FAQs

A dry hire venue is a blank canvas that gives you the freedom to handpick your suppliers and decor to suit your unique style, taste and budget. The potential is off the charts when the only limitation is your imagination.

Check out our Recommended Suppliers for some suggestions, but there are no restrictions on what you choose.

  • 1 nights stay in The Glamping Pod Honeymoon Suite
  • Tables and chairs for your wedding breakfast
  • Ceremony seating
  • 10 outdoor picnic tables
  • Sound equipment for ceremony music, background music and speeches
  • The use of all function rooms and ceremony areas: The Top Barn, The Hayloft, The Covered Yard, The Lakeside Gazebo 
  • The Paddock for garden games, siting your marquee/tipi and bell tents
  • The Drawing Room at Moat Hall to meet with your registrar on the day of your ceremony
  • Use of the gardens of Moat Hall for photographs
  • The catering area and facilities for your chosen caterer to prepare your wedding meal
  • The toilets which includes a disabled toilet and baby change facilities
  • Renewable, solar-powered heating where available
  • Ample car parking space

While we are a dry hire venue, we don’t just pass over the key and leave you to it. We want to make sure your set-up day and wedding run smoothly and are as stress free as possible:

On your set-up day:

  • Required quantity of tables and chairs will be brought into the barn for you to arrange into your preferred dining layout.
  • We will welcome you in to the barn and answer any initial questions.
  • Hand over meeting at the end of the day to ensure you know the plan for your arrival on your wedding day. We will also demonstrate how to use the sound system and go over any necessary details before you depart.

On your wedding day:

  • If you’re getting legally married at Moat Hall Barns there is an obligation for us to be present during the duration that the registrars are on-site. We will be on hand to make sure your interviews with the registrar happens on time and there are no disruptions to your ceremony.
  • If your ceremony is by The Lakeside or in The Covered Yard we will pack the ceremony chairs away when you are finished with them.
  • After your wedding breakfast we will facilitate moving dining furniture out of the barn to make room for your dance floor and evening reception.

If you would like us to be more involved in your day, please check out our Wedding Coordination option.

We can accommodate 120 daytime guests seated and up to 150 guests for an evening reception. Please see Our Spaces for more details on the capacities of different areas for ceremonies, dining and an evening reception.

Moat Hall Barns can be exclusively yours over 3 days. Weekend wedding ceremonies are held on Saturdays and mid-week wedding ceremonies are held on Thursdays. If you’d like an alternative wedding day, then just ask and we will do our best to accommodate it.

The venue hire is available for you to decorate and set-up between 11am and 5pm on the first day of your hire period.

Check-out time from the venue and the Glamping Pod Honeymoon Suite is 12pm for a weekend wedding and 10am for a mid-week wedding.

  • Organising a registrar or Church for your legal wedding ceremony
  • Catering
  • Crockery and cutlery hire – these are often supplied by your caterer
  • Bar hire
  • Entertainment
  • Photographer and/or videographer
  • Decorating the venue

To find out who is available locally to fulfil these roles, check out our Recommended Suppliers.

No, we do not charge for corkage.

A ‘corkage charge’ is a fee that a venue can charge customers who bring their own wine or other alcoholic drinks to their venue. 

For a weekend wedding music can be played until midnight and the premises vacated by all guests by 12.30am.

For a midweek wedding music can be played until 11.30pm and the premises vacated by all guests by midnight.

We will provisionally hold your date for 7 days after which a £1000 deposit is required to confirm the booking. 

The remaining balance is to be paid in two equal instalments, due 12 months and 6 months before your wedding date.

Yes, we require a refundable damage deposit of £500 which is due with your final instalment. Provided no damage is found after your event this will be reimbursed within 5 working days.

Although the outdoor ceremony at The Lake takes place under cover, your guests will be exposed to the elements and if the weather isn’t looking favourable you may have to move things indoors. But don’t worry, The Covered Yard, The Hayloft or The Top Barn can be used for your ceremony instead.  

No, we do not charge a fee for use of the ceremony areas. 

It is a legal requirement for a representative of Moat Hall Barns to be present during your ceremony, but there is no additional charge for this.

