Room Hire & Catering

There are a number of rooms available for hire when not in use for the Institute’s own purposes.  In addition, our in-house team can provide catering tailored to any requirement.

Our rooms have been used for all manner of functions including meetings, training events, wakes, wedding receptions, retirement and anniversary parties.

To compliment our extensive library and leisure learning selection we offer a wide variety of home made snacks, meals, hot and cold beverages.

 The Chart Room and Pages  Café deliver an exceptional service on site, offering daily lunchtime specials, seasonal meals, eat-in and takeaway options.

Please find details for each venue below.


Address: 13 Tower Street, Ipswich IP1 3BE

Telephone: 01473 253992, extension 003

Opening times: 9:00AM-4:00PM, Mon-Fri

(last orders 3:45PM)

Lunch service: 12-2:00PM

Eat-in & takeaway, daily specials


Address: 15 Tavern Street, Ipswich IP1 3AA

Opening times: 9:30AM-2:30PM, Mon-Fri

9:00AM-1:30PM, Sat

Eat-in & takeaway

Card payments

Disabled access

Eric Hansen Room

Ground floor room. Can be laid out with seating for 60, or used as open space.

Dimensions 10 x 6 metres.

The Orwell Room

Upstairs room, suitable for meetings or training seminars. Capacity 16 at tables,

24 in rows.

Dimensions 5.3 x 6 metres.

The Reading Room

Ground floor Victorian hall which can be set for talks or presentations.
Available, along with adjacent Pages Café, only for evening events. Can accommodate audiences of 60-70 people.

The Birkbeck Room

Upstairs lecture room, with capacity to seat an audience of 60.

Dimensions 6.3 x 10.5 metres.

Hearing Loop fitted.

The Fitzgerald Room

Ground floor room with capacity to seat an audience of 20.

Dimensions 5.8 x 5.5 metres.

The Corder Room

Ground floor meeting or discussion room.
Seats 12 – 16 people (with or without tables)

Dimensions 4.3 x 4.2 metres.

The Chart Room

Ground floor, accessible room suitable for catered events, talks and presentations. With a mix of casual and formal seating for up to 30 people.

No dimensions currently available.

Facilities & Equipment

All Ground Floor Rooms have level access, suitable for wheelchairs, plus access to disabled WC.

Presentation equipment available includes whiteboard/flipcharts, OHP, digital projector, screens.

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