5 Quirky Wedding Venues in North East England


Getting married in the glorious North East? No doubt you want to be unique and find a beautiful wedding venue that hasn’t previously hosted weddings for all your friends and family. Why not step away from the traditional country house, luxury hotel or castle, and go for one of these quirky North East wedding venues…

1. Alnwick Garden Treehouse

Step off the beaten track and into an enchanting world of intertwining foliage and fairy lights, playful rope bridges and roaring log fires. The Treehouse, an award winning restaurant and event venue, is a curious hideaway sat amongst tree tops and forestry which is a magical location for your wedding. You can also enjoy bespoke menus, a truly personal service and deluxe cocktails. 

The Alnwick Treehouse is perfect for rustic and eco weddings, or couples wanting to bring natural elements into their wedding styling, such as wooden calligraphy signage, stationery made from recycled paper and centerpieces with natural foliage and cut logs. The venue also blends seamlessly with DIY wedding decorations such as jam jars tied with hessian and lace. 

Weddings at Alnwick Gardens Treehouse, Northumberland

Weddings at Alnwick Treehouse

2. Charlton Hall, Ellingham, Northumberland

If eccentric luxury is your thing, Charlton Hall promises unforgettable celebrations and exclusive hire. It provides both the ceremony and evening celebration with three reception areas, two bars and magnificent grounds. It offers six luxury bedroom suites, each of an individual, kooky design featuring labels such as House of Hackney, Mulberry and Diane von Furstenburhg. The interior design embraces the latest maximalist trend with bold colours, flamboyant patterned wallpaper and statement accent lighting. The ceremony hall is simply breath-taking with a striking geometric tiled floor, period stone walls draped in magical fairy lights and glass like transparent chairs for your guests. It also boasts a lush living wall with greenery and hydrangeas at the end of the aisle which is an incredible backdrop for your vows! 

If that’s not enough, Charlton Hall is also home to ‘The Looking Glass’, a daytime and evening space with beautiful panoramic countryside views and a stunning ceiling of galaxy stars which comes alive at night. The venue also has a magnificent drawing room, library and underground vaults for after hours parties. What more you could you want for your special day?

Best thing about this venue: The ‘wow factor’ interior decor. 

Weddings at Charlton Hall Exterior

Weddings at Charlton Hall

Weddings at Charlton Hall

Weddings at Charlton Hall

3. St. Mary’s Lighthouse Whitley Bay

The North East is home to some gorgeous coastal wedding venues, from Rushpool Hall and the Spa Hotel which boasts impressive views of Saltburn to Seaham Hall and the likes of Bamburgh and Lindisfarne Castle if you travel further north. If you fancy a nautical themed wedding or just getting hitched near the beach, St. Mary’s Lighthouse in Whitley Bay will not disappoint. With a beautiful beach, rocky coastline, weathered brickwork and the lighthouse standing tall against a picturesque sky, it’s the perfect spot for capturing stunning wedding photos.

The modest interior is a blank canvas for you to dress as you wish, and lends itself well to decorations made from shells, pebbles, driftwood and pretty hurricane vases. 

Best thing about this venue: The scenic views and opportunity for outdoor photos

4. Tyneside Cinema, Grainger Town, Newcastle

If you fancy a fun, playful venue steeped in history, Tyneside Cinema is for you. It’s the last surviving Newsreel theatre still operating as a cinema full-time in the UK, and the building has been beautifully restored embracing the grandeur of its original 1937 Art Deco design. The cinema screens are licensed for civil ceremonies and are perfect for both simple weddings and more dramatic affairs incorporating film and music. Choose from the Classic Cinema brimming with Hollywood glamour and 1930’s art deco features, the contemporary Electra Cinema or the small, intimate Roxy Cinema experience. 

Located in the heart of Newcastle, there are lots of spots nearby for urban wedding photos staged against the interesting cityscape. This venue only caters for the day time do, but there are a whole host of lavish venues for evening celebrations. 

Best thing about this venue: The stunning art deco interior and quirky vibe

Weddings at Tyneside Cinema

5. Camp Katur

OK, not technically the North East, but this luscious wedding venue is just a short drive and perfectly feasible if you live in areas such as Teesside, Yarm or Ingleby Barwick. Camp Katur is an enchanting glamping wedding venue, set within 250 acres of English countryside, woodland, greenery and meadows. The spot offers a beautiful drive into the estate, a whole host of outdoor activities, a barbeque cabin, cafe and even an outdoor eco spa! One of the most amazing things about this venue is their portfolio of quirky accommodation options including a Romeo and Juliet wooden hobbit pod with a gorgeous meadow view, translucent geodomes providing stunning views of the night-time sky, tipis and pretty bell tents. In terms of space for your ceremony and celebrations, there is a rustic barn, orangery pavillion and you can get married outside if you fancy an outdoor wedding, surrounded by beautiful foliage with a woodland wedding ceremony. 

Best thing about this venue: The quirky accommodation

Outdoor weddings at Camp Katur