With a beautiful 45 acre site and views over the River Thames and surrounding countryside, Shiplake College provides a perfect venue for wedding ceremonies and receptions, formal dinners, parties and conferences. With an exceptional in-house catering team and a range of rooms and areas available to hire, we can provide an extremely flexible service to cater for your specific needs.
Located just two and a half miles upstream from Henley-on-Thames, Shiplake provides a unique venue for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The College buildings are centred on Shiplake Court, which dates back to 1889. Having begun life as a fine Victorian family home, Shiplake Court now houses the traditional Great Hall and a number of smaller rooms which can be utilised to create a perfect day for every couple.
The Church of St Peter and St Paul is just 100 yards from the Great Hall. Alternatively, if you are interested in holding a civil ceremony at Shiplake, there are two options available. The Great Hall can accommodate up to 200 guests for the ceremony whilst the Old Library hosts up to 60.
The Great Hall and Old Library are also great options for intimate wedding receptions. The larger room can seat up to 110 guest for formal receptions, while the Old Library can hold smaller parties or be used for drinks on arrival, after the ceremony or for dancing later in the evening.
Our Catering and Events Manager, will be happy to advise you on ensuring that your wedding reception is perfect, from devising a sumptuous menu to suggesting matching wines, and from room layout to finishing touches. Our experienced Wedding team will take care of every detail during the preparation process and of course on the special day itself. This will allow you to relax and enjoy every moment.
Christenings and Other Services
With the Church of St Peter and St Paul as our close neighbour, the College is also available for hire after christenings, funerals and other services. Please contact the Church directly regarding services and our Catering and Events Manager if you are interested in using our facilities afterwards.
The College boasts a range of exceptional sporting facilities including magnificent grass pitches, tennis courts, a multi-purpose sports hall, swimming pool and first-class boat house. Depending on school commitments, these facilities are sometimes available for external use. Shiplake regularly hosts major events such as school tournaments, triathlons, river swims and county sports fixtures. We currently have strong links with Henley CC, Berkshire CCC, Shiplake Vikings BC, Shiplake Primary School and a local badminton club who all enjoy use of our facilities.
Other facilities available for hire include the Tithe Barn Theatre and a range of versatile meeting rooms. In the first instance, all generic venue hire enquiries should be directed to Estates Manager Roy Kemp.