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A beautiful civil ceremony venue in the Yorkshire Dales

Our stunning, historic inn offers all-inclusive wedding packages, complete with a picturesque outdoor setting and top-notch service.

Our dedicated team of professionals will help create a day that you and your guests will always remember. We have a range of packages to suit every need. Whether you are looking for a small and intimate affair or a large celebration, we can make it happen!

Get in touch with Angela, our Wedding Coordinator, today.

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A choice of Civil Ceremony Venues

Our Conservatory and Netherside Suite are licensed for Civil Marriages and Partnerships, so you and your guests can celebrate your ceremony and reception in one location.

With two beautifully appointed rooms to choose from, we can accommodate up to 140 guests for your ceremony.

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The Netherside Suite

Planning your dream wedding? Make it truly special in our Netherside Suite.

Our beautiful open plan suite offers the perfect setting for your civil ceremony. With exposed oak beams, a romantic log burning fire, and doors opening onto a private terrace, you can create lasting memories with up to 140 of your closest family and friends.

This is a great place to have your wedding. It’s open plan design and beautiful features make it the perfect place for a big day.

Make your big day one to remember in the Netherside Suite.

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The Conservatory

Step into your special day in style with our conservatory.

This dreamy venue offers a stunning and intimate setting for civil wedding ceremonies of up to 50 people, with breathtaking views of the garden and glorious natural light that'll make your ceremony truly magical.

Leave guests in awe and have them smiling and laughing. Let us take care of all the details so you can focus on creating memories that will last a lifetime!

North Yorkshire Registrar

Booking a North Yorkshire Registrar

To ensure the registrar is available for your desired date, please contact them as soon as possible.

Skipton Registration Office
Belle Vue Square
Broughton Road
North Yorkshire
BD23 1FJ

01609 780780

St Michaeland All Angels Church Linton

Church Wedding Ceremonies, North Yorkshire

Should you wish to be married in a church, please find below a selection of local churches:

  • St. Michael and All Angels Church, Linton, an 8-10 minute drive away from the Gamekeeper's Inn
  • Grassington Congregational Church, a 7-10 minute drive away from the Gamekeeper's Inn
  • Grassington Methodist Church, an 8-10 minute drive away from the Gamekeeper's Inn
  • St. Margaret Clitherow, Threshfield, a 4-5 minute drive away from the Gamekeeper's Inn

Find our civil ceremony venues in Yorkshire

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By Road

The Gamekeeper’s Inn is in the hamlet of Threshfield on the B6160 towards Kettlewell.

It is only 9 miles North of Skipton along the B6256 and 2 miles from the picturesque village of Grassington.

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By Rail

There is a regular train service to major towns from Skipton. Consult with the website about times and ticket prices.

By Air

The Gamekeeper’s Inn is with reach of two major airports:

  • Leeds/Bradford is approximately 30 miles away, and;
  • Manchester airport 65 miles away.

By Bus

The local bus service (DalesBus PDF) runs from the bottom of the Park Drive into Skipton, Burnley, York, Hawes and other local villages.

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What's the difference between a Civil Partnership and Marriage?

A civil partnership is a legal and binding union of two unrelated individuals. This union has the same rights and responsibilities as marriage, but instead of exchanging vows, the partners need to sign a civil partnership document.

Civil partnerships require legally binding documents in order to terminate the relationship. The legal process is similar to divorce proceedings and can only be done after a period of one year from when the partnership began. Dissolution is another word for ending the civil partnership. It's just like a divorce - to legally separate, partners going through a civil partnership must obtain a conditional order (similar to Decree Nisi) and a final order (comparable to Decree Absolute).

Civil partners are entitled to the same inheritance rights from an estate and tax advantages as married couples. In the event of a civil partner passing away without leaving a will and not having any children, the deceased's entire estate will automatically be inherited by their surviving civil partner in accordance with Section 46 of the Administration of Estates Act 1925.

Couples who are in a civil partnership have the same legal rights to maintenance as their married counterparts. This means that if one partner is not able to financially support themselves, the other has an obligation to do so. Upon the end of a marriage or civil partnership, couples are provided legal protection and may be eligible to make financial claims for maintaining themselves and their children, housing and associated costs, capital assets and pensions. In England and Wales, the general principle is that assets should be split equally between the parties when a relationship is dissolved. Nevertheless, this can be varied to better reflect each party's needs and ensure a fair outcome.

Right of custody if there are children. If parents are married or in a civil partnership when a child is born, both will be legally recognized as having equal rights, duties, power and responsibilities for the child. This legal recognition is known as parental responsibility. If a mother and father are not married or in a civil partnership at the time of a birth, only the mother has parental responsibility automatically. For fathers to acquire this, they can be listed on the birth certificate, come to an understanding with the mother or have it granted through a court order. In England and Wales, the court system usually encourages parents who are separating to find a suitable agreement regarding their children without involving the courts. If this isn't achievable, then either parent can apply to court for a child arrangement order.

What are the cheapest types of wedding venues?

Wedding venues are one of the most expensive items when budgeting for a wedding. You'll need to set aside approximately a third to half of your budget for the venue, plus keep some extra money in reserve in case of any unexpected costs.

For more savings on a civil ceremony venue, try going for less popular days such as Fridays and Sundays, or even Mondays-Thursdays. Check out our Weekday Wedding prices for a good idea. You can also save more by booking on colder months where bookings are not as frequent, so do explore our Winter Wedding Package.

When looking at the cost of a venue, consider all associated expenses such as transport. Sometimes it might be more cost-effective to select an establishment that can accommodate both your ceremony and reception — such as here at the Gamekeeper's Inn — rather than paying for transportation between venues.

What is the most common licensed wedding venue?

It should be no surprise that hotel and country inn wedding venues offer an unparalleled level of luxury, as well as expert in-house catering and helpful staff who are experienced in turning events into a grand affair. Moreover, they often provide ballrooms and other facilities to accommodate gatherings of any size.

Couples often find the perfect setting in a hotel, inn or resort for their special day. With gorgeous lawns and gardens, accommodations for guests and a range of rental options, these venues have everything they need to pull off an unforgettable event.

It's no reason then why the Gamekeeper's Inn offers a 5-star experience for your civil wedding ceremony in the heart of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.

How long is a Civil Wedding Ceremony?

Civil Partnership Ceremonies usually last about 10 to 15 minutes.

At the wedding, the registrar will ensure that marriage papers are available for signature. The ceremony must be undertaken by a registrar or deputy registrar with permission from the Registrar General.

It's important to keep the ceremony secular and without any religious references. You can add music, poetry, rings and flower arrangements for personalisation; discuss these with your registrar before you plan out your wedding.

It is highly advisable for the groom and bestman to appear at the marriage venue at least 20 minutes prior to the ceremony. The bride and bridesmaids should arrive at least 10 minutes before to avoid any last minute hiccups. Before the bride arrives, the registrar will greet all guests and provide information regarding video and photography during the ceremony. This is to ensure that everyone has a clear understanding of how things will go so that everything can be captured properly.