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A stunning, renovated watermill. Exclusively yours, the Mill provides privacy and flexibility for you to create your own unique wedding or event.
Pricing & Costs

Venue Hire Only

Prices Start At
£1,495
Maximum Price
£6,595
What’s included... ▪ Exclusive use of Sopley Mill and it’s garden until 12 pm (Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays) & 11 pm (Weekdays) ▪ Choice of 2 rooms locations licensed for Registrar weddings (Registrar’s fee not included) ▪ Round tables to seat up to 100 people, 5 long trestle tables ▪ 100 chairs for the Granary & 100 chairs for the River View dining room
What is included in this pricing:
Furniture included
Exclusive use
Choice of preferred caterers

In-house catering
(price per head)

Prices Start At
£23
Maximum Price
£75
To safe guard and protect the Mill from damage all events at Sopley Mill need to select a caterer from our extensive list of suppliers. These are caterers who have worked at the Mill successfully in the past. They all know the building, how it works, and what equipment we have and therefore what they need to bring with them. Most importantly they have the answers to your questions. There are plenty of options to choose from including a number of local award winning wedding caterers to mid-range but passionately run smaller caterers and quirky options such as hog roasts, paella and even a jalopy with a wood burning pizza oven in it! Please send us a message for more details on these.

Packages
(total price)

Prices Start At
£4,790
Maximum Price
£7,790
Number of Guests Included
40
We are now offering off peak package weddings. This option is for those who want a bit more help and guidance and would like the Sopley Mill team to organise your day with you. This option runs only Sunday-Wednesdays, our off-peak days. This includes your venue, food, drink, DJ and wedding coordinator. Our minimum guest number for this is 40 adults. Whats Included? ▪Exclusive Hire of Sopley Mill & its beautiful lit grounds until (11pm weekdays, 12am weekends) ▪Choice of two rooms for registrar wedding (registrar's fee not included) ▪10 Round tables, 5 long trestle tables ▪Chairs for the wedding breakfast and ceremony ▪Free parking for you and your guests (up to 80 car spaces) ▪Easels available for your table plan and order of the day ▪An on the day wedding coordinator - with two meetings prior to your wedding day ▪A brilliant drinks package provided by Tom's Bars. This includes a glass of Prosecco for the drinks reception, half a bottle of premium chilean sauvignon blanc or merlot for the wedding breakfast and a Prosecco for the toast per guest ▪Childrens squash included ▪Full service of drinks and food ▪Glassware, linen, crockery Included ▪We Perform DJ service from 7:30pm - close ▪Full clearance package (Toms Bars will clear and carefully package away any decorations ready for collection the following morning)
What is included in this pricing:
Exclusive use
Canapés included
Furniture included
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Multiple course wedding breakfast
Non consumables (e.g. linen, lights etc.)
Wine / soft drinks allowance per guest
Features & Capacity

Overview

Venue Type
Barn
Dining Capacity
100
Reception Capacity
140
Usual Access Time
9:00AM
Usual Finish Time
12:00AM

Ceremony & Reception

Church Within Walking Distance
Sound System Available
Dancefloor Available
Outdoor Ceremony Available
Wedding Licence

Food and Drink

External Catering Permitted
No Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
Alcohol Licence

Venue

Exclusive Use
Water View
Marquee Permitted
Bridal Changing Facilities
Pet-Friendly
Disabled Access
Grade I/II Listed Building
On-Site Parking
Outdoor Reception Space
In-House Wedding Coordinator
Full Description
Sopley Mill still has the stunning original features of the watermill with its oak beams, incredible views over the Avon water meadows and flanked on both sides by the river Avon. The wild location is stunning and completely private without a house in view – and just minutes from Bournemouth and Christchurch! There are 3 main floors to the building linked by a lift. The top floor (3rd floor) has seating space for 100 and a kitchen. The 2nd floor has a dance floor and ceremony room on it and the ground floor is a chill out/drinks area. We have two rooms which are licensed for weddings. There is also a bridal suite for your use on the day. In the summer months, the huge terrace is the ideal reception spot but in case it rains there is plenty of room on the ground floor for 100 people to have drinks inside. And in the winter months two log fires, plenty of candles and twinkly lights make the Mill warm, cosy and very romantic. Although the Mill fits 100 for a sit-down wedding breakfast it can fit 140 for a more informal style wedding or if you want more evening guests. Whether your wedding is small and intimate or a larger affair, the Mill is the perfect venue. We offer two different options for couples wanting to use this incredible building for their wedding. Option 1 is just hiring the building and creating your own fantastic day. This is for couples who want to design their own wedding and make sure it is completely unique. Option 2 is for those who want a bit more help and guidance and would like the Sopley Mill team to organise your day with you. For anyone wanting to organise their own day we have a list of well-known local suppliers who can make planning your big day a breeze. But that is up to you, you may prefer to do it yourself.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: David
Sopley Mill has been part of my family since 1870. We look forward to sharing it with you.

