For larger receptions, a marquee may be erected on the gravel turn-around directly in front of the Castle. The gravel provides a level and well-drained base and, since the marquee is sited to one side, most of the imposing façade of the Castle is still in plain view. The remainder of the gravel turn-around may be used for car parking.
In this way, a much larger number of guests may be easily accommodated with ample space for a dance-floor, bar and catering. If wet weather is anticipated (there is a sound reason why Lake District is so named), a covered walkway from the front door of the Castle to the marquee can be provided.
Forget about the cold, noisy marquees of yesteryear; today’s marquees are much more like proper buildings – warm, quiet, windowed and carpeted. Once inside, you can safely forget what the Cumbrian weather is doing outside.
Our caterer, Sarah Baker of Bakerwood, is one of the best in the country. There is little she has not already been asked to provide and almost nothing she will not attempt. She will not only produce food of sumptuous quality, but will also, where necessary, steer you gently away from ideas she suspects won’t work.