Venue hire

Springhead provides very flexible indoor and outdoor space which can be hired by the hour or day, or for residential events. We are happy to discuss options from hire of one room to exclusive hire of the whole centre.

‘You made an anniversary family party an unforgettable experience. The kindness and flexibility of the staff could not have been surpassed.’

People hire Springhead for a wide variety of reasons: some visit the centre for its calm and spiritually uplifting ambience; some for its beautiful setting and unique character; some for its ethos of creative and sustainable living and some for its friendly and helpful staff. Whatever the reason for coming to Springhead, people return again and again to enjoy this special place. By holding your event at Springhead, you are also helping us fund our charitable work, which includes welcoming children and young people from urban and disadvantaged backgrounds to the countryside.

Musical, art and literary events: Rolf and Marabel Gardiner, in whose memory the family set up the Springhead Trust, were advocates of the arts, and for many years, there has been a tradition of festivals, concerts, literary events and theatrical spectacles taking place at Springhead. With its magical lakeside setting, open-air theatre, and newly refurbished accommodation in the historic Springhead House, this is a perfect place for such events.

Environmental events: Rolf Gardiner, a pioneer ecologist, was an organic farmer and forester, a founder member of the Soil Association and, in the face of the growth of industrial farming, a passionate believer in rural sustainability. This tradition of sustainable living continues today through features such as a reed bed sewage system, an array of photo voltaic panels, an organic kitchen garden, and a hydro turbine. Environmental awareness and nature conservation are central to our work and we are keen to welcome environmental and wildlife groups.

Retreats: Being tucked away in a quiet corner of the countryside, Springhead is frequently used as a retreat, far away from the stresses of today’s world, providing the privacy to practise such disciplines as Tai Chi, yoga and meditation. As a non-denominational centre, groups of all faiths stay at Springhead. In recent years, these have included Buddhists, Sikhs, Quakers, Muslims, Pagans, Jews and Christians.

Private hire for family and friends: Whether you’re looking for somewhere to celebrate a family birthday or anniversary, or a reunion of friends and family, Springhead provides a very flexible space with plenty of indoor and outdoor space for get-togethers.

Corporate and community hire: With a number of communal rooms and its unique setting, Springhead is an attractive venue for companies, charities and other organisations to hold residential and non-residential events including meetings, courses, workshops, team-building initiatives, away days and conferences.

Call or email us to discuss your needs, whether for non-residential or residential events.

Terms and Conditions apply.

Contact us for details


If you are looking for a picturesque wedding venue in Dorset, Springhead is a truly magical place to hold a civil marriage ceremony.

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Residential accommodation for groups

Groups of between 15 and 37 people can hire our bunkhouse accommodation which includes 8 simple but comfortable and clean bedrooms with single and bunk beds

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Historic house accommodation

From April 2019 groups of up to 10 people will be able to hire our rooms in Springhead House, including a double en-suite bedroom, three further bedrooms and a private gardenRead More

Places to visit nearby

Springhead is surrounded by beautiful countryside for walking and cycling, and within easy reach of the famous Jurassic coast as well as numerous other attractions.Read More

Springhead is a charity
Registration number: 1112083
Company register number: 5370640

The Springhead Trust is a small charity, so any support you give will make a big difference. With your help, we can continue preserving our historic buildings and gardens for the benefit of all, and give more children and groups the opportunity to enjoy the countryside and arts, and learn about sustainable living.

Fontmell Magna
Dorset SP7 0NU

Phone: 01747 811853
Email: [email protected]

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