15/07/2013 Press Release: Venues website helps brides find perfect rural location

Fairytale, fun, or fantastic scenery: Venues website helps brides find perfect location.

Couples getting married in North Yorkshire have welcomed a new website which gives information about rural venues across the area, including fantastic village halls which boast picturesque local churches and stunning scenery.

Visitors to www.yorkshirevenues.org.uk can search amongst hundreds of locations to find their perfect place to hold an unforgettable wedding reception.  Whilst the venues each have something different which makes them special, every listing is for a venue which is cared for and run by the local community.  By choosing somewhere from this website, brides and their families can also benefit from invaluable local knowledge and get help with sourcing caterers, florists, accommodation and bands.

Village halls and community centres are becoming increasingly popular for wedding functions, as more couples discover the big changes which have been quietly happening there over the last ten years.  The village halls in Hovingham and Terrington, in Ryedale, have superb large kitchens and Hellifield Institute in Craven, recently received a top hygiene rating for theirs.

Marquees are also an option at many community buildings and give brides the chance to customise their venue, whilst still having proper toilet facilities for guests.  Great Ouseburn Village Hall, near Harrogate, is just one example of a venue which can be transformed with a marquee lining.  Nearby Pannal Village Hall has a new patio area which is perfect for a hog roast.

The Yorkshire Venues website has been designed to make it easy to search for somewhere special to celebrate.  Couples can search not just by postcode, but also select the facilities they need, such as car park size, licensed bar, or a stage.  Each venue profile also has information about individual rooms, making it easier to find out those details which could just make all ages of the wedding party that bit happier!

In addition to finding the right kitchen facilities and somewhere for the band to play, the website takes the effort out of researching the little (but important) things such as availability of wi-fi (for making the most of social media during the speeches), a sound system (for ensuring everyone hears them), or a large screen (for having an exclusive preview of the photographer’s best shots).

The website has been developed by charity Rural Action Yorkshire and is part of the Lottery-funded North Yorkshire Rural Voice project.

Get a hand with planning your special day and visit www.yorkshirevenues.org.uk.  [ENDS]


Editor’s notes

To arrange an interview, or for images, please contact Rebecca Craven on 0845 313 0270.

Rural Action Yorkshire

Based at Askham Bryan, near York, RAY is one of 37 Rural Community Councils in England.  It isan independent charitable and voluntary organisation working across rural areas of North, South and West Yorkshire and the City of York, to help communities improve the quality of life for all people living and working in rural Yorkshire. Key work includes:

* Providing advice and grant support for sustainable multi-use community buildings, which can act as a focal point for village services

* Helping local communities carry out community led plans, which identify the strengths and weaknesses of village life and plan how the local community sees future development taking place

RAY and the other rural community councils in England form the Rural Community Action Network (RCAN).

Rural Voice project

The website has been created by the Lottery-funded North Yorkshire Rural Voice project. The project, running since 2009, has been supporting rural community groups to help them continue to access advice and training; and to influence policy. 

The project has been delivered by 8 partners: Ryedale Voluntary Action, Seachange, Rural Action Yorkshire, Harrogate & Ripon Centres for Voluntary Service,

Richmond Council for Voluntary Service, Northallerton and District Voluntary Services Association, Craven Council for Voluntary Service, York Racial Equality Network.