Venue Hire

We are open and accepting bookings for up to 30 people in the Nave, and up to 7 people in the Tent.
We can also help you design creative hybrid events mixing online and in-person audiences,
as well as professional livestreams.
Please carefully read the points below before enquiring.

  • Currently, alcohol is strictly not permitted at any event.
  • Maximum of 30 people in the Nave or 7 people in the Tent (the “Tent” includes the glass foyer and courtyard). If booking both spaces, maximum numbers are 30 in total while still respecting the 7 maximum in the Tent (incl. foyer and courtyard).
  • With the exception of those in your own household or support bubble, we require visitors to keep a 2m physical distance at all times, masks are also required unless exempt.
  • To facilitate track and trace, anyone entering the building will need to provide details on the door either through the NHS app and QR code, or manually.
  • The kitchen will be reserved for staff use only. Our standard light refreshments of tea, coffee and biscuits can still be be ordered.
  • All guests will be required to sign a declaration stating they have no symptoms and agree to abide by the rules of the Centre. Temperature checks will also be in place.

In addition to the above measures required by guests, we are also ensuring the following:

Hand Washing

  • Hand washing facilities with soap and water in place.
  • Event organisers and attendees to be reminded at point of booking and at entry to building to wash their hands regularly (for 20 seconds with water and soap and the importance of proper drying with disposable towels.)
  • Additional hand-washing signage in building.
  • Tissues made available in staff areas.
  • Signage reminders to catch coughs and sneezes in tissues – Follow Catch it, Bin it, Kill it and to avoid touching face, eyes, nose or mouth with unclean hands.

Hand Sanitizing Stations

  • Available at entrances as well as the nave and tent, with signage throughout the building.


  • All contactable surfaces cleaned after events with disinfectant, including door handles, chairs, fabric coverings, toilet.
  • Venue staff given additional training to clean areas between events.
  • Hire slots have been adjusted to give additional time for cleaning between events.
  • All bins have pedals.
  • Bins are emptied into external bins after each event, then put out for collection. Compostable bin bags are used
  • Any tech used is cleaned thoroughly, including microphones. Foam microphone covers are be disposed of after every event.
  • Staff are reminded that wearing of gloves is not a substitute for good hand washing.

We have two spaces and a dedicated venue hire team.

Availability Prices Enquire

The Nave is a stunning venue for your workshop, talk, organisational away-day, film-showing, concert, party or music event, and is equipped with projector, sound system and microphones, and an upright piano. High ceilings, original arches, a stained glass window and fascinating history provide a wonderful atmosphere. The Bedouin Tent is a magical and unique space set in a beautiful courtyard garden. Woven from goats hair, and built on principles of sacred geometry, it is a harmonious space where people can meet as equals. It is perfect for dialogue, workshops, meetings and away days. We’d love to hear from you – please get in touch to check availability.

Terms and Conditions

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Nicholas Hennell-Foley - Venue Hire Coordinator



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*Income < £250,000/year   ** Income > £250,000/year

Early morning arrival is usually possible, charged at £60/hr.
Extensions beyond 10pm are welcome and are charged at a base rate of £60/hr before midnight and £75/hr after midnight. Any other extensions outside the listed times are currently not available.

  Please Also Note
Preparation and clear-up needs to be included within the booked time.
A booking that does not take up the whole of one slot will not be eligible for a discounted price.
St. Ethelburga’s cannot store tables and chairs (or other large items) on-site unless booking the space for the duration of storage.

Nave layout and capacity

The nave is 6.6m x 25m, not including the annexe.

We suggest the following options for room layout, though you are free to arrange it as you wish.

  • Standing reception – maximum 30 people (with 2m Covid-19 distancing)
  • Theatre style (chairs facing front altar) – maximum 30 people (with 2m Covid-19 distancing)
  • Informal style facing presentation wall (chairs in semi-circular rows) – maximum 30 people (with 2m Covid-19 distancing)
  • U-shaped with tables – maximum 7 people (with 2m Covid-19 distancing)

View Floorplan

Tent layout and capacity

The tent is circular with cushioned bench seating around the edge. Capacity is 7 people (with 2m Covid-19 distancing). There are no tables in the tent and people are asked to remove their shoes before entering. The nave is a beautiful and peaceful space for a wide range of events, from meetings and workshops to conferences, talks and concerts.


St Ethelburga’s can provide tea, coffee and biscuits for small groups. You are welcome to provide your own sandwiches or buffet style lunches / refreshments. Please bring your own paper cups / plates.

Our fantastic social enterprise catering partner is Fat Macy’s. They’re flexible, professional and, above all, the food tastes great!

They can currently provide a tasty buffet for your guests to enjoy.

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Terms and Conditions