Welcome to College Farm

College Farm is a beautiful medieval house situated in the village of Thompson three miles from the market town of Watton.  It was built by Katharine’s ancestors in 1349 as a College of Priests to serve St Martin’s Church and the villagers of Thompson.   The college was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1541 when it then became a private house.

College Farm sits in 15 acres of lawns and woodland on the edge of the village and is the perfect secluded venue for your wedding reception or private party.  B&B accommodation is also available in newly refurbished en suite rooms.

The Jacobean panelled room is licensed for weddings and civil partnerships and is also available for parties up to 20 people. Traditional cream teas are served in the garden (weather permitting) or by the fire in the panelled dining room if it’s too cold to sit outside. All food served at College Farm is organic and home-made or locally sourced. There is plenty of car parking in an adjacent field.

We have a field available for camping and there is also plenty of parking in another field.

Clicke HERE to download a plan of our site.

For further information or to arrange a visit please contact

Katharine Wolstenholme 01953.483.318 info@collegefarmnorfolk.co.uk

We only hold a few weddings a year here making sure that College Farm is a special place to get married. We offer several options for the marriage ceremony including duo ceremonies where you have most of the ceremony outside then come inside to sign the register in our Jacobean panelled room. Alternatively you are welcome to do all the formalities in your own Registry Office or church then come here for the reception afterwards.

We have a list of recommended local suppliers from caterers, florists, photographers, wedding planners, car hire, hairdressers, beauticians and many more.  You can organise everything yourself or we can help as much or as little as you like. 

We are very flexible and the idea is to make every wedding completely unique - we offer the setting and allow you to design the rest.  We don’t charge VAT or corkage so you can save money by catering yourselves and bringing your own drinks. 

Rare breed animals are kept at College Farm - chickens for eggs, sheep for breeding & meat, and alpacas & llamas for keeping the foxes away from the chickens and for wonderful photo opportunities, particularly with Brian the Alpaca!

We also have pingos (shallow ponds formed during the last ice age) in the garden & woodland surrounding College Farm. Breckland is one of the few areas in the world where pingos can be found.

You can hire the lawn & gardens for 4 days allowing you plenty of time and space to plan your special day.

To find out more please get in touch to arrange a visit or watch the video below of our recent open weekend to get a flavour of what a magical place College Farm is!

The latest from our Blog

David & Holly’s Wedding

By Katharine Wolstenholme | September 4, 2018

David & Holly got married last weekend at College Farm and I have never seen a wedding so full of love & emotion.  There was more laughter and more tears than I’ve ever seen before at a wedding and it was all beautifully captured by the talented Georgia Rachael Here is a sneak peek of…

Happy Wedding Anniversary

By Katharine Wolstenholme | July 6, 2018

33 years ago today Richard & I were married in St Martin’s Church on a beautiful sunny July day – rather like today.  Over the years the church has played a large part in our family life –  my parents & uncle are buried there, our 3 children were christened there and we are now…

Wedding Season in Full Swing!

By Katharine Wolstenholme | June 27, 2018

The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the garden is looking stunning and we are in full swing of my favourite time of year – Wedding Season!  Already this year Levi & Lauren and Chris & Jill have tied the knot at College Farm and this weekend we are looking forward to Matt &…

Magical Tipis Open Weekend

By Katharine Wolstenholme | April 23, 2018

Last weekend was truly magical as we welcomed Magical Events back to College Farm for another successful Giant Hat Tipi Open Weekend.  The sun shone, the lambs gambolled, Lily & Lulu the llamas stared at everyone and Brian The Alpaca was just confused by all the comings & goings of the weekend!  We welcomed old…

Magical Camping Open Weekend

By Katharine Wolstenholme | February 19, 2018

We are very excited to be hosting a Spring Open Weekend at College Farm with the wonderful Magical Camping again. It will be aking place on Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd April and we will have some wonderful people with us again to help create an amazing weekend. More details to follow soon!  

Happy Valentine’s Day

By Katharine Wolstenholme | February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine’s Day to you all and especially everyone who has just got engaged.  Richard & I got engaged on Valentine’s Day back in 1985 and married here at College Farm later that year.  We have a few week days available for couples wanting to get married here this year and dates are going fast…

Contact and find us

Katharine Wolstenholme
College Farm
Thompson
Thetford
Norfolk
IP24 1QG

Telephone: 01953 483318

Email: bookings@collegefarmnorfolk.co.uk

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