Things To Consider When Booking A Venue

1st June 2022
Things To Consider When Booking A Venue

You've chosen the date, thought about the theme and started the invite list — but where should your next event be held?

Searching for a venue shouldn’t be stressful, we can help!

We have put together a handy list of things you should consider when it comes to finding a suitable venue for your next event.


Can the venue accommodate the amount of people expected, as well as provide space for entertainment? Is there a minimum capacity limit?

Seating Arrangements

Are there enough tables and chairs? Are there any pre-determined seating plans available to help you decide the layout?

Audio Visual Equipment

Is there any equipment provided as standard? Consider if you need a projector, lighting and audio system.

Is there Wi-Fi available? If so, are you allowed guests access to it?

Décor or decorating the room(s)

Are you allowed to decorate the space? Check to see if there any restrictions on what can be displayed, such as using helium balloons or sticking things to walls?

Setting up and breaking down

Have you factored in the setup and teardown included in the booking? Never assume, always check! You can be charged for extra time on site outside of your booking slot.

Catering / Food

Do you have catering arrangements? Will you have access to a kitchenette or prep space to use?

If you are planning on allowing alcohol at your event please check that alcohol permitted. Licenses and permissions, such as TENS, are required for public events.

Payments / Invoices

What are the terms and conditions for payment – do you have to pay upfront or retrospectively? Is there a cancellation policy? Some venues need 7 days’ notice for cancellation.

Site Staff

Will there be staff on hand to help guide guests on the night?

Site staff will often anticipate your needs without having to ask because of their level of experience, which will come handy on entry and exit of the venue.

Get In Touch!

You can submit with us and our BookingsGuru’s will send a response within 24 hours. (Monday to Friday) You are welcome at most venues to schedule a site visit ahead of your event to make sure it meets all of your needs. We have photos of each space on our website too.

Find a venue via our website

Prefer to speak to a human? Give us a call on 03330 110476 or search for a venue in your area via our website.

We have over 50 venues to choose from Yorkshire all the way down to Essex! (and everything in between)

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Interview with Clubbercise Instructor Marie

6th May 2022
Interview with Clubbercise Instructor Marie

Marie Tur has taken Northampton by storm with her popular Clubbercise classes at The Wooldale Centre for Learning.

Clubbercise® is a " full body workout with a banging soundtrack that gets great results."

A variety of fitness levels can be accommodated by the routines, which combine dance, toning, and combat moves. The classes are held in a darkened room with disco lights and the signature LED glow sticks - the soundtracks are more like your clubbing days but without the hangover or need to wear heels. Win win!

We caught up with Marie for a quick Q&A to find out more.

Why did you become a Clubbercise instructor?

My friend presented this class at a fitness weekend I was at back in November 2015 and I loved it, I thought such a fun class that everyone could do and would be great fun to teach….

Tell me more about you classes… what can potential clubbers expect?

Clubbercise is great fun, easy to follow dance fitness class suitable for all levels. It’s taught in a darkened room with disco lights and glow sticks making it feel like a night out not work out!

Why should people choose Clubbercise?

The Classes are taught in a darkened room so people don't have to feel self-conscious. It's super fun and will have you leaving with a smile on your face.

It’s amazing for both your mental health and physical health too. It’s actually exercise in disguise!

What are your goals and what keeps you motivated?

To get more people moving and enjoying exercise and to help people feel better in themselves so they can lead a happier life. I love to help people lead a more active life, it’s so important.

…and Just for fun...Whats your most used emoji?


Bring your glow sticks and join Marie every Thursday for fun, fitness, and new friends


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May Half Term Camps 2022

27th April 2022
May Half Term Camps 2022

Keeping the kids busy at Half Term is always a challenge - especially when it is the shorter ones like this May break!

With Easter already behind us, but not into the summer term just yet, we often forget that there is a week off in May (and this years Bank Holiday dates changing doesn't help!).

Keep the kids busy and make sure you have the working week covered with Freestyle's Football Camp or Gymnastics Camp - there are two to choose from again this school holiday.

Freestyle camps have a great reputation for their exciting sessions, keeping young people busy, engaged and active! (and most of all wearing them out for us!)

Book a slot before they all go via

or call BookingsGuru on 03330 110476 anytime Monday to Friday 9am until 5.30pm or drop us an email on and we'll get back to you within 24 hours.

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Cobblers Brick Show 2022

28th March 2022
Cobblers Brick Show 2022

The Wooldale Centre for Learning (part of Caroline Chisholm School) was host to the annual Cobblers Brick Show event at the weekend (26th March) after being postponed due to the covid 19 pandemic.

