Civil Weddings* – Wedding receptions – Conferences – Large Meetings – Concerts

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. 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. Whilst we are grateful for help in moving chairs and tables the use of the trolleys to move a stack of chairs in mandatory to avoid damage to the floor which could cause splinters.

We are grateful to those who contributed to keeping this beautiful building here for all to enjoy.


The ballroom has animpressive 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. There is a Casio Celviano 8 voice full size keyboard Electronic Piano available for use. This can be put through the sound system if required. 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

Sound System with two lapel mics, one cabled microphone, four radio hand microphone, plus two overhead microphones and incorporating a hearing loop is available in the hall on request. DVDs can be shown using using the large 4mtr. x 3mtr. screen and Laptop Computer. 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 and Laptop Computer with connections to the sound system is available for use at PowerPoint 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.

Herrison-Hall-Ballroom-&-StCaterers, Bands, Disco’s
A list of suppliers that have been recommended to us by clients who have found their services satisfactory can be found under the BOOKINGS tab on this website. We have no financial connection with any of these nor can we be responsible for their services.

Assistance can be given if these items are used. Stage Management, and Wedding planning services available.

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

Should you require any further information, help or advice on the audio visual equipment please call Crayston Lee on 01305 264 060 or email

276 of which 27 are folding.

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

5 non-matching folding rectangular Formica topped – (3 off 1.8metres by 0.75 & 2 off 1.5 metres by 0.75 metres are kept under the stage and will require two people to bring each one up to the hall as they are very heavy) All other tables kept in the hall or on the stage.

Seating capacity: With tables and chairs 250 absolute max. Additional tables may need to be supplied by the hirer. With chairs only: 320 (hirers please note that fire regulations stipulate that events where more than 249 chairs need to be set out, chairs must be clipped together with the available clips. The facilities and area under the Village Hall’s control limits the maximum of persons attending events in the Village Hall to 200.


Charlton Down Village Hall
Sherren Ave.
Charlton Down Dorchester Dorset