The Great Barn

The Threshing Hall

NEW – Corporate Events at Doxford Barns

We are thrilled to introduce corporate event packages at Doxford Barns!

Doxford Barns is the perfect workspace for team activities and conferencing.

Away from the active hustle of towns and cities, Doxford Barns is a versatile and dynamic space with plenty of mind-stimulating character capable of hosting a corporate capacity of 150 persons.

We offer a conferencing and banqueting room with projector, screen and microphone facilities, flipcharts and pens and a bottle of still or sparkling water for all delegates; as well as multiple break-out areas for group work and discussions, seemlessly tied together in four high class packages.

To view these packages and for more information on what we offer, take a look at our new corporate brochure.

If you would like to enquire about our packages please don’t hesitate to contact Karen, our Conference Coordinator.

An exciting and truly unique barn wedding venue has been born, located in the heart of coastal Northumberland.

We are situated on a private and secluded country estate in unspoilt countryside where your dream wedding will be totally exclusive to you and your guests spread over three days. Unlike many other venues who offer a hurried 24 hour event, Doxford Barn Weddings creates a relaxed, enjoyable and memorable wedding experience. From tiaras to twine, flowers to favours and everything in between, we’re here to help you design your perfect rural marriage at Doxford Barn Weddings – whatever and however you wish it to be! We love to welcome guests to Doxford, allowing couples to see our beautiful surroundings and stunning new venue. If you would like to come and visit us we have viewings most Sunday afternoons.

Come & See Us

Please call 01665 579 173 to book a viewing.

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I would like to thank you most sincerely for a very, very memorable weekend. Everyone thought the venue was beautiful! Please pass on our thanks to all the Doxford Barns staff for their attentive and friendly manner, exactly the atmosphere that we required.

Graham Russell

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  Thank you so much to everyone at Doxford Barns for helping us have the perfect wedding day on Saturday. It was great to have so many family and friends staying in the cottages onsite for the whole weekend. The food was superb, Michael from The Plough did a fantastic job. The sun finally came out in the afternoon and we got some gorgeous snaps down by the lake and in the fields. Nothing was too much trouble and the staff were just great throughout. Thank you all so much from a very happy Mr and Mrs Pearson!

Andrea Pearson

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Thank you so much for all you did for us to make our day so perfect. You really went above and beyond to ensure all our guests were happy and cared for, and that Peter and I were well looked after. The venue was absolutely incredible, especially the ceremony in the Threshing Hall! We really appreciated your laid-back nature and how welcoming you were to my family and ourselves and to how you let us relax and set up the place beforehand. You are all doing an amazing job.

Claire & Peter

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We want to say such a big thank you to you and your team for making our wedding so special. We had such a fantastic day – and so did our guests. We loved the rustic beauty of the barn, and the stunning countryside surrounding it. Arriving on the tractor was a brilliant moment of the day which everyone loved – along with the ice-cream and Pimms! The food was incredible, and all of the staff were so friendly, helpful and fun.  Staying in the cottages over the weekend also made the whole place feel like home which is something we’d really hoped for, so thank you.

Beth and Barney 

Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 14.54.14 A fantastic weekend spent at Doxford Barns and Cottages for the wedding of Andrea and Alan Pearson. From the time we arrived on Friday morning until leaving on Monday morning the staff were more than helpful and turned the event into a very special occasion that we will never forget. Heartfelt thanks to the Plough in Alnwick for the excellent wedding breakfast and to Richard and his team for a breakfast the following morning that was beyond our expectations!

Phil Seedhouse

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Wow, what a place to get married. The Threshing Hall was so beautiful for the ceremony and the Great Barn was perfect for a lively ceilidh. Great food, delicious real ale (of our choosing!), gorgeous setting and nothing was too much trouble for Richard and the team. If you want a barn wedding in Northumberland, this is the place.

Alan Pearson

Our Venue

The Great Barn

The Great Barn is steeped in history but tastefully renovated to cater for up to 180 guests, cocooned around a spectacular oak frame, beautifully up lit by mood lighting. The perfect venue to enjoy your sumptuous wedding breakfast and to dance the night away on our spacious dance floor. The Great Barn has stunning south facing views across the Northumberland countryside. After your wedding breakfast there is ample space for up to 250 guests. This is an idyllic space for photographers with all areas softly lit, allowing for wonderful opportunities to capture your whole day.

