Due to Government guidance in respect of COVID-19 the Corn Exchange building is closed to the public until further notice.

Information on Dorchester Arts events can be found via their website: http://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk

If you are thinking of getting married in Dorchester then look no further. Dorchester Corn Exchange is one of Dorchester’s most historic buildings dating back to the mid nineteenth century and you can have exclusive use of the whole venue for your wedding. There are three rooms of differing sizes available for your wedding ceremony with the largest being able to comfortably accommodate up to 250 guests.

Exclusive use of the building enables you to hold your wedding ceremony and your wedding reception all under one roof. Exclusive use of the Corn Exchange includes a licensed bar with staff, a Town Hall Keeper to make sure everything is as you want it, a fully equipped kitchen for your caterers, stage lighting, Pa system, staging, tables, chairs, flower pedestals and use of the car park which holds up to thirty vehicles.

Virtual Tour

Our virtual tour of the Corn Exchange building lets you explore the interior of our wonderful venue.

Full 360 tour, see the stunning double vaulted ceiling in the Town Hall, zoom in to check out the smallest detail or zoom out to take in a whole room.

Take a Virtual Tour

town hall

Suitable for intimate or grand weddings and receptions the Corn Exchange is a truly fantastic venue, steeped in history but with modern facilities you can be sure of a memorable day.

dorchester wedding bride

For an amazing price of £1,100 you can have exclusive use of the whole building for the whole of your wedding day – these exclusive all day packages are limited in number so early booking is advised.

dorchester weddings at the corn exchange

The Corn Exchange is not just for weddings and receptions, it is a great venue for pretty much any occasion, birthday parties, cooking demonstrations, conferences, cinema, dance and music and more. Room hire starts at just £20 per hour.  Due to many events that are pre-booked please be aware that there is very limited availability for the Corn Exchange room.  But please remember that we do have the lovely Town Hall available most weekend evenings.

dorchester corn exchange stage

The Corn Exchange is also the regular home to Dorchester Arts, LeRoc dance classes, Bridge Club, Taekwondo, Country Market, Fizzy Boppers and Argentine Tango – take a look at the events page to see what’s on.

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July 29, 2021
10:15 am / 12:00 pm


Call Dorchester Arts 01305 266926 or email enquiries@dorchesterarts.org.uk for more information!
Thursday, 10.15am – 12.00noon
Suitable for all ages & experience
Connect has been running for around 2 years and is led by the fantastic Jo Treves – a passionate drama teacher based in Dorchester with a wealth of Theatre knowledge!
The group currently has around 10 members and meets every Thursday morning at Dorchester Arts, at the Corn Exchange from 10.15am – 12.00 and is absolutely FREE!
These theatre and drama skill workshops are fully accessible and are for people that want to explore their creativity and are perfect for those with little or no drama experience.  The group experiement with a variety of different drama techniques during the sessions and often use texts, improv & plays from a range of mediums.
So if you are keen to meet new people from all backgrounds in a friendly, inclusive, fun environment and would like to try something a little different, get in touch or drop in to Dorchester Arts and ask what it’s all about!
Email: enquiries@dorchesterarts.org.uk

Call: 01305 266926
Or pop in at the Corn Exchange and see us! We are open from Mon- Fri, 10am – 4pm.
Participants Experiences
Being a relative newcomer to Dorchester, Connect has been a wonderful way to get to know a multifarious group of people as we flourish in our enjoyment and participation in drama activities…The sense of belonging and community that I experience as a member is second to none and feel truly incorporated into the Dorchester Arts scene.
I like it – its fun and I enjoy other people’s company more. My confidence has improved and I have learnt a lot about drama. 
It has given me a positive outlook and I use the drama practices to help me cope with everyday stress. 
Since joining Connect I feel I have connected with like minded people who come from different walks of life and ages. The youngest is 19 and the eldest 60. I feel I belong… and feel more positive and confident. I am allowed to be myself which allows me to relax and bring forward drama skills that I never knew I had. 
I have found a niche in the performing arts and may it grow and grow…I developed like a seed that flourishes through Connect.
Connect literally completed my happiness with my life 
Thanks to Connect I am no longer afraid to step outside my comfort zone. I have learnt invaluable things and I am now more confident as a result
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July 30, 2021
9:00 am / 12:00 pm




Held in the Historic Corn Exchange in the Ancient County Town of Dorchester Every Friday Morning from 8.45a.m. – 12.00pm. (Thursday before Good Friday) High Quality Goods for sale including Cakes, Savouries, Preserves, Free Range eggs, Locally grown Fruit, Vegetables and Flowers in season and a wide variety of Plants. Plus many beautifully handmade Crafts and Cards. Orders Taken and the Market Parcel Scheme available. A Warm and Friendly Welcome Awaits You At our Market
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