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Sopley Mill

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Starting at £1,495
Up to 100 Guests

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Starting at £1,495
Up to 100 Guests

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 ceremonies as well as the option to get married outside on the terrace. 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 for you. 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 work with some great, well known and trusted suppliers who can make planning your big day a breeze. But that is up to you, you may prefer to do it yourself.

  • Licensed for Civil marriages
  • Sopley Mill is a very private exclusive use venue with stunning views
  • There is no corkage charge at the Mill
  • Onsite parking for 80 cars
  • Good local hotels for accommodation
  • Lift access for top floors

Frequently Asked Questions

Venue Type:

Exclusive Use
In the Country
Unusual Weddings
Historic
Civil Ceremony Licence
Barn
Outdoor License
Unique Weddings

Dining Options:

Seated Meal Facilities
Corkage Option
Allows Private Catering
Alcohol Licence
Buffet Meal Facilities

Evening Entertainment:

Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Evening Reception Facilities
DJ Facilities

Other Features:

Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Pets Welcome

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    Demi G. Married on 21/05/2021
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    Great Venue! Great staff!

    Wonderful venue! Emma is an absolute dream to work with. We received so many compliments because of the venue we chose! Highly recommend!
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    Rachel O. Married on 11/09/2020
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    Wonderful place, wonderful people

    We were due to get married at Sopley Mill in June 2020 but COVID-19 meant we had to postpone. David and the team at Sopley Mill were amazing at helping us rearrange our wedding and found a suitable alternative date for us and we were able to have our blessing ceremony and wedding reception at the mill on 11th September.
    I can't even begin to explain how much hard work the team must have put in to make sure our wedding and the weddings of other couples were able to go ahead during this strange time. They were wonderful at replying to emails and questions and put together lots of information to help us plan our day and keep our guests safe.

    The venue is utterly beautiful and well worth a visit. The gardens are gorgeous and flanked by rivers and open countryside. The mill building has been renovated to a high standard and is full of character and charm. My favourite part of the building is definitely the interior window over the river running under the mill.

    Sopley Mill is a great venue because they have a list of recommended suppliers which are all high-quality and experienced professionals.

    We chose to have an all day DJ service which was run by WePerform. The venue does have a decibel limit due to the proximity of the neighbours, however, this was definitely not an issue. The music was great and we were able to have a lovely evening.

    The bar service was also run by the in-house bar team, Tom's Bar. Their service was equally excellent and the staff were clearly experienced in working at the venue and ensuring weddings run smoothly.

    We chose the catering company Red Cherry which was fantastic. They have extensive food catering options and many meal choices which all sound delicious. The food was great and lots of our guests complimented the meals. Wayne is also very flexible and fun to work with.

    I would highly recommend holding your wedding or other event at Sopley Mill. It's an idyllic venue run by lovely, kind, professional and hard-working staff. I'm just very sad that I won't get the chance to go back any time soon!
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    Richard C. Married on 02/02/2020
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    The perfect location with perfect support

    Where do I start. Having chosen Sopley Mill as our venue the support was superb. All questions/concerns answered fully. The recommended suppliers all provided an excellent service plus the support on the day was second to none
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    Bronte Married on 29/08/2021
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    Spend your money elsewhere.

    The day went perfectly thanks to Harriet and her professionalism.

    However, they were incredibly unfair and ruthless when we had to change our date due to Covid. Get insurance if you book with Sopley Mill otherwise they’ll force you out of pocket if you have to change when it’s not your fault.
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    Sophie T. Married on 13/07/2021
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    Just amazing!

