The Town Hall

The Town Council is responsible for the historic Town Hall at the top of the High St overlooking Gold Hill. Three rooms are available for hire for your function, table sale or fundraiser:

  • The Guildhall
  • The Council Chamber
  • The Mayor’s Parlour


Guildhall (12m x 10m on ground floor)
Accommodating: Dancing 200, Tables & Chairs 100

Loop System for the hard of hearing

Public Address System with lapel and hand-held or stand-mounted microphone
Wall-mounted projection screen
OHP available on request
Fully-equipped Kitchen
Disabled access to First Floor Rooms and Town Council Office via Stairlift
Council Chamber (10m x 6.5m on first floor)
Licenced for Civil Marriages (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only)
Accommodating: 80 for Marriages
50 for other events
Incorporates a Kitchenette: Tea/Coffee making and washing up facilities
Mayor’s Parlour (6m x 5m on first floor)
Licenced for Civil Marriages
Accommodating: 35 for Marriages

Hall hire charges 2019-20(standard rate)

Venue Session All day
Guildhall £118.00 £239.00
Council Chamber £75.00 £150.00

Plus VAT as applicable for Commercial and Private Hire

Explanatory note: one session is one of the following:

  • 8.00 am to 12.00 pm (4 hrs)
  • 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm (4 hrs)
  • 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm (4 hrs)

All day session 8.00 – 5.00 pm (9 hrs)

The following discounts apply to the above session rates, only one discount is permitted per booking.

  1. Shaftesbury based registered charities and Shaftesbury non-profit making, community based organisations – 50% discount.
  2. National registered charities – 25% discount.
  3. Regular users (minimum of 10 pre-booked sessions) – 10% discount.

Discounts 1 and 2 are not applicable to any event where individuals benefit from the sale of any item.

Additional charges

Caretaking service – £30.00


Friday-Sunday and Bank Holidays – £230.00

Additional Charges



The Town Council would like to remind hirers of the hall, that you are responsible for removing all rubbish from the premises at the end of your hire.

As a business the Council is charged for the removal of its rubbish so your co-operation in this will help keep down the cost of hiring the hall.