Wakes & Celebrations of Life

Celebration of life at the Corn Barn

We understand that losing a loved one can be a difficult and emotional time, and we want to offer you a beautiful space to celebrate their life and honour their memory.

The Corn Barn is a unique and stunning venue located in the heart of the beautiful Devon countryside. Our venue provides a peaceful and tranquil setting, surrounded by picturesque views of rolling hills and fields. We pride ourselves on our warm and welcoming atmosphere, and we aim to make your experience with us as comfortable and stress-free as possible.

Our Celebration of Life package includes exclusive use of the Corn Barn for up to 100 guests, with a licensed bar, catering options, and audio-visual equipment available. We understand that every celebration of life is unique, and we can cater to your individual needs and requirements.


Our experienced team is on hand to guide you through the planning process, from selecting a date you can then arrange the catering, memorial displays and selecting your music and readings. We give you a calm blank canvass , so you can focus on honouring your loved one and sharing memories with friends and family.

At the Corn Barn, we believe that every life is worth celebrating, and we are committed to providing a beautiful and respectful space to do just that. We welcome families from all walks of life and cultures, and we are here to support you every step of the way.

If you are interested in holding a celebration of life at the Corn Barn, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Our friendly team would be happy to discuss your requirements and help you plan a beautiful and meaningful tribute to your loved one.

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These days, the term wake can refer to any kind of gathering or reception, held before or after the funeral service. Typically a wake is now held after the more formal funeral service, providing a chance for guests to socialise and celebrate the life of the person who has died.

What happens at a wake?

A wake at the Corn Barn can be very flexible. Some people may choose to have a traditional setup, where prayers or readings are read. Others may choose to have a non-religious event, where guests are encouraged to attend to pay their respects to the family, get some refreshments and socialise.

Whether formal or a casual get-together, a wake at the Corn Barn provides an opportunity to bring extended families and friends together to say goodbye to a loved one, offer support to the bereaved and share memories of the person who has passed away.


Do you have to have a wake after a funeral?
You do not need to have a wake after a funeral, if you do not want to. Some choose not to have a wake at all and keep the funeral service for immediate family and close friends only. You also may choose to hold a wake before a funeral, it’s completely up to you.

Who attends a wake?
If you’re organising a wake, you can decide whether to make it a public or private event. If it is a public funeral service, details of the wake can be included in a published obituary or the order of service at the funeral. By doing this, anyone who hears about the death or attends the service could go to the wake.

If you choose to do a private wake, you can choose who you invite to the event. This will typically be family and close friends, relatives or colleagues of the person who has died.

How to organise a wake
Organising a wake doesn’t need to be a difficult process, but it can be an emotional one. If you would rather have some help in organising the wake, your local funeral director will be able to help. We are on hand to support you with the plans for the event when taking place at the Corn Barn

Number of guests
If you’re expecting a large attendance at the wake, we can accommodate up to 100 people seated, or more if seating is not required.

Food and drink
First you should decide what kind of food and drink you want to serve at the wake. You may want to hire caterers to organise this or you could choose to do homemade food and drinks. We offer a bar service and can discuss options for our recommended catering partners with you.

Typical food to serve includes a buffet of sandwiches and snacks, or platters of pub snacks.

Ideas for entertainment at a wake
Entertainment may seem like a strange thing to have to consider, but some funeral receptions are now becoming more of a celebration. You might want to organise entertainment such as slide shows, or display photos of your loved one. Please discuss your aspirations with us, we are happy to help.

Costs for a wake
You’ll need to decide how much you want to spend on the venue and catering. We’ll be able to advise on approximate costs.