    We had the BEST wedding day ever thank you to Emma and the wonderful team at Sopley. They really have been tested over the last 18 months, however they made sure we had the best day and we truly did. The setting is beautiful, our photos are breath-taking. If you want a magical scenic wedding look no further!
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    Emma B. Married on 03/10/2020
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    Brilliant day

    We originally booked the mill for 2020 but due to covid we had three postponements. Everyone at Sopley as flexible and always super responsive to emails. Our day as fantastic and all the reccomend end suppliers were incredible. We booked the weekday package and it was superb value would recommend Sopley to all looking for a wonderful rustic venue: our guests couldn’t believe how beautiful it was and we were so lucky the sun shone all day to be able to enjoy all the outside space.
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    Isabelle W. Married on 17/08/2020
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    Wedding Day

    Sopley Mill was the most beautiful setting for our August wedding. The Sopley team and their suppliers worked tirelessly to ensure our day ran as perfectly and problem free as it could & they succeeded! A true fairy tale location.
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    Victoria C. Married on 01/08/2020
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    Exceptional Venue

    I would thoroughly recommend this venue to anyone looking to get married. The location is stunning, the staff are brilliant and nothing is to much trouble. Everything was well organised, despite getting married the weekend before Lockdown they were happy to assist in anyway they could and kept me updated with the latest government updates so I knew if it was still able to go ahead.
    Truly memorable day despite what was going on elsewhere with the pandemic.
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    Heidi Married on 15/03/2020
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    Keep doing an amazing job

    we were so happy with how things have been from day one. The communication and organisation, everything!! . All staff I had spoken to either email or in person were so lovely and helpful, especially when we did not have a clue what we were doing !
    With such a beautiful setting and friendly staff it really makes the difference, as it did calm our nerves and we had the best day, better than we could have possibly hoped for.
    I honestly hands down can not give anything negative to say because the service and quality top class. All I can say is keep doing an amazing job .
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    Lana Married on 17/02/2020
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    You truly went above and beyond

    We cannot thank you enough for everything you did for us and our guests on our wedding day - you truly went far above and beyond to ensure our day went without a hitch - it was an amazing day and most of that is down to you.
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    Donna Married on 17/12/2019
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    Fantastic Venue

    We had a magical day. The venue had been extremely helpful and every personnel were dedicated into ensuring that our big day was a smooth and memorable one.
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    Gina Married on 09/09/2019
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    The most perfect day even with the rain!

    Dear Emma, Laura, Toms Bars & the rest of the team at Sopley Mill thank you for all your help and support in the lead up and on the day! We had the most perfect day, even with the rain!
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    Jessica Married on 29/06/2019
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    We feel so lucky we got married there.

    We got married at the mill on Saturday. It was such an amazing day and the venue is so wonderful. We feel so lucky we got married there.
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    Hayley Married on 08/06/2019
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    An amazing venue

    We absolutely loved our wedding day at Sopley Mill on the 8th June 2019. The booking process and information that we were given about the Mill was clear and concise. All of the office team throughout our planning were happy, helpful and nothing was too much for them. I emailed many questions and queries which were always answered on the day by email. This made everything so easy for us. I visited the mill many times over the last year with family and friends and loved being able to visit on a Saturday morning before 11 0 clock as that is of course when weddings start to take place and visitors are no longer allowed. We even managed to take some pre wedding photos with our photographer one weekend which I imagine is tricky at some venues. The building is absolutely gorgeous and our guests loved how there are so many different areas to sit and have quiet time inside and outside. I absolutely loved being able to get ready there in the gorgeous bridal suite with my bridesmaids. The whole morning was so calm and chilled because we were there in one place together. Even though it was raining before we went into our service, it meant we had no concerns or worries because we didn’t even have to leave the building to go through to our ceremony room. We came out and the rain had stopped meaning we could go straight outside and enjoy our drinks reception. A perfect venue which suited our every need. The river backdrop is absolutely stunning and our photos with the mill in the background look like a painting. Thank you everyone at Sopley Mill for all of your help on the lead up to our big day - it was perfect!
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    Lisa Married on 26/10/2018
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    The venue was simply perfect

    The Venue was simply perfect and so many comments were made about how beautiful the venue is. We had the most magical day & couldn't have asked for anything more. Thank you so much.

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Occasionally we do have cancellations or last-minute availability that we are able to offer at incredible prices. We have the following dates available for only £1,000.

Wednesday 1st December 2021

Thursday 2nd December 2021

Monday 6th December 2021

Tuesday 7th December 2021

Wednesday 8th December 2021

Tuesday 14th December 2021

Thursday 16th December 2021

We also have the following dates for a discounted rate –

Thursday 30th December 2021 - £1,250

We do have other dates available throughout 2021, please contact for the full availbility.

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