Sitting in the valley cut by the River Amber Alfreton retains many reminders of its long history, from 13th century St Martin’s Church to the Georgian Alfreton Hall, with plenty of cosier and quirkier places besides – we trust though that your wedding celebrations will not prove rowdy enough to merit returning the old lock-up known locally as The House of Confinement to its former use. Sadly nothing but the name recalls that, according to legend at least, Alfreton was founded by Alfred the Great. It’s a handily placed little spot, within easy reach of the beautiful Derbyshire Dales and the dramatic Peak District and yet just a few short miles from the M1 (and with its own train station on the delightfully named Robin Hood Line if guests coming from outside the area can’t sort out a designated driver). In spite of its historic associations with the nation’s founder we don’t recommend serving burned wedding cake at your reception, but it has got to be tempting to make some gesture towards one of the town’s major employers, Thornton’s: chocolate cake instead of the classic sponge anyone? Or an indulgent chocolate fountain? Just for the kids of course. Honest.