North Yorkshire has a long association with romance. It is the land of Wuthering Heights and Dracula; of passionate uprisings against tyranny, and majestic fortresses standing the test of time. Its size, as the largest ceremonial county in England, combined with its location in the north, means that it encompasses some of the most diverse landscapes the country has to offer - with up to 40% of the county being covered by National Parks. From the rolling hillsides of the Yorkshire Dales, to the howling expanses of the North York Moors; from the bustling market towns, to the ‘Dinosaur Coast’ – North Yorkshire really does have it all. It is, in every way, the perfect wedding destination.
As a wedding venue, Thornton-Le-Moor’s Thief Hall in North Yorkshire is able to meet any and all requirements. Whether your wedding is planned as a small, intimate affair, or a large and raucous celebration, Thief Hall provides North Yorkshire romance in abundance.
Thief Hall is a family affair – created by former show jumper Jessica Barker and her husband, Phillip. Having already successfully created a selection of holiday home on the site, the family worked to lovingly convert this old North Yorkshire sheep barn into a renovated, usable space - and it opened as a wedding venue in 2015. The hall is purposefully designed as a ‘blank canvas’ - with a clean and modern finish with open beams – so that betrothed couples can design their dream weddings upon it. Crucially, there are no restrictions at Thief Hall, so all things are truly possible – not least because Thief Hall couples benefit from the combined knowledge and experience of the talented Thief Hall team.
From the moment a wedding is booked at Thief Hall, staff are on hand to gently guide and advise – all the while encouraging couples to be as free with their creativity and imagination as possible. The goal is always to create a thoroughly personal and unique wedding, which reflects the happy couple in all their glorious individuality, in every way they wish. That means there are no stipulated finish times, and couples are free to decorate the premises however they would like. Likewise, Thief Hall is not contractually obligated to a particular caterer, so wedding cuisine can take any form and timings that are desired.
Since there are no finish times at Thief Hall, accommodation is important. The venue now has six luxury, five-star self-catering cottages on site – all of which have their own hot tub, and all of which are included in with wedding bookings. These beautifully appointed cottages make Thief Hall a particularly stunning, self-contained wedding venue. Also included in each wedding booking are:
- A fully stocked and staffed bar;
- Tables, linens, chairs, and more;
- Rooms licensed for civil ceremonies;
- Outdoor wedding options.
What makes Thief Hall the quintessential North Yorkshire wedding venue is its location. It sits on a hill above Thornton-Le-Moor - the name of which means “thorn-tree settlement on the moor,” and refers to the historical local incidence of hawthorn trees. In Celtic mythology, the hawthorn is sacred, symbolising love, protection, the union of opposites, and the importance of accepting the unconventional – all of which combine to underpin the ethos of Thief Hall.
Even its address, on Thief Hole Lane, comes with its own range of myths and legends – most notably of bandits hiding in a large hole at the end of the road, to lie in wait for passing stagecoaches. It is said by some that this is how Thief Hole Lane came by its name, although these tales of villainy have been found to pre-date the use of the stagecoach, so perhaps it was pedestrians that ran afoul of the local robbers. These days, Thief Hole Lane is perfectly safe, and Jessica and Phillip Barker are instead able to incorporate such local lore into their wedding venue – with its distinctive and iconic Thief Hall logo.
Its Thornton-Le-Moor location also provides Thief Hall with epic, panoramic views across the surrounding landscape. With iconic dry-stone walls criss-crossing the undulating fields, and villages and market towns stretching away to the horizon, any happy couple wanting to capture the spirit and atmosphere of this glorious county will find what they seek at Thief Hall. The warmth, the welcome, the history, the beauty, and the romance – Thief Hall is the embodiment of it all.
Once the wedding is over, there are plenty of reasons to stay in the area, having been thoroughly refreshed by the luxury accommodation of Thief Hall. Railway enthusiasts can find plenty to enjoy on the North York Moors Railway, the Wensleydale Heritage Railway, or even at the National Railway Museum – conveniently located right next door to York mainline train station. Animal lovers can walk with llamas in Nidderdale, stroll through a wallaby paddock at Thorp Perrow Arboretum, watch birds of prey fly at York Bird of Prey Centre, or visit painted dogs at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster.
Castles, stately homes, and ruined abbeys are in abundance, along with river walks and reservoirs. For enthusiasts of film and television, there are tours of locations to be had – including the long-running television drama series, Heartbeat – as well as visits to the locations of All Creatures Great and Small, and Downton Abbey. There’s even something to be found for fans of Harry Potter, with the North York Moors Railway station at Goathland having served as Hogsmeade Station at Hogwarts.
