Welcome to Deans Court

Wimborne | Dorset

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Welcome to Deans Court, a beautiful private house and garden just a stone’s throw from the centre of Wimborne Minster, Dorset. Run by William and Ali Hanham, Deans Court has been in the Hanham family for nearly 500 years and today the estate hosts a wedding venue, vintage lifestyle shop and health-food café, holiday cottages & houses, organic produce grown in a walled kitchen garden and tours of the house and ancient gardens.

Scroll down to discover all we have going on and to learn about how you can get involved.

People & Place

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Café & Home Store

Our home store and café are a thriving hub in the community of Wimborne. Housed in a converted squash court, the home store sells a selection of vintage and contemporary lifestyle products sourced from all over the world. The café, in a 1930s garage, serves a selection of healthy and delicious food made predominantly from produce grown in our kitchen garden.

Open Monday to Saturday. 10am – 5pm.

Enquiries & Booking: (01202) 849314

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Sleep & Stay

Two holiday cottages, a Shepherd’s Hut and a seven-bedroom g
Gate House - whether you’re after a quiet getaway or a party weekend our holiday accommodation offers something for everyone. Situated on the Deans Court estate, yet within walking distance of Wimborne town centre and a 40 minute drive to Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, our holiday lets can accommodate a total of 28 people.

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Visit & Events

While Deans Court is not open to the public every day, there are plenty of opportunities throughout the year to visit and take part in the various activities here. If you would like to be kept informed about what’s going on, sign up below to receive occasional updates. (Don’t worry, you won’t be bombarded with hundreds of unwanted emails!)

Openings & Tours

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Garden Open Days (NGS)

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Forthcoming Events

3rd, 10th & 17th February
Click here for details on Flaming Peaches - Social Supper
with Matt Davey - 7:00pm

All events are ticket only and are being held in our Deans Court Cafe.
To book and further details:

£35 per person (BYO)

Wednesday, 21st February

Needle Felting
with Mary-Jane Lillie

10:00am - 2:00pm

Learn how to make a sweet little dormouse

Click here for more info

To book: ajmjl61@googlemail.com

£36 and lunch (quiche, salad, coffee and cake) in the cafe can be purchased for an additional £10

Wednesday, 14th March

Instagram Photography Workshop
with Matt Inwood
9:30am - 1:30pm

Accommodation available

Click here for tickets and more info

£95 per person
including organic, homemade lunch

Wednesday, 21st March

Modern Calligraphy Workshop
with Gemma Milly
10:00am - 12:30pm

Click here for tickets and more info

£69 per person
including refreshments, goodie bag and all equipment

Thursday, 26th April
Discover Wimborne Tour of Deans Court
10:00 and 12:00

The tour brings to life the 1,300-year story of a manor house at the centre of a rural English community. Beginning with an introduction to the history of the house and the Hanham family, visitors are guided through the rooms where 500 years of ancestral portraits still grace the walls. Visitors will experience the history of the house as it passed from the Saxon Church to a family of adventurers, politicians, churchmen and soldiers, before being lead round the ancient grounds and walled kitchen garden.

Meet at pedestrian gate, end of Deans Court Lane (BH21 1EE) - no parking, do dogs. Tours approx. 1h 10m, limited to 20 persons per tour only, on a strictly pre-booked arrangement, email jonathan@deanscourt.org or call (01202) 849314.

Adult £8, senior & disabled £6, children under 16 free - not suitable for under 5s, HHA Friends & Member free

Monday, 21st May & 19th June (2018)
NGS Garden Open Day
11:00 - 17:00

Garden openings to support the National Gardens Scheme, with teas and lunches in the Café.

PEDESTRIANS: via Deans Court Lane (BH21 1EE)
CARS: Follow yellow NGS signs to Poole Road entrance (BH21 1QF). Free parking.

Adults £4; Concessions £3
Well-behaved dogs on leads welcome

Every Friday until 27th October
Click here for details on Patas Arriba - Pop Up Tapas Bar

Come along from 6pm for tasty food, good vibes and a general fun filled evening in Wimborne.

No need to book.

Weekend of 8th July
Wimborne Drama Productions
Open Air Theatre

Much Ado About Nothing

6th, 7th & 8th July 2017 at 7pm
9th July 2017 at 5pm

Tickets: £13

On sale at the Tivoli Theatre Box Office 01202 885566

Or book online at

For information on any upcoming events
(01202) 849314

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Held within the Deans Court grounds, our wedding marquee is situated in an idyllic spot overlooking our monastic pond, with the gardens illuminated at night. Our country weddings at Deans Court can be tailored to any requirement and our knowledge and expertise of the wedding industry means we take away all the stress and hassle that can sometimes come with planning a wedding, allowing you to enjoy a fun, relaxed and memorable day in a beautiful setting.

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Events & Location Hire

The venue presents a wide range of opportunities for venue hire, from corporate and social events to photo shoots. Our events team can provide input and assistance with all the details on styling, sourcing and catering.

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Events & Venue Hire

During the summer months our marquee is available to hire and we occasionally host private events in the house and grounds. The marquee holds 150 seated, 300 standing, with on-site parking for 200 cars.

The Cottages, Shepherd’s Hut and Gate House provide perfect accommodation for a family or social occasion (sleeping up to 28 people).

The dining room in the main house can seat 25 for a sumptuous dinner that we can help to arrange.

To discuss, please contact Jonathan, our Events Manager: jonathan@deanscourt.org or (01202) 849314
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Location Hire

The Deans Court manor house, as well as the grounds, outbuildings and holiday accommodation are all available for location hire. Located 2 hours from London we can offer shoot and stay, full catering, styling assistance and a wide range of authentic props.
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Deans Court, Deans Court Lane, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 1EE

Tel: (01202) 849314 | e-mail: info@deanscourt.org

Images by: Jake Eastham Photography & Laura Pashby James

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