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Approved venues in Bedford Borough

An approved venue is premises that have been approved for civil marriages and civil partnerships in England and Wales.

The first available booking for a marriage ceremony or civil partnership formation in Bedford Borough approved Venues, (Old Town Hall, Bedford Register Office) is from the 1st October 2020 – subject to availability.

The Old Town Hall

Bedford Borough Council has our own approved venue, The Old Town Hall. This is located right in the heart of the town just a stone's throw from the River Ouse and its picturesque Embankment.

The Old Town Hall has a maximum capacity of 80. This includes the couple being married/civil partnership, 2 registration personnel and a photographer. Therefore, the total number of guests attending your ceremony must not exceed 75, and must include all attendants (bridesmaids, pageboys, babies etc.)

Ceremonies room 

The Old Town Hall ceremonies room is on the first floor and is tastefully decorated in cream/blue. An induction loop is available for visitors with hearing aids and a lift to all levels provides easy access for people with mobility issues. The upholstered Mayor's Seat offers a unique backdrop for photos. No additional room decorations or flowers are permitted at the Old Town Hall.

Parking

There are no parking facilities at the Old Town Hall, but Bedford town centre has extensive accessible car parking just a short walk away, or you can be dropped off outside. The car parks nearby comprise of a mixture of multi-storey and open surface car parks with payment systems ranging from pay and display to pay on foot. Further information can be found on our parking page.  

Find us

Old Town Hall
St Paul's Square
Bedford
MK40 1SJ

To book your ceremony email civil.registration@bedford.gov.uk

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions (PDF) regarding refunds in the event of a cancellation.

Other venues licensed for ceremonies

The following venues are licensed for ceremonies by the local authority

Barns Hotel

Barns Hotel
Cardington Road
Bedford
MK44 3SA

Bassmead Manor

Bassmead Manor 
Staploe
St. Neots
PE19 5JB

Bedford School

Bedford School
De Parys Avenue
Bedford
MK40 2TU

Visit their website here: 

Bedford Swan Hotel

Bedford Swan Hotel
The Embankment
Bedford
MK40 1RW 

Danish Camp

Danish Camp
Chapel Lane
Wilington
MK44 3QG

Visit their website here: 

Millhouse Hotel

Mill House Hotel 
Mill Road
Sharnbrook
MK44 1NP

The Bedford Centre Hotel

The Bedford Centre Hotel
St Mary's Street
Bedford
MK42 0AR

Renhold Village Hall

Renhold Village Hall 
Wilden Road
Renhold
MK41 0LY

The Sharnbrook Hotel

Sharnbrook Hotel
Park Lane
Sharnbrook
MK44 1LX

The Grand Hall

The Grand Hall
Bromham Road
Bedford
MK40 2BS

Tofte Manor

Tofte Manor
Souldrop Road
Sharnbrook
MK44 1HH

Woodland Manor Hotel

Woodland Manor Hotel 
Green lane
Clapham
MK41 6EP

Venue approval for marriages and civil partnerships

You can apply for your venue to be approved as a venue for marriages and civil partnerships.