We’re all feeling the cold this week as temperatures plummeted from nippy to flippin’ freezing levels following the weekend’s snowfall. In a bid to warm things back up, we’re brining you details of a truly unique wedding venue in the north west that has tropical vibes all year round!
Introducing Sefton Park Palm House, a breath-takingly beautiful Victorian glass house that’s home to the Liverpool Botanical Collection and that provides a spectacular celebration space like no other!
Surrounded by award-winning parkland, iconic monuments and unusual plants, the stunning building can host weddings of up to 400 standing guests and 220 seated guests within its incredible glazed structure.
Not only can couples marrying here be sure of a quirky and individual setting, but following a partnership with hospitality specialists Dine, brides and grooms saying, “I do” to Sefton will also receive exquisite catering and faultless event management as standard.
Planning more than 200 weddings each year, the Dine team are well qualified to make big day dreams at Sefton Park come true, and are here today to tell us what makes this rare venue such a winning choice for a couple’s special day…
Where is Sefton Park Palm House located?
dine say: Sefton Park Palm House is located in the magnificent 235-acre historic Sefton Park, in south Liverpool. The Grade I park is a Green Flag and Green Heritage awarded site with beautiful features and monuments. The park’s bandstand, popular since the Victorian era, is said to be the inspiration for The Beatles’ song Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Can you tell us a little about the history of the venue?
Sefton Park Palm House was designed and built by MacKenzie and Moncur of Edinburgh. Henry Yates Thompson, a Liverpool millionaire, gifted £10,000 to the city to fund the construction. The Palm House was opened in 1896.
During the Liverpool Blitz of May 1941, a bomb fell nearby and shattered the glass. It was reglazed in 1950 at a cost of £6,163. However, after a period of decline it was closed in the 1980s due to safety concerns.
In 1992 a public fundraising campaign raised more than £35,000, which led directly to the repair and reopening of the Palm House in 1993. It was fully restored at a cost of £3.5 million with Heritage Lottery and European funding and fully reopened in September 2001.
How would you describe the look and feel of the venue?
Sefton Park Palm House is an octagonal, Grade II listed, three-tier dome conservatory designed in the tradition of Joseph Paxton’s glass houses. The conservatory currently houses one of the oldest horticultural collections in Britain, originally containing more than 4,000 different plants.
The eight corners of the Palm House are marked by statues by the French sculptor Léon-Joseph Chavalliaud. These statues include explorers Captain Cook, Christopher Columbus, navigators Gerardus Mercator and Henry the Navigator, botanists and explorers Charles Darwin, Carl Linnaeus and John Parkinson and landscape architect Andre le Notre.
The Palm House is a luxurious, historically significant venue that makes any event feel special and unique. The combination of the glass and the horticultural collection means that even on a day where the weather isn’t quite perfect, you’ll feel as though you’re in a tropical oasis.
It’s also worth remembering that booking your wedding at the Palm House will contribute towards its preservation for future generations.
Can you tell us about the ceremony and reception areas and how many guests the venue can cater for?
Sefton Park Palm House is licensed for civil ceremonies, civil partnerships and renewal of vows. The Palm House can host a maximum of 400 guests when standing, while 220 guests can be seated for dinner.
The Palm House is a Victorian glass house and is one large building so both the ceremony and reception take place in the same beautiful space.
What makes Sefton Park Palm House a special wedding venue and sets it apart from others?
The beautiful setting in the 235-acre Sefton Park, combined with the octagonal, tiered conservatory and the significant collection of plants makes this venue truly unique. It is unlike any grand country house or modern venue, and once inside you and your guests will feel as though you are in a world of your own.
The historic significance of Sefton Park Palm House and the chance to preserve it for future generations when used for events makes this a venue one on its own.
What sort of bride would be a Sefton Park bride?
Sefton Park Palm House offers a beautiful setting for year-round weddings and often appeals to brides looking for something different and completely unique. The venue is, of course, happy to welcome couples from all over the UK looking for that extra special venue with the ‘wow’ factor.
How can your staff help to make the planning process easier and the big day amazing?
Our experienced events team will expertly guide you through the planning process to turn your vision into reality. They can advise what will work within the venue and make creative suggestions.
We draw on our expertise of planning more than 200 weddings each year, and combined with the extensive experience of the Sefton Park Palm House events team, we are well qualified to make the planning process as easy as possible and your big day beyond imagination.
Can you tell us about the accommodation at the venue or is there accommodation nearby the venue that you could recommend?
Both The Sefton Park Hotel and the Hallmark are located within Sefton Park so you can enjoy a short walk through beautiful parkland to your wedding venue.
Sefton Park Palm House is also a ten-minute drive from Liverpool city centre, which boasts a fabulous selection of hotels on the waterfront and in the town. Such a convenient location means you and your guests will be spoilt for choice.
Tell us about your catering services and what makes them special?
With our vastly experienced chefs, hailing from some of the country’s top kitchens, Dine’s catering services stand out from the crowd.
At Dine we understand that every wedding is unique, and each couple has different objectives. Accordingly, we tailor our hospitality offer to ensure your big day is exactly as you pictured it.
With a wealth of inspirational produce to choose from, great catering is at the heart of every event that we manage. We will work with the happy couple to help make menu choices that make the most of seasonal and family favourites.
We’ll offer you the chance to have a full tasting with your chosen linen, chairs and flowers before your wedding day to ensure everything is perfect.
Our staff will be present on the big day, providing impeccable service so that you don’t have to worry about anything. We can manage your event from concept to completion.
What is the feedback like from couples about Sefton Park?
The couples married at Sefton Park Palm House consistently give excellent feedback. They are usually wowed by the stunning and unique venue, superb catering, attention to detail and helpful staff.
Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?
Prices for 2018 will vary depending on season and day. Currently prices are from £2,960 for weekdays, up to £4,700 for weekend hire.
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