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Nelson’s Dockyard National Park offers a variety of venues for unforgettable occasions

LJ 158 of 190Wth its graceful 18th century buildings set in the heart of rolling Caribbean countryside, few places are as conducive to romance as the Copper & Lumber Store Hotel. The lovingly preserved former British naval base – complete with period furnishings, hand-hewn beams and weathered brickwork – offers a wedding venue of unsurpassed elegance for intimate gatherings and large affairs alike. The hotel’s 14 beautiful suites – some featuring four-poster beds and Juliet balconies – can accommodate up to 50 overnight guests.

Whether seduced by the colonial charm of the cobbled Georgian courtyard or the stunning waterfront with its pastoral surrounds, this enchanting property guarantees an exceptional backdrop for the ceremony and photographs. The hotel is just one of a handful of captivating locations within the absorbing purlieus of Nelson’s Dockyard National Park. And its team of talented event planners can turn their hand to staging everything from nuptials and anniversaries to reunions and graduations.

The observation decks at Dow’s Hill interpretation centre – which has an 18th century fortress as its centrepiece – afford panoramic views over both English and Falmouth Harbour. The 15 square mile park also encompasses picturesque Pigeon Point beach, loved for its calm shallow waters fringed by ivory sand and sea grape trees. The wide open spaces are ideal for marquees for up to 200 guests. More than 20 years of bespoke event planning for the National Parks Authority have done nothing to diminish marketing manager Eloise Francis’s passion for her work. “We have a wonderful team of friendly staff who genuinely love what they do,” she says. “All our events are tailored to suit, with a variety of extras to choose from to make every occasion unique, special and unforgettable.

“The entire park is so picturesque and brimming with colour from days gone by,” she adds, “it’s like a living history complex. Like an empty stage, all you need to do is bring on the act.”

Image by Jason Pickering