Monday, 19 November 2012

Event Spaces in Halesworth

In previous posts I have highlighted the range of coffee shops in Halesworth, Suffolk and suggested that the town council and business association should market the town's meeting and event venues.

I don't have the time or all the data to produce a comprehensive list but here is a basic stab at it below.

View Halesworth Event Spaces in a larger map

As far as I can tell there are 19 20 different venues in which regular meetings, indoor markets, activities (such as exercise classes), and performances are held around the town.

Some venues such as the Rifle Hall and Old Print Works are quite basic but are flexible and affordable so they get used by events like the High Tide Festival as temporary performance and exhibition spaces. The recently closed Middle School awaits redevelopment meanwhile the classrooms, gym, assembly hall, kitchens and cafeteria have huge potential for imaginative temporary use. Some venues such as the golf club and the New Cut Arts Centre are already fully equipped to hold performances, weddings, activities, meetings or conferences which can be arranged with a phone call.

If you represent any of these venues or want to list another I would like to compile a full list but I think this information is something that should be available on the town's existing websites, regardless if that venue is an advertiser or member or not. At the moment only the golf club and the Swan show up on a Google search for "meeting room Halesworth" but searches in other towns brings up far more comprehensive listings.

I hope this basic information is enough to give you a lead on finding the place you need on Google etc. as Halesworth has many advantages for holding an event of any size. 

There is ample free parking in the town, lots of nice places to shop and eat and some good art galleries too. There are good bus connections and an hourly train service (from December 10th 2012) from Lowestoft and Ipswich. All of the locations on the map except the golf course are served by the 511 'Hoppa' bus which can also be hired to provide a shuttle service.

For more information you could try the clerk to the town council as well.

venue postode web/email phone suitable for
Angel Hotel IP19 8AH 01986 873365  meetings, meals
Cadet Hut, Market Place IP19 8BA activities
Edgar Sewter Primary School IP19 8BU activities
Halesworth Day Centre IP19 8LW meetings, dinners
Halesworth Golf Club IP19 9XA 01986 875567 meetings, dinners, weddings, cap 150
Halesworth Middle School IP19 8PY disused gym, kitchen, cafeteria: activities, exhibitions
Halesworth Public Library IP19 8AD meetings, talks
Holton Village Hall IP19 8PL meetings, activities, markets, performance, badmington
Methodist Church, Back Room IP19 8LR  07932 165351  meetings
New Cut Arts Centre IP19 8BY 01986 873285 meetings, exhibits, conference, activity, concerts
North Suffolk Skills Centre IP19 8PY meetings
Old Print Works IP19 8AP markets, exhibits, raw space
Patrick Stead Garden Room IP19 8HP meetings, activity
Rifle Hall IP19 8LW

markets, exhibits, raw space
Scout Hall, Chediston Street IP19 8BE 01986 875551  meetings, activity
St Mary's Church IP19 8LW 01986 872602 meetings, performances
St Mary's Church Hall IP19 8AW 01986 873336 meetings, activity, market
United Reform Church IP19 8BY  01986 875917 meetings, activity, performance
WDC Council Chamber IP19 8LW meetings

White Swan Pub                        IP19 8LH                   01986872273            function room with capacity for 100, licensed. 

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