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Stunning and versatile venue in a convenient inner City location

A dedicated member of Event Staff for every event

Beautiful Regency era features throughout including cloisters, stained glass and pulpit

Theatre grade lighting rig throughout the main hall and foyer

Staging, theatre drapes and specialist Tech Teams for every event

Fully licensed bar

Excellent public transport links

Free use of Wi-fi and built-in sound system for speeches and DJs

Available for day and evening hire

Circomedia is suitable for

Weddings, Conferences, Concerts, Birthday Parties, Shows, Exhibitions

Impress with one of Bristol’s most unique Landmark buildings…

Frequently asked questions

What is the venue’s capacity?

Usually the venue can host 400 standing and 120 seated guests 

Currently we can safely host up to 70 seated guests with tables and approximately 50 seated guests if the upper gallery is used.  Standing reception capacities will need to be risk assessed on a case by case basis. (January 2021) 

 

Is it accessible?

Yes, there is wheelchair accessibility through the front entrance and throughout the building with the exception of the balcony seats. There is a fully accessible toilet on the ground floor. 

Is there parking?

There are public parking bays on Portland square. There is usually plenty of bays available on weekdays, weekends and evenings. You will need to pay for this parking at the current inner City rate set by the local Council. We do not have private off-road parking.  

Is there a PA?

Yes, we have a good PA system suitable for speeches and DJs. If you have any live music such as a band, they will need to bring their own PA system. Our technical team can be on hand to assist with installing it. 

In addition we have two microphones for speeches. 

What infrastructure is available?

We have 11 large round tables that can seat up to 11 people. We have approximately 6 large trestle tables that can seat 6 people. We have comfortable padded fold out chairs. You are welcome to use these at no extra cost. 

In addition we have black table cloths and black stretchy chair covers you can hire at a small charge. 

There are tables, chairs and pews in the main hall and within the foyer that you can use for break out space.

Our bar is situated in the foyer, this can serve draft beers and ciders alongside chilled bottles, wines, cocktails, soft drinks and hot drinks. A second pop-up bar can be placed in the main hall to serve cocktails, shorts, wine and bottles should you wish.  

We have staging that can be rigged to your specification, just ask! 

Do I have to bring my own lighting?

We have that covered! We have a theatre-grade lighting rig which can create stunning, ambient lighting design for your event. We have spot lights for tables, stages and pulpit. You can create your own lighting design with our tech team, anything is possible and they are on hand throughout your events to change the lighting throughout the day or night to suit your program.  

Naked flames are not permitted but we have small flickering electric fairy lights and holders for you to use. 

Can I bring my own décor?

Of course! We can rig décor from the ceiling if you have any and there are plenty of areas you are welcome to use such as foliage around the floor the veiling pillars or bunting throughout the foyer. We can be on hand to assist in rigging it for you. 

We also have a range of coloured silks you can hire that create a stunning aerial centrepiece 

Access, when can I drop off kit and other items?

If your events is on a Saturday then most of the time Friday night. If it is a week day then you might have to bring your kit and equipment with you on the day. Just speak to our events team and they will be as accommodating as possible. 

You can leave small items in the green room until Monday if your events is on the Saturday, large kit such as PAs for bands will need to be taken with the band / hirer on the night

What are the hire times?

You can hire the space for 

Morning 8:00am – 1:00pm 

Afternoon 1:00pm – 6:00pm 

Full day 8:00am – 1:00am (with weddings usually starting at 11:00am) 

Evening 5:00pm – 1:00am 

We are licensed to 1am, our bar closes at 12:30am  

Do you have a dry hire package?

We can offer you the space on a half dry hire basis; you cannot bring your own bar and we will always have an in-house tech person on site to run the sound and lighting 

However, should you want to bring all your own event furniture, décor/staging and PA you would be more than welcome to do so and fees are negotiable. 

Catering – can I bring my own?

Usually, we only allow our carefully chosen caterers on site however due to COVID19 and the restrictions that has brought us, we will allow external caterers on site in 2021&2. Please note no naked flames are permitted in the building so they will need to use electric cookers (not gas) and we will need to have a quick site visit with them before your events takes place.  

You are able to bring external outdoor caterers (using gas) in the front lawn and festival-like catering vans can park immediately outside the entrance gates.

I would like circus performers at my wedding / event, how can I choose?

The circus performers are included in some of the wedding and Christmas packages and you are able to choose all kinds of circus shows for any event. We have a huge range of professional world renowned artists and we will work closely with you to select the right ones for you. They include; aerial hoop, silks, fire juggling, trapeze, circus workshops, you can even have a hoop aerialist scattering petals over your guests in the entrance as they arrive!  

The choice is yours and your guests will definitely be wowed. The length of the acts range from 5-20 minutes and we usually program 2-3 shows during your event.  

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Caterers
  • Queen and Whippet

    Queen and Whippet specialise in rustic event catering that uses fresh seasonal and local produce. They work closely with you to create a unique and delicious menu to make your event one to remember.

    Visit https://www.queenandwhippet.com/
    for more information
  • Kates Kitchen

    Kate’s Kitchen was set up in 2007 by chef Kate Ploughman to offer top quality catering -regardless of an event’s location or scale. They create food that is good for your taste buds, tummy, wallet and the planet.

    Visit https://www.kateskitchenbristol.co.uk/
    for more information
  • Papadeli

    Papadeli was Established 14 years ago and are still creating original and delicious food that never fails to impress. They pride themselves on the variety of options they offer and can cater for all social events and parties

    Visit http://www.papadeli.co.uk/
    for more information
  • Parsnip Mash

    Quality and provenance are important to parsnip mash - they are committed to using locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients that take the shortest possible route from field to plate. No compromise.

    Visit https://parsnipmash.co.uk/
    for more information
  • The little taquero

    The award-winning Little Taqureo have taken their influences from Southern Mexico, Belize and Nicaragua. While most people are accustomed to the westernised “Tex-Mex”, their goal is to bring you a more authentic taste of the Central American Region.

    Visit http://www.thelittletaquero.co.uk/
    for more information

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