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The Willows at the Woodmans is a hidden rustic wedding venue, nestled in the North-East countryside.

You can find The Willows next door to The Woodmans Arms Pub in Whickham. 

What’s The Willows at the Woodmans Like?

New to the North-East wedding scene, the venue can host up to 100 daytime guests and 140 for evening receptions. 

Your big day will begin in the comfort of the Aviary Lounge. Surrounded by soft furnishings and stunning chandeliers, guests can soak in the atmosphere (and some drinks).  The “I do’s” will then take place in The Willows wonderfully intimate Ceremony Hall. Warm, wood panelled walls, a candle lit feature fireplace and countryside views provide the perfect backdrop for your forever moment. Your day will round off in the magnificent main reception space, dining and dancing underneath foliage falling from beautiful beams and striking chandeliers. As night falls, the scenic view of stars and city lights make for an utterly enchanting evening. 

If you’re more of a visual person, you can sneak a peak at the wedding venue. Or, to view the venue in its full glory and explore any questions that you may have, book a viewing here.

For ease, we’ve provided a list of what’s included in The Willows’ wedding package in our FAQ’s. However, if you want a more detailed look at their packages and pricing, you can request their brochure through Bridebook. 

Accessibility at The Willows

The Willows at the Woodmans have ramp access into the venue and all areas are on one level, making it easy for wheelchair users and pushchairs to move around. There are also large, accessible disabled toilets.

The venue currently has no specific disabled parking, although they are happy to reserve spaces for those that need it. 

The attached Woodmans Arms Pub are used to dealing with furry friends! Therefore, the wedding venue can easily make accommodations for those with service dogs. 

After speaking to his friend Drew, Eric Knows that The Willows wonderful wedding planners Ruth and Fiona are very accommodating. Ruth stored Drew’s catheters in a secure place, allowing him to focus on having an awesome wedding day.

Also, Eric Knows that Ruth liaised with the kitchen team to meet everybody’s dietary requirements. This included adjustments for Drew’s autistic nephew’s sensory needs! 

Accommodation

Unfortunately, there is no accommodation on site. So we thought it would be helpful to handpick some accessible accommodation nearby. As it turns out, there are a handful of hotels near the Metro Centre Shopping Centre – a 10 minute drive from the venue.

The hotels are listed below, along with some of their notable disability access features. We’ve provided links directly to their website so you can checkout their accessibility amenities in more detail.

Holiday Inn Express Newcastle – Metro Centre

  • 7 Accessible rooms with wet rooms available.
  • Plenty of free accessible parking near the entrance.
  • Lift access.
  • Pet friendly. There is a charge of £20 for pets, although there’s no charge for service animals.
  • Travel cots are available on request.
  • Sofa beds and connecting rooms are also available for families.

Premier Inn Newcastle (Metro Centre)

  • Free accessible parking near hotel entrance.
  • Lift Access.
  • Accessible rooms with adjustable beds, wider entry bathrooms, lowered sinks, lowered bathrooms or wet rooms.
  • Family rooms with travel cot provided for no extra cost.

Marriott Hotel MetroCentre

  • Lift access.
  • Service animals welcome.
  • Free accessible parking.
  • Mobility access rooms with non-slip grab rails in the bathroom and bath seats available for the shower/ bath.

East Byermoor Guest House is less than a minute drive down the road from the venue. However, the guest house is not as suitable for wheelchair users or those with mobility needs.

Plenty of accommodation is also available in Newcastle city centre; a short 15 minute drive from the venue.

Similar Venues to The Willows at the Woodmans

Are you looking for wedding venues in the North-East with that rustic charm? Have a gander at the glorious Healey Barn or check out the tipi’s at Bradbury Glade!

The wonderful photos for this listing were provided by Sarah-Jane Ethan. You’re welcome for the head start on looking for a wedding photographer!

The latter (less flattering) photos of some access features were taken by an opportunist writer. He may have been called Drew.

Q How do I find the venue?

The venue is attached to The Woodmans Arms Pub in Whickham and is a 15-minute drive from Newcastle city centre and Newcastle’s Central Station.

If you find the pub, you find the wedding venue. The pub, however, is on the top of a hill and slightly hidden behind trees. So don’t drive too fast, or you’ll miss it!

Q What’s the food like?

The Willows at the Woodmans have their own in-house kitchen, so you don’t need to look elsewhere for your catering!

They have a large menu to choose from and use locally sourced fresh ingredients.

They’re also extremely flexible with dietary requirements - inform the wedding co-ordinators and they’ll liaise with the kitchen to make sure your requirements are met.

Q Can I have both my ceremony and evening reception at The Willows at the Woodmans?

Yes! And you have exclusive use of the wedding venue - so your wedding will be the only one at the venue on that day!

Q What’s included in their package?

- Prosecco / bottled beer reception.
- 3 course Wedding Breakfast.
- Half a bottle of wine per person.
- Glass of Prosecco for the toast.
- A dedicated wedding coordinator.
- Evening food (options available).

Q Do they have a sound system?

Yes! The Willows have speakers in both the ceremony room and the evening reception room.

They also have microphones available for your killer speeches!

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