The Reading Room

£4300 - £5700 for Venue Hire
Up to 80
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A beautiful Norfolk Wedding venue, The Reading Room is a unique historic building set in the grounds of the Old Rectory adjacent to St Ethelberts Church.
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• Exclusive use of the venue • Hire period: From 1pm-6pm the day before the wedding for set up and to decorate Access from 9am on your wedding day for your caterers & suppliers Friday & Saturday finish time 11.30pm with guests to depart by 12.00 midnight Monday-Thursday finish time 11.00 with guests to depart by 11.30pm • Seating for up to 80 for the ceremony wedding breakfast with an additional 30 guests for the evening • Wedding Planning Support • Tables & Chairs • Catering Area • Bar with option to supply your own drinks and no corkage charges • Excellent list of recommended suppliers & accommodation • Indoor dance floor area for band or DJ • Integrated Sound System • Parking • Interview Room for you and your registrar • Easel for your table plan
What is included in this pricing:
Furniture included
Exclusive use
Day before set up available
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Choice of preferred caterers
Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
Usual Access Time
Usual Finish Time

Ceremony & Reception

Church Within Walking Distance
Sound System Available
Wedding Licence
Dancefloor Available
Outdoor Ceremony Available
Confetti Permitted


Grade I/II Listed Building
Landscaped Gardens
Exclusive Use
Disabled Access
On-Site Parking
Outdoor Reception Space
In-House Wedding Coordinator

Food and Drink

External Catering Permitted
Alcohol Licence
No Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
Full Description
Welcome to The Reading Room, a lovingly restored historic building located in the heart of the beautiful North Norfolk countryside. With its dramatic vaulted ceiling and chandelier, this bespoke venue will capture both your heart and imagination and is exclusively yours for the day. Easily accessible, we are located close to the stunning North Norfolk Coast, an area of outstanding natural beauty, just 15 miles from the centre of Norwich. The Reading Room is an exclusive use venue that provides a unique atmosphere and intimacy for your special day. Licenced for Weddings and Civil partnership ceremonies, the venue seats 80 guests inside or in the garden as part of a duo ceremony, with additional guests welcome for the evening. We are ideally situated next to the quaint Church of St Ethelbert’s, and just a stone’s throw from many other gorgeous Norfolk Churches. Our magnificent walled gardens, surround The Reading Room with an abundance of old English flowers rich with wildlife. A meandering path through the woods leads to a pergola walkway covered in fragrant roses and honeysuckle. The lawns provide a perfect space for welcome drinks and canapes followed by fun garden games or just to sit and relax in the afternoon sun. As a family run wedding venue, we are passionate about creating your 'happily ever after'. We work closely with our selected Norfolk caterers who will create a bespoke menu from table feasts, afternoon teas and street food to formal dining, delivering a first-class service. The Reading Room creates a magical setting for your wedding day, with enchanting gardens and a truly special building full of history and character. To arrange a viewing or for more information, please do get in touch: 01263 761963 or [email protected]

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Jo & Simon
Dear Couple, Thank you for looking at The Reading Room for your choice of venue, we'd love to show you around our stunning grounds and discuss your ideas for your wedding day. Please contact us on 01263 761 963 or [email protected] Best wishes Jo & Simon


