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If you’ve ever dreamed of getting married surrounded by animals, we have great news for you this morning.

Chester Zoo is opening a brand new wedding and events venue, and if pictures have anything to do with it, it will be a stunning place to get married.

The luxury wedding and events venue is set to open next year, and the zoo has released an exclusive set of artist impressions to show what it will look like.

Chester Zoo

The wedding venue will be called ‘The Square’ and is currently scheduled to open in spring 2023 – while the main event hall will have a capacity of 200, the reception and breakout rooms will carry the full capacity at 380.

An extension to an existing Grade II listed stable that has stood since 1931, The Square will feature an impressive gated entrance, private courtyard, arched rafters, exposed brickwork and large windows overlooking the zoo’s botanical gardens.

The stable block was once home to some of the zoo’s earliest animals, including lions, bears and chimpanzees, and Chester Zoo has announced plans to retain the building’s “rich history and character”.

Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo

Jamie Christon, CEO of Chester Zoo, said of the launch: “Work is underway to bring this incredible building to life which has stood at the heart of the zoo for over 91 years.

“The Square will be a special, one-of-a-kind space that preserves the zoo’s rich history and character, while adding a modern touch to its interior that showcases our plans for a more sustainable future.

“While the Zoo has for some time offered an intimate space for weddings and events at The Oakfield Gastro Pub, which can accommodate approximately 50 guests, we are often asked if we can accommodate larger scale events.

“That’s why we’re so excited to start welcoming guests to this amazing new venue from early next year.”

Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo

He continued: “But what is particularly special is that the revenue generated from every occasion that takes place at the Square will contribute to our charitable mission and help us secure a better future for our planet’s wildlife.

“When The Square opens in spring 2023, there will be nothing else like it in the UK.”

The Square is scheduled to open in the spring of 2023 – you can find out more here.

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