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A great facility in a thriving village - come and enjoy the experience
Over recent years Great Salkeld Village Hall has been upgraded and now boasts to be one of the best traditional village hall’s in the Eden Valley. The hall is managed by an active village group and is regularly used by groups from within the village as well as other local organisations.


Hall Facilities include:

  • Double Glazed for warmth and privacy
  • Choice of Room Size
  • Heating included and Hirer Controlled
  • Fully integrated PA and music system
  • Excellent Acoustics with Sound Loop System
  • Disabled Access to Main Hall & Toilets
  • Comfortable seating for up to 100
  • Dining for up to 90
  • Modern Kitchen with: Cooker and Eyelevel Oven - Warming Tray & Cupboard with Serving Surface - Crockery, Cutlery and Glassware included - Good Dish Washing Facilities
  • Flexible Table and Comfortable Seating
  • Maintained by on-site Caretaker

The Main Hall, Thompson Room and kitchen are available for hire and the management committee of the village hall would be pleased to receive enquiries.

See Great Salkeld village hall map for location.

Room Capacities

- Main Hall - 100 seated. 60 for dancing

- Thompson Room - 40 with bar. 60 seated without bar

- Total 120 for both rooms




Hire Charges - per hour

Charges below are for community use, for business users please see the page  Scale of Charges (Sept 1st 2015)


- Main Hall: Regular Booking £7.00. Casual Booking £8.00
- Thompson Room: Regular Booking £5.00. Casual Booking £6.00
- Main Hall + Kitchen: Regular Booking £8.00. Casual Booking £10.00
- Thompson Room + Kitchen: Regular Booking £6.00. Casual Booking £8.00
- All Three Rooms: Regular Booking  £10.00. Casual Booking £12.00
- Daily rates - discount of 20% over 6 hours, 40% for regular users over 6 hours.


Outside Hire of Equipment per day:

- Tables £1.50
- Chairs 30p
- Water Boilers (each) £3
- Cups & Saucers (per dozen) £2
- Glasses £1 per dozen
- Plates (per dozen) £1
- Teapots (each) £1

Terms of Hire

For full terms and conditionsplease read Standard Conditions of Hire (updated Sept 2015)

Please also see the Scale of Charges (Sept 1st 2015).
- Daily rates - discount of 20% over 6 hours or 40% for regular users over 6 hours.
- Hire of kitchen includes use of cutlery and crockery.
- Bookings are to be made through the caretaker.
- An official  Booking Form (Updated Aug 2015) should be filled in by all organisations for insurance purposes.
- The Hall has an alcohol licence which can be used by the hirer at the discretion of the Hall Committee.
- Bookings of more than one day are negotiable, please contact the Treasurer.
- The hirer is responsible for setting up and clearing up.
- If the hirer wishes to cancel a booking before the date of the event the following cancellation charges apply:

  • 4 weeks or more before the event - no charge
  • 2-4 weeks before the event - 50% charge
  • 2 weeks or less before the event - full charge.

How to Book

Please complete this Booking Form (Updated Aug 2015)
Any enquiries please contact Mr Mike King: telephone on 01768 870074

Click below to download the Fire Evacuation Procedures. (updated Sept 2015) and a map showing the location of fire exits and extinguisher points.

Village Hall Fire Documents                             Exits and Extinguishers

Contact Details

Chairperson: Dr J A Thompson
Treasurer: P Bowden
Bookings: Mr Mike King telephone on 01768 870074
Registered Charity No. 228168

A Brief History of the Village Hall

Great Salkeld is a small village in the beautiful Eden Valley about five miles to the east of Penrith and Junction 40 of the M6. It is situated about 20 minutes from Pooley Bridge, Lake Ullswater and the Rheged Centre. Keswick, Kendal and Carlisle are less than 20 miles away. The area is very rural and has the following facilities - a Village Hall, St. Cuthbert’s C of E Church, a Methodist Chapel and the Highland Drove pub and restaurant. The village is on the Coast 2 Coast walking and cycling route and enjoys stunning views of the Pennine Fells.

Due to the support of Richard Heywood Thompson Great Salkeld Reading Room and Library was built in 1895 and the Village Hall was added in 1911. For about 50 years the facilities were used for their intended purposes and as a social centre for the village. Around the late 1950s or early 1960s a snooker table was introduced into the Reading Room and this was used regularly until the 1980s. Over the last 20 years, as lifestyles have changed, the Snooker Room has been  used less and less. Similarly during the 1960s, the library became less popular and began to be used as a very basic kitchen providing simple refreshments for social activities that continued to take place in the Village Hall.

In 1963 the Village Hall became a registered charity. Great Salkeld Parish Council is the custodian trustee of the charity and the Village Hall is governed by both the original trust deed of 1917 and by the charity commissioner’s scheme for the regulation of the village hall.

During recent years a new entrance has been built which enables easy access for those who are disabled. New toilets have both disabled facilities and facilities for very young children. A new kitchen with cooker, hob and larder fridge now provides modern facilities. The snooker room has been turned into a small meeting / function room (re-named ‘The Thompson Room’) and hot water made available in the toilets.

This work has been made possible by grant support from Cumbria County Council, Eden District Council, The Hadfield Trust, Cumbria Waste Management Environment Trust, Great Salkeld Parish Council and Great Salkeld Sports Committee.

A great facility in a thriving village come and enjoy the experience.