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Events Hire

Are you a looking for a venue for a corporate event or personal celebration?

Perhaps you’re organising an awards ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your employees, a company or product launch or a big birthday party?

We have so much to offer as a venue for an unusual and memorable corporate or private hire. We are open to your suggestions and always happy to consider add-ons; for example guided tours of the site or buildings such as the watermill. There are many options for break-out activities and walks to enrich your event.

We can accommodate anything from a birthday party to corporate event. We also can cater for wakes to celebrate a loved one’s life. We can offer suggestions for catering in house, or if you prefer you can use a supplier of your choice.

Do get in touch to find out more information about the venues and facilities we can offer.

For an events hire quote or a meeting room hire, please contact us – bookings@foodmuseum.org.uk 

Why not add a guided tour of the museum and its buildings into your event? Take in the history and beauty of the site and make your day truly unique. Please get in touch to discuss options.



Abbot's Hall barn

The oldest building on the site, this large timber framed medieval barn is a truly unique and beautiful building, with possibilities for a bar and stage inside and catering vans in the front yard.

Capacity 200.

For prices, please contact bookings@foodmuseum.org.uk

Marquee and lawn

Set on the stunning back lawn of the 18th-century Abbots Hall, the draped marquee includes kitchen space for caters to use. There is plenty of space on the lawn for other marquees, stalls or food trucks as needed, as well as lawn games.

Capacity 180. Chairs and tables provided, as is generous set up time the day before.

For prices, please contact Marie Taylor, Events Manager – marie@foodmusuem.org.uk


Special offer

Weekday daytime offer from March to Sept.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays – marquee and lawn hire, with add-on break out spaces (training room/meeting room/activity room). We can offer teas and coffees or breakfast and lunch packages from our café, or you can outsource to a caterer of your choice by agreement with venue.

Bone Building

Large meeting space and open catering kitchen/service space in our light and modern air-conditioned barn, adjacent to lovely walks and natural surroundings.

Capacity 50. Chairs and tables provided, as is generous set up time the day.

For prices, please contact bookings@foodmuseum.org.uk


Special offers

Weekday (Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs) daytime all year round from 9am to 7pm.

Weekday (Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs) evenings all year round from 6pm to 11pm.

Weekend (Fri, Sat, Sun) daytime all year round from 9pm to 4pm.

Whole building hire, plus catering option by our café starting/outsource to a caterer of your choice by agreement with venue.

Catering/entertainment etc. not included.

Abbot's Hall dining room and conservatory

Overlooking the beautiful walled garden, this traditional suite of rooms is perfect for intimate gatherings.

Capacity 30.

For prices, please contact bookings@foodmuseum.org.uk

Abbot's Hall meeting room

A comfortable meeting room at the from of the historic Hall, overlooking the picturesque front lawn and driveway.

Capacity 10.

For prices, please contact bookings@foodmuseum.org.uk

Training room

A modern space close to the cafe, with overhead projector and flexible seating.

Capacity 20-30 (depending on seating style). Chairs and tables provided plus use of projector.


Special offers

Day deal – 10am to 4pm. Catering add-ons and teas/coffees is available from our café.

For prices, please contact bookings@foodmuseum.org.uk

Activity room

A large, open space with a sink next to the cafe, perfect for classes and workshops.

Capacity 20-48 (depending on seating style).

For prices, please contact bookings@foodmuseum.org.uk


“We held our awards celebration at the museum, serving welcome drinks in the conservatory at Abbot’s Hall and then hosting our guests in the fabulous marquee in the grounds. The museum staff were fantastic and ensured our celebration was a huge success, our guests said the setting was spectacular.”

Belinda Couldridge, Community Action Suffolk


“In July we held another successful service conference in the marquee.  Having held our conference here for several years prior to the pandemic it was lovely to return once again.  The facilities and equipment provided made the planning very easy and Marie was so helpful in making sure we had all we needed for the day.  The weather was pleasant which meant we were able to use the grounds around the marquee for our scavenger hunt.  We cannot wait to return in July 2023!”

Anna Mayes, Community Coordinator, Realise Futures LCA


Recommended Suppliers

Please get in contact with us at bookings@foodmuseum.org.uk for more suggestions of caterers and providers who have worked on our site. You are free to choose your own caterers with prior discussion with the Event Manager.

Tom's Kitchen

Tom’s Kitchen are a highly skilled team providing a catering and event management service completely tailored to their customers particular tastes and imagination. They are dedicated to delivering a service second to none in answering individual customer’s needs, time after time.

Tom’s Kitchen can provide excellent packages for all budgets and styles. They pride themselves on their food and service and working with clients to create a menu bespoke to your wishes. They can provide BBQs to three course fine dining. Highly recommended and are used to working with us on site.

Contact phone: 07735 497982, email: tom@toms-kitchen.com


Prestige Bars & Catering

Prestige Bars & Catering provide a free to hire bar package. Prestige will work with you if you require any special request or drinks for your guests that are not part of the usual excellent bar stock and offer. Prestige also provides a wide range of catering options and have been working with us for many years. Highly recommended.

Contact phone: 01473 719787, email: info@prestigebars.co.uk.