Cripps Barn- Cotswolds Wedding DJ
Brief history of Cripps Barn
Nestled in the rolling Cotswold hills near Bibury in the beautiful Coln Valley sits the charming Cripps Barn, a staple countryside wedding venue that exudes rustic romance. The story of this enchanting venue begins in the 19th century, when the classic stone barn was first built by the Cripps family who have farmed the land for generations. Back then, it served the functional purpose of threshing wheat and storing grain.
For over a hundred years, the barn went about its instrumental work on the family’s working farm. Then, in the late 1990s, the Cripps family had the vision to give their 19th century barn new life as a wedding venue. In 1999, Cripps Barn hosted its very first wedding, starting a new chapter as a premier wedding destination.
Brides and grooms fell in love with the character of the original stone and wood barn, nestled amidst rolling hills and meadows. The Cripps family expanded the venue over the years, adding a permanent marquee to complement the original rustic barn and accommodate more guests. Today, Cripps Barn hosts around 130 weddings annually, welcoming up to 250 guests while maintaining its signature country charm.
From its roots as a working farm building to its modern incarnation as a bustling wedding venue, Cripps Barn has evolved with the times. Yet it still retains the authenticity of its history thanks to preserved original features like weathered stone walls and exposed beams. The Cripps family has succeeded in enhancing their 19th century barn with modern amenities while preserving its old-world romance and rustic spirit. For couples seeking a countryside wedding with vintage character, Cripps Barn offers the perfect blend of historical charm and contemporary convenience.
- Architecture: Cripps Barn features traditional flagstone floors, rustic beams, and a roaring open fireplace, providing a quintessentially English rural ambiance.
- Ceremony Options: Ceremonies can be held in the main barn, which boasts a solid stone structure adorned with a medieval chandelier, a large stone fireplace, and a huge candelabra. The barn accommodates 120 guests, with an additional 30 guests seated in the Oak Room.
- Outdoor Ceremonies: For outdoor ceremonies, there’s an Oak Pavilion set in a woodland glade within the barn’s gardens, ideal for warmer months.
- Photography Backdrop: The grounds of Cripps Barn, with its large terrace and views over the Cotswold countryside, provide a picturesque setting for wedding photography.
- Dining and Reception: Guests can dine in style in the light and spacious Oak Room, with additional dining capacity in the Ceremony Room. The venue accommodates 150 seated guests in the Oak Room and 84 seated guests in the Ceremony Room.
- Culinary Delights: Wedding feasts are created by in-house chefs who flame-cook food on a giant rotisserie and BBQ grill.
- Party and Dancing: The main barn transforms into a spectacular dance floor for evening celebrations, complemented by a special late 1 am license.
- Accommodation and Services: The venue offers free camping and works closely with nearby accommodations like The Stump Pub, Montreal House, Casina Cottage, and The New Inn.
- Capacity: The total capacity for party and dancing (after the meal) is 250 guests.
Details from an event I did at Cripps Barn
A Day to Remember at Cripps Barn:
DJing for Lauren and Aaron’s wedding at Cripps Barn was an experience that will always hold a special place in my heart. This idyllic venue, nestled in the Cotswold countryside, provided a perfect setting that resonated with the warmth and joy of the day.
Harmony Between Venue and Entertainment:
Cripps Barn, with its rustic elegance and natural charm, complemented my style of creating a bespoke and vibrant atmosphere. The barn’s open, welcoming space and stunning outdoor areas allowed for a smooth transition between different parts of the celebration. Whether it was the ceremony in the oak pavilion or the lively reception inside the barn, each moment was enhanced by the venue’s unique character.
Memorable Moments and Seamless Integration:
As the Master of Ceremonies, I had the pleasure of guiding the guests through the day’s events, adding a touch of humor and warmth that matched the venue’s intimate feel. Narrating Lauren and Aaron’s ‘Love Story‘ in the magical setting of Cripps Barn was particularly memorable. The venue’s ambiance lent an extra layer of enchantment to their tale, leaving guests captivated and emotionally connected.
Your Services Overview
Comprehensive Entertainment Services at Lauren & Aaron's Wedding:
- I provided a diverse selection of music for the ceremony, drinks reception, and evening reception, ensuring each part of the day had its unique soundtrack.
Master of Ceremonies:
- As the MC, I smoothly transitioned guests through the day’s events, creating a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone.
- The evening reception was a highlight with a carefully curated playlist that kept the dance floor vibrant and inclusive, catering to Lauren and Aaron’s diverse music tastes.
- I provided custom lighting solutions that enhanced the rustic charm of Cripps Barn, creating a magical atmosphere for the evening.
Love Story Narration:
- A standout feature of my services, the ‘Love Story’ narration, added a deeply personal and emotional element to the celebration, perfectly complemented by the venue’s romantic setting.
Mr & Mrs Game:
- A fun and interactive addition, the Mr & Mrs game was a hit among guests, adding a playful and engaging element to the reception.
Bespoke and Joyous Celebrations:
- My aim was to provide Lauren and Aaron with a bespoke, stress-free, and joyous celebration, something I strive for in every wedding I am part of.
Cripps Barn was more than just a backdrop for Lauren and Aaron’s wedding; it was a key player in creating a day filled with laughter, love, and unforgettable memories. My role as a DJ and MC was to complement and enhance this stunning setting, ensuring every moment felt personal and joyous.
Additional Info on Cripps Barn
– Accessible Parking: Yes, accessible parking spaces are available near the entrance to the venue.
– Accessible Toilets: Yes, accessible toilets are available at the venue.
– Guide Dogs: Guide dogs are welcome at Cripps Barn.
– On-Site Parking: Yes, there is ample free on-site parking available for guests.
Lodging or Nearby Accommodation Suggestions:
– On-Site Accommodation: Cripps Barn does not have on-site overnight guest accommodation.
There are several hotels located within a short drive of the venue in nearby towns like Tetbury, Cirencester and Malmesbury.
Cripps Barn is located near the villages of Minchinhampton and Avening which have pubs, restaurants and shops. The larger town of Stroud is a 15 minute drive away.
Additional Information for Guests:
Cripps Barn is a popular wedding venue located on a working farm in the Cotswolds countryside. Guests love the beautiful rustic barn and outside space for wedding photos. The venue has an on-site caterer and plenty of accommodation options nearby.