Welcome to Hawkesyard Estate

Hawkesyard Estate is one of Staffordshire's premier venues for civil weddings, celebrations, conferences, meetings and indoor and outdoor events. Just 10 minutes from Lichfield and 20 minutes from Stafford and Cannock, Hawkesyard Estate is home to the grand Grade II listed Hawkesyard Hall.

Dating from the 13th Century; with beautiful formal gardens and 200 acres of parkland, Hawkesyard Estate is steeped in Staffordshire history with links to the Spode family, Nathaniel Lister and Sir Robert Peel.

Combining a gothic, romantic and picturesque feel, Hawkesyard Estate offers a fantastic location suitable for any business or leisure event.

Pots of Gold Delivered to Hawkesyard Estate

Pots of Gold at Hawkesyard

If you’ve visited the estate recently, you may have noticed the beautiful new additions presented to Hawkesyard Estate on behalf of Armitage with Handsacre Allotment Association. The “Pots of Gold” were presented by Carole Perry, David Perry and Chris Chambers … Continue reading 

Proposal Day

 Proposal Day – 20th March 2014

No, your eyes do not deceive you! Proposal Day is a real thing, and is celebrated this year on the 20th March 2014. As the name suggests, the day is dedicated to proposals of marriage for all those umming and ahhing about taking that next step. The day itself is celebrated twice a year on the Vernal Equinox in March and the Autumnal Equinox in September, when the day and the night are equal lengths. Romantic, huh?

Proposal Day

Unfortunately, the story behind this momentous day is not so romantic. It came about when a man called John Michael O’Loughlin got sick of his cousin’s boyfriend stringing her along for years without any inkling of a bended knee. He decided enough was enough and dedicated a day to marriage proposals to move things along and give his prospective cousin-in-law a subtle hint. It’s not all bad though. O’Loughlin’s choice of having Proposal Day on the equinoxes is said to represent the equality between a couple and a sign of a successful marriage, so there is some romance underneath all that practicality!

But the day doesn’t have to be the be all and end all.

Proposal DayProposal Day can also act as a gentle reminder, as proposalday.com suggests “[Proposal Day] presents an opportunity to raise the subject of marriage proposals in a light-hearted and non-threatening manner”. Well that’s good isn’t it? A non-threatening reminder to all those *cough cough* gents *cough* to think about popping that all-important question that changes your life irrevocably. Not a scary prospect at all! At the end of the day, a proposal, and then a marriage will come only when both parties are ready, and when that time comes, it won’t matter what day it is at all!

Proposals are just the beginning of an engagement, an engagement is the beginning of a wedding, and a wedding is the beginning of a marriage. A proposal is only one step in the journey of life, and is by no means the most important. So don’t worry!

Proposal Day

For all those waiting on a proposal and all those wondering when to commit to doing a proposal, you have all the time in the world! Here at Hawkesyard Estate we have been honoured to witness all stages of coupledom. From the beginnings of romance to the tentative proposals, from the proposals to the engagement parties, engagement parties to weddings, weddings to christenings and christenings to wedding anniversaries. We’ve seen it all. Hawkesyard Estate seems to bring out the romance in people – and why not? A stunning setting coupled with an electric atmosphere brings out the cupid in all of us. Hawkesyard Hall is a Grade II listed building which dates back to the 13th Century and immediately inspires romance with its stunning gothic architecture and beautiful surrounding gardens. Our variety of rooms of all shapes and sizes means there is something for everyone, all with friendly, welcoming staff who are dedicated to providing you with a first class service.


If you are interested in Proposal Day and its origins, please visit the following websites:

Huffington Post

Proposal Day

Cute Calendar

Pop the Question

If you are interested in having a look at Hawkesyard Estate and all we have to offer, please visit the following pages:

Hawkesyard Estate Weddings

Hawkesyard Estate Celebrations