The Reading Room

£4300 - £6000 for Venue Hire
Up to 80
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A beautiful Norfolk Wedding venue, The Reading Room is a unique 17th Century 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

Food and Drink

External Catering Permitted
Alcohol Licence
No Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol


Grade I/II Listed Building
Landscaped Gardens
Exclusive Use
Disabled Access
On-Site Parking
Outdoor Reception Space
In-House Wedding Coordinator
Full Description
Welcome to The Reading Room, a lovingly restored 17th century 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 ancient 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

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 Best wishes Jo & Simon


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Emma & Richard
Happy couple Married on August
August 2022
I cried because it is simply so beautiful!
We booked the Reading Room for our wedding in June 22 and we couldn’t be happier. The Reading Room only allows visits by appointment which is fantastic as it allows you to view the whole space alone and take as many pictures as you need. We viewed the venue in June 21 which was perfect as we got a good idea of how the gardens looked at the same time of year. Jo showed us round the venue and answered all of the questions we had. We didn’t feel any pressure to book or felt we were being “sold” anything, which was lovely. After leaving the venue I cried because it is simply so beautiful! The prices are very reasonable in comparison to other Norfolk venues and you get so much for the money. Not only are Jo & Simon there to help you with any questions, they also help set-up the day before and coordinate on the day of the event. They were totally flexible with our decor and they even communicated with our other vendors in the days leading up to the wedding. To give an example - Simon even drilled some holes in our wedding signage the day before as we forgot to do this! On the day of the wedding one of our elderly guests fell over outside and before I even noticed, Jo and Simon had made her a cup of tea and made sure she was safe and well. Overall the venue is just gorgeous. The gardens are stunning, the building is not too cold nor too hot. It’s accessible for everyone too as it’s all on the ground floor with no stairs. Jo and Simon allowed us to hang lanterns from the pergola, floral arrangements from the beams, use biodegradable confetti, park a drinks van in the grounds, hire a cocktail bar - everything we wanted! They were so flexible and we really appreciated this. Personally I think this is the best wedding venue in Norfolk and is such a secret treasure. So many guests commented on the beauty of the venue and so many more didn’t even know it existed! I wouldn’t hesitate to book them if I could re-do it all again. Thank you X
Sarah & Oliver
Happy couple Married on July
August 2022
The Reading Room was the perfect backdrop
We got married at The Reading Room in May after changing our wedding plans twice due to the pandemic. Our original plan was to elope to Italy having got engaged on the Amalfi coast, and we therefore wanted a relaxed, Italian inspired wedding. The Reading Room was the perfect backdrop for this - the building itself is beautiful, and the garden is absolutely gorgeous. The venue was the perfect size for us - we could comfortably fit our number of guests, whilst maintaining a more intimate feel. The Reading Room's location meant that we also had the opportunity to take some beautiful photos in the Norfolk countryside, and with it being near the coast, many of our guests took the opportunity to enjoy the North Norfolk coast over the weekend. Simon & Jo were both amazing during the planning stages and over the weekend - we really appreciated how calm, kind and helpful they were throughout. They helped us feel relaxed throughout, meaning we had the most amazing wedding. Lots of guests commented on how wonderful the venue was, and we would highly recommend The Reading Room.
Sasha & Peter
Happy couple Married on July
July 2022
Truly incredible
An amazing venue ran by incredibly tentative hosts set in the most beautiful location. We were one of the many couples who had to twice postpone their wedding because of the pandemic, and we can wholeheartedly say, that it was the kindness and understanding of Simon and Jo that kept our spirits up and made our day - when it did come - truly incredible. The recommendations and support Simon and Jo gave us throughout we’re so helpful, we would also highly recommended going with Expresso (one of the reading rooms chosen suppliers) for your wedding breakfast, they too were ridiculously good. We had a lot of children on the day and the country garden setting is perfect for all ages and fully secluded that you feel completely safe. I could write a lot more about how good The Reading Room is but the number one thing we would recommend doing, is going to view the venue, meet Simon and Jo and see for yourselves how incredible it really is.
Joely & Darren
Happy couple Married on June
July 2022
Perfect for intimate weddings
The most beautiful venue. Simon & Jo made our day perfect and were helpful from start to finish making sure everything ran smoothly. The venue is spotlessly clean and decorated just how we wanted it. We have the most beautiful wedding photos with the church in the background and it’s perfect for intimate weddings like we had. We loved the venue so much we traveled 2hrs just to have our wedding here! I couldn’t have wished for a more amazing day
DJ Carl Simon
Wedding: May
May 2022
Can not recommend enough
As a mobile wedding dj and my first time at the venue first impressions (superb ,very clean , staff and owners Simon and jo can not recommend enough , can’t wait to come back and visit with the show in the future.
Natasha & Richard
Happy couple Married on April
May 2022
Wow what a hidden gem
Wow what a hidden gem this venue is. Absolutely beautiful inside and outside the owners jo and simon made sure we had the best experience which was a completely stress free process. Extremely helpful start to finish. The building and grounds are beautiful, perfect for your wedding photos. All our guests were very impressed. Thank you for making our day so perfect. We highly recommend the reading room ❤️
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 / Associations (1)

The Graham Allen award for Conservation & Design

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.