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The Athenaeum

The Athenaeum

This elegant 18th century Grade I listed building was originally designed as an Assembly Rooms for playing cards and hosting balls. Beautifully renovated, this venue is situated in the historic centre of Bury St Edmunds and offers superb function space.

There are 5 flexible function spaces including inter-linking rooms for 10 to 250 guests. There are plenty of amenities from AV equipment such as screens, projectors and Wi-Fi, as well as stationary, flip charts, sound systems and technical support on request. Suitable for a range of corporate events from small intimate business meetings, to conferences, gala dinners and presentations. The entire building can also be hired for your function.

The Athenaeum is also a top venue for Weddings, christening, private parties and Christmas celebrations. The dedicated events team can offer a range of packages and bespoke options to meeting your requirements. There is an in-house caterer Sodexo Prestige who can host events from informal buffets to fine dining and should you require accommodation there is a hotel next door and another 10 minutes’ walk.

In a great location, in the heart of the bustling old centre of Bury St Edmunds on Angel Hill. There is parking a 5-minute walk away and free parking for up to 80 cars can be arranged for corporate functions. The Bury St Edmunds train station is a 15-minute walk from the hotel.

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Venue The Athenaeum
Capacity 250 guests
Address Angel Hill
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP33 1LU
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Packages (12)

Celebration of Life Packages

  • Guests: 250 max (minimum numbers apply)
  • Price from: £7.50 per person
  • Description & Details

    - Light Refreshment package from £7.50 per person
    - Sandwich Buffet package from £16.00 per person
    - Finger Buffet package from £22.00 per person
    - Afternoon Tea package from £26.00 per person

    Room Hire charge might apply depending on number of guests.

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The Athenaeum - Prom Package

Prom Package

  • Guests: 250 max (minimum numbers apply)
  • Price from: £12.00 per person
  • Description & Details

    Hire of the elegant, Georgian, chandeliered Ballroom at £1300.00 (this price includes door security).

    Catering options available for up to 250 guests:
    - Burgers/hot dogs and wages at £12.00 per person
    - Finger buffet at £18.00 per person
    - Two course fork buffet at £24.00 per person
    - Two/Three course dinner from £30.00 per person
    - Reception mocktail from £3.90 per person
    - Ice cream bike from £2.50 per tab
    - Chair covers at £5.00 each
    - Popcorn cart at £100.00
    - Decorating packages from £500.00

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The Athenaeum - A Christmas Carol Private Party Nights

A Christmas Carol Private Party Nights

  • Guests: 160 max (minimum numbers apply)
  • Price from: £46.50 per person
  • Description & Details

    Package includes:
    - Event manager
    - Glass of Fizz on Arrival
    - Three Course Christmas Dinner
    - Tea/Coffee
    - Party DJ
    - Christmas decorations
    - Venue security

    Dates and prices:
    £46.50 per person
    Dates available throughout December 2021
    Minimum of 150 guests required

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The Athenaeum - A Christmas Carol Shared Party Nights

A Christmas Carol Shared Party Nights

  • Guests: 160 max (minimum numbers apply)
  • Price from: £44.50 per person
  • Description & Details

    Package includes:
    - Event manager
    - Glass of Fizz on Arrival
    - Three Course Christmas Dinner
    - Tea/Coffee
    - Party DJ
    - Christmas decorations
    - Venue security

    Dates and prices:
    £44.50 per person - Thursday 2nd, Thursday 9th, Thursday 16th December 2021
    £48.50 per person - Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th, Friday 10th, Saturday 11th, Friday 17th, Saturday 18th December 2021

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The Athenaeum - A Christmas Carol Sunday Lunch

A Christmas Carol Sunday Lunch

  • Guests: 150 max (minimum numbers apply)
  • Price from: £30.00 per person
  • Description & Details

    Package includes:
    - Event manager
    - Three Course Christmas Sunday Lunch
    - Tea and Coffee
    - Christmas decorations
    - For little ones that choose from the Children's menu a small gift will be provided

    Dates:
    - Sunday 5th December 2021
    - Sunday 12th December 2021
    - Sunday 19th December 2021

    Prices:
    - £30.00 per adult
    - £20.00 per child (aged between 3 & 12 years old)

    Terms and Conditions:
    - Bookings are required for minimum of 4 guests
    - Sunday Lunch will be served at 1:00pm
    - Full T&C will be provided upon enquiry/booking

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Gold Day Delegate Rate

  • Guests: 180 max (minimum numbers apply)
  • Price from: £35.00 per person + vat
  • Description & Details

    - Dedicated Duty Manager on the day
    - Hire of the main meeting room
    - All standard AV equipment (screen/projector)
    - Wireless internet access
    - Delegate stationery (conference pads and pens)
    - Pre-bookable car parking permits
    - Lectern
    - Flipchart and pens
    - Three servings of refreshments (tea/coffee/water)
    - Homemade cookies served on arrival
    - Finger buffet lunch
    - Jugs of juice served with lunch

