The Riding School at a glance

*maximum capacity



Wedding Breakfast


Evening Reception


At Ivy House Weddings we are here to help you at every step of the way. Ivy House Weddings is made up of Emma and Rebecca so we are able to offer you consistency, As we only host 25 weddings a year, we are able to offer you time and as we have been planning and coordinating weddings for many years, we are able to offer you experience.

Ivy House Weddings
Geoff Kirby

The Riding School is a stunning blank canvas that suits any style. It really is the opportunity to make your wedding venue yours.

A Grade II listed barn in the middle of the Calke Abbey estate.

 Our no corkage venue is set with 600 acres of gardens, park land, meadows and lakes.

How does a day at The Riding School Work?

Our aim is to ensure that your day flows, from the ceremony, to your drinks reception, photographs to wedding breakfast and then the most amazing party with the people you love! As the Riding School is one room with a stunning brick walled courtyard. We use draping to create the illusion of rooms without needing to move your guests from one room to another. It’s all so effortless!

Leigh Mcara

Your Day

The time you host your celebrations with us depends on your personal preference as well as the availability of the registrar.
We find that between 1pm and 2pm works well, it gives you time to get ready as well as making sure we still have stunning light for your photographs in the gardens.

A typical day may look like this:

1.00pm – Ceremony
1.30pm – Drinks Reception
2.00pm – Group shots & Confetti in the court yard
2.15pm – Photographs in the gardens
3.00pm – Guests to be Seated for Wedding Breakfast & Speeches (Please allow a minimum of 2 hours for your Wedding Breakfast)
6.30pm – Evening Guests to Arrive
7.00pm – Cake cutting and first dance
11.00pm – Last Orders and the music to end
11.30pm – Carriages
12.00am – The estate to close

Out side space

With over 600 acres you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to your photographs. Courtyards, gardens, meadows and tree lined driveways, where will you choose?

Just married couple embracing on the long driveway into the Calke Abbey estate
Humpston and Bull
The Light Painters
Daniel Hughes Photography
Leigh Mcara
The Light Painters
Chris Snowden