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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

It's a little in-tents! Council comes up with wedding venue alternative

North Yorkshire County Council is launching a tipi and events business which, it hopes, will have a special appeal to couples wanting weddings with a difference.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Wedding couple opts for a different carriage at heritage railway station

On track to happiness ... Daniel and Ruth Ferguson, the first couple
to wed at Bolton Abbey Station.
Bolton Abbey Railway Station is celebrating after it hosted its first wedding and more ceremonies have been lined up.

The day Daniel was introduced to the woman who would become his wife through a mutual friend, he was working on a steam engine at the heritage attraction and was covered in oil and soot. This didn't deter Ruth though and they enjoyed their first proper date at the railway.

They wanted to marry where they had first met and did so shortly after the station was granted a licence. Four more weddings have been booked since the Fergusons' special day.

Business manager Stephen Walker said: “We were delighted to host Dan and Ruth’s wedding. Both of them are part of the railway ‘family’ and I am sure that many other couples would wish to do the same, the interest has been amazing.  As a new venue I am sure we can cater for couples wishing individuality rather than the corporate style of many of the more established venues.”

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Wedding fair is a date for couples

A North Yorkshire hotel is inviting all couples looking to tie the knot to attend its inaugural wedding fair this month.

The free event at the White Bear Hotel in Masham from 11am until 3.30pm on Sunday 17 March will see a variety of local specialists displaying their services.

Wedding fair organisers  Helen Nicklas, Nikki Ramsay and Alexa Van Pagh
with a Range Rover from Bedale's Travel in Style Executive Private Hire

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Wedding day inspiration at Monkbar

Anyone planning on tying the knot, might find it useful to put Sunday (4 November) in the diary when York’s Best Western Monkbar Hotel hosts its annual wedding fair.

The event – now in its 14th year – will see a variety of local specialists displaying their individual services to help make the big day special.

The fair runs from noon until 4pm. Goody bags will be provided to the first 75 brides, plus a glass of sparkling wine and canapés for all who attend.

Displays will feature jewellery, cakes, flowers, wedding dresses, table decorations cars and photographic services. One of the hotel’s function rooms will also be “dressed” for a wedding breakfast

General manager Graham Usher said: “Since our first wedding fair in 1998, thousands of couples have taken inspiration from the local businesses who have displayed their goods and services year in, year out.

“It’s the ideal opportunity to speak to the experts and also to see just why more than 800 couples have trusted us to host their special day.”

Further details about the free event can be obtained at or by calling 01904 667700.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Two pints and a wedding, please! Nuptials licence for walkers' inn

A Yorkshire Dales inn has become the UK's first wedding venue to cater for hikers.

North Yorkshire County Council has granted the award-winning Charles Bathurst Inn, in Arkengarthdale a licence to hold civil wedding ceremonies.

Known locally as the CB, it stands in an area renowned for its nearby walking routes including the Pennine Way and Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk.

Owner Charles Cody said: “The CB has established a growing reputation as a spectacular choice of venue for wedding receptions, so it’s fantastic to be able to offer couples the whole package, from marriage ceremony, to reception, to accommodation.

“We have a great many guests who come just for walking, and many who come for weddings, and with the new licence we are offering complete weddings for walking enthusiasts.

"We have a unique wedding venue, with unbeatable Dales views and truly excellent food. We hope that for our guests, being able to be married here too will be the icing on the wedding cake so to speak.”

The venue’s function room is in a separate wing of the hotel and has its own private bar, which is used for weddings and other events. It was opened in 2005.

Charles operates two other venues in the Dales, with a team of 60 staff across the three locations. He bought and renovated the 17th century, 11-bedroom Punch Bowl Inn in Swaledale in 2006, and has recently taken over the King’s Arms pub in Askrigg, Wensleydale, which doubled as James Herriot’s local in the long-running BBC TV series, All Creatures Great and Small.

The CB Inn caters for weddings of up to 70 guests in its private function suite, which looks out across Arkengarthdale.

Deborah Wood, who is in charge of weddings at the venue, said: “We already have five weddings booked in for 2013 and since we announced that we can now accommodate ceremonies as well as receptions, we have seen a great deal of interest from walkers and non-walkers alike.

“We do have a reputation for being a great walking break venue, many of the visitors here are just looking for idyllic Dales scenery, to explore Herriot Country, to shoot during the game seasons or simply to enjoy the seclusion up here.”

Weddings at the CB Inn are conducted by an official registrar from Richmond Registry Office.

Further information is available at

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Fit for a Duchess: lace inspires Monkbar's wedding fair anniversary

York’s Best Western Monkbar Hotel is the place to be this Sunday (6 November) for couples looking to tie the knot.

 Monkbar Hotel sales and marketing
manager Nikki Brannan puts the finishing
touches to a display for this Sunday's
wedding fair. Photo by Malcolm Rouse.
The Wedding Fair which celebrates its thirteenth anniversary, will see more than 30 local specialists displaying their individual services to make the special day perfect.

