South Hill Park

RG12 7PA

Community Hire

Your Community Event, Your Way

It really made such a difference to feel that we were being looked after and to be given the confidence that everything was under control – nothing seemed too much trouble for anyone and it made our experience all the more enjoyable.
Lynette Stephenson, Academy of Dance

South Hill Park Arts Centre has a number of spaces for hire that are perfect for community groups and productions. Whether you are seeking somewhere to host a weekly group, looking for a rehearsal space, or want a venue for your community production – we have the perfect space for you.

We offer a variety of performance areas; from McAllister’s for 20ppl and The Studio Theatre for 50ppl – both popular with Artemis College and Blackeyed Theatre – to intimate private screenings in our Cinema for 60ppl and music evenings in the Recital Room complete with a Baby Grand piano.

The Dance Studio offers great rehearsal space and our Cellar Bar is perfect for that musical tribute act with space for 120ppl. In addition, our professional 325-seat Wilde Theatre is well equipped and extremely popular with local performance groups including Park Opera, East Berkshire Operatic Society (EBOS) and the Lynette Stephenson Academy of Dance, who hire them for their regular public performances.

Room Capacities and Hire Costs

To book your space or inquire about availability and rates, please email us at or call us on 01344 413514.

Room hire for community groups starts from £36 per hour including VAT. Please see below for an overview of our rooms:

Room NameSqMMax. Standing (up to)Max. Seated Theatre style
Cellar Bar77120-
Dance Studio103120103
Wilde Theatre325-325
Studio Theatre70-47
Recital Room7212081

Wilde Theatre Hire Package

  • Full box office facilities (including 24 hour online booking)
  • Brochure entry (including image, show details and editorial – subject to publicity deadlines, please check on booking)
  • Website listing
  • A poster displayed in our foyer (subject to space)
  • Sales data reporting
  • In-house technicians
  • Stewards for each performance

For additional information including floorplans, technical data and equipment hire costs, please see

Community Outreach

It costs £25,000 a week to keep South Hill Park open, allowing us to run our vast community outreach programme


We welcome 220,000 visitors annually with 185,000 participating in our arts programme

Learning and Participation

5000 people of all ages join our courses and workshops with 2000 students taking part in community activities

In-house Productions

We host 21 amateur theatre and music groups each year, and produce up to 6 in-house productions annually to help encourage local talent


We provide local primary and secondary schools with workshops, classes, tours, lessons and talks with industry professionals, and offer holiday activities for over 160 young people

Dementia Friendly Screenings

We show 12 dementia-friendly screenings a year in our cinema, specially-designed for people living with dementia and their carers

Resident Companies

We house 3 resident theatre and dance companies for young people


We support over 100 volunteers and annually provide 20 work experience places for students from the arts