Room Hire

Hiring a Room at Shildon Railway Institute


Our Main Function Hall and Lounge are now available to book - use the form below to enquire re availability and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

We have three spaces currently available for public hire:

Our Main Function Hall - which is great for bigger parties, concerts, children's parties, weddings, christenings

The Hackworth Lounge - perfect for smaller family gatherings and celebrations or coffee mornings

The MacNay Room - ideal for meetings and gatherings of clubs and societies

The Main Function Hall

This room (see image below) is one of the jewels in the crown of the Institute. It's spacious, with enough room to seat 180 of your guests (220 with standing room). With its large dance floor and stage area it is a versatile room ideal for gigs or performances; keep fit classes; ceilidhs and dances; lectures, large meetings or conferences. As the windows have been covered over it's also ideal for showing films or projecting at any time of year, day or night and the light show for your disco or gig will look great even on the light summer nights. It's conveniently located on the ground floor making it easy to access and load equipment in to. A bar can be provided if you need this for your event.

The Hackworth Lounge

Is a small comfortable room with seating for 40 that is generally open to the public, but can by arrangement be reserved exclusively for meetings of clubs or groups, or for small parties and family occasions, whenever you want to have a room exclusively to yourselves.

The MacNay Room

Housing our Whitfield Library collection of rail heritage and local history books, the MacNay room is an ideal space for meetings and gatherings of clubs and societies - or even classes and tuition. It's a great quiet space to concentrate and reflect. This room has tables and chairs to comfortably accommodate up to 16 people - but can be reconfigured a little for other purposes. Being on the first floor this room isn't wheelchair accessible - but we're hopeful it will be one day.

Enquire to Hire

You can use this handy online form to raise a request to book our main Function Hall or the Hackworth Lounge for anything from a meeting or small family gathering to a large party or concert.

When we receive your request we'll aim to contact you quickly to confirm availability and discuss your requirements before setting up a hire agreement with you.

Do be aware that room hire is not finalised until a hire agreement has been signed by both hirer and a representative from the Institute and formally entered into. 

Need to cancel? No problem, you can contact us on 01388 772942

Room Hire Agreement Form

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