Weddings and Celebrations at Rayleigh Windmill

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The Venue

The beautiful Rayleigh Windmill is a Grade II listed building more than 200 years old and a popular venue for Weddings and other celebrations.

The Windmill has been sympathetically refurbished to offer a unique venue for your Civil Wedding, Civil Partnership, Naming Ceremony or Renewal of Vows. With seating for up to 20 guests, Rayleigh Windmill is an intimate venue for your celebrations. Located next to a Sensory Garden and the historic Rayleigh Mount, it offers a perfect backdrop for your pictures. A dedicated event co-ordinator will ensure that your special day runs perfectly.

Rayleigh WindmillSeveral packages are available including the option to hold your reception at The Mill Arts and Events Centre, located next to the Windmill. You can download the Rayleigh Windmill Wedding Brochure, booking form and terms and conditions from the Related Content section.

To arrange a viewing or to discuss your requirements please contact Rochford District Council on 01702 318120. You can also take a 360˚ virtual tour of the Windmill using the link in the Related Content section.

Rayleigh has a host of venues for receptions and other items to help make your day extra special, including florists, jewellers, formal wedding attire and decorations.

You can view photographs of the beautiful Rayleigh Windmill on our Pinterest page by clicking on the link in the Related Content section.


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Rayleigh Windmill wins Wedding Venue of the Year!

At the Essex Wedding Awards glamourous gala event on Thursday 26th November 2015, Rayleigh Windmill was announced winner of ‘Wedding Venue of the Year – Something Different’.

Rayleigh Windmill has been a ‘Wedding Venue of the Year’ finalist at the Essex Wedding Awards for two consecutive years and was thrilled to have won the award this year.

The judges commented on the night, “Small but beautifully put together! Judges felt that Rayleigh Windmill really was ‘something different!’ They especially liked how they offered a dedicated event coordinator working nonstop for every couple, along with the beautiful grounds for excellent photo opportunities.”

Portfolio Holder Community, Cllr June Lumley said: “The Windmill is not only a fantastic venue but also stands testimony to what can be achieved when people come together. From a crumbling monument to a by-gone age, the Windmill was given a new lease of life and has now been put to a lovely use thanks to renovations by councils and the time and dedication of many staff and volunteers. The Windmill has always been jewel in Rayleigh’s crown, but this award means many other people across the county will now get to hear what a gem we have.”

The other finalists in the ‘Wedding Venue of the Year – Something Different!’ category were Kings Oak Hotel and Forrester Park. The winners of the three other ‘Wedding Venue of the Year’ categories were Orsett Hall Hotel, Warren Golf Club and Fennes.

It was a successful night for Rayleigh, as Turner and Pennell Bridal Gallery won the award for ‘Wedding Dress Retailer of the Year’. See the full list of 2015 Winners in the Related Content selection.