Venue Hire Costs

Dorchester Abbey – Concert / Event Hire

The following table gives an indication of hire costs for the Abbey for most concerts and events.  Please do contact our Events Hire Manager to discuss details and get a formal quote.

Our Hire rates are reviewed at the beginning of each year and any increases applied to bookings from that point.  Firm bookings with a deposit and completed booking form will be honored at the quoted price.

Small Concert/Event
– Access pm / eve or am/pm
– Performance in Shrine chapel
– Max audience 100
Standard Concert/Event
– Access pm / eve or am/pm
– Performance in Chancel
– Nave seating
– Max audience 180
Large Concert/Event
– Access all day
– Performance in Chancel
– Nave/West End/Shrine Chapel seating
– Max audience 550
High Season
Apr – July, Sept, late Nov -Dec
Weekend: £400
Weekday: £300
Weekend: £800
Weekday: £600
Weekend: £1,000
Weekday: £800
Mid Season:
Mar, Oct – mid Nov
Weekend: £300
Weekday: £250
Weekend: £600
Weekday: £500
Weekend: £800
Weekday: £600
Low Season:
Jan, Feb, Aug
Weekend: £250
Weekday: £200
Weekend: £500
Weekday: £400
Weekend: £600
Weekday: £500
Additional costs  ( as required by hirers  and booked with the Events Hire Manager):
Parking fee to Parish Council, instrument hire, furniture moving, shuttle bus service, flowers, hire of Guest House, piano tuning, cleaning

Dorchester Abbey Guest House

The spaces in the Guest House are charged at an hourly rate, with discounts applied for use for a whole morning or afternoon (see below), and for regular bookings (please ask for details).
Hire fees (from 2010) are:

Upper Room

Per hour between 8am and 6pm £10
Per hour between 6pm and 11pm £8
Morning (8am-1pm) or afternoon (1pm-6pm) £45
Evening: 6pm-11pm £30
All day session £110

Upstairs Kitchen

Only charged for full catering/cooking £15

Parlour (Abbey Tea Room)

Per hour between 8am and 6pm £7.50
Per hour between 6pm and 11pm £5
Morning (8am-1pm) or afternoon(1pm-6pm) £25
Evening 6pm-11pm £20
All day session £60
Preparation of coffee, etc. No charge
Full catering/cooking Not allowed

Commercial organisations – as above plus 50%
Flipchart and projector – £5
Hire fees include heating and use of the Guest House toilets

Filming & Sound Recordings

– by arrangement

£1,000 minimum charge for full day
Half days or hourly rates available
Additional fees for night filming and private access

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