Location: Gloucestershire
Venues Perrygrove Railway
Perrygrove Railway
  • Unique DIY wedding reception venue
  • Rural farming estate near Coleford
  • 22 acres of mixed woodland and farmland
  • Narrow-gauge railway, working locomotives
  • Two reception options to choose from
  • Marquee receptions for up to 200 guests
  • Intimate indoor weddings all year round
  • Venue hire includes use of one steam train
  • Plenty of unique extras available

Found in Coleford in the picturesque Forest of Dean, this truly one-of-a-kind wedding venue features its very own ¾-mile narrow-gauge railway meandering through beautiful woods and farmland. Couples can choose from one of two DIY-style reception areas on the estate - one indoors, intimate and ideal for weddings all year round, the other hosting resplendent festivities in a marquee.

Hire includes exclusive use of your chosen venue from 5pm onwards, and with your very own locomotive to steam you and your guests around the grounds, Perrygrove offers a unique environment in which to host a themed or DIY wedding reception. Invite your own suppliers in, or take advantage of the venue's locally-based connections such as a double-decker bus bar and caterer.


Perrygrove features its very own 15-inch narrow-gauge railway, which runs for ¾ of a mile through the grounds. With 4 stations at intervals around the 20-minute route, this scale-model miniature railway was inspired by the example of Sir Arthur Heywood, who pioneered the use of 15-inch railways in late-Victorian Britain, both on his private estate and for small-scale industrial operations.

Perrygrove's story begins a little bit more recently, when Michael and Frances Crofts purchased the 22-acre farm estate in 1993. Work on the construction of the railway was completed in 1996, and today Perrygrove is part of the UK's Heritage Railway Group, welcoming tourists and visitors looking to take advantage of the estate's fantastic woodlands and treetop adventure experience.


Hire of either of the two venues at the railway includes exclusive use of one steam train, plus the facility itself, from 5pm onwards.

The Carriage Shed

Located at the end of the southbound line, past the level crossing, this space is ideal for intimate indoor wedding receptions for up to 60 guests. You are welcome to use Perrygrove's recommended bar providers or bring in one of your own preference here.

Evening Reception Capacity - 60 Guests
Standard Hire Price - £500

Rookwood Station

Imagine you and your wedding guests jumping off the train at Rookwood Station, then strolling across to a gorgeous marquee set up just opposite. This open space at Rookwood is absolutely ideal for erecting a marquee for celebrations with up to 200 guests.

Evening Reception Capacity - 200 Guests
Standard Hire Price - £950

Catering And Extras

As Perrygrove (apart from the trains) is to all intents and purposes a DIY venue, you are welcome to employ a catering company of your choice. The team have a number of locally-based suppliers which they can recommend; just get in touch to find out more.


Second Train - If you just can't get enough of the steam trains you can hire an extra locomotive and more carriages. This means you would be able to transport a greater number of your wedding guests around the site more frequently - £150

Personalised Headboard - Have your names at the front of the locomotive which will be ferrying your guests around on the day. You get to keep this as a memento of your event, and it will even be painted to match your colour scheme - £100

Unique Candy Cart - Not your average MDF-built candy-cart, these mouthwatering arrays of sweets, mallows, fizzies and other sweet treats come presented on a beautiful metallic horse-drawn cart. All sweets and treats are included - £120

Steam Traction Engine - You and your guests will be carted around the farm in fine old-world style - get in touch for a quote

Treasure Hunt - The Perrygrove team often organise amazing treasure hunts in the grounds and woodlands - £1.90pp

Other Suppliers - Various other suppliers are available such as a candy buffet and sweet cart. Get in touch for more information.

Use the contact details just below to get in touch with Katherine or another member of the team at Perrygrove Railway.

Perrygrove Railway
Perrygrove Road
GL16 8QB

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