Credit: John Scofield Photography
The Walled Garden has always been a firm favourite at Tilgate Park, playing host to peaceful formal gardens and ponds, an evergreen hedge maze, events arena and café, making it the perfect location for celebrations like yours.
Entering the magnificent tall wooden gates of the Walled Garden is like stepping into a secret garden, where you are greeted by a 40-metre long pergola of beautiful wisteria, roses, clematis and grape vines, all adorned with thousands of fairy lights. The Family Garden within has been transformed into a magical private garden, able to seat up to 100 guests either side of the aisle leading to a wooden arbour where the ceremony can take place.
Afterwards, it’s the ideal location to serve your guests with some pre-reception drinks whilst you take the opportunity to explore the rest of the park with your photographer.
At the other end of the pergola, the events arena is the perfect location to host a large marquee for the wedding breakfast and evening reception. Measuring more than 1,000 square metres, there’s ample room for extra entertainment like a band or giant garden games and it’s conveniently located next to the evergreen hedge maze where both young and old enjoy finding each other around each twist and turn.
Although there’s no guarantee that the sun will shine, we have the advantage of also having The Barn, which is licensed, so you can choose to move indoors if you prefer.
You are able to decorate the venue and choose which suppliers you use for catering, styling and entertainment, for a completely unique day. We have a list of known suppliers who have worked regularly in Tilgate Park if you would like to obtain quotes.
We are happy to arrange a meeting with your caterer and answer all of their questions such as access to water and power. To enable you to relax and enjoy your day knowing that the safety of your guests is a priority, we insist that all caterers on our premises are registered with Environmental Health and hold a minimum three-star food hygiene rating.
There are public toilets available for the use of your guests in the Walled Garden. If it suits your event and guests you may hire in some additional toilets to be sited within the events arena.
The Barn has an enclosed courtyard, two unisex toilets, a large disabled toilet, a kitchenette and a selection of tables and chairs.
We have licensed two areas to get legally married: The Wedding Garden and The Barn.
If you wish to have a celebrant wedding in our ancient woodlands, on the main lawns, under your favourite tree or anywhere else within the park just contact us and we will see what we can do!
Alcohol and entertainment
You can bring in a bar to serve drinks for the reception or you may wish to purchase your own. Certain licenses may apply.Serving alcohol must cease at 11pm.
All entertainment must be turned off and guests return home at 11pm. Your suppliers may stay until midnight to clear down and vacate the site. We will lock the gates at midnight.
We will reserve one space for the wedding car and two spaces for the registrars or celebrant. All guests will be able to park in the main pay and display car park or use the free parking areas nearby.
There is a hire fee to use the festoon lights, which will light the path for your guests to find their way back to the main car park.
From having a guided tour of the venue and booking through to the big day, you’ll be looked after by our Events Manager. We will guide you or your wedding planner through everything you need to know about your wedding at Tilgate Park.
Contact us to make an enquiry.