Sponsorship & Hire

Wedding receptions & special occasions

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Why not make your wedding reception, anniversary or other special occasion stand out from the crowd with an intimate group of friends and family in the classically beautiful Harris Museum & Art Gallery? 

Our Grade I listed Victorian building is genuinely spectacular inside and out and will provide the most memorable setting for you and your guests to enjoy. 

We specialise in sophisticated events for mature, discerning clients and our experienced and friendly staff will make you feel truly special.

Late afternoon and evening receptions are available in a variety of settings:


  • Harris Fine Art Galleries & Top Floor Balcony – be surrounded by some of the best of British fine art in and around our stunning galleries, including famous names like Stanley Spencer and LS Lowry,
  • Ceramics & Glass Gallery – a great space for guests to mingle among our Preston Guild ceramics, highlights of 20th century pottery and the largest collection of scent bottles in the UK,

  • Harris Rotunda – enjoy awe-inspiring views to the top of the building.

Canapés or buffet catering to your specification can be served with the accompaniment of acoustic jazz, a string quartet or even a choir.  

We are conveniently situated in Preston city centre with easy access to hotel accommodation, parking, taxis and public transport links, walking distance from Preston Registration Office and very close to St. John’s Minster.  Our building is fully accessible with lift access to all floors.

Please note that due to the sensitivity of our building and art collections we are not suitable for a disco, large scale party, dancing or sit-down meal. 

Drinks and food are not usually allowed in gallery areas but there is ample space for eating, drinking and socialising on our adjacent balconies.

Why not make an appointment to visit us and see what we can offer?

Enquiries to Hilary Machell, 01772 903619, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Harris Museum and Art Gallery

Market Square,
PR1 2PP 

T 01772 258248 (office 10am-4pm)
T 01772 905414 (event bookings)
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Sunday 27 and Monday 28 August:

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