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Platinum Day Delegate Rate

  • Guests: 180 max (minimum numbers apply)
  • Price from: £37.00 per person + vat
  • Description & Details

    - Dedicated Duty Manager on the day
    - Hire of the main meeting room
    - All standard AV equipment (screen/projector)
    - Wireless internet access
    - Delegate stationery (conference pads and pens)
    - Pre-bookable car parking permits
    - Lectern
    - Flipchart and pens
    - Three servings of refreshments (tea/coffee/water)
    - Danish pastries served on arrival
    - Finger buffet lunch
    - Jugs of juice served with lunch
    - Homemade cookies served with afternoon break

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Silver Day Delegate Rate

  • Guests: 180 max (minimum numbers apply)
  • Price from: £27.50 per person + vat
  • Description & Details

    - Dedicated Duty Manager on the day
    - Hire of the main meeting room
    - All standard AV equipment (screen/projector)
    - Wireless internet access
    - Delegate stationery (conference pads and pens)
    - Pre-bookable car parking permits
    - Lectern
    - Flipchart and pens
    - Three servings of refreshments (tea/coffee/water)
    - Sandwich buffet lunch

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The Athenaeum - Afternoon Tea Wedding Package

Afternoon Tea Wedding Package

  • Guests: 160 max (minimum numbers apply)
  • Price from: £45.50 per person
  • Description & Details

    Afternoon Tea Buffet
    One Drink on Arrival
    Tea and Coffee

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The Athenaeum - All Inclusive Wedding Package

All Inclusive Wedding Package

  • Guests: 160 max (minimum numbers apply)
  • Price from: £90.50 per person
  • Description & Details

    Two Drinks and Four Canapes on Arrival
    Three Course served Wedding Breakfast
    Half Bottle of House Wine with Dinner
    Tea and Coffee
    One Glass of Sparkling wine for Toasting
    Complimentary Wedding Tasting for Two

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The Athenaeum - Three Course Wedding Package

Three Course Wedding Package

  • Guests: 160 max (minimum numbers apply)
  • Price from: £80.50 per person
  • Description & Details

    Two Drinks on Arrival
    One Glass of Sparkling Wine for Toasting
    Three Course Served Wedding Breakfast
    Half Bottle of House Wine with Dinner
    Tea and Coffee
    Complimentary Wedding Tasting for Two

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The Athenaeum - Two Course Wedding Package

Two Course Wedding Package

  • Guests: 160 max (minimum numbers apply)
  • Price from: £65.50 per person
  • Description & Details

    One drink on arrival
    Two course seated buffet or Two course served Wedding Breakfast
    Tea and Coffee
    One glass of sparkling wine for toasting

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Please note that advertised packages are guideline prices and subject to availability and number of guests attending.

Function Rooms & Event Spaces (4)

The Ballroom - The Athenaeum

The Ballroom

  • Max Capacity: 200
  • Full Details

    The elegant, Georgian, chandeliered Ballroom is an ideal setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions, awards, dinners, parties and conferences.

    Capacity

    • Reception: 200
    • Theatre: 180
    • Banqueting: 160
    • Dinner & Dance: 160
    • Cabaret: 160
    • Classroom: 100
    • U-Shape: 70
    • Boardroom: 70
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The Lounge - The Athenaeum

The Lounge

  • Max Capacity: 70
  • Full Details

    Hire of this bright and airy space includes all standard AV equipment (screen, projector, wireless internet access, flipcharts and delegate stationery). This room is also suitable for medium size parties and private events.

    Capacity

    • Theatre: 70
    • Banqueting: 50
    • Dinner & Dance: 50
    • Cabaret: 40
    • Classroom: 30
    • U-Shape: 40
    • Boardroom: 40
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The Old Library - The Athenaeum

The Old Library

  • Max Capacity: 40
  • Full Details

    This airy and light room at the front of the Athenaeum is perfect for small meetings and private dining.

    Capacity

    • Theatre: 50
    • Banqueting: 15
    • Cabaret: 30
    • Classroom: 18
    • U-Shape: 20
    • Boardroom: 15
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The Reading Room - The Athenaeum

The Reading Room

  • Max Capacity: 40
  • Full Details

    Inter-linked with the Lounge, the Reading Room is a beautiful yet formal meeting space on the 1st floor, benefiting from a balcony over-looking Angel Hill and the entrance to the Abbey Gardens.

    Capacity

    • Theatre: 40
    • Banqueting: 40
    • Dinner & Dance: 40
    • Cabaret: 30
    • Classroom: 20
    • U-Shape: 25
    • Boardroom: 25
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Venue Features (12)

  • AV Equipment
  • Disability Access
  • Family Friendly
  • In-house Catering
  • Late Licence
  • Licensed Bar
  • Local Public Transport
  • Music Licence
  • Outside Space
  • Parking
  • Smoking Area
  • Wi-Fi Access