Location: Kent
Venues The Hop Farm
The Hop Farm
  • Unique, historic country wedding venue
  • World's largest collection of oasthouses
  • Can cater for weddings of all sizes
  • Licensed to host civil ceremonies
  • Choose from four stunning venues
  • Garden Gazebo for outdoor ceremonies
  • In-house caterers serving high-quality food
  • Three standard packages available
  • Bespoke arrangements negotiable

Kent is known as 'The Garden of England' and The Hop Farm is a perfect illustration of the sobriquet. This delightful and unique venue nestles in the countryside setting of Paddock Wood, just east of Tonbridge, yet has excellent transport links to much of Kent and central London, making it the ideal location for couples wishing to enjoy a rural yet easily accessible wedding occasion.

The farm offers a variety of areas in which to host your wedding. The Dray is large enough to accommodate up to 250 guests for a traditional seated meal and up to 450 for an informal evening reception. In contrast, The Roundels is ideal for a more intimate occasion (a civil ceremony with 25 guests and 40 for a standing buffet). The variety of venues, plus a wedding coordinator who is willing to entertain bespoke arrangements, means that The Hop Farm is completely flexible to cater for the day of your dreams.

History

The Hop Farm has been a going concern for over 450 years. In Victorian England, a cluster of oasthouses were built at the site, and this remains the largest gathering of such structures in the world. In the 19th century, the phrase 'Hopping Down in Kent' was coined as complete families travelled from London to Kent in September to harvest hops. This tradition continued until after World War II, city-dwellers greatly enjoying their annual vacation in the countryside. Sold by the Whitbread Brewery in 1997, then re-opened as an historic industrial centre, today The Hop Farm is one of Kent's most popular tourist attractions and family parks.

Facilities

There are four individual 'sub-venues' at The Hop Farm:-

Whites Wedding And Banqueting Suite

In a converted oast barn, Whites Wedding And Banqueting Suite seats up to 150 guests for a wedding breakfast and can cater for 100 more for an informal reception. It contains its own bar with a reception area, a dancefloor, toilet facilities and disabled access.

Wedding Breakfast Capacity - 150 Guests
Evening Reception Capacity - 250 Guests

The suite can be used as an inclusive venue for both ceremony and reception, or you might prefer to hold your ceremony in the garden gazebo and then move into the suite for your reception.

The Roundels

The Roundels can either be an extra room for a large wedding, or a complete venue for a smaller gathering. It can seat up to 25 guests for a ceremony and 40 for a standing buffet. The price for hire of this facility is usually determined on an individual basis.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 25 Guests
Evening Reception Capacity - 40 Guests

The Gazebo

This outdoor venue is open from April to September and can be used for either your ceremony or drinks reception (or for both), before moving into one of the suites for the wedding breakfast.

The Dray Function Suite

This converted barn is ideal for larger weddings as it seats up to 250 guests for a wedding breakfast, 200 more for the reception.

Wedding Breakfast Capacity - 250 Guests
Evening Reception Capacity - 450 Guests

The Dray Marquee

This is an add-on to The Dray, if you would like to entertain even more guests; it seats up to 275 for a formal wedding breakfast.

Wedding Breakfast Capacity - 275 Guests

Accommodation

The Hop Farm has a campsite available to accommodate any outdoor types. Alternatively, the close proximity to Maidstone, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks means there are plenty of hotels in the local area which the staff can recommend.

To book The Hop Farm for your wedding, either call on the above number or click on the 'Email this business' button.

 

Address
The Hop Farm
Maidstone Road
Paddock Wood
Kent
TN12 6PY

Reviews

  • Mr and Mrs Barlow - 06/2016

    I just wanted to say a HUGE HUGE thank you Mandy for everything you did for me and Dan over the course of the past 2 years and on the day of our wedding! You were absolutely amazing and no words can describe how grateful we are! You are an absolute credit to the Hop Farm and they are so lucky to have you! I can't get over how quickly the day went and so gutted that its all done and dusted now! The venue looked absolutely beautiful, just wish we could go back and do it all over again.

  • Rachel - 09/2016

    I would just like to say thank you so much to you and your team at the Hop Farm for making our day amazing! We loved every minute of it and wouldn't have changed one thing for the world. The day went perfectly and I didn't notice anything out of place! The food was amazing and everyone seemed to enjoy it. I didn't want the day to end! Thank you so much again.

  • Kirstie - 12/2016

    I cannot put in to words how much I want to Thank You for all your help and advice on our Wedding in December. As expected, the day was flawless and everything ran so smoothly. We have had so many comments about how lovely the venue looked and how amazing the food was :) I would not have changed a thing at all. Sam and I will try to come to the next wedding show at the Hop Farm to see you for a few minutes to say thank you properly :)

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