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Planning your event

We have 130 chairs and two sizes of tables, 15 large and 11 small.  They are 686 mm high (27"). The larger ones will seat up to eight people and measure 1830 mm x 685 mm (6’ x 2’3”.)  The smaller ones seat four and measure 915mm x 685mm (3’ x 2’3”.)  There are also three large buffet tables 762 mm (30") high, and 1830 mm x 685 mm.


The table below shows the maximum capacities of the two main rooms.  The capacities cannot be exceeded because of fire regulations

  • “Theatre-style” means rows of chairs (no tables) facing a speaker.
  • “Delegate-style” means chairs on one side of a table facing a speaker
  • “Around-table Meeting” means seated around a central table
  • “Dining” means chairs placed around tables for a meal with no specific orientation.
  • “Maximum" means the maximum allowable capacity of the room

Floor Plan

A plan of the hall is shown to help you decide how best to use the rooms and facilities.

The Main Hall is 16m x 9m (approximately 52 feet by 30 feet).

The Multipurpose Room is 6m x 5.5m (approximately 20 feet by 18 feet).

Audio-visual and Wi-Fi

A projector stand and a large pull-up screen are available for a small donation to cover bulb replacement, etc.  A projector, laptop and other audio-visual equipment can be hired from Cannan & Brown. Penrith 017688 64829.

A mobile phone signal can usually be obtained in the hall. However, if you are intending using this you are strongly advised to check the signal strength and reliability in advance of your function.

Wi-fi is available throughout the building. No charge is made for its use.

The hall has a portable public address system. A small donation is suggested for its use.


The kitchen is not equipped for complete on-site meal preparation. If you are using outside caterers they should be made aware that some food preparation will need to be carried out off-site. Alternatively the food may be completely prepared off-site and transported to the hall for serving.

The kitchen equipment includes a 6-burner gas hob and catering-size gas oven, a large thermostatically-controlled warming cabinet and a 400 litre fridge.  A 30 litre soup tureen is available.

There is a commercial dishwasher with a 3-minute cycle. Catering equipment, crockery, cutlery and glasses must be washed and stacked before the end of the booked period.

Useful contacts for outside catering:-

Applegarth Catering 01931 712272 / 07711 663633

Choice Catering 016974 78535 / 078717 43003

Kath Packham 01931 712888 / 07717 525245

Purple Sage 01768 895 555 / 07855 823 673

Burger / Coffee Van The Italian Coffee Cabin  07768 047770

Fish and Chip Van Lake District Fish & Chip Company 07757617976

Pizza Oven Big Pizza Pies 07847 807739

Ice Cream Van

Hot Drinks

Use of the water boiler is included and insulated pump-action flasks are available for beverage service. You are welcome to bring your own tea, coffee, sugar and milk. Alternatively we can provide these for you on an as-used basis.


The Hall has a small bar situated off the main lobby.  The back-bar area is equipped with a 240-bottle drinks chiller and optics.  The main counter has space underneath for space for beer kegs and coolers. A commercial glasswasher is usually available.

You are welcome to make your own arrangements to staff and supply the bar.  Otherwise a local victualler is usually able to contract for the provision of these facilities.

The Hall is fully licensed for the sale of alcohol, so no further licensing is required for individual events.

Table decorations and table linen

Our suggested donations include the use of our function cutlery, crockery and glasses. There are 130 place settings.

If you wish to hire table linen or place settings we can suggest local companies who can meet your needs.

We may be able to provide flower arrangements and table decorations to suit your function.

Number seated theatre-style

Number seated delegate-style

Number seated for round-table meeting

Number seated for dining

Maximum number

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