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Funeral Wakes Function Venue

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Here at The May Garland, we provide funeral wakes, funeral receptions and life celebrations in our function room venue.

Located within just a few hundred yards of the Wealden Crematorium, the May Garland, just outside the picturesque village of Horam and close to Heathfield and Hailsham in East Sussex is the perfect funeral wake venue where you can spend time with family and friends to celebrate the life of a loved one.

Booking a Funeral Wake

We have extensive experience in post funeral receptions and functions. To enquire about our packages please call 01435 812249  from 4pm any day or email , or fill out our enquiry form below.

Reception after the funeral

May Garland Main BarLetting go of someone is one of the most difficult things that we have to do but by organising a wake, you will have the opportunity to say goodbye to someone special. A funeral reception held at home can be extremely stressful, so let us at The May Garland organise it for you and your close friends and family.

It is traditional to have a wake for a few hours or longer after the funeral service so that family members and close friends can support each other and reminisce, share stories, exchange anecdotes and express their condolences at this very sad and difficult time and of course raise a glass to the person who has passed away.

Memories to share

Many of you may view a wake as a celebration of the departed person’s life and booking the right venue is important. Book your reception after the funeral with us here at The May Garland, in East Sussex where we will be able to not only arrange arrival drinks, the catering, but photo displays, entertainment and background music.

  • Function room can accommodate up to 65 mourners or 38 seated (available 24 hours)
  • Main bar has a capacity for 130 standing mourners or 48 seated
    (available 8.30-4pm)
  • A dedicated room
  • Private bar
  • Range of food and drink options
  • Car parking
  • Disabled access
  • Accommodation available for those attending the funeral

Sensitive and caring staff to help you organise your reception

Our caring and experienced team is on hand to guide you through the planning with sensitivity at this difficult time. We are here to help you organise your event for you so that you can spend time with your close family and friends so that the planning and delivery of your funeral wake or funeral reception is as seamless as possible.

We can also arrange the catering for you and organise those extra special touches and by choosing The May Garland in East Sussex as your funeral wake venue, we will be happy to discuss any special requirements or requests at short notice. For those attending the wake who may have travelled some distance, we can also offer accommodation on-site in our traditional country inn.

Benefits of booking The May Garland Inn at Horam

May Garland Front View

Our well-trained staff has the integrity and tact to handle the most sensitive of functions, so that you have the memorable farewell that you had imagined.

  • Simple and friendly booking service
  • Relieve you of unwanted stress
  • Discreet and compassionate team
  • A warm welcome to you, your friends and family
  • A respectful and discreet service

The venue is set in beautiful and serene surroundings and is ideal for your funeral reception needs.

For more information call 01435 812249

For more information about our services and to discuss your options or to view a funeral service venue, contact a member of our friendly and sensitive team on 01435 812249

Let us take care of your arrangements for you and take away some of the stress at this very difficult time.

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Call 01435 812249 from 4pm for details on our funeral wake packages
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