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Hiring the Abbey Field Centre

The Abbey Field Centre is available for hire again until Friday 18 December 2020. Please check the availability of the space and contact us on to discuss your needs.

The Abbey Field Centre is available for hire around the Mercury Theatre’s rehearsal and community programme. The building is available for community, business and creative use. The building is suitable for:

  • Meetings and conferences
  • Rehearsals (note: the space is not equipped with a dance floor)
  • Events and parties
  • Exercise and some sporting activities (not ball sports)

The Abbey Field Centre’s hours of operation are 8am-12am, seven days per week, and it is hired under specific terms and conditions.

The building is not licensed for public performance or the sale of alcohol – you will need to obtain a temporary event licence from Colchester Borough Council for selling alcohol.

The Make It Space

All hires of the Abbey Field Centre must include a hire of the Make It Space.

  • Dimensions: 38m x 15m
  • Capacity: 80 people (to help maintain social distancing)
  • Space can be divided in the middle with a curtain (not sound-proof)

The Mezzanine

Suitable as a break-out space for meetings and workshops.

  • Dimensions: 9m x 6m
  • Capacity: 10 people (to help maintain social distancing)
  • Sound-proofing between the Mezzanine and the Make It Space
  • The space is accessed via a staircase – there is no lift

The Green Room

The Green Room is suitable as a break out space, or reception / waiting area for events.

  • Capacity: 8 people (to help maintain social distancing)


The modern kitchen is equipped with catering facilities for small groups. Facilities include:

  • Gas cooker
  • Adjustable height sink
  • Fridge
  • Dishwasher


  • Male and Female WCs, and an accessible WC
  • Six parking spaces reserved on-site for users of the Abbey Field Centre, plus three accessible / blue badge spaces
  • Up to 100 chairs and 10 tables (6ft long)
  • High-speed Wifi
  • A basic AV system including projector and amplification

Note: The building contains a Mercury Theatre office. Staff may be present, and using the shared facilities (toilet, kitchen, parking) during your hire.

A caretaker will let you into the space and lock up when you leave. They will not be on site for the duration of your hire. You will need to ensure you have your own first aid provision whilst in the building.

Hiring Rates

All rates cover the hire of the entire building, with the exception of the building office which may be staffed by Mercury Theatre staff at any time.

  • £75 +VAT  per hour or £500 + VAT per day (8 hours between 8am – 10pm)
  • £50+ VAT per hour discount rate available to individual hirers or organisations with a main address registered in the CO2 7 postcode area, registered charities registered anywhere within the administrative boundaries of Colchester Borough Council, or Mercury Theatre Associate Artists / alumni of the Mercury’s Early Career Training Programme

Additional hours charged at hourly rate.

A security deposit of £300 is payable in advance, and will be returned (minus any repair or additional cleaning costs) within ten working days of the hire or, by mutual agreement, at the end of a series of regular hires. Deposit must be paid 30 days before the hire commences, by BACS or card.

Additional Charges

  • Self-operated PA System (1 x I pod input, 1 x microphone): £25 + VAT per day
  • Projector & Pop-up Screen: £25 + VAT per day
  • Caretaker out of hours: £15 + VAT per hour

All hires are subject to our Terms and Conditions.

How to Hire

First – Check the availability of the space.

Then, if the space is available, complete our online booking form below.

The Abbey Field Centre

More information about the Abbey Field Centre, and the Make It Space

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