Canford School

Canford Magna, Wimborne (Dorset) BH21 3AD Map · Telephone · Website
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5.0 out of 5.0
Starting at £4000
Number of guests 50 to 130
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About Canford School

With origins tracing back to the Domesday book, the Grade I listed Canford School offers an idyllic location for your civil ceremony, while the nearby 14thcentury church provides the perfect option for religious ceremonies. Situated on the bank of the river Stour in the quiet village of Canford Magna, Dorset this is a truly romantic place to say ‘I do’.

For your reception, the baronial Great Hall is the ideal choice for larger scale weddings. With a sweeping staircase and minstrels’ gallery where none other than the Prince of Wales once danced after a shooting party, this setting perfectly matches the magnitude of the occasion.

For more intimate weddings, the smaller scale splendour of the Long Gallery, along with its beautiful carved fireplace and wood paneling, offers a wonderful alternative.

With exclusive use of the grounds for your wedding day, there is the option to hold your reception outdoors by the fountain on the Sunken Lawn with views to the arboretum and parkland beyond. Allow your guests to take in the magnificent views with a glass of bubbly while you take advantage of the stunning backdrop and capture some wedding photographs.

At Canford School every aspect of your wedding will be tailored to you. Our catering is in-house and our Michelin-trained chefs will work with you to create your bespoke menu. Allow the team to guide you or choose your favourite dishes along with a delectable drinks menu to complement your choices.

You are also invited to take advantage of our extensive knowledge and network of local professionals or choose your own suppliers. Our aim is simply to create your perfect day.

If you’re interested in hosting your wedding day at Canford School, get in contact with us directly to find out more and to book an appointment to view it for yourself. We look forward to welcoming you to our magnificent venue.

  • Grade 1 Listed Manor House with origins tracing back to the Domesday book
  • A choice of two ceremony and receptions rooms with original features
  • Our Michelin-trained in house chefs will create a bespoke menu just for you
  • Extensive knowledge of local suppliers and wedding professionals
  • Beautiful Dorset village location
  • Magnificent grounds ideal for drinks receptions and wedding photographs
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14 Reviews for Canford School

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5.0 out of 5.0
  • Quality of the Service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value for Money 5.0
  • Response time 5.0
14 Canford School Reviews
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    Mr · Married on 10/08/2019

    5.0
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      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value for Money:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Canford School is an absolutely exquisite venue for any event. It was the dream backdrop for our wedding day. From our very first viewing, we thought we would be in safe hands with our event coordinator Olivia; her organisation and communication throughout was top-notch and she went above and beyond to ensure everything went smoothly. We loved our meal tasting and the food on the day was delicious with excellent service. All our guests were blown away by the venue and we had the perfect day.

    Sent on 01/10/2019
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    Mr · Married on 15/12/2018

    5.0
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      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value for Money:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    We hit the jackpot with Canford School!

    When we started looking for our wedding location it became apparent that it wasn't just the venue that we needed to consider, it was important that we liked the planner, after all we were going to be working with him or her for quite some time. We hit the jackpot with Canford School, stunning location and we got Olivia too. She was able to guide a slightly neurotic bride and handled her first groomzilla with ease. The day was amazing, all the rooms we chose to use looked stunning and the magnificent staircase proved the perfect backdrop for some truly memorable pictures. Many guest commented on how watching Olivia managing the day was like watching a conductor directing their orchestra, this made for a calm Mr and Mrs who could relax and enjoy every last second. Thank you Olivia, thank you Canford for your beautiful venue and thank you to the chefs for some delicious food. With love and wonderful memories Mark and Rachel Lambert

    Sent on 18/03/2019
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    Mr · Married on 27/10/2018

    5.0
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      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value for Money:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
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    The biggest thank you!

    I just want to start by saying the biggest thank you. When I look back on my wedding day you're one of the biggest things I am most thankful for. From the minute we met you made me feel like mine was the only wedding in the world and that it was the most important job you had. I sent you emails upon emails with random crazy trains of thought and lists of questions..... but each email was answered with such a upbeat tone and you never made me feel silly for asking anything. The venue is magnificent and I still don’t know how I got so lucky to have my wedding at Canford!! The grounds, the fountain, the library, the entrances... eeeekk it really is the most beautiful, grand setting!! It looks like something out of a fairy-tale and I felt like a princess. You made my vision come to life, from helping me chose the right way for everyone to enter, to helping with my menu, where things should be placed, helping me find the DJ money on the night, advising on details that I had forgotten about and helping me find solutions to them to fit them in my day and just making it feel like you were my best mate and with me all the way. All my guests complimented the venue and the how well the entire event flowed. They all mentioned how fantastic you were Olivia!! You even arranged all up lighting without me being there and it was perfect. The venue is the most picturesque setting for a wedding no matter what time of year but it’s not enough, it’s not a wedding without everything you do. Thank you for helping make the best day of our lives. Big hugs and love!!!

    Sent on 18/03/2019

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Canford School FAQ

  • Venue Type:
    Exclusive Use
    In the Country
    Stately Home
    Historic
    Civil Ceremony Licence
  • Dining Options:
    Seated Meal Facilities
    Alcohol Licence
    Buffet Meal Facilities
    In House Catering
  • Evening Entertainment:
    Dance Floor
    Entertainment Licence
    Live Band Facilities
    Evening Reception Facilities
    DJ Facilities
  • Overnight Accommodation:
    Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
  • Venue Staff Assistance:
    Master of Ceremonies/ Toastmaster
    Wedding Coordinator
  • Other Features:
    Disabled Facilities
    Car Parking
    Confetti Permitted

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