Introducing Two Utterly Beautiful New Wedding Venues in County Durham – Runa Farm and Whitworth Estate & Deer Park

Wedding Venues County DurhamSome of the images in this article are stock images. Runa Farm is undergoing extensive refurbishment therefore images give a clear idea of the concept of the venue.

It’s always exciting to discover brand spanking new wedding venues and today I am excited to share with you details of two newly launched wedding venues in County Durham in the North East of England. Runa Farm and Whitworth Estate & Deer Park are both set to open to couples getting married in 2021, so if you are searching for your dream wedding venue, look no further folks! These two venues are both strikingly beautiful and each offer something unique and different to modern, stylish couples.

PLUS they are running a contest for one couple to win a wedding worth up to £25k! Read on for more details below, it’s an amazing competition!

Shall we find out more about them?

Wedding Venues in County Durham

Both Runa Farm and Whitworth Estate & Deer Park are being brought to life by the creators behind two of the UK’s premier, multi-award award-winning wedding venues; Newton Hall and Le Petit Chateau. We have featured both Newton Hall and Le Petit Chateau many times over the years on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings and you can be assured you will be in safe hands for your big day. Not to mention gorgeous surroundings, stylish interiors and top notch service from their teams. So it’s really very exciting to hear all about these new and really wonderful wedding venues.

Wedding Venues County Durham

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Runa Farm

Runa Farm, is an intensely rustic inspired hotel, country pub and wedding venue quite unlike any other, combining natural rural beauty with cool Balearic vibes to deliver something wholly unique, as its guests will discover…

In brief, it was our plan to create an individual and special destination for “boho, honest and earthy” experiences with the farm and its produce at the very heart.

The result is a loveable, laid-back and luxurious County Durham country retreat complete with stand out spaces and suites, cool glamping and field-to-fork dining, inviting people to gather, feast, stay, and enjoy every element of its feel good spirit and endless appeal.

Runa (ru-na) – “The bridging of two worlds”

I have to say that Runa Farm really looks set to be very special indeed; think Spanish influences, a focus on outdoor farm life and incredible cuisine. There are opportunities for both indoor and outdoor locations, both for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The Runa Farm Chapel is magical and rustic, perfect for whimsical vibes and the The Old Barn syncs in perfect cohesion for the big party.

Wedding Venues County Durham

Of course, life on the farm is all about the outdoors, and so we love to share more of the estate’s natural beauty with our marrying couples by offering an abundance of opportunities to introduce alfresco elements to the celebrations; from welcome drinks in the meadow, private dining the night before on the terrace, pizza slices in the kitchen garden, or fabulous feasts served up from our impressive outdoor kitchen.

Brides and grooms can even take their ‘I dos’ outdoors – and open-air wedding ceremonies don’t get any more romantically unique than what Runa Farm has to offer. Choose between getting married in front of an ancient bell tower that chimes on your arrival or have a wonderfully offbeat ceremony set against a backdrop of a wild meadow, with vintage tractor and goat tower!

It’s wonderful to hear that a lot of thought and love has gone into the food and drink at Runa Farm, with food sourced from kitchen garden and local producers not to mention the outdoor outdoor courtyard kitchen complete with rotisserie and grill and the wood fired pizza oven for al fresco feasting. Delicious!

Wedding Venues County Durham

Ibiza inspired décor in the farmhouse provides the perfect retreat for guests and the happy couple themselves both before and after the wedding. There is also the option for glamping guaranteeing a chilled and fun atmosphere. Hot tubs, views to die for and even private gardens, it’s not just the wedding day itself that will feel like pure luxury folks.

The outdoor adventure doesn’t end there though, with fire pits, wildflower meadow, stable yard with bell tower, ponies for petting, alpacas for posing, sheep, pigs, pigmy goats, a deer named Dottie and treasured pets are also welcome along. Hooray! This makes the venue perfect for festival vibe celebrations and all suited to your budget too.

Being on a budget doesn’t mean missing out on the best. Through Runa Farm’s varying pricing levels, spectacular offers and all-inclusive packages, we really do offer something for all.

Wedding Venues County Durham

Whitworth Estate & Deer Park

Whitworth Estate & Deer Park has a really contrasting feel to Runa Farm, it’s a venue filled with history, elegance and luxury. A Grade II listed country house which you can be sure to stun your guests with the majestic surroundings and grand décor. The Grand Hall is perfect for intimate celebrations and large wedding parties alike, whatever size your guest list may be, you can be sure to feel at home here for the day.

You can also get married in the Whitworth Parish Church on the Whitworth Estate for those couples looking for a traditional ceremony setting, there is a lot of flexibility and personal options are also available.

Wedding Venues County Durham

The food and drink they offer sounds utterly fabulous too, with their in house chefs able to create anything from magnificent vintage tea parties to nine course fine dining banquets, they are able to create your dream menu.

Having on-site accommodation is essential to help your wedding experience run smoothly. Blow your guests sock off with 29 gorgeous boutique bedrooms, seriously sophisticated suites and charming retreats set in the 73 acre estate, is just one of the many things you are going to love about Durham’s favourite luxury Hotels is the stunning accommodation.

It’s always great to have accommodation at your wedding venue as it means the celebrations can last all weekend long. Just imagine waking up the day after and coming together for a beautiful breakfast, sharing all the festivities from your wedding day. At Whitworth Estate & Deer Park you will be sure to have room for everyone!

Wedding Venues County Durham

Being on a budget doesn’t mean missing out on the best. Through Whitworth Estate’s varying pricing levels, spectacular offers and all-inclusive packages, we really do offer something for all. To assist with your search for your perfect venue, please contact us for our 11-tiered pricing guide and delicious food and drink menus for your perusal.

Win Your Wedding Worth Up To £25k!

What a contest you guys! Being able to win your whole dream wedding day, whoa! So exciting.

We are giving one lucky couple the chance to win a peak summer wedding worth up to £25k! The competition will be drawn on 1st October and the big day is set for Friday 20th August 2021. The couple get to choose from one of Apartment Groups brand new wedding venues either; ‘Runa Farm’ or ‘Whitworth Estate & Deer Park’ both opening in 2021 brought to you by the creators behind Newton Hall and Le Petit Chateau.

As well as the venue, food, and drink they also including a Northumberland mini moon, Hen or a Stag Do in Newcastle and they have teamed up with some wedding suppliers so far including:

  • Hair & Make-up – Lisa Jones Hair and Makeup
  • £500 off Your Bridal Gown Yap Bridal
  • Photographer – Scott Spock
  • Wedding Cake – The Master Cakesmith
  • Room Dressing & Florist – The Finishing Touch Company
  • DJ – AMV Live Music
  • Stationery – Etch Cut Studio
  • Balloons – Balloon Ilicious
  • Light Up Letters – Coco Luminaire

To enter head over here.


So there we have it guys, two super beautiful new wedding venues coming to County Durham in 2021, so exciting!

To secure your wedding date head over to Runa Farm and Whitworth Estate & Deer Park‘s websites for all the details. I’d be quick if I were you 2021 looks set to be very busy in peak wedding season, especially at wedding venues as special as these xo Lou

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