Tonbridge School, Kent

Tonbridge School is an independent day and boarding school for boys aged 13-18 in Tonbridge, Kent, founded in 1553 by Sir Andrew Judde.

Tonbridge School
Tonbridge School
High Street
Tonbridge
Kent, TN9 1JP

Memorable venues for all occasions

Tonbridge School is fortunate to be situated on a stunning 150 acre site which is conveniently located on the northern edge of Tonbridge town, 25 miles southeast of London. The school offers a wealth of outstanding facilities, all of which are available to hire and will provide a memorable venue for any occasion. A combination of traditional charm and the most up-to-date resources ensure the facilities are ideally suited for a wide range of events. These include residential, academic, musical and artistic courses, conferences, exhibitions, concerts, musical recordings, theatre productions, sports development camps, private functions, wedding ceremonies and receptions.

Services available for all facilities:

  • Wi-fi
  • In-house catering
  • Free car parking
  • Audio Visual Equipment
  • Accommodation
  • Dedicated Events Manager

Dance, Drama & Music

Theatre

The EM Forster Theatre was built offers a flexible, professional space for a diverse range of artistic events including theatre, comedy, dance, cinema and music productions, as well as being a flexible venue for conferences and seminars. The modern theatre seats up to 368, split between the stalls and circle level. The stage is over 8m by 7m enabling the accommodation of large scale productions, it can also be dressed for intimate events. We offer a complete lighting, projection and sound service. Fully licensed bar and catering available.

Historic Hall

Big School is a traditional hall with a stage and includes many original features such as a minstrel’s gallery, stained glass windows and wooden floor. The excellent acoustics and up-to-date AV equipment makes it a perfect venue for many occasions, including concerts or recordings, private functions, conferences & exhibitions, room hire and bar events. Capacities: Theatre Style up to 350, Seated Dining up to 150, Standing Reception up to 350.

Drama Studio

Within the EM Forster Theatre complex is a smaller studio theatre, seating up to 90, which can also be hired, as well as two foyers that adapt as teaching or rehearsal areas, a dressing room and classroom facilities.

Recital Room

The Recital Room Is suitable for minor performances and recordings and has a capacity of 78-120. Adjacent catering facilities are available in the Orchard Centre. Dimensions: 17m x 10m.

Music Room

The Octagon Room Is suitable for smaller, more intimate recitals with a capacity of 40. Adjacent catering facilities are available in the Orchard Centre. Dimensions are 8m x 8m.

Dance Studio

The Multi Purpose Studio with a stunning maple timber semi-sprung floor, and a separate balcony overlooking the Sports Hall, is a bright, spacious area which is fully air-conditioned and highly versatile venue suitable for a variety of sports, exercise classes and as a conference venue. The studio can be split in to two rooms using the sliding partition wall, or combined to form one sizable area, suitable for larger events. The studio is suitable for activity hire including martial arts and dance.

Chapel

The Chapel of St Augustine offers a creative venue for music and choral groups. The outstanding facilities include a magnificent organ and are the perfect venue for recordings, recitals and competitions for professional and amateur organisations alike, seating up to 700 guests. Adjacent catering facilities available in the Orchard Centre. Dimensions: 49m x 12m.

Sports & Fitness

Sports Hall

The beautifully finished 5-court multi-sports hall boasts a state of the art, semi-sprung Taraflex Sport Performance floor and a part-translucent panelled ceiling to allow for the option of natural lighting. With an electronic scoreboard, two team dug-outs, toughened glass windows and sports-specific lighting, this multi-functional area has the scope to accommodate an abundant variety of sports activities including Football, Cricket, Basketball, Volleyball, Badminton, Indoor Hockey and Climbing.

Multi Purpose Studio

The Multi Purpose Studio with a stunning maple timber semi-sprung floor, and a separate balcony overlooking the Sports Hall, is a bright, spacious area which is fully air-conditioned and highly versatile venue suitable for a variety of sports, exercise classes and as a conference venue. The studio can be split in to two rooms using the sliding partition wall, or combined to form one sizable area, suitable for larger events. The studio is suitable for activity hire including martial arts and dance.

Astro Turf Pitches

Thee astro turf pitches are available: Foundation - world class floodlit water-based astro with a tiered seating unit accommodating 170 people, plus standing area. Rowans: floodlit Tiger Turf Evolution, water-based or dry astro with an 80 seat tiered unit plus standing area. Available for Hockey, Football and Tennis. Thomas’: A Polytan sand filled pitch, ideal for Tennis or Hockey with capacity for 150 standing spectators.

Swimming Pool

The 25 metre, six-lane swimming pool has integrated diving blocks and removable anti-wave lane ropes. The water is maintained to the highest quality using state of the art ultra-violet technology. It is ideal for swimming galas, scuba diving and fully equipped for water polo.

Athletics Track

The certified six-lane Athletics Track has been used by Double Olympic Gold Medallist Dame Kelly Holmes for much of her training. Field athletes are catered for with our discus, javelin, shot put, high jump, Olympic standard pole vault and long jump facilities.

Treatment Room

Two group ice baths, two individual ice baths and an ice machine are available in the treatment room. This room provides a sanctuary for athletes looking to reduce inflammation and help flush harmful metabolic waste products from their muscles after training.

Celebrations & Events

Historic Hall

Big School is a traditional hall with a stage and includes many original features such as a minstrel’s gallery, stained glass windows and wooden floor. The excellent acoustics and up-to-date AV equipment makes it a perfect venue for many occasions, including concerts or recordings, private functions, conferences & exhibitions, room hire and bar events. Capacities: Theatre Style up to 350, Seated Dining up to 150, Standing Reception up to 350.

