Hire venues in Dorset

Best Venues in Dorset

#1

Greenwood Grange

Higher Bockhampton, DT2 8QH, Dorset, Dorset
Up to 100 guests
Where better to let your imagination run wild. Seven acres of glorious countryside. Your own private village of 17 stone-built cottages sleeping up to 78 guests. A unique venue in rural Dorset. Wedding receptions, anniversary and birthday celebrations, team-building weekends, mini conferences, training days, residential courses… Imagine.

Dorset has some wonderful villages, towns, bays and beaches, to wander round, plus some extraordinary natural formations to wonder at. A number of the places listed here (and it’s certainly not an exhaustive list) are considered the very best in England.


• Rural venue located in the gorgeous Dorset countryside

• Assortment of stone-built cottages

• Local caterers can supply food and drinks tailored to your requirements and taste

• Spacious grounds for marquees and outdoor events available

• Lots of activities for the younger children

• Special discounts from our recommended suppliers
#2

Warmwell House

Near Dorchester, DT2 8HQ, Dorset, Dorset
Up to 100 guests
Warmwell House is the ideal place for a true Dorset wedding, at the 13th century Holy Trinity church or indeed at the house itself. The house and gardens are a beautiful and unspoilt venue for your reception. Have a marquee in the Traditional Georgian Square Garden for a wonderful summer wedding, or create a snug atmosphere in our Jacobean dining room in winter. It is a unique and special venue.
#3

Minterne House

Minterne House and Gardens · Minterne Magna, DT2 7AU, Dorchester, Dorset
The beautiful and historical house serves as a spectacular venue for guests seeking a private dining experience. Whether it is a birthday, anniversary, family gathering or other special celebration, guests are guaranteed a wonderful experience with our heritage dining including access to top local chefs.

The Dining Room is richly decorated with 18th Century dutch tapestries and can seat up to sixty guests for dinner. Alternatively, the historic grand Trafalgar Hall is a light room with floor to ceiling mullioned windows and barrel vaulted ceilings that can accommodate up to one-hundred guests.


For larger parties the addition of a marquee in the size and style of your choosing, enables you to invite up to four hundred guests. The stunning South Front Lawns that overlook 1600 acres of rolling countryside are available for your exclusive use and serves as the perfect environment for a marquee.
#4

Hotel Rembrandt

12-18 Dorchester Road Weymouth Dorset DT4 7JU, DT4 7JU, Weymouth, Dorset
£2250
Up to 50 guests
B​est Western Hotel Rembrandt have been hosting wedding receptions and events for more than 25 years and have held a civil wedding license since 1995. Our dedicated wedding and events team have a wealth of experience to assist you in all aspects of the planning; ranging from the choice of suite, selection of packages and the provision of tailor made services.

Our team are on hand to do as little or as much as you may require. We pride ourselves on a simple philosophy, ‘It’s your day and your choice’, our role is simply to make your day just what you always imagined it would be. We offer everything from a formal sit down meal to a less formal buffet, and more in between. With choices on the number of courses, table layout, colour schemes and so much more we believe this is just another way we can help tailor your wedding or event to your individual needs should you require guidance.


We have three main suites; the Chesham Suite, our largest, accommodating up to 200 people. Suites can facilitate both your Civil Ceremony and wedding reception. Our 78 bedrooms offer en suite bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities, 24 hour room service, free use of our Leisure Club(**) and Wireless Internet. We also have two fully fitted Disabled Access Rooms located on the ground floor. We are located just outside Weymouth town centre, 10 minutes drive from the A35, with ample free parking.


The Weymouth Registry Office, St. Augustine’s Catholic Church and St. John’s C of E Church are all less than five minutes walk from the hotel. Weymouth railway station is 10 minutes walk.
#5

Haddon Copse Farm

Haddon Copse Farm, Woodrow, Fifehead Neville, DT10 2AQ, Dorset, Dorset
£6000
Up to 150 guests
Haddon Copse Farm is situated on the Sturminster Newton to Hazelbury Bryan road – do not take the fingerpost turning to Fifehead Neville but continue for 150 yards and you will see our wooden farm sign. At the top of the track, on the left, there is a small car-parking area. Park here and use one of the barrows to take your belongings to one of the seven pitches marked in the field. No vehicles on the campsite field! Settle yourselves in and we will come and see you at some point. We are a working farm so unless you have an urgent request we would respectfully request that you wait for us to come to you so that we can get on with producing delicious organic food for you to sample!
#6

Summer Lodge Country House Hotel & Spa

9 Fore Street, Evershot, DT2 0JR, Dorset, Dorset
£90
Up to 100 guests
Experience exemplary service and warm smiles at every turn, at the award-winning, Grade II Listed Summer Lodge Country House Hotel in Evershot, Dorset - the epitome of luxurious five star country house charm.

