We work very closely with our colleagues at BCP Bereavement Care, to deliver the most fitting wake, memorial or celebration of life for your loved one.

Our service to you

Mourners at Woodpecker Cafe

We’re commited to making sure your memorial event runs exactly as you want it to. We understand that organising a funeral and wake can be a very upsetting and stressful experience. Our cafés are owned and operated by BCP Council and so we work closely with our BCP Bereavement Care colleagues to make sure we deliver a sensitive and fitting tribute for your loved one.

You will have one point of contact as you plan your event, who will help and advise you every step of the way.


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We take bookings for wakes, memorials and celebrations of life events at our two licensed venues, Woodpecker Café and Fox Café - both are located within a short drive of Bournemouth Crematorium and North Cemetery.

Depending on the location you choose, our spaces can be cordoned off for large gatherings, or separated into smaller, exclusive spaces for fewer people.

Food and Drink

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Both Fox Café and Woodpecker Café are licensed venues, with a small bar area at each venue.

Buffet style

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For food, choose from a coffee station with tempting cakes, to buffet style sandwich platters, savoury tartlets or our ploughman's grazing stations full of delicious cold meats with local cheeses and chutneys.

Hot options


If you'd prefer to offer something hot, we can provide deliciously fresh hot buffet options such as grilled chicken skewers with lime and lemongrass, yorkshire puddings with beef and horseradish, or sweet potato falafel bites (see our leaflet for more examples).

You may wish us to serve hot plates or meals from our menus.

Find out more

For a no-obligation conversation, you can call our events manager Charlotte, who can run through all of the options available, prices and venue choices. Please use email Charlotte, or call on 01202 309229. You can also download our leaflet.

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