Set in an elegant estate of 40 acres, a few minutes walk from Bedford town centre, Bedford School offers a unique environment for your wedding reception. A truly magnificent setting steeped in history and tradition with the impressive main school building at its heart.

The town has fantastic transport links and the school itself is within easy reach of a wide selection of hotels in and around Bedford.

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Superb Facilities

The school estate combines traditional architecture with state of the art buildings to provide a superb choice of historic and contemporary settings. The immaculately groomed tree-lined grounds with their shrubs and borders provide a glorious backdrop for photographs. Bedford School offers a choice of superb rooms, all of which are licensed for civil ceremonies.

The Great Hall

The Great Hall, located on the first floor of the main building, can seat up to 220 people for banqueting. The Hall provides a unique and elegant setting for a wedding with four large stone arched windows that flood the room with light and provide a pleasing vista across the school playing fields. The sophisticated light wood interior of the Great Hall delivers a simple elegant setting with the flexibility for you to add your own decorations and adorn the room to your taste.

The grounds immediately adjacent to the main building provide an attractive location for serving reception drinks and canapés, with many couples choosing to book a gazebo on the lawn. With the backdrop of the main building, you may also want to use this area for photographs. In the event of wet weather, the Foyer with a double staircase leading to the Great Hall provides a suitable alternative.

Flexibility and Choice

The booking price includes the use of the chosen room(s) plus the use of surrounding grounds. Additional items can be provided by the school including gazebos, garden furniture and colour coordinated banqueting chairs. The Grand Piano is available for hire and we can recommend a number of talented musicians, including string quartets who can provide soothing music for you and your guests. You have the freedom to choose your own decorations and entertainment although we are more than happy to offer advice.

We offer a selection of delicious menus which are available for you to tailor. From wedding breakfasts and evening buffets to simple canapé receptions, all of our menus are freshly prepared by our highly experienced and professional chefs. Please contact to find out more about menu selections and pricings. 


Our team of highly experienced staff are happy to show you around the school, discuss the booking procedures, offer advice on different options and confirm availability. If you would like any further information or would like to arrange a viewing, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01234 362204 or send us an email

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