A unique venue

West Dean House, home to West Dean College of Arts and Conservation, offers you a unique and creative venue to host a variety of events, from conferences or business meetings to private dinners or a wedding reception.

This 19th century flint mansion, near Chichester in West Sussex, boasts an intriguing artistic heritage alongside rolling views of the South Downs and St Roche's Arboretum. The award-winning gardens also provide a stunning backdrop to your event, complemented by the friendly and professional staff and tempting catering on offer.

We are now taking bookings for 2022

West Dean College opens its doors to all our guests and visitors to a venue that is safe, inspiring and welcoming. We are operating on a principal of the same as or better than national guidelines. This ensures that the College is Covid secure. The principal of the one metre plus rule is our benchmark, and where that cannot be maintained we aim to have adequate and practicable measures in place.

To ensure you event is a safe and successful we will:

  • Welcome and assist you from a safe distance
  • Monitor temperatures
  • Provide a stringent cleaning regime in public areas
  • Have staff patrolling the site to monitor visitor safety
  • Put one-way systems in place or close areas where social distancing would be difficult
  • Operate cashless payments on site
  • Be asking our staff to wear face coverings in communal and retail areas
  • Reduced event capacity

To keep yourselves safe and well please:

  • Keep one metre plus away from staff and other visitors
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds after using the facilities and before entering workshops
  • Follow any guidance signage in place
  • Use the sanitiser stations provided
  • Please consider wearing a face covering in communal areas and when social distancing cannot be maintained

Should you have any questions about your event, please contact our Events team on 01243 818258 who will be happy to help.

Read our full coronavirus update

Business meeting at West Dean College near Chichester

Host an event or conference

Choose us as your next meeting, conference or product launch venue and bring your delegates to a unique and creative environment. We have multiple rooms available with a range of capacities and layouts, and offer full audio equipment and catering facilities. There is no restriction when it comes to outdoor space where teambuilding and garden games will get the creative juices flowing.

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The Oak Hall at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

Meet in our characterful state rooms

Our three interconnecting state rooms showcase a rich arts history with opulent book lined walls and a fascinating mix of traditional and surreal artworks. These Edwardian rooms vary in size and cater for both intimate gatherings and meetings, to large events and wedding receptions. With such a historic presence, the state rooms offer you and your guests a unique setting whatever the occasion.

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B&B accommodation at West Dean College near Chichester

Stay over - bed and breakfast

Whether you are coming on a short course, need a break or are visiting the area, bed and breakfast accommodation at the College offers a tranquil stay complete with free entry to the award-winning gardens and access to the heated swimming pool throughout the Summer.

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Wedding receptions at West Dean Gardens. Credit Helen Cawte Photography

A truly unique wedding venue

If you are looking for your perfect country wedding reception venue then look no further. A marquee wedding reception for up to 200 guests in the award-winning gardens makes for an unforgettable experience in a stunning setting. West Dean Estate offers a truly unique and historical setting that will blow you and your guests away from the minute you arrive.

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Archery on away days at West Dean College, West Sussex

Away day activities

Complete your away day with some teambuilding activities and try something new including clay pigeon shooting, archery, painting, house and garden tours and more. Add an activity to your booking and get out and about on the estate where your delegates can really get their creative juices flowing.

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Dining table in the state rooms at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

Private dining and celebrations

For a venue with style, charm and ambience, choose us for your next special occasion. Your guests will be blown away from the minute they arrive and travel down the impressive driveway to their fine dining experience in the historic state rooms. Our staff will ensure you have a memorable experience and you’ll want to come back time and time again.

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Camera set up for filming in West Dean Gardens

Filming and photography

For a unique setting in the rolling South Downs, choose West Dean College of Arts and Conservation or West Dean Gardens as your next filming or photography venue. Whether inside the flint mansion, on the 6,400 acre estate or in the award-winning gardens, we offer a fabulous location for your next shoot.

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Help preserve our future

West Dean is part of a registered charity and relies on the support of generous donors, friends, legacies to help us deliver world-class education in conservation and the creative arts and maintain our award-winning gardens.

Find out how you can help support us