Getting Married in a Cave

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The newest wedding venue to open its doors is also one of the oldest homes in Britain, here couples are able to hold ‘flintstone’ wedding ceremonies within UK’s oldest prehistoric site.

Kents Cavern in Devon can now allow couples to get wed after a marriage licence was granted. Happy couples can now tie the knot in the same place where a 40,000 year old jawbone of a man was discovered. which is believed to be the oldest human bone in Europe.

Two bookings have already been taken by the managers of the caves which is located near Torquay.  Gillian Woodland, 49 and Alan Duckworth, 38 will be the first to say ‘I do’ within the backdrop of the 385 million year old limestone walls.

1920s Themed Ceremony

The couple are making plans to hold a 1920s themed ceremony to be held later in the year and they said "This is the second wedding for us both and we wanted something different," said Woodland, who has asked guests to dress up as flappers. "The fact the rock is so ancient encompasses everything we love about the area and it makes an amazing blank canvas against which we can create our own themed wedding."

Ninety guests will be accommodated in the biggest chamber and for the smaller wedding there are three other intimate caves that can hold up to 30.

The cost of hiring the caves for a wedding ceremony to take place is to cost future brides and grooms a staggering £1,000.

Guests will need to be informed of the constant temperature of 14C to enable them to dress accordingly.  Gillian and Alan have stated they will mention this on their invitations as well as a warning that six-inch stilettos are banned.

Kents Cavern can now boast it being the only wedding venue of its kind in Devon and Torbay’s deputy superintendent register, Christine Howle is positive that the unique venue will prove to become very popular for civil marriages and partnerships to be held in.

First Humans Lived in Area

One of Britain’s oldest scheduled ancient monuments, the caves date back 500,000 years ago when it is believed that the first humans lived alongside saber-toothed cats and woolly mammoths trod the hillsides.

The caves have been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest under the statutory regulations of English Nature with truly unique and stunning views.

The discovery of mammoth and bear bones as well as teeth from a saber tooth tiger  found there are now undergoing to test to ascertain if they are from a Homo sapien or a Neanderthal.

To find out more information visit the Kents Cavern website >>