Lower Damgate Farm Cottages & Wedding Venue Dovedale Animal Sanctuary

Dovedale, llam, Nr Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 2AD
Tel: 01335 310367 Mob: 07779 210791 Email: info@damgate.com

Lower Damgate Farm Wedding

 Helpful Information


Dear Guests, We have put together the following information to help with your wedding or event at the farm. our list is not finite and you are welcome to use your own suppliers as long as they have signed and agreed our Terms and Conditions and adhere to our Covid protocols.

Please note that we never take a commission from any supplier recommended or otherwise and work on  trust, with us all supporting each other. We try and promote local suppliers and are always happy to add new suppliers to this list. In addition, all suppliers need to be added to your Itinerary so we can work with you and them in order to help create your dream day.

It is important for health and safety that before we let any suppliers on site, we have the following details from them:

Name and time of arrival and departure.

Copies of insurance & H&S if needed.

A signed copy of our supplier/caterer Terms and Conditions (which are available by request)

It is the responsibility of the Hirer to set up, clear away and leave the venue and cottages clean and tidy. 

Please be assured that we use professional and trained staff at Lower Damgate Farm. 

Where to have your Ceremony


Dovedale Barn at Lower Damgate Farm is licenced for Legal Marriage Ceremonies and Civil Partnerships

Once you have secured the venue you then need to contact the registrar below and book in your date and intent to marry forms. The farm is licenced under Dovedale Barn. Lower Damgate Farm. We are based in the Peak District National Park and our council is Staffordshire moorlands.

Staffordshire council have put together a wonderful guide to getting married and you can find this on https://www.staffordshirewedding.info/ it has all the information you need plus a time line and how to book. We are also here to help and go through procedures with you so if you have any questions please email info@damgate.com

Registrar Monday – Friday 08:00 – 18:00 Saturday – 09:00 – 13:00
registrarsenquiries@staffordshire.gov.uk Tel: 0300 111 8001

If you choose to hold your legal ceremony at Lower Damgate Farm, this must be situated inside Dovedale Barn for it to be legally binding. After this ceremony if you would then like an outside blessing this is possible. This blessing can take place anywhere on the farm and we have lots of area to choose. There are open fields, mown paddocks and 20 acres of woods, stunning views as well as climbing to the top of the Hill overlooking the farm and the stunning views this offers. Alternatively, we have a wood at Bloor Pastures (Dovedale View). The wood is in a beautiful location with parking and overlooks, Dovedale, Ilam, Thorpe Cloud and Bunster, we are a little biased but we think the view over Ilam and Dovedale is one of the most spectacular views in the area.

Alternatively, our guests can marry at Ilam or Alstonefield Churches. Both these are situated in quiet quintessential villages, Ilam’s church is situated close to the river and nestled in the National Trust grounds of Ilam Hall and looks over to Thorpe Cloud and Dovedale. Alstonefield church is larger and looks out across the fields and valley with far reaching views directly over Dovedale and you can see Lower Damgate Farm in the distance.

Local Churches:

 Ilam or Alstonefield Churches – Vicar Revd John Austerberry. Telephone 01335 310002 mob:07766 042754

email: revjohn.aiw@gmail.com

Getting married in one of our local churches is actually a simple procedure, if you have any connection with a Christian church in any way and are happy to visit on a monthly basis for banns being read (Ilam only has a monthly service) then our vicar is happy to marry you.

Ilam Church and Alstonefield Church are both just 1.5 miles away.

Ilam Church is within our parish and I think one of the prettiest churches in England, It is an Anglo-Saxon church and there are three Saxon crosses in the churchyard. There is also a trigonal section where Jess Watts Russell (who owned Ilam Hall) built a monument to honour his wife Mary. The church is just set back from the River in the grounds of NT Ilam Park with the views of Thorpe Cloud (entrance to Dovedale) in the distance; this church is an idyllic place to hold your wedding ceremony and gives the feel of being set in the times of Pride and Prejudice. 

Alstonefield Church is larger and grander but nerveless a lovely old English village church and you can often hear the bells peeling away on a Sunday. Our vicar who resides over both the churches above lives in the New Rectory just next door to this church.

Both churches are stunning and well worth a visit; however, most of my guests marry in Ilam Church. 

There is a Qualifying criterion for getting married in church if you can show the one of you:

  1. Has at any time lived in the Parish for a period of at least 6 months or

Was baptised (Christened) in the parish concerned or

Was prepared for confirmation in the parish or

Has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in the parish for a period of at least six months **

  1. That one of your parents, at any time after you were born:

Has lived in the parish for a period of six months or

Has regularly gone to normal church services in the parish for a period of six months **

  1. That one of your parents or grandparents was married in the parish

** If you attend the Parish church’s usual services at least once a month for a minimum of six months you will qualify to get married in the church you attend the services in. However at least one of the couples, must have been baptised in the Christian faith to qualify

 Blessings – Accredited Celebrant Marion Beloe. – www. peakblessings.co.uk on 01335 310253 or email marion@peakblessings.co.uk.

Marion only lives a mile from the farm and is one of those special people in life that is so in tune with you that she creates a complete bespoke and inspiring occasion.  If you want your wedding day to feel magical and be breathtakingly memorable, what better way to celebrate than by creating your own ceremony in this stunning Peak District location. Every blessing is unique and quite amazing, completely tailored to you. Marion takes time to get to know you personally (often meeting at the farm) and manages to create a blessing that celebrates your love for each other and those around you. As an Independent Celebrant, Marion is able to help your dreams come true through a bespoke ceremony, tailor made for you, and capturing your special moment in time in a truly unique location.

