St. Mary's Heritage Centre


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St Mary's Heritage Centre is an amazing venue. A historic building with incredible features, amazing views and a dedicated and passionate team ensuring your wedding is the best day of your life!

At St Mary’s Heritage Centre we can offer you a truly unique experience for your wedding reception. Steeped in history, this grade-1 listed former church dates from the 12th century, but has incredible modern features offering a grand space with plenty of character.

Sitting high above the River Tyne with the majestic Tyne Bridge forming a breath-taking backdrop, St Mary’s Heritage Centre has an ideal location. The venue can accommodate up to 110 guests for a banquet reception or 140 for a more informal layout. Evening receptions can include live music, DJ’s and other entertainment up til 1am.

Experienced staff are on hand to guide and advise you on all of the aspects of holding your reception in this unique venue. You have flexible choices on catering, bar and venue styling and. St Mary’s staff can offer some helpful ideas and contacts for local suppliers experienced in providing these services at the Heritage Centre. The Centre can provide tables and chairs to accommodate up to 110 people for ambanquet style layout, using our 6ft round banquet tables and chairs. It is also permitted to hire in alternative chairs, tables and other equipment as necessary for your event. For more informal functions, we have a number of smaller tables for cabaret seating. In addition we have a number of trestle tables to support the catering and bar needs.
Our small PA system and microphones can be used for speeches, and to provide background music through a CD player, laptop, iPod or similar device.

St. Mary's Heritage Centre at a Glance

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Price Range
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Unique Venue
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Same-Sex Weddings
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Seated Capacity
Up to 110
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Up to 140
St Mary’s Heritage Centre is a former medieval church, fully restored to showcase the original beauty of the stonework but blended with modern improvements. Conveniently located on Gateshead’s Quayside, with the majestic Tyne Bridge forming a breath-taking backdrop, St Mary’s Heritage Centre has an ideal location to capture beautiful outdoor photographs. The main hall offers a grand, light and unique wedding reception space. It accommodates up to 110 guests for a banquet reception or 140 for a more informal layout or evening reception. St Mary’s provides a unique opportunity for you to bring in the caterer and bar of your choice. St Mary’s staff can offer some helpful ideas and contacts for local companies experienced in providing catering and bar services at the Heritage Centre. We are licensed for functions that include a bar and live music up to midnight on weekdays and 1am on Fri/Sat. This beautiful space needs little decoration to add to the grandeur of the venue but staff will advise on how you can add some special touches. The dedicated team at St Mary's are on hand throughout the planning process to ensure couples are fully supported, with expert advice and to ensure the reception runs smoothly. We have an excellent reputation for high standards of service. Pricing Category : ModerateHistoricNo of Weddings Hosted : Number of Weddings Hosted - More Than 50Location : In The CityNearest Town : GatesheadNearest Airport : Newcastle View More
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Top Wedding Tips

It’s important ask any questions in advance, however trivial you think might be.

It’s good to get a feel from the staff about how things will run on the day. It’s important to build trust in the venue staff as they are there to make sure everything runs smoothly for you.

Don’t be shy to ask about what other couples have done, the venue staff will know what has worked well or not in terms of decorations, music and order of the day.

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St. Marys Heritage Centre, Oakwellgate, Gateshead, Tyne And Wear, NE8 2AU

St. Mary's Heritage Centre

  • St. Marys Heritage Centre
  • Oakwellgate
  • Gateshead
  • Tyne And Wear
  • NE8 2AU
  • United Kingdom

Meet the Key Person

Sarah and Vicky

Sarah Allton is the Manager/Senior Librarian of St Mary's Heritage Centre overseeing all aspects of what we do, including wedding receptions and other private hire events. Vicky Anderson is a Supervisor who leads on wedding receptions and other events. We are supported by a number of other fantastic staff members.