Although things may still seem uncertain, for heritage attraction at the moment, it’s important to remember that since Bedern begun in the 1390’s we’ve made it through…
- The Sweating Sickness of 1485
- The Great Plague of London of 1665
- The Central Atlantic Hurricane of 1782
- The Year Without a Summer of 1816
- The Spanish Flu of 1918
- The Great Smog of 1952
2020 was certainly a testing year, but with a grant from the Cultural Recovery Fund we are now in a position to make the Hall available to a wider community and to share its stories through more regular opening to locals and visitors alike.
Latest guidelines indicate that, if we hit the numbers, we will be able to open the Hall to the public from 17th May.
Our grant will enable us to evolve from being an events and functions venue to become a small, independent heritage attraction still available for the celebration of life events. This mix of business will enable us create a sustainable future for the Hall.
We want to:
- Open regularly to improve public access and community involvement
- Create interpretation of the Hall’s stories for adults, families and children
- Run our cafe more regularly
- Develop educational opportunities for all
- Establish a hub for local groups and societies
- Continue to offer excellent facilities for events
So if you’ve visited in the past, walked past the Hall and wondered what it was, held an event with us, or never even heard of us; we’d like your help!
To help us develop our ideas and to find out more about your views and experiences of Bedern Hall, we have put together a short survey. We would be grateful if you are able to complete this survey which should take about 5 minutes of your time.
TAKE OUR SURVEY
We look forward to welcoming you to Bedern Hall in the not too distant future, be it a return visit or a first time experience.
From Roger Lee, Director and Resident Chef…
I recently showed 2 people around the Hall and both said “What a fabulous place for a wedding how much does it cost to hire?”
I told them that it cost £995 for exclusive use of the Hall for a wedding ceremony and reception.
One said, “That sounds expensive”
The other said, “Actually I think that’s cheap!”
So what to do?!
Well, we’d prefer the phrase ‘value for money’ rather than ‘cheap’, because we may charge less than many other venues but we certainly do not do ‘cheap and cheerful.’
We all know planning a wedding can be a very stressful time, especially because you want the day to be as perfect as possible. Everything comes with a question mark; the dress? The venue? The time of year? Having a winter wedding can come with so many benefits at Bedern Hall, and we have narrowed down our most significant ones.
Bedern Hall is a Medieval Hall located in the centre of York, but so many people don’t know it’s wealth of history and the story behind the building. Having been used as part of the College of the Vicars Choral from the 1390s up until the middle of the 17th century, it is now a place where citizens and tourists of York can come and explore the history, attend an event, or hire it for their own personal or business occasion. The only buildings that remain of the College of the Vicars Choral, who sang services in York Minster, are the Hall, the Chapel and the Gatehouse.
Over the years we’ve been lucky enough to celebrate with many happy couples on their special day. The joy of a wedding filled with love, family and friends is always a sight to behold. Here at Bedern Hall we cherish working alongside couples throughout the planning process, to the day itself, ensuring their dream day comes true and help them create memories to treasure for a lifetime.
Finding the right space for your event can be a challenge, and with an abundance of meeting room options in York it might seem like a minefield! That’s where we come in!
Did you know the historic city of York is under 2 hours away from London and a mere 2 hours 24 minutes from Edinburgh? Being located in the heart of North Yorkshire makes York a great place to visit whether it’s for business or pleasure.
As York is an ideal city to host events for people coming from all different directions of the country, whether it’s North or South, the only question left is the venue. Just a short 15 minute walk or a 5 minute taxi ride from York train station and situated close to the famous York Minster, Bedern Hall is an ideal setting for any business meeting.
What could be more English than a traditional Afternoon Tea in York?
Served in the historic surroundings of Bedern Hall, it becomes even more special.
With our small but professional team of staff, Afternoon Tea at Bedern Hall is the perfect opportunity for friends and family to get together and celebrate that special occasion.
With daffodils blooming in our courtyard and garden terrace, spring is firmly in the air at Bedern Hall, providing a tranquil haven for productive business meetings in the heart of York’s bustling city centre.