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About Us

The Borrowdale Institute is a community centre located in Rosthwaite, in the heart of the Borrowdale Valley.


Established over 100 years ago, it has served as the only community hub for farmers and families since its inception. It has been lovingly maintained by local trustees for decades and following a recent campaign to restore the building, the Institute has now been given a well deserved new lease of life. 

We have various rooms available to hire to suit a wide range of bookings.

Take a look at our Rooms for Hire for more information or Contact Us - we would love to hear from you

Our Hall at a Glance


Set in the village of Rosthwaite in the

heart of the Borrowdale Valley, our

village hall makes the most of its

beautiful surroundings.

Our Main Hall looks out on to traditional stone buildings and beautiful fells and our Community Room has large windows looking out on to open fields and fells. 

Our Herdwick Suite has our amazing balcony that looks out on to Castle Crag and the valley beyond.


We have a large kitchen situated in the Community Room on the ground floor

(next door to the Main Hall).

It includes appliances such as a large oven, induction hob, grill, hot water urn, under counter fridge, under counter freezer, hot cupboard, commercial dishwasher with a 3 minute cycle. 

We also have white crockery and stainless steel cutlery for around 100 people.

All kitchenware must be cleaned after use.

Event Space

The Main Hall is a airy open space with high ceilings and lots of natural light flooding through the large windows.

It is decorated in a neutral colour palette to suit any colour scheme.

Our Main Hall can comfortably seat around 90 people, depending on your chosen layout.

In addition to the Main Hall, we also have our Community Room (this houses our kitchen and a seating area). We also have our Herdwick Suite (on the upper floor). See more on each room here.


Our ground floor is all on one level, including both external points of access from the car park and the main road.

We have an accessible WC located on the ground floor, that also houses our baby change facilities.

During our renovation we installed a lift, meaning that our upper floor is now fully accessible for all. 

As with our ground floor, our upper floor is all on one level, including access to the balcony off the Herdwick Suite.

We have two rooms that are well suited to meeting rooms.

We have the Herdwick Suite (pictured) that is situated on the upper floor and is accessible via both stairs and a lift.

It features a small kitchenette, smart TV and balcony. See more here.

We also have the Community Room on the ground floor that has relaxed seating, a smart TV and access to the large kitchen.

See more here.

Meeting Rooms

We offer our building as basic hire.
This means that the hirer is responsible for the setting up, running of and for the clearing down after the event.

As the hirer you will have access to our furniture, crockery, cutlery, kitchen facilities and so on, should you wish to use it. Furniture can also be hired in (as in the pictures) from Eden Event Hire.

We ask that the hall is left clean and tidy on your departure, meaning all crockery/cutlery is washed, tables and chairs are stored away etc.

Your Hire

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