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

Despite the government announcement regarding the lifting of restrictions from the 19th July

  • We would encourage everyone visiting the Victoria Institute to continue to practice good personal hygiene measures, (including the use of hand sanitiser and wearing of face covering) and housekeeping practices (including the wiping of hand contact surfaces), that have been adopted during the past sixteen months.  

Library & IT Room Summer Opening Times

  • From Monday 19th July, the Library and IT Room will be open on Monday 10:00am to 12:00 noon and Wednesday 1:00pm to 3:00pm.
  • Via drop-in or pre-booking - telephone 01524 771733 or email admin@victoria-institute.org.uk

Holiday Closure

The Library & IT Room will be closed on Monday 9th & Wednesday 11th August


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 Room, so most needs can be met whatever the size and nature of your planned event. (See 'room details').

For our Full Schedule of Charges and related Policies and Procedures, please see our Terms & Conditions.

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 Cottam Room offers a bright, airy small meeting space. There is a round table with six 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.

Caton Community Library & IT Resource Room  


The IT Drop In facility, offers 4 computers, all with Internet access and Microsoft Office software.

Services and facilities include;

  • On-line help and support from our Community Centre Manager, 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

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Today at the Victoria Institute

Time Main Hall
All day
Main Hall
9:00am to 10:00am
Main Hall
10:30am to 12:00pm
Main Hall
7:00pm to 8:00pm