosy at any time of year. The barn also boasts its own gallery leading off to a peculiar bar.

Wedding Reception-Tudor Barn-Minstrel Court
Photo by John Mason Photography
Starlit Hall

Another adaptable space in Minstrel Court where you can host any part of your wedding reception is the Starlit Hall with original beams, floor-to-ceiling windows, and French doors adjoining the Terrace. The listed long room can make a comfortable space for dancing and entertainment of the evening. It has a light-up dance floor and plenty of space for your guests.

This multipurpose (nearly 120 square metres) room is large enough for a band and disco, as well as for a full-size photo booth. In winter weddings, it’s too cold to step outside into the gardens for your reception toast. Therefore, you can use the listed Starlit Hall for drinks and mingling. Besides, it features an amazing Sky Lounge Bar, which can be a hub for guests to relax and chat in a quieter corner of the party.

Starlit Hall Event Space-Minstrel Court
Photo by Laura Lea Photography
Marquee

The exquisite twin Marquee with the spectacular views offered by the lake and the gardens is an elegant place for wedding breakfast and dining. The huge windows adorned by heavy drapes frame the gorgeous outlook and make a classy vintage dining room.

This splendid space is 200 square metres and can fit up to 12 round tables plus a top table and host anywhere between 40 and 140 guests. It is completely heated for cold seasons and on warmer days of the year. Besides, the entire front opens up, allowing for an al-fresco feast.

The room is also furnished with a chandelier, fully dimmable lighting, and a PA system. Newlyweds can also bring their own style and personal touch to the Marquee and decorate it as they wish.

The Marquee Indoor Wedding Venue-Minstrel Court
Photo by Helen Alderton Photography

Accommodation

A beautiful on-site summerhouse with views of the lake is available at Minstrel Court, making it the ideal place to stay the night before your wedding or to retire afterwards. Two additional en-suite rooms are also provided for guests or wedding party members to stay the night. The Bridal Summerhouse offers a spacious bedroom, a great dressing area, a dressing table, and an ensuite shower.

Services Offered

Minstrel Court’s team of skilled wedding planners will help you plan every aspect of your big day. From the initial enquiry to the end of the reception, they will be there for you. They pay close attention to detail and aim to provide a stress-free, all-inclusive experience. So your wedding will be everything you imagined. 

We offer flexibility in terms of arrangements, including options for reception-only, and full civil ceremonies in both indoor and outdoor settings. The capacity is from 145 during the day to 200+ in the evening. You are also free to decorate the venue as you wish. If available, you can have access to the venue the day before to decorate and prepare. This will reduce stress on the wedding day.

Catering

This venue provides its own in-house catering services, allowing you to customise your menu according to your preferences. There are no preset menus and all food options are completely adaptable. Furthermore, all of our packages are highly customisable. Any aspect such as food, schedule, and guest count can be altered or upgraded to suit your needs.

Bride and Groom Taking Picture with their Bridesmade-Minstrel Court
Photo by Helen Alderton Photography

Conclusion

Cambridgeshire is an enchanting region that offers a blend of classic charm and pristine natural beauty. This charming county is a great place to hold a wedding, with its acres of rolling pastures and stunning lakes. Many couples choose to get married at one of its mediaeval Gothic mansions, lakeside manors, rustic barns, or big country houses.

Among all the outdoor wedding venues in Cambridgeshire, the listed Minstrel Court seems a great romantic place to celebrate love. It is surrounded by four acres of verdant gardens and a serene private lake. The exclusive Minstrel Court and its listed building complex offer both character and flexibility. This stunning place makes one of the most elegant wedding venues in Cambridgeshire to get married.

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