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Some important info on hiring Sopley Mill
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FAQ’s

Can we supply our own alcohol?

You are more than welcome to supply your own alcohol and we don't charge corkage. You have two options regarding drinks at the Mill: You can supply your own drinks and hire staff through Tom's Bespoke Bartending Co (the licensed bar company at the Mill) to serve these at the wedding reception and breakfast or event. You will need glasses for these and to remove all bottles and hired glassed at the end of the evening. To ensure we comply with our Alcohol License all evening drinks MUST be served by hired Tom's staff from behind a bar (this does not include Tom's bar equipment, glasses etc which can be supplied as part of a 'Dry Bar'). OR you can organise a paybar or any drinks package through Tom's Bar. Tom's bar will provide staff, glasses, bar equipment, ice machine for any drinks sold through Tom's. You are more than welcome to supply your own alcohol and we don't charge corkage. You have two options regarding drinks at the Mill: You can supply your own drinks and hire staff through Tom's Bespoke Bartending Co (the licensed bar company at the Mill) to serve these at the wedding reception and breakfast or event. You will need glasses for these and to remove all bottles and hired glassed at the end of the evening. To ensure we comply with our Alcohol License all evening drinks MUST be served by hired Tom's staff from behind a bar (this does not include Tom's bar equipment, glasses etc which can be supplied as part of a 'Dry Bar'. OR you can organise a paybar or any drinks package through Tom's Bar. Tom's bar will provide staff, glasses, bar equipment, ice machine for any drinks sold through Tom's.

Can I park my car at Sopley Mill?

Yes it is free parking and guests are welcome to leave their cars overnight. We would advise that any valuables or personal belongings are removed from vehicles as we cannot take any responsibility for any missing items. Vehicles are left at the owner's risk. We can park up to 80 cars.

Are high chairs and booster seats supplied?

We have three wooden high chairs here at Sopley Mill which are available for use during the wedding breakfast. We do not however have any booster seats here so clients would need to supply their own.

Are fireworks permitted within Sopley Mill grounds?

As Sopley Mill is in a Site of Special Scientific Interest fireworks are not permitted however you are more than welcome to use sparklers.

Are there any local taxi companies I can recommend to my guests?

Christchurch Chritax (01202 470000) or taxi@470000.com. For guests requiring taxis, early booking is strongly advised, especially for Friday and Saturday weddings, as Bournemouth and Christchurch town can be extremely busy on these evenings.

Are we permitted to use Chinese lanterns within the grounds?

For Health and Safety reasons, sky lanterns are not permitted.

Is the venue wheelchair accessible?

Yes, Sopley Mill is fully accessible. We have a lift to the top two floors (not the Avon Suite/Bridal Suite) and a disabled toilet on the ground floor. Please note that whilst we have tried our best to make the Mill disabled friendly we are limited by what we can do in a listed building of the Mill's age. We highly recommend that you see the Mill and confirm it is going to work for you or your disabled guests before you book. The lift's capacity is 315kgs and is 92 by 141cms in size.

Are guests permitted to smoke within the venue?

Guests are permitted to smoke within the grounds of the Mill, but not within the Mill itself.

Are candles allowed?

If centre pieces for the tables include candles, these must be enclosed by glass or set within a wide, solid base. For Health &; Safety reasons naked flames are not permitted.  Tea lights, in shallow holders, are not allowed.  Wax spillages may incur specialist cleaning charges.  If you are in any doubt, please liaise with your chosen caterer. Battery operated candles are an effective and much safer alternative. Flare torches are not permitted for use within the grounds to prevent damage to the property and grounds.