Based in the heart of the New Forest, Hampshire, our Outdoor Centre is available for daytime venue hire on an exclusive basis.

Where better than this tranquil woodland setting to host a unique private function, special garden party or celebrate a special occasion? Big birthdays and anniversaries are our speciality but the venue is also suitable for other occasions such as blessings, naming ceremonies, anniversaries and wakes. We will do everything we can to make sure your event in our idyllic setting goes smoothly and is memorable for all the right reasons! The maximum number of guests is 100 and price start from £1200 inc VAT.

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From the beginning of April to the end of September the venue is available to hire for an afternoon garden party on Sundays from 12.30pm until 7.00pm or Monday to Friday it can be hired from 9.00am to 6pm. From the beginning of October to the end of March it can be hired any day of the week from 9.00am to 7pm. All hire times include set up and pack down. For evening hire of the venue for private parties please contact our wedding co-ordinator.

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Venue facilities

The Centre is in the middle of a one thousand acre private estate of ancient woodland. Outside you have use of the lawned areas with picnic tables/benches, a large fire pit with log circle and the woodland deck. There is also plenty of covered space. The Carpenter’s Barn and the large semi-permanent marquee on the rear deck ensure that your event will be a success whatever the weather. The indoor and outdoor spaces are adjacent to each other allowing your event to flow. The Carpenter’s Barn is heated with a slow-burning wood stove and heating can be organised for the marquee.

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What is included?

The hire includes our staffed licensed Woodland Bar, which can be run on a cash or tab basis. You are welcome to use caterers of your choice, though we do insist that they visit the venue prior to the day so we can work together to ensure your party runs smoothly. There is a limited food preparation area and no in-house cooking facilities. If you are planning a BBQ we can provide drum BBQs. We have tables (round or trestle) and bistro chairs that can be set up in the either the barn or marquee and plenty of garden chairs and picnic tables with benches for use outside. Hire includes basic crockery and cutlery for the table but not table linen or glasses. Cloakroom facilities for the disabled must be requested in advance.

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Blank canvas

Although the venue is very acceptable “undressed”, you can add own decorations such as bunting or flowers to enhance your party theme. For a completely blank canvas it may be possible to line the Barn and/or marquee. You can organise entertainment for your party but we do not allow amplified music. Any outside contractors must arrange a site visit prior to the event. If you would like to include outdoor activities we can provide instructors. We provide an event manager and some assistants who will help your day run smoothly. They will be available to help move furniture for the venue set up and pack down, steward the car park, run the licensed bar, support the caterers and light the camp fire.

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