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cool venue alert: the biscuit factory

January 24th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

The Biscuit Factory (c) Sean Elliott Photography (14)

We’re always up for making our readers aware of all the cool and classic venue options available for your big day (just buy us a drink sometime, eh?).

One of our favourites in the North East that offers couples something a little different to the norm is The Biscuit Factory – a gorgeous building dating back to the Victoria era that has been transformed into a contemporary art gallery and events space with a stunning choice of options for those big day celebrations!

If this is ticking boxes for you then you’ll want to keep Saturday 10th March, clear in your diary as The Biscuit Factory will be welcoming couples for its Wedding Open Day when you can see its clean and contemporary spaces for yourself while meeting the venue’s team and enjoying a glass of fizz. There’s also the chance to bag 10% discount on your wedding booking. Full details below!

In the meantime, we’re chatting to the venue’s team on the blog today to find out more about what The Biscuit Factory can offer to brides and grooms for a memorable and wow-worthy wedding…

Images by Sean Elliott Photography.

The Biscuit Factory (c) Sean Elliott Photography (13)

Where is The Biscuit Factory located?

[jnnaopen]the biscuit factory say: The venue is located in Newcastle upon Tyne, in the city’s ultra-cool and bustling cultural quarter – the Ouseburn Valley. We’re surrounded by lots of creative businesses, eateries, a farm and even a horse riding school. The area is rich in local heritage too, with the underground Victoria Tunnel nearby, once used to transport coal down to the River Tyne.

Tell Brides Up North about the venue, what is its history?

True to its name, the venue was indeed a biscuit factory in the Victorian era. Back in 2002, the building was transformed into a contemporary art gallery and is now the largest independent art, craft and design gallery in the UK. In recent years, the business has evolved to include a café, a la carte restaurant and our purpose-built events space, The Biscuit Room.

The Biscuit Factory (c) Sean Elliott Photography (5)

Which areas of The Biscuit Factory can be used for ceremonies?

Couples can say their vows in our upstairs gallery, which accommodates up to 100 guests, surrounded by beautiful, contemporary artwork. The Biscuit Room, meanwhile, can accommodate up to 150 guests for a ceremony. Alternatively, for something smaller – the Glass House is a more intimate space with an outdoors terrace overlooking the cityscape.

And what areas are available for the reception?

The Biscuit Room accommodates up to 250 guests for a meal and party. This versatile space can be tailored to a couple’s desires, and has played host to a variety of vintage, decadent and stylish themes since it opened in 2014.

The Biscuit Factory (c) Sean Elliott Photography (3)

How would you describe the look and feel of The Biscuit Factory?

The gallery, with its exposed brickwork, large windows and ceiling beams, provides a stylish and elegant backdrop for a couple’s wedding ceremony with the surrounding artwork offering up pops of colourful, creative flourishes. By contrast, The Biscuit Room is a contemporary, minimalist space that lends itself to practically any theme for the wedding celebrations after – we’ve seen all sorts of props and lighting effects over the past few years and our couples’ visions and ideas never fail to amaze us!

What makes The Biscuit Factory a special wedding venue and sets you apart from others?

We’re one of the largest wedding venues in the city and our spaces are unlike anything else here in Newcastle. Combine this with our quirky urban location, personalised service, versatility and exceptional catering – and we think we have the perfect mix for couples seeking something that’s truly special and memorable.

The Biscuit Factory (c) Sean Elliott Photography (15)

What sort of bride would be a Biscuit Factory bride?

The Biscuit Factory appeals to all types of brides but we find that a bride with plenty of imagination and creative flair can really make the most of our venue, which is often described as a blank canvas. Our location in the Ouseburn is perfect for the alternative bride craving something a little bit unconventional too.

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diary date: wedding open day at the biscuit factory

April 26th, 2017 | Julia Braime

The Biscuit Factory (c) Sean Elliott Photography (5)

On the hunt for a cool, quirky and individual city centre wedding venue? Then it’s time to sit up and pay attention as our fabulous Sponsor, The Biscuit Factory, is opening its doors to brides and grooms-to-be for its first wedding open day of the year – and we have all the details!

Situated at the centre of Newcastle’s cultural quarter, the unique venue – which was the only North East-based venue shortlisted for “Best City Venue” in the 2016 UK Wedding Awards – will be hosting its wedding open day on Saturday 6th May 2017, between 12pm and 3pm.

The event is an opportunity to see the gallery’s dedicated events space, The Biscuit Room laid out for a ceremony and reception. This purpose-built function room is one of the largest in the city, accommodating up to 150 guests for a ceremony and 250 seated guests for a meal and party.

