Venues The Forest Centre
The Forest Centre
  • Located near Bedford
  • Choose between indoor or outdoor ceremonies
  • Surrounded by woodland, meadows and lakes
  • Licensed for civil ceremonies
  • Can cater to alternative celebrant services
  • Seated formal receptions for up to 250
  • Wedding marquee available in a private meadow
  • Each wedding helps this community forest grow

Situated at the very core of the Millenium Country Park, just south of Bedford, the Forest Centre is a part of a constantly evolving community forest in Marston Vale. This unique and alternative venue offers couples the chance to get married and celebrate their big day surrounded by nature!

The 555 acre Marston Vale Forest features swathes of woodland, meadows and lakes, and the Forest Centre is the cutting-edge community centre, café and events venue at the centre of it. Host your civil ceremony in the building itself, along with your wedding reception, or even take to the private meadow behind the main centre and put up a marquee!

About

The Forest of Marston Vale and the Millenium Country Park came about thanks to the efforts of the Countryside Agency and the Forestry Commission, and their successful attempt to restore spoiled countryside (thanks to the historic brick trade in the area) back to, and beyond, its former glory.

Today this young forest and park is constantly evolving, with plenty in the local area seeking it out as a place to get back in touch with nature.

Facilities

Weddings at The Forest Centre typically take place in the following areas:

The Grange Suite

Able to seat up to 65 guests for the formal reception in the day, this flexible space is the main building's flagship events space, and comes provided with furniture, linen, chair covers and more with the standard package.

Reception capacity - 65 guests

The Lakeside Room

This is where evening receptions take place. The venue provides its own DJ with a finger buffet as part of their package.

Evening reception capacity - 250 guests

Marquee Weddings

Have the private meadow behind the Forest Centre to yourselves and have a marquee here! Ideal if you have larger numbers than the Centre itself can host, between 80 and 150 guests can toast and eat to your good health under a clearspan marquee with all the trimmings provided by the venue as part of the inclusive package that starts at just £3000.

Reception capacity - 80- 250 guests

Catering

The Forest Centre have their own catering team, who specialise in making delicious traditional British cuisine, featuring freshly baked bread, homemade cakes and local produce. Barbeque, hog roast and buffet options are available too!

Get in touch with the team at The Forest Centre via the contact details provided above and below this listing.

Address
The Forest Centre
Station Road
Marston Moretaine
Bedfordshire
MK43 0PR

Reviews

  • Liz and Gary

    We chose the Forest Centre for the venue of our wedding and we made a wonderful choice as the day went off brilliantly the staff were great and couldn't have been more helpful the food was great as well. A special thanks goes to Helen who organised and coordinated this to a very high standard. All our guests spoke highly of the day and the venue. We can’t praise it enough.

  • Elaine and James

    On the 3rd of October 2015 my Husband and I celebrated the most amazing day of our life! From the moment Helen answered the telephone I could tell by the passion in her voice that this was going to be our venue for our Wedding Day! From start to finish Helen was amazing, she always had time for us and nothing was ever a problem, she took the stress out of all the planning and organising.

    On the day of the wedding I couldn't fault any of the staff, they were all extremely polite and always had a smile on their faces....even at the end of the evening when it came to the tidying!! They really helped to make our big day very special.

    The food was wonderful, we have had many compliments from our guests that the food was served hot and tasted great and I'm pretty sure everyone scrapped their plates clean!

    I can honestly say that from start to finish everything was perfect and I would very much recommend this venue to anyone who is starting to plan their big day!

  • Victoria and David

    We came to see this as a venue when they had a wedding fair and both fell in love with it. Helen and her team were fab in keeping in contact on the lead up to the day, making sure we were happy every step of the way. Getting married in January we had to have a couple of different plans with the weather in mind, luckily the sun shone and we were able to have photos and drinks outside on the private patio area. We then went in for the meal which was served quickly and most importantly hot! There was plenty of food of a high standard, and even extra jugs of custard! The staff were professional, helpful and blended in so you didn't feel you were being watched. The evening was great, the resident DJ Gary had worked brilliantly padding around the 20 songs I gave him and keep the dance floor busy. The food was plentiful and I'm told delicious, I was still full up from the dinner and was busy dancing it off!

    We honestly couldn't have chosen a better venue and would recommend this 100% as a slightly different more relaxed venue. Massive thanks to Helen and all who were involved, I wish I could do it all over again!

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