Venues Royal Burnham Yacht Club
Royal Burnham Yacht Club
  • All-inclusive wedding venue in Essex
  • Unique location on banks of River Crouch
  • Celebrate your whole day by the riverside
  • Perfect for large or small celebrations
  • Licensed to host civil ceremonies
  • Reception parties for up to 220 guests
  • Delicious cuisine from in-house chefs
  • Courtyard perfect for a live band or DJ
  • 12 rooms, ideal for newlyweds and family
  • Exceptionally experienced staff

Situated on the north bank of the River Crouch at Burnham-on-Crouch in Essex, Royal Burnham Yacht Club is an ideal choice for beautifully unique ceremonies and receptions. With various function rooms offering delightful panoramic views of the river and a large courtyard where drinks receptions and speeches take place, RBYC is a wonderfully atmospheric wedding venue.

Your whole wedding celebration can take place at this riverside venue - you and your partner can exchange vows and rings by the waterside and then host your formal wedding breakfast and evening reception party looking south across the River Crouch. There are various accommodation options available at RBYC, perfect for the newlyweds and their close families and friends.


Burnham Yacht Club was founded in 1895 and it gained instant popularity, eventually leading to King George V granting Royal Patronage in 1927. RBYC's success is reflected in Olympic and International attainments, receiving gold medals in 1908 and in 1930, and achieving outstanding success in later tournaments.

During WWII, normal club activity was suspended and it played a key role as the centre for HMS Matthew naval shore base at Burnham. The HMS Matthew was finally closed in 1946, and to commemorate, the St Matthew Cup was established, competed for with other local Burnham clubs in an annual tournament still held today, considered highly prestigious on the River Crouch.

Normal club activity, both sailing and social, resumed after the war and it remains one of Essex's most prestigious yacht clubs.


The Trophy Room

The Trophy Room of the RBYC is ideal for smaller ceremonies and formal receptions, and looks out onto the courtyard below.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 40 Guests
Wedding Breakfast Capacity - 22 Guests

The Dining Room

The spacious open dining room is eminently suitable for larger ceremonies, wedding breakfasts and evening receptions, which can spill out into the courtyard creating an extended party area.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 200 Guests
Wedding Breakfast Capacity - 150 Guests
Evening Reception Capacity - 220 Guests

The Billiard Room

An alternative space for wedding formalities, The Billiard Room is licensed to host civil ceremonies; it can seat up to 40 guests.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 40 Guests

The Courtyard

The Courtyard is an attractive extra area in the yacht club, and can accommodate a band or DJ for an evening party. All of the hospitality rooms look out onto the large space, and it presents an excellent focal point for the less formal evening celebration.

Catering And Accommodation

The talented in-house chef offers a variety of mouth-watering dishes presented on a formal basis. This delicious cuisine can be expertly combined and balanced by the chef, or a bespoke menu can be created from scratch in conjunction with the bride and groom. A menu-tasting will be included in the overall price.


Twelve bedrooms are available for a wedding party. These can accommodate up to thirty people, and are perfect for the happy couple and their close family to spend the night. For extended family and friends, several hotels are within walking distance.

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Royal Burnham Yacht Club
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