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Smithills Open Farm

October 20, 2021

Smithills Farm is a 200-year-old, family-run farm nestled in the heart of the Bolton countryside. For more than a decade, we’ve been successfully converting our farm into a popular wedding venue with a rustic charm that draws couples from all over the county. To find out why most people say that Smithills Farm is one of the best wedding venues they’ve ever seen and what makes our weddings so special 

Our farm has been a part of the family for over 100 years. We produce a variety of crops including wheat, canola, barley, oats, rye, peas, beans, lentils, and canary seed. In addition to growing crops, we also raise beef cattle, dairy cattle, and sheep. Not too shabby for a 200-acre farm with a main building housing 20 cattle pens, or 40 acres with custom built cabins, barns, and meeting rooms. Our barn features a full service kitchen that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Most people get two great meals: one for breakfast and one for lunch inside the barn. We prep and bake our own scones at the bakery, providing guests with an array of fresh British and American artisanal baked goods along with fresh fruit and granola.

And that’s just the beginning! Several ton-to-ton’s worth of venues, unique as well as traditional, await those who feel inclined to marry and have an event of any kind at our farm. From lively farm stand dances to a country music celebration to a ceremony with destination weddings, weddings, really any kind of event you can imagine, Smithills has something for you! There’s something for every budget, every personality, and every day of the week.

Every wedding at our farm has some sort of specialty to make it unique and enjoyable: barn dances, floral arrangements, classically styled buffet stations, full breakfasts, personal hors d’oeuvres, and more. So, once you’re deciding on the location, what type of event you want to have, and who you want to get married to, you’ve decided on a perfect venue.

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Now, all you have to do is find the venue! Here’s where to find us… Bedding and Farm Vendors The venue at our weddings is the barn. This is the place where guests will spend the day, mingling, and getting to know their future husband/wife. The barn will be decorated with photos, farm memorabilia, and mementos from the event. 

We have the best wedding venue in the area, with a rustic charm that draws couples from all over the county. Our building is a historic one, having been built in the 1920s, and we’ve restored it to its original condition with a rustic charm. It’s the type of venue that you’ll feel comfortable having a long engagement with, which means you’ll have time to save for a big day. Our Farm weddings average approximately 250 guests. Here’s how we make it special.  


You may have heard that weddings at Smithills come with a hometown discount. Whether it’s naming the ceremony “The Wedding of the Century” or having your guests pay $100 less for their entertainment, our location and the fact that we’re the only farm wedding venue in Bolton mean there’s a great deal of demand and interest from locals. Additionally, because we host throughout September/October, the tables are set up to be packed with families of all sizes so each guest can feel comfortable and well-fed.  


Because our weddings are so special, we want them to be as DIY as possible. With that in mind, we try to keep as much of the day as getaway-friendly as possible. We only have two rooms where it’s mandatory – the barn and the main stage – where we offer music, a cocktail reception and centerpieces from the wedding era.

Especially, Our barn is construct of salvaged barn wood, which is exactly how it was in the 1920s. The barn wood is the perfect material – it’s light, inexpensive. Nicely versatile and we’ve been using it for weddings for over 20 years. Because it’s still in great shape, we would never throw it away. Stage The stage is an all original stage found on the farm just after the turn of the century. Magic! It’s a simple thing and we like that.

To find out why most people say that Smithills Farm is one of the best wedding venues they’ve ever seen and what makes our weddings so special, see this article .

Smithills Farm is one of the most unique wedding venues in the UK. It’s set in an old manor house and is surrounded by beautiful, well-kept gardens and meadows. Smithills is also one of the most affordable wedding venues in the UK. So it’s perfect for couples on a budget. It’s located just 25-miles outside of London, so you won’t have to stretch very far if you’re looking to drive-in. Receiving our first wedding guest during our first season was a pleasure all its own, even for an architect.


We are now gearing up for our second great season of weddings and it’s not too late for you. To book an unforgettable wedding at one of the country’s most popular wedding venues. Here are a few reasons why our weddings are so popular. Types of weddings at Smithills Farm: We cater to all types of wedding couples. Whether it’s a formal dinner dress in period costume, lots of flower girls. A romantic dance performance or a full day of outdoor activities, we are happy to cater to all occasions. We host our traditional ‘old-fashioned’ weddings so there’s less focus on technology.

For our most modern-events we often use videography, digital cameras and sofas to capture the magic of a real-life wedding. Food is always a concern when planning a wedding, but we don’t look past the quality of your food. To make sure you get the most from the time and budget you put into your wedding. We want all our customers to feel very satisfied and return again and again. So we make it as easy as possible for you to make the most out of your-time at our venue.

The menu is all about creating perfect food, not about giving you endless flourishes and flowers on a picture-perfect platter. And we do all this while being true to my personal beliefs. I believe that it is much better and cheaper to find and prepare delicious food at home. Then to have hours of food-related frustration step in between guests.

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