Facilities - What we have to Offer
Opened in 2011, our main hall is spacious, warm, light and airy. It is 16m (52') x 12.2m (40')
It has a sprung floor for dancing which was resurfaced in 2020.
Please refer to the Quick Guidelines for maximum numbers allowed at certain events.
The hall does not have a bar. For events selling, or supplying alcohol at ticketed events, a Temporary Events Notice will be required. For more details, click this link Temporary Events Notice.
For indoor bouncy castles the maximum height is 4m (12').
Audio Visual Equipment & Wi-fi
Comprehensive Audio Visual equipment is available for hire in the main hall.
There is a fitted drop-down screen, built in sound system suitable for talks, lectures, parties or even movies.
A new dedicated connection is now available in the hall free of charge.
Download speed of 100 MB/s
The kitchen has a serving counter for the main hall, protected by a fire shutter. Facilities include a sink for hand washing and a double draining sink, a double oven with hob, refrigerator, small freezer and dishwasher. Utensils, crockery, cutlery and glasses are provided.
In order to reduce infection risks, we ask that hirers provide their own tea-towels.
The Meeting Room is separately available for hire.
It is situated upstairs and there is no lift.
Its size is approx. 5m x 7m.
Main Entrance Foyer
Off this are Ladies and Gents toilets.
A large Disabled toilet includes Baby Changing facilities.
There is a large cloak rail.
The cleaners cupboard contains essentials for tidying up after events.
Grants from Breckland Council and Veolia Environmental Trust helped to create the Open Space for recreation which was officially opened in 2010. Its size is approx. 90 x 60 metres.
In the Jubilee year 2012 the open space and bowling green was dedicated as Thuxton & Garvestone Queen Elizabeth II Field.
This grassed area behind the hall is open for the use of villagers.
It can also be hired, separately from the hall, for social or sporting activities.
In the hall there are changing rooms and toilets, with separate access, available to hire in conjunction with the Open Space, if required.
(July 2021 - Changing Rooms temporarily closed for refurbishment)
Please note - The dog waste disposal bins have had to be removed. We therefore ask dog walkers to leave any 'dog waste' in the black bin on the roadside near the entrance to the car park.
Children's Play Area
This is currently (May 2021) closed for refurbishment.
Our lovely play area is well used by our local children. Within the park is a shelter where visitors can relax whilst keeping an eye on the children.
The play area is open at any time during daylight hours.
Please leave bicycles outside the play area, observe the rule about no ball games, and play safely!
Dogs are not allowed inside the play area.
Thanks to a grant from the Foundation for Sport and the Arts and Garvestone Charity Trust, the new bowling green was completed in 2009.
The bowling green is maintained and organised by Whinburgh and Garvestone Bowls Club. They meet and play regularly through the summer.
For further details of the club please go to Regular Activities.
A defibrillator is located on the east wall of the village hall - this is the wall facing the school.
We welcome all donations to our bottle banks, the proceeds of which go to the Thuxton and Garvestone Institute, so helping towards the upkeep of the play area and open space. Thank you.
Car Park & Toilets
These can be hired for those attending weddings or funerals at our nearby village church, providing there are no large functions in the hall at that time.