Wedding Venues in Essex – Forrester Park Golf and Country Club
Set in beautiful Essex countryside, Forrester Park Golf and Country Club is an idyllic venue for weddings and special occasions, with an 18-hole golf course, four tennis courts, an indoor swimming pool and its own gardens within the grounds. Located in the village of Great Totham, near Maldon, Forrester Park is within ten minutes drive of Maldon, Tiptree and Witham and mid-way between Colchester and Chelmsford in the heart of Essex.
THE HISTORY OF FORRESTER PARK
In 1932, Mary Muir bought ‘Withs Farm’, a 16th Century barn, and moved in. In 1968 her son, Douglas Forrester-Muir, read an article which predicted a boom in the golf industry. Together with his wife Susie and son Tim he set about designing and building a golf course around Withs Farm. This involved the family eating quantities of Victoria Plums in order to use the tins as hole cups, Susie sewing home-made flags which were attached to bamboo canes, and the recruitment of blind war veterans to make all the tee mats.
A year later the Grand Opening of the 9-hole course took place. Greenfee money was put into a Quality Street ‘honesty’ tin and the price was 10/- a round.
In 1975 Forrester Park became a golf club, run by Susie and Tim following Douglas’s death. Between them they did all the mowing and cooking, taking it in turns to run the bar at lunchtime.
in 1982, Forrester Park held a wedding reception for a couple from Great Totham, the first of many.
Branching out into another area, in 1984 two tennis courts were built and the Tennis Club was formed.
Then, in 1990, another 9 holes were built (not, this time, single-handedly!), the club acquired a practice ground and, the following year, two additional tennis courts were built.
In 1992 the clubhouse was extended to include the upstairs Forresters Restaurant and a few years after that, the club acquired a licence to hold weddings and civil ceremonies.
The most recent addition has been Forrester Park Swimming Pool in the grounds, which specialises in children’s lessons and aqua aerobics.
Forrester Park now has over 40 staff, an 18-hole parkland golf course, four tennis courts, a swimming pool, a restaurant which caters for all types of function and a licence to hold civil weddings. However, it still retains its original feel as a friendly, family-run business.
YOUR WEDDING DAY
You may wish to choose one of our popular wedding packages, which include arrival drinks, three-course wedding breakfast, wine and an evening buffet. Alternatively, you may already have your own format in mind.
Whether it is waitress served dining, a buffet style event, or perhaps a barbecue or even a hog roast – they are here to run the day exactly as you want it to be. Their wedding co-ordinator, Katie Jacobs, is ready and waiting to discuss your choice of menus and drinks, together with format of your wedding day.
PLANNING YOUR WEDDING
Forrester Park has been organising wedding receptions for over 30 years, and their experienced staff are on hand to help you with any aspect of your day. Their charges include table linen, crockery, cutlery, glassware and all staffing costs. They are very happy to organise any aspect of your day, such as:
Master of Ceremonies / Toastmaster
Decorations, flowers, table centres, cake stand and knife
Bouquets or gifts for special guests
Disco, band, string quartet etc
Taxis, vintage cars
Champagne served with the speeches
Bouncy castle, children’s entertainers, creche facilities
WHAT THEY OFFER
WEDDINGS: Forrester Park is the perfect venue for your wedding or reception. They can offer exclusive use of their self-contained funtion suite with its own dining room, dance floor; you may also wish to use the traditional oak-beamed clubrooms, which open through French doors onto the patio and gardens.
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