Barry Fowkes – Humanist Celebrant


Welcome to my website! I am a fully accredited humanist celebrant, conducting weddings and funerals in Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties and am frequently asked to travel further afield, which I am more than happy to do.

As you are here, it is most probably because you are looking for a ceremony that focuses on what’s important for you. Whether it is a wedding ceremony or a funeral or memorial service, I work very closely with people to create meaningful ceremonies. Very often, ceremonies of all types share the same elements of joy, sadness, friendship, humour, love, regret and hope as our lives are full of all of these things. Beginning with getting to know you, my ceremonies are custom-written to reflect your wishes. I love what I do and am passionate about people, writing and delivering the best ceremonies that I can.

Aside from conducting ceremonies, I am also an artist and a musician. I spent 10 years of my youth in the Royal Anglian Regiment as a bandsman and medic, and continue to teach music privately and play the saxophone in a busy 6-piece band, playing soul, funk, rock, northern soul and ska. I studied at the Falmouth School of Art and worked for many years as a commercial illustrator. More recently I moved into pottery and sculpture and have designed my own chess set which I make in my home studio and ship all over the world.

Throughout my life, I have always been drawn to the arts and music and so becoming a celebrant in 2017 has been the ultimate expression of this – creativity, performance and humanity.