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The Storey Creative Industries Centre

The Storey Creative Industries Centre, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1TH

Tel: 01524 509000.

Close to the train station and next to the Castle, the Storey CIC combines one of Lancaster’s finest Grade 2 listed buildings, with a 21st century infrastructure. The SCIC contains a theatrical auditorium, lecture theatre, tasting gardens, rentable offices, workshop spaces, exhibition space and meeting rooms - spaces to house all the many different events covered throughout the year.

It also houses Lancaster's Visitor Information Centre.  Outside, the Storey also has a garden and orchard containing a millenial living artwork project - The Tasting Garden

Built in 1898 by local philanthropist and tradesman, Thomas Storey, the building offered educational opportunities to the people of Lancaster. When Storey died, he bequeathed the building to the city under a covenant that it should continue to be used 'for the purposes of the advancement in the Borough of Lancaster of science and art and technical and industrial education'.

The Storey is equipped with all the features today’s creative industries need to plug in, switch on and be creative, including fast internet connection, a staffed reception, security and lifts. As well as offering a selection of office space available for organisations or individuals involved in the creative sector, we can also offer a professional address and reception service without the expense of renting business premises. 

Functions & Events

The Storey hosts a wide range of  events; art, exhibitions, music, literature and drama, as well as lectures and groups, as you can see from our website's events calendar.

It is the perfect place to host your event, function or meeting. The elegant first floor rooms are suitable for large or small occasions and are flooded with natural light from the large Georgian windows and atrium ceilings. They can be hired independently or in combination.

The Music Room retains beautiful original architecture and is a stunning backdrop to your setting. The room is steeped in history as it was once part of the city art gallery and can comfortably host up to 70 guests.

The Gallery is an amazing space, top lit by a glass ceiling lantern. It is possible to seat up to 150 guests and is dominated by a marble statue of Queen Victoria and her Prince Consort, her beloved Albert.

The Auditorium on the ground floor offers 21st century state of the art audio and visual technology for a great nightclub atmosphere. Great for up to 80 seated party guests.

With the Printroom Café & Bar on the ground floor, this building really does provide Lancaster, and the whole of the North West with a creative platform from which to work.

The events team take pride in their knowledge and attention to detail. If you need any advice or guidance on setting up the venue they will be happy to help.

For more information or to arrange a viewing contact: or call: 01524 582392.

The Tasting Garden

The land now known as the Storey Gardens is recorded as being used for gardens and orchards as far back as the 1600s. As the Millennium approached a permanent environmental artwork, The Tasting Garden, was created to celebrate the history and abundance of this garden.

The internationally-renowned artist, Mark Dion – whose work explores ideas about natural history and the conflicting ideas that we have about nature – was commissioned to create a long-term, living landscape. Dion has exhibited work at many important international venues including Tate Gallery, London and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

The Tasting Garden is an orchard and an artwork, with paths laid out in the form of the branches of a tree, paying tribute to the memory of forgotten growers and the fruit species they cultivated.

You can find out more about the Storey Garden at