Arley House is undergoing significant refurbishment to provide facilities for a range of civil weddings, and corporate events. The stylish house is welcoming and benefits from glorious views from many of the rooms. It is surrounded by gardens that are built on the site of the original 17th century castle battlements, which are easily accessible from the house, making it the perfect backdrop for your wedding day.
The refurbishment has enabled us to plan the house to provide the perfect venue with all your needs catered for, making it the natural first choice as a wedding venue in Worcestershire.
With elegant rooms that can hold 30, 60, or up to 150 people, the accommodation is flexible and makes Arley House suitable for weddings at any time of the year.
Arley House – Worcestershire’s best kept secret
Arley House and Arley Arboretum are located in Arley, Worcestershire. The estate extends from Arley to Arley alongside the River Severn, and it includes over 2000 acres of woodland and pasture, as well as the beautiful walled gardens which include a Magnolia Garden and an Italian Garden. Because of this Arley Arboretum can be enjoyed throughout the seasons, from the stunning spring flowers through to breathtaking autumn colours.
The historic Arley Arboretum was established by Earl Mountnorris in around 1800 and is now open to the public thanks to the R D Turner Charitable Trust. Roger Turner was a Midlands industrialist and philanthropist in 1959 when the arboretum and some of the village properties were in need of repair and renovations. As well as restoring the arboretum and the Grade II listed Walled Gardens he modernised Arley House and was involved in the construction of other local houses. When Roger Turner died in 1999 he left the entire estate to his charitable trust. Today, the many exotic and rare plants on the estate are thriving, making this one of the oldest and best arboreta in the country. Arley House was built on the site of a 16th century house that was rebuilt in the 19th century as a castellated mansion and the gardens have been planted around its battlements. The Arboretum is Worcestershire’s best kept secret and one of the top ten gardens to visit in the UK.
The Italian Garden is inspired by Renaissance gardens of the late 15th century, and features a spectacular fountain with 18-ft jets, silver lime trees, a temple and a dovecote. The Magnolia Garden includes more than a dozen species of magnolias, making it a feast for the eye in the spring. This garden also includes a fine collection of acers for year-round pleasure, and you’ll even see Peacocks roaming the grounds. Throughout the estate you will find a huge variety of trees and there is a nursery where you can buy plants grown by the estate’s gardeners.
As well as organising events throughout the year for individuals and families, Arley House welcomes guests for private functions such as weddings, parties, conferences and business meetings. The house, gardens and estate make an ideal backdrop for a wedding or a party, and make a peaceful location for a conference or business meeting. The house is being refurbished to accommodate all types of events, and it is in an ideal location for Worcestershire, Kidderminster and Shropshire. Arley House offers exclusive hire and can provide everything from catering to marquees, according to your requirements.
Weddings and parties
St Peter’s Church, Arley, in the Diocese of Worcester offers wedding ceremonies and blessing. The charitable trust has a long-standing relationship with the team at Arley church and it is able to facilitate church weddings and blessings. The house and gardens are within walking distance of the church and gardens and the elegant rooms can host 30, 60, or up to 150 people within Arley House and Arley Arboretum, along with several hunderd more in the the gardens in marquee’s, offers many possibilities for timeless wedding photographs.
Arley House is suitable for weddings at any time of the year and can cater for specialist Asian weddings and civil weddings. The venue is also able to offer ceremonies in other locations on the estate, from a room in the house to a pagoda in the grounds. There are various packages available that can help with everything from welcome drinks to musical entertainment. The house and estate are also popular choices as a venue for other special occasions including anniversaries, Christenings and birthday parties.
Arley House also hosts business meetings, from large-scale corporate events and conferences to meeting room hire. The rooms can be adapted to hold an interactive conference, a product launch, a workshop or traditional presentation. Arley House can also organise team-building events, which incorporate out-door pursuits, from assault courses to archery, from raft building to mud runner courses. The team provide corporate packages that include everything from flip charts to Wi-Fi to bespoke lunch options.
Arley Arboretum is famed for its beauty, peace and tranquillity. It also offers a year-round programme of family and children’s activities: from pond dipping and dinosaur trails to the play park and the maze. The Arboretum tearoom serves delicious, light lunches and scrumptious cakes. There is also a pre-school ‘Mini Adventurers’ Club’ on Thursdays during term time and a forest school during holidays for 2-12 year-olds. These clubs offer arts and crafts, a ‘mud kitchen’, mini beast hunts, as well as camp fire cooking, campfire songs, story telling and more. You can also hold a children’s party at the arboretum.