Oakfield Manor - Chester Zoo

Your wedding at Chester Zoo ...with 15,000 special guests

Oakfield House is a Victorian mansion set in 125 acres of award winning gardens, very much at the heart of the zoo... in all ways.

Originally built by the Mayor of Chester just over 100 years ago, Oakfield House was then bought by our founder George Mottershead in the early 1930s. With love, passion and a lot of determination, he turned it and the surrounding gardens into one of the world's most beautiful and influential zoos.

Our house and zoo can offer you a unique, elegant and extraordinary setting for your big day and will create lasting memories for you and your guests to talk about for years to come.

We can offer you exclusive use of the house for both ceremony and reception. Our zoo will also be accessible to your day guests, providing a wonderful and truly unique backdrop to your wedding photos.

We have a selection of catering options for you to choose from, all offering high quality food and drinks from sit down meals for up to 60 people to more informal summer safaris, hog roasts and barbecues.

We are able to accommodate weddings with up to 140 evening guests but just as happy to host smaller, more intimate events. Our dedicated team will ensure that your day is tailor-made to be everything you could hope for and more.

As we are a charity, all proceeds from your wedding will help us to look after our animals here and with our conservation projects around the world.

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We're so pleased that you are considering Oakfield House and Chester Zoo as the venue for your wedding and if you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us on 01244 650 209 or email events@chesterzoo.org

Weddings in 2018

With a steady growth in visitor numbers, and a constant effort to improve visitor facilities at the zoo, we are moving ahead with plans to upgrade Oakfield House catering facilities to enable it to be open to more zoo visitors and members every day, from 2018 onwards. This means that we are no longer accepting bookings of weddings* at Oakfield from January 2018. We do, however, still have some availability during 2017, particularly mid-week.

*In due course we hope to be able to consider small wedding ceremonies for a maximum number of 40 guests, for selected dates.