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A naming ceremony is a way to celebrate a new arrival into the family with the people closest to you, in a non-religious ceremony and setting.

The ceremony includes the opportunity for you as parents to make promises and declarations to your child in front of family and friends. At the same time your family and friends may also make promises to your child, offering to support them throughout their lives. You can also include poems or readings as part of the ceremony.

At the end of the ceremony you will be asked to sign a record of the ceremony and you will be presented with a commemorative certificate.

A naming ceremony has no legal status. The certificate issued is purely celebratory and cannot be used for any legal purpose.


A naming ceremony is usually held at our register office or at approved premises.

The South Gloucestershire Register Office 

Kingswood Civic Centre
High Street
BS15 9TR

List of approved premises

  • Alveston House Hotel, Alveston, BS35 2LA
  • Aztec Hotel, Aztec West, Almondsbury, BS32 4TS
  • Berwick Lodge, Berwick Drive, Henbury, BS10 7TD
  • Bristol Golf Club, Almondsbury, BS10 7TP
  • Chipping Sodbury Town Hall, Chipping Sodbury, BS37 6AD
  • The Compass Inn, Tormarton, GL9 1JB
  • Eastwood Park, Falfield, GL12 8DA
  • The Gables Hotel, Falfield, GL12 8DL
  • Hamswell House, Hamswell, Bath BA1 9DG
  • Henfield Barn, The Hollows, Henfield BS36 2UU
  • Hilton Bristol, Woodlands Lane, Bradley Stoke BS32 4JF
  • Holiday Inn, Filton, BS16 1QX
  • The Kendleshire Golf Club, Henfield Road, Coalpit Heath, BS36 2TG
  • Memorial Woodlands, Earthcott Green, Alveston, BS35 3TA
  • Mercure Bristol North, The Grange, Winterbourne BS36 1RP
  • Old Down Manor, Foxholes Lane, Tockington BS32 4PG
  • The Park Hotel, Falfield GL12 8DR
  • Poole Court, Poole Court Drive, Yate BS37 5PP
  • The Ship Inn, Thornbury Avenue, Alveston, Bristol BS35 3LL
  • Thornbury Castle, Thornbury, BS35 1HH
  • Thornbury Golf Centre, Bristol Road, Thornbury BS35 3XL
  • Tortworth Court Four Pillars Hotel, Tortworth, GL12 8HH
  • Tracy Park, Wick, BS30 5RN

Fees and booking

Register office

  • Monday to Friday (maximum 4 guests) £220

Approved premises

  • Monday to Thursday £281
  • Friday and Saturday £325
  • Sunday and bank holidays £370

There is a £50 non-refundable non-transferable booking fee required when booking. The remaining balance is due eight weeks before the ceremony.

To book a naming ceremony contact us on 01454 863140.

Changes to bookings

There is a £30 fee if you change a ceremony date or time after 24 hrs of making the booking.

A Late Amendment fee of £50 is charged when the date or time of a ceremony is changed one month or less from original ceremony date (the ceremony must be taking place at the same venue and within one calendar year of the original booking).

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