Early images of Chester Zoo’s brand-new wedding and events venue were recently released by the beloved city attraction and renowned conservationist.
Dubbed “The Square”, the luxury venue has a 200-person capacity and is now open after an intensive project. Following three years of meticulous work, the project has restored a Grade II-listed structure that has remained at the very heart of Chester Zoo since it first opened back in 1931.
A former stable block, the original building once provided a home for some of the first animals living at Chester Zoo, which included chimpanzees, bears, and lions. Now, the historic building has been visually transformed to provide a unique and rare setting for weddings, allowing couples to celebrate their nuptials with 27,000 animals in their vicinity.
As well as weddings, the all-new venue can also be exclusively booked for corporate events and conferences, and the zoo hopes it will serve as a stage for important international summits on conservation and wildlife.
While The Square offers the epitome of a modern and luxury events venue, the painstaking restoration project also ensured that its period features were retained. Helping tell the tale of the building’s remarkable history, guests can take in the stately gated entrance, exposed brick exterior walls, vaulted rafters and an expansive private courtyard. The decorative design of the new venue draws inspiration from many of the critically endangered animals the zoo has sworn to protect.
Those seeking more details on The Square, or wishing to book it for their special day, will find all the information they require on the Zoo’s official website.