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


The 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.

Managed 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, a small meeting room, Kitchen, and a Library and IT Resource Centre, so most needs can be met whatever the size and nature of your planned event. (See 'room details').

Our hourly room hire rates from the 1st September 2019 are as follows:

Rate Description

Cottam Room

Victoria Room

Sir Thomas Storey Room

Main Hall

Whole Building

Normal Non-Community






Normal Community






For a full breakdown of our charges, including special rates for room, kitchen and other items, please see our Full Schedule of Charges.

For related Policies and Procedures, please see our Conditions of Letting.

Main Hall







Up to 100 people can be safely seated on comfortable chairs set out for a show, and we recommend up to 80 people seated for a meal. The hall has a superb dual function sprung floor.


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.


Victoria Room

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


Cottam Room







The most recent of function rooms to be refurbished; the Cottam Room offers a bright, airy small meeting space. Two round tables with twelve chairs. Blinds on all windows and door.









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.


Drop In

Caton Community Library & IT Resource Room, is open 9.30am to 3.00pm Monday to Friday. 

The IT Drop In facility, offers 5 computers, all with Internet access and Microsoft Office software.

Services and facilities include;

  • On-line help and support from our Community Support Worker, Peter Collins
  • Black & white and colour printer/photocopier/scanner (A4 & A3)
  • Laminator (A4)
  • Document shredder


£1.50 per hour, 75p for ½ hour & minimum charge of 50p

A4 Laminating









Black & White






Drop in for a cuppa

Why not call into the Cottam Room for a cup of Fairtrade tea or coffee and a biscuit for 80p?
Local newspapers available


Closure Days

Christmas & New Year Closure
The Library & IT room will close at 3pm on Friday 20th December and re-open at 9:30 am on Thursday 2nd January 2020


Today at the Victoria Institute

Time Main Hall Sir Thomas Storey Room
All day
Main Hall
9:00am to 10:00am
Sir Thomas Storey Room
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Main Hall
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Sir Thomas Storey Room
7:00pm to 8:00pm