What’s on at Bedern Hall – Events in York

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. Or visit us for our Valentines Evening on Wednesday 14th February 7pm – 10:30pm or our Wedding preview evening on Friday 23rd March 6pm – 9pm to view our stunning venue, find out more information about these evenings 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.



A Crafty Christmas

wreath-making-yorkHave 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 info@bedernhall.co.uk to book your place.

Top Tips to Wedding Planning from Bedern Hall

Wedding_YorkWeddings 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.


  1. 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!)


  1. 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).


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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!


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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!