Venues Fontwell Park
Fontwell Park
  • Delightful racecourse wedding venue
  • Located between Chichester and Arundel
  • 65 acres of gorgeous grounds
  • Licensed to host civil ceremonies
  • Perfect for larger wedding celebrations
  • Three venues, wide range of packages
  • Marquee receptions for up to 700 guests
  • Adaptable wedding breakfast menus

This versatile horseracing facility has gorgeous function rooms and areas that are perfect for your dreamy wedding celebrations. Basking in 65 acres of glorious countryside, and with topiary lawns and gardens which at dusk are romantically lit with hundreds of glistening lights, without a doubt the deluxe setting will be an unforgettable location for both your civil ceremony and reception.

At Fontwell Park, couples can choose from three sub-venues - Fontwell House itself, a delightful classical Georgian pavilion, the spacious Paddock Suite marquee, or the Premier Suite in the Grandstand. Whether you require something small and intimate, or large and lavish, your wedding can be catered for at this impressive venue which boasts a reception capacity of up to 700 guests.

History

Fontwell Park was founded and established by Alfred Day, a professional horse trainer who was operating at The Hermitage from 1887. By 1924, he had purchased sufficient land to create a racecourse in Fontwell. He opted firstly for a hurdle track, which was of normal type, but subsequently a steeplechase course in the shape of a figure of 8, which proved to utilise the site-space best.

It is the National Hunt course where Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II, achieved her maiden win as an owner in 1949!

Facilities

Fontwell House

You can choose to host both your civil marriage ceremony and reception party in the gorgeous principal room of the main house.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 85 Guests
Wedding Breakfast Capacity - 90 Guests
Evening Reception Capacity - 150 Guests

Paddock Suite

The Paddock Suite and draped marquee are set amidst private lawns and are ideal for parties of up to 250 guests. The marquee is carpeted, comfortably equipped, heated if necessary, and has a lavender-lined decking area which is ideal for al-fresco dining!

Formal Reception Capacity - 200 Guests
Evening Reception Capacity - 250 Guests

Premier Suite

Benefitting from its floor-to-ceiling windows, this contemporary and stylish suite is naturally lit and enjoys its own private balcony.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 400 Guests
Wedding Breakfast Capacity - 300 Guests
Evening Reception Capacity - 400+ Guests

Asian Weddings

The venue is ideal for Asian weddings involving a considerable number of guests. It can accommodate up to 300, or 700 with a marquee reception. Specialist outside caterers are engaged for Asian weddings; the venue work with several trusted companies.

Wedding Breakfast Capacity - 700 Guests

Packages

With such a wide range of wedding celebrations possible, there is an equally wide array of packages, and Fontwell Park are very flexible with prices. The wedding coordinator invites you to get in touch for a chat about your personal requirements and budget.

Catering

Whether you would prefer a traditional wedding breakfast or alternative barbecue, the team at Fontwell Park can serve whatever you desire. They provide sample menus, which can be adapted to satisfy your own and your guests' tastes. A full children's menu is also served. You will be offered a tasting session so you can sample your chosen cuisine and meet the talented team of chefs.

Accommodation

There is no accommodation available on site, but plenty of all types in the vicinity - including a Travelodge right outside the gate!

To get in touch with the wedding coordinator and hospitality team at this venue just click on the contact details below.

Address
Fontwell Park Racing And Events
Fontwell Avenue
Fontwell
Arundel
BN18 0SX

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