Harlestone Village Institute

Harlestone Village InstituteOther villages have a village hall. Upper and Lower Harlestone enjoy "The Institute", so called because its origins lie in creating reading rooms for the betterment of local folk.

It dates back to 1924 and the brick and timber framed building is privately managed and maintained by a village committee.


But enough of the history, why not contact Tudor right now on 07531 714095 to book your next important event.

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Harlestone Village Institute Fund Raising

The village Institute is a valued facility. However, its future depends on the community supporting it, both through attending events and donations. Why not join the 200 club.

This is the institute "lottery". Every month there is a first prize of £100 and runner up prizes as well. It costs just £2 per month for a ticket. Contact us for an application form. Or click application form to download a copy. Support you local village hall, or lose it.

Book now for the 2014 panto!

Once again, Looking Glass Theatre will be presenting the Christmas Panto. This year, boys and girls, it's Cinderella. The Harlestone panto is always sold out and always a great way to start the Christmas celebrations. Doors open at 15:00 Christmas eve and the performance starts at 15:30. There will be a bar and soft drinks, tea, coffee and mince pies will be available.

Click here to request more details and tickets.

Harlestone Village Institute: Weddings, Parties and Special Events

Harlestone Village Institute is the perfect place for your special event. Set in fantastic countryside and large enough to create your own unique Harlestone Village occasion and atmosphere.

Just look at what some of our Harlestone Village Institute special event clients have created for their wedding days, anniversaries, and birthday parties. Be honest, do you know any other venue that can compete with Harlestone Village Institute weddings for location, quality, and reasonable rates?

We can advise you on everything from catering to layout, decoration and discos.


The 2015 wedding package which includes access to the hall, kitchen, bar room and lounge costs £650. This gives access from midday Friday to midday Sunday to give time for preparation, decoration and clearing up time. It also includes tables, chairs and the alcohol and music licence. Please contact us for availability.





























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The hall is available at all times for hire, whether for a one-off function, regular block bookings, social functions or weddings.

Unlike many halls the Institute is set in its own grounds. there is plenty of room to install a large Marquee, bouncy castle and many other features. One person actually set up a mini fairground!

The hall has its own car park and we can usually arrange overflow parking in an adjacent field for larger events.

If you have lots of children attending there is a large childrens playgroung a two minute walk away, equipped with swings, roundabouts, slides and climbing frame.


There is a separate "pub style" bar and room, which seats about 40 people.The "pub" bar room

The large hall seats around 100 people, formally, and has a capacity of 200 not seated, including the stage.

Both the hall and the bar benefit from central heating.

You can hire by the day or by the hour



Upstairs there is a nice sized lounge area and two ladies toilets, completely refurbished including electric hand driers, in 2012.







kitchenA new kitchen was installed in 2013, complete with catering size oven, glasswasher and four standard size fridges to keep 100's of bottles or cans cool.

You can always use your own caterers to set up and serve food. We have plenty of room, unlike many venues.


Unfortunately there are no disabled facilities.


Schedule of charges

Whole building £25.00 per hour

Main hall and kitchen £18.00 per hour

Bar room only £11.00 per hour

Bar and kitchen £14.00 per hour

"All day" bookings, except for weddings, cost from £250, depending on requirements.


A "wedding weekend" package costs £650 for 2015 bookings.. Our extensive experience of weddings has convinced us that a full weekend is required for everything from preparation to clearing up. This package gives you full access from 12:00 on Friday (necessary for preparation and decoration) to 12:00 Sunday (required for cleaning and rubbish removal). It includes the alchohol and music licence, tables and chairs and full access to our kitchen, bar room, lounge and main hall.


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Map and directions



From the M1 Northbound:

Leave at junction 16 and follow the A45 towards Northampton. At the first roundabout take the first exit signposted Lodge Farm and Althorp House.

Continue straight over the mini roundabouts until you reach a large roundabout where you take the first exit signposted Harlestone and Althorp. You are now on the A428 towards Harlestone Village and West Haddon. On your left you will see a Garden Centre and on your right Harlestone Firs. Go straight on for about a quarter of a mile and take the first left, just at the entrance to the village and before the 30 speed limit signs. This is signposted Upper Harlestone. If you go past the Fox and Hounds pub on the right you have gone slightly too far.

Follow the road round and take the first turning on the right, you will see a black and white painted signppost for the post office, village institute. On the right hand side just ahead of you. This is a narrow lane, follow it to the end and you will see the Institute. There is ample parking behind.

From the M1 Southbound:

Exit the motorway at junction 18, take the A428 and follow the signs for Harlestone for approximately 10 miles. You will come through Lower Harlestone and the Fox and Hounds pub will be on your left. Take the first right hand turn as you exit the village. Follow this road round and take the first right hand turn. You will see a black and white painted signpost for the post office, village institute. On the right hand side just ahead of you. This is a narrow lane, follow it to the end and you will see the Institute.