Howard Court is situated between the picturesque village of Great Ayton and the quaint market town of Stokesley in North Yorkshire. The venue is in easy reach of York, Leeds, Newcastle and Middlesbrough.
Howard Court offers barn weddings. Our ‘blank canvas’ approach means our couples can create truly unique and personalised weddings.
Please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out or contact form to arrange a viewing.
As long as you need – we want to ensure you get a good feel for the place and ask as many questions as you like. We are also happy to show couples (and their friends/family) around more than once, so if you want to visit again, please just drop us an email.
For the marriage ceremony and wedding breakfast/reception, we can accommodate up to 100 guests in the barns. For the evening event, we can accommodate up to 150 guests.
For marquee and tipi weddings, we can accommodate as many guests as you book for!
No, when you book the venue it is for your exclusive use.
No you don’t, you’re free to choose your own suppliers. We have a list of recommended suppliers who we work with frequently, but the choice is yours.
An Events Manager will be on hand to ensure the smooth running of your day. We will meet with you several times before your wedding to ensure we know exactly what’s happening when, so that you can focus on enjoying your special day.
Our couples are free to decorate the barns to match their tastes and personalities. If you have an idea that’s a little bit ‘out there’, just run it past us.
The A-frame beams and manger are entwined with fairy lights, but we welcome our couples to add foliage and flowers, or other decorations. Lights and drapery can be hung from the walls and the beams.
We cannot allow naked flames in the barns, so candles must either be LED or fully encased in a glass receptacle and placed in a position that doesn’t present a fire hazard. This would need to be discussed in advance.
Rose petals are allowed as long as they are biodegradable.
Yes, well-trained dogs are allowed within the venue, in Orchard Cottage and in the Kingfisher shepherds hut, as long as their owner takes good care of them and they don’t leave muddy pawprints in the barns or the accommodation!
Horses are allowed in the fields but cannot enter the gardens, barns or courtyard.
Couples are also able to book animal entertainment for their guests, such as a visiting alpaca. Please run these by us first so we can ensure we can accommodate your request!
If you wish to take away any of your decorations, etc. please do so on the morning after your big day. After that, we will clear down the venue and be on hand to meet any suppliers who arrive to take away their equipment, etc.
We provide waste and recycling bins, and ask that guests use these throughout the event.
We have a designated smoking area, which is by the fire pit in the garden. Please ensure your guests do not smoke anywhere else in the venue.
If a Master of Ceremonies is needed, we can recommend one who we regularly work with.
Yes there is, with a cordless microphone for anyone who likes to walk and talk!
Yes, we are licensed with North Yorkshire County Council, so you can have your ceremony and reception all in one place.
We have licensed a number of areas in the venue, including the Barns, Courtyard, Orchard Cottage, the Shepherds Huts and the Riverside Cabin.
Absolutely, we have plenty of space for you to get ready on the morning of your big day. If you have booked the accommodation the night before, this can be used to get ready with your bridal party/best man/ushers, etc. and there's lots of space in between so you can avoid seeing each other before the ceremony, if you’re going for a traditional approach.
We will seamlessly change the room over whilst you and your guests sip champagne and enjoy canapes in the courtyard and gardens. If the weather is against us, we will quickly set up a reception area within the barns so that you and your guests stay warm and dry, whilst we coordinate the changeover.
All this will be discussed at your planning meetings, so we will know exactly how you want everything setting up.
We are very flexible! The only restrictions are that bars must close and the sound must be dropped at 11pm out of respect of our neighbours, and celebrations must end by midnight in line with planning restrictions.
Yes, it is - please only use biodegradable or petal confetti.
We do not have any photography restrictions at the venue – the place is yours and photographs can be taken in any parts of the wedding venue (other than the areas that are for the private use of the family). However, you may wish to ask guests not to take photos during your ceremony.
No, the beauty of our ‘blank canvas’ venue is that you can choose your catering. Some couples opt for a more formal 3 course meal, whereas others choose an afternoon tea, a BBQ or even a woodfired pizza van.
