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Red House Museum and Gardens

Christchurch, Dorset

Functions and meetings

Museum garden

If you’re looking for an unusual setting for your party, seminar or meeting, the Red House Museum and beautiful walled Gardens provide a unique, atmospheric venue.

Just a few minutes from Christchurch’s High Street and Priory Church, with excellent transport links and nearby parking, the Red House Museum & Gardens provide the perfect solution, with a variety of spaces available.

To date, we have hosted garden parties, corporate evenings, book launches, promotional filming and more and our friendly onsite team look forward to helping ensure that your event is a success too.

The whole Museum can be booked for events, or the education/meeting room can be booked separately.

For a whole museum booking, guests/delegates will have access to all the public spaces, but the following spaces are available for seated events if required

  • Education Room
  • Main Exhibition Room
  • Garden Marquee

Testimonial from previous event organiser

'The event we held in the Red House Museum & Gardens was a tremendous success. Over fifty members of staff and their partners roamed the garden, took food and drink in the airy and roomy marquee, and explored the Museum's fascinating collection. Everyone enjoyed the venue and the staff were very helpful.'
Corporate Event, 2010

Tel 01202 482860 to discuss your needs or to arrange a viewing.

 

Main exhibition Gallery

  • Depending on the current exhibition, the Gallery seats up to 50 delegates.
  • For stand up receptions, the maximum capacity at any one time is 120 in the Main Gallery area, although larger numbers may be accommodated through a timed entry system agreed in advance with the Museum, or together with the use of the garden in fine weather.

Marquee in the garden

Garden

  • A peaceful space to enjoy or think, away from the hectic pace of life, with enough space for separate break-out areas.
  • Marquee - 8m x 4m, without power or lighting, seats up to 40 delegates without tables, or 15 to 20 people at tables.
 

Education/meeting room

The perfect venue for small meetings, seminars and lectures.

  • Holds up to 30 delegates seated theatre style, or 10 to16 at tables
Meeting room set up for presentation

Equipment

We offer the following equipment, free of charge, to support your meeting/seminar etc.

  • Large wall-mounted flat screen and DVD player
  • Laptop and data projector
  • Flip chart (plus pad and pens)
  • Water glasses, jugs etc

Refreshments and Catering

The museum can also provide a small catering service such as:

  • Tea and coffee only - £1.20 per head
  • Tea, coffee and biscuits - £1.60 per head
  • Mineral water 330ml - £1
  • Jug of fruit juice per litre - £2.65.

Tel 01202 482860 to discuss your needs or to arrange a viewing.

The Education Room is located on the second floor, and is only accessible via a flight of stairs.

 

Charges for booking the whole museum

Charges do vary, so contact the Museum for further information.

Standard

  • Up to 3 hours morning/afternoon event £50 per hour
  • Half day (4 hours) £150, £200 per full day
  • Evening/after hours event (after 5pm Monday – Friday, after 4pm Saturday)
  • Prices start at £200 (up to 3 hours)

Community, HCC, DCC & CBC

  • Up to 3 hours: Morning / Afternoon event £30 per hour
  • Half day (4 hours) £100, £140 per full day
  • Evening/after hours event (after 5pm Monday – Friday, after 4pm Saturday)
  • Prices start at £200 (up to 3 hours)

Charges for Education/Meetings Room

Standard

  • Up to 3 hours morning/afternoon event £30 per hour
  • Half day (4 hours) £80, £120 per full day
  • Evening/after hours event (after 5pm Monday – Friday, after 4pm Saturday)
  • Prices start at £150 (up to 3 hours)

Community, HCC, DCC & CBC

  • Up to 3 hours morning/afternoon event £18 per hour
  • Half day (4 hours) £50, £90 per full day
  • Evening/after hours event (after 5pm Monday – Friday / after 4pm Saturday)
  • Prices start at £150 (up to 3 hours)
 

Terms and conditions

  • Non commercial includes charity

Deposits and payments

  • 50% non refundable deposit on room hire.
  • Non HCC deposits must be paid by cheque or credit card. All HCC deposits must be paid by parked journal. The balance of the room and equipment hire plus all pre booked catering services is payable 28 days prior to the event date.
  • For events booked within 28 days of the room hire date, full payment is required upfront before the function.
  • Any cancellation notice must be confirmed in writing. In the event of cancellation of services, the following charges will apply
    • Less than 14 days prior to the function: 100% of final costs
    • More than 14 days: Loss of Deposit

Insurance

  • The Museum shall not be responsible or liable for the compensation of any losses, damages, injuries, sickness, deaths, theft or any other untoward incident that may occur within the rented premises.
  • The hirer and any third party shall therefore take all necessary precautions and insure themselves, their personnel, materials, equipment and all other items against all possible risks.
  • All outside caterers/photographers are required to have their own public liability insurance and to provide their certificate for inspection.

Hiring agreement

  • The hirer agrees to respect the rules as stipulated in the agreement regarding the use of the concerned venue/s.
  • The hirer agrees to keep the premises in an orderly and sanitary condition upon ingress, as well as during and after the event.
  • The hirer agrees to provide his/her own personnel for the lifting and/or transporting of equipment necessary for the event as well as for after the event.
  • All packing cases/cartons and other non-event materials must be removed from the premises before the event and before the Museum opens. During the proposed event, the area, must kept clear at all times to avoid any accidents.
  • The hirer agrees to clear and vacate the Museum immediately after the event. The Museum reserves the right to dispose of any property or equipment on the premises uncollected after the agreed time. The hirer shall be responsible for restoring the used space to its original condition.
  • The hirer agrees to take full responsibility for the loss or damage caused by him, his event team/suppliers to the Museum space, equipment, adjoining facilities, or building exterior or grounds that may occur during the event and set-up and packing up periods.
  • While the Museum undertakes the general protection of the building and its premises, the hirer agrees to take full responsibility for the protection of his/her own materials, equipment and all other items.