The Venue

Set in tranquil countryside Papplewick Pumping Station is one of Europe’s great Industrial Monuments and a shining example of Victorian engineering that will provide a unique setting to your wedding ceremony.

The Pumping Station has been a wedding venue since 2009 and hosts an average of fourteen weddings a year between April and mid October. We are a seasonal venue and do not take bookings for winter weddings, nor can we accept bookings for Bank Holiday weekends as this is when we are in steam for the general public.

Wedding Ceremonies

For the ceremony, most couples choose the wonderfully ornate Engine House but if required you may hire the smaller Tarbotton Room located within the Superintendent’s House as an alternative location.

The Engine House can seat 30 people plus the wedding couple and two registrars on the mezzanine floor where the ceremony will be conducted; an additional 6-7 people can stand either side of the seated guests and a further 40 guests can stand below on the Engine floor. Alternatively you can opt for an all standing ceremony which allows for increased capacity on the mezzanine (max. 50). For comfort and safety our maximum guest limit is 80 people over both floors of the Engine House.

The Tarbotton Room is our smallest room and can seat approximately 12 people. It is also wheel chair accessible.

The grounds and architectural splendour of the Pumping Station can be used as a stunning backdrop for photographs, especially the Engine House both inside and out, the Par Terre lawn and the Cooling Pond.

The ceremony package

The full hire of the site for your wedding ceremony comprises the use of:

  • The Engine House or Tarbotton Room,
  • Exclusive three hour use of the grounds and Engine House for photographs,
  • Seating with cream chair covers & ceremony table,
  • Provision of disposable 125ml champagne flutes,
  • Serving of beverages to your guests.
  • The full cost for the ceremony package is £950. A deposit of £475 is required to confirm your booking. Payment for the registration officers is not included.

    Optional extras

    Hire of cream chair bows - £65 + VAT

    Hire of drinks marquee for serving beverages, canapés etc.* - £185 + VAT

    *Note: food & drink not included. The marquee is available between May & early October only.

    Wedding Receptions

    The grounds of the Pumping Station are also available to hire should you wish to arrange your own wedding reception. The full cost for hiring the grounds for a wedding reception is £1000 with a deposit of £500 required.

    If you wished to have a combined ceremony and reception the cost is £1,750 with a deposit of £875 being required to confirm your booking.

    The hire of the Pumping Station will entitle you to exclusive use of the site for your wedding breakfast, photos, disco etc for a maximum of 9 hours, between 2pm and 11pm. If you wish the hire time to commence earlier, an additional £100 per hour is required.

    Arrangements for catering, marquee, music, bar, lighting, generators etc. are left to you so you can tailor the reception precisely to your own liking, taste and particular budget.

    Further information & booking

    Ceremony and reception brochures can be downloaded them from the Guides section at the top of this page. If you would like to discuss a potential wedding date please contact the museum office

    To enquire about wedding bookings:

    • Your Name

      Your Address

      Contact phone number

      Email address

      Number of guests

      Indicate preferred date

    • Director of the Museum
      Superintendents House
      Papplewick Pumping Station
      Rigg Lane
      Notts. NG15 9AJ.

    Cars, Musicians & Photographers:

    • For that special ‘Car’ or ‘London double-decker bus’ to take you and/or guests to and from the ceremony, Papplewick Pumping Station is proud to recommend Vintage Vehicle Hire for all your vehicular needs. Please see their website for further details or speak to Peter (Fuzz) Jordan directly on 01777 817798 or 07790 234867.
    • The Engine House has fantastic acoustics and is the perfect setting for a harpist to perform during your wedding ceremony. We are delighted to recommend classically trained harpist Liath Hollins for all your musical needs and to give your ceremony that extra special touch. For further information and booking details please call Liath on or send an email to: or visit her website:

      Papplewick Pumping Station is pleased to recommend the following photographers who have all photographed weddings at the Station:

    • Soul Good Photography
      Paul Smith

      07967 027745
    • Flix Photography
      Mamad Mossadegh

      07900 884449
    • Heart to Heart Photography
      01909 472237


    The Pumping Station is a very photogenic location for wedding ceremonies and receptions. To help show you how special the Pumping Station is as a wedding venue we have put together two galleries to show you some of the weddings that we have hosted over the years. Please click on the thumbnails to open up the galleries.

    Dan Barber Photography

    Exterior Gallery

    Interior Gallery