Bretby Crematorium

Bretby Crematorium entrance

Adding to our series looking at the locations where Steve often officiates at funeral services, this week we look at Bretby Crematorium. Bretby Crematorium is located in Derbyshire, between Burton-on-Trent and Swadlincote. Owned by the Central England Co-Operative, this unique location in the heart of the Midlands, is a beautiful and serene place to hold the funeral of your loved one and for their remains to interred. 

Facilities at Bretby Crematorium

As a woodland location, Bretby is different to most traditional crematoriums. This crematorium is very popular in Derbyshire; it is a good option for anyone wanting their remains to be dealt with in as environmentally conscious way as possible. With two chapels on site, funeral services can be held here, with the body then being cremated and the ashes scattered within the expansive woodland grounds. 


Within the grounds at Bretby Crematorium there are two chapels available for funeral services. 

  • Carnarvon Chapel
  • Anglesey Chapel 

Both chapels are purpose built and have been designed to ensure that families can pay their respect to their loved ones in an environment that feels comforting and respectful. Carnarvon Chapel is the larger of the two with a capacity of around 150, Anglesey Chapel is suited to more intimate gatherings and has a capacity of around 50. 

With plush seating, wooden furnishings, and neutral décor both of these chapels can accommodate funeral services of any kind. Celebrant Steve regularly officiates funerals at Bretby, he includes content as per your requirements, with or without religious elements, and always deeply personal to the person that as died. Find out more about Celebrant Steve here.

Modern technology has increased opportunities available for personalising funeral services. To maintain pace both chapels at Bretby Crematorium are fitted with state-of-the-art sound systems and television screens. These allow for an almost never-ending list of music choices and photographic or video tributes to be shown. Steve’s service includes the making of a photo tribute to be played at the service if you’d like one. A webcast service can also be provided, enabling friends and family around the globe to stream the service live, or watch a recorded version later. 


Scattering of ashes at a woodland location is increasingly popular. Many people are becoming more conscious of the impact that funerals have on the environment and are trying to minimise the environmental impact of their death. By scattering the cremated remains of the person that has died in a dedicated woodland such as at Bretby the impact on the environment is minimised

Unlike other crematoria, the grounds at Bretby are wholly maintained as natural woodland. There is no option for memorial stones, plaques or rose gardens, ensuring the natural beauty of the environment is what stands out. Bretby Crematorium grounds are a beautiful place to walk around; the changing seasons and natural cycles of the woodland presenting new and wonderful scenery throughout the year.  There are some benches to sit and reflect, remembering those special times with your loved one. 

Book of Remembrance

For some families, the idea of not having a gravestone or memorial plaque seems wrong. To provide a written lasting memorial you have the option of adding the person that has died details to the Book of Remembrance at Bretby Crematorium. Inscriptions in the Book of Remembrance are added by a Calligrapher, the book is on display throughout the year, and there is also an online version enabling you to access it from anywhere and at any time. 


Following the service in one of the chapels at Bretby Crematorium your loved one will be cremated at the on-site crematoria. Highly trained staff take care of everything, ensuring that your relative and their cremated remains are treated with the upmost dignity and respect throughout the process, and prior to the scattering of their ashes. 

Due to the woodland environment, there are some additional rules and regulations that need to be adhered to when choosing Bretby Crematorium. One major consideration is the type of coffin and adornments, particularly metal as remnants can adversely affect the natural environment. You can contact the helpful staff at Bretby Crematoria for more information on the regulations. 

Celebrant Services in Derbyshire

Based in Staffordshire, Celebrant Steve often travels into Derbyshire and officiates at funerals at Bretby Crematorium. Himself passionate about the environment, Steve appreciates the natural beauty of this stunning woodland location. 

You can find out more about this crematorium by visiting their website, and if you would like to find out more about Steve’s services or book him as a celebrant you can contact him directly. 

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