Wilderness Reserve’s 8,000-acre expanse in the sleepy Suffolk countryside is a carefully arranged symphony of lakes, ancient woodland, wild-flower meadows, pastures and manicured gardens. All of these settings are used to best effect across our range of wedding activities and exciting country pursuits.
A major part of the Wilderness Reserve ethos is to respect and connect with the abundant English nature around us. We’ve worked hard over the years to create a diverse landscape that serves to nurture habitats for wildlife, while allowing guests to immerse themselves in the calming fold of these glorious rural surroundings.
Rustic, eco-friendly weddings really come to life with our range of wedding activities and country pursuits. The other obvious benefit is that they allow those who may not know one another very well to bond over a shared experience. There are few more comforting feelings than seeing all of your guests getting along and having fun in a way that feels natural.
Led by our expert head ranger Paul “Chuck” Norris, our experienced team of outdoor wedding activity specialists are driven to add excitement, camaraderie and a playful sense of competition to your Wilderness wedding. Bridesmaids vs ushers stand-up paddleboard races, clay-pigeon shooting and axe-throwing meet spa treatments, spoon carving and our child-friendly owl encounters.
Let’s begin with something civilised. The sort of activity that you and your recently arrived guests can dip in and out of at your leisure. Something that will instill a little energy and enthusiasm, while not distracting you from the important business of catching up with everyone over a glass of fizz and a light bite from our Estate Kitchen. Those sausage rolls really are exceptional.
English Lawn games. A spot of croquet on the grassy square at Chapel Barn perhaps? Giant jenga for the children, safely away in the corner. There is a coconut shy, horseshoes and welly wanging ready for those keen on channelling the charm of a traditional English fair. Or how about adding a little je ne sais quoi to your Wilderness wedding with petanque? We’ll be happy to have it all set up for you when you arrive.
Add a little excitement to proceedings with our bang-on-trend axe throwing activity. One or more of our experienced Wilderness rangers will be on hand to ensure everyone stays safe, while getting the most out of this fun 90-minute taster. Contrary to what many think, axe throwing is about technique, rather than force – it’s a game for everyone.
The final day of your Wilderness wedding may just be the most enjoyable: with all the formalities done and dusted, you can now have a little fun and properly explore Wilderness Reserve. How about an immersive scavenger hunt, prompting a gentle jaunt through nature? Alternatively, you could all enjoy a target-sport medley – a fabulous opportunity for your guests to solidify the bonds formed the day before.
Laser shooting, 20-gauge shotgun shooting (low impact on the shoulders, though still very much the real thing), archery, axe throwing, rifles and – wait for it – spear throwing. Organising an immersive wilderness activity amid the ancient oak and hazel trees of Kendall’s Wood should help to invigorate everyone following the previous evening’s carousing. A bloody mary station will certainly help too.