city wedding

dream venue: the biscuit factory

Julia Braime

Urban setting 1 - credit Sean Elliott

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.

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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.

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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.

The Biscuit Room 1 - credit Sean Elliott

What sort of bride would be a Biscuit Factory bride?

Our venue attracts all types of brides, especially those with imagination and creative flair.

How can your staff help to make the planning process easier and the big day amazing? 

From the outset your dedicated Wedding Coordinator will work with you, helping to plan and shape your ideas into the most memorable and special of days. Our team can also put you in touch with our trusted suppliers, covering everything from entertainment to photography.

You and your guests are then looked after throughout your wedding day by your Coordinator and our attentive, experienced events team.

It doesn’t all stop after your wedding day – our team like to keep in touch with every couple and follow their new journey through married life. In the past year alone we have welcomed a number of couples back to The Biscuit Factory to celebrate their anniversaries and other special family occasions – whether that’s with a lavish meal in our a la carte restaurant or an indulgent afternoon tea in our café.

The Biscuit Factory - gallery ceremony - credit Sean Elliott

Can guests stay over at your venue?  

We don’t have accommodation on-site but there are a range of hotels nearby in the city centre and on Newcastle’s beautiful Quayside.

Tell us about your catering services and what makes them special? 

Our catering is provided by our a la carte restaurant, ‘Artisan’ – headed up by our award-winning head chef. We don’t offer standardised packages – our food and beverage team work closely with every couple to design a seasonal food and drinks menu that reflects their personal tastes and budget.

The Biscuit Room ceremony - credit Sean Elliott

Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

‘The Wedding Collection’ is The Biscuit Factory’s unique portfolio of services designed to make your day picture-perfect. With an emphasis on individuality and quality, the collection encompasses everything from exclusive hire of The Biscuit Room and a specially designed three-course wedding breakfast menu – to a bespoke service from your dedicated Wedding Coordinator and referrals to professional partners.

Where can we get more information?

For more details visit, email our team on or call 0191 261 0015.

Biscuit wedding 2 - 1 - credit Sean Elliott

Do you have any bridal events coming up shortly that our readers should know about?

We’ll be hosting our own Wedding Showcase in late February/ early March 2016, which is an opportunity to see our dedicated events space, The Biscuit Room, resplendently set out for a beautiful wedding. Expect spectacular table dressing, creative flourishes and delicious canapés, plus lots more, all washed down with a glass of fizz.  Check our website for more details!

Urban setting 3 - credit Sean Elliott

Is there anything else that Brides Up North should know?

The Biscuit Factory’s location – think bridges, the River Ouseburn, striking graffiti and eye-catching buildings steeped in industrial heritage – offers imaginative surroundings for a couple’s wedding photography. This compliments the stunning artistic backdrop within The Biscuit Factory itself.

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