The symbol for the thirteenth anniversary is lace, which is the theme for the day, and there will be plenty of it on display with wedding dresses and lingerie. Organisers also say interest in lace is likely to be strong following the royal wedding during which the Duchess of Cambridge's dress drew countless admiring glances around the world.

The event will also feature jewellery, cars, cakes, flowers, balloons and table decorations.

Hotel bosses say the fair, which begins at noon, will explain why more than 700 couples have chosen the venue for their celebrations.

Monkbar Hotel director June Nelsey said: “The Monkbar Hotel’s Wedding Fair is an established diary date, and one that’s attended by hundreds of people each year.

“Our wedding fair seems to get more popular as each year goes by, which is due to the quality and quantity of local businesses exhibiting with us.

“And, as this is the fair’s ‘lace anniversary’, it would have been be remiss of us if we had failed to have a number of local business displaying clothing made or adorned with it.

“This is particularly fitting, this year, thanks to Katherine, Duchess of Cambridge.  Her wedding dress, which was admired the world over, has ensured that delicate and intricate lace will once again feature in wedding gowns for years to come.”

Further details about the wedding fair – which is free to enter - are available from the hotel website or by calling 01904 667700

County gives wedding couples a ring of confidence

If you’re thinking of getting married using a registration office, then you’re likely to be pleased with the service in North Yorkshire.

That’s the verdict from customers and the government body overseeing the county council's service.

When it comes to marriages or civil partnerships, births and deaths,  North Yorkshire County Council delivers high standards of customer service with a satisfaction rate of 91.5 per cent.

The General Register Office, the government agency responsible for civil registration, observed staff at work and measured the service against statutory standards and performance targets and described service levels as “excellent.”

Inspectors also highlighted very good customer access to the service, multi-skilled staff, good standard of office accommodation and ceremony rooms, the offer of a wide range of non-statutory services, such as baby-naming ceremonies and renewal of vows for marriage and civil partnership and a good range of literature in register offices and detailed information on the council’s website.

The report said: “An excellent standard of customer care was seen during observations of staff members’ individual dealings with customers.

“Customer access to the service is very good, both in terms of opening hours and the geographical location of offices.

“Moreover, the local authority continually monitors customer footfall at all registration service points to ensure that registrars' attendance remains cost-effective.”

The government body also hailed the planned introduction of an online appointment booking service, which is due to come into operation shortly as part of the county council’s drive to improve access to all its services.

The registration service carries out its own customer survey each year.

Between January and April 2011, 4,000 customers were invited to complete a questionnaire. Of those who responded, 91.5 per cent were “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with the service.

There were areas of dissatisfaction for some customers around accessing information in advance of visiting a register office, and their experience in making initial contact with the service. These issues are now being addressed.

County councillor and executive member Chris Metcalfe said: “We are very pleased that the government agency responsible for the registration service is so complimentary.

“But in many ways it is even more gratifying that the people who use the service are so fulsome in their praise.  A satisfaction rating of 91.5 per cent is a terrific result, and a fitting tribute to the expertise and the enthusiasm brought by the staff to this vital area of work, which touches the lives of quite literally every member of the community at one time or another.”

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Wedding fair first for romantic hotel

Yorkshire Dales boutique hotel, which was voted by TripAdvisor users as the UK’S most romantic earlier this year, will host its first wedding fair this month.

Yorebridge House, in the village of Bainbridge in Wensleydale, has grown to become a popular wedding venue with numbers quadrupling in the past year.

Now the five-star hotel is hosting its first wedding fair on Sunday 18 September from 12-5pm. Entry to the event is free.

The hotel has teamed up with some of the UK’s top designers and wedding suppliers for the fair which will include free wine tasting, afternoon tea canapés and a raffle with all proceeds being donated to the local church at Askrigg. Raffle prizes will include discounts on wedding products, meals and hotel breaks.

Brides and bridegrooms who have held their weddings at Yorebridge House will be on hand to discuss their experiences.

The former headmaster’s house, dating back to the 1840s, is licensed to host civil partnerships and ceremonies and is set in five acres of land with 11 bedrooms, some with hot tubs, and has a dedicated wedding co-ordinator.

Its restaurant has two AA Rosettes and an AA ‘Best Breakfast’ award- amongst other accolades- and is also highly-regarded for its afternoon teas, wine list and its local ales- one of which is brewed especially for Yorebridge by the local brewery at Askrigg.

Yorebridge House’s general manager Adam Dyke, said: “We decided the time was right to hold our first wedding fair due to the massive rise in demand for weddings at Yorebridge House. It also seems appropriate that the UK’s most romantic hotel should play host to this type of event.

“We’ve teamed up with some outstanding suppliers and guests will be able to meet our dedicated team and kitchen brigade who have vast experience in co-ordinating sumptuous weddings.”

The hotel was voted the most romantic by TripAdvisor users in February, this year.