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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



Marvel at the majestic views from your marquee


Marvel at the majestic views from your marquee


Style your marquee to your taste


Set to a back drop of the old stone coach house


Surrounded by one of the countries largest water bird collections


With a wealth of colour and enchanting picture locations


And elegant clock tower


With a sizeable lawn to accommodate most marquees

Imagine you and your guests arriving through the arch of the old stone coach house, with its elegant clock tower sited majestically above the old cobbled courtyard, you turn through the black swans wrought iron gates and out into the enchanting grounds of Busbridge Lakes, you see your marquee sited on the main lawn overlooking the Canal lake surrounded by formal lawns and magnificent old specimen trees.

As your guests marvel at the views, the home to one of the largest collections of water birds in the country, with cranes and peafowl gracing the lawns and giant carp guiding effortlessly through the waters, 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 lake.

To help design your perfect day in this fascinating Heritage garden or to enquire further, please contact us as shown at the top of the page.


Easily found on Hambledon Road, Godalming, Surrey


Enter the grounds through the clock tower arch

Feedback from August 2015 wedding - "...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


Stunning August light on side lawn with lavender

Photograph courtesy of Alexander Leaman Photography


Style your Tipi to your taste

Photograph courtesy of Charlotte Bryer-Ash Photography


The Cave

Photograph courtesy of Alexander Leaman Photography

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

Click below for a map with picturesmap

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

The venue - The venue itself is located inside Busbridge Lakes magnificent bird sanctuary - hold your greeting reception on the side lawn in front of the coach house and then stroll down to your marquee situated on the main lawn overlooking the splendid Canal lake. You can download a map of the grounds HERE, which shows the venue location shaded in grey. Large marquees or tipis of your choice can be accommodated for up to 200 guests, however by special arrangement the venue can be expanded.

Photographs – To enable you to take advantage of this magnificent setting for your wedding photographs, the wedding party will have complimentary access to areas of the parkland shaded on the map of the grounds in dark green and by prior arrangement shaded in light green. Click HERE to see an interactive map showing the truly unique photo locations including the Gothic Boathouse, the Doric Temple, the stone bridge over the Canal lake and the Ghost walk. Whilst you are having your photographs taken and prior to your wedding breakfast, your guests can also wander around the Canal lake and enjoy the splendours and delights of Busbridge Lakes. You can also have access to Busbridge Lakes to have your engagement photographs taken.

Bride’s room – We can offer complimentary use of a self-contained downstairs bedroom and bathroom inside the historic coach house for the bride to use on the day.

Storage – Many couples wish to have small items delivered prior to the date of your wedding reception and with prior arrangement we can offer a locked cupboard & 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, your immediate family and key members of you wedding party to visit by arrangement to help pre-plan your day. As part of the package you can also have an engagement shoot down at Busbridge Lakes.

Wedding room (upper barn) & lower barn - In the lower courtyard we have a barn for complimentary use, the lower section is open fronted and can be used by you to prepare your decorations, for florists to prepare your flowers (trestle table supplied) or to store bulky equipment, there is also a large lockable cupboard where you can store items. In the upper section we have a lockable room, where suppliers can relax, bands change and make tea & coffee. All we ask is you leave both areas clean as you found them.

Wedding suppliers – Your marquee wedding reception is a blank canvas 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. Additionally to your chosen suppliers we will have parking attendants, security and a supervisor.

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

Last dance & carriages – Last dances finish by 11.00pm, with carriages departing no later than 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 the day prior and on these days. Open dates can be found at HERE. In addition we do not normally take wedding reception bookings in November, December, January & February.

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, fire pits are not allowed.

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

Photograph courtesy of Charlotte Bryer-Ash Photography


A single Giant Tipi (supplied courtesy of The Stunning Tents Company) on the main lawn for our "Swan Lake" style shoot - March 2015


A fixed frame marquee with 2 pagodas on the main lawn - wedding reception July 2015 (County Marquees)


The Canal lake


The stone cobbled courtyard


The Doric Temple

Photograph courtesy of Charlotte Bryer-Ash Photography


The Gothic Boathouse - Lake view


The Gothic Boathouse - Entrance


The black swan wrought iron gates


The stone bridge over the Canal lake


Impressing the lady


Busbridge in the Spring


Crowned Cranes amongst the daffodils


Autumn colours at Busbridge


A fixed frame marquee on the main lawn - wedding reception August 2015 (County Marquees)



Stunning views from your marquee or Tipi

Photograph courtesy of Charlotte Bryer-Ash Photography

Feedback from July 2015 wedding - "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

Photograph courtesy of Alexander Leaman Photography

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