Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, engagement party, baby shower or simply a big family Sunday lunch, we all know how important it is to ensure your event goes to plan with your loved ones around you, and there are certain factors that are extremely important to get right.
The Location – Ensuring the location is convenient and easy for all, or at least the majority, of guests is an important factor. That’s why Bedern Hall is a perfect venue, situated in the centre of York yet in a quiet corner away from the hustle and bustle means you can enjoy your event to your hearts content without the noise or distractions of the busy centre. Walking distance from all ends of the city and very close to York Minster, Bedern Hall is in a great location. Not sure where to find us? Have a look here.
The Venue – In order to make your event memorable, you want to ensure your surroundings are just right. Finding venues to suit your needs can be difficult, sometimes they cannot cater to your requirements and sometimes they are just plain boring. Our venue boasts history yet works for the modern day event. Surrounded by warm stone walls, soaring beamed roofspace and flooded with natural daylight, Bedern Hall has an impressive ambience for any occasion. It even comes with a courtyard and garden terrace!
The Food – If your event requires food, it is vital to ensure you get this right. Here at Bedern Hall, we ensure we cater to all your requirements and no ask is too much. Our food is freshly prepared for you on the day and we offer seasonal menus with plenty of choice for vegetarians, vegans and any other special diets. We can also create a special menu for your occasion to ensure it is exactly as you hoped. We always try to use local produce where possible so you will be served a beautiful plate of Yorkshire food!
Not only can you hire our historic hall for any occasion, you are guaranteed great hospitality and good food. A venue in the heart of York which boasts the historic aspect of the city, what’s not to love? Let us put on an event that you and your guests will never forget. Meet, eat and celebrate with us.
Find out more information about hosting an event at Bedern Hall here.
Have you ever wanted to create your very own Winter wreath, filled with all sorts of festive decorations which you can hang proudly in your home? Now is the time to get creative with the smells and crafts of Christmas at Bedern Hall hosted by Kathrine Armstrong Bisson of Fleur Adamo.
Kathrine has a great love of flowers, plants and homemade decorations. Her business, Fleur Adamo, meaning ‘To fall in love with flowers’ is her passion, and this workshop is the perfect chance for you to learn from an expert to create something of your own that you can share with your loved ones this Christmas time.
Choose from colourful berries, foliage, cones and ribbons to create your own unique wreath. Escape the hoards of Christmas shoppers for a morning and spend it in the peaceful, festive Bedern Hall. Located just outside the hustle and bustle of York city centre, what better way to celebrate a December morning than at our Crafty Christmas workshop, guaranteed to get you feeling festive!
What should you expect on the day?
On arrival, enjoy a warm cup of coffee before the session starts. Kathrine will then guide you through the process of creating eye-catching decorations for your home this Christmas, ensuring your creative juices are flowing. Then it’s time to get hands-on using materials provided to make your own decorations. Kathrine will be on hand to help you make an impressive wreath to take away and display in your home. Enjoy a 2-course hot lunch prepared freshly at Bedern Hall using local produce and served with a glass of wine or soft drink, whilst being surrounded by the Medieval breath-taking space of our Hall.
Our workshop takes place on Friday 15th December 2017 from 11am until 2:30pm and will cost £40 per person. This includes a coffee on arrival, all materials and tuition, finished decorations to take home plus a 2-course lunch and a glass of wine or soft drink.
We’re looking forward to spending a Crafty Christmas with you!
You can purchase your tickets here: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=adlrqxcab&oeidk=a07eeelghk5b1743630
Or you can call us on 01904 646030 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place.
Weddings have a high expectation of being the best day of many people’s lives, which in turn, can result in producing the most stressful day of many people’s lives. Our team have been helping guide people through this special day for many years, and together have narrowed it down to what we believe are the most important tips to planning your perfect day.
- Give yourself time
Planning a wedding, no matter how big or small, takes time. Don’t rush the plan, give yourselves time to decide on the details that are the most important for the two of you. (There some great wedding planning diaries and wedding planners out there that can help with this!)
- Help us, to help you
Whoever, wherever is hosting your wedding, let them fully understand what it is that you picture your day to be. This will help everyone achieve the best possible result and make your day as perfect as possible. (Pinterest is a great social media site that enables you to create mood boards for each element of your day to help visualise the look and feel you would like).
- Keep it simple
Just because your next-door neighbour had a horse and cart and an ice sculpture at their wedding, doesn’t mean you must as well. Choose the touches and flourishes that represent you and yours, don’t feel pressured into convention or expectations, be present and enjoy the moment.
- Finish to start, not start to finish
By the end of the day, where do you want to be? Starting from the end and working backwords is a great way of getting the timing of each step right. Even though many people don’t like to have a schedule on their wedding day, it does help the day run as smoothly and stress-free as possible. Your venue and caterers will support you with timings based on previous experience.
- Informal requires informing
Keeping it “informal” requires more planning than you may expect. Informal weddings need to flow well, to achieve this, keep your guests in the know, what time is the ceremony, where is the reception, is there a seating plan, all the questions you would ask, have them answered and easy to find. This will stop people asking you and allow the day to flow much more easily. Appoint people who may be family members, or friends, to help you with the timings on the day.
- Put yourselves first
One of the most difficult things for many people planning a wedding is to stop trying to please everyone, this is YOUR day, they will have theirs and we can guarantee they won’t be thinking of every single guests’ independent needs then, so for now concentrate on the two of you and what you want. Guests will be happy to share your moments with you, especially if you are having the best day of your life and not stressed!
- Celebrate your love
Sharing your day with the ones you love is an important part of your day, even though the choices you make in the lead up to the day are essentially centred around the two of you, make sure the day is spent celebrating with your nearest and dearest. Don’t neglect your guests for hours on end, where possible include them in every stage of the day, sharing will make this day even more special.
