It’s the place to be wed

Michael and Sangsun Whittle.
Michael and Sangsun Whittle.

HAPPY couples are flocking to Morpeth Town Hall to make it the most popular wedding venue in Northumberland.

Just short of 200 weddings took place at the landmark building between April 2011 and March this year.

The Town Hall, which was originally designed by Sir John Vanbrugh, has been open for weddings and civil partnerships since late 2010 after a major renovation.

It offers the Ante Room for smaller ceremonies, the Ballroom for larger ones, and parties can even hire the Corn Exchange, which accommodates up to 100 guests.

Northumberland County Council’s Registration Service works in partnership with Morpeth Town Council to manage the building, which is now open six days a week.

Town council Clerk Gillian Turner said: “It’s wonderful to see this gorgeous building being used on a regular basis for weddings. They have really brought the building back to life.”

The county council is continuing to work with local businesses to promote Morpeth as the ideal destination to tie the knot, and wedding fairs and open days have been held, giving couples the opportunity to see what the Town Hall has to offer, as well as enabling businesses to showcase their wedding services.

Northumberland Head of Registration Services Lorraine Dewison said: “Northumberland really is a magical location for a wedding and more and more people are choosing to get married in Northumberland every year, which is great news for the local economy.

“The choice of a marriage venue is very personal, however we have a fantastic selection of venues, each with something different to offer. Combined with the dramatic and breath-taking countryside that makes Northumberland so unique and special, the county really does offer the perfect backdrop to a dream wedding.”

To book a ceremony at Morpeth Town Hall call 01665 602870, or e-mail

For wedding receptions there contact Morpeth Town Council on 01670 514314.