Handfasting ceremonies and Pagan weddings for loving couples, conducted in the ancient and mystical Wiltshire countryside between Stonehenge and Avebury.


The Handfasting Venue



A handfasting ceremony is a very special occasion and many couples wonder where they can find a special place to conduct their handfasting ritual. Deep in the ancient lands of mystical Wiltshire is such a place, The Barge Inn at the delightfully named Honeystreet. It’s an ideal location for a marriage ceremony, in a beautiful setting on the banks of the Kennet and Avon canal. The pub is steeped in history and couples have confirmed their love and used it for celebrating the joining of hands for over two hundred years. No matter whether it's a traditional wedding reception or a Pagan handfasting, couples have been drawn to the site to celebrate their wedding, conduct a handfasting ceremony or renew their vows. Many people think the, almost magnetic, attraction of the area is due to its unique position on the Dukes Ley line, which runs between Avebury to the north and Stonehenge to the south. Although the pub has been on the site for two centuries, it is believed back in time a sacred spring and temple may have stood at the same place and ancient marriage ceremonies and handfasting rituals were conducted.


The 'Sistine Chapel' of Wiltshire



Some couples have held their ceremony beneath the ancient willow tree that stands in the grounds. In future couples may wish to hold handfasting ceremonies gathered around the Sarsen stone that is now gloriously positioned in the beer garden right beside the kennet and Avon canal. As with Stonehenge and Avebury thousands of years before, the Sarsen stone came from the surrounding fields and has been erected as a timeless monument. No matter where you choose to hold your handfasting or renew your vows or conduct the binding, the Barge will offer you a wonderful day for the bride and groom, their friends and family and provides lovely settings for pictures of the loving couple after the handfasting.


The Barge Inn is world famous as a centre for the crop circle phenomenon and attracts visitors from far and wide. The ceiling in the crop circle bar is painted with an amazing mural known as the "Sistine Chapel of Wiltshire". The mural depicts all the ancient pagan sites that surround it such as Silbury Hill, Stonehenge and Avebury. Many of the pubs customers are Pagans and couples can be certain that their handfasting ceremony will be conducted in a special place where others share their enthusiasm for this type of pagan marriage and they will be warmly welcomed by all the customers to truly make it a day to remember.


The Feast



After couples have concluded the handfasting rituals, jumped over the broom and completed their ceremony or maybe just renewed their vows , the Barge Inn at Honeystreet is perfectly placed for the happy couple to entertain their family and guests and celebrate their marriage, resplendent in their handfasting dress or robes. The pub can offer a variety of food and drink options to suit all handfasting budgets. The pub is renowned for its award winning locally brewed ales and ciders, its exclusive estate bottled French wine and excellent food, made using fresh local ingredients. For those couples having their special handfasting day during the summer months, the location has its own campsite, so those attending handfasting ceremonies could add to the unique occasion by spending a night under canvas. What better way for the happy couple to celebrate their marriage than entertaining their guests under Wiltshire’s dramatic and magnificent star studded night skies.


The Crop Circles



There are many other possibilities for making your handfasting event a very special occasion. The pub is beautifully located on the banks of the Kennet and Avon canal. Should you and your guests wish to arrive in style for the handfasting the pub can arrange for a canal boat to collect your party nearby and enjoy an hour long champagne cruise, bringing you to the handfasting site. Alternatively, in season, the happy couple may wish to entertain their wedding guests by taking them on a crop circle discovery tour, hopefully finding one of these wonderful creations so you can experience the special energy that so many feel is contained within. No matter what you choose to make your handfasting day a very special event, one thing is for sure, the Barge Inn at Honeystreet will help make your dreams come true.


The Barge Inn Website


A handfasting ceremony at The Barge Inn


Handfasting is an ancient ceremony dating back before the Middle Ages. It signifies the marriage between two people with the binding of the hands of the bride and groom.


The term Handfasting originates from the Old Norse term hand-festa, meaning "to strike a bargain by joining hands". In modern times, handfasting is a ceremony often practised by members of the Pagan faith. The handfasting may also be completed by the traditional act of jumping over a broom. The video below shows a handfasting ceremony taking place.


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