The Ballroom

This magnificent Victorian Ballroom was originally designed by the architect G. T. Hine, and was built in 1894/5 for the community at the former Herrison Hospital. It has been recently restored to its former glory thanks to tireless campaigning by local residents after threat of demolition during the redevelopment of the hospital site. We are grateful to those who contributed to keeping this beautiful building here for all to enjoy.


The ballroom has an impressive hammer beam ceiling, a resilient wooden floor and stained glass upper windows. The south aspect enjoys beautiful countryside views. A large extended stage, excellent sight lines and first class acoustics makes the ballroom a popular venue for musical events. The ballroom has played host to world class musicians, choirs, shows, conferences, wedding receptions, parties and clubs….its versatility is endless !



Room size: 23 metres by 13 metres

276 of which 27 are folding.

It is the responsibility of the hirer to set out and put away the chairs.  Please use the trolleys provided to move stacks of chairs to avoid damage to the floor.

15 folding rectangular – 1.8 metres by 0.75 metres.
9 folding square – 0.9 metres by 0.9 metres.

Seating capacity: With tables and chairs 200 max. Additional tables may need to be supplied by the hirer. With chairs only: 250

Sound System with two lapel mics, one cabled microphone, four radio hand microphones, plus two overhead microphones and incorporating a hearing loop is available in the hall on request.  Connections for iPod or guitar are available. Clients should assume that an audience over 40 persons will require use of at least one microphone for speech use. Musical instruments and vocals do not necessarily require amplification in the Ballroom as the acoustics are very good for this type of sound.

Audio Visual A large 4mtr. x 3mtr. screen, 4,500 lumens Panasonic PT-VZ575N rear projector mounted on the rear wall of the stage is available for presentations.

Stage lighting is covered by eight 500 watt Selecon Acclaim PC spots situated in front of the stage on two lighting bars to either side of the hall. Eight 1,000 watt Selecon parcans situated on two pre-wired lighting bars over the stage. Two Led Parcans are also available for colour effects. There are a further eight spare sockets for extra lighting over the stage. The lighting is controlled through a 24 channel set of dimmers. All lighting and sound can be controlled from either the rear of the hall or from stage left. Extra lighting can be arranged. Clients should ensure that the stage lighting is set up for their needs and should be returned to the original positions after use.







Alcohol Licence – the Hall is licensed for the sale of alcoholic beverages and clients can be covered under this licence for a fee of £20.

Clients are reminded that this is a 120 year old ballroom with a wooden sprung dance floor and they must not allow children to run or slide on this floor unless proper footwear is used.