The Corn Exchange building contains several different sized rooms that are available for public hire. Room hire starts at a very competitive £20 per hour. For weddings and large events multiple rooms or the whole venue can be hired.

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With a capacity of up to 250 this spacious hall located on the ground floor has a wide range of modern features and facilities which can be arranged to meet the requirements of most larger functions.

Located on the ground floor with disabled access. It can accommodate a stage and tiered seating.

Optional extras included within the hire price are stage lighting, PA system, staging and tiered seating.

Typical use/seating capacities:

  • Seminars/Concerts 250
  • Seated Receptions 180
  • Trade Fairs 200
  • Dinner Dances 130

Town Hall

A magnificent room with many features, including a double vaulted roof and stone mullioned windows. This makes it an ideal venue for a wedding ceremony. Located on the first floor; overlooking the main High Street of Dorchester. This is the second largest room with a capacity of 120. It is ideal for larger meetings, receptions, dances and art exhibitions.

It has its own kitchenette for making hot or cold drinks. Disabled access via lift from ground floor.

Seating Capacity

  • Maximum 120

Council Chamber

This historically decorated first floor room is available for selective public use. It is suitable for use independently for small to medium sized meetings or in association with the Town Hall as an ante room or dressing room.

Typical uses and seating capacity

  • Seminars and public meetings 45
  • Civil wedding ceremony 50

Bar / Reception

The modern well equipped bar can provide hospitality for hirers of all rooms in the Municipal Buildings. 

Small Meeting Rooms

Small Meeting Rooms


Small meeting rooms are available to hire separately, they are ideal for small meetings or workshops.

These can also be used as changing and waiting rooms for brides and grooms.

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