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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We would love to introduce you to the judges in our 19yr + for our talent show - 'Take a Bow'

Head over to our website and facebook page to take a look!

We have another short story for you as part of our show case - 'Once Upon a Line'

Twins by John Parker - have a listen!

Just two more days to see this group show 'Creative & Brave' - closes tomorrow at 4pm. Full of colour and diverse ideas - painting, surface pattern on a variety of products and driftwood assemblage. #abstractart #patternmaking #assemblage. #dorsetartists

A little bit later than planned, but here is part 5 from 'Wilde about Shaftesbury'

Have a listen -

#shaftesbury #dorset #somethingforeveryone

Have you had a chance to listen to our show case of short stories?

Go on - grab a cuppa and have a listen!

#shaftesbury #dorset #somethingforeveryone

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