The Normans takes its name from the beautiful 18th-century working farm on which it is set - a farm that has been in the Robinson family for three generations. And, for three generations, it has been the backdrop to a number of fantastic family weddings.
For this reason, we decided to open our doors to loved-up brides- and grooms-to-be of Yorkshire ... and beyond!
But The Normans isn't just 'another barn venue'.
We have re-vamped and re-imagined the original farm buildings and fold yard, to create a stylish and stunning space - combining rustic charm with slick contemporary features - that is purpose-built for weddings.
The Normans comprises of four distinct areas: The Courtyard, The Ceremony Barn, The Cow Stalls and The Grain Shed. Each area unique in its own right but, at the same time, interlinked, ensuring that your event flows seamlessly.
We have transformed the old fold yard into a stylish, south-facing courtyard.
Designed by London-based architects Mosley & Mann, The Courtyard combines contemporary design elements with the farm's more traditional features.
Guests will step into The Courtyard on arrival and mingle here until they're seated for the ceremony (in the aptly named Ceremony Barn, see below).
Once the bride and groom have said their 'I dos', The Courtyard becomes a setting for sipping bubbly amidst manicured lawns, trimmed buxus hedges, modern integrated seating, a slick central water feature, and an abundance of twinkling fairy lights (which look all the more stunning when the sun goes down).
The Courtyard is picture-perfect, whatever the weather. Indeed, in fairer climes, there's no better place to sup drinks in the Yorkshire sun.
But couples can still make the most of the area in the rain or snow, thanks to the expansive 9m x 5m umbrella that covers the entire patio area. Thus guests can enjoy the pop-up bar and our outdoor heaters, without worrying about getting their hair wet.
The Courtyard is the focal point of the venue for daytime merrymaking, but it is also the link between the venue's indoor areas ...
The Ceremony Barn
The Normans is fully licensed to hold civil marriage ceremonies in its stunning 18th Century threshing barn (which seats up to 120 guests).
The barn features exposed-brick walls and a high-vaulted ceiling supported by handsome wooden trusses. Not only this, but the floor-to-ceiling curtain of cascading fairy lights never fails to make jaws drop (and happens to be the ultimate backdrop for the all-important 'just-married' photo).
After the ceremony, newlyweds and their guests head out of the Ceremony Barn's huge double doors, directly into The Courtyard (strike up the band!). In the event of bad weather (a rarity in North Yorkshire ... ahem), the barn can be re-purposed as an indoor reception area - we can rearrange chairs in minutes, while you enjoy your first glass of bubbly in the Cow Stalls ...
The Cow Stalls
The Cow Stalls are set on the west side of The Courtyard. And though the cows are long gone, the building has been put to a more stylish purpose - a charming 'snug' where guests can take time out from frivolities to sit, chat and relax.
In warmer weather, we open the Cow Stalls' trio of doors, so guests can can wander in and out, or simply recline on the coffee-sack cushions and enjoy views of the merriment unfolding outside.
In the winter months, meanwhile, the doors are closed, the heating is turned up, and the space becomes a cosy and quirky place to mingle with a mulled wine in hand.
The Cow Stalls can also be equipped with a pop-up bar, and the area adjoins the Ceremony Barn - handy if the weather's not behaving itself!
The grain shed
Originally used to store wheat and barley during harvest, the Grain Shed has been transformed into the ultimate party space for you and your guests to dine, drink and dance thereafter!
Guests can access The Grain Shed from across The Courtyard, entering through splendid three-metre-tall double doors, into a spectacular space where only your imagination is the limit!
Inside, the walls are comprised of white-washed wooden cladding, while overhead the billowing fabric ceiling is imbued with wow-factor fairy lights.
The bar area, too, is a celebration of our rustic roots: constructed from reclaimed wood and featuring a steel bar-top, it is a great place for thirsty guests to congregate while bartenders work their magic.
The rustic aesthetic extends to the nearby stage, which in the past has hosted all manner of musicians - from 10-piece brass bands to a single DJ.
Both bar and stage are located next to our wooden, illuminated dance floor - which quickly transforms into a veritable Colosseum of dance battles and showmanship.
There's space enough for up to 130 guests to dine in the Grain Shed, while a maximum of 180 (day guests and evening guests combined) are welcome to party hard until the clock strikes midnight.