About Our Venue

​Welcome to Brighton Unitarian Church, our historic Grade 2 listed building, located centrally in New Road, Brighton, East Sussex. It is a cultural and community space, a great location for a wide variety of concerts, theatre productions, video and sound recording, album launches, classes, seminars and exhibitions, both during the Brighton Festival, Brighton Fringe, The Great Escape and throughout the year.

​We are also pleased to conduct weddings, child namings and funerals.

Our unique and intimate concert venue has a Steinway grand piano, which hirers can use at no additional cost.

Please see our Covid-19 guidelines 

Hire The Church 

Suitable for concerts, recitals, theatre productions (no blackout), lectures, conferences, book promotions, exhibitions, meditation, dance, rehearsals, craft fairs, etc.


Seating 100. Standing 140 maximum

Dimensions 11 m x 10.5 m.  8.5 m high.

Floor Plan.


Steinway grand piano, loop system, mic, raised dais (stage - 2.5 m x 3.75 m), excellent acoustics. Projector (3700 Lumens), Projector Screen, projector stand, WiFi. Wheelchair accessible with toilets 


The hall with kitchen facilities may be hired for refreshments during the intervals of concerts etc. No Alcohol Licence held. Temporary event notice's to be agreed. 

Premises Licence authorises performance of live or recorded music 10am - 11pm. Premises Licence does not cover amplified music outside the Church.

Piano & Organ

The piano is tuned four times a year by Mark Beglin, a Steinway approved tuner. In addition, arrangements can be made, on behalf of hirers, for piano to be tuned again prior to their concert. Cost of this tuning to be covered by hirer.

Kirkland Organ

The church houses an historic Kirkland Organ.



Music and and arts venue, conferences, fairs, etc.
- £30 per hour - 9 a.m – 6 p.m
- £36 per hour - 6 p.m – 11 p.m
          plus care-taking fee


1/3 deposit is required to secure each booking.




Invoices sent out monthly.

Performing Rights Society charges will apply where appropriate.

A visit to the church prior to hiring date must be made. (Fire and Safety Regulations.)

All bookings are at the discretion on the Management Committee.

Parking limited to loading and unloading

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Hire the Hall

Suitable for morning, afternoon and evening classes; singing, dance, drama and yoga, meditation, seminars, commercial presentations and craft/vintage fairs. Also available for receptions following our Rites of Passage Services.


Approx. 50 persons standing and up to 45 people seated. Dimensions 10.5 m x 6.8 m. 6 m high. Floor plan.


Use of kitchen for hot and cold drinks, toilets including provision for wheelchair users, sprung wooden floor, good acoustics. Projection screen and blackout available. Bluthner grand piano. WiFi connection.

Invoices sent out monthly.

Performing Rights Society charges will apply where appropriate.

A visit to the church prior to hiring date must be made. (Fire and Safety Regulations.)

All bookings are at the discretion on the Management Committee.

Parking limited to loading and unloading



Workshops, meetings, rehearsals, craft fairs, etc.- 9 a.m – 10 p.m
- £20 per hour - (minimum three hours including preparation and tidying up time)

- £14 per hour - concession for regular community groups

1/3 deposit is required to secure each booking.

Hire the Portico

Our Portico is an iconic part of Brighton's North Laine, situated on the busy street of New Road opposite Brighton Dome and near the Theatre Royal. The Greek style columns gives a beautiful backdrop for your outdoor event.

Suitable for outdoor markets, street food stalls, performance etc.

There is access to power; 3 phase & 3 pin.

10.5m x 4m


£80 for a whole day

Deposit - £25


Designer : Sarah_Louise_Designs 

Photographer:  Moa Thorneby 

Model:  Shannon Pagee 

Hiring Policy 

All services, ceremonies, rituals and rites of passage held in Brighton Unitarian Church must be led by recognised Unitarian worship leaders or celebrants. The church cannot be hired for services, ceremonies, rituals or rites of passage led by anyone other than established Unitarian worship leaders or celebrants. 

We do not hire the church to political parties or groups. In this context ‘recognised’ refers to service leaders or celebrants known to this church or other Unitarian churches or chapels. Agreed at Committee Meeting on Jan 8th 2018.

The hirer is required to ensure that appropriate measures are in place to protect any children or vulnerable adults at the premises during the hire period, by taking all reasonable steps to ensure compliance with all appropriate statutes and guidelines, and to prevent the occurrence of any injury, loss, damage, or harm.

You must comply by new COVID-19 guidelines, making sure everywhere is cleaned after hire. Using a one-way system and keep within the up to date restrictions on social distancing. Please see here for our covid-secure page.


​There is a ramp leading up to the main entrance, allowing access for wheelchair users. The hall and other facilities can be reached from this entrance. 

There are toilet facilities for wheelchair users and those with push chairs.

A loop system is available.


Projector: Acer X138WH DLP. 3700 lumens. HDMI & VGA in.

Projector screen is 150cm. Projector stand which has a shelf for a laptop (laptop not provided), wheels and can be angled. 

£10 per day. Mention this when booking.

Streaming equipment.  We now have professional streaming equipment, which can be used anywhere inside the church with a station set up on our balcony. Please get in touch for more details.

£30 per session. Deposit required.