Sopley Mill is set on a 1000 sqm island surrounded by the Avon River. The lawn has stunning views across the wild flower water-meadows and is securely fenced from the river. You have plenty of space to bring in any extras you may want. From garden games to bouncy castles, summer fete and coconut shy, to BBQs and Bell tents – the options are endless. The gardens at the Mill are the perfect place for a summer’s evening drinks party.
We have uplit the trees and added stunning lighting to the Mill and the river so that in the evening your guests get a whole new look to the venue. As the sun sets over the garden, 200 metres of twinkly lights come on to make the garden come alive.
For winter events, these outside lights come on earlier and give the Mill a truly magical glow.
It has always been important to us that on a beautiful sunny day your guests can make the most of the outside space at the Mill. We created our River Deck to extend out over the water so your guests can enjoy the stunning river views. The deck is the perfect place for relaxing and enjoying a few cocktails. And to make sure you don’t have to go too far to get a drink we have just opened our new River Bar. This really rather gorgeous bar is where Tom’s Bar mix up their magic, serving delicious drinks to thirsty guests. With three terraces at the Mill there is plenty of space for your event without the need for heels to navigate a lawn!
The ground floor is made up of three individual, quirky rooms characterised by wooden beams and exposed brick work. The Holt has its own bar which can be used for your drinks or Tom’s Bartending Co. can run a Pay Bar there at any stage during your event. The next room contains the ground floor fireplace which is a wonderful place for drinks receptions. This space is also particularly good in the evening for older guests who want a cosy spot to sit and chat. The bright and airy Boat room at the end has large double doors heading into the garden. This is the ideal spot for an evening buffet on lovely summers evenings when your guests are sitting outside watching the sun set.
The Granary is a great option for drinks receptions, as a meeting or conference room or for parties of up to 120 people. We have created this room to be purposefully light and bright and it has wonderful views from all sides.
For evening parties there is a fully size bar (the Potting Shed) and a dance floor. Tom’s Bespoke Bartending Co. can run a Pay Bar from here, should you want I,t and We Perform can provide DJ’s for your event. We welcome bands at the Mill, subject to certain sound restrictions, and they would also play in the Granary (please ask us for full details). The Granary is also equipped with air conditioning – very important on hot summer’s evenings.
The Riverview Room, on the top floor of the Mill, is the ideal place for dining. The vaulted ceiling, beams, exposed brickwork and grain hatches in the floor give the history and character which makes it such a unique venue for your event.
The River View Room can fit 10 round tables of ten people per table. Alternatively you might prefer to have long tables or a buffet.
For caterers there is a kitchen on the top floor of the Mill.