- Don’t get bogged down with small details
Of course, detail is important, and making sure your wedding day is as you pictured it would be is a top priority for us, as well as other wedding venues. However, once the ideas have been discussed, don’t become fixated on these small details, the main event is the union of you and the one you love, focus on that and then the small details won’t become a large pressure.
- Be present in every moment
A key tip that we hear all the time from couples is to be present in every moment of the day, soak it all in! Don’t have one too many for Dutch-courage before the event and neglect the truly special moments of this day. This is your day and everyone is there for you, enjoy it, appreciate it and remember it.
- Be thankful
Weddings take patience and planning, everyone involved through the process will have given you something, their time, their shoulder, their contribution, be thankful for every one of them. We often take for granted the very things that deserve our gratitude the most.
If you are looking for a unique venue for your special day in York, Bedern Hall offers a breath-taking yet intimate space. Here you can experience a combination of tradition and elegance with all the touches you envisage to make your day truly magical.
To find out more about wedding ceremonies and receptions at Bedern Hall please see here where you can request a Wedding Pack and view availability of the Hall for your selected date.
We wish you all the success in the world with the planning of your special day and hope to see you in the Hall soon!
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.
Being described as a ‘hidden gem’, we are located in a quiet corner of York city centre, allowing you and your colleagues to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but close enough to walk 2 minutes down the road and be greeted with the exciting atmosphere York brings. Medieval meets modern with fibre broadband available via WiFi at the same time as being surrounded by Bederns extraordinary architecture. We also have full access to a range of AV technology and offer window blinds which enhance projection to ensure your business meeting is presented in the best way possible.
The venue can be adapted to meet the requirements of any business meeting, offering 2 different spaces within the same building. Our ‘Committee Room’ can hold business meetings that are slightly more intimate, providing a great space for those round table discussions allowing business brains to be switched on and inspiration in full flow.
For larger sessions, our Hall can hold events for up to 60 people. This space is ideal for group work, presentations or training as well as away days for your business where you can be surrounded by the finer details of a Medieval Hall. We can also offer our outdoor areas for socialising, eating and relaxing, including our café style courtyard or our garden terrace.
On top of being surrounded by a wealth of history in one building, we offer home-made food made straight from our kitchen using produce from our very own gardens. We have a conference catering package available which includes a buffet filled with finger foods including fresh salad and desserts, and in the winter months, a hot alternative such as homemade soup. Plus those all important tea breaks, serving hot drinks with biscuits. We are flexible on your requirements so please let us know your preferred catering options.
At Bedern Hall, we also offer the venue for private events and functions such as birthdays, weddings, Christmas parties, anniversaries and Christening parties all in the heart of York.
Give us a call today to discuss how we can meet your requirements on 01904 646030.
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.
Many tourists and citizens alike enjoy a trip to York to explore the city’s hidden gems and extraordinary architecture, but keeping the history alive and accessible to the public can be an issue. Bedern Hall would no longer be open to the public without the help from the Bedern Hall Foundation, a concept that began over 30 years ago, to help restore and preserve this important building for the city. The Bedern Hall Foundation aims to build a future from the past by creating a new vision for the historic building, allowing local people, businesses and visitors to enjoy the Hall and help keep history alive!
The first major restoration of the Hall began in 1979, retaining its original fabric where possible. Roof timbers were replaced, the floor relayed with York stone and some windows with replaced with new, modern designs. However, some of the original fabric of the building can still be seen in place, some roof timbers are still present in, as well as the medieval timber-framing and original tracery (the stonework) in the window on the North-East front of the Hall. The restoration has allowed Bedern Hall to become a destination that has held over 500 weddings, hundreds of business meetings and monthly local lunches along with many other events and celebrations.
To keep this beautiful building alive, we are now working towards raising £50,000 annually. There are many ways in which you can help to secure the next thirty years of Bedern Hall, and beyond. You can donate to the fund using this link or becoming a member of the Bedern Hall Foundation. There are three levels of the Bedern Hall Foundation membership, all of which come with so many benefits;
- Personal Membership – £50.00 per year:
- Advance notice of invitations to special events
- Reduced prices at all public events held at the Hall, including ‘Your Local Lunch’ offers and special events
- Annual members only event with guest speakers and networking opportunities
- Special hire rates for personal social occasions
- One complimentary hire day per year for any occasion (excludes catering costs, but these are available at a reduced rate).
- Enterprise Membership – £500.00 per year. Designed for small and medium sized organisations and businesses. Includes all the benefits in the personal membership, plus:
- Inclusion of up to 10 people for reduced price benefits
- An annual event for up to 10 delegates, including tea and coffee, onsite conference equipment and sandwich lunch or evening reception (Additional catering available at a reduced rate)
- Certificate of Guild Recognition on the Bedern Hall Foundation ‘Wall of Honour’ and an embossed certificate
- Permission to use the Bedern Hall Foundation image on letterheads and promotional material.
- Corporate Membership – £1,000.00 per year. For larger organisations and businesses that understand the need to support the historic buildings of the City and the traditions that are bound up with them. Corporate Members can take advantage of all of the benefits listed under Personal and Enterprise Membership plus:
- A ‘Meet the Guilds’ day – an alternative client networking event
- Book Bedern for a week – ideal for a group of groups of employees (This is for fives days, excluding weekends and is subject to availability)
- In addition to advance notice, Corporate Members will also enjoy preferred status at all public events at Bedern Hall.
There is also the option to have a corporate sponsorship which you may wish to do to support the Bedern Hall Foundation.
If you would like to donate to help keep the Hall’s history alive you can do here