Your Cheshire and Merseyside Wedding - January/February 2024 (Issue 73)

SPOTLIGHT ON... East Cheshire Tie the knot in a local hotspot JODRELL BANK CENTRE FOR ENGAGEMENT 0161 306 9695 | Jodrell Bank, nestled in the heart of the Cheshire countryside is a renowned UNESCO heritage site and visitor attraction connected to space exploration and the history of astronomy. Its iconic Grade I listed Lovell telescope, the third largest radio telescope in the world, has been listening to the skies for more than 65 years and continues to be used to this day. It truly is a location that’s out of this world! Jodrell Bank was originally operated by the Department of Botany at the University of Manchester in the 1940s. Sir Bernard Lovell, who operated the site in the 20th century, was an avid botanist, as well as astrophysicist, meaning the site is now home to an impressive 3,000 specimens of trees and shrubs. These form the Lovell Tree Collection, which opened to the public in 1976. These trees, seeds and plants were gifted to Sir Bernard on many of his visits to space observatories, international universities and space projects around the world making the grounds now full of blossom and spectacular nature all year round. Ceremonies with 100 guests are held in the Space Dome 3D Planetarium, which opened in 2022 and is one of just a handful in the world. You can choose from a range of spectacular moving backdrops taken from the Hubble Telescope to appear during your ceremony, so you can truly be wed beneath the stars. All ceremonies are followed by a one-hour drinks reception in the First Light Pavilion before you head off to your reception. The Star Pavilion sits on the south side of the estate with views of the iconic Lovell Telescope and Cheshire countryside, and is where wedding receptions are hosted. The Wolfson Auditorium is a self-contained conference suite with private facilities for your guests and can accommodate up to 120 for a seated reception. The space is equipped with an AV system for speeches and presentations and boasts a private outdoor patio area for warm summer evenings. You’ll also receive access to The Angle Meeting Room to prepare for your special day. Accommodation wise, the venue is close to a range of options from local historical house properties to local B&Bs and campsites. THE OAK TREE OF PEOVER 01565 723 337 | The Oak Tree of Peover is a beautiful, rustic, oak-framed barn-style wedding venue set in the heart of Cheshire. It offers ample natural light throughout the day followed by subtle lighting in the evening creating a romantic and magical atmosphere. Set in a 30-acre estate and surrounded by stunning countryside views, the venue offers you and your loved ones complete tranquillity. Wedding parties have use of the open fire during the colder months as well as the outdoor firepit tables all year round. The floor-to-ceiling windows in ceremony space The Ladybird Room offer picturesque views over the grounds and it can host 100 for your vows. The Acorn Room is also available for ceremonies, with a capacity of 108. Its foliage and fairylight decoration, plus a long aisle make for a grand bridal entrance. Finally, the Outdoor Pavilion offers you the opportunity to be closer to nature when exchanging your vows. It offers comfy seating inside for the wedding party, while up to 108 guests can take their seats on the handmade oak benches and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. The Ladybird and Acorn Rooms can also host your wedding breakfast, with space for 70 and 108 guests respectively. The former is the perfect space for your evening disco with ample space for a DJ or band and dancefloor. © Stevie Jay Photography 17 LOCAL VENUES