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6 Unquestionably Derwent Valley Tasmania Wedding and Special Event Ideas

It’s said that there’s no soiree quite like a Derwent Valley one. It is a magical place where the trees have been known to join in with the entertainment, creating a symphony like no other. It is also a place where stunning vistas and breathtaking natural surrounds will make any event stylist’s job easy. In this part of the state, there are many great wedding or special event venues to choose from, as well as honeymoon and accommodation options.

Any one of the following event ideas will guarantee you an unquestionably Derwent Valley experience – one that blows your mind, exceeds your expectations and creates lifelong memories.

1. Have your dream farm wedding on a stunning property, Rathmore House, in Hollow Tree.

Tasmanian farm weddings are becoming increasingly popular and the Derwent Valley is home to some of the most picturesque farm properties in the world. It’s probably because things here just grow that little bit greener, taller, wilder and freer. Set on 37 hectares of fertile farmland, Rathmore House is a fantastic farm stay and wedding venue in Southern Tasmania. On this property, you will also find a recently restored 1820’s Georgian homestead, a rustic barn and the magical Dew Rivulet – so there will be plenty of special places to choose from for your ceremony and wedding photos. Rathmore caters for intimate to large weddings, as well as simple to elaborate events. Owner Cally is always willing to go above and beyond to bring your dream wedding to life, in true Derwent Valley fashion.

Don’t miss the Rathmore House FREE Wedding Open Day on 6th June 2021, from 11am – 2pm. Or, head to their website to make an enquiry or request their full wedding compendium.

bride and groom at Rathmore

Image credit: Rathmore.

2. Spoil the bride-to-be with a High Tea for their hen’s day or bridal shower, at Glen Derwent Tea Room, near New Norfolk.

This unquestionably Derwent Valley experience is heightened by the fact you’ll be set in an 1818 sandstone homestead, overlooking a beautiful blooming garden. If you book a High Tea for 10 to 14 people, you will even be treated to your very own private room, equipped with a roaring fire for ambiance. Or, hire out the rustic, barn-style event space if you plan on letting loose. Either way, Glen Derwent will be the perfect start to a weekend full of festivities.

Head to the Glen Derwent website to book a table for a Devonshire or High Tea or hiring out their awesome event space – which is also used for weddings and other special events.

glen derwent guests

Image credit: Glen Derwent Tea Rooms.

3. Dabble in some ceramics for a baby shower or team bonding day, at Leap and Wander Studio, near New Norfolk.

Give your best friend, sister or daughter their dream baby shower by booking some clay play fun at Leap and Wander Studio. Your ceramics teacher Lisa also encourages groups to leave their perfectionism at the door, let their creative side loose and have a bit of fun. Aside from the Derwent River supposedly having calming powers, the art of using your hands to make ceramics is meant to be extremely therapeutic too. This unquestionably Derwent Valley experience allows for stress to leave the group and wonderful conversations to break out – so it would also make a great bonding day for work teams. Each participant also gets to take home their very own ceramic masterpiece to remember the day by.

Head to the Leap and Wander Studio website to see their upcoming events and information on how to book.

Image credit: Leap and Wander.

4. Book a heavenly glamping experience for your honeymoon at Truffle Lodge, in Gretna.

You don’t need to rough it in order to sleep under the stars when glamping at Truffle Lodge. This luxury Tasmanian accommodation would make the perfect place to kick-start your pending honeymoon. And when we say glamping, we mean a stunning tent room equipped with a plush king bed, coffee machine and artisanal wooden bathtub, overlooking the glorious Derwent River. As the sun starts to set on ‘The Valley’, you and your new spouse may choose to take a dip in the Derwent River. As you will be sharing the waters with the friendly (yet rather shy) resident platypus, this will only add to your unquestionably Derwent Valley experience.

Head to their website for all the Truffle Lodge inclusions, amenities and booking information.

Image credit: Truffle Lodge.

5. Or, stay at luxury accommodation – The Woodbridge, in New Norfolk.

This stunning, heritage listed accommodation is also situated along the Derwent River. Originally built in 1825 by convicts, The Woodbridge exudes so much historic charm, while still providing the understated luxury you’d expect from a boutique hotel. It’s the little things that will make up your experience here, like the artefacts in the rooms that have been carefully collected from around the world. Or, the light trickled pavilion overlooking picturesque views of the Derwent River – which will be the perfect place to take in the beauty of the property and its surrounds. This romantic setting will be a fantastic place for your unquestionably Derwent Valley honeymoon. Or, as an option for wedding guests to stay at during your big event.

Find out more or book your luxury escape at The Woodbridge here.

woodbridge on the river derwent

Image credit: The Woodbridge Tasmania.

6. Book a gourmet lunch for your next work function or event, at the Agrarian Kitchen Eatery, in New Norfolk.

The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery is set in a beautiful, historic building trickled with natural light. The service you will receive here is attentive and knowledgeable, while the food is simple and wonderful. Using a ‘paddock to plate’ philosophy, this unquestionably Derwent Valley restaurant receives delicious, local produce from around the region (and even its very own garden) which explains why it’s one of Tasmania’s few hatted restaurants. Booking this place for your next work function, or special event, will please even the most outspoken foodies amongst the group.

Find out more about the Agrarian Kitchen Eatery’s opening hours here.

agrarian kitchen wedding

Image credit: The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery.

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