“ Address: Haigh / Wigan / Greater Manchester / England „
Had my wedding here last summer and had a wonderful day. The staff were friendly and attentive. They liaised timings on the day with our photographers as the schedule needed to be adjusted slightly... because we decided to take everyone on the train ride as it was a lovely day. The food was amazing...the quality of the food with the portion size is absolutely amazing and I am sure you can not find that anywhere else especially at those prices! I was slightly disappointed about slightly was we had ordered the same meal for children as the adults were having only they were meant to be half portions, including starter....but it turned out on the day that they don't serve children soup, so I'd double check that with them if you were going for that option as you don't want hungry children at your wedding without a starter!
Haigh Hall is a large country house set in 250 acres of gardens and woodland close to Wigan. Back in the day the Earl of Crawford and Balcarres used to live there, but the grade 2 listed building and the grounds are now owned by the council and the house is hired out for functions and weddings - in fact I got married here, but more about that in a bit...
What can you do?
Visiting the grounds of Haigh Hall is free, so you are able to visit and walk around the gardens and the woods whenever you like. The grounds are popular with dog walkers, bike riders, and families just using the large grassy areas or the playground on sunny days. If you are feeling adventurous, there are 3 nature trails to follow, from 1.5km to a lengthy 9km if you are up for a challenge.
If you want to spend your money, there are plenty of ways to do so: -
You can play 18 holes of crazy golf, collect a picnic or eat locally sourced produce in the Stables Tea Rooms, travel around the park on the minature railway, make something special at the craft gallery, or buy something at the gift shop. Haigh Hall also boasts a real 18 hole golf course, if you fancy yourself as a bit of a Tiger Woods. Once a year the fair comes to Haigh Hall, usually around the August Bank Holiday, and it gets packed full of people having a great time.
There are special evening events organised quite regularly, usually tea dances, psychic evenings, murder mysteries etc, which I haven't been to yet, but they always look interesting. There are sometimes outdoor music events for up and coming bands, although The Verve once did a concert after they were famous.
Weddings at Haigh
Haigh Hall is a lovely place to get married, the house is beautiful with its magnificant rooms and the Grand Staircase certainly lives up to its name. Outside you have the backdrop of the Douglas Valley for your photos. I can't praise the staff highly enough, they were true professionals and glided around as if by magic.
I find it scary that there have been whispers about this magnificant hall being sold off to the highest bidder. If the rumours are true who knows what might happen to it? In years to come I could take my grandchildren to show them where I got married, and could find myself in the middle of a housing estate. I hope they are only rumours.
You can find out more about what you can do at Haigh at www.wlct.org/leisure/Haigh/haighhome.htm
Haigh Hall is nestled amoungst 250 acres of greenery and woodlot. It available for hire and is the perfect venue and backdrop for weddings, business and leisure.