All you need is a brief register office ceremony first – the legal bit – but thereafter you take the starring roles in a special ceremony created to celebrate your love and commitment to each other, shared with family and friends. Visit www.peakblessings.co.uk for more details.

Accredited Celebrant – Hannah Wroe Gill – BHA Your Three Days Limited
Tel: 01484 840757 mobile: 07790 458622 website: www.yourthreedays.com email hannah@yourthreedays.com www.yourthreedays.com

Hannah is one of those special people in life who oozes kindness and vitality and making any occasion she touches enchanting and wonderful.  Hannah designs entirely bespoke and original wedding ceremonies for couples who want something more than a little bit special for their wedding day. They are non-religious and inspired entirely by the people at their centre and so she would work with you to create an irreplaceable experience that will celebrate your love, your way. They’re not ‘alternative’, nor do they involve beards/chanting/robes or anything that would make your grandmother uncomfortable. They’re simply the wedding ceremony everyone should have a chance of having…


We do not restrict caterers to the farm and pride ourselves on guests choosing their own There are many caterers out there and the choice is All caterers must agree and sign out catering terms and conditions before access is granted onto the Farm.

However, all caterers will need to be approved and understand our facilities before cooking on the Farm.

Please tell your caterers that the facilities for the barn are limited and that they need structures and all equipment and services to be able to cater. We liken it to a marquee but it isn’t!

We do not take any commission but it is expected that caterers feed our staff and other suppliers like your photographers – This is normal practice at weddings and as we do not take commission this should be included.

All deliveries will need to be signed for by the hirer.

Please note that all the local supermarkets deliver to the farm. You will need to be here to sign for everything but this is a popular option for guests, or use Peakdistrictdeli.com for local produce.




The Old Rectory Kitchen – Dawn Rudd – Tel 07715530784 or 01335 370011 www.theoldrectorykitchen.co.uk

email dawn@theoldrectorykitchen.co.uk  Cottage Guests, small groups and weddings

Whatever your occasion Dawn will create a bespoke beautiful mouth-watering food. We use Dawn a lot at the farm and she also makes home cooked meals to put in the freezer, so we can send you a list to order and have them waiting in the cottage ready for you.

We think her food is amazing as well as being a happy “nothing is a problem person. Dawn is happy to create bespoke buffets and meals at a budget to suit you. Perfect for any occasion be it large or small gatherings, Afternoon Tea. Luncheons, Dinner parties, weddings and canapés or just sandwiches, cakes and high tea. Attention to detail is everything with this caterer.

 Carver Cottage Kitchen – Claire Linley – Tel 07975 554018 or 01335 310047

Email clairelinley@hotmail.com Cottage Guests, groups and weddings

Based in Alstonefield a mile and a half from the farm Claire is another one of our most popular caterers who also provides home cooked catering at the farm but also makes home cooked meals to put in the freezer, to have in the cottage ready for you.

In addition, Clare creates fabulous wedding fare, including afternoon tea, buffets, Canapés, bespoke meals and anything you choose. Claire creates mouth-watering home cooked fare and the guest book is full of praise, in addition her repertoire is extensive and Claire is always happy to work with you to personally ensure your food is amazing and just what you want.

 Dovedale Catering

Hog Roasts – Buffets Tel: 07968 507469

We work directly with Cameron at Hot Roast Hogs and have created a bespoke package for our guests.

We know what works at the farm and already have all the equipment is situ, including a big pink hog roast cooking barrel. Therefore, if you are looking for a Hog Roast type of package then please don’t look any further.


The Old Manor House Bakery & Crepe Van – Lisa and Andy Tel: 07753654235 (Crepe Van, Bakery and Cakes!) Email: oldmanorhousebakery@gmail.com https://www.theoldmanorhousegiftshop.co.uk

What a delight this company is with the same ethos as us and happy to create a bespoke choice of goodies which will delight your guests, and us! Andy and Lisa really make the best crepes and cakes and always with a smile. We are delighted to be able to recommend this lovely little “Libby-Loo” Citroen H Creperie Van. You’ll get the freshest ingredients made onsite and something a little different to add to your day.

Let’s Go Street Food. Contact Chris on 07929361212 – Email chris@letsgostreetfood.co.uk

Specialising in a range of street food options including Mexicana – Burgers, Fish and Steak.

Spanish Caravan – Las Paelleras – contact Steph on Tel 01625 408324 email contact@spanishcaravana.com www.spansihcaravana.com

“Steph and her team from Las Paelleras / Spanish Caravan recently catered our wedding and it was amazing. She was really friendly, helpful and easy to work with throughout the process and the end result was fabulous.

Rhubarb Sweet & Savouries Contact Lisa on 07596 511615 email rhubardouds@gmail.com

Amazing home baking with a huge emphasis on flavour. savouries, puddings and desserts

 Sin Carner Cantina Contact Zoe Dixon on 07484 685012 email sincarnecantina@gmail.com

Specialising in all types of Vegan fare, 100% plant based you can go a visit them in Matlock as they have a small café.

The Vegvan. Contact Terri on 07588 906906 website www.vegvan.co.uk

Fantastic street food that is veg/plant based and really scrumptious. Locally sourced and highly recommended. Nothing is a problem for Terri and her team.

