Chester Zoo has revealed its newly extended Grade II listed stable block, as a luxury 200-capacity wedding and events space. The original structure has existed since the zoo’s opening in 1931, and has housed some of the original animals including lions, bears and chimpanzees – now you can get married with the 27,000 inhabitants of the zoo roaming the grounds.
Perfect for animal lovers, a ceremony at ‘The Square‘, as it’s now called, would take place on the stunning grounds, with breakout rooms available to host more guests at the reception. All proceeds from events taking place at The Square will go towards the zoo’s upkeep, contributing to their charitable mission to prevent extinction, helping zoo conservationists to secure a brighter future for wildlife right across the world.
Jamie Christon, CEO at Chester Zoo, said: “There’s nothing else quite like this stunning new venue anywhere in the UK. It’s an incredible building that’s stood at the heart of the zoo for approaching a century and, through careful restoration, it’s now been brought to life. It’s a one-of-a-kind space which not only embodies the zoo’s rich history and character, but offers modern luxuries and comforts. And what’s more, who wouldn’t want to get married or have a company away day surrounded by 27,000 animals?
“Most importantly, each and every occasion that takes place at The Square will contribute to our charitable mission to prevent extinction, helping us to secure a brighter future for wildlife worldwide. That’s what makes our new venue incredibly special and we can’t wait to start welcoming people to it.”
The events venue has its own large private courtyard, exposed brick walls, vaulted rafters and large windows overlooking the zoo’s botanical gardens, making sure that any special event is as beautiful as it can be. This move by Chester Zoo really benefits everyone, so why not make the most of it in the coming year, especially if there’s a wedding on the horizon?
The Square opens this month (May 2023), and enquiries are being taken via the Chester Zoo website.