@cobblersbrickshow returned for their third year, collaborating with amateur builders and traders to spark imagination and inspire others. 💫 Hundreds of fans traveled from all over to see two halls of set builds, trade tables and more.

Master builders spent many hours (and miles traveled) constructing their sets, some late into the night ahead of the doors opening.

Impressive architecture included amusement parks, train sets and micro-city builds complete with a castle! 🏰 The annual event has become a date not to be missed in any brick fanatics diary.

See more photos, videos and behind the scenes on our social media

Host your next event with us by calling 03330 110476 or email one of the team on

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Easter Holiday Camps 2022

24th March 2022
Easter Holiday Camps 2022

Easter Holiday Camps have been confirmed here at The Wooldale Centre for Learning!

Choose from -

Northampton Rhythmic Gymnastics

Rhythmic gymnastics is an incredible sport that encompasses beauty, elegance and grace, as well as strength, control and apparatus handling.

From a young age gymnasts will be able to improve their flexibility whilst learning to control their bodies and master handling all 5 apparatus:

ball and rope.

Monday 4th April 16:30 - 19:00
Wednesday 6th April 16:30 - 19:00
Thursday 7th April 16:30 - 19:00
Friday 8th April 16:30 - 19:00
Monday 11th April 16:30 - 19:00
Wednesday 13th April 16:30 - 19:00
Thursday 14th April 16:30 - 19:00

The Circus School, The Caroline Chisholm School

11th April From 10am – 3pm

Based at The Wooldale Centre of Learning in Northampton, The Circus School is a training facility where you gain the extra skills required to break into the entertainment industry.

At The Circus School you can train in Aerial skills such as Trapeze, Silks, and Aerial Ring, to other useful skills such as Stilt Walking, Juggling, Tight Wire and more

Football / Gymnastics Camps with Freestyle

9.00am-4.00pm Monday - Friday

Soccer Academy, The Caroline Chisholm School (Part of The Wooldale Centre for Learning)

Book via

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World Book Day 2022

1st March 2022
World Book Day 2022

World book day 2022 is celebrating 25 years this year. With live events, partnerships and of course their fabulous book tokens, children and young people all around the country can join in.

There are competitions to take part in, including fantastic prizes including the chance to win a Harry Potter trip. You can download their packs from the website to take part and don’t forget that schools often hold mufti days with children dressing up as their favorite characters from their books too.

We all know the benefits of reading as adults, the escapism and how is transports you to another world. But encouraging younger audiences sometimes takes a little more magic these days ~ especially with lots of screens around! Even as adults we can find ourselves getting too busy to read.

Where was the last time you visited a library? Bought a book? Escaped with a good read? Its a great way to really switch off.

We asked our team what their favorite book is as an adult or child and have a few suggestions on what to read as adults and children!

Memoirs of a Geisha is a historical fiction novel by American author Arthur Golden.

Memoirs of a Geisha is a classic read - with the movie adaption on screens over a decade ago. The novel is told in first person perspective and tells the story of a fictional geisha working in Kyoto, Japan, before, during and after World War II, and ends with her being relocated to New York City.

Another favorite of the team is Journey To The River Sea by Joan Ibbotson

Set in Brazil, it’s an adventure of discovery and intrigue. It’s won awards in the children’s book categories and recently had a special 20th anniversary edition published.

How to Kill Your Family by Bella Mackie

Journalist and British Vogue columnist Bella Mackie is a recent read from one of the team….

Described as a wickedly dark romp about class love family … and murder! How to Kill Your Family is a Sunday Times Best Seller. Bella is married to Radio one DJ Greg James who, himself is a successful children’s book author alongside co-author Chris Smith.

Kid Normal (series) by Greg James + Chris Smith

Greg and Chris are currently on their book tour with “Kid Normal” book series and are taking part in the live events with World Book Day.

Ballet Shoes (A puffin book) by Noel Streathfield is another childhood favorite for a team member (as a child)

Published in 1936, it’s become a much loved classic. A sorry about three sisters as they grow up, adopted as babies to a rich explorer who disappears…. Noel Streatfeild once said that Ballet Shoes was 'really a fairy story with its feet half-way on the ground'

What a wonderful quote.

If you wanted more inspiration for Children’s books look no further than The Books Trust top 100 best books!

Top 100 Books List

Whatever you decide to read, we hope you enjoy World Book Day and manage to set aside some quality time to dip into a favorite, a new book or even a digital one.