Delacour Cuisine – Millie Cauldwell 07772525015 delacourcatering@gmail.com

Millie is lovely and happy to create something very special for you with her mouth-watering food. Millie and like all our other recommended caterers understand the personal touch is very important and getting to know your caterer and food is part of the package, and this is just the ethos that Delacour cuisine has.

Tabby at mode4events. Email: modeforevents@gmail.com Tel: 07901 672598 Tel: 07846 996597 www.modeforevents.co.uk

Another fabby foodie and a firm favourite of ours at Lower Damgate Farm. Tabby started catering by hosting her own wedding and doing it herself. (You can always do that!) Tabby’s attitude is similar to ours and her relaxed approach refreshing. As an exclusive cook for a few other venues tabby may not always be available but she tries her hardest for us, so please look her up.

 Hackwood Farm Mickleover – Georgina Croft info@hackwoodfarm.com

Tom and Simon’s Kitchen – Phone: 0778 030 9641 www.tomandsimonskitchen.co.uk  Catering Van

Another firm favourite and though a little further way they are so good that they are on here…. This is the perfect Fish and Chip van, (plus extras) so not just fish. Very well presented, clean and a little bit different. The food is award winning and very good and we highly recommend this lovely van.

Local Meat Delivered to the Farm – Joanna Billings 07855 814291 Town End Farm Alstonefield.

A perfect option if you would like to cook or BBQ yourself or have a chef in the family! Joanna’s meat is 100% organically reared, 100% traceability and 100% loved, they are extremely well looked after, they have no stress and though you may not like the idea you can often see them on the hill tops overlooking the farm…. They have the very best life which accounts for so much in our book.

Joanna lives a mile away and can deliver directly to the farm in any quantities small or large depending upon your number.

 Fish and Chips, Market Place, Ashbourne   DE6 1EU, Tel 01335 344780 (They deliver direct to the farm in individual boxes)

This is an extremely good takeaway in the middle of Ashbourne; they will deliver if the order is high enough.

Sometimes guests like the old-fashioned fish and chips late into the evening. The market place fish and chip shop will wrap fish or sausages plus chips in individual servings, deliver and leave for us to serve. Perfect! And they are still hot at the end of the evening!

 Fancy Fries (Fish and Chip van) James Hipkiss email James@fancyfries.co.uk  Tel 07718589312

Really lovely people who set up a van outside the barn and cook for you! easy and great for the end of the evening

Dodson’s Mobile Fish and Chips – http://www.dodsonsfreshcatch.co.uk

 Puddings, Sweets, Cakes & Ice Cream!

One of the cheapest and loveliest ways to provide puddings other than your wedding cake (whatever type it is!) Is to ask your guests to bring a pudding or cake and have a “Bake Off”

We also have an old market barrow on wheels which is beautiful and very useful for a “sweet cart” or to place you cake on or serve your welcome drinks…… 

Debbie Newton – Fabulous cakes of any description. 07702 860621 email debsnewton11@gmail.com

These cakes are really lovely and we highly recommend (for any occasion) Debbie is based in Alstonefield and only a mile up the road!  This means that cakes can be dropped off to you easily!

 The Old Manor House Bakery – Lisa and Andy Tel: 07753654235 https://www.theoldmanorhousegiftshop.co.uk

Really lovely bespoke cakes and puddings and you can visit their tea rooms and try before you buy. Lisa really does try and create the perfect cake for you.

Molly’s Ices – Molly Miller   Tel – 07495 741071 – based in Ilam

Molly provides a full working Mr Whippy type ice cream van for your event which is a novel way of offering something a little different for puddings, and can also do traditional ice-creams.  Happy to provide whatever occasion especially if the weather is scorching! Here hoping! You can also find Molly in Ilam as it is one of her ice cream vans you can hire.

The Pudding Room – Angie Cooper   Tel – 01629 540413 – Carsington Nr Ashbourne. Mob 07866415030


Angie provides amazing puddings at affordable prices, which are all on her website so nothing is hidden. You can go for a tasting at her tea room and it is quite a delight.

 Newlyn’s Ice Cream! A traditional Trike for hire and a Sweet Cart

Email rogernphillips20@gmail.com 07891020114

A Traditional 1940’s style Pashley’s Ice Cream Tricycle always attracts attention and will add a wonderful sense of old-world charm and an essence of warm and sunny bygone days to your occasion. Serving the very best Dairy Ice Cream

 Truly Scrumptious Gelato.  Another traditional Trike for hire.

Call 07761115153 webs: www.truelyscrumptiousgelato.co.uk

Another Traditional 1940’s style Ice Cream Tricycle. Lovely ice cream with lots of unusual flavours yummy 

Vitaliano’s Ice Cream! A traditional bike for hire. Email: Contact@vitalianos.co.uk – Stoke on Trent

Wonderful Ice cream with a man on a bike, more like a trike! Highly recommended and Vitaliano has also branched into chocolate with lots of chocolate treats as well. He is a really lovely man and you can choose a whole range of delicious locally sourced ice cream as well as his traditional Italian scummy ice creams

Sweet ‘Arts of Ashbourne

Email sweetartsofashbourne@yahoo.com  Tel 07496 814716 www.sweetarts-of-ashbourne.co.uk

Jacqueline Brooks is a new business in Ashbourne, specializing in wishing well hire, sweet and chocolate Centre pieces and flavours

Cakeface – Tel 01782 436169 M 07714 165918 email: Cakeface.designs@hotmail.co.uk  www.cakefacedesigns.co.uk

Drinks and the Bar

If any of your guests eat or drink in the barn before you are married then the registrars will not be able to marry you.

