Welcome to the Victoria Institute, Caton near Lancaster - the perfect venue for your business meeting, party or social event.

The Victoria Institute, CatonThe Victoria Institute lies at the heart of Caton village, which is located in the beautiful Lune Valley and Forest of Bowland AONB only 5 minutes from J34 of the M6 motorway and 10 minutes from Lancaster.

The Victoria Institute, CatonManaged as a charity, the Institute offers a range of rooms available to hire for community, private, and business events. Founded in 1888, the Victoria Institute has been refurbished and extended over recent years through two major grant funded projects (see 'history') which transformed the building into a comfortable, well equipped venue.

The accommodation has been developed with flexibility of use in mind and, being arranged on one level, it is easily accessible by all. This vibrant resource centre is an important aspect of social life in the village, and many Clubs and Societies run regular activities in the Institute building. We have a large Hall, two good size meeting rooms, Kitchen, and an IT Resource Centre, so most needs can be met whatever the size and nature of your planned event. (See 'room details').

Main Hall

Up to 180 people can be safely seated on comfortable chairs set out for a show, and up to 100 people seated for a meal. The hall has a superb dual function sprung floor to suit dancers (who want a slippery floor) and badminton players (who don’t) equally well.

£17 per hour


Sir Thomas Storey Room

The Sir Thomas Storey Room can seat up to 50 people for theatre style presentations, and the flooring makes the space suitable for a range of activities such as exercise classes or craft sessions. A slide projector or video projector are available for illustrated talks.

£13 per hour

Victoria Room

Seats up to 20 in meeting configuration. Wall mounted drop down screen, Internet connectivity, Digital overhead projector, Sound around system and CD/DVD player, Flip chart, Kitchenette area, Black out blinds on all windows.

£13 per hour


IT Drop In

The IT Drop In facility offers 8 computers, all with Internet access and Microsoft Office software. Used as a drop-in resource for local people and visitors alike, the facility is also available for hire for IT training.

Services and facilities include;

  • Black & white and colour printers
  • Photocopier
  • Scanner
  • Laminator
  • Document shredder 
  • Office services


A bright and modern kitchen with stainless steel work surface that has ample space and good facilities. There is a convenient hatch for serving food and drinks to the Main Hall.

£5 to £50 per session depending on requirements.

Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Fortnight Monday 26th February to Sunday 11th March

Drop in at the Victoria Institute for a mug of Fairtrade tea or coffee and a biscuit, for only 80p

9.30am – 3.00pm Monday to Friday

Free exercise class

Chair Based Dance & Fitness Session

Victoria Institute Caton

Tuesday 12.15 – 13.15 starts 9th January

A chair based dance and fitness session for older members of our community or those less able to stand. It is to a mixture of 1940s/50s/60s music and more modern Latin American music. It is designed to get your full body moving as well as having fun dancing!

Free Session, just turn up!

The Active Lives Physical Activity Programme can help you get back into exercise.


Today at the Victoria Institute

Time Sir Thomas Storey Room Main Hall
All day
Sir Thomas Storey Room
9:45am to 10:45am
Main Hall
10:00am to 12:00pm
Sir Thomas Storey Room
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Main Hall
4:00pm to 7:30pm