Garden Hall and Meeting room hire


We are open to take bookings

Getting here

Access to the Garden Hall and Meeting room is through the gateway opposite to 71 South Street, RG1 4RA (see contact us for map).

There is NO access via the house on Watlington Street.

Garden Hall  Days – during the week & weekends £20.00 per hour.  Evening bookings  6.00pm – 10pm = £150.00.

Bookings, including the smaller meeting room, may be seen: Current hall bookings

For all bookings please complete the Hall booking enquiry form and sign the Conditions of Hiring the Garden Hall/ Meeting Room: Hire Conditions

Both should be sent to Michael Jones on


Garden HallThe Garden Hall

The Mayoress of Reading recently described the Garden Hall as having the feel of a Scout hut, with a difference.  The Mayoress was not wrong as after its time as a school hall, for Kendrick Girls School, it has been used by Guide and Scout groups but also the by the WI, dance and fitness groups, and for society AGMs. It has however been updated considerably.

The hall is on one level throughout.  We have not as yet been able to make access wheelchair friendly, the doors of the late 1880s building are narrow, there are ramps to ease access.

Flip charts, a light projector and small plug in speakers are available but we do not have any other audio visual equipment. There is a large blank wall to project onto. There is a BT Broadband for customers use.

Kitchen August 2020

Kitchen August 2020

The professionally furbished kitchen has direct access to the hall and is equipped with an oven, urn, fridge,  microwave, adequate sink and preparation tables.

Constraints on use 

 The garden Hall is licenced for entertainment (Performing Rights Society) but does not hold an alcohol licence (this means you can provide alcohol for your guests but you many not sell it) nor is there a bar. Outside bars may however be brought in as well as discos or other entertainments and even a chippy van to be a bit different.  We do however require that all debris is cleared on departure, or that arrangements are made on booking if this is not practical (e.g. next morning after a party).