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Weddings & Civil Ceremonies

Weddings at Papplewick Pumping Station

The Venue

Set in tranquil countryside Papplewick Pumping Station is one of Europe’s great Industrial Monuments and a shining example of Victorian engineering that will provide a unique setting to your wedding ceremony.

The Pumping Station has been a wedding venue since 2009 and hosts an average of fourteen weddings a year between April and mid October. We are a seasonal venue and do not take bookings for winter weddings, nor can we accept bookings for Bank Holiday weekends as this is when we are in steam for the general public.

Wedding Ceremonies

For the ceremony, most couples choose the wonderfully ornate Engine House but if required you may hire the smaller Tarbotton Room located within the Superintendent’s House as an alternative location.

The Engine House can seat 30 people plus the wedding couple and two registrars on the mezzanine floor where the ceremony will be conducted; an additional 6-7 people can stand either side of the seated guests and a further 40 guests can stand below on the Engine floor. Alternatively you can opt for an all standing ceremony which allows for increased capacity on the mezzanine (max. 50). For comfort and safety our maximum guest limit is 80 people over both floors of the Engine House.

The Tarbotton Room is our smallest room and can seat approximately 12 people. It is also wheel chair accessible.

The grounds and architectural splendour of the Pumping Station can be used as a stunning backdrop for photographs, especially the Engine House both inside and out, the Par Terre lawn and the Cooling Pond.

Ceremony package

The full hire of the site for your wedding ceremony comprises the use of;

  • The Engine House or Tarbotton Room,
  • Exclusive three hour use of the grounds and Engine House for photographs,
  • Seating with cream chair covers & ceremony table,
  • Provision of disposable 125ml champagne flutes,
  • Serving of beverages to your guests.

The full cost for the ceremony package is £950+VAT.
A deposit
of £475+VAT is required to confirm your booking. Payment for the registration officers is not included.

Optional extras

- Hire of cream chair bows         £65   + VAT
- Hire of drinks marquee for serving beverages, canapés etc.* 
£185 + VAT
*Note: food & drink not included. The marquee is available between May & early October only.

Wedding Receptions

The grounds of the Pumping Station are also available to hire should you wish to arrange your own wedding reception. The full cost for hiring the grounds for a wedding reception is £1000 with a deposit of £500 required.
This fee is not subject to VAT.

If you wished to have a combined ceremony and reception the cost is £1,750+VAT
with a deposit of £875+VAT being
required to confirm your booking.

The hire of the Pumping Station will entitle you to exclusive use of the site for your wedding breakfast, photos, disco etc for a maximum of 9 hours, between 2pm and 11pm. If you wish the hire time to commence earlier, an additional £100 per hour is required.

Arrangements for catering, marquee, music, bar, lighting, generators etc. are left to you so you can tailor the reception precisely to your own liking, taste and particular budget.

Further information & booking

To request ceremony and reception brochures or to discuss a potential wedding date please contact the museum office:
Tel: 07547 000020 (Mon-Fri)

View of a typical wedding arrangement on the ‘Packing Flat’  in the Engine House