Weddings

Weddings and Ceremonies at Ryedale Folk Museum

Unique – Memorable – Intimate

Ryedale Folk Museum is an exceptional and romantic setting. With its characterful historic buildings and serene countryside location, a ceremony at Ryedale Folk Museum is a memorable way to say, “I do”.

Our dedicated and friendly team will help you every step of the way to make your civil ceremony, civil partnership or vow renewal an unforgettable occasion. We welcome traditional, non-traditional and historical ceremonies. Whether we are hosting your wedding day, or helping you to celebrate your continuing love, we promise a unique and personal experience.

Download our wedding brochure – click the image above! Find our price list and terms further down this page.

If you want to contact us please get in touch by phone or email – 01751 417367 – [email protected]

Ceremony Locations

Ryedale Folk Museum is in the picturesque village of Hutton-le-Hole, where history is brought to life through its buildings and collections. In a truly beautiful countryside setting within the North York Moors National Park, the Museum has exhibits on display across twenty buildings, with six acres of pleasant surroundings to enjoy.

There are 9 possible ceremony locations at the Museum, each presenting an individual and characterful space.

 

The Manor House

Our stunning thatched 16th century building, with its original wooden cruck-frame construction, makes an impressive setting for your ceremony.

This location is truly versatile and can be set to create a cosy ceremony for a few of your nearest and dearest, or comfortably accommodate larger gatherings. With exposed original oak beams and stone flag floor, the Manor House can be styled traditionally with a centre aisle, but also lends itself to a more informal and intimate layout.

Ceremony size: up to 58 guests

Availability: all year

Hire period: 2.5 hours

Seating provision: use of wooden chairs

Iron Age Roundhouse

The Museum’s Roundhouse is a reconstruction of an Iron Age dwelling, presenting a truly distinctive setting for your ceremony. The curved walls, natural materials and central fire create a relaxed and rustic feel. We think it affords the perfect setting for adding a ‘tying the knot’ or handfasting element after your ceremony. Summertime provides a particularly beautiful backdrop to this ceremony location, with the Roundhouse situated next to our traditional and colourful cornfield.

Ceremony size: up to 28 guests

Availability: 1 April – 31 October

Hire period: 2 hours

Seating provision: use of low wooden benches or wooden chairs

Crofter’s Cottage

This cottage is a carefully created reconstruction, built and furnished to represent a humble abode inhabited by a Medieval crofter, complete with central fire. There’s a real countryside charisma to this ceremony location; with its silver thatch, earth floor, shuttered windows and attractive cottage garden.

Ceremony size: up to 10 guests

Availability: all year

Hire period: 2 hours

Seating provision: use of low wooden benches or wooden chairs

Daylight Photographic Studio

The oldest surviving example of such a studio in England, this building was originally the workspace of William Hayes and used to host his own wedding reception in 1904. A traditional portrait backdrop and wall of glass (constructed from photographic slides of course!) have been used to capture the memories of many couples’ nuptials. Why not continue the tradition and create a record of your love story here too?

Ceremony size: up to 10 guests

Availability: all year

Hire period: 2 hours

Seating provision: use of wooden chairs

Stang End

Our 18th century cottage, Stang End, is a charismatic option for smaller groups. With its traditional thatched roof, feature fireplace and leadlight windows, this location offers a relaxed setting for your ceremony.

Ceremony size: up to 8 guests

Availability: 1 June – 31 August

Hire period: 2 hours

Seating provision: use of wooden pew-style benches

The Pavilion

A wooden clad space with a vintage feel, the Pavilion could easily be dressed to suit several styles. It’s perfect for a traditional afternoon tea or a 1940’s-themed party. This ceremony location can also be used to host the reception packages we offer, so it is an ideal choice if you really want to go to town with a particular theme, or to allow extended celebrations on your special day.

Ceremony size: up to 28 guests

Availability: all year

Hire period: 2.5 hours

Seating provision: use of wooden chairs

The High Shop

Adored by visitors young and old, our 1950s village store is a small, but perfectly formed, option for those seeking a nostalgic and notable ceremony choice.

Ceremony size: up to 2 guests

Availability: all year

Hire period: 2 hours

Seating provision: room hire only, no seating provided due to this location’s layout

The Undertaker's Office

A remarkable and inimitable location, the Undertaker’s Office can only accommodate the most micro of ceremonies. A quirky choice, not for the faint hearted!

Ceremony size: up to 2 guests

Availability: all year

Hire period: 2 hours

Seating provision: use of wooden chairs

Pickard's Cottage

Affectionately known as the ‘white cottage’, this charming, thatched building is a firm favourite with our visitors. A much-loved family house for generations, you get a real sense of home and comfort here. With the open fire aglow, the cottage kitchen presents an atmospheric, Victorian-esque setting.

