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The Gardens Yalding
  • Recently restored and reopened in April 2016
  • 12 acres of luscious land
  • Ceremony capacity of under 80 for intimate gatherings and up to 150 guests for larger celebrations
  • Two interlinked tipis make for great reception and entertaining spaces
  • Offer a complimentary wine and food tasting (bride and groom)
  • Ample, free and secure parking

The Gardens Yalding is located near the A228 on the edge of Yalding in Kent. It is a glorious wedding venue with options for weddings all year round. It has a contemporary barn, 12 acres of stunning and varied gardens and two tipis that can all be yours for your big day. The neutral décor makes for a blank canvas so you can decorate your way and personalise it to your tastes.

Depending on your requirements, The Gardens Yalding can provide reception and toast drinks, table wine, three course meal or barbeque and evening buffet. In addition, you can have a professional DJ and disco lighting as well as the use of their sound system. They have an experienced and dedicated events manager available to make sure that your big day runs smoothly.


The Gardens Yalding was formerly known as Yalding Organic Gardens. It was originally created as a display garden for the Henry Doubleday Research Association and was opened to the public in 1995. It was once described as "among the most inspirational garden acres anywhere, for everyone" but had to close in 2011 as the gardens fell into disrepair.

In 2013 Rod and Nicki Clark bought the site. They made significant improvements to restore the gardens to their former glory and are now a wonderful haven inspiring, educating and encouraging the next generation of gardeners.


The Gardens Yalding has facilities to accommodate weddings all year round. You can use the magnificent gardens for outside ceremonies in the summer accommodating up to 150 guests. As for the winter months, civil ceremonies can be held in the barn with ceremony capacities of up to 80 in the croft and up to 150 on the ground floor.

The Barn

The barn features two rooms: the ground floor and the Croft. The ground floor is suitable for 80 to 100 guests and is ideal for ceremonies and reception drinks. The croft upstairs on the first floor and is perfect for smaller weddings as it is an intimate space with a capacity of up to 80 guests.

Private Room

There is also the private room across the hallway from the Croft which can be used as your bridal preparation room offering plenty of natural light.


They also have two gorgeous interlinked tipis that are connected to the barn. They can accommodate 150 guests for your seated wedding breakfast and 200 guests for an evening buffet. In addition, the sides of the tipis can be lifted so you have wonderful views of the gardens and make for a flexible dining and entertaining space.

The Gardens

The gardens feature 16 sections for you to explore and use as backdrops for your wedding photographs including a woodland area, medieval garden, Victorian garden, fruit garden, water garden. They are great for reception drinks as your guests can wander and photographs can be taken.


The Gardens Yalding offers a first class dining experience using their home-grown produce wherever possible. The chefs offer flexibility and are happy to accommodate your tastes to deliver a delicious menu.

An example menu would be to begin with a starter of a garden vegetable and sun-blush tomato tart with purple basil pesto followed by a main of mouth-watering herb crust loin of lamb with cranberry gravy all complete with the traditional choice of warm apple tarte tatin served with clotted cream.

If you want to find out more about The Gardens Yalding then use the contact buttons listed above and below to get in touch.

The Gardens Yalding
Benover Road
ME18 6EX


  • Michelle and Andrew Pemble - 07/10/2016

    Autumn is our favourite season of the year so we were looking for a venue with the perfect backdrop for our autumnal wedding, The Gardens provided just that. The ceremony took place in the gazebo surrounded by gardens in their autumn beauty, our guests joined us in the rustic tipis for what they described as the best wedding food they have ever tasted and we danced the night away in the contemporary barn. For us this was the perfect day created by the fantastic team at the Gardens. Thank you for making it everything we dreamed of and more.

  • Natalie and Tim Wright – 27/08/2016

    Tim and I would just like to say a massive thank you for helping us to have the most amazing wedding in August. It surpassed all of our dreams and expectations. Our family and friends were in awe of the Gardens and Tim and I don't think we have ever seen it looking so beautiful!

    From the moment we sent a request to view the gardens you have all been so friendly, supportive and professional, especially with helping a bride who had so many questions!

    Our wedding day itself ran so smoothly and we all had such a fantastic day. Thank you all so much. The Gardens will forever hold a special place in our hearts. We could not recommend it highly enough as the perfect wedding venue.

  • Mr and Mrs Lang – 11/08/2016

    Well where do we begin? Our wedding day at The Gardens is all we could have ever wished for! When we first got engaged we looked at venue after venue but none of them felt right for us. We were looking for something original, intimate and personal and we were over the moon when we found The Gardens. The whole day was perfect from start to finish. We were really well looked after by all the staff and they made sure that our day ran smoothly. Every one of our guest commented on what an amazing venue it was, how delicious the food was and how friendly the staff were. We will always remember our wedding day at The Gardens and I hope that one day we can celebrate there again.

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