Savour delicious cuisine in the restaurant accompanied by an impressive wine list; relax in the large conservatory-style swimming pool and the serene spa; discover beautifully appointed guest bedrooms, suites and cottages designed with total comfort and style in mind; and enjoy a host of thoughtful touches will ensure your stay is one you will treasure.


• Grade II listed Country House Hotel in Dorset

• Epitome of five star luxury

• Glorious countryside surrounds the property

• We welcome families with children over the ages of seven, as well as pets

• Exemplary service

• Beautifully appointed rooms that are individually decorated
#7

Stockbridge Farm Barn

Lower Stockbridge Farm,, DT9 6EP, Sherborne, Dorset
The Barn exudes atmosphere and has changed very little from its original state hundreds of years ago. You can organise your own supplies of everything from catering and flowers to balloons and music or use our recommended list of suppliers. Carpeted, beautifully lit and with an 18 foot square wooden dance floor, the barn seats 180 people comfortably, or more if you choose to have an adjoining marquee.
#8

Smedmore House

Smedmore House, Kimmeridge, BH20 5PG, Dorset, Dorset
£3300
Up to 200 guests
Smedmore House is a very special, exclusive Dorset manor house for Weddings and Civil Ceremonies.

Hidden away in the Dorset countryside, among rollinghills with sweeping views to the sea, the timeless beauty and friendly atmosphere of Smedmore House helps create an unbelievably romantic, magical and memorable occasion.


Smedmore is licensed for Civil Ceremonies. These can take place either in one of 5 elegant rooms inside the house – the Front Hall, Dining Room, Drawing Room, Cedar Room and Inner Hall -or outside in the grounds. The Summer House in the Walled Garden has a licence but many couples prefer to make their vows in the avenue with its views to the sea – and then to do the formalities inside the house.
#9

Langton Arms

The Langton Arms Tarrant Monkton, DT11 8RX, Blandford Camp, Dorset
As well as being a stunning venue for your wedding reception, The Langton Arms also has its own Civil Wedding Licence both inside the Stables Restaurant and for the lovely courtyard gardens.

We have been hosting fabulous weddings for the past 16 years, marrying happy couples in our beautiful thatched country pub.


The Langton Arms is a stunning country wedding venue in North Dorset and is set in picture postcard rural England opposite the village's own 15th Century All Saints Church. If you're looking for a beautiful country wedding location as well as the perfect setting for your wedding reception, then look no further.


We provide you with everything you need and make the whole event a fantastic experience. Our tailor-made service is delivered by our owner Barbara Cossins and her hard-working team. They will ensure every aspect of your wedding day runs smoothly, putting their 25 years experience to the ultimate use.
#10

Mortons House Hotel

Mortons House Hotel East Street Corfe Castle, BH20 5EE, Dorset, Dorset
Head Chef, Ed Firth has been a constant at Mortons House for many years. He takes his inspiration from the finest offerings of mostly local producers and is inspired by both traditionally British, and International cuisine, all served in an unpretentious, friendly environment.

It's all about informal dining, featuring grilled steaks and local seafood, but with a few twists of innovation to tempt the palate.


The Restaurant's reputation for fine food is well known, making it a favourite with residents and locals alike and is proud to have held 2 AA Rosettes since 2002.


On fine days, enjoy a beverage, afternoon tea or light lunch on the pretty terrace. Sit under a shady umbrella and enjoy the peace and tranquillity with just the occasional nostalgic sound of a steam train passing by.
#11

Blue Boar Poole

The Blue Boar 29 Market Close Poole Dorset, BH15 1NE, Poole, Dorset
#12

Mapperton House & Gardens

Mapperton Estate Mapperton Beaminster, DT8 3NR, Dorset, Dorset
Built in 1670, the Coach House at Mapperton has undergone a complete renovation. It is an events space which can accommodate up to 120 seated guests.

This spectacular building is part of one of Dorset’s most important manorial complexes, and has a Grade 1 listing with Historic England. Steeped in local history, it has had many functions over the centuries – as a coach house, stables, a sawmill and most recently one of the locations for the 2015 romantic hit ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’. Guests will enjoy spotting the remaining elements of the set.


The meticulous renovation has retained all of the historic features, including exposed stonework, lath & plaster surfaces and full height ceilings with original trusses and cross-beams. A new biomass heating system ensures plenty of warmth on colder days, while a 4K projector, professional sound system and controllable lighting brings the venue in the the 21st century.


