Location: Essex
Venues Crabbs Barn
Crabbs Barn
  • All-inclusive farm wedding venue in Essex
  • Family-run events in a 15th-century barn
  • Licensed to host civil ceremonies
  • Formal receptions for up to 120 guests
  • Evening parties for up to 170 guests
  • Choice of approved caterers for cuisine
  • Outdoor ceremonies under the pagoda
  • Stunning bridal suite for newlyweds
  • Four further bedrooms available

Located just outside of the charming Essex village of Kelvedon, near Tiptree and 10 miles south of Colchester, this serene and charming 15th-century barn is offering its facilities and services to prospective brides and grooms looking to recreate the ideal traditional rustic wedding ambience. With all-inclusive packages from just £6300 and above, it comes as little surprise to us that this fascinating family-run cluster of farm buildings often feature right at the very top of many couples' ideal wedding venue lists!

Crabbs Barn offers a whole range of fascinating backdrops for a typical wedding day, from a beautiful series of garden areas including a pond, plus a farmhouse and lodges to enjoy various aspects of your celebration, a romantic pagoda soon to receive an outdoor ceremony licence and a modest selection of comfy accommodation - it really has it all! The venue coordinators can even offer extra in-house suppliers and refinements such as an ice-cream parlour or chair covers - read on for further details.


Crabbs Farm consists of two independent Grade II-listed Tudor buildings, one of which is the main Crabbs Barn, the other the Farmhouse. Both were erected as far back as the early 1500s. The barn is timber-framed and weather-boarded like so many other traditionally-constructed buildings in Essex and E. Anglia.

Today, the family-run Farm and all its associated outbuildings has plenty going on, with the recent addition of novel features such as the Garden Dressing Room (April 2016), conversion and further upgrading of the accommodation and new in-house wedding supply ideas being common work-in-progress themes.


The Barn And Garden Room

The main reception space itself is an immaculately-preserved example of a 15th-century barn, with the added comforts of a modern events venue. Rustic exposed beams, plus candles, fairy-lights and a spiral staircase leading to a mezzanine - all lovely features which add to both ceremonies and receptions.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 120 Guests
Formal Reception Capacity - 120 Guests
Evening Reception Capacity - 170 Guests

The Cart Lodge

One of Crabbs Farm's many outbuildings, this is an ideal venue for outdoor drinks receptions, absolutely perfect for a hog-roast or barbecue for a relaxed, informal al fresco dining experience.

The Gardens And The Pagoda

You will now be legally able to get married outdoors at Crabbs Barn. The pretty little pagoda in the gardens has recently been granted its licence to host civil ceremonies.

Catering And Accommodation

Crabbs Barn offer a select range of preferred external caterers who can provide anything from a hog-roast or a barbecue to a banquet or sandwiches. Their carefully chosen list means you can rest assured that the cuisine served up on your big day will be delicious and of the highest quality. Prices start at just £25.00 per head - just get in touch with the team to find out more info.


Crabbs Barn can offer you and a limited number of your guests unique rustic-style accommodation in the heart of the venue! There are a total of five rooms available, including a stunning bridal suite and two other guest rooms in the barn. Add to this two extra bedrooms in the farmhouse. Get in touch for details.

To find out more and get in touch with their events team, just click the contact details above and below this listing.

Crabbs Barn
Cranes Lane


  • Julie - Mother of the Bride

    I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to all involved yesterday at Joe and Chloe's wedding!

    The day could not have been more perfect and it is thanks to all of you for making the day so wonderful. Nothing seemed too much trouble and everybody had smiles on their faces!

    A perfect venue for a perfect day!

  • Claire and Chris

    Dear Roz, Jenny and the team at Crabbs Barn.

    We just wanted to say THANK YOU for all your hard work, help, kind words and support which made our day at Crabbs Barn so wonderful. Our day was everything we hoped it would be and more - we really did enjoy every minute.

    Thank you and keep up the hard work!

  • Karen and Gary

    To Roz and the whole team,

    Thank you so much for everything you did to make our wedding day the most fantastic day ever.

    We are truly grateful for everything.

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