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St Mary's Heritage Centre venue hire


A unique venue for all occasions


St Mary’s Heritage Centre has developed a tradition for hosting unique events and activities such as art installation, local history talks, concerts and performances, including unforgettable annual Winter Festival installation. 

The building is available for private hire for wedding receptions, conferences, meetings, workshops, parties, business launches, formal dinners and much more.

Ideally located on Gateshead’s Quayside, with the majestic Tyne Bridge as its backdrop, the centre is well served by public transport. There is a small car park for visitors with ample pay parking nearby.

Spaces available for hire

Jen  Ryans wedding (high res) (419 of 714)St Mary’s Heritage Centre is open to the public daily from Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm and therefore the building can be hired for private evening events and all day Sunday or Monday. On a Saturday the venue is available to hire from 1pm on request.

The building is divided into two spaces, separated by a glass wall and sliding door:

The main hall

The capacity for the building is 110 people for a banquet-style event and 150 people for a less formal setting.

The chancel

The chancel is available to hire during the centre’s normal opening hours making it an ideal meeting space. The chancel can accommodate up to 50 people for an intimate reception, meeting, workshop or concert.  

Equipment and support

We have a range of furniture and equipment included as part of hiring the building such as tables, chairs, PA and microphones, screens and projector and theatre lighting. Tea, coffee and biscuits can be provided and staff can advise on catering options for large functions.

Experienced and helpful staff

When hiring St Mary’s Heritage Centre for your event, staff will be on hand throughout the planning process to advise you on all the details of hosting events in this unique building. As part of the hire you will have the appropriate number of staff for the size of your event, and they will be on hand for the security of the building and your guests. 


Prices vary according to the size and nature of the event. Please contact us with details of the event you’d like to hold and we will advise on costs.

Contact us

St Mary's Heritage Centre
Phone: 0191 433 4699
Email: heritage@gateshead.gov.uk

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