FAQ's

 

What is included?

  • Exclusive use of the venue from 9:00am – 23:30pm (23:00pm midweek)
  • Designated team of Wedding Co-ordinators
  • Clear paneled marquee 60 X 40 foot framed, floored and lined with room for formal dining for up to 140 guests 
  • Accommodate receptions up to 240 people. 
  • Dimmable festoon lighting and thermostatically controlled heating
  • The Gallery seating area
  • The Snug
  • Trestle or Round tables
  • Lime wash Chiavari chairs with cream seat pads
  • Wooden folding ceremony chairs
  • Fully staffed bar
  • Parquet dance floor
  • Flexible outdoor seating
  • Grass courtyard
  • Storage areas
  • Ample free car parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Indoor and outdoor power sockets
  • Portable PA system for background music and two wireless microphones for speeches
  • WC and cloakroom facilities
  • Rustic decorative items

Ceremonies at The Night Yard

We have two licensed areas; under the eaves and The Gallery.  Unlike many other venues the venue does not charge an additional ceremony fee.  We set-up the ceremony seating and remove it afterwards at no extra cost.

As your chosen venue we register your ceremony for you once you have confirmed the time you would like it to be held.  A member of the Kent County Council Registry Team will then be in contact with you.  The Night Yard does not charge for registering your ceremony.  More information on Notice of Marriage and Ceremony fees charged by KCC can be found at www.akentishceremony.com.

Venue Times

The venue is exclusively available to you from 9:00am - 23:30pm on the day or your wedding. An extension to the quoted times may be possible but additional charges will apply. This is subject to licensing regulations and any restrictions on your chosen date.

Setting Up

You can begin setting up from 9:00am. Our preferred suppliers have knowledge of the venue so setting up is normally very easy for everybody.

Access the day before

If you would like guaranteed access you would have to hire the day before at the standard rate. Access maybe available at set times prior to your event to drop your belongings onsite. We can only confirm this a week prior to your event.

Decorations


Your decorations and belongings must be removed from the venue at the end of the evening and we will help. There is also an option to store your things for collection at a later date.

There are lots of hanging points for decorations; cable ties and blue tack may be used, but unfortunately we can’t allow screws, nails or staple guns.


The Night Yard Furniture

You may move the furniture (except for the vintage tractor) but they will need to go back to where you found them.

Disabled Access

We are a disabled friendly venue. We have a designated parking space directly outside the main venue gate. The venue is all on one level and also includes a disabled WC.

In-house caterer

We work on a commission agreement with a selected list of local caterers (please see additional preferred suppliers list). We work with them to ensure we deliver against our shared customer service ethos. These caterers know the venue and the facilities and we have ensured they have the correct certificates, licences and insurance. We hope that this selection will give you plenty to choose from.

Drinks

Our onsite bar is provided by Alberrys On Location. We work closely with them to ensure value for money, great service and a range of products. Brendan, the bar supplier offers various packages with an option to supply your own wedding breakfast wine. We allow you to bring ½ bottle wine per person corkage free for your wedding breakfast.

We have chosen our preferred suppliers to provide a range of styles and budgets.  You can use your own suppliers if that is your preference.  Charges may apply if you use your own suppliers as set out in our T&C’s.

Supplier set-up

Your supplies have the same access to the venue as you do 9:00am-23:30pm the day of your event and between 8:00-8:30am the next day.

Sound system

There is a portable PA system with two microphones. This is usually suitable for the ceremony, speeches and background music. We request music is  kept at 92 decibels.

Driving to The Night Yard

We have had various vehicles in The Night Yard but to avoid damaging the  ground access is weather dependant. We will work with you to find
solutions where we can. Our roads are suitable for coaches and we have  had double Decker buses before. Guests and suppliers cars maybe left on the car park until 11:00am the next day.

Taxis

While we can advise on local taxi firms we suggest you ask your guests to book their taxi in advance.

Smoking

There is no smoking in the bar, marquee or Gallery but it is permitted in the rest of the venue. Sand filled bins are provided.

Access to the orchards

Access to the orchards is available for photos of the couple only as we are situated on a working farm.

Dogs

We are a dog friendly venue and the courtyard is ideal for dogs. However, any mess must be cleared up and the owner must take responsibility for the dog throughout your event.

Confetti

Only natural petal confetti is permitted from www.confettidirect.co.uk.  They offer a 10% discount when using the code: TNY116.

Candles and fire pits

Safety for all is a key priority at The Night Yard. We will work with you to assess any particular fire risks. Tea lights in enclosed lanterns or jam jars are permitted as long as they do not constitute a fire risk. Fire pits are very popular and fit in well at The Night Yard. We have a fire pit for hire, please speak to your Wedding Co-ordinator for more details.  

 

A secret hideaway minutes from Canterbury

"The setting was particularly suitable for weddings with young children present as it is walled on all sides, so parents could relax. It feels like a secret hideaway, but is minutes from Canterbury train station so easily reached from London and the South East.... Thank you!"

Jessica & Eoin