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

£17 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.

£13 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.

£13 per hour

Cottam Room


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

£9 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.



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;

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

Drop in for a cuppa

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



Closure Days

The Library and IT Room will close at:-

3.00pm on Thursday 27th September and re-open at 9.30am on Monday 1st October

closed on Friday 28th September

3.00pm on Monday 1st October and re-open at 9.30am on Wednesday 3rd October

closed on Tuesday 2nd October

3.00pm on Thursday 4th October and re-open at 9.30am on Monday 8th October

closed on Friday 5th October

Today at the Victoria Institute

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