Beautiful flowers are blooming in the Bedern garden and the smell of hot cross buns is in the air! Spring is upon us and we have lots of exciting events on our calendar for you to enjoy. From an Easter flower workshop to a new art exhibition, read on to find out more.
Easter Flowers Workshop with Afternoon Tea – Friday 12th April, 1 - 3.30pm
Just in time for the Easter weekend, we’ll be hosting a fabulous Easter Flowers Workshop at Bedern Hall. This will be led by Katherine Armstrong Bisson, florist at Fleur Amado. Katherine grows her own flowers and foliage here in York and certainly knows a thing or two about putting together a beautiful arrangement. Her flowers have been displayed in the Minster and as part of York in Bloom. In this very special workshop, you can share in her love of floristry and find out how to bring a touch of spring to your home.
Katherine will be demonstrating how to build a stunning arrangement of seasonal blooms, considering colours, textures and composition. All materials will be provided and you’ll be able to take your floral creation home with you. If you have guests visiting the Easter weekend, this will no-doubt make an impressive centre-piece for your dinner table.
Your ticket will also include a glass of bubbles on arrival and a famous Bedern Hall Afternoon Tea. Roger’s trademark selection of scones, cakes and sandwiches is the perfect way to make this a special celebration of spring. Why not attend with a friend or book your mum a ticket as a lovely mothers’ day treat?
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Art in the Hall - 'The Garden at No.18' – Friday 26th April, 6.30 – 8.30pm
Bedern’s popular “Art in the Hall” event returns, welcoming Granville Heptonstall to display his latest paintings. Granville received rave reviews when last exhibiting in support of the Bedern Hall Foundation and we’re grateful that he drew many visitors who had never before seen our historical venue.
This time, we’re delighted to display Granville’s summer-inspired collection, “The Garden at No.18”. Following initial sketches on an iPad, the Yorkshire artist built up colours, patterns and highlights on canvas to eventually create four large paintings. The fifth, Geranium, grew from a collage of magazine scraps!
We’re excited to see Granville’s scenes of nature in this exhibition including trees, garden greenery and flowers. The pieces will perfectly compliment the new growth we’re seeing in our own garden at Bedern.
After the launch on 26th April, Granville’s paintings will be on display until summer. The Hall will be open every Thursday. Why not drop in for a coffee and cake as you admire Granville’s paintings in our light and bright hall?
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Visit Bedern Hall on a spring-time city centre stroll
As you’re strolling through the city on warmer spring days, remember you can always take a turn down our Goodramgate snicket to discover Bedern Hall for yourself! Many residents of York don’t even know that our 14th century dining hall is just a stone’s throw from the Minster. Ring the bell and if the hall is open, we’ll be delighted to welcome you in.
Our stunning Medieval building was once where singers at York Minster ate their meals. The hall’s had a rich and varied history since then, and our friendly guides have plenty of stories to share. You can find out more about our history here: http://www.bedernhall.co.uk/history-of-bedern-hall/
If you’d like to book a group visit, we can give you a fascinating tour. We can even include lunch or traditional Sunday roast if you book in advance! We’ve also a quaint courtyard and beautiful little garden for you to explore.
We have plenty more exciting events to look forward to as we move into summer so keep an eye on our “What’s On page here!
For any enquiries please get in touch on 01904 646030.
Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th January – Residents Festival
We will be kicking things off with our participation in the York Residents Festival weekend. This event, organised by Make it York, is a ‘thank you’ to the residents of York for the welcome they give York’s 6.9 million annual visitors and the support shown to the city’s tourism sector. It’s also a valuable opportunity for local people to discover all that’s on their doorstep so that they can recommend your attraction or business to visiting friends and relatives. We will be opening our doors for the weekend and displaying our banners to showcase the development of the Hall over the years and it’s Medieval history! Our café will be open on Saturday serving tea, coffee and cake…and as the Sunday falls on National Chocolate Cake Day, on the Sunday we will be serving up an assortment of chocolatey treats! Find out more about York Residents Festival here. #YorkResFest19
Tuesday 12th February - Your Local Lunch
February welcomes back our monthly chance to enjoy fresh local food with friends and family over lunchtime. Sample some of Roger’s finest cooking in the surroundings of the ancient Hall, our team will be on hand to answer any questions about the history of the Hall too! Book here.
Thursday 14th February – Valentine’s Evening
For anyone with an ounce of romance left in their souls, we will be hosting our annual Valentine’s event, an enjoyable evening in special surroundings! This is the perfect opportunity for couples to visit the Hall if they are considering it as a wedding venue, or simply to escape the hordes in the restaurants in town. Serving a locally sourced, home-cooked menu, Roger will be on hand creating some delicious dishes for the special day. See the menu and book your table here.
