The Belfry Centre was founded in 2016 as a hub for music and the arts in North Norfolk. Find out more about the origins and aims of the centre and how you can hire the various spaces in the building, classrooms and rehearsal rooms, gallery and exhibition spaces, or our main hall as a superb concert venue.


The Belfry Centre is situated in the village of Overstrand on the North Norfolk Coast and takes its name from the lovely old school building in which it is housed. The Belfry School, which dates from the 1830s, was the inspiration of two prominent local women Sarah Buxton and Anna Gurney. They were pioneers of their time and built a school to educate local children many years before the Education Act came into being. They ensured that the building and their concept would remain a resource for local people by setting up a Trust, which meant that the building should only be used by the community for educational purposes. We are extremely humbled to have been given the opportunity to carry on their legacy and continue providing education, cultural activities and social support to our local community. 


The Belfry Centre for Music and Arts is an asset locked Community Interest Company. This means that it’s primary focus is in the interests of the local community and operates on a not-for-profit basis. We aim to provide opportunities and services for all ages particularly where musicality, creativity and talent can be nurtured across all the art forms, but beyond that, we are committed to trying to make The Belfry Centre work for every member of the community. Do get in touch and tell us what type of events you would like to see more of at the Belfry Centre.


There are a variety of adaptable spaces for hire at The Belfry Centre, available at very competitive rates. We will work with you to ensure that everything possible is in place for your hire.

Hall: £10 per hour

Our beautiful hall is available as an atmospheric concert venue, an attractive space for drama and ensemble rehearsals and more. It is also a flexible space for private hire with large wooden glazed doors which can be pulled across to divide the hall in half. This lovely hall can seat up to 100 people and contains a first-class Bechstein Grand Piano which is also available for hire at extra cost should you require it.

Classroom: £8 per hour

A large classroom space that is suitable for meetings, adult education classes, playgroups etc

(Courtyard Space: an extra £2 per hour.)

Rehearsal room: £4 per hour

A small teaching room which is equipped with an upright Bechstein piano,

The Cafe and Gallery space:

Café / exhibition space which can be hired for private exhibitions or in conjunction with hire of the main hall. The café is used most days but special arrangements can be made should you wish to use the catering facilities at The Belfry Centre. The Gallery is free for artists to exhibit their work but sales will incur a 20% commission. Those wishing to exhibit without sales will be charged a small fee. Please contact us for more details and to reserve dates.

Private Hire: Our beautiful centre is also available for private hire should you require the whole building for your exclusive use. Please contact us for details.


‘Social’ Activities’ Pricing:

Price quoted here are for hiring rooms for educational purposes. We have a separate (but still very reasonable) pricing list for 'Social' activities which reflects the ethos of The Belfry Centre for Music and Arts.  If you wish to know more please contact us for details.


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