Northside Farm Northumberland wedding venue

 Only 20 minutes from Newcastle along the A69, Northside Farm wedding venue could be in the middle of nowhere.

Only 20 minutes from Newcastle along the A69, Northside Farm wedding venue could be in the middle of nowhere.

Northside Farm is an exclusive use wedding venue, set within 400 acres of farm land in the picturesque Northumberland countryside. It was a venue I’d heard great things about and jumped at the chance to shoot Tash and Adam’s wedding there over the summer.

 Northside Farm is comprised of an eclectic collection of barns and outbuildings

Northside Farm is comprised of an eclectic collection of barns and outbuildings

History

Ralph and Olivia Lockey call Northside Farm home. Ralph farmed the adjacent land since leaving school. Back in 2010 Ralph and Olivia added six Glamping pods to the farm. These are the charming wooden structures you can see in the photo below. They went on to convert a stable into wet rooms and a kitchen, and then added four more Glamping pods.

You can see the Glamping pods behind the tents in this shot from the paddock at Northside Farm

It wasn’t long before couples began to enquire about weddings at Northside Farm. Following three years of hard work Ralph converted the barn into a space suitable for a wedding ceremony.
The very first wedding that took place at Northside Farm was Ralph and Olivia’s!

The popularity of Northside Farm as an alternative wedding venue grew very quickly. It’s truly a family business (they now have three daughters) and this genuine warmth, honesty and directness shines through on every wedding day.

Weddings at Northside Farm

One of the best aspects of having your wedding at Northside Farm is that it is an exclusive use venue, meaning you won’t bump into another bride or groom, or conference attendees wandering into your festivities. It caters to a wide range of alternative weddings and the husband and wife owners are very flexible in realising your dream wedding idea. It’s obviously perfectly suited to farm weddings, and fits well with festival weddings, as well as rustic outdoors lovers and low key intimate couples. It’s ideally suited for relaxed, laidback couples.

The Barn is where the main action happens, from the ceremony to the meal to the party. It’s a lovely airy space, with exposed wooden beams, rough stone walls and ancient flagged floor (which has underfloor heating). It can hold up to 150 people for a wedding ceremony and 250 for a wedding reception. I’d go a little under those official numbers to ensure comfort for your guests.

There is accommodation onsite for up to 50 people (5 per Glamping Pod). You can also set up your own tents, or get in a local company called Northern Star Teepees to provide more accommodation. The Orchard is littered with fire and BBQ pits for that festival feel.

This is a great idea if you’d like to extend your wedding celebrations over more than one day.

 My first wedding at Northside Farm was with Tash & Adam

My first wedding at Northside Farm was with Tash & Adam

Wedding photography at Northside Farm

For any photographer who, like me, favours adventurous, brave couples who’d rather wear hiking boots than high heels, Northside Farm is a perfect wedding photography location. As long as the weather is dry, guests will naturally congregate outside. There is a little stream running along the bottom of the Orchard, which is also studded with trees, and this makes a lovely couples portrait location. Further afield there is a small pond, fields full of crops and thicker woodland to explore.

The big skies in all directions are a great backdrop if you are lucky with the sunset. The interiors are light and airy so this is a natural light wedding photographer’s dream.

 The barn is used for the wedding ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening shenanigans!

The barn is used for the wedding ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening shenanigans!

Pros

  • Exclusive use of the wedding venue

  • Licensed for wedding ceremonies and has accommodation so you can stay in one location all day

  • A truly family run business who will go out of their way to create a bespoke wedding day uniquely for you

 Northside Farm is an ideal wedding venue for children as they can run wild outside safely

Northside Farm is an ideal wedding venue for children as they can run wild outside safely

Cons

  • If the weather is wet you won’t get to make the most of the venue as so much of it is outdoors dependent

  • If you or your guests are concerned about sleeping in a glamping pod or tent, and have to have your own private bathroom, this isn’t the venue for you

 Although the inside spaces are charming, Northside Farm is predominantly an outdoor wedding venue

Although the inside spaces are charming, Northside Farm is predominantly an outdoor wedding venue

Contact

Address: Northside Farm, Horsley, Newcastle upon Tyne NE15 0LZ

Phone: 07904 119327

Email: info@northsidefarm.co.uk

 A rusted old tractor is a popular photo opportunity for wedding photographers and guests alike

A rusted old tractor is a popular photo opportunity for wedding photographers and guests alike

If you’d like to read more reviews of Northumberland wedding venues, or see more real Northumberland weddings, please take a look at my Northumberland weddings page.

 Scarecrow bride and groom at Northside Farm, Northumberland

Scarecrow bride and groom at Northside Farm, Northumberland

 Northside Farm is ideally suited to relaxed, laidback couples

Northside Farm is ideally suited to relaxed, laidback couples

 Big skies over Northside Farm

Big skies over Northside Farm