About the Pavilion
Hawarden Castle Cricket Pavilion was built in the 1920s on what has often been described as ‘Wales’ most beautiful cricket pitch’.
With its views of two castles and set in rolling historic parkland it’s easy to understand why the pitch was so loved by the Hawarden’s cricketers, but in 2016 the club moved to a new site half a mile away.
The Pavilion has now been beautifully renovated to become one of Wales’ most unusual and beautiful events spaces and wedding venues. With two large events rooms, amazing views, full access to 2.75 acres of cricket pitch, a fully-equipped kitchen, a separate bar in the score hut and brilliant showers and loos the venue is available for hire.
Hawarden Cricket Club was established in 1865 with Prime Minister William Gladstone playing his first match in 1867. In the early days of the cricket club a tent was used as a pavilion which was soon replaced by a corrugated iron structure. In the 1920s the current building was built by the Gladstone family and given to the club.
The building has been renovated to the very highest standards without losing any of its storied past and is a place that your guests will never forget.
The Hawarden Estate
The Hawarden Castle Pavilion and cricket pitch sits within the beautiful Hawarden Estate, which is located within the rolling hills and sprawling farmland of Flintshire, North Wales. With Chester just a few miles away across the English border, the Estate is home to Hawarden Old Castle, a 13th Century fortification constructed to defend the North Wales coast to the West.
The heart of the Estate today is the 18th Century Hawarden Castle, once home to former British Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone, having previously belonged to the family of his wife, Catherine Glynne. Today Hawarden Castle is home to the Gladstone family: Charlie & Caroline along with their six children and six dogs.
The Estate comprises of Charlie & Caroline’s award winning Farm Shop, The Glynne Arms, residential properties and thousands of acres of working forestry and farmland. At the heart of everything, is the drive to make Hawarden a brilliant place to visit, stay and live.
Hawarden Estate Farm Shop sits within thousands of acres of active farmland, with orchards, dairy herds, crops, seasonal vegetables, pumpkins, community allotments and incredible events spaces too. Our Farm Shop has an array of local produce, a deli, speciality cheese county, fantastic butchery, a lively café and excellently curated booze.
When catering for your event we work closely with the Farm Shop to ensure you have the best ingredients available.
The Glynne Arms is our pub in the heart of Hawarden Village. We are proud to serve some seriously good pub grub, a great line-up of local ales and host regular events for locals.
The Good Life Experience is four days of music, craft, speakers, adventure, food cooked by world-class chefs and The Great Outdoors curated by Charlie and Caroline Gladstone, Cerys Matthews and Steve ‘Abbo’ Abbots.. Now in our sixth year held right here on the Hawarden Estate, The Good Life Experience truly enraptures what we are all about; good times.
Hawarden Castle Pavilion has been restored by and is owned, managed and run by the team behind The Good Life Experience, The Glynne Arms, Hawarden Estate Farm Shop and Pedlars.