Today the Toot Sweets Van attended the Barley Wood open day.  It was an opportunity for visitors to have a look around the newly renovated building which is owned by the YMCA and book their events and weddings with Thomasina, the lovely coordinator who oversees all bookings and makes sure they are exactly as you need them to be!

Barley wood and The Toot Sweets Van

There have been some extensive works done to the grounds and the building and we met Gary the caretaker and his lovely daughter who helped on the day but wouldn’t give her name as she was a secret agent on a mission!  Armed with her radio pack she alerted the team to the arrival of all visitors!

Our vintage Citroen H van set up by the entrance to the building – a perfect spot for a mobile bar, cocktail bar, wine bar, prosecco & pimms bar or vintage tea van.  As The Toot Sweets Van is totally adaptable to your requirements we also set up with our amazing ice creams, sorbets and boozy sorbets as well.  Just want ice creams, sorbets and boozy sorbets?  Then we have a rustic ice cream trike available that is simply stunning – clad in pallet wood and stained it suits the woodland wedding environment that Barley Wood offers.

Not forgetting our sublime milkshakes – using the locally hand-made ice creams, sorbets and boozy sorbets (of which we have over 85 flavours available to choose from) the combinations of wicked milkshakes is unlimited!  So you can create your own flavours for your event or wedding!  We’ve tried the Melon & Pimms, the Blackcurrant & Orange and the Belgian Chocolate but there are still so many to choose from – maybe we should try the Guiness Ice cream, Whisky & Marmalade or the Rose ice creams?  Anyone up for an experimental tasting session?


Barley Wood has bedrooms available so you and a few of your guests and wedding party can stay overnight – they hire out the venue for the weekend and it is simply stunning.

You are not restricted with suppliers either – Barley Wood have some amazing local suppliers already on board that can cater for all your needs – or you can bring your own in.  There is a catering kitchen for the event/wedding but there is also a private domestic kitchen so you can make your own meals over the weekend too.

Their ceremony room is sweet – overlooking extensive grounds with beautiful views but they also have a STUNNING outdoor ceremony space.  You need to go and visit to appreciate just how special this venue is.

Thomasina is not a Wedding Coordinator however – she leaves that bit up to you.  She will do all she can to make sure your event runs smoothly and will recommend suppliers to suit your requirements if needed but if you are clear on what you want and when then you have free reign to organise your day your way.  If you haven’t a clue where to start, then there are several wedding planners available who can help you: Kirsten Butler (The Little Wedding Helper) and also Haley Montgomery – both local to Wrington.

Of course for your bar needs and also ice cream, sorbet, boozy sorbet needs there is the Toot Sweets Van– based in Wrington (we could push the van there!) and only stocking locally made and quality produce on board.  Want something specific?  Just ask – we are 100% sure we can cater for your needs or point you in the right direction!


If you want a live band then we would recommend Doctor Chocolate – a live 9-piece band playing the best music from the 1960’s to present day chart hits or if you want to theme your event try The Name Is Band – Bond Tribute Band who play the Bond themes as well as a stonking party set.  Want some laid back easy listening music, a string quartet or swing band – get in contact – we have lots of bands/artists that we have worked with and for who we can recommend for your event.

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