I’m a north east wedding photographer, and today I want to talk about Newcastle’s brewery wedding venues.. and there’s plenty of them! When we first realised we were moving to the toon from London, I spent quite a bit of time researching local venues. I already knew of and had shot at some of the more traditional venues, but there’s so many alternative ones I hadn’t heard of. I was amazed when I came across so many incredibly cool inner city venues and breweries that were also wedding venues. So grab a pint (or cup of tea) and let’s take a look!
1. Wylam Brewery
First up on our brewery tour is none other than the ever-classy Wylam Brewery. Located in the heart of Exhibition Park, this place oozes charm with its Victorian architecture and a seriously impressive selection of craft brews. You’ll get all the benefits of being in the city centre, but the quiet of the countryside. The greenery of the park, the pond and Wylam itself would make for incredible portrait backdrops. Of the full list, it’s probably the least industrial looking of these spaces.
The Grand Hall has a marriage license, so you can tie the knot under the dome. From a wedding photographer’s point of view – it’s an awesomely dramatic venue and the light is gorgeous! After the ceremony you can transform the space for your reception and be ready to party the day away. They also do street food options in the evening which is super cool.
2. Tyne Bank Brewery
Next stop, Tyne Bank Brewery which is tucked away in the Ouseburn Valley. If you’re after an industrial, warehouse feel this is it. With beer being brewed on location, it offers up some wicked backdrops of the actual brewery. It’s a versatile space that can hold up to 200 people. I’m totally in love with the look of Tyne Bank. With it’s high beamed ceilings, fairy lights and black walls its an incredible space to get creative in. I’m so excited to be shooting here later in the year!
3. Anarchy Brew Co
Anarchy is one of the newer brewery venues on the block. This microbrewery might be small in size, but it packs a punch in character. Think murals, neons, dark wood and steel. If you’re looking for something unique and want to do things truly your way, Anarchy can make that happen. Their vision is for their couples to make the wedding they want it, so they’ll do everything they can to help. The tap room can host 120 seated guests, but up to 400 for your evening party! This venue would be insane for a winter wedding – the darker colour schemes would work so well in here. I totally love it!
4. Brinkburn Street Brewery
Brinkburn Street Brewery was actually one of the venues we looked at for our own wedding because we loved the location and it was one of the first places we went in Newcastle. In the middle of the Ouseburn in Byker, this brewery has access to the riverside, a cobbled courtyard and lots of street art. It’s perfect if you’re after city wedding shots! The inside also has a ton of character and charm so you wouldn’t need to go crazy on styling. The Maling Hall venue has a marriage license so you can host your full day here, and it can host up to 250 people.
5. The Old Coal Yard
Down near the Ouseburn Viaduct, the Old Coal Yard offers a post industrial brewery space and a more DIY vibe. The exposed brick and reclaimed wood create a warm atmosphere, and you can see the workings of the brewery too. The whole space just oozes a relaxed and charming feel. It has space for 80 seated guests or 120 standing and has a pretty little hidden terrace too. If you’re looking for a budget and DIY friendly venue, this is the one! Overall it just gives off brilliant vibes. I picture as the kind of place that would look amazing with a multi-coloured wedding theme in the height of summer.
6. Full Circle
Let’s round out our hoppy journey with Full Circle, another of the newer venues in the Ouseburn Valley. Full Circle combines contemporary aesthetics with a touch of historic charm. The main space feels brighter than other breweries with it’s white walls, and you have the operational brewery in plain view too. Your ceremony will take place in front of the windows in the Taproom, but you also have access to the Tankroom and beer garden for those summer evenings. Full Circle has a bit of a chic vibe to it – with the white you could make this look really cool with a minimalist wedding look.
Newcastle brewery wedding venues & your wedding photography
So there you have it, hopheads and lovebirds, Newcastle’s brewery wedding venues. With the rise in unconventional weddings and more couples doing weddings their own way (yay), brewery venues are cropping up all over. I am fully expecting to have to add to this list soon!
Breweries are super cool spaces to photograph a wedding in – they make for fun backdrops and a much more laidback feel. I wouldn’t suggest a brewery if you want light and airy photos, but if you’re after industrial and urban photos with darker tones, then you’ll get them in bucket loads in any of these venues.
If you’re having a Newcastle brewery wedding and you’re looking for a fun and relaxed wedding photographer who loves alternative weddings, then drop me a message. All these venues are on my wedding bucket list for 2024!