Browning Bros

Colchester

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5 EXCELLENT
14 Reviews

Information For Browning Bros

Passionate about delivering unique experiences, Browning Bros. have built a reputation to deliver memorable outdoor weddings and events and the best glamping Essex has to offer.

Born out of a vision between two brothers to break away from the ordinary, Browning Bros. is passionate about delivering unique experiences, providing luxury glamping accommodation, alternative wild weddings, secret escapes, corporate events and much more. Browning Bros. is located on an organic family farm, of which we are now the 5th generation. It is a family story where a passion for bringing people back to nature merges with a love of local heritage, beauty and farm diversification. Working with the farm land, we have created a thoughtful place. We hope you will experience a connection to the land, the seasons and back to nature. We invite you to enjoy this English country idyll that our family call home.

Browning Bros. is just over an hour from Central London, 6 miles from Colchester and 30 minutes from Stansted, set in the heart of the Colne Valley of the rural North Essex countryside.

We have two unique wedding venues at Browning Bros. for you to choose from, Chalkney Water Meadows and Teybrook Orchard.

Chalkney Water Meadows (the larger of the two) is nestled within a water meadow, amongst ancient woodland and a beautiful tree lined lake. Humanist ceremonies take place on the willow tree pontoon with celebrations are held in our giant tipi’s, suitable for 100-200 guests.

Forget your commercial conveyer belt corporate wedding venues, booted out by midnight in preparation for the next couple in the doors the following day. Instead, allow yourself to imagine a celebration created entirely by yourselves.

At Chalkney Water Meadow’s, we offer exclusive use of the venue for the entire weekend! This gives you the freedom to truly create your dream wedding, and more importantly the time to celebrate and catch up with close family and friends in this beautiful setting.

The venue comes with the following:

3 Giant Kata Tipis
Rustic wooden trestle tables, benches and chairs to seat confirmed guest numbers
Wooden dancefloor and wooden flooring

Venue Facilities:
Use of Willow Tree Pontoon for humanist ceremony
Haybale seating for guests during ceremony
Converted caravan bar
Luxury Shepherd hut loo unit (3 female loos, 2 male loos / 2 urinals)
Converted horse trailer shower unit (2 showers)
32A three phase electrical supply
Fresh drinking water supply
Free car parking
Rubbish and recycling bins

Glamping
Bridal bell tent
Fire bowl in camping area
Supply of logs for campfire
Luxury bell tents for your guests

Lighting
LED par lights & LED fairy lighting throughout tipis
Outdoor decorative lighting around the lake, glamping and reception area (tree up-lighters and festoon lighting)

Acoustic
PA & microphone for ceremony, speeches and background daytime music
Zone array system and amplifier for disco in evening

Wedding Co-ordinator
Full event management throughout the day

Walking distance from the venue down a country track are located our luxury cabins for you to book alongside with your wedding at Chalkney Water Meadows:

1. Water Lily Lodge (sleeps up to 6) is the first of our secluded lakeside cabins and come with a hot tub.
2. Kingfishers Nest (sleeps 2 adults and 2 children) is the second of our secluded cabins, built in 2020 on the edge of one of our hidden lakes. The cabin comes with a sauna and a hot tub.

As with the cabins, the bus is approached down a country track and offers epic accommodation, right on the edge of one of our hidden lakes in the Colne Valley, surrounded by woodland offering wonderful views in a peaceful location.

The second wedding venue for you to choose from is Teybrook Orchard, a wonderfully secluded spot for your wedding celebrations tucked away between an apple orchard and 20 acres of woodland.This is our woodland venue and is suitable for approx 30 – 120 guests.
The venue comes with the following:

Marquee – 18x9m
Wooden trestle tables, benches and chairs to seat confirmed guest numbers

Venue Facilities:
Wooden dancefloor and wooden flooring
Use of woodland for humanist ceremony
Haybale seating for guests during ceremony
Orchard Kitchen and Bar
Orchard Wash House (3 female loos, 1 male loos / 2 urinals / 4 showers)
Mains electrical supply
Fresh drinking water supply
Free car parking
Rubbish and recycling bins

