The University of Winchester

(4 reviews) 4 5
West Downs Centre The University of Winchester Sparkford Road Winchester Hampshire SO22 4NR
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About The University of Winchester

West Downs Centre, The University of Winchester
Sparkford Road, Winchester
Hampshire, SO22 4NR

Celebrate your wedding day in style at the University of Winchester.

Facilities and capacity

If a modern, contemporary and stylish atmosphere appeals to you, the Dining Hall is a bright, light and inviting space for your big day. Ideal for larger weddings with up to 200 guests, the Dining Hall is a fantastic setting for your celebrations. For your evening reception you have the choice of staying in this spacious room or moving to our unique Vault Venue, which offers the perfect party atmosphere.

Please note, our traditional West Downs venue will be closed for refurbishment in 2019 and 2020 so during this time, we will be unable to offer this venue for wedding receptions and will be unable to offer licensed civil ceremonies.

Services offered

You will be given the full support and advice of an experienced events team who will be delighted to share in making this the celebration of a lifetime. With the expert services of their flexible and adaptable catering team, your wedding feast is bound to be one of the highlights of the day. They work exclusively with the best of locally sourced producers and have a strictly ethical approach to the food that is provided.

Please get in touch for more details about holding your big day at the University of Winchester.

• Wedding receptions for up to 200 • Award-winning menus • Exclusive use available • Atrium Style Venue • Vault Venue available • Experienced wedding co-ordinator and catering team

Facilities at The University of Winchester

Venue Type :
Exclusive Use
In the City
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Entertainment Licence
Overnight Accommodation :
Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Overnight Accommodation for Guests
Venue Leisure Facilities :
Fitness Centre
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Capacity :
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
150 to 250 guests
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator
Other Features :
Confetti Permitted
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking

The University of Winchester Reviews (4)

The rooms are gorgeous and full of history
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By Kerrianne Neale, on 17 Nov 2017Date of Wedding - 05 Aug 2017

We had a selection of places we were looking at around Winchester (as a Winchester girl I wanted it to be in my home town) but the University of Winchester (West Downs Campus Business School) stood out beyond the rest. Many friends have chosen some of the beautiful barns and hotels in the surrounding area but the University stood out to us because no one else we knew had got married there, we could have the ceremony and reception in one building and the rooms are gorgeous and full of history.

The reception last Saturday went like a dream
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By Clare Buckingham, on 17 Nov 2017Date of Wedding - 20 Aug 2016

I just wanted to say a big thank you for all your help in organising Maddie and Mark’s wedding reception. From the first time we visited the Shakespeare Room just over a year ago and met you we knew we were in good hands. You are unflappable, diplomatic, enthusiastic and flexible. The reception last Saturday went like a dream and met, and in many instances, exceeded our expectations. We had so many compliments from our guests about the delicious meal and the beautiful venue. It was certainly a class act. Arranging a wedding from over 100 miles away was always going to be a challenge but you made it all straight forward and stress free.

All the staff were so friendly and approachable
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By Nicola Kane, on 17 Nov 2017Date of Wedding - 13 Aug 2016

We were so impressed with the venue on the day. All the staff were so friendly and approachable. The food was fantastic! We found that everything went very smoothly and if there were any problems (which there weren't!), we felt that we could easily approach a member of staff and ask. Harvey and I are very grateful for your help in organising. You're brilliant at your job and made us feel at ease with everything that was planned! If there are any awards for the University of Winchester staff or for wedding venue coordinators, we would happily nominate you!

You were all so helpful, efficient and friendly
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By David and Alyson Ensom, on 17 Nov 2017Date of Wedding - 30 Jul 2016

We wanted to thank you all so much for making Kate and Kyle’s wedding on 30th July such a wonderful day from beginning to end. You were all so helpful, efficient and friendly – nothing seemed to be too much trouble. The building was transformed from a practical teaching and conference space into a very attractive and flexible wedding venue, and you happily accommodated all our wishes and made helpful suggestions. Planning, organisation and decorations were all of a high standard. The food was delicious, top quality, and very good value for money too. We were reassured by the answers to every question we raised, and were grateful for the flexibility shown both in the planning process and when we suddenly needed to change the timing of the speeches and meal on the day at very short notice – all credit to the catering team that the meal was still perfect. All our guests have been full of praise for the venue, the staff, and the day as a whole. We feel that we could not have wished for a lovelier day and thank you sincerely for making it so special.

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