As well as a Café, the building in St.James’ Park houses a Community Room, which is also operated by ParkLife.

The Community Room opened for business on 17th July 2011, and can be hired out by individuals for birthday parties, by community organisations and educational groups for activities and training, or by private organisations.

Community organisations can also hire out the room in conjunction with organised events in St.James’ Park, for example to provide safe storage during an event, for a wet weather option, or as a venue for related indoor activities.

Community Room, Play in the Park! event, July 2011
(photo courtesry of Martin Caveney)
Visit our Community Groups page to see a range of groups who meet regularly in the Community Room.


The Community Room has a floor area of 20m2 and a combination of tables and chairs offering different layouts according to requirements e.g:

  • Parties for up to 40 children and accompanying adults;
  • Meetings for up to 20 attendees seated at tables;
  • Lectures for up to 40 seated guests;
  • Extension of the ParkLife Café with up to 30 more seats.

For all hirings, a catering service is available from the ParkLife Café, and ParkLife can also offer the use of a ceiling-mounted projector with a 1.5m screen.

Hire Times & Charges

The Community Room is available for hire during normal working hours. A discount hire rate is normally available for registered charities or other constituted community organisations.

To find out about hiring the Community Room and catering options from the ParkLife Café, please contact ParkLife on 023 8077 9763 (Mon‑Sun, 9am‑5pm) and ask to speak to the Café Manager.