The new Mr and Mrs Dixon.

A Calverton couple have become the first to get married at the grade II listed building Arnot Hill House.

The new Mr and Mrs Dixon exchanged their vows on November, 26, in front of family and friends at a small ceremony in one of the rooms at the Arnold venue.

Set within Arnot Hill Park, the Gedling Borough Council owned venue opened its doors to weddings and other ceremonies for the first time after plans to offer registration services were submitted by Nottinghamshire County Council in May.


Joanne Dixon spoke of her excitement shortly after saying “I do”.

She said: “I feel amazing. We did look at a few other places to get married, however the main reason we chose this place was because of the outside.

“We loved the outside. It was also close to family and friends for us, that and the outside confirmed it for us.”

Grant Dixon, still shaken by proceedings told the Post: “I am still shaking, I was very nervous, but this venue has lived up to my expectations.”

The lucky groom wore a navy suit which matched his best man.

Speaking about their reasons for choosing the venue, Joanne added: “We liked the look more than anything, it doesn’t look like normal buildings. The room we were getting married needed some final refurbishing touches when we came to look.

“When it was all done we came for one final last check, it got our seal of approval.”

Father of the bride Glenn Searsy discussed how proud he was of his daughter.

He said: “To be the first people to get married here makes me very proud.

“It is the first time I have seen it today, I like its character it makes it stand out, and also its age makes it unique.”

Also present to officiate the marriage was Nikki Ford, the ceremony officer and Sue Bean, the registrar.

She said the wedding had now started rolling the ball for other couples to follow suit and get married at this grade II listed building.

She said: “I think going forward the venue will be a huge success. Just looking at the bookings for next year it is looking very good.

“Basford registry office had to close so we were left with one office in the whole of Nottingham. When the opportunity arose to have weddings at Arnot Hill House it was perfect.

“It has everything you want from a venue, beautiful rooms, free parking and is easy to get too. Going into next year we are looking at doing back to back weddings.

“We will be giving the city centre office a run for their money.”