New wedding venue at Warren Hill, Kettering

Published: Thursday, 4th January 2018

Kettering Borough Council has today announced that they are seeking to develop a wedding venue at Warren Hill, Kettering.

Warren Hill, which currently incorporates the Kettering Crematorium, woodland area and burial grounds has been identified as an ideal venue for weddings, in the same way as any church or hotel performs a number of social functions.

The Council was approached, following its successful and popular revamp of the crematorium in 2014, asking if the venue was available for weddings and civil partnership ceremonies. The idea was road tested on the registration service and on funeral directors, as regular users of the current venue. The County Registration Service was particularly positive about the attractive East Lodge Gardens and how it would make an ideal outdoor wedding venue.  Planning consent is required at the site to allow weddings to take place and a planning application has been submitted.

The Council has looked at the operational arrangements at the site; Warren Hill will provide two distinct services, bookings will be handled separately from the funeral business, and neither should have any negative impact on the other. Warren Hill provides modern facilities, in a large open and attractive setting and hopes to become a welcome addition to the range of wedding venues across the Borough in 2018. 

There are no conversion costs to the building – all of the facilities are already available – light and airy rooms, capable of holding 120 people, plenty of free car parking, toilet facilities, disabled access, and modern music facilities in situ. A wide variety of hotel facilities are nearby. 

Some work is being done to the adjacent garden to make it suitable for photographs and as a possible outdoor venue, as well as its continuing role as a garden of peace and reflection in support of the bereavement service.

We hope that the service will go live later in 2018. 

Shirley Plenderleith, Head of Public Services at Kettering Borough Council said:

“Warren Hill is a large, modern facility just off the A14 and within easy reach of a large population. It has capacity at the weekends especially and we have taken the suggestion of some of our customers to work up a plan for its use as a wedding venue.   We hope that, on the back of proving we can run one of the best funeral venues in the country, we can, equally successfully provide a great wedding experience as well.” 

Cllr Ian Jelley, portfolio for strategic delivery at the Council said:

“This is a great idea to improve the services we provide for local people, to make even better use of one of our best assets and to earn additional income for the Council tax payers of the Borough. I am confident that the team which already runs an excellent, value for money service:  can also sensitively and professionally run a Wedding venue at the Warren Hill site”.