A restored, character-filled Georgian boutique hotel in a postcard-perfect setting, including lawn bowling green, the River Avon, Norman-era castle ruins, and an 18th Century priory. It’s an idyllic Dorset wedding venue for ceremonies and breakfasts up to 96 guests, and receptions up to 120 guests.
Elaine & Rob
Nadia & Oliver
All Harbour Hotels are known for their stunning locations, and The Kings Arms is no exception. Blending traditional character with contemporary design, and restored to its original Georgian style with period features, this character-filled boutique hotel faces out onto a postcard-perfect setting, including a lawn bowling green, the River Avon and the Norman-era ruins towards the 18th Century priory.
The hotel has two main event rooms, listed below, for wedding ceremonies, breakfasts and receptions up to 120 guests. The hotel also has a private dining room, ideal for smaller, more intimate receptions and dinners of up to 36 guests. The bowling green may also be used for pre- and post-ceremony gatherings and that all-important wedding photography.
For exceptional eating and drinking throughout your wedding day, our passionate chefs have prepared a selection of special menus – or you may of course create your own. We use only the highest quality, locally-sourced ingredients, that will delight your guests - to prove it, we’ll give you both a tasting session first. And to ensure your special day runs smoothly, and to take away the stress of organising it, we provide you a dedicated wedding coordinator who’ll help you every step of the way.
For before and after your special event, we can offer discounted room rates for those wishing to stay, drinking and dining at the award-winning, in-house restaurant or the ever-popular, lively Kings Bar, and a selection of great, locally-themed activities and experiences. The hotel is close to the historic town centre, a few minutes’ walk from Christchurch Quay (via a rather lovely riverside walk), and a few minutes’ drive from the local beaches.
For those wanting to explore further afield, the hotel is also an ideal base for exploring the picturesque Dorset coast, including the fossil-rich Jurassic Coast, and the many trails and quaint villages of the surrounding New Forest – by bike, on foot or even on horseback. See our staff’s recommendations of the best activities, attractions & events in Christchurch and the wider Dorset and Hampshire area here.
The hotel is readily accessible by your guests; it’s just 2 hours by train from London, or 15 minutes’ or 35 minutes’ drive from Bournemouth and Southampton airports respectively.
All of our hotels are accessible, and help is always on hand for any of your guests who need assistance.
Recently restored in a beautiful New England-style, this impressive space features views over the bowling green, River Avon and atmospheric castle ruins.
Our newly-refurbished, split-level Kings Priory Suite comes with views over the bowling green, River Avon and atmospheric castle ruins. It’s perfect for your wedding ceremony, breakfast or evening celebration.
This unique outdoor space – an authentic lawn bowling green opposite the hotel, bordered by the River Avon on one side, castle ruins on the other – is ideal for receptions and stunning wedding photography.
Perfect for dinner the night prior to your wedding, or breakfast the morning after. Specially-created menus include a banquet-style ‘Bring Me Food’ menu, a ‘3,3,3’ set menu (3-courses, 3 choices for each course), or a 5-course tasting menu with optional wine pairings.
Are you looking for a themed wedding? Or just some inspiration? We offer the following special wedding themes, uniquely suited to this unique venue. Feel free to adapt them as you wish, create your own unique theme, or have no theme at all. The choice is yours.
Some of our past happy couples have kindly agreed to share their wedding experience to help you decide. See what’s possible, be inspired by their choices.
We understand that budget is always a consideration. To help get your started, our weddings team have created the following packages. Take one just as it is, expand upon it, or design your own from scratch - it's entirely up to you.
Our recommended suppliers know our venue space inside out and are some of the best at what they do. You are of course welcome to organise your own should you prefer, or ask our wedding team for further recommendations.
Here at Harbour Hotels, we understand the importance of treating your guests to exceptional food & drink in making any day a special one.
Our passionate chefs have created several different menus, using only the highest quality, locally-sourced ingredients, that will delight your guests. To prove it, we’ll give you both a free tasting session first!
Finding a wedding venue, is like finding a new place to live. You’ll know it’s right as soon as you walk in. For details of forthcoming open days and events, or to arrange a private viewing, please call our weddings team on 01202 588933, or send us an online enquiry. Or sign up below to be notified automatically by email.