Alongside the main space is a second large room which contains a fully-stocked & licensed bar, as well as an area for guests seeking a break from the festivities.


While the Coach House will impress with its historic features and enduring charm, it is an entirely flexible space which can be decorated in a myriad of styles, whether you are going for a vintage theme or perhaps a more classical look.Built in 1670, the Coach House at Mapperton has undergone a complete renovation. It is an events space which can accommodate up to 120 seated guests.


This spectacular building is part of one of Dorset’s most important manorial complexes, and has a Grade 1 listing with Historic England. Steeped in local history, it has had many functions over the centuries – as a coach house, stables, a sawmill and most recently one of the locations for the 2015 romantic hit ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’. Guests will enjoy spotting the remaining elements of the set.


The meticulous renovation has retained all of the historic features, including exposed stonework, lath & plaster surfaces and full height ceilings with original trusses and cross-beams. A new biomass heating system ensures plenty of warmth on colder days, while a 4K projector, professional sound system and controllable lighting brings the venue in the the 21st century.


Alongside the main space is a second large room which contains a fully-stocked & licensed bar, as well as an area for guests seeking a break from the festivities.


While the Coach House will impress with its historic features and enduring charm, it is an entirely flexible space which can be decorated in a myriad of styles, whether you are going for a vintage theme or perhaps a more classical look.
#13

Mapperton in Dorset

Beaminster, Dorset, DT8 3NR, Beaminster, Dorset
Up to 400 guests
Built in 1670, the Coach House at Mapperton is undergoing a complete renovation, and will reopen in May 2018 as an events space which can accommodate up to 120 seated guests.

This spectacular building is part of one of Dorset’s most important manorial complexes, and has a Grade 1 listing with Historic England. Steeped in local history, it has had many functions over the centuries – as a coach house, stables, a sawmill and most recently one of the locations for the 2015 romantic hit ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’. Guests will enjoy spotting the remaining elements of the set.


The meticulous renovation will retain all of the historic features, including exposed stonework, lath & plaster surfaces and full height ceilings with original trusses and cross-beams. A new biomass heating system will ensure plenty of warmth on colder days, while a 4K projector, professional sound system and controllable lighting will bring the venue in the the 21st century.


Alongside the main space is a second large room which contains a fully-stocked & licensed bar, as well as an area for guests seeking a break from the festivities.


While the Coach House will impress with its historic features and enduring charm, it is an entirely flexible space which can be decorated in a myriad of styles, whether you are going for a vintage theme or perhaps a more classical look.
#14

The RNLI College

W Quay Rd,, BH15 1HZ, Poole, Dorset
The beautiful waterside location of RNLI College makes it a perfect wedding venue or to celebrate that special occasion. The incredible atmosphere will set the tone for your wedding day or private event.

So if you’re looking for a venue with a difference we’d love to be a part of your special day. And not only is it the perfect venue for your special occasion, but every £1 spent at the College goes towards saving lives at sea.


A beautiful, light and airy room located on the second floor, the Harbour View Suite is a very special room with grand sweeping views of Holes Bay in Poole Harbour.


Doors open onto your own private balcony where you can enjoy some fresh sea air and watch the boats go sailing past.


This suite can accommodate up to 60 guests for your ceremony, wedding breakfast, or evening reception.


(Due to its proximity to guest rooms, bands and discos are not permitted, making it perfect for smaller intimate weddings).
#15

The Orangery Suite

Merley House Lane, Wimborne, Nr Poole, Dorset, BH21 3AA, Poole, Dorset
£545
Up to 100 guests
Full of character and charm, The Orangery Suite is a stunning and affordable venue for intimate and personal wedding ceremonies and receptions.

With exclusive use of the beautifully landscaped walled garden, The Orangery is an idyllic setting for a couple's special day.


The light and airy room can accommodate 75 people to watch you say ‘I do’ in romantic surroundings. Our stunning,

pagoda-style marquee, seating up to 85 guests, is available for receptions on the lawn.


After the ceremony, guests can make their way to the terrace overlooking the manicured lawns of the magnificent walled garden, which has plenty of outdoor seating for al fresco drinks served from the chic summerhouse, whilst the newly married couple have photographs taken in the elegant grounds.


For the wedding reception, a wide variety of excellent catering is available with impeccable, attentive service provided by our selection of professional local caterers, ranging from an informal buffet, barbecue, hog roast or cream tea, to the more traditional wedding breakfast. A fully stocked, staffed bar is also available for guests to purchase drinks.


Whilst background music is welcome, the tranquil location means that discos are not suitable for The Orangery Suite. However, there is another venue just a short walk away, or others within a few minutes drive that will accommodate your evening function.



