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

2 holiday cottages, a 7-bedroom gatehouse, a shepherd’s hut and even a yurt. 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 & Learn

While Deans Court is not open to the public on a regular basis, 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

11th May
Talent for Textiles
Exhibiting, and selling the best in affordable British and Continental linens, lace, costume and effects, plus pieces from further afield too.

Thursday 19th May
Wimborne Literary Festival
Natural History Day at Deans Court
10am - Edward A Pratt Wild Flowers of Purbeck, Brownsea & Sandbanks
11.30am - Chris Yates A Passion for Angling (walk)
11.40am - Dominic Couzens Tales of Remarkable Birds
2pm - Julian Hight World Tree Story
3.30pm - Steve Trewhella & Julie Hatcher Beachcombing & the Strandline

Tickets are available from Gullivers and from Westbourne Bookshop

Thursday 19th May
Time to Take a Gong Bath
with Sarah Marten - 7pm
All proceeds to the Wimborne Literary Festival.

Tickets are available from Gullivers and from Westbourne Bookshop

Saturday 21st May
The Simple Things Supper Club
A cross between a dinner party and a restaurant. Expect delicious food from Flaming Peaches, a beautiful setting, good vibes and fun, creative company at our first supper club with The Simple Things. Tickets are limited, click below for more details and to book.


Tuesday 31st May
Needle Felting Workshop
10:00 - 12:30
Learn to make three toadstools to be made into key rings, a teacup pin cushion or jar terrarium.
All materials included except for teacups and jars which can be sourced by each guest.
Price of £20 includes step by step tuition, all materials as stated and light refreshments supplied by the delightful Deans Court cafe.
No previous experience necessary, recommended for ages 10 and above.

Saturday 4th June
Flaming Peaches Social Suppers

Flaming Peaches are hosting Wimborne’s hottest new street food scene, Social Suppers @ The Old Squash Court Cafe, Deans Court Lane.

30th June & 1st July
Much Ado About MUMMA MIA!
Dorset School of Acting Presents and open air youth production of
Much Ado About MUMMA MIA!
A Shakespeare musical adaptation by James Bowden

16th & 17th July
Wimborne History Festival
Deans Court will be participating in Wimborne's first history festival. Full details here

Saturday 30th July
Flaming Peaches Social Suppers

Flaming Peaches are hosting Wimborne’s hottest new street food scene, Social Suppers @ The Old Squash Court Cafe, Deans Court Lane.

Saturday 20th August
Flaming Peaches Social Suppers

Flaming Peaches are hosting Wimborne’s hottest new street food scene, Social Suppers @ The Old Squash Court Cafe, Deans Court Lane.

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, 400 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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