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July 12th, 2019
Calke Abbey Riding School
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When is it?
Friday July 12th, 2019
What to wear? 🤵👰
It's a wedding folks, so dress up to the nines! Don't make yourself uncomfortable though, we don't want that; all that matters to us is that you're there.
One thing to note though is that Calke Abbey is set in 67 acres of prime English countryside, dotted with sheep, fallow deer and everything that comes with that. If you want to amble around in the downtime, maybe pack an extra pair of flats.
Note: The whole day will take place in exactly the same location, so you will be able to leave your bag/jacket/spouse etc. if you don't want to carry them around with you. Just be sure not to forget them when you leave!
The wedding will take place in Calke Abbey Riding School, located inside the grounds of Calke Abbey. The Riding School is about a mile into the estate from the main entrance in Ticknall and can be found beside the National Trust shop and restaurant.
Entry to the park is free for wedding guests on the day, so upon arrival at the gates and again when entering the grounds, just let them know that you're with the wedding party. Enjoy Calke Abbey on us! 😃
There's a free car park at Calke Abbey, just a two minute walk from the Riding School. You are welcome to leave your car there overnight and pick it up the next day.
Please note, if you are arriving in the evening you will need to enter via "Calke Abbey EXIT" as the main entrance gates are locked at 17:30. The postcode for this is LE65 1RR.
Just like Cinderella we need to leave before midnight as the gates to the park and Abbey will be locked.
As phone signal can be unreliable, be sure to book taxi's beforehand, either via Uber, FreeNow or a local taxi service, some of which are listed below:
Village Cars: 01332 706020
A1 Taxis: 01539 413535
59 Taxis: 01530 595959
Abby Cars: 01530 416060
Chellaston Cars: 01332 691111
Remember to tell your taxi to enter via "Calke Abbey EXIT" as the main entrance gates will be locked. The postcode for this is LE65 1RR.
Where to stay?
Stay nearby - there are plenty of places on the map. Most are under a 15 minute drive, and range from camping, boutiques, Holiday Inn, etc. so there should be something for everyone.
If you're not staying nearby, just make sure you have a designated driver or know when your last train home is.
Do I need to bring cash?
Yes. While the bar does accept card, this is entirely dependent on mobile signal at the time so it is best to bring cash to avoid disappointment. The nearest place to take out cash is in the village of Melbourne at the Sainsbury's Local, DE73 8FE.
What's the food going to be like? I only eat avocado's pollenated by free range vegan bumblebees, can you accommodate me? 🥑
You won't have to choose! As long as we are aware of your dietary requirements beforehand there will be something for everyone, regardless of whether you're vegan, veggie or a full-time-carnivore.
Can I bring my telephoto lens, drone, trombone and action camera to enhance your big day?
We. Would. Love. That.
In fact, if you have any camera equipment that might capture the best moment of the day or if you're a dab hand at any form of entertainment and you're keen to get involved, we're happy to make sure you're plied with drinks long after the cash bar opens. Get in touch friends!
Timeline for the big day
Guests arrive, ready to celebrate
Bride walks down the aisle
Drinks, canapés & photos
Wedding breakfast & speeches
Evening guests arrive, dancing ensues
(Out of the Abbey before midnight!)
Favourite songs and tipples
Let us know here!
Ultimately the greatest gift you can give us is your presence on the day!
If you would still like to get us a little something, as much as we'd appreciate your thoughtful gifts, we don't actually have anywhere to put them yet! This is why we'd be grateful for anything you can give to help us on our way to owning our very own home, be this a winning lottery ticket or a kind donation.
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