Venues Channels Essex Barn
Channels Essex Barn
  • Gorgeous country wedding venues
  • Conveniently located near Chelmsford
  • Charming rustic atmosphere
  • Comprehensive wedding coordination
  • All the amenities to host your entire day
  • Top-quality in-house caterers
  • Licensed for outdoor civil ceremonies
  • Lots of accommodation on site

Just north of Chelmsford lies the serene 300-acre Clifford Estate which contains the stunning Channel and Little Channel Golf Clubs. The estate is home to a multitude of spaces in which to marry and celebrate your big day, including the Tudor period clubhouse and the popular wedding reception venue, Channels Essex Barn.

All of the charming venues mentioned above are individually licensed for civil wedding ceremonies, and can also host formal receptions and evening parties, meaning that you can enjoy your entire day in the beautiful estate. When you book with Channels, the wedding coordinators will cater for your personal needs to the last detail, helping you plan every aspect of your celebration.


Records of the original Channels Farm date back to the Domesday Book, and it was in agricultural use until 1929. The former farmland includes the magnificent 15th-century clubhouse and hotel, both converted from their Tudor originals. Next to the clubhouse is the Essex Barn which dates back to the 1600s. Nowadays, the Clifford Estate makes the most of its vast and picturesque landscape with two golf clubs, Channels and Little Channels.

Take a peek at Channel's Essex Barn's sister venue, The Courtyard Suite at Little Channels.


Marriages and civil partnership ceremonies can take place in either the Channels or Little Channels Golf Club facilities.

Channels Clubhouse

The 15th-century Clubhouse at Channels is ideal for smaller ceremonies, with sufficient space for 20 seated guests.

Wedding Ceremony Capacity - 20 Guests

Essex Barn

The neighbouring Essex Barn has capacity for 90 guests for a ceremony, accommodating 130 for a formal wedding breakfast and up to 200 guests for an informal evening reception party.

Wedding Ceremony Capacity - 90 Guests
Formal Reception Capacity - 130 Guests
Evening Reception Capacity - 200 Guests

Outdoor Weddings

Alternatively, the outside civil ceremony licence offers a unique way to exchange your vows, and you can then choose to move into an indoor venue for the formal reception and evening party.

Whichever venue you choose, it's exclusively yours for the entire wedding day. There is disabled access and it is child-friendly. For the evening reception, you're welcome to engage the equipment company of your choice, or the staff can easily recommend one.

Catering And Accommodation

The Channels in-house catering team will work closely with you to ensure that you fully achieve your ideal wedding menu. They offer free tasting sessions for each bride and groom, giving you the opportunity to experience the fine food and dining ambience before the big day. Any guests or family members are welcome to join the menu tasting sessions at a specially discounted rate.

There is no need to book independent external accommodation for the wedding party, thanks to the Clifford Estate's Channels Lodge, which consists of 14 guest rooms. In the vicinity of the lodge are four separate suites, including a honeymoon suite.

To enquire further about booking Channels Essex Barn for your wedding celebrations, either click 'Email this business' or call them on the telephone number at the top of the page.

Channels Essex Barn
Pratt's Farm Lane
Little Waltham

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