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Couples can choose to getting married overlooking the world’s best-known show jumping arena at the All England Jumping Course, Hickstead, after the venue applied for a license to host weddings.

The top floor of the showground’s viewing stand has been refurbished and turned into luxury banqueting and function rooms, which are ideal for hosting the wedding reception as well as the ceremony itself.

“We have applied for a civil marriage license so that we can host weddings ceremonies as well as receptions, meetings, conferences and dinners,” says Hickstead founder and owner Douglas Bunn, who says the new facility with give couples a “unique memory” of this special day.

The extensive grounds at Hickstead mean the bride and groom, plus important guests, can arrive in style by helicopter if they so desire, and up to 240 guests can be accommodated in the new, glass-fronted suite.

The venue is currently awaiting the final approval of the civil marriage license and hopes to begin hosting wedding celebrations early in 2004.

For more details contact Dionysis (tel: 01273 835400)