Ceremony size: up to 3 guests

Availability: all year

Hire period: 2 hours

Seating provision: use of wooden chairs

Ceremony Sizes

Each ceremony location has a maximum ceremony size, indicated by the number of ‘guests’* – this includes any provision for photographers, videographers, musicians etc. This number does not include the happy couple; the Registrars; nor member of the Museum Team, who must be in attendance throughout the ceremony.

E.g., if your chosen location states a ceremony size of ‘up to 58 guests’, you could have 56 of your friends/family, plus a photographer and videographer in attendance at your ceremony.

Due to the layout of  The High Shop and Undertaker’s Office, your photographer or videographer, if applicable, would be able to attend in addition to the number of guests indicated by making use of an adjoining room (which would also be closed to the public for the duration of your ceremony).

Seasonal Availability and Hire Period

Your chosen ceremony location will be closed off to the public for the duration of the hire period (see each ceremony location for details), but the Museum will remain open to the general public. Don’t be surprised to receive an additional congratulatory cheer and round of applause from our team and visitors!

Hire periods can be booked between the hours of 9am and 5pm from 1 April to 30 September (latest ceremony time 4pm) and between the hours of 9am and 4pm from 1 October to 31 March (latest ceremony time 3pm).

Access to the whole Museum site is included for the duration of your time with us. You can enjoy a romantic walk through the orchard; travel through time from the Iron Age to the 1950s; or admire the cottage gardens and visit the animals. The opportunity to explore the buildings and exhibits provides a great option for entertaining your guests when they arrive, or whilst you have your photographs taken. Museum activity packs are available to keep the little ones amused too.

Exclusive Use - Available from 2022

Bookings which provide exclusive use of the Museum buildings and grounds are a fantastic option if you have a longer guest list; if you wish to use your chosen ceremony location and other areas for a reception; or you just fancy a bit of exclusivity.

Availability: all year (but please refer to seasonal restrictions for each ceremony location)

Hire period: 9am to 5pm from 1 April to 30 September (latest ceremony time 4pm) / 9am to 4pm from 1 October to 31 March (latest ceremony time 3pm).

You can book Exclusive Use on Fridays from 2022.

Add to the celebrations...

Our informal reception options can be added to any wedding or ceremony booking. For smaller gatherings we can provide use of Bright Ravens, while larger parties (booking The Pavilion or the Manor House as a ceremony location) can be accommodated in The Pavilion.

Cheers! - Available from 2022

We can serve your guests a drink or two after the ceremony. Whether you want to make a speech, or just raise a glass to the one you love, we can help you start the celebrations!

Alcoholic options:

Champagne or Prosecco, Pimms & Lemonade, Mulled Wine or Wine (red, white or rose)

Non-alcoholic options:

Sparkling Elderflower, Bax Botanics Berry Burst or Warm Wassail Punch

Your choice:

We are happy to discuss the option to serve an alternative drink that you may wish to supply.

Cut the Cake! - Available from 2022

If you fancy combining one of the celebratory drink options with a slice of your wedding cake, we can help with that too. After you have posed for pictures and cut your cake, a member of the Museum team will portion and serve it, so you can focus on your family and friends. We supply lovely mis-matched traditional china, cake forks and napkins.

The Perfect Pair!

Whether you are a lover of tea, or a connoisseur of coffee; a cuppa pairs perfectly with cake! We can portion and serve your wedding cake, along with a refreshing brew of Yorkshire Tea, or a locally roasted, freshly ground coffee. We will use our traditional china – a collection of colourful mis-matched designs – and provide cake forks and napkins. This relaxed reception is an excellent way to extend your celebrations, offering an opportunity to spend some quality time with your guests.

Alternative Reception Options

Alternative reception options are only available when booking Exclusive Use. If the Museum’s unique atmosphere is inspiring you to arrange a banquet fit for a Tudor in the Manor House; a ‘40s tea dance in the Pavilion; or a hog roast near the Iron Age Roundhouse, let us know! We are happy to discuss the possibilities and practicalities of working with your external suppliers or wedding planners.

     

Previsits, Enquiries and Bookings

Previsits

You are welcome to visit the Museum during normal opening hours (admission charges apply) if you are considering having your special day with us. Our friendly team will be able to provide general advice and direct you towards our ceremony locations.

Enquiries or Bookings

For more detailed enquiries, to arrange a meeting with one of our team or to discuss a booking, please contact us at [email protected] or call 01751 417367.