Private Dining and Celebrations

If you are planning a special celebration such as a birthday or anniversary, family gathering, dinner party with friends or private reception for work colleagues, our state rooms offer the perfect venue for a memorable occasion. Host your guests in rooms showcasing a rich arts history, exuding character and ambiance.

Rooms can accommodate up to 100 guests depending on the type of event.

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Christmas Celebrations

Enjoy a real sense of occasion in our grand State Rooms, with oppulent décor showcasing a rich arts history.

Celebrate the festive season with a party, lunch or dinner for family, friends or work colleagues at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation. Tempting menus start from £35pp with an emphasis on tradition and locally sourced produce with seasonal vegetables from West Dean Gardens.

We are now taking bookings for 17 November - 21 December for 10-90 guests.
To book call 01243 818258 or email christmas@westdean.org.uk.

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Old Library

The largest of three interconnecting rooms, linked with the Old Dining Room and Music Room. It offers opulent Edwardian décor, book lined walls and a splendid early 18th century tapestry panel. This room is perfect for larger receptions.

Music Room

An intimate yet airy space for receptions and dinners, with a fascinating mix of traditional and surreal artwork. The Music Room is at the centre of the three interconnecting rooms.

Old Dining Room

This elegant and impressive room boasts a large Victorian dining table, Dutch floral marquetry chairs and artworks. An ideal space for dinner parties and fine dining.

Plan your perfect menu

Choose from mouth-watering canapés to a delectable three course dinner prepared using fresh and local ingredients where possible. Wines can be chosen to complement your menu and special dietary requirements can be catered for.

See our example autumn/winter menu

Contact us

For more information, please contact our dedicated team who will be happy to help plan your perfect event.

Call 01243 818258 or email meetings@westdean.org.uk

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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.

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