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Weddings & venue hire

When we’re away, others can play

Whether you’d like to hire our sports facilities for an event or you’re looking for a beautiful, spacious venue for a wedding, we’d love to be able to help.


We are fully licensed for weddings and we’d challenge you to find a more beautiful and adaptable setting just five miles outside Bristol city centre. Charlton House sits at the end of a tree lined driveway, enveloped in 60 acres of landscaped gardens and woodland.

Weddings benefit from exclusive use of the grounds with the splendid mix of Tudor, Jacobean and Victorian architecture offering a perfect backdrop. With a whimsical wizard’s hut in the grounds where civil ceremonies can take place, this is a truly unique venue for your bespoke wedding event.


  • Fully licenced
  • Available outside of term time only
  • Five miles outside Bristol
  • Plenty of space for marquees
  • Choice of smart reception rooms
  • 60 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens and grounds
Aerial of school grounds green space playing fields
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Venue hire

With multiple spaces available for hire, there’s a great chance for others to benefit from our excellent facilities outside of term time.

Some hireable facilities include:

  • Astro
  • Sports hall
  • Cricket pitches and cricket nets
  • Rugby pitches
  • Swimming pool
  • Meeting and conference rooms
Outdoor swimming pool
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Cricket nets
Sports hall
Prep school hockey practie
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