Saturday 2nd March - Bedern Bridal Experience
March sees our Wedding Event where there will be fizz and canapes, as well as some local wedding experts including our much-loved local florist. This will be a great evening showcasing the different layouts that can be achieved within the Hall for both wedding ceremonies and receptions. Register your place here.
Tuesday 5th March - Bedern Breakfast
Our popular business networking event returns in March where we will be joined by another prestigious business guest, Jamie Linton, founder of Rota Cloud, a cloud based software that we use here at the Hall! Rota Cloud is perfect for businesses that regularly create Rota’s for their team so we would encourage hospitality businesses to attend this event! This event is designed to bring together like-minded business owners from York and Yorkshire, creating a peer-to-peer forum of entrepreneurs and business owners. If you would like to join us please register your interest by emailing us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday 5th March - Shrove Tuesday
To celebrate Shrove Tuesday we will be hosting a pancake race through Bartle Garth. We would like to invite York businesses to enter a “runner” so please get in touch to get involved!
More information to follow, but please register your interest by emailing us on email@example.com
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!
So what's this all about?
Bedern Breakfast bring together like-minded business owners from York and Yorkshire, creating a peer-to-peer forum of Entrepreneurs and Business Owners. Each event will feature a 'guest in the chair' for an interview style presentation, with interviewer Alan Kaye.
Our 'Guest in the Chair’ has so far included some established business names, including, and not limited to, Rob McWilliam, Chief Financial officer for ASDA, Rebecca Thompson, President of the CIOB and Rachel Kay, MD of Green-Tech.
Come along and hear the interview, meet new connections and enjoy a delicious breakfast from our in-house caterer, Roger Lee.
Bedern Breakfasts, like Bedern Hall itself, are run on a 'non-profit' basis with any surplus generated being used to secure good speakers and to support The Bedern Hall Foundation - a fund raising endeavor created to ensure the future of this fine medieval hall.
What's in it for me?
- A unique and valuable experience to network with other high caliber individuals.
- A buffet service, full English breakfast plus healthy options also available
- Time at the end of the event for informal meeting
- An introduction to Bedern Hall as a prospective venue for your own events.
When and where?
The breakfasts will commence promptly at 7:30am and will finish by 9.15am.
Please note: Doors close at 7.40am to ensure a prompt start to the event.
The venue is Bedern Hall in the centre of York. There is no on-site parking but there are 2 car parks within a few minute’s walk. We suggest the car park on St. John's Street, Off Lord Mayors Walk. See here for car park location
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.
1 - Everything seems so much more beautiful
Winter is a season that many describe as beautiful and romantic, from the white blanket that covers the ground to the frost dusted over the outdoor landscape. Winter makes it easier for you to get that perfect wedding photo and our pretty courtyard and garden terrace tucked away in the centre of York provide the perfect setting in winter with a crisp, yet fresh, picturesque backdrop.
2 - It’s something out of the ordinary
There is such a thing as the “wedding season”, and this usually starts from April and ends around August. The Spring and Summer months can be filled with weddings every other weekend, having yours in the winter means your friends and family won’t have that wedding fatigue feeling of “it’s just another wedding”, your winter wedding is something people will really look forward to and remember. This also means we are likely to have the dates available that you want for your wedding here in York, an easy way to find this out is by sending a quick enquiry through our website here.
3 - Winter evenings call for candles
The bright and clear winter days come with dusk evenings earlier on, but this means you can add candles to create the perfect wedding ambience. Surrounded by the beamed ceilings and arched windows, candles can create a beautiful scenic room as well as an intimate space at Bedern Hall, right in the heart of York.
4 - Winter sunlight
Winter mornings not only have that beautiful crisp feeling to them, but they come with great natural light from the sun making your wedding shots look even prettier. Winter months also see the sun setting earlier which means you can usually capture a stunning sunset during your ceremony, either inside by the lighting through our arched windows or outside on our beautiful courtyard.
5 – Colour schemes
One decision many face with their wedding is picking the correct colour scheme. Because the winter months are so neutral they complement all colours and shades, from deep plums and berry reds, to ivory whites and natural greens. The warm stone walls and traditional structure at Bedern Hall balance with any colour scheme you may choose so you can ensure our venue is tailored exactly to your preferences.
You can read more about our Wedding options and request for a free wedding pack here. Or if you would simply like to look around our magnificent medieval hall to see if it’s suitable to you and your occasion, please contact us here to arrange a visit.
If you are looking for a unique wedding in the heart of York at an individual venue, Bedern Hall may be your dream location. Experience a truly magical day in our exquisitely intimate setting, available for both ceremonies and receptions. Located in the centre of York, our hidden gem boasts an elegant sense of history whist providing the perfect space to create your dream wedding, just as you've always envisaged it.