Throughout the afternoon, The Biscuit Factory’s events team will be on hand to talk to guests, one-to-one, about the venue’s unique portfolio of services, The Wedding Collection. Couples looking to tie the knot in 2018 can take advantage of an exclusive 10% off offer, for a minimum of 80 guests*. Plus, for brides and grooms keen to tie the knot this summer, The Biscuit Factory is offering its full Wedding Collection for 80 guests, for only £5,000* (inc VAT), with additional guests charged at £62.50 per person.

Guests can also enjoy a selection of handpicked canapés and home churned ice creams as a little taster of the in-house catering; accompanied by a complimentary glass of fizz.

The Biscuit Factory (c) Sean Elliott Photography (10)

Events Coordinator, katie says: Our open day is the perfect opportunity for couples to explore our beautiful venue and sample our catering first-hand. It’s always exciting to meet with couples face to face and find out more about the ideas they have for their special day – and how we can then make that vision become a reality.

Located within the Ouseburn valley, The Biscuit Factory is an award-winning art, craft and design gallery housed within a former Victorian warehouse, providing weddings with an inspiring, culturally-infused backdrop that’s characterised by contemporary art collections, wooden beams and original brickwork.

For more information about the wedding open day, visit The Biscuit Factory website. To book your free space, RSVP to events@thebiscuitfactory.com

*Terms and conditions apply. Can’t be used in conjunction with any other offer.

** Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability – July to September 2017. Can’t be used in conjunction with any other offer.

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diary date: the biscuit factory wedding open day

November 18th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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If you’re searching for a cool city wedding venue that offers a blank canvas with character, exceptional service and amazing food, then we might just be able to help. For our fabulous Sponsor,  The Biscuit Factory, is opening its doors to brides and grooms-to-be this month for its bi-annual wedding open day.

Located in the heart of Newcastle’s cultural quarter, the unique gallery, which has been shortlisted for “Best City Venue” in this year’s UK Wedding Awards, will be hosting its open day on Saturday 26th November, between 12pm and 4pm.

Images by Sean Elliott Photography.

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The event is an opportunity to see the gallery’s dedicated events space, The Biscuit Room, laid out for a ceremony and reception.

Throughout the afternoon, The Biscuit Factory’s events team will be on hand to talk to guests, one-to-one, about the venue’s unique portfolio of services, The Wedding Collection. Guests can also enjoy a selection of handpicked canapés as a little taster of the in-house catering, accompanied by a complimentary glass of fizz.

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Speaking about the event, Tom Gostling, events manager at The Biscuit Factory comments as follows.

tom says: We’re holding our open day on a weekend for the very first time and hope that this new format will enable even more couples to come along and see our beautiful venue first-hand. We love meeting with couples face-to-face, to discuss how we can help make their dream wedding become a reality.

Located within the Ouseburn valley, The Biscuit Factory is housed within a former Victorian warehouse, providing weddings with an inspiring, culturally-infused backdrop that’s characterised by contemporary art collections, wooden beams and original brickwork. Its purpose-built Biscuit Room is one of the largest in the city, accommodating up to 150 guests for a ceremony and 250 seated guests for a meal and party.

For more information about the wedding open day, visit The Biscuit Factory events website at www.biscuitfactoryevents.com/our-news. To book your free space, RSVP to events@thebiscuitfactory.com

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doing things your way: the biscuit factory

October 6th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

© jamie penfold photography 2015 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

This afternoon we’re catching up with the fabulous team at one of our Dream Venues in the wonderful North East, The Biscuit Factory.

An individual and quirky art, craft and design gallery in the heart of Newcastle’s cultural quarter, this place is perfect for those of you on the hunt for a big day venue that provides a blank canvas with character, exceptional service and amazing food!

The friendly team encourage its brides and grooms to do things their own way and get a buzz out of making couples’ dream days become reality.

Intrigued? We thought you might be, and so we’re going to hand you over to the guys at the venue to tell us more about The Biscuit Factory’s unique offering…

Images by Jamie Penfold and Sean Elliott.

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Can you give us a brief overview of The Biscuit Factory?

the biscuit factory say: The venue is a contemporary art, craft and design gallery – the largest of its kind in the UK – located in the Ouseburn Valley, dubbed the cultural quarter of Newcastle. The gallery is housed in a beautiful Victorian warehouse (think wooden beams and exposed brickwork) – and yes, biscuits were manufactured on-site back in the 1800s!

Adjoining the main gallery is our purpose-built function space, The Biscuit Room, which is one of the largest venues in Newcastle.

The Biscuit Factory prides itself on being a unique and quality venue. Can you tell us what sets the venue a part from others and how it provides good quality service to its brides and grooms?

