Wedding activities & country pursuits


From axe-throwing and laser clay-pigeon shooting our outdoor activities & country pursuits are ready to add playful details to you Wilderness Reserve wedding



Wilderness Reserve’s 5,000-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.


ALL ACTIVITIES

Activities & country pursuits on day one

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.

Activities & country pursuits on day two

While the bride is busy with hair and make up, she can look onto the lawn in front of Sibton Park or Chapel Barn and watch her groom and his ushers having fun with our scotch & shooting activity. A wee dram of whisky to settle the nerves, before stepping up for that most English of country pursuits – clay-pigeon shooting.

Perhaps it’ll be the bride with the gun in her hand, while her partner busies him- or herself elsewhere. Expert tuition, a low-recoil shotgun and biodegradable cartridges make it an inclusive activity for all the adults at your wedding. Alternatively, our target-sport specialists and in-house rangers can set up an archery & ales activity, which we hope speaks for itself.

We’ve always favoured that canapés, champagne and country pursuits make for a fine trio at a countryside wedding, which is why we suggest arranging a spot of laser clay-pigeon shooting between the ceremony and your wedding breakfast. Facing out from the Orangery at Sibton Park perhaps? There’s nothing quite like a little target practice to pique one’s appetite.

Activities & country pursuits on day two

While the bride is busy with hair and make up, she can look onto the lawn in front of Sibton Park or Chapel Barn and watch her groom and his ushers having fun with our scotch & shooting activity. A wee dram of whisky to settle the nerves, before stepping up for that most English of country pursuits – clay-pigeon shooting.

Perhaps it’ll be the bride with the gun in her hand, while her partner busies him- or herself elsewhere. Expert tuition, a low-recoil shotgun and biodegradable cartridges make it an inclusive activity for all the adults at your wedding. Alternatively, our target-sport specialists and in-house rangers can set up an archery & ales activity, which we hope speaks for itself.

We’ve always favoured that canapés, champagne and country pursuits make for a fine trio at a countryside wedding, which is why we suggest arranging a spot of laser clay-pigeon shooting between the ceremony and your wedding breakfast. Facing out from the Orangery at Sibton Park perhaps? There’s nothing quite like a little target practice to pique one’s appetite.


Activities & country pursuits on day three

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.


Great food & drink to match your activities

The alternative is to host the same activity beside our lake on the Chapel Barn estate. As the day progresses and guests begin to peel off, things may then naturally segue into an intimate bonfire experience. Mulled wine, hot chocolate or Pimm’s – mixed with local summer fruits – are all served from the back of a Land Rover. The children, meanwhile, can settle into an outdoor cinema camp. There are few more idyllic ways to sign off your Wilderness wedding.

It’s important to impress that with every activity there is the opportunity to add a host of fitting food & drink options: quality English nibbles – have we mentioned the Low Farm scotch eggs? – or a barbecue composed of our favourite Suffolk produce. If you’re by the pool you might enjoy something as simple as an oyster shucker with an Aperol or prosecco bar nearby?

The alternative is to host the same activity beside our lake on the Chapel Barn estate. As the day progresses and guests begin to peel off, things may then naturally segue into an intimate bonfire experience. Mulled wine, hot chocolate or Pimm’s – mixed with local summer fruits – are all served from the back of a Land Rover. The children, meanwhile, can settle into an outdoor cinema camp. There are few more idyllic ways to sign off your Wilderness wedding.

It’s important to impress that with every activity there is the opportunity to add a host of fitting food & drink options: quality English nibbles – have we mentioned the Low Farm scotch eggs? – or a barbecue composed of our favourite Suffolk produce. If you’re by the pool you might enjoy something as simple as an oyster shucker with an Aperol or prosecco bar nearby?