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Hedingham wins Hudson's Heritage Award for Best Wedding Venue 2017!

All of us at Hedingham are extremely proud to have won the Best Wedding Venue category in the prestigious Hudson's Heritage Awards, 2017. The citation reads:


WINNER: Hedingham Castle

Hedingham CastleHedingham Castle provides brides with something unique, a wedding in an authentic Norman castle. Practicalities in such an historically significant and sensitive building were never going to be easy but the Lindsay family at Hedingham in consultation with Historic England have managed to present a set of really exciting options for weddings. Couples are lucky enough to hold their wedding ceremony in the Banqueting Hall, probably the finest Norman interior in Britain. Smaller receptions can now stage the whole event in the Keep, moving downstairs for drinks on the Garrison Floor before dining downstairs in the newly restored Tapestry Room and returning upstairs for dancing in a transformed medieval nightclub! Larger parties leave the Keep to the Georgian house for a reception and dining and dancing in the Tulip Marquee. There is nowhere quite like this for weddings and it is exciting to see this extraordinary building finding a new life.

And that's not all! We also won in the Best Loos category!


WINNER: Hedingham Castle

Best Loos Hedingham Castle is a medieval keep dating from the time of Henry II and one of very few Norman castles in Britain that retain a roof. It is a fascinating and remarkable building. What it is not, is a modern flexible space for visitors or weddings, or at least not until now. To be able to use the keep for visitor events, it was essential to provide toilet facilities but equally essential not to compromise the fabric of this precious building. Placing modern facilities alongside their medieval equivalent - the garderobe shaft - and hiding modern basins in barrels created a loo with a sense of humour that gives you an instant insight into the past and provides a flexible space for different visitor activities. It also preserves the integrity of this remarkable building and the Lindsay family are to be congratulated on their inventiveness in working with Historic England to achieve the necessaries of 21st century life.

And we have some great late-availability packages still available for 2017!



Published: 23/03/2017


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