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Calke Abbey


The Riding School, Calke Abbey, Derby, UK

  • From: £1575
  • Ceremony Capacity: 1 - 160
  • Reception: 1 - 240


"Hello! We are Honeysuckle & Castle - award winning Wedding Coordinators based in the East Midlands. We work exclusively with a number of venues to bring you your dream wedding. We're thrilled that you love The Riding School at Calke Abbey - it has such great history, and is a uniquely beautiful venue. If you'd like to see for yourself, we're more than happy to show you around!"

Helen Stephenson, Director

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Award winning wedding coordinators Honeysuckle and Castle are delighted to offer The Riding School at Calke Abbey, exclusively for your wedding day.

This no corkage charge wedding venue is a rustic blank canvas full of charm. Steeped in history dating back to the 18th century, it’s hard not to be impressed by the baroque exterior as you approach from the driveway.

Set amongst over 600 acres of stunning Derbyshire parkland where deer and sheep roam free, you’ll find lots of hidden nooks amongst the estate; it really is a wedding photographers dream!

Inside the Riding School, high set windows bring the daylight in, and soft white drapes create an inviting space and more intimate areas for your guests to enjoy. With gorgeous exposed brickwork, antique characteristics and an old rowing boat resting in the large oak beams, The Riding School is without a doubt the perfect backdrop to your big day.

Saying I Do

The Riding School is licensed for civil ceremonies and partnerships of up to 160 guests, meaning you can invite all of your friends and family along to see you say ‘I Do!’

Whether you’re celebrating with a full day at Calke Abbey or moving on to a reception elsewhere, a dedicated member of the Honeysuckle & Castle team will be on hand throughout the planning process, as well as during your special day to help make it a magical and memorable experience.

Dining & Dancing

Invite your loved ones to enjoy a wedding feast prepared by Black Peppermint Food Company. Menu choices range from a formal three-course dinner to a relaxed ‘sharing style’ main course, and the team will ensure to meet all of your needs.

Guests can be seated on either round tables seating up to 12 people per table, or on longer banquet tables for up to 24 per row – the choice is yours. And whilst you’re enjoying your Wedding Breakfast and speeches, our team will be busy transforming the other half of the Riding School into the ultimate dance floor for you to dance the night away.

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Why not make a weekend of your wedding and take advantage of the beautiful estate cottages? There are five Holiday Cottages privately set within the Calke Abbey estate which sleep from 2-14 guests. This will give you the perfect opportunity to explore the local area, discover the history of Calke Abbey and enjoy a weekend getaway with your nearest and dearest.

*Please note, any venue hire prices stated on this website are from the 2019 brochure and are subject to change at the discretion of Honeysuckle & Castle. These prices are for the venue hire only and do not include catering fees, therefore they should only be used as a guideline. Please email us directly on for a pricing quote.


  • Seated Meal Facilities
  • Buffet Meal Facilities
  • In House Catering
  • Alcohol Licence
  • Accommodation for Couple
  • Accommodation for Guests
  • Licensed Bar
  • Corkage Fee
  • Car Parking
  • Pets welcome

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Calke Abbey

The Riding School, Calke Abbey, Derby, UK

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