We have ample space outside the barns or in the fields for food vans, if you’re looking for a more laid back / festival-style approach
The wedding breakfast takes place in the barns. You can also have your wedding breakfast in the courtyard if the weather permits.
We provide natural pine trestle tables which are 6 feet long. You can have them set up as single tables, seating 8, or join them together to make longer or wider tables. We can sit up to 100 people in the barns for the wedding breakfast.
Again, couples can choose. You can also choose where your top table goes – against the manger or in front of the stunning backdrop of fairy lights. The top table measures 11 feet and sits 6 along one side.
We provide highchairs for the wedding breakfast along with a travel cot in the cottage. We can arrange a baby change area on request.
Yes, you can, which is a great way to keep costs down. We charge £5 corkage per bottle of wine, champagne/prosecco or spirit. There is no corkage for bottles of beer.
Yes, we do.
This is for you to choose. You may wish to have a buffet, or perhaps hire a food van to offer hungry guests pizza or fish ‘n’ chips.
Yes, absolutely. Bands/DJs have the option to set up in the barns or in the courtyard.
Not until 11pm. From that point onwards, amplified music is not allowed, out of respect for neighbours and in line with planning consents.
Yes, we have a sound system that you can connect a phone or laptop to via Bluetooth. Please note the barn does not currently have WiFi.
No, we don’t. If you are opting for a pay bar, the bar will have to provide their own licence (this is very common – your bar will know what they’re doing!).
A firework display can only be part of your celebrations if it’s fired by a professional and fully insured company, and must take place in advance of 11pm so as not to disturb neighbours.
Yes, sparklers are allowed. If you want to use sparklers in the barns and/or courtyard, they must be for indoor use.
Yes, we have disabled parking and disabled access to the barns and Orchard Cottage, including widened doorways and step-free access.
Yes, we have Orchard Cottage which sleeps 4 and two cosy Shepherds Huts which sleep 2 each. The accommodation is included in the venue price for the Full Package, so one less thing to worry about, and extra nights can be booked at an additional cost. We can accommodate babies/small children as extras, sleeping in travel cots (we can provide two of these).
We also allow camping in the field, in tents or campervans (up to 5 tents and 2 campervans per event).
Immediately next door to our wedding venue is Angrove Country Park, which has lodges for hire. In the village of Great Ayton and the town of Stokesley there are numerous AirBnB rentals for a variety of budgets. On the High Street in the village, the Royal Oak Hotel and pub offers comfortable accommodation and in the centre of Stokesley, there is the Leven Hotel.
Yes, we have ample free parking on site, including disabled parking. We also have space if you’re planning to arrive at the venue by an alternative mode of transport, such as horse and cart, a retro double-decker bus or even helicopter!
Guests can leave their cars parked overnight and make use of one of the local taxi firms, so there are no arguments about who’s designated driver!
Yes, there are plenty of local taxi services available. Please ask us for details. We advise guests to arrange their taxis in advance.
Yes, if you wish for us to remove the wedding gifts and cards at a certain point and store them safely, we can do this. We can also store them safely overnight, so that you don’t need to worry about them until the next day.
We require a 25% non-refundable deposit to secure your date.
We reserve dates for 2 weeks. If you wish to go ahead and secure the date, we require a 25% deposit from you by the end of the 2 weeks.
After you have paid your deposit, a second instalment of 25% is required 6 months before your special day, with the final balance due 2 months before.
A refundable damages deposit is required, which will cover any damages incurred during your event.
Any charges for additional options, such as having your wedding ceremony on site, corkage, extra accommodation, etc. will be included in your invoice – there will never be any hidden charges.
We are insured by the NFU with Public and Product Liability cover. We recommend couples also take out wedding insurance.
These are covered in a Fire Risk Assessment document, which is reviewed annually or after any change in circumstances (whichever is the sooner). Couples will be asked to sign a document as part of the Contract to say they have read and understood its contents.