In the last few years they have invested and built new accommodation for people (which is good as the bride and groom and their families can stay at the venue, and they also have somewhere to retreat to if they need a moment or two to relax!) Its no surprise to me that today they have a long waiting list (especially for weekends) and despite the economic downturn they are busier than ever!
After my first booking I was lucky enough to be spotted by the manager on duty at the time, and they passed on my details to the owners. I wasn't sure if anything would come of it, but I got a call a few weeks later asking me if I would like to attend their annual Open Day as a supplier. Prior to this I had relied on recommendations and word of mouth and had not advertised my services (apart from having a small website). However, I decided I had nothing to lose so I gave it a go armed with a few flyers and some business cards! I was asked to set up on the Pavillion which is a large wooden structure where they hold outdoor ceremonies (see picture below). It was lovely to play from there on a summer's day as guests chatted after the ceremony during the photos.
I have now performed at Cooling Castle Barn more times than I can remember, and hand on heart, everything always runs like clockwork. Its one of my favourite venues to play!