Venues Woldingham School
Woldingham School
  • All-inclusive wedding venue in Surrey
  • Imposing 19th-century Gothic mansion
  • Convenient location near Caterham
  • Licensed to host civil ceremonies
  • Chapel for Catholic ceremony or blessing
  • Ceremonies with up to 130 guests
  • Evening reception parties for up to 250
  • Primarily available out of school term-time

Located between Woldingham and Caterham, right in the heart of the North Downs, and within the stunning Marden Park, this unique all-inclusive wedding venue is situated within a historic 19th-century mansion and boarding school. Able to seat up to 130 for a civil ceremony and formal reception and up to 250 for evening parties, there's plenty of room for exclusive weddings!

The venue is more than capable of hosting weddings for much of the year, with a talented in-house catering team producing delicious cuisine and evening buffets and a fully-licensed bar including staff at your disposal. Owing to its scholastic function, the house is typically available for exclusive hire during school holidays throughout the year, including Christmas, Easter and the long summer break.

History

Woldingham School is an Independent Roman Catholic Church boarding and day school for girls, now located in Marden Park.

The school as an entity was founded in 1842 by the Society of the Sacred Heart, an organisation promoting girls' education which harks back to the time of the French Revolution. It was originally located at Berrymead in the Acton district of London.

The imposing mansion which now houses the school was built in 1888 by J W C Fegan, and the girls subsequently moved in!

Notable Woldinghamians include Vivien Leigh, Caroline Wyatt, Louise Mensch, Clarissa Dickson Wright and Carey Mulligan.

Facilities

Stephens Room

Simply perfect for a civil wedding ceremony followed by drinks and a canapé reception, this room leads onto its own terrace.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 85 Guests

Wilson Room

Your party can then head over to the gorgeous, oak-panelled Wilson Room for your formal reception and wedding breakfast.

Formal Reception Capacity - 130 Guests

Nicholson Room

Next to the Wilson Room, this space serves as the venue's bar.

Goddard Room

Finally, host the evening reception party in the Goddard Room, with space for a band, disco and plenty of happy dancing feet. You could also hold your ceremony here with up to 130 guests.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 130 Guests
Evening Reception Capacity - 250 Guests

Pergola Walk And Gardens

Be sure to take advantage of the lovely gardens and a magical Pergola Walk. This unique pathway meanders gently through the rear gardens towards the Pergola, and is punctuated by tall stone Doric columns - perfect for photographic opportunities!

The Chapel

There is also a chapel with lovely stained-glass windows onsite which is available for Roman Catholic wedding ceremonies and blessings. Get in touch with the coordinators to find out more.

Catering And Accommodation

Catering

The delicious wedding cuisine at Woldingham School is rustled up by a talented in-house catering team. Extremely flexible, the chefs will work hard to accommodate your needs and create a perfect bespoke wedding menu for you and your party to enjoy.

If you wish, the venue can organise your wines for you, but will not impose corkage fees if you would prefer to do it yourselves.

Accommodation

Accommodation is possible outside of term times, when the on-site dormitories are empty of course! This typically includes the Easter and summer holidays.

Address
Woldingham School
Marden Park
Woldingham
Caterham
Surrey
CR3 7YA

Reviews

  • Sam and Dave Gajlewicz – 30/07/2016

    As the old cliché goes, you had me at “hello”, Woldingham School had us as we drove down the drive the very first time and the school came into view. We just knew. By the time Clare (Events Manager) was two minutes into the tour we were ready to pay the deposit! Clare was extremely helpful and absolutely lovely from the first day we met her and throughout the wedding journey. Jane (Catering Manager) was very helpful in the lead up to our big day and all her staff were superb on the day. All our friends and family absolutely loved the venue. A magical place which has given us wonderful memories. Thank you!

  • Chelsey and Robert Street – 23/07/2016

    The staff were absolutely phenomenal. If there was any question or query it was always answered extremely quickly. A lot of pressure planning the wedding was taken away as the staff were extremely helpful and attentive through the entire process. Jane (Catering Manager) was fantastic throughout the tasting and especially on the big day, and the catering staff were extremely professional. It was great to watch our guests enjoy the silver service experience. The entire venue was absolutely magnificent. During the wedding, guests only had praise and were blown away by the venue and grounds.

  • Nadia and Howard Watson - 16/07/2016

    Clare, Jane and the catering staff at the school couldn’t have done more during the lead up to the wedding, or on the day itself. Nothing was too much trouble, and the staff were so attentive on the day. The food was outstanding…many of our guests have since commented on the quality of the food. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the venue to others.

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