Minstead Village Hall

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Minstead Village Hall

SO43 7FX
United Kingdom

For enquiries complete use our NEW online booking facility below – this lets you see when the hall is available and get a cost estimate. Alternatively you can email hires@minsteadhall.co.uk or phone 023 8081 3143.

Minstead Hall is the largest of its kind in the New Forest. The main hall (65ft by 45ft) with its modern wooden floor and PA system makes it very suitable for dances, Wedding receptions, family gatherings, conferences, concerts, children’s parties, quizzes, theatrical productions, bingo etc. The Hall is licensed to 240 people. It has full disabled access and toilets, kitchen, bar, central heating, good quality décor and lighting. A stage and backstage area are also available at one end of the hall. There is a skittle alley along one side which can be booked separately. A noise level inhibitor is installed to control the volume of amplified music/sound. There is a large amount of parking available around the hall in particular within the dedicated car park accessible from the front entrance. Please avoid parking on the verges.

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For those that would prefer to use paper, the Hall Booking Form can be download from here (July 2018).


The Minstead Hall weekly auction is held from 6pm every Monday.  If you would like to enter any items you should telephone 07720 023950 in advance to arrange to bring them to the Hall between 1.30pm and 4.30pm on the  Monday. The cost of entering a lot is 50p plus 10% of the selling price. 

Hall Facilities

Minstead Village Hall Wedding

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The layout of the hall is shown below. Click the image to download the Village Hall Plan PDF.

Village Hall Plan

Feedback from our customers…….

“We thought the hall was a good venue and guests liked the bar with reasonable prices. We appreciated the work you and your team put in to make the celebration of my daughter’s wedding a great evening.
Thank once again.

The Green Room

This smaller room measures 31ft by 16ft and is ideal for meetings (seats 50), or games such as bridge. It adjoins the main hall and they are often hired together. The private bar is located in this room allowing for refreshments to be served separately from the main hall. When not in use the bar is closed off.


A kitchen adjoins the Green Room. It is fully equipped with fridge/freezer, cooker, kettle, urn, crockery, cutlery and plenty of work surfaces. There is a serving hatch to the Green room. If needed the Hall’s caretaker can provide you with a list of catering firms.

Note that the Kitchen is only intended to serve attendees of events at the hall. It is not intended as a facility catering for members of the public not attending an event.


There is a bar at the end of the green room which is manned by staff from the Minstead Social club. Minstead hall holds a full premises licence which includes the sale of alcohol. Bar staff are available if the bar is part of the booking. An installed beer cooling system can provide draught bitter, cider, larger and Guinness. White, red and rose, wine is also available by the glass or bottle. A range of 50 plus spirits and liqueurs including malt whisky’s, a full range of bottled bitters, lagers and soft drinks are all available at a reasonable price. Alcohol may be purchased on demand or bar tabs can be used to fund drinks for guests of the hirer.

Corkage per bottle will be applied to alcohol brought into the hall. For special requests for alcohol. Please email bar@minsteadhall.co.uk.

The Danby Room

The newly refurbished Danby Room is a perfect venue for corporate meetings of up to 20 people, or up to 30 theatre style. It’s also great for small parties with its dedicated kitchen.

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The following tables and chairs are available for use:

  • 20 x 6ft by 2.5ft collapsible tables
  • 180 plastic stacking chairs

Other equipment & features include:

  • Wheelchair access
  • Black out facility
  • Staging Sound equipment
  • Skittle alley
  • Server
  • Fire alarm
  • Entrance
  • Window locks
  • Intruder alarm
  • Main hall
  • Lounge bar
  • Projection screen
  • Kitchen
  • Disabled parking
  • Committee room
  • Disabled toilets
  • 2 x large sinks
  • Accessible toilets
  • 2 x cookers
  • Heating
  • PA system for speaking events – not appropriate for discos

The Hall has oil-fired central heating supplying thermostatically controlled radiators and hot water.

Car Parking

There is a large car park adjoining the hall which can take up to 49 cars and there is easy access for coaches. There is a separate area for disabled parking.

The History

At the behest of Mr Dan Hanbury, Minstead Hut as it was called then was erected on this site in 1920, two wooden huts having been moved from the Re-mount Centre in Romsey. He gave this facility to the villagers of Minstead and its immediate surrounding area for their pleasure, education and use. Sadly it was discovered on his death in 1949 he had not made the relevant legal arrangements and it was therefore included in his estate. With the financial assistance of Lady Congleton it was bought from the estate and a Trust Deed set up emulating his original wishes and the formation of a Management Committee. Many village fund raising events were held during the ensuing years until in 1963 Lady Congleton’s loan was repaid. It was decided to call it The Minstead Village Hall.

All are invited to look at and like the fantastic new Minstead Hall Facebook Page

The images below are on display in the Minstead Village Hall showing the history of Minstead.

Please note that the list of Events below is not an exhaustive list of Minstead Hall bookings, it is limited to events that are of relevance to the local community. To find out if a particular date is available please complete the Contact Form at the top of this page.

Upcoming Events