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

Library & IT Room

The Library & IT room will be closed for the week commencing 14th June. 

Covid-19 Updates

New Test and Trace Regulations – 18th May 2021 

Test and Trace (collecting customer data)

The rules on what you need to do when a group enters your venue have changed. You must ask every customer or visitor to scan the NHS QR code using their NHS COVID-19 app or provide their name and contact details, not just a lead member of the group. This is to ensure everyone receives the necessary public health advice in a timely manner.

Organisations in designated sectors must:

  • Ask every member of a party of customers or visitors to provide their name and contact details. (This is not necessary where an individual scans a QR code.)
  • Keep these records of customers, visitors and staff for 21 days and provide data to NHS Test and Trace if requested.
  • Display an official NHS QR code poster so that customers and visitors can 'check in' using this option as an alternative to providing their contact details.
  • Have a system in place whereby you can collect contact detail information and store it safely and securely for those who do not have access to a smartphone.
  • Adhere to General Data Protection Regulations.
  • Community centres and village halls must collect contact information for all activities and events taking place within the venue. This should be collected by the person who hires the space. The venue must display an official NHS QR code poster which can be used for every activity that takes place there. They must also offer a system which does not require individuals to own an electronic device.

Find out more here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-multi-purpose-community-facilities/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-multi-purpose-community-facilities

Room Hire 

  • For information about Covid-19 restrictions related to room hire, please see our terms and coditions page or contact Peter Collins; Telephone (01524) 771733 or email admin@victoria-institute.org.uk

Drop-in Services 

  • The Library and IT Room is open on Monday morning's and Wednesday afternoon's, please see conditions below under 'Drop in Services' 

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 

Currently the Cottam Room is not bookable, due to conditions brought about by Coronavirus 






The Cottam Room offers a bright, airy small meeting space. Two round tables with twelve chairs. Blinds on all windows and door.


The Kitchen is currently not bookable, due to conditions brought about by Coronavirus 





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 Services  

Caton Community Library & IT Resource Room 

Conditions for use of Caton Community Library and IT Resource Room:-

  • A phased re-opening (increasing as required) 
  • Via a Booking system: Telephone (01524) 771733 or email admin@victoria-institute.org.uk
  • Starting with two sessions per week:
    • Monday - 10:00am to 12:00noon 
    • Wednesday - 1:00pm to 3:00pm  
  • Maximum two people at a time allowed in the room
  • Library, computer & photocopying slots can be booked
  • 30-minute booking slots (or combination) bookable via telephone or email 
  • Library book returns to be left in the Cottam room 
  • No book donations until further notice 
  • Computer work stations and printers to be cleaned in between each booked session
  • Items for printing can be sent via email to;  admin@victoria-institute.org.uk and collected by arrangement, on the days that the Library and IT is open 
  • All visitors to comply with the Victoria Institute Covid-19 conditions, including; not entering the building if you have the Coronavirus symptoms, wearing of face covering, use of hand sanitiser, social distancing, following of the one-way system and use of toilets

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 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 

The kitchen remains closed and the ‘drop in’ refreshments will continue to be unavailable.

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


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Today at the Victoria Institute

Time Main Hall Sir Thomas Storey Room
All day
Main Hall
9:00am to 10:00am
Main Hall
10:30am to 12:00pm
Sir Thomas Storey Room
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Sir Thomas Storey Room
6:45pm to 7:45pm
Main Hall
7:00pm to 8:00pm