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A Wedding Planning Guide to Getting Married in Purton

So you’ve chosen to have your wedding in Purton, North Wiltshire. Congratulations! You’ve chosen a beautiful part of the country with plenty of interesting things to do to keep guests entertained, and wonderful places to stay for those hoping to spend a little longer exploring this historic village and its surrounding areas.

Firstly, let’s discuss the legalities of getting married in Purton, Wiltshire. If you’re clear on what is required with regard to obtaining your marriage licence, you may wish to skip to ‘Things to do in and around Purton’.

Planning a Wedding in Purton

In accordance with Wiltshire Council, both parties are required to give formal notice in person of their intention to marry or to form a civil partnership at a Registration Office in the district in which they currently live.

If you live in Wiltshire you can telephone 0300 003 4570 to book your appointment.

For couples who live close to Purton, our local Registration Office is:
Civic Offices
Euclid Street

However, if you live outside of Wiltshire, you will need to find a Registration Office close to where you live – not close to where you intend to get married.

You are legally required to have lived in your district for at least eight days before giving notice at your local Registration Office, so bear this in mind if you have any plans to relocate or if you aren’t currently living with your partner.


When to see the registrar to give notice

You cannot give notice more than 12 months before the date of your ceremony but you must give notice no later than 28 days before your ceremony.

As stated on wiltshire.gov.uk:

“The minimum period between giving notice and when a ceremony can take place is currently 28 clear days. The Schedule for marriage will be issued on day 29 after the date you give notice and will be valid for twelve months. It’s therefore a good idea to arrange to give your individual notices around six months before the date of your ceremony.

If one party is a foreign national you will both be required to give notice of your intention to marry or to form a civil partnership in the same district at the same time. This can be a district in which either of you live.”

In Wiltshire, recommendations state that you give notice around six months before your ceremony where possible.

Things to do in and around Purton

The village of Purton is situated 3 miles from the M4 (junction 16) providing easy access to Bristol, Avebury and the historic town of Bath, which is under an hour away for those interested in visiting this beautiful Roman city.

Cheltenham and Fairford are also under an hour away making it ideal if you are planning to visit Cheltenham Races held annually in March, or the world-renowned International Air Tattoo, held annually in July.

However, if you’re looking for things to do and see a little closer to the beautiful village of Purton, here’s our round-up of must-see sights for you to share with your wedding guests.


Cotswold Water Park

The Cotswold Water Park is the UK’s largest marl lake system, covering an area of 40 square miles and boasting more than 150 lakes set across Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, and West Oxfordshire. Many of the lakes are designated nature reserves teeming with wildlife and there is also a beach and activity centre ideal for family entertainment. For more information, visit https://waterpark.org/


Coate Water Country Park

This fantastic park with nature trails, bird hides and family activities such as crazy golf and a splash park, is a lovely place to visit whilst you’re staying in Purton. There are also good facilities, a cafe and BBQ hire options.


Quaint Cotswold villages


Oaksey is a pretty Cotswold village with 15th century church in Wiltshire, very close to the Gloucestershire border and just 17 minutes drive from Purton.

Kemble Town

A pretty Cotswold village in south Gloucestershire just 20 minutes drive from Purton.


Breakfast and Coffee Stops

The Barista Cricklade

A nice place to stop for coffee and cake. Cricklade is a pretty little town on the River Thames with a high street full of traditional shops including the family butchers and grocers shops.

Jennies Kitchen

A quiet spot near the Cotswold Water Park. Jennies Kitchen offers nice indoor and outdoor seating areas, good coffee, homemade cakes and home cooked dishes.


Lunch and Dinner Options

The Bell Inn

Purton Stoke, Purton, Swindon SN5 4JG

A small village pub that specialises in highly regarded pub food. Try the Steak and Stilton pie or crispy battered fresh fish and chips.

The Windmill

Worsley Road Freshbrook Village Centre, Swindon SN5 8LY

Another highly rated pub and restaurant offering traditional pub food at good prices.

The Maharajah

6 High Street Purton, Swindon SN5 4AA

For Indian food in Swindon, try The Maharajah which boasts plenty of great customer reviews.

Places to stay

If you’re looking for some of the best, local accommodation options for your wedding guests in and around Purton, take a look at our latest post – Places to Stay Near The Pear Tree, Purton.

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