About Rookery Meadow

A unique outdoor venue

Rookery Meadow is a unique outdoor wedding venue and glamping site located on the borders of Norfolk and Suffolk. Offering a true blank canvas, our DIY wedding venue gives you complete freedom and control whether you are seeking a tipi wedding, marquee wedding or festival wedding. Set in nine acres of meadow land lined with ancient oak trees and featuring a private lake, Rookery Meadow is a truly special place. When we are not hosting weddings we welcome guests to stay in our exclusive glamping cabin Little Island Retreat. As you have the whole island and lake to yourself it is the perfect place to enjoy a truly relaxing getaway. Step inside the meadow to learn more about us.

An outdoor wedding is a wonderful way to celebrate your special day in a relaxed, beautiful environment. But finding somewhere that offers true rural beauty can be a challenge.

When the owners of Rookery Meadow Mr & Mrs Walpole (that’s us, Rob & Gemma) became engaged there was no question about venues – for both of us the best place we could think of celebrating our special day was Rookery Meadow. Nowhere else could offer the freedom to choose everything we wanted, or match the beauty and tranquillity of the natural surroundings that an outdoor wedding offers.

We loved having complete creative and financial control – choosing to spend our budget on the things we desperately wanted and saving on the things that didn’t matter quite so much. For example we made our own centre pieces for the tables using old ceramic beer bottles found on the farm, decorating them with sunflowers and Hessian rope, but as music fans we splashed out on a live band so that we could dance the night away.

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We also loved adding a personal and unique touch that reflected our relationship and met our needs. The grounds were transformed with three giant tipis, and much of the furniture including the Old Oak Bar and infamous Tree of Cake were handmade by us from wood sourced from the farm (both now available to hire for free from our Barn of Curiosities).

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The Tree of Cake is one of many props and accessories included in the hire price

The confetti was hand -sown and dried in the farmhouse from wild-flower and English roses grown in the garden. We were even greeted by a pair of donkeys as we arrived! All perfect touches for a relaxed outdoor wedding.

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Add personal touches to your wedding day at Rookery Meadow

The whole event really was everything we dreamt of, and more, and everyone said how personal and different it was. All the guests fell in love with Rookery Meadow that day. It was perfect (even though it rained!).

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At Rookery Meadow it doesn’t matter if it rains on your wedding day!

We have now hosted over 25 weddings, each and every one as unique and individual as the couples who choose to spend their special day here. It never ceases to amaze us how one venue can look and feel so different each time and we simply love hearing your ideas and seeing your creations. Some memorable moments to date include a fancy dress wedding, a circus performer spinning from an aeriel hoop in the oak tree, a rugby match in the meadow, broom jumping in a cermony, a surprise gin tent and home made sweet shop! And there are so many more magic moments created every year.

We know from our own experience that planning and creating your own wedding can be a big task, so when we set about creating Rookery Meadow as an outdoor wedding venue we knew we could add something extra by being on hand to help with sourcing quotes, creating a day plan and running the event on the day to ensure everything goes smoothly. We only host six weddings a year to ensure our couples receive as much of our time, attention and support as they need. With all this, Rookery Meadow makes for a truly unique, personal outdoor wedding venue in Norfolk and Suffolk.

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We know that not everyone is as lucky as we are. Most people don’t have a fairy-tale meadow at the bottom of the garden. So we are giving you the opportunity to share ours.

Rob & Gemma Walpole, Rookery Meadow

After six years of hosting outdoor weddings in Norfolk we decided to share our meadow with even more people by creating little Island Retreat, a wooden glamping cabin situated on its own island on the lake at Rookery Meadow. As we only host six weddings a year there is plenty of free time to welcome guests. With the lake and island to yourself, the cabin offers guests a truly relaxing and romantic getaway. This glamping at its best! Find out more here.

Little Island Retreat is now available for glamping from April to October

We want you to fall in love with Rookery Meadow and make it yours.

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 “Everyone said how personal and different it was”