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Drinks receptions

Make an impression with a reception in our grand Main Hall.

Our drinks reception package offers a stunning evening reception in the Society’s historical Main Hall. From small intimate groups in the Hall, to parties of up to 300 combining the adjoining Education Centre, the package offers great flexibility to suit your needs. 

Our guests have always commented very favourably and with a venue of this nature and history, we shall be using it many times more. - Helping Rhinos


  • Exclusive use of our grand Main Hall and adjoining Education Centre for a standing reception

  • Speaker system in the Main Hall and audio visual equipment in the Education Centre

  • Entry to the venue via the Kensington Gore entrance

  • Available to be booked from Monday to Sunday for evening hire between 5.30pm and 11.00pm

Event spaces

The Main Hall is an original reception room to Lowther Lodge, built by William Lowther in 1874 and designed by the famous architect Norman Shaw. From the ceramic fireplace tiles painted by Alice Lowther to the minstrel’s gallery above, the Hall still showcases many of its original features today. Accommodating up to 150 standing the space works well for both small and larger parties.

  • Main Hall capacity: 150 standing

Adjoining to the Hall, our bright and spacious Education Centre can be opened up for a larger reception of up to 300 standing. Equipped with AV equipment, the room is also perfect for speeches and slideshows.

  • Main Hall and Education Centre capacity: 300 standing

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Audio and visual

A speaker system in the Main Hall and Education Centre is available on request. We can also provide AV setup for presentations in the Education Centre if requested: lectern with microphone, Panasonic laser projector, laptop and remote control with presentations.

For additional lighting to style your event, get in touch for our uplighters packages.


Catering can be served in either or both the Main Hall and Education Centre. To design menu options for your event, partner with the Society’s trusted partners, Lodge Catering.


The Education Centre and Main Hall are located on the ground floor. Toilets are located on the first floor, but a ground floor accessible toilet is available.

Please contact us in advance if you have any queries about accessibility.


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