What’s on at Bedern Hall – Events in York

Event space to hire in York

Finding the right space for your event can be a challenge, and with an abundance of meeting room and event space to hire in York there are so many variations to choose from, from modern, to basic, to traditional, the spaces available might seem like a minefield in which finding a space that perfectly suits your needs is impossible. That’s where we come in!



At Bedern Hall, there are a variety of possibilities, whether you need a layout to suit a sociable event, more of a conference style or even a theatre setting, the Hall can be organised to cater for you and your needs, and what’s more, our team will work closely with you to ensure your celebration goes to plan every step of the way.


Whether you are approaching a “big birthday”, you are looking to host a gin tasting or you have an annual conference and need a space, Bedern Hall is a great place to host a celebration in York. With both the great Hall and the committee room, Bedern can cater from intimate get togethers over a home-prepared, locally sourced meal, to large gatherings with a canape reception.


Why not pop in and have a chat with the team about the type of events they have hosted in the past and the different style of layouts that can be set up, they can even discuss a fully bespoke menu designed to suit the event. Whether it be a selection of canapes and drinks or a full three-course meal, Roger will work with you to create a delicious menu from locally sourced produce.








Further information on meeting/event hire at Bedern Hall:


Courtyard – Our beautiful courtyard to the front and rear of the Hall can be used for guests to enjoy throughout your event.


Catering – Roger is not only our Director he is also a highly talented chef with delicious creations up his sleeve, he will happily discuss options and create a bespoke menu sourced from local produce to suit your occasion. Whether it be canapes, Afternoon Tea, a full three-course meal or a Sunday lunch.


Seating/Layout Arrangements – The Hall and Committee Room can be laid out in many different styles to suit the needs of your event from intimate gatherings to larger get togethers of up to 60 people.


Music – We are more than happy to recommend musicians from the area to accompany your event or you can arrange your own, whatever best suits your event. We have a licence for music but unfortunately due to the proximity to residential properties, live music must be kept to a respectable level after 9pm.


WiFi & AV Technology – Medieval meets Modern when it comes to the Hall and technology. Our fibre broadband and full range of AV technology is available for all events held at the Hall.


Bar – We have a fully licenced bar and are more than happy to design a drinks menu to suit your needs with our highly commended local suppliers.


Accessibility – Within walking distance of York city centre, the Hall is accessible for all with a drop off point at the front of the building, there is no on-site parking however there are multiple car parks located within a reasonable walking distance or taxis can drop off at the front of the Hall.


If you’d like to discuss an upcoming event or the possibilities available, please give the team a call on 01904 646030 or email us here.


If you’re considering hosting regular events at the Hall have you considered registering as a Foundation Member? The benefits include Hall hire, reduced fees and more! Learn more about the Foundation here.

Afternoon Tea In York

Afternoon_teaWhether it’s for a special occasion, or you simply have a free afternoon, indulging in Afternoon Tea is always a treat. With that said, you can’t get much better than tucking into a delicious traditional Afternoon Tea, freshly prepared using local produce, surrounded by the interiors of our stunning Medieval Hall, or out in our courtyard in the sun within the heart of York city centre.


Throughout the summer of 2018, Bedern Hall are delighted to be putting on Afternoon Teas every other Thursday for just £25 per couple.

Celebrating? You can upgrade your Afternoon Tea to enjoy a glass of fizz for just £4 extra per couple! Using only local produce where possible, expect high quality quintessential food, from finger sandwiches to an abundance of cakes at Bedern Hall. You’ll even get the added extra of gazing at our historical Hall. Through the years the Hall has been owned by a butcher and a baker, and has a wealth of history to discover, so where better to enjoy an English meal than in the York Minsters Vicars Choral old dining hall.

Plus, this year we are launching Afternoon Tea Gift Vouchers, a perfect gift to give someone you love, you could even enjoy it with them! So, whether it’s a birthday, anniversary or just an excuse to get together, gather your friends or loved ones and enjoy an Afternoon Tea with us in the heart of York away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Not sure where to find us? You can find our location here.

Dates for Afternoon Tea at Bedern Hall are as follows:


Thursday 5th July

Thursday 19th July

Thursday 2nd August

Thursday 16th August

Thursday 30th August


Booking is essential, please contact us here to book your preferred day.


Not free on one of those dates? You can visit us every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10:30am until 3pm for coffee and cakes and have a chat with the team to find out more about our events and celebrations at the Hall.

Bedern Hall Foundation

Bedern Hall area after clearance

Have you heard of the Bedern Hall foundation? Or have you heard of Bedern Hall at all?

