Copdock Hall barn near Ipswich opens as wedding and events venue after renovation

Grand opening of Copdock Hall, which Ian Eveans has been working on for over two years. Diane and Ia

Grand opening of Copdock Hall, which Ian Eveans has been working on for over two years. Diane and Ian Evans. - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

One of Suffolk’s newest venues has officially opened its doors after a two-year renovation project.

Copdock Hall barn, near Ipswich, was built around 1570 and is one of the last remaining all-brick Tudor tithe barns in the county.

It was bought three years ago by Ian and Diane Evans who wanted to convert it into a wedding and events venue alongside a vineyard, which they planted two years ago.

Work finally started in April 2014 and finished last week, culminating in the opening and wedding fair on Sunday.

Mrs Evans said: “It’s been a real labour of love, but we got there in the end. It’s been very satisfying, especially since everyone involved in the work have all come from Suffolk or north Essex.

“It’s a beautiful building and it’s amazing so few people knew it existed despite knowing the area and driving past the property so many times. Hopefully that will change now we’re up and running.”

They now hope the barn will become a major attraction, with an open day planned for June 28 in conjunction with St Peter’s Church.