Welcome to The Barn, Ledbury!
Please note we have now changed to our Winter opening times, which are as follows:
Saturdays: Daytime & Evening
The open mic afternoons will continue on Saturdays, as long as the lovely musicians are able to make it, and the emphasis will be more on food, as well as the usual local beer and coffee!
ABOUT THE BARN
After lying derelict for years, this 17th Century Barn in the centre of Ledbury has been given a new life as a music and arts venue. Saved from collapse by friends Robin and Lynn, they spent months turning it from a wreck into a bright and vibrant creative space that shows off talent from all over the country. The Barn been a venue for regular live music events, classes, sculpture and art displays, as well as monthly farmers and crafts markets.
"Someone once said to me old buildings are multifunctional where as new buildings are built to be single purpose only. That comment formed a big plus in my head when I and my builder chum, Robin, stood looking through the high security fence at the gaping holes in the soleplates which had rotted out so much so that the walls had bowed and it had to be held up with acro props. Once I had bought the barn I received an enforcement notice explaining that it was illegal to allow it to remain in disrepair, so we began the restoration."
We succeeded in our goal of opening in time for the poetry festival and The Barn hosted Ledbury Fringe events. This was a place where artists and musicians could express themselves to the public, and we were visited by Michael Palin.
Since then, The Barn has hosted the monthly farmers markets, music gigs, plays, poetry, and Christmas markets, before coming to a temporary halt in October, after our license was suspended due to some complaints about noise.
Now we are poised for the next chapter. The Barn may be moving in a slightly different direction but it will be the speakeasy, the community hub, and a place for interesting and vibrant things to happen, where you can meet up and chill with friends, exchange views, share jokes, learn new things, voice opinions, view art and craft exhibitions, and experience music and theatre.
Barn Babes Clothing and plants are included in our first offerings, to be followed by Joolz Wooden Works.
The Barn - during restoration and today.