After 35 years, couples can tie the knot at iconic Scunthorpe church once again

Tourism, Museums and The Arts
17:01, Monday, 18th February 2019

Built in 1890, the Grade II* listed former St John’s Church will host wedding ceremonies again from April after being licensed as part of 20-21 Visual Arts Centre.

The church last held wedding ceremonies in 1983, before closing its doors a year later. The late Victorian Gothic Revival-style church was brought back into use in 2000 when work began on the modern extension that would turn the building into an art gallery.

20-21 Visual Arts Centre opened in 2001 and since then has offered visitors a regular and exciting programme of exhibitions, events and activities; bringing arts and culture to the local community.

Couples can choose to have their civil ceremony in a number of rooms at the centre, including the main Nave space of the church; the Chancel area; the bell tower; and the Education Room, with its floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Sculpture Garden and Rose Window.

If you’re interested in getting married at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, contact the Register Office on registrars@northlincs.gov.uk or call 01724 298555.

Cllr Elaine Marper, cabinet member responsible for culture on North Lincolnshire Council, said:

“Visitors to 20-21 Visual Arts Centre often comment on the beauty of the building, and are glad to see that the old church is still in use, so it makes perfect sense to open the space up to wedding ceremonies once again.”

Cllr Julie Reed, cabinet member responsible for the Registrars, added:

“North Lincolnshire Council’s Registration Service are always on the lookout for new venues to register to host weddings and find that different and quirky venues always prove popular with couples – from North Lincolnshire and beyond – looking to make their wedding stand out. Why not get in touch and register your business?”

The registration of 20-21 for wedding ceremonies comes at a time when it is easier than ever to register for an approved premises licence. If you are a business-owner looking to register your premises to host couples’ special days, please contact the Register Office on registrars@northlincs.gov.uk or call 01724 298555.

With the Civic Centre all set to become the first part of the University Campus North Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire’s Register Office is moving to Scunthorpe Central in the town centre. The move increases the number of services available from Scunthorpe Central on Carlton Street and makes it easier for residents to access the Registration Service in the heart of the town.

You can register births and deaths, give notice of intent to marry, order copies of certificates and more from the Register Office at Scunthorpe Central from Saturday 8 March 2019.

The new ceremony rooms at Scunthorpe Central will be available to view from 18 March and bookable from 1 April.

Cllr Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, welcomed to move of the Register Office to the town centre. He said:

“Relocating the Register Office to Scunthorpe Central makes this vital key services more accessible to residents in the heart of the town centre. Over 16,500 people visited the Register Office last year, visitors that will now be drawn to Scunthorpe town centre.”