Hall hire

We have a small oasis hidden away in the centre of Reading and you will be amazed by our hall and garden. We have a large (24 x 41ft) Community Hall which is set within our recently restored Gardens for all to enjoy.

IMAG0176 The hall holds around 100 people for a standing reception. The hall is on one level throughout making it fully accessible,  but regrettably at this stage wheelchair users cannot access through the doors. It is non-smoking throughout, the hall is licensed for entertainment (Performing Right Society) but does not hold an alcohol licence (you can serve alcohol but you cannot sell it) or have a bar. Outside bars can be brought in as well as a disco or other entertainment if required or even the chippy van if you fancy doing something different for your guest.

The professionally furbished kitchen has direct access to the hall and is equipped with an oven, urn, freezer, fridge,  microwave, adequate sinks and preparation tables. There are also 50 cups, saucers and side plates, jugs for juice and some cutlery such as forks and teaspoons. The hirer must provide all other crockery, cutlery utensils and wine glasses and catering services.

We also have flip charts and a powerpoint projector available and small plug in speakers, we do not have any other audio visual equipment.

The Hall and Garden offers privacy for any group wanting to use our facilities, with secure parking for 2 cars in the weekday daytime and 25 cars during the evening and at weekends.

 Approximate charges (community) for Hall are 2015-04-26_10.41.121as follows:

 • Daily rate= £15.00 per during the week.
• 6.00pm – 12 midnight, party on Friday/Saturday = £100.00
• 6.00pm – 1.00am party, on Friday/Saturday = £120.00
• 9.00am – 12 midnight, all day wedding reception on Saturday = £250.00


Please note:
– 18th or 21st birthdays are not permitted in the Hall due to licence restrictions.
– A separate deposit cheque maybe taken for all evening bookings against any damage or extra cleaning above and beyond what is  expected, this will be banked and returned if no problems occur.
– There is a cancellation policy in place for all confirmed bookings in the hall.

For further details or to arrange a viewing of the hall please telephone Michael A Jones on Tel: 07583 527395 or you can complete the online Hall Enquiry Form contact.

Getting here

Access to the community hall is via South Street (see contact us for map). There is some limited metered parking, however be advised the restrictions have recently changed and these roads become very congested. Reading train station is about 10 minutes walk.

There is no visitor parking during weekday working hours here at Watlington House.

For availability and bookings, please contact Michael Jones via our contact page.

Our terms & conditions must be agreed before hire of our hall can take place – you can download and print them below:


Regrettably our hall and toilet facilities are not currently accessible for wheelchair users. Please accept our apologies.

Regular Hall users


Currently available for hire


7.30pm to 10.00pm Reading Swing Jam Dance, www.alljazzedup.com, info@alljazzedup.com
Contact Jean: 07808966928


Private class Midday to 2pm

6pm to 7.30pm Yoga Class:

7.30pm to 9.30pm Alcoholics Annymous



7.30pm to 10.00pm All Jazzed up, www.alljazzedup.com, info@alljazzedup.com

Contact Jean: 07808966928


Currently available


Irish School dancing 9am to Midday (school term only)


Yoga 9am to 11am
Phone: 0118 931 3138
email: holly@yogawhite.com

6.45pm to 10.30pm Reading Folk Music www.readifolk.org.uk

Please note this list does not include any ad hoc bookings made. NB: The hall is used every 4th Saturday all day