Function Room

The Orchard Centre is a modern, fully air conditioned facility overlooking the wonderful view of The Head, the school’s primary cricket pitch. Offering a ground floor cafe area and first floor function room that can be sectioned into three smaller areas if required. Suitable for private dining, conferences & exhibitions, room hire, bar events. Ground Floor Cafe Capacities: seated dining up to 60, standing reception up to 80. First Floor Capacities: seated dining up to 150, theatre style 120, standing reception with bar up to 250.

Multi Purpose Studio

The Multi-purpose Studio has a stunning maple timber semi-sprung floor and a separate balcony overlooking the Sports Hall. This bright, spacious area is fully air-conditioned and is a highly versatile venue suitable for a variety of sports, conferences and parties. Our multi-purpose rooms may be used as individual private function rooms or combined to form one sizable area, suitable for larger events. The Studio is fully adaptable with a sliding partition wall and projector and screen, it provides flexibility for hosting functions and events.

Entertaining Areas

Having recently, been refurbished Old Big School Gallery has been transformed into a multi-functional space. The heritage and character of the space remains and it now benefits from state of the art lighting and audio visual equipment, mobile display walls and a mezzanine gallery. It is a superb venue for the arts, conferences and exhibitions, receptions and select catering events and is best suited for cold buffet reception menu's or licensed bar events.

Historic Hall

The Lowry Room is a traditional venue with vaulted ceiling and minstrel gallery. It is situated in the heart of the school and is a perfect venue for private dining, evening receptions and meetings. Suitable for: private dining, conferences and exhibitions, room hire, bar events. Capacities: seated dining up to 80, seated buffet up to 70, standing reception up to 120, theatre style up to 60.

Pavilion

With direct access to the Athletics Track, the Athletics Pavilion is ideal as a sports event office but is suitable for parties and meetings alike. Equipped with a laptop, projector and screen, and a fully-equipped kitchenette, our Athletics Pavilion provides an ideal location for meetings, functions and training courses.

Entertaining Areas

The Sports Bar and Café at Tonbridge Sports Centre offer suitable spaces for casual meetings and events, with stunning views. over the Athletics Track and Astroturf pitches. Catering can be arranged to enhance any function, we can provide teas and coffees as well as hot and cold finger buffets.

Courses & Corporate

Entertaining Areas

Having recently, been refurbished Old Big School Gallery has been transformed into a multi-functional space. The heritage and character of the space remains and it now benefits from state of the art lighting and audio visual equipment, mobile display walls and a mezzanine gallery. It is a superb venue for the arts, conferences and exhibitions, receptions and select catering events and is best suited for cold buffet reception menu's or licensed bar events.

Theatre

The EM Forster Theatre was built offers a flexible, professional space for a diverse range of artistic events including theatre, comedy, dance, cinema and music productions, as well as being a flexible venue for conferences and seminars. The modern theatre seats up to 368, split between the stalls and circle level. The stage is over 8m by 7m enabling the accommodation of large scale productions, it can also be dressed for intimate events. We offer a complete lighting, projection and sound service. Fully licensed bar and catering available.

Historic Entertaining Areas

Big School is a traditional hall with a stage and includes many original features such as a minstrel’s gallery, stained glass windows and wooden floor. The excellent acoustics and up-to-date AV equipment makes it a perfect venue for many occasions, including concerts or recordings, private functions, conferences & exhibitions, room hire and bar events. Capacities: Theatre Style up to 350, Seated Dining up to 150, Standing Reception up to 350.

Historic Entertaining Areas

The Lowry Room is a traditional venue with vaulted ceiling and minstrel gallery. It is situated in the heart of the school and is a perfect venue for private dining, evening receptions and meetings. Suitable for: private dining, conferences and exhibitions, room hire, bar events. Capacities: seated dining up to 80, seated buffet up to 70, standing reception up to 120, theatre style up to 60.

Multi Purpose Studio

The Multi-purpose Studio has a stunning maple timber semi-sprung floor and a separate balcony overlooking the Sports Hall. This bright, spacious area is fully air-conditioned and is a highly versatile venue suitable for a variety of sports, conferences and parties. Our multi-purpose rooms may be used as individual private function rooms or combined to form one sizable area, suitable for larger events. The Studio is fully adaptable with a sliding partition wall and projector and screen, it provides flexibility for hosting functions and events.

Function Room

The Orchard Centre is a modern, fully air conditioned facility overlooking the wonderful view of The Head, the school’s primary cricket pitch. Offering a ground floor cafe area and first floor function room that can be sectioned into three smaller areas if required. Suitable for private dining, conferences & exhibitions, room hire, bar events. Ground Floor Cafe Capacities: seated dining up to 60, standing reception up to 80. First Floor Capacities: seated dining up to 150, theatre style 120, standing reception with bar up to 250.

Meeting Rooms

The Boardroom and Ogilvie Room are adjoining rooms that are available individually or as one large venue, suitable for small meetings, seminars and conferences. The Boardroom has a VDU screen & AV facilities. The nearby Lowry room compliments the facilities and offer further amenities if required. Suitable for board meetings, small presentations. Capacities: board meeting up to 22, theatre Style up to 25. Dimensions: Boardroom 7.2 m x 6m, Ogilvie room 7.2 m x 6m, Combined 14.4m x 6m.

Pavilion

With direct access to the Athletics Track, the Athletics Pavilion is ideal as a sports event office but is suitable for parties and meetings alike. Equipped with a laptop, projector and screen, and a fully-equipped kitchenette, our Athletics Pavilion provides an ideal location for meetings, functions and training courses.

Accommodation

Accommodation

All accommodation is within walking distance of the main campus, and provides comfortable amenities in both traditional and modern settings for approximately 300 guests. Each House offers boarding facilities including single, twin and dormitory-style bedrooms, bathroom facilities, communal recreational spaces and private areas for staff.

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