Wedding venue inspiration - Sporting venues

Deciding on your ideal Essex wedding venue is an key part of your wedding planning. There is a huge choice of different venue types in Essex including hotels, barns, country manor houses, romantic castles as well as chic city and town centre locations.

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Stock Brook Manor, Billericay

Stock Brook Manor, a wedding venue based in Billericay, Essex, is set in 275 acres of breathtaking Essex countryside. Inside and out it seamlessly blends elegance and style. With a design inspired by architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, it's a fine example of an English country manor. The reception suites are spacious and blessed with natural light, while wooden floors and neutral décor means it can suit any wedding style.

Forrester Park, Maldon

Found in a beautiful countryside location, in Maldon, Essex, weddings here are set against a backdrop of well-established gardens and mature weeping willows. There are beautiful al fresco spaces from the Millennium Lawn ceremony area and terrace, which is perfect for drinks receptions, and a garden for relaxing and socialising. The venue is a traditional style, based around a 16th-century barn. The high-ceilinged clubroom is a wonderful area for celebrations, alongside a cosy bar with wooden beams. Three sets of French windows open onto the garden, patio and terrace, bringing the outside in.

Three Rivers Golf and Country Club, Chelmsford

On the outer fringes of the village of Cold Norton, in Purleigh, Chelmsford, Essex this wedding venue is surrounded by 300 acres of stunning Essex countryside, providing a tranquil big-day location. Inside the contemporary building there's a covered welcome area followed by a large staircase leading up to the function suites. To the rear is a balcony offering far-reaching views. The lawn, opulent Wedding Gazebo and arched bridge provide memorable photo opportunities.

Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf, Spa & Lodges, Colchester

Set in 300 acres of Constable country sits this award-winning and family-owned venue, which has been hosting weddings for more than 45 years. The rural hotel is reached via a long driveway, which passes between the stunning fairways of two championship golf courses. There are 80 en suite bedrooms and a two AA Rosette restaurant. In the winter, the hotel is transformed, with log fires burning apple wood from the owner's family farm. Guests will love the five luxury lodges for accommodation in a secluded, woodland setting beside a beautiful lake.