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Spotlight Feature: Upwaltham Barns

Spotlight Feature: Upwaltham Barns

Ensuring your venue and entertainment choices work together in perfect harmony

Working side-by-side

Nestling in the heart of the stunning Southdowns countryside is Upwaltham Barns, a beautiful and romantic wedding venue full of rustic charm and character. Close to Chichester, these lovingly restored barns are a popular choice for many brides and grooms-to-be from all over Sussex and beyond. Regularly working side by side, our Toast team are used to liaising closely with the warm and friendly staff at Upwaltham, ensuring your choice of entertainment and venue work together in perfect harmony.

Our expertise

If you are planning a wedding at Upwaltham Barns and are unsure of what music, lighting and other entertainment extras you will require on the day you may rest assured; this is exactly the kind of stuff we are here for and where our expertise comes into play. Knowing this beautiful venue inside out means we understand the spaces you can work with and exactly what is needed to create the ambience, atmosphere and impact you are hoping for both inside the barn, as well as in its stunning outdoor spaces.

Creating ambience in intimate settings

Your wedding guests will be arriving to take their seats in the East Barn, where you may choose to welcome them into this intimate setting with the soothing sounds of a live harpist or string quartet. Perhaps you’d prefer the funkier rhythms of some spanish-influenced fingerstyle guitar or even the powerful energy some gospel singers to lift the spirits of your guests in this inviting ceremony space.

Outdoor meet and mingle moments

The spacious flower-filled courtyard regularly plays host to mingling guests who can be found sipping bubbles in the sunshine after a wedding ceremony, or under shade and shelter in the comfort of the cosy Moroccan-styled snug. Surrounded by the picturesque cottage gardens this courtyard is the perfect setting to pull up a seat under the cool shade of a parasol when great weather allows for a barbecue or hog-roast style wedding breakfast. Guests can sit back and relax to some vintage jazz or lounge style ambience from our Tea for Two duo. Why not create a beachy feel and enjoy some acoustic ukulele from David Soothill, even bringing the Caribbean to our English gardens with AC, our steel pannist?!

Drink, dine and be charmed

From the bustling courtyard, guests can head through the archway into the rustic South Barn where up to 150 guests can dine and be served drinks from the adjoining stable bar. This large reception space is a versatile canvas, suitable for a variety of decor and uplighting; its rustic beams perfect for hanging your fairy lights, bunting or paper lanterns.

After eating you may want to consider some table entertainment to keep guests occupied in those ‘between’ moments whilst preparations for an evening party are underway. Our illusionist Dan and mindreading magician Michael astonish audiences with their visual magic, close-up trickery and sleight of hand, leaving your guests perplexed and amazed! Perhaps you could leave your guests with a takeaway gift in the form of a personalised hand-drawn caricature, created unobtrusively whilst guests chat and mingle.

Light it up, play it loud and dance it out!

As the South Barn transforms into a party zone you might consider a sparkly dance floor or  you could spell out your bespoke messages to your guests with giant lightboxes to help set the tone for the occasion. Why not make your boldest statements with our stylish 5 foot LOVE letters?! Being very familiar with the designated performance area in this large reception space, we can arrange full sound and lighting to meet your expectations whilst understanding what is required by the barn. Should you choose to have a variety of acts to perform throughout your wedding, we will take into account the spaces and number of guests and carefully manage all the elements to ensure your DJ, acoustic act, live band or entertainer are sounding absolutely spot on. From the smallest of solo acts right through to full 7+ piece live bands, you can remain stress-free and in the knowledge that our seamless coordination of your entertainment will allow for an amazing atmosphere and vibe in the key areas of the venue, throughout your day.

Remember remember...

Don’t allow your guests to forget the fun they have had, why not continue to enjoy the outside space and end the night with a bang? Dazzle your guests with a visually stunning fire-performer, spectacular firework display from one of this venue’s prefered suppliers, or even an entertaining laser show? If you need sure-fire ways to make your party stand out we would love to help you achieve it in this truly memorable and beautiful venue of Upwaltham Barns.

For any tips, questions or enquiries about our amazing Toast acts, get in touch soon!


Posted 22 February 2018 by Nathan Evans

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