Chalkney Water Meadows

Chalkney Wedding Venue Guide

The perfect wedding venue for your festival style wedding. I’ve photographed there plenty of times over the last few years and I think it’s a really special venue so I wanted to do this guide to help anyone who might be planning there wedding there. It’s the perfect venue for you if you are looking for a relaxed approach, an outdoor setting, festival atmosphere and a fun approach.

Essential Information

Just an hour from London, Chalkney Water Meadows is a wedding venue in Essex that embraces the outdoors and lets you have your wedding in a beautiful lakeside setting.

The venue is exclusively yours for your wedding. There are onsite yurts for you and your guests to stay in, a kitchenette, luxury loos and showers. A tipi for up to 180 guests and a stretch tent.

The site is right next to a beautiful lake and surrounded by woodland.

Nestled in a section of the woods and by it’s own separate lake are another 2 luxury cabins for you to hire too.

The team running the venue are absolutely lovely and bring all the positive energy and fun vibes to your day. They also help keep things running smoothly, which is sometimes a real issue with outdoor, diy venues but this team are really on it and will help you with all the logistics and supplier sourcing that comes with tipi weddings! You also have the massive benefit that it’s a site with a permanent tipi and stretch tent so no additional costs or hassle in having to source that.

Chalkney Water Meadows Wedding Gallery

A selection of photos from weddings I’ve photographed there


The nearest mainline train stations are Marks Tey and Colchester, and there is a branch line running super close to the venue at Chappel.

Driving here is easy with plenty of space for parking, including coaches. It’s about an hour from London and well connected to the rest of the country as it’s not far from the A12.


Browning Bros make this super easy with onsite accomodation. There are plenty of yurts for guests and 2 lovely lakeside cabins if you want more of a luxury stay! However if camping isn’t your guests thing and there’s not enough room in the cabins then there are lots of nearby places to stay. Here’s a couple but please ask if you want to know more. I know the area well!

Wakes Hall Lodges

Gladwins Farm


This area is lovely and there’s tonnes of activities to do nearby if you want to make a weekend of it. There is paddleboarding on the River Stour – check out the paddleboardcompany or head to one of the local woods if you fancy a wander. Chalkney Woods is beautiful! For food close by there’s the Swan Inn at Chappel or Riverside Spice is a great Indian down the road.

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I’ve photographed lots of weddings at Chalkney Water Meadows and know the area well. I’ve also worked with lots of the suppliers here! It’s one of my favourite venues and I love the weddings I get to photograph here! If you’d like to know more, fill in my contact form!