Barnutopia is an Oswestry wedding venue licensed for marriage ceremonies located about 5 miles from the town near the village of Llansilin, Powys. This is our story.
THANK YOU to all the brides and grooms who had faith in us from the start, particularly the ones who booked when the event barn was still a mucky, rundown old cattle shed. We will remember you always.
2014 Relocate to the UK
We (owners Katrina and Steve Boydon) moved back to Britain after many years abroad. Originally from the area and with relatives still in Llangollen and Shrewsbury, we looked for a suitable property somewhere between the two places.
2015 Set Up Glamping Site
We found Tanycoed Farm and knew it was where we wanted to be. It is right on the English-Wales border and has breathtaking views in every direction. We moved into the farm in April 2015. In June 2015 we welcomed our first glamping guests into yurt Bronwyn. At the end of a busy first summer we submitted a formal planning application to expand the glamping accommodation and turn the long barn into an Oswestry wedding venue.
2016 Planning Permission Granted
We continued to add to our glamping accommodation and responded to queries and additional requirements from the Shropshire planning team. Towards the end of summer, full planning permission was granted to add glamping accommodation and set up as an Oswestry wedding venue.
2017 First Weddings at Barnutopia
We took our first bookings for weddings in early 2017 before our application to Shropshire Council to become an approved ceremony venue had been submitted. Fortunately, it was successful.
- Hayley and Rob were the first to book. They got married on the yurt field in September 2017.
- Louise and Ritchie were the first to get legally married at Barnutopia in August 2017. Their day and ceremony was document on ITV’s Give It A Year, with Baroness Karren Brady.
- Tansy and Arran were the first to celebrate their wedding in June 2017 after getting legally married elsewhere.
2018 First Full Summer as Oswestry Wedding Venue
The Oswestry mayor (then Vince Hunt) officiated at our wedding fair and grand opening in April and the first full summer of weddings was fabulous. Barnutopia may be described as a quirky venue and our couples put their own unique twist on every wedding. It is thrilling for us every time when we see the long barn transformed from blank canvas to sumptuous wedding venue.
2019, 2020, 2021 and beyond
As of November 2018, most weekends in the summer of 2019 are booked up. We have several bookings for 2020 and recently took our first booking for 2021.
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