Earlier this year, we were shortlisted for ‘Best City Venue’ in the UK Wedding Awards – and we were the only venue in the North East listed in our category. This was a huge achievement for us, highlighting what makes us unique as a wedding venue, not just here in Newcastle, but on a regional and national scale, too.

We say to all our clients, “Do it your way”, offering couples a stylish and cultural backdrop to host their big day, set within an unconventional urban location. As for our service – our team are highly experienced and every couple is assigned their very own wedding coordinator to ensure a seamless and personalised service from the outset right through to their wedding day.

© jamie penfold photography 2015 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

The venue also puts an emphasis on individuality – in what ways does The Biscuit Factory tick boxes for those looking for something a bit different?

We don’t offer any standard packages at The Biscuit Factory – we work with every couple to create something that’s unique to them. And when it comes to our food, devised by our award-winning chefs, we can create a menu to fit any theme, whether it’s a traditional roast, Latin American street food or laid-back barbecue you’re after.

And how can couples make the space their own?

We often describe The Biscuit Room as a blank canvas because essentially, that’s what it is – a large, versatile space which can be completely transformed to bring a couple’s dream wedding to life. The backdrop is minimalist and understated, which means it can accommodate all types of themes, props and tables settings – the space is whatever you make of it!

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dream venue: the biscuit factory

January 25th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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This evening on the wedding blog, we are thrilled to introduce you to one of our very favourite North East venues – recently shortlisted as ‘Best City Venue’ at the inaugural UK Wedding Awards – the biscuit factory, the UK’s largest arts, craft and design gallery and, quite possibly, the location for your own perfect wedding day. Located in the heart of Newcastle’s cultural quarter, in the Ouseburn Valley, we quiz this stunning space about what makes their offering unique and special.

© jamie penfold photography 2015 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

Tell Brides Up North about the venue, what is its history?

the biscuit factory say: Housed within a former Victorian warehouse, The Biscuit Factory was established in 2002 and is the UK’s largest art, craft and design gallery. The venue boasts a beautiful and inspiring setting for a wedding, characterised by features such as exposed wooden beams and original brickwork. It’s unlike any other city centre wedding venue in Newcastle.

What facilities does it have? 

The Biscuit Factory is set over two floors, displaying an exciting collection of contemporary fine art. It also has an in-house café, The Factory Kitchen, and an adjoining à la carte restaurant, artisan, headed up by North East Chef of the Year winner Andrew Wilkinson.

© jamie penfold photography 2015 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

Does The Biscuit Factory cater for weddings? 

Our purpose-built Biscuit Room is one of the largest venues in the city, accommodating up to 150 guests for a civil ceremony (our venue is fully licensed) and 280 guests for a meal and party. This versatile space can be tailored to your desires, and has played host to a variety of vintage, decadent and stylish themes since it opened 16 months ago.

Couples can also say their vows in the gallery (which accommodates up to 100 guests) surrounded by beautiful, contemporary artwork.

Alternatively – for smaller ceremonies – The Glass House is a more intimate space with an outdoor terrace overlooking the city.

What makes The Biscuit Factory a special wedding venue?

The Biscuit Factory is the venue of choice for discerning couples who are seeking an alternative experience for their big day. With an urban setting in the heart of Newcastle’s cultural quarter and an emphasis on individuality and quality, The Biscuit Factory provides a contemporary and stylish backdrop for a wedding, with exquisite food and drinks to match.

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‘Art Throb. Maggie Sottero For A Real Wedding At The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle Upon Tyne – Claire & John

May 28th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Andy Hudson Photography

Today’s Real Wedding is just lovely.

Claire and John’s celebration was cute, stylish, personal and full of fun… with plenty of prosecco!  Just the way we like ‘em around these parts.

With images by Andy Hudson Photography.

Andy Hudson Photography

Claire says: We got engaged in November 2012 when we were on holiday at Clavell Tower in Kimmeridge, Dorset. Clavell Towell is an old observatory folly. It was restored by the Landmark Trust in 2006.

It’s a very special, atmospheric place especially as the tower is perched on the top of a high cliff and there were gale force winds and torrential rain for most of the time we were there! It was a perfect place to enjoy our special time together before sharing our news with family and friends.

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We were married on Saturday 1st February 2014. We had our ceremony at St Charles RC Church, Gosforth which was followed by a party at The Biscuit Factory.

We wanted to get married in Newcastle because it is where our home is. Father O’Connor made us feel especially welcome into our local church. We love visiting The Biscuit Factory and it is one of our favourite places. We wanted to share it with our family and friends (especially the ones who do not live in Newcastle). We love eating and the Food Social restaurant had always impressed us. We liked the opportunity to design our own menu with all of our favourite things! We ate Tempura King Prawns, Rosemary and thyme marinated rump of lamb (with garlic mash) and sticky toffee pudding.

