Weddings, Ceremonies and Celebrations

The Oval Bandstand & Lawns offers a magical coastal location for your wedding, ceremony, birthday party, or family celebration. Whatever the size and style, our experienced Events Team would love to hear from you.


An iconic piece of 19th Century seaside architecture set in more than 4 acres of landscaped parkland and award-winning gardens, The Oval Bandstand & Lawns provides a magical coastal setting for your celebration, with a collection of venue spaces to use for various elements of your event. From the stunning bandstand amphitheatre for your ceremony and dinner to an impressive marquee on the lawns for your drinks’ reception, The Oval Bandstand & Lawns makes a perfect location for a wedding, ceremony, or celebration of any size and style.

Matching exceptional service to this unique setting, we work with a dedicated wedding and events planner who takes great pride in their attention to the finest details, ready to help create your dream celebration. Our team will put together a bespoke package to match your needs and ensure that your wedding lives up to your every expectation.


The Oval Bandstand & Lawns is available to hire for weddings, ceremonies, and celebrations Tuesday to Thursday from 11.00am to 6.00pm and Friday & Saturday from 11.00am to 9.00pm.

To discuss availability and your plans, and to ask any further questions, please complete the enquiry form below. 


The Oval Bandstand amphitheatre has toilet provision for a capacity of 500 people.

Cost of venue hire

DescriptionCost (ex. VAT)
DepositA deposit will be taken at the point of booking, this is payable online via PayPal.
This fee will be deducted from the total hire fee.
Option AFull day hire of the bandstand amphitheatre (exclusive use)£900
Option BFull day hire of the bandstand amphitheatre (exclusive use) and a designated area on the lawns for a marquee£1,800
Option CCost per hour to hire the bandstand for wedding photography (shared use)£50 per hour
Prices shown are for 2023 ONLY, we are not currently taking bookings for 2024 and beyond.

Full venue hire fees must be paid a minimum of six months before your event takes place.

A list of fees for additional services is available from our wedding and events planner.


Should you require it The Oval Bandstand & Lawns offers a comprehensive catering service for ceremonies. Whatever your theme or budget: the team can assist with dressing the venue, flowers, menus, or a drinks reception.

Any catering or drinks provided at events held at the Oval Bandstand & Lawns must be supplied by the venue.

Dressing the venue

We would encourage you to use our official Bandstand dressing contractor, as they know what is possible and are aware of our rules with regard to fixing to structures, etc. If you do not choose to use our contractor then the Bandstand will be as it is and you will need to organise your own dressing. 

Poor weather conditions

The Oval Bandstand & Lawns is an outdoor venue and as such events can be affected by poor weather.

Whilst every effort will be made to accommodate you and your party in your chosen outdoor seating preferences, there will be occasions when – due to poor weather conditions – your preferred arrangement of chairs and tables will not be possible. 

Please note in very poor weather conditions it will not be possible to move the event indoors, unless a marquee has been provided on the lawns, or arrangements have been made with another venue.


In the event of the booking being cancelled by the Hirer, the Venue shall retain the following proportion of the hire charges that will have been paid. The Hirer shall have no claim against the Venue for any damage or loss they may sustain, in consequence of such cancellation. You will not be entitled to a refund if you fail to notify the Venue Events Team of the cancellation or fail to attend the event.

Time prior to eventAmount charged
More than 6 monthsDeposit fee only
6-4 months60% of total fee
2-3 months 90% of total fee
1 month or less100% of total fee

All cancellations must be received in writing and accepted by the Venue’s Events Team.

The Venue reserves the right to cancel the ceremony if the venue or any part of it is closed due to circumstances beyond our reasonable control.


Wedding Photography: Joanna Bongard Concept & styling: Posy Patou Weddings