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

Our service to you

We’re committed 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 café is 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.



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

Our space can be segmented and made private for large gatherings, or separated into smaller, exclusive spaces for fewer people.

Food and Drink



Woodpecker Café is a fully licensed venue, with a bar area.

Our Wake Menu


For food, choose from a buffet of deliciously fresh sandwich platters, savoury tartlets or our ploughman's grazing stations full of delicious cold meats with local cheeses and chutneys.

We have delicious options to suit all budgets - all great value!

Take a look at the menu

Your booking

Here's how to make the arrangements:

Tell us your requirements  and consider:

  • What date and time?
  • How many guests?
  • Do any guests have any special dietary requirements or accessibility needs?
  • Which menu package suits my event?

You are welcome to bring flowers from the funeral service to the venue, or if you prefer, we can arrange table decoration for you.

Booking terms and conditions apply.


We will take a deposit, which can be paid by card over the phone, at the point of booking. Full payment will be taken before the day - we understand that more people may come than expected: don't worry, we will be able to accommodate more guests and can arrange additional payment on the day. 

If a solicitor is involved with the estate, we can invoice them.

Find out more

For a no-obligation conversation, you can contact our functions manager Charlotte, who can run through all of the options available, prices and venue choices. Please email Charlotte, or call the cafe directly.