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Venue Hire FAQ

Below you’ll find some questions we get asked frequently about venue hire at Rochelle. If your question isn’t listed please shoot us a message and we’ll be happy to answer it.

+-Can I hire Rochelle for a daytime event?

Yes. We have five spaces available for hire: two old gymnasium halls, an executive meeting room, a beautiful manicured lawn and the Rochelle Canteen run by Arnold & Henderson.

Please be aware the gymnasiums and lawn are a thoroughfare for Rochelle tenants and sole access on a weekday is not possible.

+-Is Rochelle available for hire at the weekend?

Yes. All five hire spaces are available at the weekends.

+-Are there conference facilities available at Rochelle?

We are not specifically set-up for conferences. The executive meeting room can be used for smaller groups and either of the two old gymnasium halls can be adapted for seating.

Projectors, whiteboard and other facilities can be easily arranged for the meeting room. Arnold & Henderson, our on site caterers, can provide refreshments and first class catering facilities.

+-Can I hire Rochelle for an event lasting only a couple of hours?

This will depend on the specific scale and nature of your proposed event. Please contact Rochelle to discuss further.

+-Can we hold a wedding ceremony at Rochelle?

Rochelle is not licensed for marriages nor civil ceremonies.

+-Can we hold a wedding reception at Rochelle?

Yes. We have a number of spaces available for hire suitable for a wedding reception. However, depending on your preferred location, some spaces are more suited to a weekend reception.

Arnold & Henderson can facilitate all your reception needs. Please contact them direct for further information.

+-What do the venue fees include?

Hire of the room/space on your chosen day/evening for the full hire period and the full operational support from the Rochelle Management in the run up to your event.

Fees do not include security, production nor catering costs if required.

+-Does Rochelle ever offer a discount on the venue hire fees?

All of our prices are tailored specifically towards your requirements so we can offer the best rates for your event. Please contact Rochelle to discuss further.

+-What is the booking procedure?

Provisional dates can be held without commitment; however, provisional date/s may have more than one interested client. The length of time that dates can be provisionally held depends on the popularity of the date. Clients will always be notified and an opportunity to confirm before a provisionally held date is released from them.

Once you have notified us a confirmation of hire, a contract will be sent to you together with our terms and conditions. Upon our receipt of a signed hire agreement, alongside a deposit equal to 25% of the total hire fee, the event is confirmed.

The balance of hire fee is due eight-weeks prior to your event, with any outstanding or additional items invoiced the day after the event has ended.

+-What is your cancellation policy for confirmed events?
  1. If you cancel the booking within 14 days of the event date the cancellation fee is 50% of the total hire fee.
  2. If you cancel the booking within 7 days of the of the event date the cancellation fee is 75% of the total hire fee.
  3. If you cancel the booking within 1 day of the event date you are liable for the full hire fee.

If you cancel the booking you will be liable for any costs and/or expenses incurred by us from any third party suppliers in relation to your event.

In the event of cancellation, we will endeavor to re-hire the space and a refund, or a proportionate part, of the cancellation fee will be made if we are successful in concluding a replacement booking.

+-Can we bring in our own caterer?

No. Arnold & Henderson are leading restaurateurs and specialist caterers, able to supply a wide range of options to suit all your requirements. For further information, please visit their website or contact them direct.

+-Can you offer a food and drink package along with Venue Hire?

Yes. Arnold & Henderson will cater for all your needs. Please contact them for more information on the options available.

+-Can we provide our own alcohol?

Please contact Arnold & Henderson to discuss all your food and drink enquiries.

+-Can we use our own Photographer?


+-Music DJ or other entertainment

Please be aware that Rochelle is not a licensed venue, a Temporary Events Notice (alcohol and entertainment license) will be applied for if your event requires it.

Rochelle is located in a residential neighbourhood – our neighbours are less than 10 metres away – and appropriate sound levels will be established and agreed prior to an event being confirmed.

+-Can we deliver or set-up the day before an event?

Deliveries can be made prior to your event by arrangement with Rochelle at no extra cost. We make a charge for set-up prior to your event.

+-Can we leave items in the venue overnight?

We are able to store items overnight subject to advance warning and with the prior permission of the Studio Manger. This may be subject to an additional charge.

+-Can we use our own electrical equipment in the venue?

Yes. All electrical items need to be PAT Tested in advance of arrival and all necessary HSE documents supplied.

+-Is dancing allowed at the venue?

Yes, but no later than 10pm. Rochelle is located in a residential neighbourhood – our neighbours are less than 10 metres away – and any accompanying music will be subject to agreeing appropriate sound levels in advance for your event.

+-Can we smoke inside the venue?

No. There is a designated smoking area within Rochelle grounds.

+-Is there any parking at the venue?


+-Is there disabled access at the venue?

The ground floor is fully accessible.

+-Do you have an outside space that we can use?

Yes. We have a beautiful manicured lawn available for hire on its own or in conjunction with other hire spaces.

+-Can we hire a space for a photo-shoot or filming?


+-How late can events run and can they be extended?

10pm. If your event does not involve music it may be possible for it to run longer. Please contact Rochelle to discuss your requirements and, where possible, we will try and accommodate your event needs.