You can hold a funeral ceremony with the coffin present anywhere that will agree to have it. No licence is needed. Here are some suggestions if you want to think beyond a crematorium or religious place of worship.
You need to consider: privacy, good access to carry the coffin, seating, parking, toilets, access for elderly or disabled, and availability of refreshments on the site or nearby.

  • Community hall
  • Town hall
  • Hotel garden
  • Church hall
  • Club room
  • Private chapel
  • Studio
  • Caterer’s rooms
  • Sports and leisure centre
  • Golf club
  • Theatre
  • Boat
  • Your own home
  • Your own garden (with or without large tent or marquee)
  • A friend’s home or garden
  • Double garage or similar turned into a ceremonial space