Venue Hire

“I wanted to say thank you very much to the staff on site on Saturday, they were so helpful, nothing was too much trouble.  We would not hesitate to use your venue again and I will recommend it to others.” Room Hirer


We hire out our rooms for a wide variety of uses.

Rooms are bookable from morning to night.

Room hire rates are very competitive and are designed to support Community groups; individuals, small charitable & voluntary organisations; social enterprise groups; local arts businesses.

For more information of room hire availability and prices, please call our centre director on 01943 467466 or email:

Our Rooms

Ground floor

Foyer area

Available throughout the day – no need to book. Suitable for: informal meetings of two-four people.

If you wish to use it with a small group on a regular basis then do let us know. This could be for groups of more than 4 people. We will book you a regular slot and make sure that there is always space for you. You will, of course, be meeting in a public space so this is not suitable for groups who need quiet or confidentiality.In this case please consider hiring a room.

Tea, coffee, cakes available every day. As is WiFi.

It is also a great food-serving / breakout space for parties and conferences.

The Courtroom

Courtroom for Hire

Large flexible space (12m x 10m), seating 143 / 156 (200 standing) with full performance facilities – moveable raked seating, stage blocks, sprung floor, versatile, accessible, sound and lighting systems, electric retractable screen, piano and induction loop. A digital projector is permanently mounted from the lighting grid and this allows users to screen films, slide shows and powerpoint presentations.

Suitable for: rehearsals, performances, concerts, gigs, dance, film and slide shows, large meetings, exhibitions, voluntary sector conferences, parties (from fundraising galas to wedding receptions and birthday parties) and craft fairs.

Go to Conference Hire to find out more about hiring our spaces for a conference, seminar, team meeting, recruitment interviews or awaydays.


Technical Information


The Courtroom can be arranged with staging and seating in rows, theatre style; with raked seating and no stage or in a more informal ‘cabaret layout’ (popular for music events of all kinds) with tables and chairs. It can also be used as a clear space.
Staging can be erected.

The Courtroom has a fully installed PA system and lighting rig, as well as a high quality projector and screen.

The Robing Room

Robing Room for Hire

Seats 16 theatre or 14 boardroom style with separate entrance, en suite accessible toilet and small storeroom with art room style sink.

Suitable for: small meetings; small classes and workshops; as a greenroom or dressing room for performances in the main hall; as a children’s activity room or crèche area (basic toys and small furniture provided); for ‘clean’ craft activities e.g. needlework, drawing; or for small acoustic music groups.


Café bar area

Seats 16. Refreshment available Mon-Sat from 10am – 2pm.

Bar facilities available for events

Suitable for: less formal meetings.


First floor – (fully accessible by lift)

Artists/Creative Industry/Community Organisation Work Spaces

Seven low rent works spaces are available in the Social Enterprise centre above the Maker Space, in the former Art Room,  and above the Robing Room.  Five have artists’ sink and rent includes rates and all utilities. Priority is given to artists/creative industries / community organisations based in Otley or the Wharfe Valley who find it hard to access spaces in Leeds or Bradford.

There is usually a waiting list for these spaces but they become available at regular intervals. Contact the Office on 01943 467216 to put your names down.

Other information


We work hard to enable as many people as possible to use the Courthouse and we do all we can to match people with what they need. However, some days and times are very popular. Groups using the Courthouse will be expected to respect the needs of others, especially those who may need to use the fully accessible facilities we offer.

Setting up and clearing away time

Remember to include these in the total time that you want to book the room for – an organisation running a 2 hour event, is likely to need to book a room for at least 2.5 hours.


Otley Courthouse is a unique development run by people in Otley, West Yorkshire. After an eight year development period we transformed a redundant nineteenth century magistrates court into a unique arts and resource centre for our community.

Find out about the history of Otley Courthouse by visiting the Heritage section of our website.


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Otley Courthouse, Courthouse Street, Otley, West Yorkshire LS21 3AN

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