Roaring Camp Est. 1960

Roaring Camp, Big Trees and Pacific Railroad Station, North Big Trees Park Road, Felton, CA, USA

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Roaring Camp is a historic railroad town nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Treat your guests to an unforgettable experience on a steam train ride through the Redwoods to a towering, circular Cathedral Grove of Redwoods providing a majestic background for your ceremony, or choose to frame your vows in a park-like setting on an open expanse of green lawn surrounded by the shade of Majestic Oaks near your vintage schoolhouse bridal suite.
The Lowdown
Type
Banquet Hall / Event Facility
Barn / Farm / Ranch
Boat / Train
Field / Forest / Orchard
Historic Building
Views
Canyon
Forest
Lagoon/Pond
Meadow/Field
Mountains
Rolling Hills
Valley
Style
Romantic
Rustic
Victorian
Vintage
Western
BEST type of CELEBRATIONS
Anniversary / Engagement Party
Charity Event
Corporate Event
Dinner Party
Elopement / Vow Renewal
Family Reunion
Holiday Party
LGBT Weddings
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Reception

Venue Setting

Roaring Camp is a historic railroad town nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Treat your guests to an unforgettable experience on a steam train ride through the Redwoods to a towering, circular Cathedral Grove of Redwoods providing a majestic background for your ceremony, or choose to frame your vows in a park-like setting on an open expanse of green lawn surrounded by the shade of Majestic Oaks near your vintage schoolhouse bridal suite.

For your reception, our large barn doors slide open for your celebration inside Bret Harte Hall. Wrought iron chandeliers & twinkle lights line the expansive barn with 6,120 square feet of space that includes all your tables and chairs to accommodate receptions from 80 to 300 guests. We have ample room for dining, dancing and more outside on the adjacent lawn- perfect for games and mingling.

Wedding Sites:

School House Lawn

An expanse of grass adjacent to an old-fashioned one-room schoolhouse offers the ideal setting for a garden wedding.

Bret Harte Hall
Roaring Camp's Bret Harte Hall, suitable for the wedding ceremony or reception, boasts 6120 square feet of unobstructed space, a full theatrical stage, and 32-foot-high ceilings. Designed for today's group events, Bret Harte Hall's multi-function space has adjustable lighting, an on-site preparation kitchen for caterers, and massive doors that open onto a covered reception area and adjacent lawn.

Cathedral Grove Site (includes train)
For a wedding venue that is truly unique and inspirational, couples exchange vows under the redwoods at Cathedral Grove atop Bear Mountain. This ring of ancient giants, referred to as a Fairy Circle, was formed as a result of three generations of redwood growth, coming together to create a perfect circle. The beauty and symbolism of the circle offer a cathedral-like setting for your special ceremony. Access to Cathedral Grove ceremonies requires train transportation to Bear Mountain and back for wedding party and guests.

Reception Sites

Available indoor and outdoor reception areas include Bret Harte Hall and the outdoor main stage and barbecue area. 

Fees
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?

Yes

Estimated Price Per Head

from $47 to $57

Additional Charges

Event Day Insurance Required & Bartender Recommended. Beer, Wine & Champagne Only - No Corkage Fee. 10% Service Fee Added to Catering Packages.

Insurance

Additional Insurance Is Required To Host An Event At This Venue

Capacity

Seated
300
Buffet
275
Standing
600
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
1960
Curfew
10 PM
Venue Spaces
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
Catering
Client Can Select The Caterer Of Their Choice
Alcohol
BYO Permitted – You Can Bring Your Own Alcohol
Beer/Wine/Champagne Only
Music
Indoors & Outdoors
Smoking
Designated Smoking Areas Only
Accommodations
Roaring Camp is right next to a redwood forest camping, log cabins, cozy Air BnBs, and only a 15-minute drive to Downtown Santa Cruz hotels and the Pacific Ocean.
Eco/Green Events
Yes
Pet-Friendly Events
Yes
Kid Friendly Events
Yes
Handicap Accessible
Yes
Other
Yes
Amenities
  • A/V Equipment
  • Bridal Suite/Changing Rooms Onsite
  • Wifi
  • Ample Parking Onsite
  • Dining Chairs
  • Dining Tables
  • Onsite Restrooms
  • Other
Venue Features
The Scene:
Step back in time as you enter Roaring Camp through a historical wooden covered bridge. Pass over the train tracks and onto a 170 acre park surrounded by some of the tallest old growth Redwoods. A vintage Schoolhouse bridal suite sits next to the train tracks where a 100 year old steam train stops to pick up the bride before the 30 minute ride to your ceremony in a Cathedral Grove of Redwoods. Stroll through Oak trees perfect for a shady green ceremony backdrop on the expansive lawn used for seated ceremonies. Pass the lawn and follow the signs to our vintage Railroad Junction Depot downtown. Enjoy watching a blacksmith forge metal, stop in to view an old printing press, catch the Sheriff on horseback singing songs from the old west. Our reception barn invites you in with rolling barn doors opening to twinkle lights, wrought iron chandeliers and ample space enough to gather your family and friends. Your guests can mingle on the lawn next to the hall with a train inspired fire pit, corn hole games, hay bales and wood benches.
A plume of white steam and the clang of the train bell hearlds the approach of the train at the covered depot. Step onto the platform a get ready to board on the most memorable and magical wedding journey. All Aboard!
 
Design:
A 6,120 square foot reception barn with wrought iron chandeliers, a twinkling mirror ball over the dance area, a large stage with theatrical stage spotlights for bands or a DJ. uplights and downlights to highlight all your special tables and side tables. Sliding barn doors opening to a lawn with mingling space with cornhole, haybales and wood bench seating area, twinkle lights throughout the barn, Rustic coffee cart and Redwood Beer Bar with two taps and a jockey box, wine barrel cocktail tables and staged bar area. 

 
Celebration Locations
Deer Creek Picnic Area with Redwood Cathedral Grove:
A forest picnic setting for a rehearsal dinner, small intimate ceremony or elopement
- View: Redwood Forest with long Picnic Benches and outdoor Staging
- Max Capacity: 60
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