Experience

Year Business Was Established
2013
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
Yes
No. of People In Team
5
Reviews
(84)
Shi-Mei and Peter
Married in July 2022
August 2022
Wonderful venue
Sopley Mill is such a beautiful venue. It was the first we visited and immediately we knew we wanted to get married there. Communicating with Emma and her team was easy. They were very helpful and arranging multiple follow-up visits was no problem. We got a lot of compliments about how lovely the mill and its grounds were. We had a lovely day and would highly recommend Sopley Mill!
Fay & Chris
Married in June 2022
July 2022
The whole process with Sopley was faultless
We got married at Sopley on 5th June 2022 and what a perfect day it was! The whole process with Sopley was faultless and the venue is absolutely stunning. We were meant to get married last year but due to covid we had to push it back, this was no problem with Sopley and everything was sorted for us accordingly and with total ease. We were able to pick a package which meant a lot of the large scale organisation was sorted by Sopley and we just had to arrange a florist, photographer and any extras we wanted. We had also visited one of Sopley a open days which really helped us to finalise the extra bookings simply! The package we picked gave still gave us total flexibility and we were able to put our touches on everything but meant it took a huge amount of the stress off us, which was something I was particularly wanting. It also worked perfectly for our budget and helped us to really stick to it. All correspondence with Emma from booking to wedding day was easy and simple and was dealt with quickly, nothing was too big an ask and no question too silly! We felt completely at ease throughout the whole process and even up to the day of our wedding Emma was on hand for any last minute questions or support. She even timed me and my bridesmaids in for walking down the aisle which really put everyone’s minds at ease! I didn’t worry about anything on the day as I knew everything was catered for. If you’re looking for a unique venue which has it all then you’ve found it with Sopley, the venue itself doesn’t really need anything added to it as it’s just so gorgeous inside and out. One of the many reasons we chose Sopley was due to the fact that the British weather is so unpredictable, that it didn’t matter as we could do it inside or outside. Thankfully we got a decent day with no rain so it was made even more perfect that we were able to hold an outdoor ceremony, so we were thrilled! Also the space you have for photography is amazing, we weren’t short of stunning locations that’s for sure! Without doubt I would book our day again with Sopley if we could do it all again, it was perfectly organised and everything was exactly how I imagined it would be - we had so many compliments on how stunning the venue is, we lost count! Thank you Emma, David and team for making our day so perfectly memorable 💕
Hayley & Oliver
Married in May 2022
July 2022
We had our wedding day at Sopley Mill
We had our wedding day at Sopley Mill on 25th May 2022, as soon as we visited Sopley we knew we wanted our wedding here. The venue is absolutely stunning no matter the weather. We chose to have a package which meant that Sopley organised all of the big ticket suppliers and we just booked any extras that we wanted. This worked brilliant for us as it took away a lot of the stress of wedding planning. Emma made our wedding day perfect and was on hand for anything we needed on the lead up and on the day of the wedding. Nothing was too much trouble and it really put my mind at ease. I wish I could relive our day over and over again and without a doubt it would be at Sopley every time! Thank you Emma and all at Sopley for making our day so perfect
Grace & Michael
Married in May 2022
June 2022
Sopley Mill was the most superb setting for our Ma
Sopley Mill was the most superb setting for our May wedding. We were lucky enough to have a warm, sunny day, which made the Mill even more special (although if it had rained, it would have been just as perfect). My bridesmaids and I got ready at the venue which was great! You get to see all the suppliers arriving and have a sneak peak at the rooms. It’s also lovely to watch your guests arrive from the window. All of the rooms at Sopley have character and can be decorated however you like, which was really fun! The outdoor bar and lawn area was lovely and guests enjoyed many cocktails during the drinks reception. The whole day flowed very well and Emma was a key part of this. Her communication throughout the process was second to none, and on the day she helped organise us all so that our ceremony ran on time. The different floors at the venue works really well too – even for the grandparents. I cant thank the team at Sopley enough for helping us plan the most perfect, gorgeous wedding day we could have asked for!
Jess & Mark
Married in May 2022
July 2022
Sopley Mill was the first and only venue we saw.
Sopley Mill was the first and only venue we saw. We instantly fell in love with the character and beautiful setting. When we booked we unknowingly booked when Covid was to hit, and I can't praise the lovely staff at sopley enough for helping us re arrange it and find a date for the following year. Emma was really helpful and kept us in the loop throughout. The day went off without a hitch and with the help of the lovely phoebe any issues that arose were dealt with. Would reccomend to absolutely everyone, we had the most special day there.
James & Nicole
Wedding: April 2022
May 2022
This site is absolutely ideal for a picturesque country wedding, especially in the spring or summer.
We got married at Sopley Mill last week and it was stunning. My wife corresponded with Emma in the run up to the day and she was very attentive and happy to answer any questions. It is worth noting this is a three storey Victorian Mill so do expect a narrow staircase, but there is a lift available which my 95 year old grandmother made good use of! Secondly there are homes around so your guests will be asked to be quiet when leaving, we were made aware of this before booking. However this didn't affect us and we had a thoroughly wonderful day. We used the in house bar and DJ companies 'Tom's Bar' and 'We Perform'. Both of which offered reasonably priced packages (for a wedding!) We also used Vanilla catering from the list of recommended suppliers and they were fantastic (taking last minute changes in guest numbers in their stride and providing delicious food). Otherwise, just to speak more about the site itself, we were lucky enough to have a beautiful sunny day to make full use of the grounds with the surrounding water meadows making this truly a special location. Inside there are exposed beams and even a picture window to watch the water flow through this original mill. It is charming, it could be cramped if it were just this space but the grounds make it perfect. This site is absolutely ideal for a picturesque country wedding, especially in the spring or summer. Thank you to all the team at Sopley Mill, especially Emma and David.
Location & Contact Details

