Imagine your dream wedding at the Priory with all your closest family, friends and loved ones.
No need to sort out accommodation – it’s all here under one roof.  Exclusive Venue Hire 2019 and 2020 including all 35 bedrooms.

March to October, and December

(including bank holidays) after Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday: £9,000
Friday Saturday or Sunday: £12,000
Weekend (arrive Friday leave Sunday): £18,000

January, February and November
(including bank holidays) after Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday: £7,000
Friday, Saturday or Sunday: £10,000
Weekend (arrive Friday leave Sunday): £15,000

Once you have viewed we will hold a provisional date for you for 14 days. Booking is confirmed once you have paid the deposit of 10% of the venue hire fee.

Our 35 beautifully appointed guest bedrooms are all located within the main house. They are offered for exclusive use by you and your closest friends and family. The Vavasour room has a double bed and a sofa bed in a separate room. The 2 Sister’s bedrooms have interconnecting doors. Cots and Z -beds are available at an extra charge and can be provided in most rooms. Please see bedrooms section on the website.

The Ballroom
The Ballroom is a blank canvas to create the country house wedding you have always dreamed of. It can be configured in various ways and is equally comfortable for an intimate wedding breakfast of 70 guests as it is for 200. Additional evening guests up to 350.  We have round tables as well as long tables to suit your preferred layout, the cost of which is included in the venue hire. There is a wireless microphone connected to fully integrated speakers for use by guests.

Ceremony Rooms
The main ceremony room can be configured in different ways from an intimate ceremony of 40 to a larger ceremony of 140.
We also have two smaller ceremony rooms for more intimate occasions, one which seats 40 and one which seats 15. For very large ceremonies the ballroom can accommodate from 140 to 400 plus.

The Chapel
A unique feature of the Priory is the chapel situated within the main house where blessings and ceremonies can take place. We welcome all religions and the chapel can seat up to 120.

Vintage Car
The Priory’s own Rolls Royce Silver Cloud is the ideal car for glamorous, memorable wedding photographs. The sumptuous interior and wonderful flowing lines, adding to a magical and romantic wedding day experience.  See the car here…

Options for a ceremony in the gardens are available (weather permitting after all this is Britain!) Charges apply.

Please see the floor plans showing the reception rooms and all the bedrooms here…

The Priory is fully fitted with a state of the art sound system so you can enjoy your own music in the Ceremony room and the Ballroom.

Food Glorious Food
We love the food here at the Priory, we are lucky enough to have our catering led by the highly experienced chef Mark Rhodes. You will be reassured to know that Mark has organised and managed banqueting at many high profile events including Royal Ascot, Wimbledon, The Chelsea Flower Show and our own York Racecourse. Whether you choose from the extensive range of individual dishes or ask his team to create your own bespoke menu the results will be spectacular.

Mark’s company is the event catering specialists Mark has created a number of bespoke Thicket Priory menu’s to whet your taste buds and spark your thinking. See menus here…

Drinks Collections
We offer a range of drinks ‘collections’ which encompasses a reception drink, wine for the tables and a toast drink. You are required to provide this as a minimum for your guests. We do not offer a corkage service, but if there is anything special you require please do let us know.

The Bar
Our wonderful bar has an open fire and stocks most regular drinks.

Thicket Priory Spring Water
The Priory is blessed with its very own spring, the crystal clear water is slowly filtered for over 1000 years through ancient York stone and is sure to make you feel good all day. Available for the table See here...

The Priory prides itself on being one of the few venues of its kind with excellent accessibility. All the Garden Bedrooms are fully accessible as are the reception rooms, WC’s and parking.

Civil Ceremonies or Partnerships
When you have decided on Thicket Priory as the venue for your perfect wedding ceremony, the first thing you need to do is organise your ceremony. You will need to book a registrar for your civil ceremony direct with Selby Registration Office. Please take a look at their website Telephone them on 01609780780 or email: [email protected]

Independent Celebrant’s
You may wish to have a totally unique ceremony that stands out and identifies the values that are unique to you.  A wedding celebrant will work with you to create a totally unique script personal to you.  One of our friends is Yorkshire Celebrant, Louisa Starr at

At the Priory your privacy is completely assured. There is a long private drive and we are surrounded by a wetland nature reserve on three sides.  Please see the 360-degree picture

For most events the ballroom is more than sufficient, however, should you require it we have lawn space to accommodate a large marquee (we can help with recommendations for this). It is adjacent to the main building, with access to power and water supplies.

Local Area
Few cities in the world can rival York for history and character. A picturesque riverside city encircled by a ribbon of ancient walls, York has a fascinating provenance that stretches back 2,000 years. Being a 20 minutes’ drive from the second most visited city in the UK after London will surely be an additional attraction for your guests, who may even decide to extend their stay.

Wifi is available throughout the property.

There are 30 Parking spaces to the front of the Priory and over 100 spaces in the grassed overflow car park. Coaches can access the drive and can turn in front of the house.

We allow candles in the main ballroom and in the bar, however, these must be contained within a holder, lantern or hurricane glass. We do not allow candles elsewhere in the building.

Fireworks / Chinese Lanterns
We cannot allow Fireworks or Chinese lanterns due to the proximity of the nature reserve .