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Last update: November 2023
Canford School is located in Winborne, Dorset. A picture-perfect fairytale setting for your upcoming wedding celebrations. Situated on the bank of the River Stour in the idyllic village of Canford Magna in Dorset, the estate is the ideal choice for a romantic celebration.
We are licensed for civil ceremonies of between 60 and 130 guests taking place in the Long Gallery or Old Library. For your reception choose the baronial Great Hall, with its sweeping staircase and minstrels’ gallery where the Prince of Wales once danced after a shooting party, We offer receptions for up to 130 guests for dining and up to 180 for an evening celebration. With exclusive use of the formal lawns for your wedding day, there is the option of an outdoor ceremony with views to the arboretum and parkland beyond.
The flexibility of what we offer within such a distinctive venue means that, whatever your style our wedding planners will work with you to create a memorable day. Your wedding will be tailored to you, catering is run by our in-house team and you can make use of our extensive knowledge and network of local professionals, or choose your own suppliers for everything else. Our aim is simply to create your perfect day.
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April 2022 wedding
The food was incredible and the venue itself is so timeless and beautiful. The grounds are well kept and the exclusivity was such a big selling point for us.
I could haven’t asked for a better day and Canford truly offers something magical that we just couldn’t find anywhere else!
Huge thank you to Olivia and Chloe for being the best coordinators I could have asked for and taking care of everything so the day ran just as i had planned!
Love Emily & Sam
The Perfect Wedding Venue
The venue itself is the most beautiful on the South Coast, with stunning grounds next to an idyllic river. In Autumn, the surrounding trees turn to stunning shades of red and orange which is the perfect backdrop for the magical buildings. It was important for us to have exclusivity on our wedding day to avoid having members of the public in our photos and you absolutely get this with Canford School. Walking into the Great Hall felt like walking into Hogwarts and with four big rooms to use how you like on your big day, it doesn't even matter what the weather is doing as everything can be kept inside.
The food was incredible from start to finish and made our guests very happy. I've never had better food at a wedding and I'd love to go back in time just to sample the food once more! The service was professional and was impressive.
My husband and I loved every minute of our wedding journey with Canford School and the team and will always have very special memories of this very special place.
We hit the jackpot with Canford School!
The biggest thank you!
Want to do it all again
Naturally we were expecting a little stress along the way but it honestly never happened! The whole experience was like a dream! Olivia, the events co-ordinator, was an actual angel! She took the stress out of everything and anything! Nothing was ever too much trouble, whenever we made contact she replied instantly and always with kindness and a sense of humour. We met frequently to discuss all aspects of the day – a particular highlight was the menu tasting! We were blown away by how amazing the food was, it was such a tough decision deciding which options to go for. Still to this day our guests tell us how much they enjoyed the food!
The entire team on the day were just faultless, they were so attentive, professional and friendly – we are so grateful for all that they did for us and all of our guests. We really cannot thank them enough for making our day so special.
My husband even said to me ”Please can we get divorced so that we can do it all again?!” I considered this!!
On a serious note though, we can both say that our wedding day at Canford School was the best day of both of our lives and we cannot speak highly enough of the venue and the entire team of staff who are part of it.
It really looks like something from a period drama
Our wedding day was everything we hoped it would be and more (despite the drizzly weather!), and you played a massive part in that which we can't thank you enough for! The day ran like clockwork (it just went too fast!) and the way you had laid everything out and co-ordinated my chosen suppliers was perfect (which is important to an OCD Bride lol). The food was amazing too. So many people were wow'ed and said it was the best wedding they had been to! I would absolutely recommend Canford as a wedding venue
Magnificent Ground and Buildings
I don’t need to tell you how magnificent the grounds and school buildings are and despite the unseasonal rain it was a lovely place to be.
The arrangements for the reception and the details of the afternoon could not have been faulted, the staff were all smiling, friendly and helpful, the food outstanding and supervising it all Olivia was everywhere not only making sure that everything ran smoothly but lending a hand practically when needed.
The service that she provided to us both before and during the event was exceptional and I wanted to write personally to express our thanks and to say how satisfied we were with all the arrangements.
My wife and I are very grateful to the school and all those involved in giving us such happy lifelong memories.
You really did us and our family proud .
Not only from the day we first met you, but throughout the whole wedding preparations.
You worked tirelessly to make sure everything went to plan and it sure did.
We had the best day of our lives, it went so fast though!!
It was magical from start through to the finish and that's all down to your hard work.
Thank you so much.
The staff made the day flow perfectly, everything went without a hitch.
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