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Unique Marquee Wedding Reception Venue in Surrey

Busbridge Lakes House, Hambledon Road, Godalming, Surrey GU8 4AY Situated 1.5 miles from Godalming with easy access from the A3


The Cedar tree venue overlooking the Bottom lake

Courtesy of: Photo - Focal Point Television ~ Capri - Paul Simon Marquees


The Cedar tree venue overlooking the Bottom lake

Courtesy of: Photo - Focal Point Television ~ Capri - Paul Simon Marquees


Style your marquee to your taste


Set to a back drop of the old stone coach house

Photo courtesy of Adam


A single Giant Tipi - Canal Lake venue

Courtesy of: Photo - Charlotte Bryer-Ash Photography ~ Tipi - The Stunning Tents Company


With a wealth of colour and enchanting picture locations


The elegant clock tower


The Canal Lake venue beside the main lawn

Photo courtesy of Fly Camera Action

Imagine you and your guests arriving through the arch of the old stone coach house, with its elegant clock tower seated majestically above the cobbled courtyard, you turn through the black swans wrought iron gates and out into the enchanting grounds of Busbridge Lakes. You see your marquee or tipi sited on the main lawn of the Canal Lake venue or in the Cedar Tree venue overlooking the Bottom lake, all surrounded by formal lawns and magnificent specimen trees in this fascinating 2A Heritage garden.

As your guests marvel at the views, home to one of the largest collections of water birds in the country, with cranes and peafowl gracing the lawns, wander off and take advantage of some truly unique photo locations including a Gothic Boathouse, a Doric Temple and a rustic stone bridge spanning the Canal lake.

Please contact us to enquire further or to help you design your perfect day in this truely unique 2A Heritage garden.


Easily found on Hambledon Road, Godalming, Surrey


Enter the grounds through the clock tower arch

"...We had the most amazing day. The best! Perfectly chilled and to our taste. We really want to hammer home our huge appreciation and to say again thanks so so much for doing all you did. You (Blank Canvas) were both just fantastic during the run up and more crucially on the day itself. I have in fact already mentioned you guys to a few people and will continue to do so. As for Busbridge, what a venue. As I said in my speech "who needs grand, grade listed manor house such as Clandon..." Sean & Mari
"We had an amazing time and we cannot thank you enough for
helping to make the wedding as magical as it was. Thank you very
much for sharing your beautiful family home and for being on top of all the little details. Everyone commented on the beauty of the
garden and lake. You were so kind and helpful throughout the
process of wedding planning and we're ever so grateful.
Busbridge will forever hold a special place in our hearts and
we cannot wait to come back and visit in the future on your open days.
" Olivia & Bryn


Confetti line on the reception lawn - Canal Lake venue

Photo courtesy of Fiona Kelly Photography


Style your Tipi to your taste

Photo courtesy of Charlotte Bryer-Ash Photography


The Cave

Photograph courtesy of Charlotte Bryer-Ash

aerial sign house arch
courtyard view gates
aerial lake canal
tipi marquee marquee
lake marquee2 tipi
view cherryblossom ornaments
confetti bridge cave
steps bridge temple
boathouse boathouse peafowl
housespring cranes autumn

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"Busbridge is not just beautiful, it is magical. Thank you Bill and all your incredibly talented team for looking after us so well on our Wedding day - not just that day, but in the run up to and after the day itself - your attentiveness and care was over and beyond. We really cannot thank you enough for allowing us to create some really precious memories at the Lakes. Thank you is not enough!" Bella & Mike

To help you plan your special day, we have set out some key facts below.

The venue - The venues are located inside Busbridge Lakes magnificent bird sanctuary. You can download a map of the grounds to see the venue locations HERE. Large marquees or tipis of your choice can be accommodated for up to 200 guests.

Photographs - To enable you to take advantage of this splendid setting for photographs, the wedding party has complimentary access to most of the parkland. Click HERE to see an interactive map showing the truly unique photo locations including the Gothic Boathouse, the Doric Temple and the stone bridge over the Canal lake. Whilst your photographs are being taken and prior to your wedding breakfast, your guests can also wander around the lake next to your venue.

