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Corporate, Private, Family, Arts Events or Community

You can hire the Continental and/or the Arts Space for:

  • Corporate
  • Private
  • Arts events

We offer a pleasant environment with friendly staff, excellent service and facilities and the best food and drink for miles around.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements. We recognise that every event is different and we will be delighted to arrange yours to meet your own requirements. We will work with you to create the ideal venue hire package and provide on-the-day support for an outstandingly pleasant and successful event.


Arts Hire - Space to create

Want your arts event to be presented alongside the best arts programme in Preston, hitting your target audience and ensuring you’ve got great press for your work? The Continental Arts Space provides the perfect venue for your performance, audition, indoor film shoot, workshop or rehearsal. Part of The Continental and They Eat Culture’s mission is to support and develop local theatre groups, artists and arts organisations by giving them a platform to develop their work. 

We offer low-cost room and theatre hire for local artists and performers and are experienced in overseeing and assisting with productions. We provide marketing support as part of the cost, and work with you to ensure we meet your list of needs from tech setup to staffing to ticketing. Give your artistic endeavour a kick-start by utilising this great facility.

Promoters of theatre, music, and other events are also welcome to get in touch, and we look at each proposal individually.



Corporate Hire - Down to business

Our stylish, cosy snug, our conservatory bays, and our classic events space, offer the perfect environments for:

  • Business meetings
  • Lunch meetings
  • Training courses
  • Staff away days
  • Interviews
  • Presentations
  • Networking events
  • Mini-conferences
  • Seminarsdrinks receptions
  • Corporate reward days.

Situated close to the city and near the river and park, with a private car park and landscaped garden, the venue provides the perfect antidote to the workaday office environment. Bask in the pleasant atmosphere, use the Wi-Fi, enjoy the food and have a productive day that all your delegates will remember fondly.

Equipment such as projector, white board, laptops etc are available for hire, whilst for evening events we can source the right entertainment for your colleagues’ enjoyment. We work with you to ensure your business is presented in just the right light.

Private Hire - It's party time

Whether for a small gathering of friends and relatives in our chic and cosy snug or a large party in our Arts Space, The Continental is the perfect venue for that special event from birthdays, christenings, or intimate weddings, or a reunion for the pals you’ve not seen since back in the day. 

With friendly service, a great atmosphere, excellent food and drink and access to our lively bar and landscaped garden, you have all the ingredients for a day or night to remember.

Whatever your requirements, from a simple room booking to providing entertainment including music, magic, comedy, arts, children’s entertainment, we can provide a bespoke package for you to make the event your own.


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Community Hire – Joining people together

We think that it’s crucial that we work together – and not just in this period of cuts and economic flux. So we’ve made sure that our community rate reflects the need in the voluntary, community, and faith sectors to access quality facilities at rates that reflecting VCFS budgets.

Have a look at our arts and corporate packages, and with our specialist knowledge of working with VCFS organisations across many projects, we can ensure we can build an event with you that reflects your needs alongside the needs of the community.


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All event management, catering & hospitality needs are dealt with by our inhouse hospitality & events teams. The Continental works in conjunction with They Eat Culture to provide arts & culture, food & drink on Preston’s Riverside.


For Corporate or Private hire please contact Lisa Rowlands on 01772 499425 or at

For Arts or Community hire please contact Robyn Talbot on 01772 499207 or at

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