Ocean Studios Forum



Grade I listed Ocean Studios offers a unique, historic setting for your event or private function. Located in the historic Royal William Yard we can provide a bespoke personal service tailored to your requirements. We have a range of spaces available to hire depending on the type of event you are looking to host and our experienced and imaginative Events Team will work diligently to help deliver your event.

Why not take advantage of our onsite artisan Bakehouse Café catering for your event? We offer a variety of menus using locally sourced ingredients, including breakfast, canape and buffet lunch options.

Ease your social conscience; Ocean Studios is a Social Enterprise; any room hire income directly supports our community and educational projects.

All our spaces offer free WIFI and use of AV equipment.


The Event Space

Our largest space which can seat up to 120 guests or delegates, works well for conferences, parties, meetings and much more.  Situated on the 1st floor with full disabled access the room offers a picturesque view over the Royal William Yard harbour.  The adjacent Emerge space acts as the perfect break out option for the Event Space.



Looking for a creative space for workshops? The Ocean Studios Emerge Space is a beautiful, inspiring setting for skill sharing and exploring creative practice. With the potential for workshops, exhibitions, forum’s… as long as the activity is creative we can offer heavily discounted room hire rates!


Bakehouse Café

Located on the Ground Floor our café area is a beautiful well-lit backdrop for a range of events, such as informal breakfast meetings, networking events and parties. Hire of this space is restricted by our café opening hours.



Event Space

Seats up to 120 theatre style

Hourly rate

£65 + VAT*

Day rates

£416 + VAT (8 hours, 9am – 5pm) 

* This rate does not apply to weddings 




Seats up to 80 theatre style

Hire rate for creative projects, workshops and exhibitions and/ or booked by creative organisations:

£100 + VAT 9-5pm

£50 + VAT 9am – 12.30pm or 1.30pm – 5pm

Hours after 5pm are charged at the same hourly rate as the Event Space.


Emerge Standard Hire rate 

£55 + VAT per hour

£352 + VAT Day Rate



Seats up to 80 theatre style

£65 + VAT per hour

This only applies after the café has closed.

Further costs will apply should the event require the café to be open

This fee does not apply for weddings

Please ask for weekend, evening and charity rates.

We can also offer full technical support. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Email info@oceanstudios.org.uk for further information or to make a reservation.




Are you a maker looking for a studio? We may be able to help, with over 30 individual creative units to rent we offer space to create within a Grade 1 listed backdrop. We welcome a variety of makers to insure cross-pollination of ideas and skills. To find out about availability and application forms please email oceanstudios@realideas.org.


Workshop Hire

Ocean studios has a number of fully equipped wokshops including print room, jewellery, photographic studio, darkroom and processing room, digital suite, plaster room, kiln room, ceramic workshop, cold glass finishing, all of which are available to hire. Discounted rates are offered to Residents and Associates. All spaces are managed and facililitated by local professional makers and artists for further infomation please contact oceanstudios@realideas.org.