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Wedding at Normanton Church

If you’re looking for somewhere special to hold your civil ceremony, then why not take a look at Normanton Church, set on the shores of Rutland Water?

Steeped in history Normanton Church retains a timeless architectural elegance. Deconsecrated in 1970, it offers a wonderful unique venue with its stunning design and water front location and is available for civil ceremonies.

Normanton Church

Its once threatened existence adds to the enchanting ambience of Normanton Church, which now stands a surviving treasure of the past. Saved from the reservoir floor, the only thing flooding this venue is light. The many windows illuminate the arched interior and offer picturesque views out across the water. Exquisite beauty radiates in waves from this grade II listed building, built in the classical style.

The church, originating from medieval times, was re-designed in 1826-9 by Thomas Cundy and his son, surveyors to the Grosvenor estate in Westminster.

A Rutland icon, Normanton Church is stylistically evocative and a truly novel civil ceremony venue.  This setting is guaranteed to create cherished memories doused in romanticism. So, is it your dream to have a wedding on the water in one of the finest, most recognisable, buildings in the County of Rutland?


Here's what some of our recent couples had to say about their special day.

"Thank you so much for everything you did to make our wedding perfect!  You were a complete star!"
Ruth and Martyn

"Just had our wedding at the amazing Normanton Church.  Great setting and views, my guests were blown away by how good the church looked, both inside and out!"
Sven and Holly

"The chairs that you had arranged felt really personal, a day to fit our requirements exactly .."
Hannah and Steve

Wedding Co-ordinators for Normanton Church

Jonathan Young and Jessica Barry Rutland Water Visitor Centre Sykes Lane Empingham Oakham LE15 8QL

01780 686800
07872 041481

Jonathan Young and Jessica Barry are always on hand to make sure you have the best ceremony you can have and they are happy to answer any questions you may have about your special day.

Frequently asked questions

Here are the answers to a few of the questions you might ask. If you have any other questions, please give Jonathan a call.

How much does it cost and how long is the hire period?

The costs of booking the Church for the two hour period to hold a ceremony are:
2018 - 2019

£500 Mon-Thurs (excluding Bank Holidays).
£699 Fri-Sun (and Bank Holidays)  including any applicable VAT.

How is the church equipped and furnished?

We provide the following items on the day

  • A pair of bay trees are placed either side of the entrance.
  • We provide chairs in blue and gold.
  • Five silk flower arrangements, white and beige flowers with gold sparkly accents to bring out the colours of the walls and the gold of the chairs in the venue.
  • 10 church pillar candles to borrow.
  • Blue table runner.

Who conducts the ceremony?

The formal part of the ceremony conducted by the Rutland County Council Registrar and lasts 15-20 minutes

As the ceremony venue and registrars are separate entities, it is vital to ring and check that both Normanton Church and the Registrars are available for the same date and time before going through with any bookings. 

How many guests can I invite?

Up to 100 guests may be invited.

Rutland County Council Registrar

Superintendent Registrar Register Office Rutland County Council Catmose Cottage, South Street Oakham Rutland LE15 6HP

Please note that as the ceremony venue and registrars are separate entities.

It is vital to ring and check that both Normanton Church and the Registrars are available for the same date and time before proceeding with any bookings.

01572 758370

How to find Normanton Church

Normanton Rutland LE15 8HD

Normanton Church is straightforward to find, on the South Shore of Rutland Water.

  • Travelling from Stamford towards Oakham, on the A606, before the village of Empingham, take the Edith Weston turn off, on your left.
  • Continue on the road for roughly 3.2km and turn into the Normanton car park on your right.
  • Take the first right on entering the car park and follow the road round to the right along the track.


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