Venue hire

Venue Hire

With a fully-equipped 157-seat theatre and associated rooms seating from 20 to 60, Shaftesbury Arts Centre offers a variety of facilities for hire for almost every occasion - whether a conference, lecture or seminar or an exhibition, reception or just a good old-fashioned party.

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To check room availability View bookings calendar.

Facilities may be hired individually or as a package depending on availability, e.g. the Theatre and Phoenix Room together. For an extra charge the Centre can also provide a staffed kitchen and bar facilities.

Times can be varied to suit particular circumstances (rates pro rata or by negotiation). Special rates are available to local registered charities and approved not-for-profit organisations.

TO BOOK and for other terms and conditions:
All rooms except Gallery and Ron Homes Foyer Gallery:
Val Baker 01747 854788 or email:
Or download and complete a Hiring Contract

Gallery and Ron Homes Foyer Gallery:
Kate Pickard 01747 855243 or email:


The Gallery

The Gallery is a bright and welcoming space with a double front onto the street. It is a very popular space, and bookings are made well in advance.

The Ron Homes Foyer Gallery is an interior gallery which doubles as a welcoming foyer for theatre productions.

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The Theatre

The theatre has a capacity of 157. Comfortable raked seating and a control box make this an ideal space for a variety of productions and events.

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The Dance Studio

Completed late 2019, our light and airy Dance Studio has a fully sprung floor catering for classes up to 20. 

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The Phoenix Room

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A space with lots of natural light. It also has a kitchen and bar. Seats 60 seated.

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The Rutter Room

The Rutter Room has a capacity of 60 seated. Located next to the Phoenix Room it is ideal for events such as celebrations, lunches, dinners etc.

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Have a look at our facebook page and website for our 'Weekly Poem' - 'View' by Elaine Cadogan.

#shaftesbury #dorset #somethingforeveryone

Have you been in touch about getting involved in our first play reading - 'Noise Off'? There are lots of lovely characters to read!

Go on - you know you want to -

#shaftesbury #dorset #somethingforeveryone

We have another lovely introduction for you today - head over to our website or facebook page to meet our Vice - chair!

Check our our new story as part of our showcase for short stories - 'The New Girls' by Maggie Pierce

Great to see the gallery open again today with the group show 'Creative & Brave'. Beth Venn, Jo Pearce and Sharon Bielby with paintings, printed textiles and assemblage. Keep your distance, sanitise and take your card (no cash!) #galleryopen #localartists

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