About The Granary

As an independent, family-run wedding and events venue, we have the freedom to give our guests the things they really want. We have the freedom to be real people, too: warm, friendly and approachable.

About The Granary at Fawsley

The Granary at Fawsley is a collection of Grade II listed barns, which have been lovingly converted into a contemporary but rustic barn wedding and events venue with accommodation.

Located in a peaceful valley within acres of rolling green countryside in the heart of the historic Fawsley Estate, the venue offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape creating the perfect background for your stay or event.

At The Granary we strive to create a home-from-home atmosphere where the wedding party can relax and truly let their hair down, whilst safe in the knowledge that every little thing will be taken care of by our professional and dedicated team.
Glenn & Donna Newman, The Granary at Fawsley

Meet The Granary Team

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Donna Newman
Director

After 15 years in the Civil Service, Donna’s career took a change of direction in 2012 when she took over The Granary with husband Glenn. Donna combines work with bringing up their 3 children and looks after The Granary’s marketing, social media and accounting. When she isn’t juggling work and family life, Donna enjoys running and is currently training for a half marathon.

Glenn Newman
Director

Glenn took over the Granary with wife Donna in 2012. Glenn has used his 20 years experience in the events industry to build the wedding side of the business, which has grown rapidly in recent years. When he’s not hosting weddings, Glenn enjoys walking his chocolate Labrador and cooking vegetarian food.

Kaci Tomkins
Events Coordinator

Kaci is The Granary’s longest standing staff member and joined the team as a waitress in the Tea Room back in 2013. Kaci has since made the transition to the office as an events coordinator. Kaci is an ardent dog lover and her American cocker spaniel is a regular in the Granary office.

Charlotte Byrne
Events Coordinator

The newest member of the team, Charlotte joined The Granary in July 2021 and quickly became an integral part of Team Granary. Charlotte’s bubbly nature and efficient work style makes her a real hit with our clients. When she isn’t working, Charlotte is a keen baker and mum to her fur-baby, Luna.

History and Heritage

How did the Granary at Fawsley come into existence, standing at the heart of the historic Fawsley estate? The story starts a few years ago: 700, to be precise.

In 1316, Sir Richard Knightley became the Fawsley Estate’s first master, building the first house and park. His descendants remained at Fawsley until the 20th Century – building Tudor, Georgian, then Gothic additions to Fawsley Hall. Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped Fawsley Park, and the Hall played host to Queen Elizabeth I, infamous for taking her sister’s head …and King Charles I, famed for losing his own. In Victorian times, the estate became the temporary refuge and haven of John Merrick, known to many as ‘The Elephant Man’.

The Granary itself dates back to the 17th Century. When the final stone was laid in its solid walls, the building was an important part of the Fawsley estate’s lifeblood – farming. Every harvest, the building’s granary was filled with golden corn. In 2006, when the Fawsley Estate decided to renovate this Listed building, ‘The Granary’ seemed a most fitting name.

Originally a hotel and conference centre when it opened in 2007, The Granary was taken over by husband and wife team Glenn & Donna in 2012. Since then the business has expanded to incorporate weddings and events.

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