Old friends reunited at the Empress Ballroom

In the age of social media, it has never been easier to track down old school friends or work colleagues. Many of us are still Facebook friends with half the people we went to high school with, and they’ll be friends with everybody else from the school year between them, so why not get from behind your phone screens and arrange a meet up in person to have a real catch up in the grand surroundings of the elegant Empress Building in Mexborough, Doncaster?

Over the years, the Empress Ballroom has played host to thousands of dance evenings, from classical ballroom in the 50s and 60s, to Northern Soul all-nighters in the 80s, to raves in the 90s. It has now reopened for regular events and private hire, and the room is as spectacular as ever.

Featuring huge high ceilings, original 1920s décor that has been revitalised almost a hundred years later, sprung dancefloor and large performance stage that can play host to DJs and live bands alike, the Empress Building is a function room with plenty to offer organisers of school and workplace reunions.

Our venue has the capacity to hold up to an impressive 350 guests, with a fully licensed bar and catering options that range from classic cold buffet to luxurious silver-service three course dinner with after dinner coffees. Need entertainment? We have you covered, with a range of options, from a DJ with access to all of the classics from your school era and beyond, to live bands with the skills to play those same classics.

We offer a range of options for your school or workplace reunion celebration, which can be tailored to your budget, wants and needs

Room Only – Simply pay for the space and we will provide you with tables for your home-made buffet and seating for your guests. We will also open our fully licensed bar for your guests to buy their refreshments, alcoholic or otherwise.

Room and Catering – Let us take the hassle out of the event by catering for your guests with a hot or cold buffet, so that you simply need to arrive and enjoy the occasion, with the help of the fully licensed bar. This package is limited to a minimum of 50 paid heads.

Room, catering and entertainment – An all-round package, including full catering services and furniture. We will also arrange the entertainment in the form of a professional DJ to help your guests get into the swing of the celebration. This package is limited to a minimum of 50 paid heads.

The facilities and services available on-site at the Empress Building include:

Hot and Cold Buffet

Disco / Karaoke / Live Entertainment

Licensed bar with reasonably priced drinks.

Performance stage, ideal for live entertainment

Free wi-fi

HD projector and 4m Big Screen

Built in PA System and microphone

Disabled access Dedicated disabled toilets

Baby change facilities

Weekend licensed late bar till 1am

The Empress Building is seeing an increase in bookings enquiries for reunions, particularly in the post-pandemic era when people are taking more opportunities to catch up with old friends. If you’re considering your own reunion functions, then we recommend Thursday or Friday nights!

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