Combe Martin Village Hall

Modified on May 26, 2024

Combe Martin Village Hall (formerly the Drill Hall) on High Street EX34 0HR

Combe Martin's Community Hub for Over a Century 

Combe Martin Village Hall is a historic landmark. On December 2, 1909, the North Devon Journal announced the building of the new Drill Hall on High Street, in the centre of the village. For over a century, the Village Hall has hosted countless local clubs and meetings, dances, shows, stage plays and markets.

Originally used by the 1/6th Battalion Devonshire Regiment territorial force, the hall is a vital community asset along with Combe Martin's Community Shop, Combe Martin Museum, and our historic Combe Martin Community Centre

What's On at Combe Martin Village Hall

Regular Youth Clubs, parties and Farmers' Markets are all held here. The ever-popular holiday 'Books and Jeans Sale' is back in July 2024. Shows and functions will also be held here in the near future (visit the Village Hall website).

Featuring first class facilities and restrooms, Combe Martin Village Hall is two-storeys with a stone front block, a large central entrance, and a hall and stage.  

Take a full tour of the Village Hall and its premium facilities on Youtube˃

The Diverse History of the Old Drill Hall

Originally built for 6th Battalion (TF), Devonshire Regiment (G Company) including kitchen: in its early life this venue held boxing matches, picture shows, local council and committee meetings.

During the early twentieth-century, local volunteer soldiers competed to win 'silver spoons'. Pageants, garden shows and even operettas were also held here.

The British Newspaper Archive lists countless events at the Old Drill Hall throughout the 20th century. At Barnstaple Rural District Council on 21 March, 1912, Dr. Manning applied for a license for stage plays at the Drill Hall.

Reported in The North Devon Journal on 6 May 1915, the Belgian Relief Committee met here. On March 9, 1925, the Drill Hall hosted a miniature shooting match between Barnstaple and Combe Martin.

In April 1931, Messrs. Sanders and Son, Barnstaple, conducted a successful sale of accommodation, lands and building sites at the Drill Hall. Dances, meetings and concerts were held at this venue throughout World War II.

This brief resume exemplifies the Drill Hall/Village Hall's long history as a vital community hub going from strength to strength.

Click here for an updating list of Combe Martin events planned for 2024 ˃

Things to Know

Address:High St, Combe Martin, EX34 0HR. Registered charity (No. 1150536).

Located near Combe Martin's Fire Station; one mile east from the Seaside.

Visit the Website for more information: Home (

Events and Private Hire, Markets, Private Parties

Bingo, Quiz, Training, Theatre groups, Bands

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Social Media: Combe Martin Village Hall | Facebook

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