Hiring facilities

Discover our facilities for hire.

Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, please note that our services might be closed to the public. For more information, please contact each of these sites directly or refer to our Covid-19 statement.

Our campus is conveniently located in near the centre of Reading and easily accessible by public transport. We have a range of facilities to hire, to book or make an enquiry, get in touch today.

Makerspaces

Our Makerspace workshops are perfect for intermediate and advanced students, experienced hobbyists or practicing artists to make, collaborate, learn and share. 

NB: It is with great regret that we at Activate Learning must announce that, as a result of the evolving COVID-19 situation, it is no longer possible for us to launch the use of our Makerspaces until further notice. 

In line with government guidelines and the rolling advice from Public Health England and the NHS, we have now made the decision to postpone the event.   

Activate Learning treats the health and wellbeing of visitors, students and staff as our number one priority. We have a duty to safeguard everyone who visits Activate Learning colleges and, therefore, the protection and prevention of harm to all involved ultimately informed this decision. 

We are currently looking at options to launch the use of our Makerspaces to the public in the future. We will be in touch again to update you on the situation.   

Thank you for your understanding. 

Creative Industries Team 

Realise your ideas with our equipment, such as kilns, potter’s wheels, slip-casting equipment, wood and metal lathes, welding equipment, laser cutters, printing presses, dark rooms and more! 

At their cores, our Reading and Oxford Makerspaces are open-access workshops to make, collaborate, learn, and share alongside the local creative community. 

For a simple, flat rate of £5 per hour, you can hire one of the six available areas below:  

  • a photography studio and darkroom 
  • a printmaking workshop 
  • fashion/textile rooms 
  • a workshop for metal and jewellery 
  • 3D-printing machines 
  • a pottery/ceramics workshop with electric kilns 

Mandatory safety training on all equipment is provided by our expert staff. However, you will be expected to work on your own projects or collaborate with others in the Makerspace. 

At each site, a limited selection of materials will be available for purchase, but makers are encouraged to bring their own.

Woodwork/Metal work equipment 

  • Bandsaws (wood and metal) 
  • Sanders (disc sander/belt sander/bobbin sander (metal and work)
  • Vacuum Former 
  • Hotwire cutter 
  • Strip heater 
  • Pillar drill (wood and metal) 
  • Lathe (wood and metal) 
  • Guillotine 
  • Slip rollers 
  • Flypress   
  • Welders (MIG/TIG/Spot) 
  • Jewellery tools and equipment 
  • Mould making/Casting equipment (plaster and resin) 
  • Laser cutter with 1200mm x 900mm bed 
  • Three 3D printers (2x Ultimaker 2+ and Ultimaker 3) 

Fashion and Textiles equipment 

  • Industrial machines 
  • Domestic machines 
  • Overlockers 
  • Steamer/Irons 
  • Pattern-cutting room 
  • Heat press 

Ceramics 

  • Electric Kilns 
  • Slip casting equipment and moulds 
  • Eight Potters wheels
  • Slab roller 
  • Large range of hand tools and equipment 
  • Glass tools and fusing/slumping moulds 

Print 

  • Printing press 
  • Four screen printing tables 
  • Various sized screens 
  • UV exposure unit 

Photography 

  • Darkroom 
  • Enlargers 
  • Photo studio 
  • Two backdrops 
  • Copystands 
  • Lighting kits 
  • Nikon Digital cameras 
  • 35mm cameras 
  • Medium format cameras 
  • Large format cameras 
  • A0-size format printer 

Our booking system will be up and running as soon as possible. If you have any queries in the meantime, contact us