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The Paddock is a 1 acre field in the middle of a beautiful Dorset village perfect for marquee/tipi weddings.
Pricing & Costs

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The hire charge for The Paddock is £150 per day. This includes any set up or take down days.
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Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Reception Capacity
Usual Access Time
08:00 AM
Usual Finish Time
01:00 AM


Disabled Access
Exclusive Use
Marquee Permitted
On-Site Parking
Open Flame Permitted
Outdoor Reception Space

Ceremony & Reception

Church Within Walking Distance
Confetti Permitted

Food and Drink

No Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
Full Description
The Paddock is a beautiful rustic countryside location situated in a picturesque Dorset village full of thatched cottages, wild ducks and a great local community. The property on which The Paddock resides is a 4 acre family home, and used to be a small holding. As such there are barns and outbuildings on the site which add to the rustic appeal. We no longer have large animals but you'll be able to hear the chickens and ducks kept in the private back garden adjacent to The Paddock. We are in the middle of a beautiful Dorset village with thatched properties all about and a stream running along one edge of the field. There is a separate field for parking that will accommodate approximately 40-50 cars. We are situated directly off the A31 with excellent transport links to Dorchester, Poole, Wimborne, Blandford and we are about 2 1/2 hours from London using the M3 and M27. Poole, Dorchester, Wareham train stations are all on the direct London to Waterloo line with regular trains serviced by South West trains and we are a short taxi ride from the stations. Camping is permitted so if your guests want to be able to crash out after the reception they are more than welcome. Alternatively there are 4 B&B's in the village that can be booked separately. The Paddock is a field hire only and we do not provide any other items. However there are very few restrictions about what is acceptable on site so you can truly have the wedding of your dreams!

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Rachel
Hi, and thank you for checking out The Paddock. We are a new wedding reception venue in the heart of Dorset in the most lovely village. We've put a huge amount of work into getting our venue to the stage where we can offer it out for private hire, and we've got loads of plans for the future. But we will always be a little bit rustic and will stay in touch with our farm heritage. We hope that you fall in love with the area as much as we have and look forward to talking weddings with you soon!


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
Less than 10
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
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Wedding: June 2019
June 2019
awesome team
Had my 40th birthday party here. Beautiful location, well maintained site and awesome team running it!
Wedding: June 2019
June 2019
Bell tents
What a gem location for any wedding event. So please that we could be a part of your special day! congratulations James and Jenny. Thank you for choosing, Tailored campin...
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Wedding: June 2019
June 2019
Well what can i say Rachael was amazing from start to finish the venue was perfect and very well looked after. I must say it was my 24th and we weren't the quietest of gr...
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Married in April 2019
May 2019
fell in love with the location
Fell in love with this beautiful location at the open day at the weekend... looking forward to wedding planning 2021!!
Wedding: May 2019
May 2019
extremely pretty for photography
Lovely and picturesque, situated by a stream and very near the church, which is extremely pretty for photography, an ideal location for a wedding reception, and being wes...
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Wedding: May 2019
May 2019
Blank canvas
Fantastic blank canvas for DIY and boho brides. Picturesque village location but easily accessible. Versatile space for festival style weddings and versatile with the opt...
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Location & Contact Details


Middle Farm, Winterborne Zelston, Dorset, DT11 9EU, England

Travel Notes

The village is accessed directly from the A31 Wimborne to Dorchester Road. Excellent road links to the whole of Dorset.

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What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Prioritise your budget early on. for example, if food is really important to you work out what areas you can save money so that you can the feast you've been dreaming about.

What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?

Lego favours!

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

beautiful, quaint, adaptable, picturesque, fun

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

Just over the road the stream passes along side a path with beautiful weeping willows over it. Simply stunning!

What is your venue's most unique feature?

We have a stream along the edge of the property, which runs through the village and opposite the church. It makes for some lovely pictures.

What part of your business are you most proud of?

Just getting to this point! We've put a lot of hard work into renovating the site, and I'm looking forward to all the projects still to be completed.