The stories this hidden gem holds are so significant to the history of York that we launched ‘The Bedern Hall Foundation’ in 2013 to raise funds to help secure the Hall’s future.







35 years ago, Sir Peter Shepherd, laid the new foundation stone to restore and preserve Bedern Hall, and since, the space has been used for thousands of events from Workshops to Weddings to Christenings and other private events. Yet this not-for-profit business needs further money to secure its next 35 years for the city of York residents and beyond to use and enjoy. The new vision for the Hall incorporates education, preservation and accessibility and the target to do so is to raise £50,000 annually.

Sir Peter Shepherd Bedern Hall Annexe 1983

But how? There are three ways to support our vision:

1. Join the Bedern Hall Foundation.

We have 3 different types available:

  • Personal: £50 per year
    • Reduced prices at all public events
    • Annual members-only events
    • Special hire rates for personal occasions
    • One complimentary hire day per year (excludes catering)
  • Enterprise: £500 per year (small and medium sized businesses
    • All of the above, plus:
    • Annual event for up to 10 delegates including tea and coffee, onsite conference equipment and sandwich lunch/evening reception
  • Corporate: £1000 per year (larger organisations)
    • All of the above, plus:
    • Book Bedern for a week – ideal for a group of employees (5 days)
    • A ‘Meet the Guilds day’ – an alternative client networking event

Find out more information about the different types of memberships here.


2. Come along to our SPECIAL EVENT | ‘Bedern in the Evelyn Collection’

On the 22nd March 2018, we are pleased to welcome John Shaw, who is chair of the York Architectural and York Archaeological Society (YAYAS) and celebrated their 175th year in 2017. John is a Yorkshire man born and bred, and will be presenting a talk on ‘Bedern in the Evelyn Collection’ which includes a rare survival of York images from the early 1900s. Dr. Evelyn was a 19th century GP who was very passionate about preserving Yorks buildings against the ‘ruthless march of commercialism’. He created an annual series of lectures to help raise money for St Stephans Orphanage and just a month before his death in 1935, Dr. Evelyn left around 3000 large glass slides to the YAYAS which he used to illustrate these lectures.

Join us at Bedern Hall on Thursday 22nd March at 7pm, to hear John Shaws lecture and enjoy a glass of wine.

You can book your place here or call Bedern Hall on 01904 646030.

‘Bedern in the Evelyn Collection’

3. Donate to our Roof Tile Appeal

You can easily support the Bedern Hall foundation by making a donation to our ‘Roof Tile Appeal’. Our 2018 vision includes conservation work on the roof of our medieval hall, want to give a gift that will last for generations? Whether for a Birthday, Anniversary, Christening, Wedding or simply ‘just because’, our Roof Tile Appeal gives you the chance to leave a mark on History.

You can find full details of the scheme and how to buy a tile here.



Weddings in York


Did you or someone you know pop the question over the Christmas break? The festive time of year is ever so popular with engagements that the start of the New Year is often a very busy time for people planning their weddings!




One key thing to remember when planning your big day is to enjoy it. For many, it can be an extremely stressful time, and if you let the organising get the better of you, it won’t be an enjoyable experience. Choosing your venue, colour schemes, menu and every other aspect of your wedding is an exciting part that all adds to the experience of the big day.


No matter when you plan on having your big day, whether it’s a Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter wedding, Bedern Hall located in the heart of York is an idyllic venue that can cater to many peoples requirements. Our beamed roof, warm stone walls and historic features decorating the Hall all add to making our historic venue a unique and picturesque place. And what better place to hold your wedding than in a venue that holds so much character in a city full of history and ancient tales.


Our location not only allows you to have your wedding venue in the centre of York, but it allows you to enjoy your day with your loved ones in your own quiet corner. Away from the hustle and bustle of busy shoppers and tourists alike, yet less than half a mile from Yorks beautiful Minster and less than a mile from Yorks Train Station, Bedern Hall is beautifully placed so you can have the best of both worlds. We even have a pretty courtyard and garden terrace offering the perfect backdrop for your photos.


We also offer a range of delicious menu ideas using locally sourced ingredients, and can work with you to find a menu suitable to your own tastes. Our in-house catering team can ensure each and every dish served is as you imagined and more.



Our 2018 diary is already beginning to fill up so if you are interested in holding your wedding with us, simply contact us here or request a free wedding pack here.


Unsure of where to find us? We’re located on Bartle Garth in the centre of York, you can find further details here.

Private Events in York


four in one bedern

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 events go 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 events 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!

Flowers, table, Bedern Hall


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.