Chester Zoo


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The Oakfield, at the heart of Chester Zoo is a truly unique venue. Where else can you get married in a Grade II Victorian Manor House alongside 27,000 animals and 125 acres of beautiful grounds?

For a truly unforgettable day, why not get married at Chester Zoo? It truly is a venue like no other. You’ll get to say ‘I do’ surrounded by award winning zoological gardens and over 27,000 incredible and sometimes endangered animals.

Everything you need for the perfect wedding day is here. Our dedicated and experienced team will be on hand to ensure that everything runs smoothly. Right from your first phone call or email, we will strive to ensure that you experience the wedding day of your dreams.
The Oakfield lies at the heart of Chester Zoo, it is here where our founder George Mottershead started to build his vision of a ‘zoo without bars’. The house was recently restored and boasts many beautiful original features, intricate wood panelling, historic photos and views out onto the gardens. It really is the perfect place to say your vows.

Few other wedding venues can offer you the amazing opportunity to have your wedding photos with some of the world’s most endangered wildlife. Between the ceremony and reception, you will be able to enjoy the zoo itself and make some brilliant family memories.
Food and drink form a massive part of any wedding day, which is why we pride ourselves on using the highest quality locally sourced food, cooked to perfection.

Before making any decisions on your menu, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with our Executive Head Chef.
Like all events held at Chester Zoo, your wedding can help make a real difference to the future of endangered species worldwide. Everything we do at the zoo, including hosting events like weddings, is in aid of raising money to fund vital conversation in the UK and across the world. We’re working to prevent extinction. That means raising public awareness of the threats wildlife face, monitoring the extent of the issue, conducting insightful research and introducing innovative new solutions. We can’t do any of that without your support.

By choosing Chester Zoo as your wedding venue, you join us in our fight to protect the planet’s rich biodiversity. As you celebrate your happy day, you can do so with the added joy of knowing that you’ve made a difference.

We have four set packages to suit any requirements you have for your wedding. Each option includes access to Chester Zoo for you and your guests, complimentary reserved parking, your own personal wedding coordinator and a master of ceremonies. We can tailor packages to further meet the needs of you and your chosen guests.

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Our unique wedding venue, The Oakfield, is a stunning Grade II listed Victorian Manor House set in the heart of Chester Zoo. You can say ‘I do’ surround by 125 acres of award winning zoological gardens and over 27,000 incredible animals. Enjoy exclusive after-hours access to Chester Zoo with guided tours from our Safari Rangers. Choose from one of our carefully designed packages or for something a bit different, speak to our Sales & Events team about building a bespoke event. We know how important high quality cuisine is to your big day. You can choose from one of our delicious set menus or create a bespoke menu of your own alongside our Executive Head Chef. All of our food is prepared with locally sourced ingredients. All proceeds raised will be contributing to our conservation efforts, helping us to prevent extinction right here in the UK and around the World. While you and your guests enjoy your big day, you know you’ll be supporting Chester Zoo in our mission. AlternativeUnique Wedding VenueCeremony LicenceAlcohol LicenseIn House CateringIn House Wine List View More
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This is your big day so make it special for you. It’s not about what’s traditional; it’s about what you want for your day.

Take time to enjoy the day - it will go by so fast it’ll be over before you know it.

Choose a good photographer who knows your venue well. They’ll be able to capture all of the special moments and know the best places for creating perfect photos.

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Matt and Laura
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15 Nov 2019
A dream come true!
Getting married at Chester Zoo was a dream come true for us! But we had no idea just how magical it would all be. We were completely blown away by the beauty of the Oakfield - especially at Christmas! The building just seemed to come alive! Everywhere was so perfectly decorated and every little detail was thought about. From the minute we started planning we were put so at ease by the team who were there to help us every step of the way; we cannot thank them enough. The Oakfield staff made our day so relaxed and were there to cater for everyone’s needs all through the day; nothing was ever too much. Our wedding was everything we ever wanted and more, we wouldn't have changed a single thing and I cannot recommend Chester Zoo & The Oakfield enough. A truly magical day we will never forget. We look forward to returning to The Oakfield in the years to come to relive the perfect memories we made on our special day!


Best Newcomer 2019 at the Taste Cheshire Awards
Best Newcomer 2019 at the Taste Cheshire Awards
Family Friendly Venue of the Year at the Taste Cheshire Awards
Family Friendly Venue of the Year at the Taste Cheshire Awards


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Caughall Road, Upton, Cheshire, CH2 1LH

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The Sales & Events Team

Working at Chester Zoo is such a unique experience and helping brides to make their dream wedding a reality is the best part of it! We’d love to invite you in for a chat over a coffee where we can show you everything that Chester Zoo has to offer and create the perfect package for your big day.