Ritchie’s Hall Hiring Tips
If possible, when hiring a hall for a children’s birthday party, avoid big, echoey halls and look for venues with a car park for guests. Small village halls and church halls are great. Home parties are great too. For parties at home, I reccomend to invite no more than 15 children. I offer a 1 hour package for home parties.
Avoid town centre venues as they are very difficult for guests to park in. Soft play centres are chaotic and normally have stressed out staff that are keen to usher you quickly in and out for the other 3 parties that day.
Check that they have a kitchen and if you wish to serve alcohol to the grown-ups, check they don’t have a “no alcohol” policy.
Booking 30 mins before and after the party is OK to set up/pack down, but an hour each side of the party times (especially before the party) is best for you if possible. Book the hall for a two hour party for four hours if you can. Ask a few friends/family to help with set up/pack down to move chairs, etc. 2 hours is the best length for a children’s birthday party.
Best to book Ritchie for the 2-hour party in a hall/venue for a birthday party. If you do go for the 1-hour package, bring a music system for after Ritchie has left.
Book Ritchie before you book the hall. There are loads of halls around but only one Ritchie! “Oh no, you are booked already? Can you cancel the other party?” Sorry, no!
Sutton halls for hire
Croydon halls for hire
(Avoid Project B) *
Kingston halls for hire
East Surrey halls for hire
Merton halls for hire
Bromley halls for hire
* Project B has a massive staircase to get into the venue and the nearest parking is really far away. There’s no kitchen and staff are unhelpful.