To keep your guests entertained, why not make use of our extensive activities within the walled garden, such as croquet, pétanque, crazy golf, beach volleyball, table tennis, giant chess and badminton? For a real games party theme we can also provide outdoor table football, a giant tumble tower and giant connect four.


• The Orangery Suite is licensed to perform marriages and civil partnership ceremonies.

• A wide variety of catering is available.

• Why not make use of our extensive activities within the walled garden, such as croquet, pétanque, crazy golf, beach volleyball and many more.

• The grounds are not open to the public, so your wedding party would enjoy exclusive use of the beautifully landscaped walled garden and facilities.

• Many photo opportunities within the grounds including a bridge, gazebo and sunken garden.

• Please contact us for prices, availability, and further information about hiring The Orangery Suite for your wedding.
#16

The Orangery Suite

The Orangery Suite Merley House Lane, BH21 3AA, Wimborne, Dorset
With its intimate elegance and relaxed surroundings, The Orangery Suite and Gardens is one of the premier wedding venues in Dorset. The Orangery is also an affordable and unique venue for team building, business meetings, training courses, corporate and charity events
and other social functions. Whatever the occasion, you are assured a high level of quality, service and attention to detail throughout.


The Orangery Suite is an historic venue with a contemporary twist. It is set within a three acre walled garden, and offers exclusive use of

the beautifully landscaped grounds and extensive facilities.


As one of Dorset's hidden treasures, The Orangery is a wonderfully unique venue for the perfect English country garden wedding.


The Orangery Suite and Gardens is in a quiet and secluded countryside location, just a mile from Wimborne, and is easily accessible

from Bournemouth, Poole and all parts of Dorset and Hampshire.
#17

Da Vinci’s

7 The Quay, BH15 1HJ, Poole, Dorset
Welcome to Da Vinci’s, the best Italian restaurant on Poole Quay and only a stone’s throw away from the water’s edge. Established in 1993, Da Vinci’s is a family-run business, specialising in fresh, local ingredients, cooked in true Italian style.

Whether you are seeking a casual pizza supper in a cosy Italian atmosphere or a special meal in a venue that can cater for your special occasion, Da Vinci’s has the answer.


Our beautiful Italian restaurant in Poole has a cosy downstairs right on the Quay front and own upstairs dining room features seven windows overlooking the harbour.


Da Vinci’s Paradise Bar can be exclusively hired as a private function room and is the perfect venue for a small family christening or office party in Poole.
#18

Merley House

Merley House, Merley House Lane, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 3AA, Wimborne, Dorset
£2490
Up to 150 guests
Merley House is a three story manor that has maintained its structure for nearly three centuries. Conveniently located just one mile south of Wimborne Minster, and within easy reach of Dorset and Hampshire, it is a highly recommended venue for any kind of occasion, whether large or small, for business and for pleasure.

The north side of the building is made from gorgeous Portland stone and supports three balconies and four features pillars that hold up entablature. At the north east side of the building is a walled garden and an Orangery, which once was the home of various exotic birds. Inside there are five state rooms to choose from, a spacious classical entrance and magnificent staircase.


With dedicated event planners and in-house chefs, Merley House is the perfect setting for a wedding reception, civil ceremony, conference, corporate event or private party, offering elegance, refinement and seclusion for your special occasion.
#19

Springhead Mill

Springhead, Mill St, Fontmell Magna,, SP7 0NU, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Accommodation for up to ten people is available in the historic Springhead House. This listed building is made up of a range of thatched cottages (to the right of the photograph above) dating from the early 17th century. Renovated in the summer of 2018, the house now provides comfortable and spacious accommodation for wedding guests, family groups and other visitors. The house has a wealth of period features and has been decorated in antique colours and floral patterns giving it a rustic, vintage feel.

There are three principle double or twin bedrooms on the first floor, and additional people can be accommodated on double sofa beds in two further rooms:


The garden bedroom: This beautiful en suite room has views over the garden and lake and a King size bed


The Wisteria room has a double bed

The Magnolia room has twin beds

The Flying Room room has a sofa bed

There is also a sofa bed in the Snug on the ground floor
#20

Mr Kyps

8a Parr St, BH14 0JY, Poole, Dorset
Up to 300 guests
Mr Kyps is a 300 capacity room which lends itself to many uses. Looking for a venue to run a show? A place for your wedding reception, wake or bar mitzvah? You could even host a birthday party for your pet gerbil Harold. Hire fees are negotiable depending upon the day of the week you are wanting to use, the hours required and if you are going to be needing the use of our PA, Lighting and Engineer. We have a venue which is up to touring band specifications and the stage is viewable from all areas of the dancefloor.

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