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Inside Chester Zoo’s stunning new wedding venue



Chester Zoo has released a series of artist’s impressions of its new luxury wedding venue – scheduled to open in spring 2023.

The stunning images reveal what Chester Zoo’s upcoming luxury wedding and events venue, known as The Square, will look like when it opens next year.

They provide a first glimpse of the new 200-capacity wedding destination, showing off the building’s bright and spacious interiors, which feature patterns and textures that draw inspiration from the zoo’s mission to prevent the extinction of endangered species.

The designs feature an impressive gated entrance, and the unique building will have its own large private courtyard, exposed brick walls, vaulted rafters and large windows overlooking the zoo’s botanical gardens – as well as a host of preserved historical features.

The space is an extension of an existing grade II listed stable block that has stood at the heart of the 128-acre zoo since it opened in 1931.

The original structures were once home to some of the zoo’s first animals such as lions, bears and chimpanzees.

Chester Zoo conservationists say they plan to retain the rich history and character of the building, while renovating and extending some areas using sustainably sourced, wildlife-friendly materials.

CEO Jamie Christon said: “Work is underway to bring to life this incredible building that has stood at the heart of the zoo for more than 91 years.

“The Square will be a special, one-of-a-kind space that preserves the zoo’s rich history and character, while also adding a modern twist to its interior that showcases our plans for a more sustainable future.

“While the zoo has, for some time, offered an intimate wedding and events space at The Oakfield gastropub, which can hold around 50 guests, we’re frequently asked if we can accommodate larger scale events.

“That’s why we’re really excited to begin welcoming guests to this incredible new venue from early next year.”

He added: “What’s particularly special is that income generated by each and every occasion that takes place at The Square will contribute to our charitable mission and help us to secure a brighter future for wildlife on our planet.

“When The Square opens in spring 2023 there will be nothing else quite like it in the UK – who wouldn’t want to get married surrounded by 27,000 animals?”

The grand opening of The Square is planned for spring 2023 and wedding dates are available.

The main event room is planned to have a capacity of 200 while reception and breakout rooms brings the total capacity of the building to 380.

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