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Upnor Castle ceremony terms and condition
Upnor Castle is available for hire for ceremonies from:
- 1 April to 30 September, Monday to Sunday, 10.30am-5pm;
- 1 October to 31 March, Monday to Sunday, 10.30am-2pm.
Its maximum capacity is 100 and the fee (£800 for Fridays,
Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays; £550 for Mondays,
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays) is for the hire of Upnor
Castle Upper Magazine room only and does not include the fee payable to the Superintendent
Registrar, which should be paid separately to the Registrar.
Please phone the Registrar on 01634 338899 for
Exclusive hire of the castle is available for weddings booked to
take place after 3pm. The price is available upon application.
Please note that the law states that all marriages can be attended
by any member of public and therefore, should someone wish to gain
entry to the castle for that reason, castle staff are not permitted
to stop them.
Conditions for the letting of premises for the purpose of a
||You must be aged 18 years or over and
the council reserves the right to require proof of age.
||Your application must be on the
form and accompanied by the full sum stated.
||The council reserves the right to
refuse your application without giving any reason.
||You may apply for a letting up to 24
months in advance but the council reviews its scale of hire charges
from 1 April each year. The council reserves the right to charge
you the balance.
||The letting remains provisional until
the Superintendent Registrar of the Medway Registration District
has confirmed to the council that the necessary registration staff
will be available to celebrate the civil ceremony. The council will
then send you confirmation of the letting in writing.
||The premises or any part thereof may
not be sub-let or sub-hired, neither may possession or occupation
be given to a third party.
||Even when the letting has been
confirmed, the council need to the use of the premises at very
short notice, for example if there is a national or local
emergency. Although such circumstances are rare, the council must
reserve the right to cancel the letting and return monies paid but
without the payment of compensation of any kind, giving you as much
notice as possible.
||If the council receives from you more
than one month’s written notice cancelling your letting, an
administrative charge of 20 per cent of the letting fee will be
made and the balance will be returned to you but you will incur no
other penalty from the council.
||If the council receives less than one
month’s written notice of cancellation from you, the full sum paid
will be forfeited.
||No personal payment is to be made to
any council employee under any circumstances, whether or not they
have carried out any work in connection with the letting.
||At the end of the letting, you are
expected to leave the premises tidy and clean. If you do not, the
council will arrange for the necessary work to be carried out and
you will be charged the expense.
||The application form states the
maximum capacity for the premises and it is your responsibility to
ensure it is not exceeded.
||If any damage is caused to the
premises or if any of the contents owned by the council are damaged
or go missing, the council will repair the damage and/or replace
whatever is missing and you will be charged the expense.
||Nothing may be physically attached by
any means to any part of the premises, neither may the existing
lighting, sound amplification or other electrical equipment be
extended in any way without the council’s prior written consent. It
should be noted that models in the Upper Magazine (the wedding
room) may not be moved.
||The council shall not be responsible
for any loss, damage or injury (including death) caused to or
sustained by any person arising out of or in connection with the
letting, unless such loss, damage or injury (including death) was
caused by some default or negligence on the part of the council and
you will indemnify the council against all expenses, costs, fees,
damages and losses arising out of or in connection with any claims
resulting from such loss, damage or injury (including death).
- No food or drink may be served or consumed in any part of the
buildings (except for the champagne toast on the bastion). Picnics,
however, are permitted in the grounds.
- Photography and filming during the ceremony is by agreement of
the registrars conducting the ceremony.
- Photography and filming before and after ceremony is permitted
anywhere in the castle and grounds. No additional lighting may be
used without the agreement of the Superintendent Registrar.
- During normal opening hours, the castle will remain open to the
public with the exception of the Upper Magazine room during the
ceremony and those parties who have opted for early closure.
- You are asked to provide a minimum of two ushers to direct
guests from the main gate area to the Upper Magazine room for the
ceremony and provide ushers to serve any drinks.
- Smoking is not permitted in any part of the castle, including
the courtyard and bastion.
- Naked flames or candles are not permitted in any part of the
- Confetti is not permitted in any part of the castle, its
grounds or in Upper Upnor High Street.
- Petals are allowed.
- The arrangements made for a marriage to take place at Upnor
Castle are conditional on:
- (i) the attendance of the necessary Registration staff from the
Medway Registration District;
- (ii) the legal preliminaries having taken place at the Medway
- All cars, apart from the bridal car, must park in the visitor
car park at the top of the village.
- The bridal car should not attempt to turn or reverse into the
castle entrance as this could cause damage to the fabric of the
building and to the vehicle.
- Due to the historic fabric of the castle and its pathways, the
castle may be unsafe for some disabled guests.
- Access for wheelchairs is very limited and the ceremony room is
upstairs in the castle. Please check limitations before attending a
- There is very limited parking within the castle grounds for
disabled guests. Please check for availability.
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