If you want some ideas about venues in and around the Wessex village of Cranborne, described by the Guardian as ‘an ancient village set amid a bucolic landscape’, you are in luck. This small village manages to sustain seven licensed premises (including plenty of overnight accommodation) and possible venues include the reconstruction of an ancient Earthouse.

Earthouse Cranborne Dorset
Cranborne Dorset
Cranborne would not be in Wessex without a Thomas Hardy connection: he called the village ‘Chaseborough’, and featured it in Tess of the d’Urbervilles.

Cranborne Venues (in no particular order):

Ancient Technology Centre, featuring the Earthouse that accommodates 250 people –

Cranborne Garden Centre, Garden Room accommodates up to 70 people, or 120 in a marquee on the lawn –

La Fosse, Cranborne’s established ‘restaurant with rooms’ can serve up to 25 people in a beautiful courtyard or inside as the weather allows – it can be hired for exclusive use –

Cranborne Village Hall, large hall in the centre of the village –

Nearby Venues:

St Giles House, a period, grade 1 listed house in a 5000 acre estate catering for 120 inside and more outside –

Edmondsham House, Tudor/Georgian Manor House accommodating 50 people inside and/or a marquee on the lawn –

Edmondsham Hut, a smaller venue –

Further Afield:

Some ideas for venues further afield, but where Cranborne could still be a base: Weddings in the Wood in the New Forest (, Larmer Tree Gardens, 19th Century pleasure grounds in South Wiltshire (, and Somerley House (, a stately home in Hampshire; Shaftesbury Town Hall (, overlooking Gold Hill, the cobbled street immortalised in the 1970s’ Hovis advert.

More Food, Drink and Accommodation in Cranborne:

Sixpenny Brewery, independent Dorset brewery with a taproom – pizzas available from Orchard Bay bakery next door on Fridays

Sheaf of Arrows, locals’ pub, B&B and pub grub –

Inn at Cranborne, gastropub style with accommodation –

Cranborne Sports Club, watch cricket, football or bowls according to the season, licensed bar –

10 Castle Street, private members’ club in a listed country house with a restaurant open to the public –