You provide a Welcome Drink, Speech Drink, and Table Wine

We provide a charity bar, normally after the welcome drinks have finished.

For those staying on site we can supply local beer in bottles or barrels in the cottages. We have them delivered and the barrels will need to settle a few days before your arrival. We then tap them ready for you to drink in the cottages

Please note that we ONLY allow cask barrels that we supply. We do not allow Co2 gasses or draft beers.

If you would like to order any of the 72-pint Barrels please arrange with us on 01335 310367

The beers we have on offer are:

Our own Alpaca Ale (Peak Ales) A Pale Ale supplied in 500ml bottles (please ask for details)

Our own Scruffy Goat Beer (Peak Ales) darker Ale supplied in 500nl Bottles 



ARBOR LIGHT ABV 3.6% (similar to a non-gas larger)


We are a rural and relaxed venue and music is a very important part of a wedding, however please be mindful that our relationship with our neighbours is very important and we ask that you be considerate to the type of music you provide.  Amplified Music must finish by 11.30pm, (Bands by 11pm) then a playlist till 11.30pm. Amplified Music is welcome on the day of your wedding only and not at other times in the barn. Acoustic music is welcome outside and we ask providers to be considerate to our neighbour. This does not affect the rights of the resident guests in the cottages

We have an electronic orange noise limiter installed in the barn which is set to the councils’ specifications. Please be assured that all good Bands, DJ’s as well as folk or Ceilidh bands do not have a problem with a limiter. We welcome all types of Bands as well as Cover, Ceilidh’s and Disco’s but if you are looking for a loud heavy rock, heavy bass event or even a full-blown Jazz band we are not for you as this type of music may not work well with a limiter. Please check with your music provider before booking and ensure there is enough time for them to set up and do a sound check.

If you are using someone who is not on our list below please check with us so we can ensure that all criteria are met and that they and we do not have a problem with the music set up. We work with you to ensure that the best sounds are appreciated by all and our musical criterion is detailed in our Terms and Conditions.

Leslie Ball Tel: 07460 891359 – email: info@leslieball-weddingdj.co.uk www.facebook.com/leslieballweddingdj –

A really lovely person and a brilliant DJ who we like to work with as he gets to know our couples well and creates a bespoke playlist to your choice of music. He is very reasonably priced and I know you wouldn’t be disappointed if you are looking for a good DJ who goes that extra mile for you. 

Hope. Tel 07904 621008 hopencw@outlook.com

If you would like some background music throughout the day then Hope specialises in a bespoke playlist that compliments your wedding. Easy and relaxed with an acoustic guitar and small speaker Hope is a standalone singer with an amazing voice.

 STEEL BAND  Contact Marvin Barbe   email: Steelband Music Ltd info@steelbandmusic.co.uk

Www.steelbandmusic.co.uk tel: +44 (0)7903 366442

This band is absolutely brilliant and if you would like to add vibe, energy and happiness to your day then look no further. We absolutely love them and would have them at every wedding if we could. They are brilliant.

Ceildh Music Contact Jeremy Wilford.  jeremywilford@btinternet.com  Tel: 07880 715479 Ceilidh / Barn Dance / Folk / Irish Music

This Ceilidh group have played at many of our weddings and I think get better and better. They are a wonderful energetic group of people and will have you all up and dancing. Caller or just folk/Irish the choice is yours and they are very flexible and happy to work with you and are also extremely reasonably well priced and popular so book them early!

They are all music teachers from our local school and honestly, they are the best Ceilidh band I know and we’ve had a few here. They play because they want to not because they have to and because they enjoy themselves, you do too.  From the moment they play they will have everyone up and dancing as well as laughing. I’m not just saying it, every event they have is successful and guests have loved them. 

Monster Ceilidh Band Email Dave: bigdpromotions@gmail.com Phone: 07855 181 161

Website: www.monsterceilidhband.co.uk Facebook: www.facebook.com/monster.ceilidh.band

A group of talented, vibrant, young folk musicians who present a twist on the traditional wedding ceilidh.

They can provide everything from an acoustic duo, to a 5 piece Electro-Folk experience.

They call all of the favourite traditional ceilidh dances and mix this with their own compositions. All ages, and levels of dance experience, are catered for.

The line-up includes; Caller, Mandolin, Accordion, Fiddle, Electric Bass & Drums.

Boogie Call – Adam Murphy 07801 509447 email https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wj9WCfSJ3EU https://www.facebook.com/BoogieCallBand/

Boogie call specialise in classic songs from the 60’s – 90’s as well as the latest covers up to present day. Their music is fun and vibrant and gets everyone dancing … and laughing. A very happy group who are happy to put together a playlist for you with any type of music you like. A very gifted band who are popular at the farm as they always give an amazing performance. Guests don’t want them to finish! Speaks for itself

Deanne Dexter https://encoremusicians.com/Deeanne-Dexeter

Deanne is a country singer who has recorded all over the country and has a beautiful voice. She has a YouTube channel and has been on Radio 2s Bob Harris show. Extremely reasonable, they just love to play and music is their life!

Deanne and her band have been to the farm many times for practice and photo shoots and they are amazing.

There is a choice of country music or wedding covers with her 4-piece band called Boogie Call. So, whatever your choice in music Deanne has the range for all.

Country specialist with also a modern twist as well as playing many new modern covers from Ed Sheeran to Queen!

