Hiring the Bridge for parties – Frequently Asked Questions
Can I look around? Yes you are very welcome, please drop into a stay and play session held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10-12 and 12.30-2.30.
What is the maximum capacity? Our inside space can accommodate 40 people (this includes adults). We cannot take bookings of over 40 people as our insurance will not cover us.
What happens on the day of my party? Your party host will meet you at the Bridge at the time your hire period starts or at the Chevening Road entrance with a large trolley (we will send you details about this a few days before your party). They will show you where everything is and how to access it. At the end of your party your host will return to clean and lock up. Please note we ask you to tidy away the outside and inside toys and equipment and dispose of helium canisters. You will also be asked to clear away all your food.
What are the kitchen facilities? We have a small kitchen inside the hall with a sink (drinking water tap) and a kettle. Inside the office is a very small fridge/freezer. Please bring your own tea and coffee. We have thermos mugs with lids that you must use for Health & Safety purposes. Please do not use anything from the cupboards that are marked for the After School Club. Please do not take anything out of the freezer – there is ice left in there at all times for a child with a medical condition who attends the after school club.
How many tables and chairs do you have? We have six small rectangular tables suitable for young children to sit at (each table seats approximately six children), two hexagonal children’s tables and two small tables that are attached to the wall. If needed we also have a long trestle table that food can be set out on. We have approximately 25 children’s small chairs and 8 adult plastic chairs. Outside are two fixed tables with benches either side. Your host will show you where all the tables and chairs are stored so you can set them up as you wish.
Can I use the outside toys and toys from inside the store room? Yes you can choose from the outside toys including the ride on cars and trikes – your party host will open the outside container for you during setup. Please note these are suitable for under fives only. You can use and take toys from the inside store room also. Please just return any items at the end of the party back to where you found them. Please don’t use anything belonging to the after school club as they are a separate business to the Bridge. Please keep doors to the store room, outside container and office closed to keep children safe.
Can I have the room completely cleared? Yes please request this when booking. Can I use outside entertainers? Yes that’s absolutely fine.
Can I bring my own decorations? Yes please do – please use string and not blue tac or sellotape (as this takes the paint off the walls). Please remove your balloons, bunting and other decoration at the end of the party.
Can I have a bouncy castle at the venue? Yes – you can set one up outside. Please email the Bridge details of the public liability insurance from the Bouncy Castle Hiring Company as our insurance doesn’t cover the use of bouncy castles.
Do you have a stereo? Yes there is a CD player in the office, you are welcome to use it inside if volume is kept to an acceptable level. However we cannot allow music to be played outside the Bridge as the music travels across the park and we have had complaints from the public before. Cars in the Park. Strictly no cars are allowed in the park for parties – this includes the hirer and also any guests. A party entertainer with a bouncy castle would be allowed in if equipment is too heavy to carry from the entrance to the park. We have two large trolleys designed for moving party goods around – a party host can meet you at the entrance to the park – you can unload your car and park it in a nearby street, walk the trolley and your party items up to the Bridge and then the reverse process happens at the end of your party with the trolley returned to a host. If you live locally you can borrow a trolley prior to your party and load from your home and then walk round.
Cars in the Park. Strictly no cars are allowed in the park for parties – this includes the hirer and also any guests. A party entertainer with a bouncy castle would be allowed in if equipment is too heavy to carry from the entrance to the park. The council lock the vehicle gates to the park. You will be assigned a key for emergency purposes and to let the bouncy castle hirer in ONLY. Misuse of this may result in the council removing our privileges and us ceasing to host parties.