Address

Mill Lane, Nr Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 7AU, England

Nearest Town

Christchurch

Nearest Motorway & Junction

Nearest Train Station

Christchurch

Nearest Airport

Bournemouth

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Press & Awards
(6)

Press & Awards (1)

Industry Awards (5)

Bridebook Cerficate of Excellence Silver 2019
TMP Business Awards Best Wedding Venue 2018
TheWeddingAwards.org National Winner 2018
Best of BrideBook County Champion 2022
FAQ
(10)

Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

There are too many weddings to choose from, we just couldn't choose one! I am sure our team can fill you in during your private viewing of The Mill.

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Make the planning fun!

What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?

We have a very unique venue being a blank canvas we see so many different ways our couples add their own personal touch. It is really special.

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Exclusive, Unique, Magical, Romantic, Picturesque.

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

This beautiful building still has the stunning original features of the watermill with oak beams, exposed brick work and incredible views over the Avon water meadows. So everywhere is a great photo opportunity! The gardens and lawn are flanked on both sides by the Avon Millstream. The wild location is picturesque and completely private without another house in view – you would never know we are just 8 minutes from the centre of Bournemouth. We have a very popular photo spot at The Mill where the couple can get a photo before the ceremony without seeing each other which is extremely special and not something you can do in many places! Send us a message if you would like to see the photo.

Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?

We once had Fleur East sing the first dance for a couple. She was their friend & bridesmaid!

What’s your favourite canapé?

Oh, this is a tricky one. Give us them all!

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Pizza!!

What is your venue's most unique feature?

The downstairs holt bar still features all the original mill workings. We also have a wonderful viewing window to watch the river run by whilst feeling cosy inside.

What part of your business are you most proud of?

Our fantastic team