Congratulations on your forthcoming wedding and thank you for considering the Whitworth as a venue for your special day. The Whitworth Building is a magnificent Victorian property and grounds which dates from 1890. founded and build by Lady Mary Louisa Whitworth the wife of renowned industrialist Sir Joseph Whitworth, and is set within 10 acres of beautifully landscaped Parklands with ornamental ponds, bequeathed to the people of Darley Dale in perpetuity as a community, meeting and events centre, this charitable organization has maintained the original ethos and ideals set out by the late Lady Whitworth while adapting to the changing needs of the local population.

The Whitworth is easily accessible situated off the A6 along the main thoroughfare between Matlock and Bakewell in the historic and picturesque town of Darley Dale, nestled in the cusp of the Peak District National Park, a world heritage site, providing wonderful views of the surrounding valley.

We host regular bridal fairs at the Whitworth which are full of experienced wedding planning professionals great contacts, services and amenities available in the area. It’s also a great opportunity to meet other couples and share ideas and tips on your big day. 

The price to have a civil ceremony or partnership at the Whitworth, is included in our packages. Please be aware that registrars also have their own fees. Once your date is provisionally held with us, you need to contact Bakewell Registration Office on 01629 535261 to discuss further.

We can offer a myriad of different options from the intimate to the extravagant, from traditional to contemporary, Midweek or weekend, seasonal touches, casual or formal, hosting within the building or in marquees within the grounds. The Whitworth is dedicated to creating an unforgettable wedding that is the culmination of your unique celebration.

We can provide beautiful grandiose suites for wedding parties and can accommodate most ideas that you have for your wedding day. The mature park and terrace area can be used for reception drinks, photos and is a great space for you and your guests to expand into especially if you have children in the party. We are happy to build a bespoke package for you if you have specific ideas or themes.

Hire includes as standard

  • hire of your chosen suite/s
  • staging
  • Event Staff
  • White linen Table cloths, napkins, crockery, cutlery & glassware
  • Chair covers and colour co-ordinated sash’s
  • Staffed bar throughout the day

All menu options are locally sourced, cooked and prepared on site, by our chefs & cooks.

Menu prices start from £21.95 per person for a 2-course wedding breakfast, £10. 95 per child under 10. £24.95 per person for a 3-course wedding breakfast, £14.95 per child under 10 and no charge for children under 2 years. Buffet options from £7.95 per person

Hog roast or BBQ from £10.50 per person (hog roast available for 100 plus guests)

We can provide caretakers services for putting up decorations or lights that you provide.

We can provide drinks for reception or toasts from £3.95 per person, dependent on your requirements.

​We are also able to provide a number of locally produced ales to add to our fully stocked licensed bar. Whatever you are looking for, we are positive we can help you with your plans.

You can tailor your requirements from ceremony through to reception utilising any combination of our suites, the price includes all furniture to accommodate your guests, dressing of the tables and chairs and organza sash of your colour choice. Draught bar only available in the Ballroom suite.  

The Brunel 
The former Victorian swimming baths, now a large suite which retains period character, suitable for larger gatherings of up to one hundred and sixty guests for ceremony and one hundred forty for reception.

The Lady Whitworth
A mid-sized suite boasting high ceilings with original beams, perfect for gatherings of up to forty guests for ceremony and/or reception.

The Gallery
Combining old and new, this suite features a floor to ceiling window overlooking the park and can accommodate parties of up to sixty guests for ceremony and forty for reception.

The Old Library 
Intimate, elegant and steeped in history. This suite is available to you for ceremony and reception for smaller gatherings of up to thirty guests for ceremony and twenty for reception.

The Ballroom
The jewel in the crown, this opulent self-contained suite boasts a stunning vaulted ceiling with chandeliers, balcony which overlooks the main room period windows and sumptuous drapes and stage area is available for ceremony and/or wedding breakfast and/or evening reception for up to one hundred and twenty guests for reception.

vintage transport
floodlit grandeur
cheese tier wedding cake
top table