An approved venue is premises that have been approved for civil marriages and civil partnerships in England and Wales. The Old Town Hall Bedford Borough Council has its 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. Following our risk assessment at the Old Town Hall the couple and up to 76 other persons (two of which must be witnesses) are able to attend ceremonies or formation. Photographers / videographers must be included in this number too. No other persons, including babies and children will be permitted in the building. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Terms and Conditions Please refer to our terms and conditions documents regarding refunds in the event of a cancellation: Civil Registration Service terms and conditions (PDF) Notice bookings terms and conditions (PDF) Outdoor ceremonies and formations terms and conditions (PDF) 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 Bedford Swan Hotel Bedford Swan Hotel The Embankment Bedford MK40 1RW Danish Camp Danish Camp Chapel Lane Wilington MK44 3QG The Bedford Mercure Hotel Bedford Mercure Hotel 2 St Mary's Street Bedford MK42 0AR 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.