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The Great Barn

Location for Weddings and Social Events

The Great Barn, Upper Aynho Grounds, Aynho, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX17 3AY

  • Max guests for group photographs
  • 120
  • Civil weddings catered for
  • Yes
  • Events photographed by Paul Martin
  • Wedding
  • Last event photographed by Paul Martin
  • 24/06/06

The Great Barn is conveniently situated near to Banbury, 7 minutes drive from M40.
A map is available here and there is a Web site for this location.

Paul Martin has given The Great Barn a rating of 4 out of 5 for indoor photography and a rating of 4 out of 5 for outdoor photography.
Please note that these ratings only relate to the suitability for photography, and do not in any way relate to other facilities and services that may be provided by the The Great Barn.

Comments from Paul Martin:
The Great Barn is beautifully situated in tranquil farmland area between Bicester and Banbury in Oxfordshire. It is a tastefully restored 17th Century barn and has two rooms, both of which are licensed for Civil Ceremonies and provide an ideal location for weddings, banquets, conferences and other social events.

The rooms in the Great Barn are approximately 60 foot x 20 foot and are interconnecting, both have central heating. The Aynho Room with its characterful wooden beams and walls has two log fires and decor in keeping with the setting. It is generally used as the reception room. The Croughton Room which is of more modern but characterful decor, is the main dining and dancing area and seats a maximum of 120 people for a sit down meal. In my opinion, it is the better of the two rooms to hold a civil ceremony purely from a photography perspective. This is because the room benefits from good natural light due to the large glass door panel/windows. Thus, it is possible to produce good non-intrusive sponataneous photographs without employing the use of flash photography.

The capacity of The Great Barn in total for informal functions is 200 people. Guests have exclusive use of both barns and neither can be hired out separately. Marquee extensions can be added if required. The Great Barn has an entrance lobby, which provides toilet facilities for ladies and gentlemen as well as disabled facilities. There are ample car parking facilities available.

I have thoroughly enjoyed photographing weddings at the Great Barn in Upper Aynho. On my most recent visit, the civil wedding ceremony took place in the Croughton Room where I was able to capture great opportunities for photographing the marraige ceremony, and later, reportage photo’s of guests enjoying themselves during the drinks reception. Though considerably darker, the Aynho room is full of character and offers some interesting situations for portraits.

Even more impressive are the photo opportunities outside; both rooms of the barn open up to a private garden. Here I was able to make use of several props such as garden seats, tables, plants and small trees, to produce very creative photographs of bride and groom. When in bloom in the Spring, the wisteria on the walls of the barn, makes for a great backdrop for group photographs.

On both occassions visited, I have produced a varied mix of informal journalistic photographs and groups compositions outside, including other ‘arty’ photographs of bride and groom. The good news is that should the weather preclude little or any outdoor photographs, there is sufficient room indoors.

In summary, the Great Barn in Upper Aynho near Banbury is a fantastic location for a wedding. Needless to say, the opportunities for creative memorable wedding photography are excellent. A sample of my most recent wedding photographs at The Great Barn appear below. I look forward to photographing more weddings at the Great Barn, and hope that I my be of assistance to you.

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