Price Of My Pig – Exciting, energetic ceilidhs www.priceofmypig.co.uk contact Ben

“Price Of My Pig (a great name for a band) come from the North West England in the UK… a high octane folk/funk dance band who like to bring a little more life and energy to your average ceilidh, by introducing rhythms from disco, reggae, funk, afrobeat, ska into their mix of Irish, English and European folk tunes. “Folk Roots Radio

Punch the Air – Andrew   Tel 07794 659405, email punchtheairband@gmail.com  http://punchtheair.co.uk/

A brilliant, fun and great band. Have a look at their Facebook page and reviews as they get 5*.

They have a very wide repertoire and will play the music that you enjoy. They certainly get the guests dancing and at the end of the night you’ll be sad to see them go. Songs include: 60s – Beatles, Van Morrison, Monkeys. 70s – Queen, Undertones. 80s – Human League, Rick Astley, Beastie Boys. 90s – Oasis, Blur, Ocean Colour Scene. 00s (And onwards) – Kings of Leon, Amy Winehouse, Killers. They also include DJ services before, in-between and after live performances so you can continue to dance the night away at a very competitive price.

Marlow and Smith – you can find them on YouTube and Facebook. Email Marlowandsmith@gmail.com

Midlands based acoustic duo playing a modern twist on classic and contemporary songs. We liked them.


The Guns – www.thegunsband.co.uk – Nick Taylor 08452263177

This band is brilliant. Have a look on Facebook or on their website to see what they perform. They are all really great guys who love their music and have fun with you as well. Well worth a visit to see what they do.


Spooky Fish – Roger Moggs. Cover Band. Email roger@moggs.org    Tel: Tel: 01332 258324 Mob: 07971 297043

This Quartet Cover band with female vocalist playing Dance Floor Classics are absolutely brilliant. I can honestly say that they keep your guests on the dance floor and are such lovely guys that you won’t want them to stop. They will also organise background music or your own play list music during breaks or speeches and keep the party going till late whilst they clear up and you won’t even notice. This group go that extra distance to make your event special and work with you for your first dance and even try and find music that you think is forgotten.


Soulvation – Contact Angela email: angiemac242009@hotmail.co.uk website: www.soulvation.co.uk  Soul Motown and Disco band.

Fantastic soul and Motown band from Manchester. They are great and a very experienced band that have played many gigs across the country. They have a sound cloud page https://m.soundcloud.com/soulvation-band 


Geoff – The Slippery Hill Boys. Tel Enquiries: 07985 425932, email enqs@grassslipperyhill.co.uk

Website www.slipperyhill.co.uk

I think this group is brilliant – all sorts of music from soulful, close harmony songs to blisteringly fast bluegrass classics and ceilidh) The Slippery Hill Boys are a must for all lovers of Americana. There’s quite a bit of swapping around of instruments and they are amazingly fun and inspirational- it’s rare to have one highly talented banjo player in a band, let alone two, one of whom doubles as a fine flat picker. Mandolin and bass complete the line-up, with the occasional bit of penny whistle. Magical. But that’s not all. With an optional barn dance caller, The Slippery Hill Boys are the perfect barn dance band for any hoedown, hog roast, corporate event, Wild West party or wedding. Though the guys may think they’re in Kentucky, The Slippery Hill Boys are based in North Staffordshire, England.


The Balkan Express Call Steve on 0780 0905027 www.myspace.com/thebalkanexpress  

Gypsy music!  They can also play ‘unplugged’, around the fire or outside on a hot day, giving more flexibility to respond to the flow of any event.

Supersession – http://manchesterweddingband.co.uk/

Supersession is a six-piece band that plays a range of Funk, Soul & Rock classics. They are really good and will have everyone up and dancing. However, you will have to specify no Brass instruments as this will set off the limiter.

Highly Strung – Sarah Huson-Whyte. String Quartet and String Trio Email sarah@highlystrungquartet.com 

Tel: 07967 361717 www.highlystrungquartet.com

Sarah’s sister had her reception here in august 2015.  This beautiful group are a pleasure to have here and I cannot recommend them highly enough.

Will Hack – (not just a DJ but also live sound and band mixing) email inspiregeneration@hotmail.com

Tables and chairs are included, however please look at your invoice for other items such as the cart, post box and arches as these are also included in your package.

However, you may prefer a different look or other tables and chairs, props etc, therefore please find a selection of providers who may be able to help..

You will need to provide table cloths for all our tables and a form of chair covering. We work with our linen company who supply our bedding and they are able to provide both table clothes and chair covers.


 Other Entertainments.

Master of Ceremonies – Leslie Ball Entertainments

Email: info@leslieball-weddingdj.co.uk Tel: 07460891359 www.facebook.com/leslieballweddingdj.

Though an amazing DJ see music above. Leslie also provides bespoke entertainment and is a brilliant master of ceremonies as well as providing background music and entertainment.

The Best Singing Waiters. www.thebestsingingwaiters.com Tel: 0161 452 0014

Paul http://www.walkonents.co.uk/ 01335 372744 or 07801535687
they do pianists, musicians, table magic, children’s entertainment 

Magician – Nick Rushton www.nickrushton.co.uk  Tel: 07771 524035

Bernie the wedding magician    tel:07975671876 http://www.magiciansmagicians.co.uk

Newton Carnival – Dexter (Charity Run Company) Dexter Bullock 07881 562354 email dexter@newtoncarnival.org  Web: www.newtoncarnival.org – as well as providing chairs etc. Newton Carnival also provide other equipment like Bouncy Castles and Games

Peak Castles of Ashbourne – Bouncy Castles – Stuart Lees 07970 847 758

Children’s castles available for indoor/outdoor hire, suitable for birthdays, weddings, christenings, school fetes/gala, charity/corporate events. Sun/rain covers provided with all castles. Full set up and pack away with Free Delivery


 Included with the hire of the barn are our tables and chairs, however these need covers. Arches, A sweet / barrow Cart and a red post box.

