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Welcome to The Marquee


Who we are


About Us

The Marquee is an impressive, modern, purpose built structure, set amidst the stunning backdrop of a unique Grade II* listed building, enveloped within eight acres of greenery close to the heart of Manchester.

With the ability to accommodate banqueting for over 600 people, the option of sectioning-off the marquee into smaller segments for privacy and/or a smaller event is another feature we’re able to offer.

The Marquee will be provisioned to cater for a variety of events all year round – 365 days of the year.
Whether it’s a conference, seminar, wedding, event or party The Marquee is the perfect setting for your special event.

The Marquee is only available for a limited period only and is a new social enterprise project developed by the BMHC in support of its on-going development.

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The building was erected in 1843 for the Lancashire Independent College, when Whalley Range was being developed as a residential suburb. The building was substantially re-modelled internally and the central rear wing added in 1878.

The College trained ministers for the Congregational Church, providing further education for Non-conformists at a time when they were excluded from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. The College later established links with Owens College which became the Victoria University of Manchester, today’s Manchester University.

The College was a successful institution which expanded during the nineteenth century, but after 1871 universities became open to all denominations which together affected the college by a gradual decline in numbers. Following use as a hall of residence for Manchester University, the building was acquired in 1985 by the GMB, a major trade union, and used as their national training and conference centre until 2005.

The Building is Grade II* listed, even the pair of entrance gates are Grade II. It is set in extensive grounds with the principal landscaped area facing north onto College Road. The site is within Whalley Range conservation area, designated in 1991.

Our aspiration is to become a centre “celebrating Islam’s rich and diverse heritage, inspiring all communities to embrace diversity and be instrumental in the shaping of a cohesive society”.

"Exclusive Space For Your Special Day"

Kamil Dunworth - Marketing and Events Manager


What we offer



The Marquee team is confident, qualified and very experienced. We feel we can easily accommodate all of your requirements – regardless of the occasion.

We’re not afraid to think out of the box. Below are the Services we’re able to offer.



Our Catering Team arrives with a proven track record so you can rest assured that we understand your culinary and waiting needs.

Our service is impeccable, our delicious food is meticulously prepared.


Environment & Ambience

Among some of the unique design features we offer is the ability to control the ambience of the event.

Create the right atmosphere, regardless of whether you choose to hold a day or evening function.

From the positioning of subtle mood lighting, to controlling the vast myriad of environmental settings, right down to beautifully elegant table-centres that focus attention towards the finer details you might wish to incorporate into your day, our team will help make your day special for all the right reasons.


Capturing Your Event

Whether you’re using Video or Photography to capture your event, you can’t but fail to be impressed by the stunning backdrop the BMHC building offers.

Magnificent views and a rich heritage are woven into the very fabric of our character.

Capture the smallest detail and help give the end product an extra dimension.


Audio Visual Services

Our vast experience in hosting a variety of events can help you model the ideal audio/visual system into your day.

From a subtle info-tainment feature running in the background, to a full blown feature movie central to your event, we can accommodate a vast array of audio/visual infrastructure.


The Marquee is one of the most unique venues Manchester has to offer.

Unrivalled levels of service, magnificent grounds, purpose built facility, experienced wedding planners and a dedicated team to make your bespoke wedding day even more memorable.

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Whether you’re looking to hold a reception, use it as a refreshment facility, entertaining, catering, using audio/visual equipment or adding a stage, we’ll provide businesses and events organisers with a detailed quotation, including layout diagrams, to show you exactly what your corporate event could look like.

We’ll handle all the infrastructure, equipment and catering for you, handing it over to you ready to go.

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From plush, VIP events to corporate charity days, we’re able to offer special deals for charities looking to hold their fundraising activities at The Marquee.

With ample free parking and one of the most spectacular backdrops to be found anywhere in the country, we’ll go out of our way to accommodate your requests to benefit society as a whole.

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With our generous function space we have the capacity to easily accommodate over 60 stands.

Combined with our ability to provide catering, audio/visual facilities, the magnificent grounds and ample free parking, you have a perfect Exhibition space at your disposal.

Remember, we take care of all the organising and hard work so you won’t have to.

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A showcase

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Weddings in an idyllic, tranquil and private setting

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Your guests cannot but fail to be impressed by your choice of The Marquee. Let them take in and absorb the splendour of your event, the occasion and your choice of venue.

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Catering Excellence

Unparalled Catering Excellence

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An unrivalled standard of service excellence, the finer details.

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Event Management

We take all the stress out of organising your event, so you don’t have to spend time worrying.

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Wedding Stages


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Contact Us

For further information or to book a FREE consultation, please contact:

  • The Marquee
    British Muslim Heritage Centre
    College Road
    M16 8BP
  • 0161 881 8062 (ext. 2)
  • 10.00 AM – 5.30 PM
  • events@bmhc.org.uk