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.

£15 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.

£12 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.

£12 per hour

IT Resource Centre

This splendid drop in centre offers 11 computers and one laptop, all offering high speed Internet access and Microsoft Office software. Used widely as a drop-in resource for local people and visitors, the Centre is available for hire as an IT training facility.

£30 per hour


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.

Closure Days

The Victoria Institute Library and Drop in IT facilities will be closed on


  • Bank Holiday Monday 30th May 


  • Friday 3rd June, Friday 24th June & Monday 27th June


  • Friday 1st July and Monday 4th July


In addition to the August Bank Holiday Monday 29th August

  • Wednesday 24th August, Thursday 25th August, Friday 26th August & Tuesday 30th August


Today at the Victoria Institute

Time Victoria Room
All day
Victoria Room
11:00am to 12:00pm