Find out more via

Visit World Book Day website

Facebook Page

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Unlimited Tennis 2022

22nd February 2022
Unlimited Tennis 2022

You don’t have to join a club to start playing tennis, we can help!

Our unlimited tennis offer is running from April 1 until September 4th 2022 it’s just a one-off price of £60

This year, you can book your slot using our bookings plus system once your membership has been activated.

Each membership even allows you to bring along three friends or family members to come and play.

(The owner of the membership will need to be in attendance whenever using the courts.)

Contact Us to find out more and set up your membership ahead of the Wimbledon fever this summer!

We can already taste the strawberries and cream....

Who are you be cheering on this summer?

Activate your membership NOW!!!

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Half Term is here!

8th February 2022
Half Term is here!

Half Term is upon us and we have a whole week to fill with exciting things to keep young people engaged with (that doesn’t include screens for a bit right?!)

We have it covered here at The Wooldale Centre for Learning! Spaces are filling fast, so act quickly before they are all gone.

There is three to choose from the ever popular Freestyle Academy.

All three sessions run from 9am – 4pm Monday to Friday next week (14th-19th) for ages 5 – 12 years old. The company boast running childcare for the past 17 years! So they are well rehearsed in the half term madness.

Choose from -

+ Freestyle Soccer Academy

+ Freestyle Gymnastics Academy

+ Freestyle Dance Academy

Their camps are a fantastic opportunity for young people to engage in exciting activities that keep them stimulated through the days.

Book via

Facebook -

Don’t forget that we have the usual classes and sessions running throughout the week including Mes Amies Dance Company, Crystal Cats Line Dancing, Krav Maga, Football, Badminton, Martial Arts, Circus School, Guitar Lessons and hockey training!

It’s always good fun at our venue with a huge array of activities to choose from.

Find something to fit your fitness needs via

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Weddings Engagements + Parties

14th January 2022
Weddings Engagements + Parties

2022 Weddings Parties + Events

After more uncertainty over weddings, large events and parties at the end of 2021, 2022 sets to be the year that couples are back to booking their weddings.

With the post-Christmas engagement boom, the wedding industry is set to come back stronger than ever as more of us are vaccinated and confidence in events rises.

According to American Vogue, the wedding trends for the year over the pond include themed parties including the circus, masquerades and old Hollywood style nuptials.

Big blow out style weddings are back, with no expense spared including hanging florals, open air tents and speciality bars.

UK based Hitched has predicted Bridgerton inspired weddings, budget friendly rented wedding dresses, drag queen balls and sustainable table designs.

Whatever your theme, if you have an engagement party, wedding reception or event to organise this year, we can help you to host the perfect party.

Lots of our venues already have hosted weddings parties, dinners and receptions with everything from small intimate, close friends only events through to larger catered all-out glamorous receptions.

The Wooldale Centre for Learning (part of The Caroline Chisholm School) in Wootton, South Northampton has hosted many wedding receptions and parties, with great feedback from many happy couples.

Based on the south side of Northampton, J15 of the M1 is close by so ideal for guests who may have to travel in or back at the end of the night. It also has great links with the A14, A5 + A45.

There is plenty of off road parking on site and disabled access to the Main Hall.

With Valentine’s Day approaching we will no doubt find that the best dates are booked up fast, so make sure you get in touch now if you have a date in mind
(especially a memorable one or around a bank holiday weekend)

Drop us a call via 0330 110476 and speak to one of our Booking Gurus or Email us on

(Please note that if your wedding is during term time you will not be able to hire on Fridays prior to 6pm in the evening at any of our schools.)

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Is It New Year New You?!

27th December 2021
Is It New Year New You?!

The guilt of overindulgence this festive period means that a lot of us will be signing up to fitness regimes in January.

But it doesn’t have to automatically just be the gym or another bonkers only eating when it’s a full-moon-granola-dust-only type diet! (There is a new one every year)

Beat the boredom of the home work-out DVD by getting out there, you never know, you may find something you really love and a whole new set of friends along the way.

You don’t even need to squeeze into neon lycra to join most of the classes! (But maybe ditch the lounge wear covered in crumbs for this one… )

We provide lettings to multiple venues across the UK, so we have a *really* good idea about the different ways to keep fit, whatever your goals may be.

Classes include everything from Circus School, Martial Arts, Yoga, Self Defence classes and so much more, there really is something for everyone no matter the age or ability.

There are lots of options for outdoor events and fitness classes too if you’re worried about keeping safe indoors (especially when the news changes on coronavirus almost weekly)

Check out our website and find the next class to get you off the sofa and stop doom scrolling those Instagram accounts, start your own fitness journey instead!

You can do it!

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