| GETTING TO KNOW | The Hidden Hive |
The Hidden Hive is an exclusive, Tipi wedding venue tucked away from the world in a secluded, tree-lined paddock, deep in the heart of Derbyshire’s National Forest. The venue offers three stunning Giant Kata Tipis and a cosy chill-out Kungs Tipi, all joined together to create a cosy, open space for dining, entertainment and relaxing. With over 66 acres of woodland, meadows and three beautiful lakes, the Hidden Hive provides the perfect, unique backdrop for those all-important photographs and memories of your day. Brought to you by the team behind Peaktipis, we’ve worked with this lovely bunch of people for many years now and know that they always deliver. Here, we have a chat with owner Matt;
• So, what’s the concept behind the Hidden Hive and where did you get the inspiration from?
The Hidden Hive is the brain-child of the passionate little ‘expert’ Tipi team here at Peaktipis and was born purely out of our desire to provide affordable Tipi Weddings and Events in an accessible and picturesque location in our home county of Derbyshire. Having the Tipis erected semi-permanently on a specific site, allows us to strip out the labour costs associated with erecting and dismantling the Tipis and then pass that saving on to the end client(s).
It also allows us to include lots of wow-factor features within the price of hiring The Hidden Hive such as a solid wooden floor, a giant mirror ball, a dance-floor, a cake stand, fire-pits, bar sections and giant peacock chairs – all of which are optional extras in our and all other Tipi rental business’, again creating unique added-value and differentiation for our client(s). A catering tent, luxury toilets, a generator, heating and all of the behind-the-scenes essentials are also included – it might be The HIDDEN Hive but there’s no hidden costs here!
• What kind of weddings do you feel are best suited to the Hidden Hive?
The Hidden Hive is a secluded rustic, outdoor venue in the heart of the National Forest, surrounded by nature. It’s ideal for couples who are searching for a relaxed, almost bohemian vibe, but with the added bonus of warmth, glamour and style with our beloved Tipis. Our first year of weddings certainly confirmed its blank-canvas characteristics, allowing couples the freedom to express their own personality and tastes.
You’ve also the freedom to plan your day, your way at The Hidden Hive. Other than the fully-managed bar service (which is included in the hire price) you can choose your own suppliers (caterers, florist, photographers etc), or we can recommend our trusted supplier friends who share the same standards and professionalism as us – the choice really is yours!
• Is the Hidden Hive a seasonal venue?
The Tipis will be pitched at The Hidden Hive from April right through to October (inclusive), with bookings available mid-week, weekends – when-ever you want your special day to take place! We think spring and summer are undoubtedly the most magical seasons for outdoor weddings, with mildness of climate and all of that beautiful flora and fauna to swoon over.
Regardless of the weather, we’ve hand-crafted a solid wooden frontage to the Tipis with doors and large windows, to keep all the warmth inside, whilst still being able enjoy the views out across the meadow.
• Are guests allowed to stay over and camp/glamp to make a celebration out of a wedding?
We’ve joined forces with our fabulous friends at ‘Tinkers Bells’ to provide luxury glamping bell tent packages. PLUS there’s beautiful glamping pods available at Beehive Woodland Lakes campsite (adjacent to The Hidden Hive) and the ability to pitch your own tents too! All come with the use of warm shower and toilet facilities at the campsite included.
Don’t fancy the full festival experience? Don’t worry as The Hidden Hive is just a 5 minute drive from Swadlincote and a 15 minute drive away from Burton-on-Trent, where there’s plenty of local taxi firms available to take you and your guests to a more traditional Hotel, B&B or group accommodation.
• Whereabouts is the Hidden Hive located?
The Hidden Hive is situated in the most southerly part of rural Derbyshire, a very special corner of the National Forest in the leafy suburbs of Rosliston. It is conveniently located off the A38 and a short drive from Derby, Burton upon Trent, Lichfield, Tamworth, Leicester, Nottingham and Birmingham.
• How do we arrange to come and take a look around the Hidden Hive?
Give us a call on 0344 411 3460, or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we can arrange a suitable time for you to ‘come take a peek’ at the stunning surroundings and grounds at The Hidden Hive for yourself with our friendly venue coordinator, Danielle. As our Tipis are all tucked up for the winter, if you want to see those too, our next Open Day will be in the Spring on Sunday 28th April, 11am – 4pm. Follow us across our social media channels where more details will be announced and you can register for our FREE Spring Open Day event.