Historic venue will open its doors for a wedding weekend

A unique Northumberland wedding venue is hosting an open event to show off its splendour.

Bichfield Tower, near Belsay, comprises a Grade I listed pele tower, manor house and six acres of landscaped gardens.

And in a Wedding Open Event this week, members of the public are invited to take a peak inside.

The original tower was built in the 12th century to defend against the Picts from the north, with a manor house added in the 1600s. In the 20th century the East Wing was added as servants’ quarters.

However, much of the house was left empty in the 1900s.

It was completely modernised and refurbished in the 1990s, and current owners Lesley and Stuart Manners have improved the property further.

It now boasts 11 bedrooms, seven en-suite, and can sleep 22 people.

It is available to hire in its entirety for weddings, parties or corporate events.

A ceremony room can accommodate 60 guests, while there is room on the lawns for a marquee or tipi.

The wedding event will feature a number of local businesses, including The Special Event Tipi Company, Walton Marquees, Flawless Weddings and Events, Emma Bunting, Adamskii Photography, Kathryn Trueman Bridal, Demoiselle Barr Lingerie and Claire Blake Occasional Stationery.

The Master Cakesmith and Bin 21 wine merchant will also showcase their products.

The event takes place tomorrow, from 4pm to 7pm, and on Saturday, from 11am to 3pm.

Anyone wishing to attend should register at www.bichfieldtower.co.uk