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Hiring spaces at Winchester Discovery Centre

Winchester Discovery Centre is conveniently located in the heart of Winchester (a ten minute walk from the train station) and has a number of facilities which are available for hire by private individuals and corporate clients to use for their own events.

Performance Hall

Comedy, live music, lectures, film, theatre, dance, conferences, whether it's for 64 people cabaret style or 180 in tiered seating, the Performance Hall will accommodate them all.Performance Hall

The hall has a semi-sprung floor and retractable tiered seating. Tables and chairs are available for cabaret performances. The control room houses an extensive range of quality audio visual, mixing and projection equipment.

Presentation equipment is available including an interactive whiteboard, 5 laptops and flipcharts.


Standard room hire

  • Day (9am-6pm) £500.
  • Half day (9am-1pm/2pm-6pm) £350.
  • Hourly £120.
  • Evening POA.
  • Weekend availability. POA

Community rates

  • Day (9am-6pm) £350.
  • Half day (9am-1pm/2pm-6pm) £220.
  • Hourly £75.
  • Evening POA


Please contact us to check availability. Email:


  • Live Performance - 182
  • Conference - 182
  • Cabaret - 64
  • Meeting - 100
  • Dinner - 100
  • Reception - 100
  • Standing - 200

Floor plan

Floor plan of Performance Hall


Learning Rooms

We have two flexible spaces which can be used individually or together by use of retractable room divider.

These can act as a ‘Green Room’ if required in support of the Performance Hall, in conjunction with the two shower/toilets.
You can have the facility for a supplementary refreshment area for events if required.
Large wall-mounted storage unit incorporating multiple cupboards. - 2 sinks for distinct use; 1 for craft, 1 for hand washing.

Floor Plan

Floor plan of Learning room

Learning Room 1

Capacity: up to 25 people
Equipment: Projector, flip charts

  • Standard rates (Monday - Friday):

    • Day (9am - 6pm) £140,
    • Half day (9am-1pm/2pm-6pm) £85,
    • Hourly £30, Evening POA,

    Weekend POA

  • Community charges (Monday - Friday)

    • Day (9am - 6pm) £75,
    • Half day £50, Hourly £20,
    • Evening POA,

    Weekend POA

Learning Room 2

Capacity: up to 16 people
Equipment: Projector & screen, flip charts

  • Standard rates (Monday - Friday):

    • Day (9am - 6pm) £140,
    • Half day (9am-1pm/2pm-6pm) £85,
    • Hourly £30,
    • Evening POA,

    Weekend POA

  • Community charges (Monday - Friday):

    • Day £75,
    • Half day £50,
    • Hourly £20,
    • Evening POA,

    Weekend POA

Both Learning Rooms combined  

Capacity: up to 50 people
Equipmentt: 2 sinks, Projector & screen, flip charts

  • Standard rates (Monday - Friday):

    • Day (9am - 6pm) £200,
    • Half day (9am-1pm/2pm-6pm) £125,
    • Hourly £45,
    • Evening POA,
    • Weekend POA                  
  • Community charges (Monday - Friday):

    • Day £140,
    • Half day £85,
    • Hourly £30,
    • Evening POA,
    • Weekend POA

Availability: Please contact us to check availability. Email:



Our modern Café/Bar is in an excellent location with direct access to Jewry Street.

The external patio area is also perfect for evening drinks receptions and is adjacent to the Theatre Royal


Contact us for a bespoke package to suit your needs



As part of the Hampshire County Council Catering Services, we are very pleased to offer the catering services at the Winchester 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:

    01962 845818 or 01962 846670

  • Order form

Food and Beverages menus

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

  • Tea and Coffee
  • Biscuits
  • Cake
  • Pastries full size
  • pastries half size
  • Orange juice 1 Litre
  • Mineral Water 75cl Still or Lightly Sparkling
  • Hill Farm Apple Juice 75cl
  • Tap Water with tea and coffee
  • Tap Water with out tea and coffee


Basic Menu - With plates and napkins

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

Build your own menu from the items below

  • Kettle Chips per head
  • Fruit Platter per head
  • Add Savouries each per head
  • Round Sandwiches per head
  • Half a round of Sandwiches per head
  • Bread Selection per head (wraps, bloomer, rolls and sandwiches)
  • Cakes per portion
  • Whole Fruit per head

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


Booking is easy!

Make a provisional booking and complete the booking form and we will confirm the date in our diary.
Please complete our booking request form or contact the Events Team on 01962 873617 or email

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