One of Brighton's best kept secrets has recently opened up its doors - the Earthship Brighton is now available for weddings and private hire.
Located on private land at the back of Stanmer Park, just a few minutes from the centre of Brighton, Sussex, the Earthship is definitely a hidden gem. Nestled on the non-profit consortium of Stanmer Organics with its 17 acres of Soil Association accredited land, the Earthship Brighton was the Low Carbon Trust's first project and the first Earthship to be built in England, which makes it even more special.
The Earthship is a unique venue for your wedding and any other celebrations, especially if you want to impress your guests by organising something that is a bit different with putting your own mark on it. You can hire the venue only, with prices starting from £1,500, or you can speak to the Earthship Manager who has partnered up with a range of local businesses and suppliers who can contribute to making your special day very special indeed! Various hire packages and facilities are available and as long as it is in line with the ethos of the building pretty much anything is possible - think yurt, eco activities, organic food and alternative transport just to name a few, all going back to the roots of nature with as many sophisticated twists as you wish to include or add. If you are interested in hiring the Earthship then please get in touch - as the Earthship is on private land there is no general access to the public and viewings need to be pre-arranged.
Earthships are cutting edge 'green' buildings, constructed using waste car tyres and other recycled materials. They use the planet's natural systems to provide all utilities, the sun and wind to provide heat and power. They are buildings that heat and cool themselves as well as harvest their own water. Regardless of the season, Earthships enjoy the weather. If it rains they catch free water, if it's windy they generate free power and if it's sunny they are capturing free heat and electricity. Apart from using all the resources immediately around them they also employ extensive energy efficiency and water conservation measures, ensuring that the rainwater and renewable energy they harvest goes as far as possible.
The venue capacity can easily be increased from 60 people (buffet meal capacity) to 160 people with the set up of a marquee, making use of the large outside space.
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Directions by car:
Take the A23 and continue on Lewes Road (A270) past St Peter’s Church. Just before you reach the A27 Brighton bypass take the turning into Stanmer Park and then follow the directions ‘When you get to Stanmer Park’ below.
From the East & Lewes:
Turn off at the A27 Brighton bypass heading for the A270 / Lewes Road into Brighton. Take the turning into Stanmer Park immediately on the right at end of slip road and follow the directions ‘When you get to Stanmer Park’ below.
From the North and West:
Follow the A27 Brighton bypass towards Lewes, take the first turn after the A23 (signposted to Hollingbury) and go straight across the roundabout at the top of the slip road. Follow this road for about a mile and at the end of this road turn left at the traffic lights onto the Lewes Road out of Brighton. Just before you reach the A27 Brighton bypass take turning into Stanmer Park.
Please note that Stanmer Park cannot be accessed via the east bound exit from the A27, hence having to come off at Hollingbury. If you come off at Falmer you have to go back on yourself on the A27 and then continue onto the A270. .
When you get to Stanmer Park:
It is about a mile form the entrance of the park to Earthship Brighton. Cycle/walk/drive up the main road through the middle of the park and past Stanmer House on your left. Go left at the 'T' junction before the church and carry on to Stanmer Park Nurseries. Wait at the big double gates next to the nurseries (signs to Stanmer Organics) – this is where the Earthship Manager generally meets you if you have arranged a viewing.
Directions by public transport:
Please go to http://www.lowcarbon.co.uk/tours/arriving-by-train for directions if you arrive by train or http://www.lowcarbon.co.uk/tours/arriving-by-bus if you wish to travel by bus.