Covid-19: Important information for guests attending weddings in summer 2021
As weddings and events resume we all have a responsibility to each other to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in order to stay safe, and keep venues open. These steps outline how you can help reduce the risk of COVID-19 to yourself and others.
Weddings are a little different to normal and we’d really appreciate you reading the following and working with us to help keep you, your friends and family safe and comfortable.
Please don’t attend the wedding if you may have Covid
Ways that you can help before the wedding:
- Minimise other social contact in the week prior to the wedding
- Take a COVID-19 test before attending, even if you have had the vaccine
- Complete your details on our Trusted Trace register (your couple will send you a unique link for their wedding)
- Don’t attend unless you can be confident you aren’t carrying COVID-19
Minimise the risk of spread at the wedding
Ways that you can help during the wedding:
- Thoroughly wash or sanitise hands on arrival and regularly during the wedding
- Avoid shaking hands, hugging or kissing
- Wear a mask indoors when you are not seated to eat or drink
- Stay seated to eat and drink indoors
- Give other people space and avoid congregating in one area
- Follow all venue signs and directions
- Remember that the venue staff are there to keep you and others safe
- Accept that there will be some limitations to activities
- Use our Order & Pay system to order drinks from your table:
Let the venue know immediately if you later test positive
Ways that you can help after the wedding:
- Take a test 3-5 days after the wedding even if you don’t show symptoms
- Notify the venue if you test positive within 7 days of the event
- The venue email is on your Trusted Trace Check In pass, you can report anonymously if preferred
This guidance is intended to help keep guests and staff safe at weddings. Please also follow any advice from the venue and local health authority on the day of the event.
Updated 21 July 2021
Camping & Accommodation
Please check with the newly-weds-to-be what arrangements have been made. If the wedding you are attending has booked our campsite, there are five furnished luxury bell tents available (please contact the happy couple for details). You are also able to bring your own tents, caravans and camper vans. Please do note the campsite is laid to grass and there are no electric hook up facilities. Staying overnight is only permitted on the night of the wedding. The toilet facilities are a short walk away so we recommend sensible footwear and a torch.
If you do not wish to camp, please see our list of local accommodation providers.
The Barn is all at ground level and is accessed by a gradual slope so is ideal for wheelchair users. Our main shepherd’s hut loos are accessed via steps, but there is one level access toilet.
Our main car park is grass but there is some hardstanding available for less-mobile guests. Please let us know if you have any special requirements.
The venue is on a farm and so we highly recommend sensible shoes.
We are a farm and confetti can be fatal to grazing animals, therefore we strictly do not allow synthetic confetti (including the paper variety labelled ‘biodegradable’) anywhere within the grounds. Only natural flower petals are permitted.
Our built-in bar offers guests a good selection of cider, lager, beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks at sensible prices. We do have a card machine but, as this is reliant on Wifi, we recommend bringing cash with you too!
Please note Cott Farm is a licensed premises. Guests are strictly not permitted to bring their own drinks at any point during the day or night. Any guest found bringing their own drink(s) will have these confiscated and may be asked to leave the premises.
The newly-weds-to-be will have (hopefully!) asked you to RSVP with your dietary requirements, and they will pass your reply on to our team. If you have any special dietary requirements and are unsure what arrangements have been made for you, please do get in touch with us.
Please do not bring your own food on to the premises.
Transport & Parking
Parking: Our car park is a large field. You are welcome to leave your car overnight at Cott Farm at your own risk. Please note the gates will be locked from 12 noon the following day, so please collect your vehicles before midday!
Trains: Our nearest train stations are Crewkerne and Yeovil. Both stations are a short taxi journey from the venue.
Buses: The village of East Chinnock is on the A30 between Crewkerne and Yeovil. From Yeovil direction, please ask your bus driver to stop at the lay-by (Broad Lane) just after they leave the village. The venue is approximately 100m from here by foot. Please note, due to our rural location, there aren’t many regular public buses during the daytime and there are no buses at night.
Airports: The nearest airports are Bristol (approx. 1 hour) and Bournemouth (approx 1.5 hours).
Helicopters: Helicopters may land at the farm by prior arrangement. Please contact us for details.
Arrival and Departure Timings
If you are attending a marriage ceremony at Cott Farm, we recommend you arrive 30 minutes before the ceremony start time so that you can find your seat first.
Phone signal is unreliable at Cott Farm. If you are not staying on site, we highly recommend pre-booking taxi(s) before your arrival. All weddings at Cott Farm will finish no later than midnight, but please check the wedding finish time on your invitation.