In addition, we can supply

Cutlery – 600 items of silver beaded

10’ china plates

Water Jugs

Drink Dispensers.

Tea and Coffee Options

Fire Pit

Glassware / Polycarbonate* for your tables and welcome drinks. ( Please note that due to the animal sanctuary onsite, and animals in close proximity to the barn, only Polycarbonate glasses are allowed outside.

We can also provide these and they are Not to be confused with cheap plastic. We have polycarbonate champagne, wine, tumblers, and water glasses available to hire.

If you would like to use some farm equipment or hire some straw bales etc., we will do our best to accommodate you, however small straw bales are hard to find. Sadly, we cannot take you on our tractor for insurance reasons

Newton Carnival – Dexter Bullock 07881 562354 email dexter@newtoncarnival.org  Web: www.newtoncarnival.org (Non-profit charity) Luxury and wooden Chairs – Glass ware, Crockery, Pop up Marquees – Bouncy Castles.

If you don’t like our chairs then you can hire others from Newton Carnival. This option is almost as cheap as hiring chair covers as the cost to wash these is high. This Charitable Team hires marquees, chairs, tables, event equipment as well as props etc.

All income generated from the hire of this equipment is used to develop projects and activities within the local community. As they are a “not for profit” organization they fully appreciate the hard work and dedication volunteers commit to staging events therefore they aim to offer equipment and marquee hire at a greatly reduced cost.

Perfect Day Chairs – Jenny and Dan Tel: 07861308042 email info@perfectdaychairs.co.uk


No just chairs but a number of other items as well. A very personal touch and lovely service which includes anything from just chair hire, covers, flowers to venue styling….

Luxury Linen and Crockery Hire and Luxury Linen – Alan Dunnicliff 01332 862292 www.luxury-linen-hire.co.uk

Luxury Line and Crockery Hire – This family is amazing and such helpful people. Based locally Alan and Henry Dunnicliff own this family linen, china, cutlery and glassware hire company. They drop off and pick up and all their items are perfect for weddings or events. You won’t even have to wash up after yourselves as they take away plates etc. dirty and wash them themselves perfect!

The Fabric Theatre – Event Fabrics and Designs – Nicky 07984 419991 info@fabrictheatre.co.uk http://www.fabrictheatre.co.uk Tel: 0115 939 888539  Fabric Theatre is an event styling and venue draping company, offering themed creative backdrops and transformations to embellish any space, producing stunning and effective environments.

Boelle Events – Cathy www.Boelleevents.co.uk email: enquiries@boelleevents.co.uk Instagram @boelle_cathy

Cathy is a beautiful person who specialises in venue styling and wedding planning. She creates beautiful unique bohemian events with peace and love

Event Hire Ltd – Malcolm  0161 494 5213  email info@mcmeventhire.co.uk  Web www.mcmeventhire.co.uk Though this looks like a really big company, Malcolm is very professional but also prides himself on the family feel and service to all his customers. 

You can hire everything you need from Malcolm including gas cookers and BBQs etc. for your caterer, to any personal items needed for your event. An excellent and personal service has always been assured from this supplier.

Victory Vintage Hire –   Mo Deville – Tel: 07792 958118 www.victoryvintagehire.co.uk

Victory Vintage Hire is delighted to offer an extensive collection of vintage china and other accessories to create the right atmosphere for your special day. There huge stock of vintage items is available to hire for weddings, tea parties etc. and they can create the right atmosphere for your special vintage event, tea for two to tea for 500. There china includes Shelley, Crown Staffordshire and Rosenthal and will add that extra dimension to your vintage event. They also offer event styling and help with coordination/food service etc. on the day if required. They have many props and unusual items to help make your special event perfect and just how you want it.

Mo also offers Tasty Tiny Teatime Treats and provides miniature cakes, sandwiches and canapés with tea or coffee or a winter tea with soup for chillier days. Teatime sorted! (See catering section for details)

Royale Casino Promotions – Kathy Beddow Tel 01785 665202 Mob/Txt 077 650 10000 www.royale-casino.co.uk
Kathy has provided both a Photo Booth and Casino tables for events at the farm and they have been brilliant. If you order you get “free” printed money or other props with your photo on. This company is a pleasure to deal with.

Pawfect Occasions – Your wedding Dog Chaperone. Tel: 07792 356051 email weddings@pawfectoccasions.co.uk

Pets are welcome in the courtyard properties at the farm; however they cannot be left in the cottage on their own. Therefore, why not hire a pooch chaperone.



Hair by Kimberley Rose – Facebook Hair by Kimberley Rose Telephone 07432 419741

18 Compton Ashbourne. DE6 1DA. Have a look at Kimberley’s Facebook page and all the fabulous wedding hair creations she does. Hopefully she will have space as very popular and we highly recommend her as not only is she fab at what she does she is a really lovely person.

