Venue Hire

Summerhall provides a unique setting for any event. Notably located at the east end of the Meadows with ample public transport links, we have an amazing variety of spaces ready to use. Our dedicated events team bring a wealth of experience to be able to assist you with any event enquiry.

Below is a list of Event Packages that Summerhall offers as our bread and butter. We’d encourage you to have a look at what we offer and get in touch via our enquiry form with your specific information. If your event doesn’t fit neatly in to one of these boxes, please have a look at the closest fit but do fill out an enquiry with more information. We are very flexible and happy to discuss events and venue hire of all shapes and sizes.

For accessibility information for each of our venues please visit our accessibility page.

Please note as we approach this years Edinburgh Fringe Festival that we are unfortunately unable to accommodate private events from the 18th July through to the 4th September. We apologise for any disappointment this causes though please check out our Fringe programme or come along to enjoy the café and bars as normal.

Standard event packages

Private Parties

For anything from birthday ceilidhs to anniversary dinners and everything in between, Summerhall is perfectly placed to deliver your private party.

We offer a private party package which includes a glass of fizz on arrival for your guests, a fully stocked and staffed bar, PA system for background music, and a microphone if required. Your private party fee also includes an experienced Duty Manager supported by a dedicated team of bar and events staff on site throughout to make sure your event runs smoothly.

This package is available in two different venues – the Main Hall or the Gallery Bar – two unique spaces that are both fully equipped for your occasion.

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If you would like to enquire about hosting your private party at Summerhall please click here.

Weddings

At Summerhall we have a dedicated events team who will support you throughout the wedding planning process, from your first site visit to the big day. We offer a full ceremony and reception package, or individual packages if you’d prefer to have just the ceremony or the reception with us. As standard, our capacity for ceremonies and receptions is 120 guests, and we can accommodate up to 150 guests for an additional fee.

Our wedding package includes access to the Main Hall and Dissection Room the day prior to your ceremony and/or reception, giving you time to decorate and set up the room to your preference ahead of the big day.

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If you would like to enquire about hosting your wedding at Summerhall please click here.

Tech-Supported Rehearsals

As an arts venue, Summerhall is no stranger to theatre and performance. We are regular hosts to rehearsals of all kinds, and our black box theatre the Old Lab is an ideal space, fully kitted-out with everything you might need. The venue has a built-in lighting rig and a large mirror which makes it the perfect space for developing performance skills.

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If you would like to enquire about supported rehearsals at Summerhall please click here.

Rehearsals & Workshops

If you require a rehearsal or workshop space but you have no technical requirements, we have an array of spaces that would suit. Summerhall is home to several flexible rooms which can be used on a ‘no fuss’ basis, giving you the freedom to use the space as you require. We have previously hosted improv workshops, arts classes, one-off first aid training and just about everything in between.

Just let us know how many people will be attending and any furniture requirements and we’ll do the rest.

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If you would like to enquire about rehearsals and hosting workshops at Summerhall please click here.

Meetings

Centrally located, easily accessible by public transport, and boasting on-site catering, Summerhall is a highly desirable place for hosting meetings of all kinds. One of our most popular meeting spaces, Tech Cube 1 is equipped with a large wall mounted screen to share presentations or team-based work, and offers a variety of flexible furniture arrangements, including a board-room set-up or break-out team seating. The room comfortably fits up to 25 people boardroom style, or more depending on your layout, and is available for full day (9am-5pm) or half day (2-4 hours) hire.

Our meeting packages start at £280 plus VAT including screen hire and tea/coffee.

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If you would like to enquire about hosting your meeting at Summerhall please click here.

Conferences

With our central location, large venues, and in-house technical facilities, Summerhall is a perfect location for conferences of up to 150 attendees.

Within our conference package we offer state-of-the-art technology to fit any needs, including a projector, screen, PA system, lighting desk, lectern with microphone, additional wired mics for panel discussions and a Tech Operator to support you throughout the day.

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If you would like to enquire about hosting your conference at Summerhall please click here.

Lectures & Talks

If you would like to host a lecture or talk, our purpose-built lecture theatres are suited to a variety of audience sizes.

Dating back to 1916, the Anatomy Lecture Theatre is a unique horseshoe style space with a capacity of 58. For larger audiences, the Cairns Lecture Theatre is a 50-100 capacity venue with a more modern take on the lecture theatre. Both venues include a projector and screen to assist with presenting, and a Duty Technician to assist with your light and sound requirements.

Please note: the Anatomy Lecture Theatre is fitted with a hearing loop.

Our lectures and talks package starts at £175 plus VAT (no technical requirements).

If you would like to enquire about hosting your lecture or talk at Summerhall please click here.

Live Performances

As a year-round cultural hub and a major Fringe venue, Summerhall regularly hosts all sorts of live performances including theatre, music, dance and more. Whilst we have a dedicated programming team whose focus is to curate Summerhall’s live performance programme, our Events Team are very happy to discuss your private hire options outside of this.

If you are interested in hiring one of our venue spaces for a live performance, please do get in touch with as much information as possible including expected audience size, a description of your performance, and any technical requirements.

If you would like to enquire about hosting your live performance at Summerhall please click here.

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Festivals

Within Summerhall we have a huge array of venue spaces available ranging from lecture theatres, large halls, two public bars and a spacious outdoor courtyard. Our events team have hosted trade fairs, Christmas Markets and drinks festivals which have incorporated several different spaces over the course of a day or a weekend, to create a thriving festival environment.

If you’d like to discuss a festival of any size, please get in touch with as much information as possible and one of our events managers will be in touch.

If you would like to enquire about hosting your festival at Summerhall please click here.

Screenings

Summerhall hosts a year-round cinema program in our Red Lecture Theatre with a cutting-edge DCP projector and Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound in a retro setting. The cinema is available for private hires, independent film launches, or just to sit back, grab a drink from the bar, and screen your favourite movie with friends.

The venue hire includes a dedicated Cinema Operator to ensure everything runs smoothly, and we are able to source distribution/screening rights for your movie if required.

The cinema can hold up to 84 people.

Our off-peak screenings (Monday to Wednesday between 10am and 4pm) start at £150 plus VAT, up to £250 plus VAT if you require us to source distribution/screening rights. At peak times this increases to £432 plus VAT or £332 plus VAT without distribution/screening rights.

If you would like to enquire about hosting your screening at Summerhall please click here.

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