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 (Available all day)

Foyer area

Available throughout the day – no need to book. Suitable for: informal meetings of two-four people.
Tea, coffee, cakes available every days. Great food-serving / breakout space for parties and conferences. WiFi.


The Courtroom

Courtroom for Hire

Large flexible space (12m x 10m), seating 140 (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. WiFi.

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 to any size from 10.5 metres by 3 metres, down to 2 metres by 1 metre.


Sound and Lighting Equipment

  • Allen and Heath GL2200 24 channel mixing desk
  • Mackie DL 1608 digital mixing desk (new)
  • Effects rack – compressors, graphich equalisers, Yamaha digital reverb
  • 4 Mackie speaker cabs SRM450 + Mackie subbass box
  • MPs player
  • 4 SM 57 microphones
  • 3 Sm 58 microphones
  • 4DI boxes
  • Sirius 48 Lighting desk
  • 18 lanterns

Download fuller tech specs here.

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. WiFi can be provided – just ask.

Multi Media Room (not for rent – free to use)

Computer Room with 3 workstations, offering dtp, web-site design, and digital imaging software as well as word processing and spreadsheets.

Suitable for: groups wanting to make their own newsletters, posters, web-sites, videos etc and for those wanting to learn. (We can put groups in touch with suitable trainers). It can also be used as a break out space with or without IT facilities.

Also provides scanning and printing facilities

Café bar area

Cafe For Hire

Seats 16+. Refreshment / food / 11am-3pm Mon-Sat and also by special arrangement.

Bar facilities available for events

Suitable for: small performances e.g. poetry reading, story telling; less formal meetings including youth groups with a juice bar. WiFi can be provided – just ask.

Interview/counselling/therapy/teaching/practice rooms

4 calm, soundproofed, counselling/alternative therapy/interview/practice or music teaching rooms with own waiting room area and accessible toilet, available evenings, weekends and some ‘twilight periods’.


First floor – (fully accessible by lift)




Art Room

Art Room For Hire

Seats 20 boardroom style or 25 theatre style, with north light, accessible sinks and limited storage for ‘messy’ activities – e.g. painting, making, clay work etc or for life drawing.
Accessible toilets next door.

Suitable for: arts groups or classes; sewing groups; for scenery production, carnival making etc. and for meetings or as a break out room. WiFi can be provided – just ask.

Studio 1

Converted into a meeting room / classroom fairly recently (and hence not in our Room Hire brochure). It is in a quiet part of the building well away from the Courtroom. It can seat up to 12 depending on layout. WiFi can be provided – just ask.

Artists/Creative Industry/Community Organisation Work Spaces

Five low rent works spaces are available in the Social Enterprise centre above the CAB and above the Robing Room.  Four 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 organization running a 2 hour event, is likely to need to book a room for at least 2.5 hours. Setting/clearing up time is normally half price.

Lettings review

There will be an annual review of all lettings.

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


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.

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

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