£4250 - £6100 for Venue Hire
Up to 144
On-Site
Exclusive Use
Wedding Licence
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We open for viewings in person - plenty of fresh air, space and safe! Do come and take a look at The Great Barn.
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Reduced price Saturdays Jan/Feb 2022
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A gorgeous 18th century exclusive barn wedding venue set in 250 acres which is licensed for civil ceremonies, holds 144 formally (seated) and up to 175 in the evening. Rustic, rural and romantic.
Pricing & Costs

Venue Hire Only

Prices Start At
£4,250
Maximum Price
£6,100
Exclusive use
What is included in this pricing:
External caterers not permitted
Furniture included
Exclusive use
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Non consumables (e.g. linen, lights etc.)

In-house catering
(price per head)

Prices Start At
£40
Features & Capacity

Overview

Venue Type
Barn
Dining Capacity
144
Reception Capacity
175
Usual Access Time
9:00AM
Usual Finish Time
12:00AM

Venue

Open Flame Permitted
Water View
Landscaped Gardens
Exclusive Use
Marquee Permitted
Bridal Changing Facilities
Pet-Friendly
Disabled Access
On-Site Parking
Outdoor Reception Space
In-House Wedding Coordinator

Food and Drink

Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
In-House Wine List
In-house Catering
Halal Catering
Alcohol Licence

Ceremony & Reception

Sound System Available
Wedding Licence
Dancefloor Available
Outdoor Ceremony Available
Confetti Permitted
Full Description
The Great Barn is a privately owned idyllic 18th century wedding venue set in 250 acres of rolling farmland and landscaped grounds – the perfect location to have your wedding, reception or private function. The Great Barn is located on the Oxfordshire/ Northamptonshire border just 10 minutes from Junction 10 of the M40 between Bicester and Banbury. The venue comprises two beautifully restored interconnecting 18th century stone barns which were built in 1770 and converted in 1986 specifically for weddings, private parties and corporate functions.

Experience

Year Business Was Established
1987
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
true
Reviews
(76)
Jo & Luke
Married in August 2021
September 2021
The best day of our lives!
Luke and I had the best day of our lives at The Great Barn and we cannot thank you enough. From the minute I arrived in the morning, all of my stress was taken away by Jerry who reassured me that everything was on track and I could see the barn already being transformed into our lovely ceremony room. Throughout the day, the support just continued and Laura was just amazing at keeping in touch when she needed to just to check in and help us with what was coming next but never intruding on our special day. We didn’t need to worry about the thing from the minute we arrived to the minute we left and we cannot thank you all enough for that. Our guests had the best day too and that’s all we could have asked for! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts xx
Hannah & Ashley
Wedding: August 2021
September 2021
The venue is in a beautiful setting - would highly recommend.
We held our daughters wedding here. A wonderful day in which Beth, Laura and all the staff were very helpful and accommodating. They had been able to reschedule the wedding due to covid but graciously kept the price the same. The service on the day was excellent. The catering was excellent and the staff were very helpful in enabling us to set up our own personal decorations and throughout the day. They collected up all our decorations at the end of the night, making collection the following morning was very quick and straightforward. The venue is in a beautiful setting. Would highly recommend.
Kerri & Rowan
Married in July 2021
September 2021
Team Great Barn you are all wonderful, the biggest thank you!
A huge thank you to the team at The Great Barn, with special thanks to Jerry, Laura and Beth. After three postponements we finally had the wedding of our dreams on Saturday. Our entire experience from initial booking right through until post wedding has been exceptional. Nothing has been too much trouble, the team are thorough and assisted in bringing our visions to life. They liaised with our suppliers directly, to take as much pressure and stress away from us. The venue and grounds are outstandingly beautiful and very well maintained, there are many opportunities for spectacular photographs. Our day truly went so perfectly, it’s safe to say us along with our guests had the best day ever, we certainly made up for the months of no dancing and partying. Team Great Barn you are all wonderful, the biggest thank you! Love Mr & Mrs Chappell #goingtothechappell2021
Nicole & Matthew
Married in July 2021
September 2021
"Absolutely perfect"
I just want to say thank you so much to you and your team for everything yesterday. It was absolutely perfect and the food was delicious everyone was raving about how outstanding the food was and how beautiful the venue was. Again thank you from the bottom of our hearts we couldn't have done it without you - The Cobbs
Laura & Tom
Married in July 2021
September 2021
We had a fabulous time and you really made that possible!
Tom and I would like to extend a massive thank you to you all and the rest of your team at The Great Barn for making our wedding in July extra special. We had a fabulous time and you really made that possible; we were both a bit clueless about what we should be doing (!) and you guys ensured everything ran smoothly.
Adele & Dominic
Married in July 2021
September 2021
Wow, wow, wow. What an absolutely brilliant wedding venue!
Wow, wow, wow. What an absolutely brilliant wedding venue. Our wedding was the 1st wedding that was held at the Great Barn without a date change and my goodness me was it worth waiting for. In the build up to the wedding with all of the uncertainty, between Laura, Beth and Jerry we were left feeling as informed as you could be and with as much support as you could ever imagine. On the day, the venue looked stunning, exactly what we were hoping for and we have never been happier in our lives. We spent our honeymoon reminiscing and could not think of a single minor detail that went wrong. All we can do is thank the team and the venue for literally providing us with the very best day of our lives and we hope one day, that we can go back. All our love, The New Mr and Mrs Watts xx

The Great Barn Autumn Open Evening

12th October 2021
Join us 6pm - 8.30pm to see The Great Barn in action and imagine having your big day with us. A range of our favourite suppliers will be here to inspire you and our team are on hand to show you around
Location & Contact Details

Address

Upper Aynho Grounds, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX173AY, England

Travel Notes

Please be aware that our postcode takes you to our neighbouring property, Mill House. We are clearly sign-posted 100m to the south of Mill House.

Nearest Town

Bicester or Banbury

Nearest Motorway & Junction

M40 Junction 10

Nearest Train Station

Bicester or Banbury

Nearest Airport

Birmingham or Heathrow

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Press & Awards
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Industry Awards (4)

The Wedding Industry Awards 2019 Regional Finalist
The Wedding Industry Awards 2014 Regional Finalist
The Wedding Industry Awards 2016 Regional Finalist
The Wedding Industry Awards 2020 Regional Finalist
FAQ
(10)

Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

So many - so different. They are all unique. Perhaps the best ones are the most relaxed ones where couples are happy just to enjoy the day with their family & friends.

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Tell us what your dreams are and then relax & enjoy it!

What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?

A basket of flip-flops for tired feet to dance in!

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Rustic, rural, romantic, relaxed, private

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

On the bridges down at the lakes

Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?

Yes - Dawn French was our most recent one!

What’s your favourite canapé?

Mini brioche buns filled with pulled pork....yum!

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Sitting on the patio down by the firepit toasting marshmallows!

What is your venue's most unique feature?

As barns go, we are unusually large and spacious and the two interconnecting barns allow one part of the party to dance the night away and the others still be able to hold a conversation without feeling that they are separate groups.

What part of your business are you most proud of?

Our staff - guests time and time again comment on how attentive, polite, courteous and flexible they are and they go the extra mile to make your day really special.