February’s Venue of The Month – York Barbican


Centrally located and easily accessed by public transport or car, York Barbican provides an excellent addition to the York conference scene. Newly redeveloped with upgraded facilities York Barbican is not only a concert venue it provides a unique and exciting environment for a diverse range of events.

Situated opposite the ancient city walls there is no better place to hold an event, with York’s historic attractions on hand to give exhibitors and visitors alike an experience to remember. York Minster, Clifford’s Tower and The Shambles are all only a few minutes’ walk from York Barbican.

York Barbican offers the perfect space for events, conferences, exhibitions, product launches, workshops, dinners, trade shows, community events, filming or private parties. From intimate meetings to large scale conferences of over 1400 delegates, York Barbican can accommodate your needs and requirements.

The Corporate Events team offer a professional and personal approach from start to finish, always aiming to meet and exceed expectations, and to bring your ideas and inspiration to life.

Types of Events

York Barbican provides a unique and alternative venue for a variety of corporate functions.

Conferences & Meetings

The versatile Auditorium, the large, spacious foyers and the multi-functioning Lendal and Toft rooms offer flexibility for events from 2 to over 1400 delegates. In-house technical equipment is available for all of your audio visual needs. Our Bar and Catering Team offer an extensive range of options, from simple breakfast rolls and light buffet lunches to substantial working breakfasts and stylish seated banquets. The Conference and Events Team will work closely with you on all aspects of your event.


The venue is a great space for exhibitions; the auditorium is adjacent to both the foyers, enabling a conference to run alongside an exhibition. For a larger exhibition the auditorium is a great space and when combined with the foyer areas, transforms York Barbican into an exhibition centre. All levels are easily accessed by both staircase and lift. The Conference and Events Team will work with you throughout the planning stages to ensure you get the most out of the space available, maximising the success of your exhibition.

Training Courses

The meeting rooms are ideal for more focussed workshops and training sessions, or they can be used in conjunction with the Auditorium or Fishergate room as breakout spaces for larger events. The foyer spaces adjacent to the Auditorium also provide additional breakout areas and are the perfect place for team building sessions.

Award Ceremonies and Fashion Shows

York Barbican is the perfect setting to host an awards ceremony. Whether you want your guests to be able to sit-down cabaret style, theatre style or prefer a stand-up ceremony they can arrange the Auditorium to suit. The excellent production and vehicular access make this an ideal venue in which to stage a fashion show. The Auditorium is the ideal shape and height for a catwalk, with seating for guests along either side and up in the balcony.

Receptions and Dinners

York Barbican is a great space for standing receptions and dinners. The venue provides great spaces from private dinners of 5 people to a banquet of 400 guests. For standing receptions, choose from the innovative reception menus, all of which are designed to be circulated to your guests. For more formal dinners, York Barbican Bars and Catering Team can deliver imaginative menus tailored to your preferences, season or dietary requirements.

Concert Hospitality

As a concert and performance venue, you can also take advantage of the spaces for corporate hospitality around a performance of your choice. Working in conjunction with the Box Office, the Conference and Events Team can organise all aspects of your evening, including tickets, programmes, catering and drinks.


The Auditorium

In the centre of York Barbican lies the Auditorium. A versatile space, which has a modern and comfortable interior. The Auditorium is ideal for a range of conferences and events.

The Auditorium offers tiered seating over two levels for around 1450 delegates. The stage is optional so it can be set any size to suit your specific event for total flexibility. The Stalls seating section of the Auditorium retracts back providing a magnificent space for dining, exhibitions, award ceremonies and fashion shows. Full technical specifications of the Auditorium are available on request.

The Fishergate Room

With its great views of the city walls, air conditioning, stunning floor-to-ceiling windows and modern décor, the Fishergate Room is the ideal space for impressing your delegates and is the prefect room for conferencing.


Stalls and Balcony Foyers

The bright, spacious, modern foyers are the perfect spaces to entertain guests and are ideal for drinks receptions. These foyers combined have capacity for 600 guests but can be effectively used for smaller functions.

As an auxiliary space to the Auditorium, Fishergate Room and Lendal Room they can also be used for breakout spaces and workshops or as a registration area and refreshment break area away from the main conference.

Lendal Room

This room can hold up to 70 delegates in a theatre style set up. It is the perfect space for training sessions, board meetings and seminars.

The Lendal Room has the capability to be split into two providing a break out space, a reception area where delegates can take a break or refreshments can be served.

Toft Room

The Toft Room can hold up to 55 delegates theatre style and 20 in a boardroom set up. This makes it the ideal space for meetings, interviews, workshops and training sessions.

This room has the capability to be split into two, thus providing a break out space, a reception area where delegates can take a break or refreshments can be served.

Clifford Lounge

The smallest of the meeting rooms, the Clifford Lounge is one of our most versatile spaces and is ideal for meetings, seminars, workshops and small private dinners. This is also a perfect space for concert hospitality. With its own private fully stocked bar this is the ideal room to entertain a small number of guests during a performance evening.


Planning Your Event

Here are a few top tips to help you plan the perfect event!

1.Always organise a site visit to check the venue suits your requirements and to make sure your requirements will work in your chosen venue.

2. Remember to check who your point of contact will be when you arrive at the venue. A friendly face and a good start to the day will make for a successful event.

3. It’s a good idea to set up & test any audio visual equipment first thing, using the venues staff for assistance, as this can sometimes throw up unwanted delays.

4. Make sure your coordinator introduces you to all the relevant operational staff. You should know who is looking after your catering, AV and house management arrangements for the day so you can deal with them directly.

5. Check with venue staff for house rules, emergency exits, toilet location, air conditioning arrangements, and that adequate signage is in place.

6. Mis-communication will delay arrangements, therefore it’s best to have one main point of contact from your organisation who the venue can deal with to avoid mixed-messages from different staff members.

7. Remember to smile at your delegates; a happy face when they arrive will go a long way!


Contact York Barbican

Intrigued to find out more?
For more information on conferencing and events at York Barbican, please contact conferences@yorkbarbican.co.uk or call 0844 854 2757

To book some tickets to an upcoming event at York Barbican visit their website www.yorkbarbican.co.uk.

York Barbican,
Paragon St,
North Yorkshire,
YO10 4AH


0844 854 2757

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