£1495 - £6595 for Venue Hire
Up to 100
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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.
What is included in this pricing:
No corkage fee
Bespoke menu available
Multiple course wedding breakfast

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

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

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.

Experience

Year Business Was Established
2013
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
Yes
No. of People In Team
5
Reviews
(92)
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Samantha & Craig
Happy couple married in October
November 2022
The venue is just gorgeous
We got married at Sopley Mill 6th Oct, the venue is just gorgeous and we had the most perfect day. We fell in love with the venue the first time we saw it, which was during the pandemic, the team allowed us to look around by ourselves as they couldn’t offer a formal visit at the time. The team are lovely and very quick to respond to emails and questions (and I had a few!) and the lead up to the wedding was well organised and non-stressful. The day was just perfect and our guests had a fantastic time. Thank you Sopley!
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Ellie & Lewis
Happy couple married in September
November 2022
We had the most incredible wedding day at Sopley M
We had the most incredible wedding day at Sopley Mill. Great communication all the way from the beginning when visiting the venue right up to the end of our day. We chose a package deal which was really helpful in making sure we had vendors that knew The Mill but we still had lots of freedom to make everything our own. Sopley Mill is a gorgeous place and all our guests were blown away. A special thanks to Emma for her communication via email and of course our lovely coordinator Megan for being there for us and making sure everything ran smoothly.
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Katie & Robert
Happy couple married in August
November 2022
The most beautiful day of our life
Thank you so much for the most beautiful day of our life! It was super special and went so smoothly even though we did have personal problems at the start, you and the team made it run so smoothly and ensured that I was not told so I didn’t panic and worry, From the moment we got to Sopley mill the day went smoothly! Lovely staff and wonderful scenery,
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Carol & Kevin
Happy couple married in August
November 2022
An absolutely AMAZING venue.
We were blown away by the great experience we had on our wedding day. We got married on the 20th august 2022. The grounds are immaculate as so to is the building. An absolutely AMAZING venue.
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Shi-Mei and Peter
Happy couple married in July
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!
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Fay & Chris
Happy couple married in June
November 2022
a unique venue which has it all
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 💕
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