Dorchester Town Council
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Corn Exchange


The Municipal Buildings in Dorchester are generally known as the Corn Exchange, a distinctive feature of theDorchester's Corn Exchange Building town, they are grade II* listed and date back to the mid nineteenth century. The Buildings are comprised of the Corn Exchange, the Town Hall, the Magistrates Room, the Council Chamber together with ancillary facilities including a full catering kitchen and dressing rooms. The Buildings are licensed for civil weddings/partnerships and are an ideal venue for many different types of events:-

  • Civil Wedding Ceremonies and Receptions, (hold your entire day under the one roof)
  • Meetings, Training Days or Seminars
  • Birthday Parties or Fashion Shows
  • Trade Sales
  • Theatrical Performances

The Council offers very competitive prices, full kitchen facilities, which enables you to use your own caterers, free bar facilities which have recently been refurbished, easy disabled access to the ground floor and a lift to the Town Hall and Council Chamber on the the first floor. We also have flexible staging, extensive stage lighting and audio systems.

Click here to download a location map.


The Corn Exchange - up to 300

The Town Hall - up to 120

The Magistrates Room - up to 40

The Council Chamber - up to 50


The rooms within the Buildings are hired for ‘sessions' the times of which are:-

8.00am - 1.00pm

1.00pm - 5.00pm

5.00pm - 11.00pm

You may book additional hours over and above these sessions to suit your needs.

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Our pricing structure varies between Charitable, Non Commercial and Commercial rates, so please contact the Municipal Buildings Administrator for an exact quote. An example of the Saturday hire rates (including VAT) for Charities is -

The Corn Exchange - £130.38 per session

The Town Hall - £54.90 per session

The Magistrates Room - £33.20 per session

The Council Chamber - £40.92 per session

Example Civil Marriage charges (excluding VAT) for a Saturday:-

Corn Exchange - £274.80

Town Hall - £274.80

Council Chamber - £247.20

A complete copy of the pricing structure can be downloaded here.

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There will be a caretaker on duty throughout any event held on the premises. Outside of office hours limited parking can usually be arranged in the adjacent private car park for organisers and staff. A deposit may be required for parties, wedding receptions etc.


All bookings are dealt with by Julie Hollings, the Municipal Buildings Administrator, who will treat your enquiries on a friendly, personal basis. To view any of the rooms in the Municipal Buildings or if you would like to make a booking please contact Julie on 01305 265840 or e-mail her at Booking forms are available to download here but you are recommended to contact Julie prior to completion to ensure availability of your desired room etc.

Other downloads are available -

General information 

Wedding brochure

Booking form

Booking form for civil wedding ceremony

Pricing information


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