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Mapperton Wedding Showcase 2018

Say “I do” to discovering Dorset’s finest country house wedding venue on Saturday 8th September when we open our doors for the Mapperton Wedding Showcase.

View Mapperton dressed in elegant splendour, sample potential dishes for your wedding breakfast, taste fine wines, wander the stunning gardens and find your inspiration for a truly romantic and happy day.

Our dedicated wedding co-ordinators will be delighted to talk through your ideas, and our in-house events team will be on hand with complimentary bubbly. We’ll be joined by a select team of talented local suppliers, all of whom are passionate about weddings and happy to discuss your requirements.

Showcase visitors will have exclusive access to Mapperton, allowing you time to stroll around the elegant Garden Pavilion where you can exchange your vows, picture your guests celebrating with champagne outside the stunning Orangery, look around our medieval church and imagine enjoying the peace and tranquillity of our hidden gem setting.

The recently converted Coach House is a perfect spot for your wedding breakfast, seating up to 120 guests, or more for a buffet style reception, and we’ll showcase sample layout options for you to consider.

Follow Mapperton Weddings on Faceook for all the updates- we’ll be offering further exclusive showcase offers; pre-register for the showcase to make sure you don’t miss out.

Entrance to the Wedding Showcase is free and Mapperton have teamed up with the Dorset Echo for an exciting competition prize, drawn on the day at the event, offering one lucky winning couple their 2019 Mapperton wedding worth £7,500 completely FREE; look out for the competition form in the Bridport News and Echo during August, closing date for entries is 31st August and you’ll need to attend on the day to be in the final six.

 

Summer events Mapperton

Summer events and entertainment at Mapperton

A summer of very special events is planned at Mapperton House and Gardens.

From the Mapperton Creepy Crawly Show, featuring three days of family fun and a hands-on display of reptiles and insects, to concerts, open-air theatre and a wedding showcase, the stunning setting of Mapperton is set to become a popular venue for entertainment of all kinds.

Mapperton’s new Sawmill Café and Coach House venue are at the heart of the packed events calendar, providing a fully equipped space for all kinds of entertainment, with delicious food on offer from the Café team.

The Creepy Crawly Show will be held from August Bank Holiday Monday until Wednesday 28 August when there will be the chance to explore World Life Conservation’s collection of exotic creatures from around the world including spiders, scorpions, centipedes, millipedes, cockroaches, stick insects, snakes, lizards, tortoises and more.

Open-air Shakespeare is back with a musical version of Hamlet on 19 August in the gardens and The Skimmity Hitchers are performing their very own very special brand of “scrumpy and western” in The Coach House at 2pm on Saturday 15 September.

A Wedding Showcase will be held on Saturday 8 September to let brides and grooms-to-be see how their dream day can become reality at Mapperton.

The ever-popular Autumn Charity Plant Fair on 16 September brings the summer season to a close.

Viscount Hinchingbrooke says: “We have put together a magnificent calendar of summer events, with something for all ages to enjoy.

“The new Sawmill Café and Coach House provide a wonderful base for us to hold shows and activities, with outstanding locally-sourced food & drink.

“We’re hoping Mapperton will become a really popular new venue in the Beaminster area for entertainment, corporate events, weddings and celebrations of all kinds.

“We are lucky to live in such a beautiful place and we are looking forward to sharing it with more visitors.”

The Sawmill Café and the adjoining Coach House venue have been transformed with the aid of a £140,000 LEADER grant from the Southern Dorset Local Action Group, which aims to support rural businesses and promote tourism away from coastal areas.

The Coach House is a new multi-purpose events space with seating for up to 120 or 200 standing. It is equipped with a full AV system, controllable lighting and is heated by a new biomass boiler.

2018 Mapperton Events Calendar

Sunday 19 August – Musical Shakespeare in the Gardens – Hamlet

The Three Inch Fools are a five-strong troupe of actors with all manner of musical instruments, performing a highly imaginative and vibrantly musical take on Shakespeare’s plays. 2.30pm.

Monday 27 August to Weds 29 August. The Mapperton Creepy Crawly Show. Free with paid entry to Mapperton Gardens.

Saturday 8 September – Mapperton Wedding Showcase.

Saturday 15 September – Skimmity Hitchers at the Coach House. 2.30pm.

Sunday 16 September – Autumn Charity Plant Fair. 10am to 4pm. Share of proceeds to Cancer Research UK.

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Mapperton awarded £140,000 grant for wedding venue conversion

Mapperton Estate has been awarded a grant of almost £140,000 by the Southern Dorset Local Action Group.

The LEADER grant of £139,782 will go towards converting a 17th century coach house into a new wedding venue and providing improved facilities for visitors. The project is expected to create seven new jobs at Mapperton House & Gardens near Beaminster.

Voted the ‘nation’s finest manor house’ by Country Life magazine, Mapperton is the family home of the Earl and Countess of Sandwich.

As part of an ongoing programme of improvements, the conversion of the coach house will also include a new café, commercial kitchen and lavatories. A new access road and parking area were laid this summer.

Luke Montagu, Viscount Hinchingbrooke, said: “We are very pleased that LEADER has chosen to fund this conversion project, which we believe will become Dorset’s finest country house wedding venue, bringing more employment and wider economic benefits to the area.

“The Coach House will be a unique entertainment space which will host weddings and other events for up to 120 people. In addition, we will convert part of the building into a new café alongside other improvements for visitors.

“The building will be heated by our new biomass boiler system, using wood harvested from the estate.

“We hope the work will start in November and expect it to be completed around April next year.

Sir Christopher Lees, chair of the Southern Dorset LAG Executive Committee added: “This project was strongly supported by the Southern Dorset LAG. The money will help provide a far better experience for the visitors to Mapperton, and, in the Committee’s view, promote tourism away from the coast in the beautiful countryside of Dorset.

“We are immensely proud to be able to support this expansion by Mapperton Estate, as it will provide sustainability to the business and added employment in the heart of Dorset.”

The project has been designed by Raise Architects based in Sherborne and led by Andy Foster.

He said: “Converting a 17th century building into a contemporary entertaining space is both challenging and highly rewarding.

“Apart from two new doorways the internal fabric of the building will remain untouched, and visitors will therefore be able to appreciate the exposed stonework, orignal cross beams, wall posts and corbels.

“The building will however benefit from the addition of roof insulation, new timber flooring and many of the external doors will be restored.

“Raise Architects are passionate about finding new uses for historic buildings and are delighted to be working on such an important Dorset conservation project.”

LEADER is part of the Rural Development Programme for England, where the local community decides where grants would have the most benefit. Opportunities to increase the length of the tourist season and create full time, year round employment are priorities for the Southern Dorset Local Action Group.

Grants are European funding and as such are available until 2019. Applications are welcomed by the LAG at any time for capital projects in small and micro businesses, farming, forestry, rural communities and tourism.