The Baldy Reiver Bar

This wonderful bar is the larger of the two and is situated within the spacious Great Barn, adjacent to the 18th century Cart Shed. The Baldy Reiver bar is fully stocked and has total of 53 limited edition festoon lights, providing the barn with a warming glow. We also have a variety of specialist vodkas and gins on offer at this bar only.

The Cart Shed

The Cart Shed is a beautifully appointed 18th century stone reception room, which is a perfect area for an intimate ceremony. The Cart Shed has a wine and spirits bar giving your wedding party a chance to relax and enjoy every moment of your special day.

The Forge

Leading from the ‘‘The Cart Shed’’ you will find ‘’The Forge’’ a further reception room. The Forge contains the original bellows and fireplace, a perfect area for your friends and family to sit in comfort.

The Turnbull Bar

Here at Doxford Barns we strive to provide the best customer service possible. The Turnbull Bar offers a wide range of competitively priced beverages to meet the needs of your wedding party, along with a 2am licence for alcohol and entertainment.

Threshing Hall

The 18th century Threshing Hall boasts a rustic appearance with original oak beams and classic stone work. This spacious venue can host up to 150 guests and is a magnificent area for civil ceremonies.

Doxford Lake

Here at Doxford Barns we can now arrange for your civil ceremonies to be performed in front of our three-acre lake. The lake is situated ½ mile from The Great Barn and is also a stunning backdrop for your wedding photographs.

The Farmhouse Lawn

Perhaps you could use Doxford’s beautiful lawns for your ceremony. The lawn is an ideal area to share canapés and drinks with friends and family, before retiring to your chosen venue for your wedding breakfast.


We are thrilled to welcome the award winning John Blackmore as our executive head chef at Doxford Barns. John brings a wealth of culinary knowledge and flare to Doxford Barns, trained by the famous French chef Paul Bocuse and previous winner of the prestigious prize of chef of the year whilst at the Intercontinental Hotel Group. John also cooked for HM Queen while executive head chef at Newcastle United Football Club after being recommended by her daughter Princess Anne. We are thrilled to have John joining our small-dedicated team.

Our New Menus!

Doxford Barns Food Menu 2017
We hope that you will agree that John has created a menu with so many wonderful options, choosing the dishes for your dream wedding is more exciting than ever!

Doxford Barns Drinks Menu 2017
Our new drinks menu has been designed to make choosing your drinks reception as personal as possible! This also contains all of our bar prices and wine list, any queries please contact us.

We are thrilled to offer the opportunity to come and taste our new menu at one of our Tasting Nights, see our Events page for more details.
If you have booked your wedding experience and would like to attend, please contact us to arrange a place.

(Three starters, mains and desserts per couple, five 125ml glasses of wine or prosecco per couple. Charges for extra dishes or guests will apply).


Doxford Barns has exclusive use of seven tastefully renovated farm cottages just 200 yards from the barn venue itself. The cottages are made up of a mixture of 3, 2 and 1 bedroom cottages all in a stone built terrace row, once used to house the farm labourers that worked the land. The cottages have comfy sitting rooms with wood burning stoves, fully equipped kitchens (one with Aga) as well as tastefully appointed bathrooms. In total all 7 cottages can sleep up to 40 people. To maintain exclusive use of the farm, we ask that the accommodation is booked with the venue.

Meet Our Team

Richard Shell

Richard Shell


In 2014 Richard came up with the idea of creating Doxford Barns wedding venue, subsequently leaving his job in banking to create and run the business. Due to his hard work and commitment Richard has created an award winning wedding venue where couples can enjoy a 3 day wedding experience. Richard’s vision is to provide guests with a wedding experience in a happy, fun and relaxed environment. Now Doxford Barns is flourishing in its second year, Richard’s role has a strong emphasis on expanding the business and developing our unique offerings to ensure we are at the forefront of the North East wedding industry. In his spare time Richard loves to travel, meeting friends and family on his way.

Tom & Sarah Shell

Tom & Sarah Shell

Tom and Sarah have farmed Doxford for the last 30 years, with Doxford being in Sarah’s family for over 3 generations. Tom now oversees the day to day operations on the farm with Sarah managing the self-catering cottage accommodation at Doxford. Sarah and Tom enjoy skiing in the winter as well as visiting their daughter and granddaughter in Australia. Tom is often seen with his beloved ‘Queef’ and ‘Snatch’ – his sheepdogs.