You will however need to pay a fee to Shropshire Registrars if you would like a legal ceremony on site. For more information on legal ceremonies please visit shropshire.gov.uk/births-and-marriages/ceremonies-in-shropshire/

Yes, Christ Church, Annscroft is under a mile away. If you are interested in having a church ceremony please let us know as soon as possible and we will put you in touch with Revd. Graham Philips. 

For more information on church weddings, please visit yourchurchwedding.org

Yes, all of the ground floor space has disabled access and we have a disabled toilet. Unfortunately, The Hayloft does not have disabled access.

Yes, natural petal confetti is allowed.

No, we have livestock too close to the venue for fireworks or Chinese lanterns.

We understand that your dog is part of the family too! The hirer is very welcome to bring their dog. Apart from during an indoor ceremony and drinks reception, it is preferable that dogs are kept to The Paddock and The Covered Yard.

You will be responsible for clearing up any mess and as there is livestock nearby, they will need to be kept on a lead at all times . 

Yes, smoking and vaping is allowed in the designated smoking area.

You will have a lot of questions that we haven’t covered, so for anything else please contact us and we will be happy to help.

With the historic market town of Shrewsbury under 5 miles away, there are lots of great options in the area for a range of budgets. Check out our comprehensive list of Local Accommodation. The Paddock can be used for complementary camping and we can suggest bell tent suppliers to take the hassle of camping away. We also allow campervans and caravans to stay on the car park.

We do not have any showers on site but campers will have access to our toilets.

Yes, we have ample overnight parking spaces for your guests but vehicles are left at the owners’ risk. We kindly ask that vehicles are collected by 12pm the day after the wedding.

As long as wedding guests have permission from the couple then their dog is welcome on The Paddock and in The Covered Yard. Guests dogs are not permitted in The Top Barn or The Hayloft, unless they are guide dogs. All owners are responsible for clearing up after their dog and they must be kept on a lead at all times.

Contact Us

info@moathallbarns.co.uk

Call / Text / WhatsApp: 07523 116 276

Moat Hall Barns Ltd
Moat Hall
Annscroft
Shrewsbury
Shropshire
SY5 8AZ

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Testimonials

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We couldn't have asked for a better place to get married. The quality of the restoration to the site is second to none and Amy and Ben are so welcoming and open, which really supported the wedding planning process to be relaxed and easy going. Anyone considering a DIY hire venue for their special day should 100% go see Moat Hall Barns. You will have the best day you could ask for!
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Where do we even begin...Tom and I can't express our gratitude enough for making our day truly magical. We knew instantly when we viewed the venue that this was it, and you far exceeded all our expectations. Your kindness, generosity and attention to detail are beyond compare. You made us feel truly special.
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Moat Hall Barns had everything we envisaged for our wedding and more! We cannot thank Amy, Ben and their family enough for their support and the amount of compliments we have received is testament to their hard work. The location was excellent with stunning countryside views all around and is only a stone's throw away from Shrewsbury, which was perfect for guest accommodation.
JESS & ANDY June 2023
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Having just had the most magical wedding at Moat Hall Barns, we can't thank Amy & Ben enough. It was everything we dreamed of and more. We feel so incredibly lucky that we were able to share such a perfect day with our friends and family. A truly unique venue, with such a family feel. We are so happy that we chose it for our special day.
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The venue is simply breathtaking and so versatile, but it really is Amy and Ben that add value with their advice, support and unwavering help on the day. Thank you both - everyone said how relaxed and fun and beautiful our wedding was and we had the best day of our lives.
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What a venue! Everyone who came was blown away by the beauty of it. Lots of little gems of wisdom were given when we met with Amy and Ben the day before our wedding, which calmed all our nerves about things coming together. They were so friendly and went the extra mile for us. We would book it again in a heartbeat.
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Every inch of this venue has been so meticulously thought through with couples in mind from start to finish. From the stunning lakeside gazebo to a bigger toilet especially for the bride, everything has been thought of. Not all DIY venues will have owners so willing to get stuck in and be on hand for anything you need. We felt so at home and relaxed during our time here and we cannot thank Amy & Ben enough for everything!
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Moat Hall Barns

Conversion of an agricultural barn to a wedding and events venue

Project part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development

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