The original party barn from this boutique company, which owns three venues in the area (its Stone Barn and Shustock Farm Barns are also worth a peek), Cripps serves up the hip cocktail of rustic chic decor, an idyllic countryside setting and a relaxed attitude.

And the catering arm does a mean line in barbecue roasts. Your hire of the barn runs to 2am (with last dance and last orders at 1am) so you don't have to pull the plug just as the party gets going.

Partygoers can even camp on-site, meaning it's just a short stagger back to their beds at the end of the night.

Ceremony capacity: 162; Packages per person: £50; Corkage: £3

Cripps Barn; 01285 740035;