David Scott

David Scott

General Manager

David joined our award winning team in August 2016 and brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to Doxford Barns. David spent 11 years working as a senior Manager at The Alnwick Garden where he was heavily involved in establishing the project as a destination wedding venue as well as managing the world famous Treehouse Restaurant. During his time at The Alnwick Garden David worked closely with Her Grace Duchess of Northumberland gaining many awards and accolades along the way. David is privileged to have served HRH Prince of Wales, Prince William, Prince Harry and a whole host of public figures and celebrities. David’s attention to detail and desire to please ensures all guests receive the very best service possible. When not caring for our guests David enjoys spending time with family, friends and his dog Missy.

John Blackmore

John Blackmore

Executive Head Chef

We are thrilled to welcome the award winning John Blackmore as our executive head chef at Doxford Barns. John brings a wealth of culinary knowledge and flare to Doxford Barns, trained by the famous French chef Paul Bocuse and previous winner of the prestigious prize of chef of the year whilst at the Intercontinental Hotel Group. John also cooked for HM Queen while executive head chef at Newcastle United Football Club after being recommended by her daughter Princess Anne. When John isn’t cooking up a storm in the kitchen he enjoys walking and exploring the beautiful countryside of Northumberland.

Karen Larkin

Karen Larkin

Wedding & Conference Coordinator

Karen is the beating heart of Doxford Barns. Her knowledge in event management means our guest’s wedding experience runs like clockwork and her attention to detail is second-to-none. She has worked alongside Kathy Secker raising funds for Grace House North East Children’s Hospice Appeal, her role included organising events as well as corporate and community fundraising activities. Karen also organised Alnwick Food Festival for five years, this event brought in excess of 20,000 people to the town centre and became increasingly popular with celebrity chefs attending the event such as Jean-Christophe Novelli. Directing the Festival of Alnwick – in celebration of the Olympic Torch Relay 2012, was another of Karen’s accolades. In her spare time, Karen can often be found cuddling her Alaskan Malamute, Loki, and talking to her pet Terrapin, Melly.

Jess Straker

Jess Straker

Wedding & Events Coordinator

Jess joined the team as an events manager in January 2016 and has a vital role in running many of the weddings here at Doxford Barns. Jess’s work ethic and excellent customer service is shown within all aspects of her daily work. In her spare time she enjoys walking up huge mountains and making wacky birthday cakes for family and friends.

Gemma Nicholson

Gemma Nicholson

Operations Manager

Gemma has worked within food and beverage for several years and brings a wealth of experience to Doxford Barns. Gemma worked under our General Manager, David, for 11 years at The Alnwick Garden, during that time they became a great team and an unstoppable force. Gemma prides herself on her outstanding organisational and customer service skills, and even admits to having slight OCD when it comes to keeping things neat and tidy. In her spare time, Gemma enjoys family days out with her husband Mark and their 2-year-old son Charlie.

Will Larkin

Will Larkin

Social Media & Marketing Coordinator

Will joined the team in January 2016 as a top bar man and progressed into his new role in July 2016. Will looks after the marketing for Doxford Barns and during weddings helps manage our two bars. In his free time Will runs his own photography and filming business, he also enjoys cruising around Northumberland’s country roads.

Doxford Barns

Doxford Barns


Directions Travelling North:

  • Bypass Alnwick.
  • Five miles north of Alnwick take a right turn, the B6347 by a large square farmhouse on your right.
  • Follow the B6347 for about 2 miles and take a left to Doxford Farm – you will see our Doxford Barns sign.
  • Follow our farm road past the camping site for approximately one mile, you will see Doxford Barns to your left.
  • Car Parking is opposite the cottages, turn left at the large stone.

Directions Travelling South:

  • Bypass Belford.
  • Four miles south of Belford you will come to a dual carriageway.
  • Continue to the end of the dual carriageway and one mile south take a left turn onto the B6347 by a large square farmhouse on left.
  • Follow the B6347 for about 2 miles and take a left to Doxford Farm – you will see our Doxford Barns sign.
  • Follow our farm road past the camping site for approximately one mile, you will see Doxford Barns to your left.
  • Car parking is opposite the cottages, turn left at the large stone.

Contact Us

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Contact Us

Doxford Farm 
Chathill, Alnwick,
Northumberland, NE67 5DY

01665 579 173

Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

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