Frequently asked questions


First of all, we want to thank you for supporting the Empress Building initiative. We hope to see you soon, but in the meantime, here are a few often asked questions. These will answer any questions you may have. If not, get in touch with us; we'd be pleased to offer more assistance. 


Question: What time should I arrive? 

Answer:  It is always better to arrive early to secure the best seats in the house; alternatively, just sit where you feel most comfortable. Verify the arrival time on the event itinerary; it is often 6 o'clock. 

Question: Does your ticket purchase include a seat at a table? 

Answer:  Yes, you will always be seated at a table for family and friend's gatherings. 

Question:  What parking options are available, and is it free? 

Answer:  There is an abundance of free parking available close to the Empress Building; to see a map, click this link. 

Question:  Can my friends and I still sit together even though we bought our tickets separately? 

Answer:  Yes, we do look for orders that allow us to seat groups of people together when we lay out the table plan. If necessary, just let the staff know when you arrive so they can accommodate you. To give yourselves the best chance of being seated together, get there early. 

Question: Will our table be shown to us? 

Answer:  Yes, when you arrive a staff member will welcome you, validate your ticket, and direct you to your table. 

Question: Can I reserve a large group table in advance for a special occasion? 

Answer: Yes, we can accommodate any size group, and in some situations, we'll even trim the table for free. To make arrangements, phone 01709 803974. 

Question: Can we add food afterwards if we didn't add it to our ticket? 

Answer: Yes, there is a choice for a variety of pizzas or a pie and peas supper on the ticket menu; add these and make a transaction for food only. On the night of the event, these can be redeemed. 

Question: When and how will I receive my tickets?

Answer: After purchasing a ticket online, check your spam folder and email inbox for an e-ticket. Print it out and present it at the door to get access. The other option is to display the e-ticket on your mobile device. There is no paper copy delivered through the mail; everything is digital.

Question: Will there be a booking fee for my tickets?

Answer: There are NO booking fees because we use SOTpay for ticketing.

Question: What time is pie and peas supper served?

Answer: Pie & Pease and Pizza or served during the interval around 9pm

Question: Do you have disabled access ?

Answer: Yes, we have disabled access through the Goa Spice Restaurant, we also have disabled toilets

Question: Do you have baby changing facilities?

Answer: Yes, we have baby changing facilities, there are located in the disabled toilet facility.

Question: Is the ballroom available for exclusive hire? 

Answer: For the ballroom, yes, we can offer exclusive arrangements. please click here 


Question: Where is the closest location to stay overnight if I'm travelling?

Answer: We would suggest a few of the local hotels and holiday lodges by clicking here.


Hope this helps  

Best Wishes  


Jemma Evans

General Manager  

Empress Building & Ballroom  


Tel 01709 803974 

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