Then, there is the glorious North Yorkshire coastline – stretching from the Tees estuary in the south, to the Humber estuary in the north, and encompassing the very different, major towns of Robin Hood’s Bay, Runswick Bay, Filey, Flamborough, Whitby, Bridlington, Scarborough, and Ravenscar. Each of these beautiful seaside spots - and every one in between - has its own distinctive character, and rich history to boot. Most importantly, they are all within reach of Thief Hall, making them an easy addition to any North Yorkshire wedding trip.
What We Offer
Thief Hall is a barn conversion restored in stunning style, offering a blank canvas venue with open beams and a clean modern finish. The venue is surrounded by the beautiful countryside of North Yorkshire, the perfect backdrop for your special day! Included with the venue you will receive:
- Exclusive 3 day hire
- Accommodation for 2 nights for 26+ guests
- 4 cottages with hot tubs
- Wedding planning support throughout with coordination on the day
- Fully licensed to hold civil ceremony weddings
- Fully stocked and staffed bar
- Outdoor Weddings available
- No restrictions or stipulations
- Tables, chairs, linen and more!
- Marquees Permitted
"We had our wedding at Thief Hall and it was perfect right down to the last detail. The entire team at Thief Hall are amazing! Thank you so much for an unforgettable weekend!”
- Wayne & Louise Morton
“We have had the most wonderful time here, celebrating our wedding! Everyone has been fantastic and the cottages are utterly stunning; everyone of our family and friends loved it. Thank you so much for making our wedding so special!”
- Danielle & Steven Bell
“I don't know where to start!! The most perfect venue for our wedding! A total blank canvas to work with and so much scope to make your wedding personal!”
- Lizzie James
“What can we say! Jess and Phil are outstanding! The attention to detail, support and service from the day we booked 18 months ago right up until now has been faultless.”
- Dan & David Whitelock
“OMG! Me and Ollie have had the best wedding ever, you have made it just perfect. Jess and the team, we could not have asked for more. Thank you se very much from the bottom of our hearts. All of our love and thanks xx”
- Ollie & Chelsie Anderson
“To Jessica, Katy and all the amazing team, Thank you so much for all of your help to make our wedding day so special! You helped everything flow so smoothly and couldn’t have been more helpful and attentive. All our guests loved a Cottages and it made such a difference celebrating with everyone together all weekend. Thief Hall is a really stunning venue and you and the team do an amazing job making the wedding is truly spectacular for everyone. Thank you for all your hard work”
- Caroline and Paul
“To Hannah and Jess, Thank you very much for everything. Our wedding couldn’t have gone any smoother, there wasn’t a single hair out of place you were amazing. Everyone of our guests complimented on the venue and the way everything was arranged and organised. This weekend has just been magical. We are both still on cloud nine. It has been a photo of a wedding from start to finish. A big massive thank you to Jessica, you are a dream. You have made this weekend the happiest of our entire life. You are a superstar, Hannah, you looked after Stevie and I from start to finish, we couldn’t have asked for a better wedding planner. You kept me calm throughout the day and always check that we had everything in hand. Once again thank you for the special weekend/wedding day XXX”
- Debbie and Stevie
“Jessica and all in the amazing team at Thief Hall, what can we say? Thank you so much for an amazing weekend. Our wedding was everything we dreamed of and more. You guys were amazing from start to finish & we can't thank you enough. For such a popular venue with weddings more weekends and mid-weeks you do everything to make the bride and groom feel so special. There were so many extra thoughtful touches that made the weekend so special. Jess, You are some kind of wizard in keeping the day running so smoothly and thinking of things that we completely over looked. Our guests had the best day yesterday and those staying in the cottages and glamping tents all said how wonderful everything was. The welcome hampers are a lovely touch. We can't wait to come back and perhaps have a slightly more relaxed stay! Thank you SO SO much!!!!”
- Gavin and Helen
“Thank you so much for all the hard-work over the last 9 months and for always being there for us with any query or question we had! This weekend has been a dream come true (a wacky very colourful dream but a dream of ours!) and your "blank canvas" made the perfect backdrop for it all to take place! From dropping of car loads on the Thursday to supporting us on the Friday, from stealthily making out day run like clockwork to allowing us to stay an extra night on the Sunday to enjoy the beautiful sunset! you guys have all been amazing! We thank you all a million times over!”
- Sam and Will
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