Wedding Celebrations

We are not taking any further bookings for summer outdoor wedding weekends in 2024 and 2025.   We do however have autumn, winter and spring weekends available for smaller indoor weekend celebration events.

Derwentwater Independent Hostel is a special and unique place at which to create your own bespoke celebration, coming together with family and friends, to mark your special day.   And the best thing about about a hostel wedding celebration weekend is the relaxed time to spend together in beautiful and memorable surroundings.  

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We tend to offer two different types of wedding celebration events:

An Indoor Event for Up To 65 Guests

A smaller event, for up to 65 guests, using the hostel dining room as the main reception room, with the hostel providing full catering and bar services. Our dining room can comfortably seat up to 65 guests, and we can quickly clear the room for a party.      You can decorate it as you wish!   This option is available all year round.

The main dining room      The self-catering kitchen  

The dining room (left) can seat about 65 and the self-catering kitchen (right) can seat about 25.

A Large Outdoor Event with a Marquee or Tipis on the Lawn

A larger outdoor event, for up to 120 guests, using a marquee or tipi on the lawn, with outside caterers of your choice providing a celebration meal in the marquee, and the hostel providing Bed & Breakfast for up to 92 guests.     We can provide a bar in the marquee or the hostel.       Outdoor wedding celebration events are available in May, June, July, August & September.


Tipis on the lawn, and marquees on the terrace or the lawn: lots of options!


Think of the hostel as blank canvas on which you can organise your own special weekend.

We always recommend visiting the hostel, in advance of making a provisional booking, to talk through your plans.   Contact Tim Butcher, Hostel Manager by email at or on 017687 77246 to arrange a convenient time to look around the hostel.

A few more details

Our exclusive hire price is per night, for the whole hostel, rather than per person. Any meals are then charged per person, on top of the hostel hire price. We can also provide a bar. We are a licensed premises and so have to ask guests not to bring their own alcoholic drinks onto the premises. The hostel hire for wedding celebrations includes:

  • Overnight hostel accommodation for up to 92 people (minimum 2 night stay)
  • Exclusive use of the hostel from midday on arrival to 10am on day of departure
  • Use of the grounds to pitch a marquee or tipi, for up to 120 guests
  • 30 amp electrical connection for marquee/tipi, suitable for lighting and music
  • Temporary event notice to enable outside entertainment
  • Hostel staff will be present on site throughout your stay


Derwentwater Independent Hostel
Barrow House
CA12 5UR
Telephone: 017687 77246

Thank you to Geoff Williams, Rebecca Laff, Fiona McCarthy, John and Sam Snyder, and KTA for generously providing inspiring photographs.
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