Dinner in the Great Hall

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Discover something extra special behind the Great Hall doors this Christmas

Thursday 3rd December - SOLD OUT

Join us this Christmas for ‘Dinner in the Great Hall’ and enjoy being greeted on arrival with welcome drinks and canapés, before taking your seat in the iconic set.

The Hogwarts dining room will be dressed for the occasion with the original props used in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, including flaming Christmas puddings and hams studded with cherries. A wand will be waiting for you at your table and you’ll enjoy the first two courses of a delicious Christmas dinner with all the trimmings on the authentic set (vegetarian option also available).

First featured in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the Great Hall was home to Hogwarts’ famous feasts and the setting for many other memorable scenes such as the Sorting Ceremony in the first film where Harry is placed in Gryffindor house and the arrival of the Durmstrang and Beauxbatons students in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

After dinner, you’ll be able to:

  • Explore the Studio Tour, admiring sets such as the Gryffindor common room and the Weasley’s kitchen at The Burrow, which will also be dressed as they were for winter scenes.

  • Enjoy a selection of three festive dessert bowls on Platform 9 ¾, alongside the original Hogwarts Express.

  • Drink Butterbeer in the backlot café and walk up the wizarding shopping street, Diagon Alley, before taking in the breathtaking Hogwarts castle model (covered in a layer of filmmaking snow especially for the festive season).

  • Finish the evening with music and dancing, with a bar provided for those who wish to purchase additional drinks.

Our first ever ‘Dinner in the Great Hall’ will take place from 6pm until midnight and is open to over 18s only

Guests will be seated at tables of 10.

Terms and Conditions

Dinner in the Great Hall has proved extremely popular and is now sold out. At present, there are no plans for further dates, however, we hold a range of special features and events throughout the year – please sign up below for regular updates.

Itinerary

5.40pm Catch the shuttle bus from Watford Junction train station (£2 return)

6.00pm Arrive at the Studio Tour for welcome drinks and canapés

6.30pm Enjoy the holding room and cinema experience

6.50pm Enter the original Great Hall set

7.00pm Take your seat with other excited Harry Potter fans as you enjoy a two-course Christmas dinner in the set that hosted Hogwarts’ famous feasts

8.45pm Explore the remainder of the Studio Tour and enjoy a selection of festive dessert bowls on Platform 9 ¾ as well as a cup of Butterbeer in the backlot café

10.15pm Conclude the evening with music and dancing (a bar will be available for those who wish to purchase additional drinks)

Midnight Depart (shuttle buses will return to Watford Junction train station)

common questions

Is there a cloakroom?

Yes - coats, bags, umbrellas and luggage can be left in our free cloakroom while you enjoy the event. The cloakroom is located at the information desk in our lobby.

Will I receive a ticket in the post?

For this event, your booking confirmation will act as your ticket and no tickets will be posted. A souvenir ticket will be available upon arrival at event registration.

Will all areas of the Studio Tour be open?

Yes - you will have access to the Studio Tour in its entirety between 10:15pm and midnight, with further drinks available on Platform 9 3/4 as you explore. Dinner drinks and chocolates will be available by the Hogwarts castle model.

I am under 18. Can I attend this event?

This event is open to guests over the age of 18 only as we will be serving alcohol. Guests will be asked to produce valid photo ID (either a passport or driving license) and we reserve the right to refuse entry to the event without this.

I've already purchased a standard Studio Tour ticket. Can I upgrade to this event?

Visitors with a general admission ticket are welcome to upgrade to a ticket for this event. To do so, please contact our Visitor Services Team on 0345 084 0900.

Do you have a vegetarian option?

A vegetarian option is available for starter and main course (both these options can be seen in the PDF menu download on the right hand side of this page). Please request your vegetarian option by contacting our Events Team.

How do I select my preferred wand?

To choose your preferred wand, please contact our Events Team. Options include Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Professor Dumbledore and Lord Voldemort.

What will I need to bring with me?

Please bring your booking confirmation with you on the night as this will act as your ticket to the event. You will also need to produce a valid photo ID to prove that you are over 18 and may also wish to bring cash or a debit/credit card to make a purchase from the Studio Shop.

Must guests meet an age requirement in order to attend?

As we are providing alcohol, guest must be 18+ and will need to produce a valid photo ID (either a passport or driving license) to attend. We reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone who is under age or who is unable to provide ID.

Will I be able to return to the Great Hall after dinner?

As the Studio Tour operates a one-way system, visitors won't be able to return to the Great Hall once they have left. After dinner on the iconic set, there will be lots more to explore including Platform 9 3/4 and the chance to try Butterbeer in our backlot cafe. Please see the itinerary above for full details.

I cannot make this event. Will you be holding any others?

Please check our website for updates on future events.

What facilities do you offer for carers?

Carers who are accompanying a disabled adult are welcome to take part in this experience. Tickets must be booked via our Visitor Services Team on 0345 084 0900 and are offered at a reduced rate of £125 per carer. This includes all aspects of the experience and carers will be seated next to the guest they are supporting.

How do I inform you of my dietary requirements?

Upon booking, you will receive an email confirmation which will direct you to contact our Events Team with your dietary requirements.

Is there a dress code for this event?

Smart, casual and evening wear are all encouraged for this event, however we are also looking forward to seeing some of your Hogwarts attire!

How can I book tickets?

Tickets can be booked online or by calling our Visitor Services Team on 0345 084 0900.

How early can I arrive at the Studio Tour?

We suggest arriving for 7pm to register at the event, enjoy a welcome drink and check any belongings into our cloakroom.

What happens if I arrive late?

If you are running late, please see a member of staff who will take you in to the attraction to join the other guests.

How will we be seated?

Tables of two will be set in the Great Hall and seating plans will be provided.

What are the menu options?

A romantic set menu will be served in three courses, to include an assiette of desserts to share (you can download the menu on the right hand side of this page).

What is the refund policy?

This event is subject to a no refund policy.

Will the shuttle bus be running?

Yes, we will operate a complimentary shuttle bus service for guests to the Studio Tour, leaving Watford Junction at 6.40pm. Additional shuttle buses will return to Watford Junction between midnight and 12.30pm. Guests are responsible for all travel arrangements; please check train times before travelling.

Does the package include any special extras?

Guests will each receive a cup of Butterbeer during their visit, and will get to take away a replica wand. You can choose from the wands of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Professor Dumbledore and Lord Voldemort. Please send details of your preferred wand (as well as any other requirements, including dietary) to our Events Team. You will also receive a photo of yourself and your guest seated at your table.

Will the Studio Shop remain open?

The Studio Shop will remain open until the last guest moves into the lobby. You will be able to enter the shop on arrival and again at the end of your tour.