The Connaught Hotel and Spa Bournemouth is a 19th century hotel which offers a relaxed atmosphere and peaceful setting, making it an ideal funeral wake venue for you to celebrate your loved one’s life. We’re able to accommodate small intimate gatherings all the way up to 120 guests.

We understand that this is a difficult time for you, so our experienced events team will guide you through the planning stages to discuss menu options, layout and any personal touches that you may wish to add.

We’re more than happy to help you arrange a last minute funeral reception if required. And our longstanding relationships with local funeral directors helps our teams to quickly organise anything that you may need. We will listen to you and tailor the day to your requirements, allowing you to experience the day exactly as you hope for.

We’re ready to offer our guidance and support in any way that we can.

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For the convenience of your guests, looking for funeral wake venues near Bournemouth Crematorium is likely to be near the top of your wish list.

The Connaught Hotel and Spa is a 10 minute drive from Bournemouth Crematorium and 20 minutes from Poole Crematorium.

We offer FREE parking at the hotel, although spaces are only available for the immediate family. This is subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed. However, there is FREE residential parking in all the surrounding roads, plus a long stay car park just a five minute walk away.

Our car park has flat access to all communal areas of the hotel, making it suitable for those with limited mobility.

We’re just a five minute walk from Bournemouth town centre too, so there are great public transport links for anyone arriving by train or bus. We’re 1.5 miles from Bournemouth train station.

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Choose from our three funeral reception packages

Canapés (choose four items)

£14 per person

Smoked chicken tartlet with mango and chilli salsa | Beetroot and horseradish en croûte (v) | Tempura king prawns with sweet chilli dipping sauce | Smoked salmon and cream cheese mousse on blinis | Duck spring roll with hoisin sauce | Vegetable spring roll with sweet chilli dipping sauce (v)| Parma ham wrapped asparagus | Asparagus with olive tapenade | Smoked duck breast with plum purée

Finger Buffet (choose six items)

£22.50 per person

Finger Buffet
Chef’s selection of dainty sandwiches | Prawn in filo pastry, lemon mayonnaise | Freshly baked pork & sage sausage rolls |Chicken satay skewers, satay sauce | Mini handmade sausages | Slow roasted tomato, aioli, bruschetta | Somerset brie, herb crust & gooseberry relish | Mini duck spring rolls, plum, ginger & soy sauce | Chef’s selection of vegetable quiches | Vegetable spring rolls, sweet chilli

Afternoon Tea Buffet

£22.50 per person

Afternoon Tea
A selection of dainty sandwiches | Two scones per person with clotted cream and jam | Chef’s selection of cakes

Little Extras

Drinks reception – from £4.50 per person
Unlimited tea/coffee – £2.50 per person

Drinks Reception

Add one, or both, of these extras to any of our three funeral reception packages.


We offer funeral reception venues of all sizes, suitable for small intimate gatherings all the way up to 120 guests.

Audio visual equipment (large screen TV, LCD projector, DVD player etc) is available in all of our wake venues if you’d like to share photographs or videos on a big screen. Please ask us for more information about this.


The Connaught Hotel and Spa Bournemouth is a great choice for your funeral wake venue as we have 81 bedrooms available for friends and family who may be visiting from afar.

All of our rooms are available at a discounted rate for guests staying over after a funeral reception. Our team will be happy to talk you through this.

We have accessible bedrooms available and a lift, making our hotel suitable for anyone with limited mobility.

Hopefully we can give you one less thing to worry about as our team is here to help you with all your funeral reception’s accommodation requirements.

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Best Western Plus The Connaught Hotel and Spa
30 West Hill Road, Bournemouth,
Dorset, BH2 5PH

We’re just a five minute walk from Bournemouth town centre and a few minutes from the beach. Five miles east of Poole and 33 miles from Southampton.

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