About us

Originally a working farm, Brook Farm has been owned and run by the Forkes family since 1997. The timber framed farmhouse dates back the 16th century with parts of Old Brook Barn barn dating back to the 17th century.

Having undergone years of neglect the Forkes family have worked tirelessly for the past 18 years to restore the farm, landscape and its buildings back to their original glory. Old Brook Barn has been sympathetically refurbished to the very highest modern standard, using old traditional beams and authentic materials throughout.

The natural characteristics of the barn lend themselves to create the perfect atmosphere and ambiance for any event.

The grounds create a wonderful backdrop for photographs. Exclusively yours to enjoy with the stunning natural brook, decking area, willow trees and meadow fields, you could not wish for a more idyllic setting on your special day.

Meet the team behind the venue

Mr. & Mrs. Forkes
Owners of Brook Farm.

You will often see Mr. Forkes on his tractor or lawn mower cutting the fields. He likes to take a back seat from the stress of the business nowadays but is always on hand to over see the general running of the land and farm.

Old Brook Barn is a small, independent, family run business; who pride ourselves on making your event as memorable as possible. We take great care in every last detail of our business and base our venue and services on traditional values.

Whether you are looking for a venue to hold a wedding, party or special occasion at Old Brook Barn you will be guaranteed to receive exceptional service, value and quality.

Lisa Forkes
Co Owner, Director and main Events Manager.

Lisa is the main driving force behind the business. Being a busy working Mum and having worked in the Corporate Investment Banking industry for over 10 years, she applies a very personal hands on approach to the business.

From the daily running of the business to managing all inquiries and bookings, she will be to there to oversee all events from beginning to end.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!


Dear Lisa and all the Old Brook Barn family! What can we say! Words cannot express how much we want to thank you for helping us have the wedding of our dreams! It was just perfect and we have memories to cherish forever.

All our family & friends have not stopped talking about the barn and how lovely everything was! I really hope we have the opportunity to meet again one day. You really are so lovely; we couldn’t have done it without you. Keep doing what you doing! All out love the new Allen family
Sarah, Jodi and Belle Allen

Lisa – a big thank you from Tony and I for everything you did for us on Saturday. All our guests are saying it one of the best wedding venues they have ever been to! Everything was perfect and I am so glad that the sun shone so we could have our drinks and canapés under the willow tree. The barn looked absolutely stunning and you and your staff were so accommodating. We will recommend the barn to everyone we know who needs a party venue in the future and hope that we have another occasion where we can come again ourselves.
Karen & Tony Hyner

Thank you for all your help to make our day perfect! Beautiful venue and lovely people couldn’t recommend enough.
Claire & Kenny Barber

Lisa, her family and all the staff at Old Brook Barn were absolutely amazing on mine and Terry Batt’s wedding on Saturday. We couldn’t ask for more friendly faces or a more beautiful venue, would highly recommend this venue to anyone who will listen thank you for making our day so perfect xxxx
Emma & Terry Batt

Joe and Laura’s beautiful wedding at your gorgeous barn in May. Thank you for the amazing service, and helpful staff. Hope to see you soon!
Tatum Reid Photography – Supplier

As a wedding DJ I’ve had the good fortune to party in most of the finest venues between central London and Essex.

Today, I feel compelled to write a review about one of them.
I’ve provided wedding entertainment at this stunning barn on 3 occasions, the first time I could not believe how professional and friendly the staff were. The second time I left feeling exactly the same as the 1st; and the 3rd time at the wedding of Ann & Stephen, I concluded that they have the consistency required to run the perfect wedding venue down to a fine art.

Brides and grooms if you are looking for a beauty spot in Essex to celebrate the happiest day of your life, this wedding venue MUST be seen.

As an experienced wedding supplier I can tell you that beyond the external beauty of a stunning venue, it’s the PEOPLE who will make your day. I do not know how they have done it but Lisa and Jeff (daughter and father team) have created one of the happiest and most friendly wedding locations in Essex. I promise they will make you feel great from the moment you walk in.

They care passionately about their brides, grooms and their guests and they go beyond what is expected of a venue to delight them. Way beyond…
If you are engaged to be married and want attention to detail, a creative team who are passionate about love, happiness and perfection, I cannot recommend visiting Old Brook Barn highly enough.
DJ Terry Lewis – Supplier

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