The United Church Dorchester

United in faith, united in action

Room Hire

United Church Dorchester has a range of reasonably priced, well equipped rooms for both one-off and regular hire. The Church itself is also available for concerts and rehearsals. 


(Church set for social distancing)
Where are we?
United Church Dorchester is situated in the centre of Dorchester, close to all local facilities including shops, car parks and the railway station 
Why hire from us?
Ground floor rooms fully accessible, with chair lift access to first floor rooms
Short-stay and long-stay car parking available close to the church
Free WiFi access
Tea and coffee making facilities in all meeting rooms
Many facilities available, by prior arrangement (screen, TV/video recorder, flip charts) 
The Rooms
For likely availability, please look at the Room Hire Calendar
However, given the gradual return of regular bookings as lockdown eases, please also contact us to check for potential date clashes.  
 (You can also check the information sheet for current occupancy levels with social distancing)

The Church

= Seats up to 250

= Superb acoustics: ideal for choir practice, orchestral and group instrument practice, recitals and concerts

= Kitchenette in foyer


The Main Hall (16.5m x 9m)

= Seats up to 100
= Suitable for coffee mornings, fundraisers, sport, exercise and dance classes, meetings and conferences, large group training
= Chairs and folding tables available - can be configured as required
= Adjoining fully equipped kitchen (extra charge applies)

Cerne Abbas Room (49m2)

= Seats up to 40

= First floor (accessible by stair lift)

= Kitchenette with tea and coffee making facilities and a microwave

= Perfect for small group exercise, crafts, pastimes and other group activities, training, larger formal and informal meetings 


Tolpuddle Room (29.1m2)

= Seats up to 30 (20 for a meeting with tables)
= First floor (accessible by stair lift)
= Kitchenette with tea and coffee making facilities
= Perfect for group crafts and activities, smaller training sessions and informal meetings


Charminster Room (36.1m2)

= Seats up to 30 (20 for a meeting with tables)

= Second floor—not fully accessible

= Perfect for meetings and activities for small informal groups




Sydling Room (12.1m2)

= Seats up to 12 (6 for a meeting with tables)
= Second floor—not fully accessible
= For smaller meetings, one-to-ones, individual training and assessment


Our rooms are available for four-hour sessions: 9.00am - 1.00pm, 1.30pm - 5.30pm and 6.00pm - 10.00pm 

 Prices per session are:

Church £45

Main Hall £37

Kitchen £20

Cerne Abbas £30

Tolpuddle £30

Charminster £30

Sydling £15

Reduced rates are available for charities, some community groups and regular hirers, at the discretion of the church


Contact us

For enquiries about booking one of our rooms, call 01305 457477, or email us via our Contacts page.

Please note: the administrator works Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings only.

Terms and Conditions

= The management of United Church Dorchester reserves the right to refuse hire
= No alcohol may be kept or consumed on the premises
= Hirers must complete a hiring agreement and return it in advance of the booking
= The room(s) hired and all furniture and fittings must be left as found. Heating and ventilation settings must be left as found
= The hirer shall report spillages, breakages or damage to the office and will be responsible for the cost of replacement, repair or cleaning
= No smoking is permitted on the premises
= Rooms must be vacated by the time agreed for the end of the session as stated on the booking form. Failure to do this may give rise to additional charges.
= United Church Dorchester will not be responsible for any accidents or injury to persons  or property nor any loss or damage to personal property. The hirer is responsible for providing public liability and equipment insurance cover. The  church may require written proof of such cover before agreeing to a  booking. Appropriate risk assessments by the hirer should be undertaken.
= United Church Dorchester gives priority to church activities, and may, from time to time, be obliged to rearrange bookings
= United Church Dorchester takes safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults very seriously, and will ask hirers to comply with its safeguarding policy unless an organisation already has an appropriate policy in place.
= Full terms and conditions are available to read and download.