Why choose The Athenaeum?


From the food we offer to the standards of service we provide, we pride ourselves on delivering first-class events. As part of Prestige Venues and Events, we have the resources to ensure that at every stage of your event, from the initial enquiry through to the delivery on the day, is exactly as you would want it to be.

Value for Money

We guarantee to offer you the best value for money possible. Depending on the date, the duration of the event and the frequency of booking we can tailor most rates to suit your budget without compromising on standards and quality. We are also happy to offer advantageous rates for charities so that your fundraising efforts are maximised.


The venue is located in the heart of the historic town centre, close to a marvellous array of shops and tourist attractions. From a practical perspective we can arrange free parking for corporate events at a nearby car park. There is a good local bus and train service and the main A14 lies just 2 miles north of the town.


Our expert team are committed to delivering a professional, attentive and friendly service, going the extra mile to guarantee the success of your event.
You will be contacted after your event to discuss how well it went and for us to obtain some honest feedback. This is invaluable to us as it ensures standards remain consistent and any issues can be dealt with quickly and efficiently.

As a company Sodexo Prestige operate a comprehensive Sustainability Policy which includes using locally sourced and sustainable food, recycling where possible and using Fair-trade certified tea, coffee and sugar.