Community and Education groups
Your extracurricular support system
Westgate Hall’s multi-function venue for education hire supports students, teachers, educators and professionals by becoming an extra classroom, rehearsal space, exam hall, graduation venue, conference function room and online tutorial filming location.
Accessible, spacious and Covid-secure
Our bright, airy, spacious and fully accessible Covid-secure 360-square-metre Hall can be adapted for a variety of event layouts, including socially distanced options. The adjacent Pound Lane car park makes direct access easy, with free parking for key staff. Use our professional onsite catering kitchen, connect with our recommended suppliers and audio-visual specialists and enjoy free WiFi. Room layouts and plans can flex for a variety of large and small events – we can send you sample layouts on enquiry, and shape the space to suit your needs.
A trusted socially distanced venue
We have provided a safe, trusted space for schools, colleges, universities, and community groups across Canterbury and its districts for years. Westgate Hall is Covid-conscious, with tried and tested Covid-safe events with educational groups, should you choose that option, confirmed by our ‘We’re Good to Go’ accreditation.
The Canterbury Academy Performing Arts School has been coming to the Hall for a number of years and continued to outside of lockdown, finding us the ideal venue for their workshops and rehearsals, providing such a large space that still feels intimate.
Let’s build a strong community together
Sarah Watson, The Canterbury Academy Trust
“Westgate Hall gives us a spacious venue that also feels intimate and warm. They've made it possible for us to have a vital connection with our students, safely, during these strange times. The service we get from Clare and the team is unparalleled - they've been there for us every step of the way, which has been a huge help and relief”
Karen Franczak, Bemix Discovery Catering Kitchen
"Discovery Catering have been lucky enough to use the wonderful kitchen facilities at Westgate Hall weekly for a few years now. Clare, Cathy and all the team have always been very welcoming and helpful. They know everyone by name and take the time to listen, show interest in all we do and give support and encouragement. We are part of the wider Bemix group who value using Westgate Hall for events and meetings, knowing we will always receive professional, efficient and friendly support. We all feel very much part of the Westgate Hall community."
Fawzia Nabi-Worsley, Kent Refugee Action Network (KRAN)
“Having a neutral, inclusive venue like Westgate Hall is a jewel in Canterbury city's crown. It's not always easy to find a venue that is so supportive and is truly community-focused. But here, it’s very much part of the fabric of how they do things. The team makes sure that everyone is welcome, everyone is equal and everyone has the opportunity to enjoy this exceptional space.”
Corporate events and training
Connect with employees, investors, networks and colleagues in an impressive, fully equipped yet affordable and practical venue that can flex for meetings, training, workshops, away-days, conferences and as additional workspace.
Parties, Celebrations and Weddings
Make those special moments memorable at Westgate Hall - Canterbury’s atmospheric community venue for hire. Reunite for your postponed or forthcoming event in our large, airy, neutral Covid-safe space, right in the heart of the city centre.
Markets and Fairs
Bring stallholders and buyers together all under one spacious roof. Social-distancing options available, separate entrance and exit routes, onsite cafe, and break-out room hire. Whatever the theme, we're ready to help you to showcase your products and maximise sales.
Health and Wellbeing
We take care of your event needs so that you can focus on taking care of our community. Trusted by the NHS for years, we can accommodate large-scale health screenings and tests and provide a safe space for wellbeing markets, fairs and fitness events.
Events and performances
Community shapes Westgate Hall and you can shape our venue to become the event function space you need to gather family, friends, social groups, clubs, students, festival-goers and performers in one, unique Covid-secure venue. Let's turn your moment into lasting memories.
Filming and production
Spacious yet intimate, private and flexible, Westgate Hall is an indoor filming venue for hire that provides the perfect setting for your creativity to come alive. Online tutorials, virtual performances, media interviews - whatever you're shooting or editing, we can facilitate your production needs.
Westgate Hall Market
We showcase Kent's talented Makers, Artists and Producers, all in one place, in our fully Covid-secure venue. Browse the very best in local produce, crafts, arts, homeware, jewellery and more. Meet the people behind the products and hear how they lovingly make each item, or host your own stall.