Vintage railway wedding venue: Fawley Hill

Somersham Station, Fawley Hill www.jacksonandcophotography.com
Somersham Station, Fawley Hill. Credit: www.jacksonandcophotography.com

All-in-one vintage railway wedding venue

Fancy getting married at a restored Victorian train station within a private English country estate? Fawley Hill, near Henley-on-Thames, contains everything a vintage-loving, railway-crazy couple could want. There’s the Victorian-era Somersham Station, the steepest standard gauge railway track in the world, and a railway museum, as well as beautiful outdoor spaces.

Somersham Station, Fawley Hill www.jacksonandcophotography.com
Somersham Station, Fawley Hill. Credit: www.jacksonandcophotography.com

Your quirky railway wedding ceremony

Somersham Station is chock-full of original features such as the ticket booking hatch and rail paraphernalia – and it’s licensed for ceremonies of up to 89 people. The Great Eastern No. 1 carriage is also parked there, and is the perfect place for you to sign the register and get your picture taken on its balcony.

Great Eastern no 1 vintage train carriage
Great Eastern no 1 vintage train carriage

There are all kinds of other quirky features in and around the station too, including a Victorian carousel and a traditional red phone box, all of which are perfect props for a vintage, retro wedding.

Victorian carousel www.jacksonandcophotography.com
Victorian carousel. Credit: www.jacksonandcophotography.com

A versatile vintage venue

Versatility and choice are key here: it’s a blank-canvas venue with no restrictions on suppliers, so you can really make the day your own.

If you want a more traditional day, you can have a sit-down meal and dancing in the station museum, surrounded by rail paraphernalia, tin advertising and an O gauge model railway.

Somersham Station, Fawley Hill www.jacksonandcophotography.com
Somersham Station, Fawley Hill. Credit: www.jacksonandcophotography.com

Or, if you want a more bohemian, festival-style vibe, you can have a marquee on the top field next to Ironhenge – a stunning structure made from the pillars used in the undercroft of St Pancras station. Another option is to have a woodland wedding, with a backdrop of forest, wildlife and traditional gypsy caravans.

Ironhenge, Fawley Hill www.jacksonandcophotography.com
Ironhenge, Fawley Hill. Credit: www.jacksonandcophotography.com

Fawley Hill has its own wedding planner too, so you know your day will go smoothly. Take a look at their website to find out more.