Bridal changing room - For bride's opting for the Canal Lake venue, we can offer complimentary use of a bridal changing room inside the historic coach house for the bride's use during the day.

Storage - For those smaller items you may wish to have delivered prior to your day we can offer a locked room for such a need.

Prior access to the venue - We understand that the planning of your wedding reception is very important to you and therefore we will happily let you and your key members of your wedding party to visit by arrangement to help pre-plan your day. As part of the package, you can also have access to Busbridge Lakes to have your engagement photographs taken.

Barn - For both venues we have an open fronted barn for you to prepare your decorations, for florists to prepare your flowers or to store bulky equipment. For the Canal lake venue there is also an upper room, where suppliers can relax, bands change and make tea & coffee and for the Cedar Tree venue the barn can double up for you to use as a bar, dance floor or for catering.

Friends of Busbridge Lakes - Wedding suppliers - Your marquee wedding reception and venue is for you to design. To help you in this, we have a list of carefully selected wedding suppliers to choose from. You can download the list HERE or you can find links at the bottom of this page.

Exclusivity - You will have exclusive access to your venue and we guarantee not to hire out other parts of Busbridge Lakes within the bird sanctuary to anyone else during the hire period.

Last dance & carriages - Live music finishes by 11.00pm, followed by background music with carriages departing 11.30pm.

Booking dates - As Busbridge Lakes is open to the public on set days; to protect your privacy we do not take bookings on some of the days prior and on these days. Open dates can be found at HERE. In addition we do not normally take bookings from November to March.

Pets/Fireworks/Fires - As Busbridge Lakes is a bird sanctuary we regret that, other than guide dogs, hearing dogs and other assistance dogs, no pets or other animals are allowed. Additionally fireworks, Chinese lanterns or similar items are not allowed. In regards to fires except for some of the Tipi style raised fire pits, we are unable to allow fires.

Location & access - Busbridge Lakes is situated just 40 miles from central London with easy access from the A3. You can download directions HERE. There is plenty of parking for cars and coaches. There can be vehicle access to the marquee for disabled guests and enhanced access disabled portable loos can be hired in.

Quotation - Once you have had an opportunity to visit the venue (or to call) and discuss your needs with us, we will provide a quotation for the booking of the venue.

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Stunning unique marquee wedding venue


In the Spring take advantage of the blossom

Photo courtesy of Charlotte Bryer-Ash Photography


A triple hat Tipi - Canal Lake venue


A pole tent marquee - Canal Lake venue

Photo courtesy of Modern Vintage Weddings


The Canal lake


The stone cobbled courtyard


The Doric Temple

Photo courtesy of Charlotte Bryer-Ash Photography


The Gothic Boathouse - Bottom lake view


The Gothic Boathouse - Entrance


The black swan wrought iron gates


The stone bridge over the Canal lake


Impressing the lady


Busbridge Lakes in the Spring


Crowned Cranes amongst the daffodils

Photo courtesy of Andrew Dorrington


Autumn colours at Busbridge Lakes


A fixed frame marquee - Canal Lake venue



Stunning views from your marquee or Tipi - Canal Lake venue

Photo courtesy of Charlotte Bryer-Ash Photography

"Busbridge Lakes was the perfect setting for our wedding. The coach house, stunning lakes and wildlife provided the most spectacular backdrop, which not even the wet weather could spoil. I would thoroughly recommend this venue for anyone considering a marquee wedding, as there are endless photo opportunities and extensive grounds for guests to enjoy at their leisure. Thank you to Bill (Busbridge Lakes) and Lyn and Heidi from Blank Canvas, in helping us to pull off the most magical day." Claire & Chris


The stone bridge over the Canal Lake

Photo courtesy of Fiona Kelly Photography

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"A wonderful day! Thank you for the use of your beautiful venue for our wedding. Everyone was commenting on the 'wow factor' of the place & how beautiful the lakes, ceremony lawn and birds were! Thanks also for all you and Nicky did on the day to keep things running smoothly. It was the perfect place and we really did have a perfect day." Emily & Henry