The Town Hall has always been at the centre of the community and always will be. We pride ourselves in offering a home to a wide range of community groups. Whether you’d like to hold a fundraiser for your charity or are looking for a home for your club or society, we can help. We offer special hire rates to community groups, charities and non-profit organisations; making sure your money goes where it should- into the hands of your beneficiaries.
Our three rooms can accommodate from 20 to 160 people. They can be hired by session or by the hour, making us cost-effective and flexible. We will help publicise your group, activity or fundraiser by featuring you in our What’s On diary, our blog, posters, and our Facebook page, free of charge.
We think it is critical that the Town Hall remains active and relevant in, and to the community, and BT&CT has the community at the centre of everything we do. To find out more about how to hold your event or book a regular meeting, please see our community FAQs for a step-by-step guide.
- Council Chamber, seats 22
- Court Room Gallery, seats 62
- Assembly Room Theatre, seats 168
Every Saturday 10.30am Assembly Room Theatre.
Bakewell Community Choir, Every Wednesday 7-10pm
A fantastic bunch of local singers meet every Wednesday in the comfort of our Assembly Room Theatre. They are a friendly bunch so if you fancy joining their massed ranks, give John a call on 07972 717279 or email on email@example.com Find out more here…
Bakewell & District Family History Society
Meets every third Thursday in the Month, Council Chamber, 7.30pm.
Bakewell Club for the Disabled
Meets the first Tuesday in the month (except summer), Court Room Gallery, 2pm.
Club 52 Bridge Club
Meets in the Court Room Gallery every Monday, 6.30pm-10pm. More details can be found here…
Smoking Cessation Clinic
Bakewell Town Hall, Monday 10-2pm (from 25 June)
I want to quit – What’s next?
Did you know you are four times more likely to quit smoking with the help of your local stop smoking service?At Live Life Better Derbyshire we provide support, help and advice to help you make a successful quit attempt.We know quitting isn’t easy but our friendly stop smoking advisors will support you with tips, information and advice on the range of stop smoking medications available to you.Live Life Better Derbyshire provides support to smokers aged 12 and over living in Derbyshire.
What we offer
- Telephone support sessions
- Group support sessions
- One-to-one support
- Advice on stop smoking medications
- Useful tools to help you quit
Who can take part?
To take part in our free stop smoking programme you must:
- Be over 12 years old and live in Derbyshire County (excluding Derby city)
- Want to stop smoking completely
- Be willing to meet with your stop smoking adviser at agreed dates and times
How do I join?
If you are interested in taking part in Live Life Better’s stop smoking programme then you can refer yourself onto the programme directly using the online assessment here.
Alternatively call Live Life Better Derbyshire on Freephone 0800 0852299.
Bakewell Townswoman's Guild
Meets the second Tuesday in the month, Council Chamber, 10am. For more about the work of the Townswoman’s Guild see here…
Enjoy the best fair trade teas, coffees and home-baked cakes every third Monday in the month, Court Room Gallery, 10-3pm. Read more about this fantastic cause…
Dales Craft Fair, Most Weekends.
Court Room Gallery
All our fairs offer free admission and offer a great range of handmade, handcrafted gifts and foodstuffs. Open most weekends and every second Monday. For further details, please call Shelagh on 07756 071838 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
11-13 March; 25-27 March; 14-17 April; 29 April-1 May; 13-15 May; 27-29 May; 10-12 June; 8-10 July, 29-31 July; 12-14 August; 26-28 August; 9-11 September; 30 September-2 October; 14-16 October; 28-30 October; 11-13 November; 25-27 November; 9-11 December. (All dates are inclusive).