Georgia’s – Ashbourne –   Tel: 01335 346 664 – Mobile: 07827 856543
Email: georgiashealthandbeautysalon@hotmail.co.uk Address 29-31 St John Street Ashbourne

Georgina is another local who will highly recommend and happy to come out to you She has a brilliant reputation for making the bride and entourage feel like a princess on their big day. I can’t recommend Georgina highly enough. We all use her locally. She has a salon in Ashbourne and will come to Lower Damgate Farm to pamper you on your special day.

 Emma Holland Woolley – Cromaboo Beauty. Facebook @cromaboobeauty #cromaboobeauty

Email: emmahw7@icloud.com Tel: 07715878520

Emma is a really lovely lady and creates some beautiful looks. You are welcome to book a trial session at the farm as Emma is only down the road at Ilam. We cannot recommend Emma highly enough.

Rebecca Anderton – Tel 07946912047 emailinfo@rebecccaanderton.co.uk www.rebeccaanderton.co.uk

Inspirational makeup artist who creates a beautiful look for you and your bridesmaids

Emma Buck – Hair and Make-up – www.emmabuck.co.uk Tel 07840 141 27   emma@emmabuck.co.uk

Emma Buck always has a big smile and sunny nature and is very creative but also natural in their choice of products and hair dressing…. happy to go that extra mile to make our brides and bridesmaids etc very special….

BridalhairbyLindsay.co.uk – Specialist Bridal Hair by Lindsay Warburton email Diabor1@hotmail.com Tel 07854437595

Makeup Bliss by Angie Warburton – Makeup Artist 07968 352091 or 01298 871552 Email: angie.warburton@gmail.com

Beauty by Kelly – Mobile Beauty & Holistic Therapist tel:07951 045207 https://beautybykelly.webs.com/

Kelly professional Mobile Beauty & Holistic Therapist working in Ashbourne & the surrounding areas. She offers a range of pamper treatments as well as a wide range of relaxing treatments



We have had some lovely recommendations from our brides, but dresses are very personal so shop around and enjoy the experience

Yes, Bridal Studio.

Tel 01629 343115 www.yesbridalstudio.co.uk  email hello@yesbridalstudio.co.uk

Based in Cromford Mills, Cromford nr Matlock DE4 3RQ

Lovely feeling in this beautiful bridal shop

MIMI TOKO – Bridal Boutique

Rosie on 07891 712119 or 01332 842332 email Bride@mimitoko.co.uk

Based on Tamworth Street Duffield DE56 4ER

Rosie has a wealth of talent in helping you choose your dream dress, so whether off the peg or completely bespoke Rosie has them all.



 We love so many of our photographers at the farm and everyone has a different perspective and photography is a personal call so it has to feel right for you. All the photographers below have worked at the farm and it is hard to choose one from the other, I just wish you could use them all.

Rebecca Yu email rebecca@yuphotography.co.uk  website www.yuphotography.co.uk Tel: 07919046519

Becky married at the farm in 2019 and you can see her photos on her Facebook page as well as her website.

She is a beautiful, enthusiastic and happy person who works with you to get the best for your day. We can’t recommend her enough. 

Louise Anna Photography. www.louiseanna.co.uk @louiseannaphotography

Louise was Becky Yu’s photographer above and they sometimes work together.

Shy Brides – Kate and Catherine email Kate@shybrides.com  Tel: 07891560219

Kate has been at the farm a few times now and knows the farm very well. She is really lovely.

Peekaboo films – Wedding Videographer www.peekaboofilms.co.uk Jamie and Mark

If you like the video on our wedding website page then look no further. These guys are amazing and create the perfect video of your wedding day. we highly recommend this lovely duo.

1837 Photography – www. 1827photography.co.uk.co.uk Steve Knott 07738 248182

Look up adam and Sarah wedding here in sept 2019, you will see some amazing dramatic shots by this very talented man

Matt Guest – info@mattguestphotography.com Tel 07540766620

David Spenser photography and videography d.spense675@gmail.com  ds_freezeframemedia Tel: 07933468756

Seb Gee and Lou Gill – gillandgeemedia.com 07455178383 or 07774048734 info@gillandgemedia.com

Pixies in the Cellar – Pete and Sara – T – 07929 713072 http://www.pixiesinthecellar.co.uk/

What a delightful name to go with a delightful couple who make your wedding day feel like a dream. Have a look at their website it says it all and you truly feel like a pixie when wandering around their site.

Simon Smith. Jakt Photography email simon@jaktphotography.co.uk   Tel 07811144016

Simon from Jakt is an inspiring photographer who uses his intuitive and is a lovely person who will get the best pictures of you.

Cassandra Lane Photography. www cassandralane.co.uk

Cassandra has done a number of weddings at the farm and all inspirational. Her Instagram is cassandralanephoto



Bright & Beautiful by Sue Lovatt – Tel 07714 041682 or 01538 309808 email suelovatt@aol.com

Lovely lady who is very local and works with her own flowers or your own, saving you money. Nothing is a problem for Sue and she will create bespoke arrangements to your specifications or if you are unsure will help you find the right choice for you. Bright and Beautiful is a really lovely ethos and Sue always goes the extra mile for you.

Flowers – Nadia Di Tullio   Tel: 07973 952 249   Email: nadia@nadiaditullio.co.uk  w: www.nadiaditullio.com

We use Nadia a lot at the Farm and she is wonderful, producing the most amazing creations and specialising in earthy and natural flowers which seem to be preferred and adds to the ethos of our venue at Lower Damgate Farm. Nadia also has a range of props to compliment your decorations so please look at her website for inspiration as she has many photographs.

