Park Hall Community hall

Regular Hirer Availablity

The following times are available for hiring on a regular basis.

Monday Before 9:15am
Tuesday -
Wednesday Before 8.45am and between 12.45pm to 3.30pm 
Thursday Between 2.15pm to 4.15pm
Friday Between 11.45am to 4:15pm
Saturday Before 9.45am
Sunday -

Charges are: Monday to Friday before 6:00pm - £23 per hour.

If you are interested in any of this availability, please contact Jon Scott on Tel: 01582 463663 or email:

Managed by Harpenden Town Council, Park Hall is the ideal venue for all types of functions including wedding receptions, dinner/dances, children's parties, craft fairs, sales and exhibitions. Many clubs hold their meetings in the hall and several dance and exercise classes take place weekly. The hall is decorated annually to keep it to the highest possible standard. Located opposite Harpenden Common and adjoining Rothamsted Park it provides exceptional photographic opportunities for wedding receptions, christenings, etc.

The main hall is 36' x 33' (10m x 11m) and can hold 155 people for a standing reception, 85 for a Dinner Dance and 110 for a seated meeting. The hall is on one level throughout making it fully accessible to wheelchair users and it also boasts a disabled toilet with baby changing facilities. We suggest you have no more than 100 guests for a disco or formal dinner. It is non-smoking throughout. The hall is licensed for entertainment but does not hold an alcohol licence (you can serve alcohol but you cannot sell it) or have a bar. Outside bars can be brought in as well as a disco or other entertainment if required. 

The professionally furnished kitchen has direct access to the hall and is equipped with six gas rings, large oven, urn, freezer, fridge, warming cupboards, microwave, adequate sinks and preparation tables. There are also 80 cups, saucers and side plates, 60 beakers, 5 jugs for juice and approximately 80 knives, forks and teaspoons. The hirer must provide all other crockery, cutlery utensils and wine glasses. Portable staging is available for hire for a small fee of £20.00. This can be used for receptions, plays, etc or to raise speakers or a band. The hall has an induction loop for hearing aid users and there is also a projector and screen and a microphone available.

The Hall offers private, secure parking for 2 cars in the weekday daytime and usually 12 cars can be accommodated during the evening and at weekends (although this cannot be guaranteed).

*Park Hall also has free Wi-Fi access* 

Approximate charges (community) for Park Hall are as follows:

  • Sunday - Thursday before 6.00pm - £21.50 per hour
  • Friday & Saturday before 6.00pm - £26.50 per hour
  • 6.00pm - 12 midnight, party on Friday/Saturday - £248.00
  • 6.00pm - 1.00am party, on Friday/Saturday - £281.00
  • 9.00am - 12 midnight, all day wedding reception on Saturday - £486.50

Commerical charges are:

  • Monday - Friday before 6.00pm - £23.00 per hour
  • Monday - Thursday after 6.00pm - £24.00 per hour
  • Friday after 6.00pm - £33.00 per hour

Please note:

  • 15th - 18th birthdays are not permitted in Park Hall due to licence restrictions.
  • A separate bond fee (£100) is taken for all evening bookings against any damage or extra cleaning above and beyond what is expected, which is reimbursed if no problems occur.
  • There is a cancellation policy in place for all confirmed bookings in the hall. This policy can be viewed here

The Booking Guide for the hall which goes into more detail can be viewed here.

For further details or to arrange a viewing of the hall please telephone Jon Scott on Tel: 01582 463663 or you can complete the online Park Hall Enquiry Form here

Background Information

Originally built in 1850 as a school, Park Hall was for many years allowed to deteriorate and consequently, its use as a community use building was diminished. In 1988 there was a proposal to demolish it and to sell the land, but because of its historic importance to Harpenden, this proposal was rejected and instead the District Council placed a Conservation Order on the building and in 1994 Harpenden Town Council secured a 99-year lease for it to be used as a community hall. Park Hall was opened by the Right Honourable Peter Lilley, M.P. Secretary of State for Social Security, on the 8th October 1994. The hall is now managed by Harpenden Town Council and is licensed for music and dancing, plays and cinematographic performances.

Regular Hirers & Activities




Contact Information


9.30 - 11.45am

Ballet Body

Sarah Aspinall 


12 noon - 1.00pm

Silver Swans Ballet Class

Lucy Stern
Tel: 07890 513734


1.15 – 3.15pm


Joy Pascoe
Tel: 01582 872763


4.00 - 7.00pm

SW Dance

SW Dance


7.30 – 8.45pm

Kun Lun Tai Chi

Molly O’Malley
Email: or
Mob: 07778 861286.


9.15 – 10.15am

Ballet Body

Sarah Aspinall 


10.30 - 11.30am

Yoga Class

Private booking


12.45 – 1.30pm

Ballroom Dancing

Natalia Richardson


1.45pm - 3.15pm

Silver Swans Ballet Class

Lucy Stern
Tel: 07890 513734


3.30 – 8.45pm

Harpenden Dance School

Philippa O’Donovan


9.00 - 10.00am

Yoga Class

Imogen North
Tel: 07980 575454


10.00 – 11.00am


Susanne Barry


11.30am - 12.30pm


Jackie Birch
Tel: 07708 066824


3.30 – 9.15pm

Harpenden Dance School

Philippa O’Donovan


9.15 - 11.00am

St Albans

Shona Ferguson


1.00 - 2.00pm

Silver Swans Ballet Class

Lucy Stern
Tel: 07890 513734


4.00 – 6.30pm

Harpenden Dance School

Philippa O’Donovan

  7.30 - 10.00pm Ballroom Dancing

Natalia Richardson


9.00 – 11.15am

Harpenden Dance School

Philippa O’Donovan


4.30 - 6.30pm

Drama Class

Strive Drama


7.15 - 8.30pm

Ballroom Dancing

Natalia Richardson




8.30 - 9.30am




Alternate Sunday’s
10.30 – 1.30pm






Young Miscellany

Imogen North

Tel: 07980575454                       



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