Private Hire

Celebrate in style by exclusively hiring our heritage venue

Are you looking for an atmospheric and unique location for your special event? Distinct heritage and contemporary architectures combine to design an elegant venue for parties and gatherings.

Over two floors, The Pennoyer Centre offers a range of stunning blank canvas spaces including the 15th century Guild Chapel and modern glass atrium. Layout designs can be altered for specific needs and decorated to suit personalised themes or interests. The Centre’s airy rooms can be adapted to accommodate large parties of up to 100 guests. Intimate gatherings, such as wakes, suit the tranquil atmosphere of the Guild Chapel perfectly.

We hired The Pennoyer Centre for a 50th birthday party. The venue is super - maintaining traditional features with modern design and facilities. On booking all options were explained clearly to us by Karen who was friendly & professional and great to deal with throughout. Karen was there on the evening with Pat - they made an excellent team, helping us to set up, serving welcome drinks and generally making sure everything was ok. Thank you so much and we will definitely see you again in the future

Estelle Packham


The Centre’s space is flexible and can be used for small events or functions catering for up to 100 attendees. Formal table settings can seat up to 64 guests or 72 buffet invitees.

Catering and event planning

We welcome caterers to the Pennoyer Centre and can offer local recommendations. If you would like help planning your event, our staff can assist in all aspects.


Event planning, staff on the day including help setting and clearing-up, sound system, wi-fi, tables and chairs.


Full use of the kitchen, crockery, plates, tablecloths and other decorations can be hired at additional costs from the Centre.


The Centre is accessible for all your guests and Centre staff are on hand to help in any way to ensure your event is perfect. There is a lift to the first floor, disabled toilets on both floors and portable acoustic loop system. The Centre also offers free car parking with disabled spaces onsite.

For further information about accessibility please contact us.


We are located 16 miles south of Norwich, 10 miles north of Diss and accessed by car from the A14, A140 or by train from Diss Train Station (LLS-Norwich line). The Pennoyer Centre is easily reachable ensuring it is an ideal venue for guests arriving from regions other than Norfolk. The Centre offers free car parking spaces onsite.

Good to know

  • The Pennoyer Centre is licensed to sell alcohol until 11.30pm
  • The Centre has a music licence until 11.30pm
  • The venue’s sound system plays music throughout all the ground floor areas

Let's discuss your event requirements