Basingstoke Discovery Centre

Room hire

Accommodates up to 50 people

An adaptable space for theatre/cabaret/boardroom layouts.


  • Hearing loop
  • WiFi
  • Laptop point
  • Temperature control
  • Ceiling projector and screen
  • Hot water dispenser
  • Craft sink
  • Flip chart
  • Air conditioning
  • Mugs, small plates, glasses, water jugs

Room size

  • 7.5m X 10.8m.

Room hire costs


  • Hourly (up to 3 hours) £30
  • Half Day (4 hours) £100
  • Full Day (5 hours +) £200

HCC/Community/Charity rate

  • Hourly (up to 3 hours) £10
  • Half Day (4 hours) £35
  • Full Day (5 hours +) £70

Accommodates up to 24 people

An adaptable space for Theatre/cabaret/boardroom layouts.

  • Hearing loop
  • WiFi
  • Ceiling projector
  • Laptop points
  • Flip chart
  • Heating thermostat
  • 8 laptops

Room size

  • 5.2m x 5.4m + 1.9m dais!

Room hire costs


  • Hourly (up to 3 hours) £15
  • Half Day (4 hours) £50
  • Full Day (5 hours +) £100

HCC/Community/Charity rate

  • Hourly (up to 3 hours) £6
  • Half Day (4 hours) £20
  • Full Day (5hours +) £40

Essential rules for visitors using space within Basingstoke Discovery Centre.

All Hirers must liaise with the Discovery Centre on their proposed plans for the event.

Access and parking

  • All deliveries/pickups must be coordinated with the Discovery Centre and agreed before the event. There is no dedicated parking for the Discovery Centre.

Disabled access

  • There is lift access to the first floor where the Discovery Centre is situated.
  • All spaces are accessible for wheelchair users.

Cloakroom facilities

  • There is a wheelchair accessible, single public toilet with baby changing facilities and a Changing Places toilet which is accessible by radar key.

Health and Safety

  • Hirers are required to have a list of personnel on site for H & S reasons.
  • Hirers are required to make sure their guests are familiar with Fire Evacuation rules.
  • If you discover a fire, please set off one of the red fire alarms and then direct your guests to evacuate the building via the nearest fire exit.
  • Neither hirers or guests should move any equipment or furniture without consent from the Discovery Centre staff.
  • All equipment brought in must be cleared within the timings agreed with the Discovery Centre.
  • All visitors must provide Risk Assessments one week before the event.
  • If you have a first aid requirement, please contact Discovery Centre staff.


  • All electric equipment must be PAT test before being used in the Discovery Centre.
  • Hirers must show PAT certificates/document for each piece of equipment.

Events with children

  • The hirer must ensure there are enough responsible adults dedicated to the care of children present at any event.
  • All events that involve working with children, must have had the appropriate checks etc.


As part of the Hampshire County Council Catering Services, we are very pleased to offer the catering services at Basingstoke Discovery Centre.

We are committed to quality and understanding the diverse needs of the building users.

For all catering for events enquiries, please contact us:

Food and Beverages menus

All orders by external customers are subject to a VAT charge of 20%.

Item Price
Tea and Coffee £1.45
Biscuits £0.45
Cake £1.35
Pastries full size £1.95
pastries half size £1.25
Orange juice 1 Litre £3.60
Mineral Water 75cl Still or Lightly Sparkling £3.60
Hill Farm Apple Juice 75cl £4.20
Tap Water with tea and coffee 10p
Tap Water with out tea and coffee 60p


Basic Menu - With plates and napkins

Sandwich (1 round per head)
Seasonal fruit bowl
Cake Selection

Build your own menu from the items below

Item Price
Kettle Chips per head £1.00
Fruit Platter per head £1.75
Add Savouries each per head £1.25
Round Sandwiches per head £2.95
Half a round of Sandwiches per head £1.50
Bread Selection per head (wraps, bloomer, rolls and sandwiches) £3.25
Cakes per portion £1.35
Whole Fruit per head 95p

Party Platters - £4.50 per head

Olives, Kettle crisps, nuts, cubed cheese, cherry tomatoes, Crudités selection, variety of dips, crackers, grapes

Bespoke menus available on request

Alcohol Provision on enquiry

Savouries Menu

Vegetarian Selection

  • Red onion  and Goats Cheese Tarts
  • Vegetable Crolines (savoury pastries)
  • Mushroom Vol –au-Vents
  • Cheese Straws
  • Vegetable or Cheese & Onion quiche
  • Vegetable Dim Sum Selection
  • Vegetable Samosas with Mango Chutney
  • Brie, Olive and Cherry Tomato Kebab
  • Hummus with grilled Pita Breads and crudités

Fish Selection

  • Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Crostini
  • Fish Goujons with roasted tomato salsa or Lemon Mayonnaise
  • Thai Crab cakes with dipping sauce
  • Filo tiger prawn with sweet chilli dip
  • Prawn Marie Rose Vol-au-vents

Meat Selection

  • Butchers Choice local Sausages
  • Butchers Choice local Sausages wrapped in Bacon
  • Traditional Sausage Roll
  • Pork Pie
  • Marinated Chicken fillets with Honey and Mustard
  • Chicken Breast Bites with Caesar Dip
  • Chicken Goujons with Coronation style dipping sauce
  • Mini Duck Rolls with plum and Hoi Sin Di
  • Cheese and Ham melting moments
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How to book

Make a provisional booking by completing the booking request form.
We will check our diary and contact you to confirm.

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