Mechanics Institute

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The Mechanics Institute was built in 1876 and lies within the heart of the conservation area, right in the centre of Whaley Bridge. The building houses Whaley Bridge Library (tel: 01663 732480) in the basement, the office of Whaley Bridge Town Council on the ground floor and there are three function rooms for hire.

The Mechanics Institute, Whaley Bridge

1. Meeting Room (with small kitchen)

A coffee morning is held in this room every Saturday 9am – 12pm, at a booking cost of £18. It is available for hire for meetings, parties, etc. The Volunteer Centre operates on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and the Citizens Advice Bureau hold a session every Thursday morning. The Darby & Joan Club meet every Wednesday afternoon. It is a popular venue for children’s parties, for children up to 12 years old: the cost for these is £25 or £30 in the Main Hall. (Special rates are offered for regular bookings)

2. Reading Room

The reading room is open to the public all day Mon to Fri and Saturday mornings. There are several comfortable armchairs and newspapers are available daily, together with a range of useful information and literature. This room may also be hired for small meetings. Cost: £11 per hour (Special rates are offered for regular bookings)

3. Main Hall (First Floor)

This is a large well-decorated, pleasant room which is suitable for a wide range of activities including, wedding receptions, seminars, dances, yoga classes, parties, etc. There is provision for bar facilities. Cost (evenings and weekends): £19 per hour ; Cost (weekdays): £15.00 per hour. Special rates can be offered for regular bookings. Children’s parties are £30.00 for 2 hours and set up time.  Private parties can be held on Fri and Sat evenings at a fixed rate of £130. A returnable cash deposit of £150.00 which is payable 48 hours before the event in respect of all weekend parties.

4. Garage

Small room available for projects requiring ground floor access. Costs £12.00 per hour. Special rate available for regular users or for long periods.


Whaley Bridge Mechanics Institute Reg Charity No 520533
Mechanics Institute
Market St
Whaley Bridge
High Peak
SK23 7AA

Bookings: please email

Secretary to Trustee Mr Andrew Fox Tel 01663 733068


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