At Home or Away in the UK

25 Jul 2011

At Home or Away in the UK

Why go abroad to celebrate your nuptials when there’s plenty of stunning locations to be found in the North West and Yorkshire. Sian Claire Owen discovers just some of them

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t seems there is a positive side to the credit crunch as more couples are choosing to have their wedding in the UK rather than go abroad. But cutting costs on travel and transport doesn’t mean forsaking your dream wedding, or ndeed your honeymoon. Whether you want vibrant cities, rolling hills, majestic mountains or wild coastlines, the North of England has everything to offer. Some of the most spectacular areas in the world are on our very doorstep, so you can celebrate your wedding with style and beauty. And you only need to travel a couple of hours to get there.

LAKE DISTRICT

The Lake District National Park is famed for its stunning scenery, with some of England’s highest mountains and deepest lakes. This dramatic landscape can be as tranquil as it is breathtaking, offering gentle walks, cosy inns and pubs, and some of the most beautiful gardens in the country. And don’t worry too much about the rain. True, the Lakes are renowned for wet weather, but just imagine how cosy you’ll be snuggled up in front of an open fire with the wind howling outside and it’s the perfect excuse to wrap up beneath the covers!

Like many areas of natural beauty, the Lakes have inspired some of England’s literary heroes.William Wordsworth may have wandered lonely as a cloud through the beautifully landscaped gardens of Rydal Mount near Lake Windermere, but you can celebrate your wedding at this famous literary landmark in a less solitary fashion. Popular wedding choices include lakefront venues in Borrowdale and Windermere, where you and your guests can take in the magnificent views of the dark waters and surrounding mountains. Julie Darroch from Cumbria Tourism says: ‘The whole romance of the place makes it an ideal location for weddings and honeymoons. But it’s not just the scenery, we also have thriving great towns and villages, and of course in terms of activities the Lakes is the UK’s outdoor playground.’ And visitors will have more than their fair share of quality cuisine. The Lake District sports three Michelin Star

restaurants including L’Enclume in Cartmel and Holbeck Ghyll that overlooks Lake Windermere. ‘We’re really holding our own in terms of top quality cuisine and accommodation,’ says Julie. In fact Hollywood actress Rene Zelweger stayed at Holbeck Ghyll during her Miss Potter film shoot, and by all accounts she loved it there. ‘There is so much to see and do in the Lakes,’ adds Julie. ‘The world class scenery has been inspiring poets, writers and artists for centuries.’

NORTH WALES

Why fly to New Zealand for breathtaking scenery when you have North Wales around the corner? It is well known that the mountains of Snowdonia inspired J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and it isn’t hard to see why, The scenery is simply awe-inspiring. For an epic theme hold your wedding in a romantic ancient castle, where the sense of history is palpable. Bodelwyddan Castle in Rhyl dates from the 15th century. It is set in 250 acres of parkland, framed by the Clwydian mountain range in the distance, with views of the sea and the neighbouring Rhyddlan Castle. If that isn’t an ideal Kodak moment we don’t know what is! North Wales also has many beautiful country houses, stately homes and hotels to choose from. For instance the splendour of the Imperial Hotel in Llandudno is guaranteed to add some class to your wedding. Or for something completely different, why not celebrate in the Victorian quarry village of Nant Gwrtheyn near Pwllheli?

Food and wine lovers will not be disappointed. North Wales is renowned for great regional organic produce, from quality seafood to traditional farm foods. In fact Anglesey even has its own vineyard. This isn’t because of climate change, T? Croes Farm has been producing wine since the time of the Romans. As Andrew Forfar from Tourism Partnership North Wales says: ‘North Wales offers real variety, from rugged western coastlines to the eastern borderland near Wrexham. Our unique landscapes, heritage and culture make North Wales a truly amazing place to visit.’ And we couldn’t agree more.

YORKSHIRE

Yorkshire is England’s largest county, and as such it offers anything and everything you could want for your wedding celebrations. Stunning countryside, elegant stately homes, historic market towns and vibrant cosmopolitan cities all make Yorkshire a special place to visit. In fact, North Yorkshire sports two national parks, one world heritage site and a stunning heritage coastline.What more could you ask for?

The wild moors of the Yorkshire Dales inspired one of the most romantic novels of all time,Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. If you choose to celebrate your wedding in Bronte Country you can be sure of a mysterious, wild, windswept celebration, with your very own Heathcliff. Or you could step into history and celebrate your wedding at

Fountains Abbey, one of the largest abbey ruins in the country. But it’s not all ancient ruined abbeys and beautifully bleak moors. Yorkshire is home to some of the most vibrant cities and best historic market towns in the whole country.

Recent years have seen more of Yorkshire’s stately homes gain licence to hold wedding ceremonies, resulting in a boom in impressively grand weddings. Burton Agnes Hall in East Yorkshire is an incredible Elizabethan mansion steeped in history and surrounded by award winning gardens, perfect for an English country garden themed wedding reception. As Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire says: ‘Yorkshire is an exciting and diverse destination for all budgets.Whatever you enjoy doing we have it to offer, from world class attractions, stunning scenery, vibrant cities alive with culture, and delicious locally produced food and drink served in welcoming country inns and award winning restaurants.’

Useful information

Breaks North Wales | www.breaksnorthwales.co.uk

Go Lakes | www.golakes.co.uk

Welcome to Yorkshire | www.yorkshire.com

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