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Courtney & Aidan
Happy couple married in January
January 2023
We instantly fell in love for the venue
The reading rooms was the first and only venue we looked at for our wedding in September 2022, we instantly fell in love for the venue and booked it straight away. The day was so special and Simon and Jo were amazing from the beginning right through to the day after.Nothing was ever too much trouble and they were always there if we needed anything. We wouldn’t hesitate in recommending The Reading Rooms to others as we had the most amazing magical day which we will never forget. Thank you!
Maddie & Luke
Happy couple married in November
November 2022
Beautiful inside space and gorgeous gardens
Gorgeous venue which is made even more special by the wonderful Jo and Simon. We got married in September '22 on a drizzly day but thanks to the flexibility of the beautiful inside space and gorgeous gardens at The Reading Room this wasn't a problem at all. We picked the caterers (B&R) and evening food (Broadside Pizza) from the preferred suppliers list and they were both brilliant and offered excellent value. There is no corkage charges at the venue which is amazing and a huge saving over other venues. Both the inside and outside space are licenced for wedding ceremonies so you can hold your entire day onsite. We would highly recommend The Reading Room
Bethan & Andew
Happy couple married in November
November 2022
The most beautiful location
Jo and Simon were fantastic in helping us to coordinate our wedding and supplied the most beautiful location for our special day. Our friends and family have been full of compliments of how incredible and intimate the reading rooms is. We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the day and had an unforgettable time.
Julie & Patrick
Happy couple married in October
November 2022
The utterly enchanting wedding venue
Over a month has passed since we said I do at The Reading Room and truthfully, barely a day has passed by that we haven't reflected in some way at how lucky we feel at finding the amazing suppliers that made our day so magical and memorable. The greatest part of this is of course, due entirely to the utterly enchanting wedding venue that you both have so skilfully created in Alby. The rural location, stunning architecture, elegant interior space, and exquisite pristine gardens are all simply beautiful, but the location truly awakens when you host a wedding there. The level of detail that you both bring to the planning stages to ensure every element is considered, and the calmness and total professionalism of delivery throughout the day is not only hugely reassuring, but allowed us both to feel totally relaxed in the knowledge that all the planned details were being taken care of. All our guests were captivated by the Reading Room and all have said how very much they enjoyed our special day. We are both so grateful to you and so glad that we chose The Reading Room for our wedding day - Thankyou both so very much
Sarah & Dan
Happy couple married in August
September 2022
Created something special with this venue.
We got married towards the end of July and the venue was absolutely stunning, from the well kept gardens to the naturally beautiful building itself - Jo and Simon have created something special with this venue. The venue was the perfect size for our 70 day guests and 110 evening guests to keep it feeling intimate throughout and their recommendations for caterers were perfect. Jo and Simon were fantastic from the build-up to the wedding right through to the evening of the big day - helping us feel calm and organized throughout. We can honestly say the whole day went off without a hitch and we couldn't recommend them enough! Thank you so much, Dan & Sarah x
Andy Davidson
Wedding: August
November 2022
Beautiful, private and intimate location
I photograph weddings all over East Anglia and I’m yet to find a venue that is more lovingly run. Wonderful owners and a beautiful, private and intimate location surrounded by stunning countryside. I always look forward to returning to The Reading Rooms, it’s a special place.
Location & Contact Details


Norwich, Alby, Norfolk, NR11 7HF, England

Travel Notes

The Reading Room is situated approximately ¼ mile off the A140, halfway between Cromer to the North and Aylsham to the South. The turning off the A140 is signposted: by road to Aldborough. The turning is on the right if you are coming from Cromer and on the left if you are coming up from Aylsham. After turning onto Church Road continue for approx. ¼ mile and you will see the sign for the car park on the right hand side.

Nearest Town


Nearest Motorway & Junction


Nearest Train Station

North Walsham

Nearest Airport

Norwich City

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Press & Awards

Accreditations (1)

The Graham Allen award for Conservation & Design

Bridebook Awards (1)


Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

Post lock down wedding, 30 guests, such a happy chilled out day with so much laughter & fun. Ceremony in the gardens walking down the isle to Chaka Khan. Music was brilliant, family member was a Kiss FM DJ, everyone was dancing including Uncle with a walking frame.

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

Plan the wedding for yourself and not what you think your guests want.

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


Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Intimate, romantic, relaxed, quintessential, magical

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

The gardens and surrounding Norfolk countryside

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

Kiss FM DJ

What’s your favourite canapé?

Pear, Camembert and Prosciutto wraps

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Orange Chocolate Florentine

What is your venue's most unique feature?

The Reading Room building

What part of your business are you most proud of?

Restoration of The Reading Room

Bridebook Benefits

Bridebook GiftBottle of Prosecco for the couple.
Bridebook Special OfferBottle of Prosecco for the couple.