Reading Room

Over Alderley and Birtles Reading Room has served the local community for more than 120 years. It is an ideal location for events and functions. It is a charming community meeting place that seats up to 80 people.

Event Space

The Reading Room consists of a large main room, a smaller room and kitchen as well as storeroom and toilets. Main room: 14.4m x 5.94m. Height 3.8m rising to 5m in the centre Small room: 4.3m x 4m. Height 3.8m The Reading Room seats a maximum of 80 people. Furniture Included in hire of the Reading Room is: 12 large tables: 1830 x 685 x 698 high 12 small tables: 915 x 685 x 698 high 72 upholstered chairs Additional chairs available on request


Included in hire of the Reading Room is the kitchen which includes: 2 x cookers Dishwasher Water boiler Double sink Extensive work surfaces Under-counter fridge Suitable for up to 80 people: Cups Saucers Main plates Side plates Wine glasses Bowls Jugs Teapots Coffee pots Sugar bowls Tablecloths Cutlery Hirers wishing to use the kitchen equipment, crockery and cutlery must advise the Booking Secretary at the time of booking. A charge will be made for any damages or breakages.


The Reading Room has 30 car parking spaces split across two car parks, one either side of the building. Additional cars can be parked on the grass in good weather.


2 x ladies 2 x gents 1x disabled


The Reading Room does not have an entertainment licence so hirers must ensure they comply with current legislation in this respect. A musical entertainment must cease by 12.00 midnight and discos and bands should be asked to control the volume to an acceptable level taking into consideration the proximity of neighbours.

events for under 18s

In the case of functions organised for those under the age of 18 it is the responsibility of the organiser to ensure that no alcoholic beverages or banned substances are available on the premises. Event organisers must ensure that at least two attendants at the age of 18 or over are available to prevent guests from congregating in the entrance area and to supervise any emergency evacuations.

health and safety

Smoke generators, lasers, strobe lights, pyrotechnics and naked lights including candles are prohibited.


The Reading Room should be left in a clean and tidy state including removal of rubbish as there are no bins available at the Reading Room.

contact us

Over Alderley and Birtles Reading Room, Birtles Lane, Over Alderley, Cheshire, SK10 4SN For Booking and Enquiries please call: 01625 478703 or email:

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