Strike Academy: Wednesdays
With two extremely successful schools in Ripley, Derbyshire, Felicity Cutting is now extending her expertise to the beautiful village of Bakewell. She has always dreamed of having more than one school and out of this dream ‘Strike Academy of Theatre Arts’ was born! Strike Academy of Theatre Arts will offer expert tuition in dance and drama from a trusted team of qualified and experienced professional teachers. Classes will be available in Royal Academy of Dance Classical Ballet, National Association of Teachers of Dancing Tap, Modern-Stage and Street Dance, Drama workshops, Musical Theatre and LAMDA tuition. Students will have the opportunity to enter our tri-annual examinations in each subject if they so wish or attend classes for fun. The Academy is set to run from Bakewell Town Hall in the elegant Court Room and Assembly Room Theatre. The spacious studios boast sprung floors and great facilities to engage in performing arts activities.
Tel: 0784 1755312
A lovely, friendly group helping people improve their physical well-being, and making friends too. Meets in the Court Room Gallery Thursday, 1.30-3.30pm.
Women's Royal British Legion
Meets the last Tuesday in the month, Court Room Gallery, 6.30pm. For more about the WRBL see here…
Beginners and all levels welcome. De-stress, relax and energise, developing strength and flexibility with a weekly session of Vinyasa Yoga. Friendly class in a relaxed setting.
Every Thursday, 6.15 -7.30pm
Court Room Gallery
Begins 28 September. Special introductory rate of £5 per session.
Sheffield Printmakers Exhibition
Free Exhibition and Sales
Our free exhibition of the works of the local print collective, the Sheffield Printmakers. A wonderful range of techniques and subjects is on display in the Court Room Gallery. Entry is free and open subject to private booking. All the works are available for sale and a range of greetings cards is also available. Please call 01629 810152 for further details. More details can be found here…
FAQs: We're not a charity- do we qualify?
Yes. If your aim is to make the community a better place, we will offer community rate. If you aim to raise money to improve the lives of people or the environment we live in then we will help you do it.
FAQs: Can we sell refreshments?
Yes. We have two kitchens that you are welcome to use for a small charge. You are still eligible for community rate, as this is a very effective way of raising funds for your group. Please note that we do not allow the sale of alcohol. If you would like us to run the bar for your fundraising event, we will split the profits with you.
FAQs: Can we sell tickets?
Yes. Often charities and community groups arrange a show or an exhibition and sell tickets to enter. This can be a great way of raising funds. For a small charge, you can use our online ticket merchant -ideal for larger events.
FAQs: Can you help with publicity?
Yes. We will put up posters on our notice boards, list your event on our What’s On diary and create an event on our Facebook page. All we ask is that you give us as much notice as possible, and make sure you give us all the details- for example, entry time, ticket price, and your logo, should you have one. It is a good idea to provide us with links to any website or Facebook page that you have, as people often want to find out about you before hand.
FAQs: How do we book?
Firstly, have a look at our rooms and think about the number of people that attend your group or who are likely to come to your event. You don’t want to be squashed in or rattling around! Bear in mind that we do have limits on the number of people that can be in our rooms at any one time . These are displayed on our room pages. Ask your group members when would be a good time to hold your group or event. And finally, get in touch! We can help you through the booking process and help make sure your event is a success. Our booking process is very simple- one sheet of paper. Please take a few moments to look over our terms & conditions and make sure you have read our emergency procedures. You’ll need to nominate a ‘responsible person’ for the day of the event. This sounds like a lot of responsibility but in reality is just a case of making sure everyone is aware of where the fire exits are and where to go in the event of an emergency. If you are expecting a lot of people at your event, we recommend that you have plenty of help on the doors to help steward. We will advise you when you book.
FAQs: Do we need Public Liability Cover?
No, if you are a community group and are not wanting to do dangerous things. Our insurance covers most not-for-profit events held in the Town Hall. If in doubt, please do ask us.
Flipchart with paper £5.00
Extension Lead FREE.
Flavia Tea / Coffee vending machine, mobile, 50p per cup.
Tea, coffee and water package.
Freshly-made filter coffee, quality tea and chilled water £1.00 per person.
Mineral water still/sparkling 330ml £1.50
Biscuit selection £1.00 per person.