Backhouse Room (Welwyn Garden City) Room for hire.


Address: 116 Handside Lane, Welwyn Garden City Hertfordshire AL8 6SZ.


The Backhouse Room offers a Meeting Hall of 9m by 5m with perimeter benches, stackable chairs to seat 30 people, 10 child-size chairs, 5 folding tables, one fixed table and an upright piano. The building is particularly suitable for young children's parties, club or society meetings, or family reunions. It is not suitable for teenage parties or discos, for which bookings are not taken. It is also too small to accommodate bouncy castles. Heating is by thermostatically controlled, gas-fired, hot-air stove, enabling the room to be heated to a chosen temperature. Separate cloakrooms provide toilet and washing facilities and are electrically heated. There are also toilet facilities for wheelchair users and a baby-changing table with disposal facility.

The Backhouse Room in Handside Lane, one of the oldest buildings in Welwyn Garden City, caters for social and educational purposes. Users include: Amnesty International; church groups; dance and meditation groups; and children's French and music groups. The room is not suitable for teenage parties.  This venue is a non-smoking facility. The Backhouse Room at 116 Handside Lane is managed by Welwyn Garden City Quaker Meeting.

Opening hours. Lettings are per session as below but can be more flexible:

  • 9.00am - 1:00pm
  • 1:30pm - 5:00pm

Catering Facilities:

  • Food preparation room contains sink, draining board, work surfaces
  • Microwave oven and electric kettle
  • Fridge
  • There is no crockery, cutlery or tea towels provided


  • Ramp for wheelchair users

Costs (as at 01/01/2022):

  • Associations, Lectures, Meetings etc: £33 per session (significant reductions for regular bookings)
  • Private Parties: £44 per session for adults and £38 per session for children


  • By rail - Welwyn Garden City Station approx 1 mile
  • By road - A1(M) Welwyn Garden City turn approx 1 mile
  • By bus - Bus 302. Bus stop within 40 metres


  • Paved car park for 10 cars

Service Details

The Backhouse Room, 116, Handside Lane, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL8 6SZ (directions displayed on map)
Backhouse Room (Welwyn Garden City) Room for hire.
Service Type:
A service
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Cost information

Free Service:

Opening Times and Facilities

Venue Notes:
Please note there is no letter box at this site, so do not send any post. Hirers are responsible for leaving the venue clean and tidy after use. The room is not suitable for teenage parties.

Other details

Services for:
  • Children
  • Adults
  • Older people
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This page was last updated on 14 January 2022 and last reviewed on 14 January 2022

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This page was last updated on 14 January 2022 and last reviewed on 14 January 2022


Contact Details

Contact Name:
Mrs Laurence Bauer