ONE of the district’s most spectacular wedding venues has overcome coronavirus restrictions to host successful bubble ceremonies during the past two-and-a-half months.

The 14th century attraction has long been popular with newlyweds for its imposing medieval walls, grand setting, and spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.

The castle reopened along with other tourism and hospitality businesses on July 4, after taking extra steps to ensure Covid safety measures were in place.

And the specialist skills of staff at the venue were able to transform limitations on social gatherings into smaller, more intimate wedding days.

The concept went down a storm, with the castle even attracting enquiries from New Zealand.

Executive general manager Margaret Livingstone-Evans said: “We have stayed upbeat and optimistic and managed to generate enquiries throughout lockdown, by being creative about the ways in which we can make things happen, in a safe way.

“We are continuing to evolve what we can offer. This may well see us trialling new experiences now, which become permanent features, whether that is afternoon teas in our extensive grounds or the new bubble weddings that are already proving such a hit. It’s all about being positive and having a can-do mentality, whilst operating within the boundaries of what is legal and safe to do.”

Over the past week, the castle, near Haydon Bridge, has tightened its Covid safety measures even further in line with new regulations introduced by the government.

Having been restricted to 30 people, wedding parties are now capped at 15, but small ceremonies can still go ahead.

Over the years, Langley has been known for its creativity. Three years ago, it memorably launched Game of Throne style weddings in honour of the popular TV drama series, which included the use of attire and food from the period.

Margaret added: “At this moment in time, providing options is difficult, as the UK is under strict regulations.

“Ever the innovators, we have thought long and hard about how we can still offer couples weddings that make their fairy-tale dreams come true.”

Last week, the castle hosted an abseil event, where people were invited to scale the historic walls from 90ft, again with strict Covid measures in place to safeguard all involved.

Despite the restcitions, weddings are going ahead at Langley Castle.

Booking enquiries can be taken on (01434) 688888, while more details are available online at