Rosedale Floral Designs – Jane   Tel: 01332 824741 m. 07971 285929 info@rosedalefloraldesign.co.uk

Jane is another inspiration with flowers and nothing is a problem. These flowers and table decorations are truly stunning.

The Flower Shop Ashbourne – Amy Shaw   Tel: 01335 344171 email tfsashbourne@gmail.com

Another inspiration with flowers with a shop located in Ashbourne

 Travel – Parking – Coaches and Taxis


LOWER DAMGATE FARM – DE6 2AD (we are ½ mile from this postcode) Lower Damgate Farm is a destination on both Google maps and Wayz so please put the farm name in.

If you have the APP WHAT3WORDS our 3m grid reference is SMILES. RELAXED. LOOMS for the cottages and MESSAGED. WEDDING. MANDOLIN for the Dovedale Barn and CARBON.DEVELOP. HEAVEN for Dovedale Animal Sanctuary

When travelling please note that SAT NAV is notoriously bad around here and can take you well out of your way and down impassable roads, so please look at a map and our directions which you can also find on our Website www.damgate.com.

It is important that you remember we are LOWER Damgate Farm and not our neighbours across the road!

For weddings and events, a ‘Travel plan’ is in operation which is part of our Planning Conditions. Parking is limited at wedding weekends apart from those camping where additional parking with a tent is allowed in our neighbour’s field.

When planning your day please allocate parking attendants who will need to be on the gate for the bus as well as to park those guests in the allocated places. Once guests are parked, we manage suppliers parking for you.

Due to the close proximity of additional accommodation it is expected for non-resident guests to use the bus system for travel to and from the farm. We work with our local coach company Warrington Coaches who are based a mile down the road in Ilam. This is not an expensive option and works really well and it enables your guests to drink and relax without the worry of driving. Warrington’s Coaches pick your guests up from their respective accommodation and bring them to the farm. At the end of the evening they will pick them up from the farm and take them back to their accommodation as all non-resident guests must be off site by 12am. This system works really well as it keeps everyone on site and your guests can drink and relax till it’s time to go home.

Warrington’s Coaches of Ilam – Keith Warrington on 01335 350204 info@warringtonscoaches.co.uk  www.warringtonscoaches.co.uk (Please see accommodation above)

We only use Warrington’s coaches as they know our system and they are local. They know the area very well and can work with you and us to manage the pick-ups as well as ensuring that all non-resident guests are off site in a timely manner.

Therefore, please email Keith directly and copy us in so that we can ensure your day runs smoothly for both you and your guests.

For Directions please ensure that guests aware that we are Lower Damgate Farm and not Damgate Farm across the road. This avoids confusion and upset to our neighbours. Thank you for your consideration

TAXIS and Cars

For those not using the Pick-up drop off bus service please see the taxi numbers below. Please Note that Taxis are intermittent in our area and can be unreliable (we are very rural) Therefore we suggest you book and pay in advance and make sure that you reserve a pick up!

Warrington’s of Ilam           Ilam                        01335 350204                1 mile away (anything from large buses to small group and minibus hire)

Ashbourne Taxis                  Ashbourne            01335 675475                 www.ashbournetaxi.co.uk in Ashbourne

Moorlands Private Hire      Leek                        01538 386435                  07771 765120 steve@moorlandsprivatehire.co.uk

Peak Cars                               Hognaston            01335 370937                (based near Carsington Water) East of the farm

ACT Taxis                               Ashbourne             01335 343 928                 07798 738 845 www.acttaxi.co.uk

Dovelin Cars                          Ashbourne            07974 665439                www.dovelincars.com

Farm Layouts and Maps

Wedding Pictures



Colour Television

TelephoneVideo PlayerDVD PlayerMicrowaveDishwasherFreezerHairdryerWashine MachineLinen ProvidedGarden and Patio

Central Heating

 CotsHighchairsParking Next to UnitNon Smokers OnlyLaundry RoomWeekend/Mid-Week BookingsPets WelcomeRiding/Pony Trekking NearbyFishing NearbyCycle Hire NearbySecure Storage for BicyclesChildren Welcome



In all Cottages
Central Heating

Flat Screen TV DVD
Video Player
DVD Player
Dishwashers (not in Purdy’s sorry no room)
Washing Machine
Linen Provided
Bath Towels for Hire
Satellite TV in All cottages plus Games Room
Warming Fires
Little Tykes Play area
Free Satellite TV
Free Wi-Fi

Working Farm

Alpacas and Goats

Chickens, Ducks and Geese

Children Welcome
Parking next to cottage
Non-smokers only
Laundry Room
Weekend/mid-week bookings
Pets welcome by arrangement
Corporate & Team Building Events
Nearest Shop 4 miles
Nearest pub 1 mile
Wedding parties catered for
Greet an Meet the Animals, Ponies Alpacas and Sheep
Childrens Climbing Frame and Swings
Safe Garden Area
Party – Event & Wedding Barn.



Picnic area
Oudoor childrens play area
Playing Field
Indoor Games room
Riding/pony-trekking nearby
Fishing nearby
Cycle hire nearby
Secure storage for bicycles
Children’s videos /DVDs available
Collect Eggs
Stone Built BBQ’s Unique to Lower Damgate Farm
Pampering Parties Catered For
Hog Roasts available on Site
Walks from the Door

Dovedale within walking distance

stunning scenery