Canford School

(9 reviews) 9 5
Canford Magna Wimborne Dorset BH21 3AD
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About Canford School

Canford Magna, Wimborne
Dorset, BH21 3AD

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

Facilities at Canford School

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Exclusive Use
In the Country
Stately Home
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator
Master of Ceremonies/ Toastmaster
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Alcohol Licence
Corkage Option
Capacity :
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
Other Features :
Confetti Permitted
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking

Canford School Location

Canford School, Canford Magna, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 3AD

Canford Magna Wimborne Dorset BH21 3AD
01202 847509
9 5

Canford School Reviews (9)

Magnificent Ground and Buildings
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By Gerald Waddington Father of the Groom, on 27 Sep 2017Date of Wedding - 29 Jul 2017

My son, David was married in the parish church at Canford Magna last Saturday, 29th July and their reception was held at the school. 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.

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By Mr and Mrs Light, on 27 Sep 2017Date of Wedding - 22 Jul 2017

Myself and Hannah just wanted to say a massive thank you for making our wedding day so perfect . 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.

Splendid Day
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By Rebbecca, on 10 Nov 2008

My Daughters wedding was a wonderful success, the staff worked tirelessly all day to ensure everything went smoothly.The food was an absolute delight,we could not fault anything and would reccommend Canford school to everyone as a premier venue for their BIG DAY.

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By Mrs C, on 01 Nov 2008

The weather was perfect, the venue exquisite, our guests were very impressed with the school. The staff made the day flow perfectly, everything went without a hitch.

A wonderful day
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By Kristy, on 01 Nov 2008

Our day was really special,the patience and hard work of the staff made it so.We had so many comments about how beautiful the school is, we could not have wished for anything else.

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By lou, on 02 May 2008

Our big day was the best!I would recomend Canford to anyone,the food was great, the staff were really friendly & helpful. Drinks on the lawn, the great hall, the riverbank photos all superb,even my mother-in-law was impressed!!! absolutely fantastic, couldn`t fault the place, wish we could do it all again.

Nice - very pleasant venue and people
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By Nikki, on 13 May 2005

Easy to organise with venue staff. All very helpful with advice and great food and service. Would recommend to anyone.

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By A Happy Bride, on 12 Jan 2005

Everything was fantastic on our big day. The staff and service was excellent. The wedding breakfast was better than any 5* hotel we have visited. The planning was easy with the management team and the small details I asked for before the day but forgot on the day - all happened due to the efficiencey of the staff. I would highly reccommend this venue.

Absolutely stunning venue for our reception - a perfect day
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By Sonia, on 24 Jun 2002

We held our wedding reception at Canford School in May 2001. There is a choice of rooms in which to eat or hold civil wedding ceremonies. The rooms and grounds are beautiful (gardens, fountain, by the river)and you are the only people on site all day. The staff were very helpful, friendly and accomodating from our initial meeting through to after the reception. The venue is very popular and gets very booked up as weddings/receptions can understandably not be held during term time. We could not have wished for a better venue and would thoroughly recommend it.

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