Who we are
Westgate Hall makes looking for a community venue for hire in Canterbury easy.
Here, village meets city. Our venue is a neutral space that welcomes everyone. People and creativity make its heart beat.
Making your events come alive is what we do
We are a place where you express yourself, build memories and adapt to the priorities of the times.
Community shapes Westgate Hall
Walk through the doors and feel the community warmth and connectivity that has filled the Hall for over 100 years. Our walls have held the story of our community for over a century, and will continue to do so, through these difficult times and more joyous moments ahead.
Being built by public subscription as a Drill Hall for the Territorial Army in 1912 rooted the Hall in the community and determined its character and our purpose -providing a space for everyone to access, enjoy safely together.
We can shape our venue to become the event function space you need
Gather family, friends, colleagues, social groups, clubs, students, festival-goers and performers in one, unique spacious place.
Planning an event? We’d love to hear from you.
Whatever your vision, we are here to provide your perfect community venue for hire in Canterbury. We look forward to welcoming you to the Westgate Hall community.
Discover our story and meet the team
Westgate Community Trust (Canterbury) Ltd
Our mission is to preserve, maintain and manage Westgate Hall as a self-sustaining community and leisure centre for the benefit of the people of Canterbury and its districts.
Built by public subscription as a Drill Hall for the Territorial Army in 1913, the Hall was saved from demolition in 2011, creating an unparalleled community space for Canterbury and Kent.
We're here to make planning and hosting your event easy, safe and enjoyable. Our team are highly skilled, passionate and ready to help you on every stage of your event planning journey. Let's collaborate...
Community is at the core of Westgate Hall – what we do, who we are and how we operate. For over 100 years, we have been a civic space, full of heritage and heart, supporting businesses, health services, educational establishments and social purpose organisations and groups.
News, views, stories
Westgate Hall is more than a venue for hire, we're a community space with a heart. We are passionate about bringing people together. We are always adapting, responding and evolving. Find out our latest news and views by reading our stories. Got a great event coming up? Let us help you to make it one to remember.
Westgate Hall Market
We showcase Kent's talented Makers, Artists and Producers, all in one place, in our spacious venue. Browse the very best in local produce, crafts, arts, homeware, jewellery and more, or hold a stall yourself.
Canterbury Wine Festival
We are host and founder of the Canterbury Wine Festival - an annual event showcasing Kent's world-class wines and viticulture, in the heart of the vineyard of England. Kent is the epicentre of England’s viticulture scene and we want to let the whole world know about it through our festival - join us on 25 June 2022.
Caroline Hicks, Head of Property & Regeneration, Canterbury City Council
"Westgate Hall is a pillar of our community, vital to Canterbury’s recovery and our city’s future - a central venue supports our local people in so many different ways"
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”