Glamping:
Bridal dwelling (choice of grain silo, shepherds hut, bell tent or yurt)
Fire bowl in camping area
Supply of logs for campfire
Dwellings and bell tents for your guests

Lighting:
LED par lights & LED fairy lighting throughout marquee
Outdoor decorative lighting around the venue, glamping and woodland area (tree up-lighters and festoon lighting)

Acousitic:
PA & microphone for ceremony, speeches and background daytime music
Zone array system and amplifier for disco in evening
DJ stand and disco lights
Event Co-Ordinator
Full event management throughout the day

The site has 10 fixed dwellings on wooden platforms dotted around the site which include 5 bell tents, 3 yurts, a shepherds hut and a converted grain silo offering accommodation for a total of 40 guests. Additional bell tents can be erected in the Orchard should more guests be looking for glamping accommodation. These dwellings are not included in the package but can be booked separately by guests. Alternatively, if other guests wish to pitch their own tent this is an option at £20 per pitch.

There are lots of additional extras we can provide at both sites so please get in touch if you have any questions.

Both venues are totally bespoke to you so you can build your dream wedding. We can be involved as much or as little as you would like. This is where the fun starts!


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Two beautiful and unusual wedding venues in North Essex. Chalkney Water Meadows is the larger venue suitable for up to 200 guests. Positioned on the edge of a beautiful tree lined lake, humanist ceremonies take place on the pontoon overlooking the water. Teybrook Orchard is the smaller venue and suitable for up to 100-120 guests. Surrounded by a fruit orchard and 20 acre woodland this tranquil spot is a wonderful location to celebrate with loved ones. Humanist ceremonies take place under trees. Both venues offer fantastic glamping accommodation in cosy bell tents, yurts and shepherd huts. Accommodation includes beds, full bedding and bath towels. Additionally, we have two lakeside cabins available to rent a stones throw from Chalkney Water Meadows! With hot tubs and one even has a sauna! Pick from a range of delicious local catering options including quirky pizza and street food trucks to succulent hog roasts and delicious paella stands - we have endless choices! Wedding Contact : Becky Browning Number of People In Team : 4No of Weddings Hosted : Number of Weddings Hosted - More Than 50Location : In The CountrysideNearest Town : ColchesterNearest Airport : Stansted View More
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Top Wedding Tips

Enjoy the moment! So much planning, time and money goes into weddings which can be overwhelming at times! The overall message is to make sure your enjoy the day and don’t get stressed.

Plan early on! Spend time finding recommendations, talking to and meet suppliers, see what’s out there and have fun with it. Once you have some of the main suppliers book early you can relax into it.

Make it about you and your partner! Put your individual stamp on the day reflecting you as a couple and make it personal. It's not about the glitz and glam, its about you two getting married.

