Funeral Wakes Venue

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

Located within 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 – call 01435 812249

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.

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Reception after the funeral

Letting 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.

A Celebration of Life

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 also photo displays, entertainment and background music.

  • Our 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)
  • Range of food and drink options
  • Car parking
  • Disabled access
  • Accommodation available for those attending the funeral

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Funeral Catering & Special Requirements

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.

We have a wide range of finger buffet menus, which can be varied and personalised to suit your tastes, the number of guests you have invited and most importantly your budget. The May Garland can cater for special dietary requirements including vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free. We have several packages and are confident that we will have just what you are looking for.

The May Garland Inn at Horam

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  • 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.

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Funeral Reception Enquiry Form

For more information call 01435 812249 or fill out this form.