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New England College is an affordable location for your event, whether it’s a wedding, a business meeting or retreat, a family gathering, or a sporting event; NEC has the right venue for you.

NEC Henniker offers lovely views of the Contoocook River and surrounding hillsides. A historical covered bridge serves as a romantic meeting place but also captures the unique spirit of New England for all special events. We specialize in small to medium sized events that take advantage of our beautiful outdoor setting.

In addition to the covered bridge, event spaces on New England College’s campus include state of the art classrooms, meeting rooms, outdoor patios, overnight accommodations, rambling greens and sports complexes including an ice arena, dance studio, and turf field.

Our Manchester campus has meeting rooms and an auditorium for events for up to 250 people. Located just off Elm Street in downtown Manchester, it is centrally located and easily accessible.

New England College’s experienced Events Staff and our fully equipped caterer, Chartwell’s, can help fulfill your event needs. Each occasion will be tailored based on your individual requests including food and beverage selections, audio visual equipment, custom party or business event rentals, logistics and floral arrangements.

Convenient Location

New England College Henniker is conveniently located 15 minutes from Concord, NH, and 30 minutes from Manchester, NH, off of Routes 202 and 9.

Our Manchester, NH, location is conveniently located 19 minutes from Concord, NH, and less than 60 minutes from Boston, MA.

Amenities and Services

  • Audio visual equipment
  • Flexible staging
  • Multiple podiums
  • Catering through Chartwell’s*
    *Any food and beverage needs must be provided by our on-site catering service, Chartwell’s.

Helpful Staff

The New England College Event staff will create a seamless event by:

  • Choosing the best site for your event
  • Inspecting each event site
  • Working with your budget
  • Negotiating the best prices for catering and rentals

Henniker Offerings


John Lyons Center

  • All spaces come equipped with Apple TV and projection
  • Classrooms spaces available for up to 32 people

CEI (Center for Educational Innovation)

  • All spaces come equipped with Apple TV and projection
  • Classrooms vary in size and can hold 12-55 people

Covered Bridge

  • Available for full or half day rentals

Simon Center

Great Room

  • Multi-purpose room for up to 200 people, AV equipment available, Wi-Fi


  • Accommodates up to 65 people

Reflections Room

  • Holds up to 16 people around a conference table, no AV, Wi-Fi only

Sayce Lounge

  • Accommodates up to 40 people, multipurpose room with AV/technology options available

Sports Complexes

  • Rink (with ice)
  • Rink (without ice)
  • Turf Field
  • Field House
  • Baseball Field
  • Softball Field
  • Bridges Gym
  • Laurie Cox Fields

Manchester Offerings

Emma B. French Hall

Auditorium and Rotunda

  • Multipurpose space, with a stage for up to 250 people
  • AV equipment available, WIFI

Lowell Hall


  • Holds up to 26 people
  • Equipped with projection, WIFI

Tailgating Policy

We would like to provide you the opportunity to socialize before and after athletic events if you chose to. We ask that you follow this Tailgating Policy as you support our athletes.

Contact Us

Inquiry Form

Liza Schoedinger
Assistant Director of Events