Browning Bros Reviews

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Elodie & Anthony
Wedding Date
15 Sep 2018
Everything was absolutely perfect
"Just wanted to say thank you once more! Everything was absolutely perfect and we couldn't have wished for a more beautiful place for our wedding to take place! You have been really helpful, responsive and flexible around our (many!) questions and queries so we really appreciate it :)
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Eleanor
Wedding Date
28 Jul 2018
A real pleasure to work with you guys
"We just wanted to email to say the biggest thank you from us both for yesterday. We had an absolutely amazing day and we are so so happy that we were able to celebrate at your venue with all our family and friends. They all loved the site. Your help from the beginning has been fantastic and a real pleasure to work with you guys."
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Hayley & Alec
Wedding Date
15 Sep 2018
it was more than we could have even hoped for from start to finish!
We're just back from our mini moon and wanted to send you the biggest THANK YOU - what an incredible day - it was more than we could have even hoped for from start to finish! The weather was beautiful but the setting and the laid back atmosphere you helped us to create was everything we'd wanted and more. We chose to have our wedding with you after viewing many 'traditional venues' and realising these just weren't for us, being able to bring in our own caterers, Alec's fave ales, go on multiple booze cruises to Calais for the wine , have one of our best friends conduct the ceremony, and involve our mates and family in every aspect, was just what we wanted! It was so personal and so many of our guests have commented on just how unique and 'us' the day was and to me that's just how a wedding should be. We can't thank you enough, your team were great and so fun to have involved in the day. There was no stress, just fun and everyone felt it, even Helen helping me so 'gracefully' in my dress into the land rover was hilarious! The lodge made the perfect spot for us to get ready in the beautiful surroundings by the lake, and tipis were just brilliant, waking up with all our nearest and dearest the next day and carrying on the party was fantastic. We just wish we could go back and do it all over again…
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Francesca
Wedding Date
01 Sep 2018
It was so goddam awesome.
We could not have pulled off such an awesome party. Thank you so much for all your efforts. It was so goddam awesome. 
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Charlotte & Jamie
Wedding Date
14 Jul 2018
incredible, amazing, beautiful, fantastic venue
incredible, amazing, beautiful, fantastic venue. Thank so.much for giving us the best wedding ever. Not just me and Jamie saying this but all our guests as well. Nat, Archie and Helen have absoutley smashed it!!!
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Karen & Tom
Wedding Date
30 Jun 2018
a truly magical day
I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you on behalf of Tom and I for a truly magical day. We had an absolutely amazing time, I honestly don't think that it could have gone better. Thank you for all your hard work and efforts. The log cabin was amazing, we were so sad to leave there yesterday, but alas all good things have to come to an end.
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Sarah
Wedding Date
24 Aug 2019
Exactly as it said on the tin.
The Beedie and Heavens families and friends had a wonderful time at Teybrook Orchard over the August bank holiday celebrating the wedding of Lucy and Dave. It was a beautiful location with great facilities for everyone. Exactly as it said on the tin. Even the weather arrived as per plan. Thanks especially to Nat and Helen who were so amazing it helping us arrange the best day!
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Laura
Wedding Date
06 Jul 2019
Highly recommend this place and staff.
"Wow what a venue!! Attended a most fabulous wedding at the Water Meadows and stayed overnight in one of the tents.
A fab location and facilities were great. The bride and groom had a totally personal wedding and Browning Bros made it happen. Highly recommend this place and staff. "
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Ben & Claire
Wedding Date
28 Sep 2019
All the guys were so helpful and welcoming!!
We had an amazing stay at the log cabin and such a beautiful wedding there too. All the guys were so helpful and welcoming!! Can't wait to go back and stay!
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Antonio & Vicky
Wedding Date
21 Sep 2019
Many people have told us it was the best wedding they have ever been to!
We had a most fantastic wedding at their Chalkney Water Meadows venue! Many people have told us it was the best wedding they have ever been to! The browning brothers themself (And Helen) were absolutely fantastic and fun and made sure everything went perfectly well!!! The glamping and camping was so well done, we had around 100 of the 250 guests stay over! We also rented the lodge for the weekend and it was gorgeous, clean, large, with hot tub! Made the whole weekend more perfect than we could have imagined! Stunning venue. Fantastic people to work withThank you Browningbros. Vicky and Tony
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An aerial video showcasing our wedding venue, Teybrook Orchard, set in a secluded orchard hidden away amongst 20 acres woodland.

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A beautiful wedding at Chalkney in July 2017!

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Teybrook Farm, Great Tey, Colchester, Essex, CO6 1JE

Browning Bros

  • Teybrook Farm
  • Great Tey
  • Colchester
  • Essex
  • CO6 1JE
  • United Kingdom

Meet the Wedding Coordinator

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Becky Browning

Becky has recently joined the Browning Bros. team, officially, as Head of Events but has played a big part in the business since they first set up in 2012, being fiance to one of the Directors of BBros (Nat). Becky has always loved the business from the get go and couldn't wait to get out of London, where she has been working for the past 8 years in the events industry, to join her husband to be and brother in law and help run the wonderful Events at Browning Bros. Having worked in the Events industry for 10+ years now, she has a wealth of experience in organising events, including her own wedding which sadly had to be postponed due to Covid - she knows how brides feel! She is incredibly organised and attentive to detail and will always work tirelessly to ensure all your questions, queries and concerns are answered quickly and efficiently.