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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

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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

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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.
What is included in this pricing:
No corkage fee
Bespoke menu available
Multiple course wedding breakfast

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Number of Guests Included
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


Venue Type
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
Usual Access Time
Usual Finish Time

Ceremony & Reception

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

Food and Drink

External Catering Permitted
No Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
Alcohol Licence
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.


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Tim and Georgette
Happy couple married in June
August 2023
Quiet, secluded, beautiful and well run, a perfect venue
In June this year my Husband and I tied the knot at the picturesque Sopley Mill. With my love of historic buildings and my Husbands love of water, and our joint love of quiet and secluded locations, Sopley Mill was simply perfect. You turn off a fairly busy one way system, and 30 seconds later you're in this out of the way, calm, quiet area of beauty! The building itself is simply stunning but to be surrounded by such lush, green beauty is something else. It feels like you're the only ones there and the world has stopped just for your big day! The team were fantastic, but we wish we'd known more about the restrictions on such a historic and listed building. We chose to book the venue on it's own and arrange the caterers etc ourselves, rather than booking one of the venues packages. We believe this may have been different if we'd been more aware of how Sopley has specific contracts with only certain suppliers, for example with regards to playing music. The day was fantastic and we cannot fault the venue on aesthetics or atmosphere, but if they could explain the options around the venue with more clarity, we believe it would help newly engaged couples to make a more informed decision. A special thank you to Emma for helping us have a truly beautiful day, your calm and confident nature helped us to handle the stress and anxiety ahead of the 'I Do's', and thank you to everyone at Sopley for giving us memories we will treasure forever xxx
Mike Vindall
Happy couple married in May
May 2023
The most beautiful venue for our big day
The most beautiful venue for our big day. Amazing grounds and the different floors are all so stunning. Thank you.
Nathan Eames
Wedding: May
May 2023
One of the best venues in Dorse
One of the best venues in Dorset, there is always a new angle to photograph each visit. Make sure you catch the sunset over the meadow, it's stunning
Miss B Phonics
Happy couple married in May
May 2023
We wish we could get married there again
Sopley Mill is a fantastic venue. We absolutely loved every minute of our wedding there and it will always hold a special place in our hearts. Set in beautiful surroundings it looks fab all year round and the mill itself is so beautiful. All of our guests commented how unique the building was. We wish we could get married there again
Lucy and Amanda
Happy couple married in April
May 2023
Everything we ever dreamed of…
From the moment we saw this venue we fell in love with it. The surrounds are so beautiful, the sound of the water around you and how natural it’s been kept blew us away. The Mill itself has so much character and charm, It just has a really calming feel. We had approx 88 guests in the day and maybe 10 more in the evening. Please don’t over think the size as it’s intimate enough for s small sized wedding party but not too small for a larger party. The bar in the evening serving cocktails outside was a brilliant addition and allowed for our guests to free flow around day and night. The suppliers they have are amazing! So professional and we’re a pleasure to work with. A few pointers from us would be; the backdrop lights in the ceremony room were well worth the money! They looked beautiful in our pictures. One of the caterers offered a host a roast option which we chose and this was one of the best parts of our wedding! So much fun! Choose a photographer that knows the Mill and best places to shoot pics and times of day when the Mill is lit up at night. Check air bnb for a lodge that’s a 30 second walk away with a hot tub as this was absolutely perfect for that walk home at the end of our wedding night. The staff at Sopley were attentive and always on hand if we had any questions. If we had the money we would do this all over again tomorrow and not change a thing. One of the best days of our lives.
Tom Langford
Wedding: April
May 2023
I rank Sopley Mill pretty high on my list of plac
As a photographer, I’ve had the pleasure of working at Sopley Mill a couple of times over the last 2/3 years and always have a wonderful time. Having separate rooms for ceremony & dinner, makes for seamless transition throughout the day and with a huge outdoor space (and outdoor bar!) it has so much potential for all seasons. As someone whose worked at a lot of the venues across the New Forest (of which there are many) I rank Sopley Mill pretty high on my list of places I love to work.
Location & Contact Details


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

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Press & Awards

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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

Bridebook Awards (3)


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!

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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