Amazing!

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

We did not have a theme although we did end up using a lot of brown Kraftcard! We stamped our guests names onto luggage labels and our invitations, order of service and menus were printed onto simple Kraftcard.

We wanted the day to be simple and relaxed and most of all fun.

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Hilary Whitham did our make-up… she is amazing! My friend Sarah did our hair, which was lovely.

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

I wore a dress called Bronwyn Marie by Maggie Sottero which I bought from The Harrogate Wedding Lounge. Hayley, her mum and Leanne were patient, helpful and very professional.

My dad actually recommended this shop to me because he has driven past and thought the window display looked very elegant!

I wasn’t even sure I wanted to wear a ‘wedding dress’ but knew I did not want a strapless dress. The Bronwyn Marie was made of exquisite lace, fitted me perfectly and was very comfortable. I loved the buttons all of the way up the back (and would like to thank my lovely friends Helen, Amy and Megan for helping me get into it on time… Helen can tell you exactly how many buttons there were!)

I did not feel ‘ready’ until I had all of my accessories on. I felt like they were a big part of my whole outfit. I had a clutch bag instead of a bouquet and I also had a long pearl necklace which I bought years ago when I was on holiday with my mum. The talented Kelly from Tantrums and Tiaras made a pearl brooch to match my necklace which I wore on the ribbon belt around my waist.

I usually wear glasses so was a bit nervous about not wearing them (people who always wear glasses will understand this). I felt much more confident with my beautiful cap/birdcage veil from Sasso and even though I had not planned to have any form of veil I felt like it complemented my outfit perfectly.

I also wore a faux fur jacket for getting too and from the church. This is something that I would never usually wear but I loved it.

John wore a three piece navy suit from Slaters in Newcastle. They altered it so it fitted him perfectly. He also had new shoes. He looked very handsome. His best man and ushers wore their own suits.

Andy Hudson Photography

My sister and John’s sister were our bridesmaids (they are both called Helen which is a bit confusing). They chose their own dresses which were navy blue maxi dresses from Monsoon. We wanted them to feel comfortable on the day.

William our nephew was our page boy and was very trendy and Lily was our beautiful flower girl. Lily also chose her own outfit and even though her mum (our good friend Alex) wanted her to buy a blue bridesmaid dress we thought that Lily’s choice of a sparkly skirt and top with a furry shrug from Monsoon was perfect! She was very excited.

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Our friends Carol and Dean gave me and my Dad a lift to the church in their posh white Landrover.

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

My favourite part of the day was seeing John for the first time (he said ‘wow’).  We both also really loved the ceremony itself as Father O’Connor made it relaxed and personal. I enjoyed getting ready in the morning with my lovely friends and family. We loved seeing the Biscuit Factory all prepared for us, eating the amazing food and dancing… so all of it really.

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Our photographer was the lovely Andy Hudson.  We love the photos and felt that Andy made us and our guests feel very relaxed.  We also loved our pre-wedding photos.

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

We had yummy prosecco in the church porch after the ceremony and a vintage route master bus (booked via Coach Direct Ltd)  transported our lovely guests together with us to The Biscuit Factory.

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

We had lots of mojito cocktails, prosecco and local beer from Wylam Brewery when we arrived at the Biscuit Factory. We knew we were going to have a good party when The Biscuit Factory asked if the could replenish the cocktails within 30 minutes of arriving!

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Our beautiful white tulips on the tables were designed and made up by our lovely talented friend Cheryl Ford as a wedding gift. We were utterly speechless when we saw the Biscuit Factory set up for us… it was so much better that we had ever imagined!

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

We had Polaroid cameras with silly props for people to have fun with and leave us with some very happy memories and we had hired J&C light up letters from Doris Loves and they really suited the industrial look of The Biscuit Factory.

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We had a giant Colin the Caterpillar cake from Marks and Spencer!

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

The fantabulous Maverick Rejects were our chosen band. Their manager Sean was superb and made sure that everything ran smoothly. He even thought of things that we would have never even considered – like setting up during our church ceremony so they would not interrupt our celebrations.

The band were absolutely amazing and full of energy. They rocked the dance floor and were a big part of our day being so much fun.

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

For our honeymoon we went cross country and downhill skiing in Norway. It was very cold, very snowy and very beautiful. We loved it.

We booked our honeymoon through Ski Safari. Andy Hemingway was very helpful.

Andy Hudson Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax… and enjoy having all of your favourite people being in the same place at the same time… just for you!

Andy Hudson Photography

Congratulations Claire & John!

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