Friends & Patrons

Join us!

The Courtyard has over 1,100 core supporters – Friends, Patrons and Life Patrons – who belong to our individual memberships scheme. Our members and those recognised for their donations in the Derek Jacobi Courtyard Circle are the backbone of our organisation through their dedication to the arts and their great support of our work in Herefordshire and beyond. Our members also give regularly and generously to The Courtyard, not just financially, but in terms of volunteer time – many are also stewards – and as ambassadors for our work.

In exchange, our membership scheme provides a range of benefits, from ticket discounts to priority booking and Café Bar points which can be converted into free drinks and snacks, as well as regular socialising opportunities at Patron level upwards.

For that special and unique present, why not give a membership as a gift for a birthday, Christmas or that special anniversary?

Become a Friend or a Patron here online, or for further information contact Box Office on 01432 340555.


Please note that, as of 5 April 2017, our Friends & Patrons scheme changed. The new scheme is outlined in the New Membership Scheme leaflet that can be downloaded from this page. If you hold a current membership with us, your benefits will remain unchanged until your membership expires.

Please also note that the Life Patron/Life Patron Plus scheme closed as of 31 December 2016. All existing Life Patrons will continue receiving their benefits as agreed when they joined the scheme.

The Derek Jacobi Courtyard Circle named after Honorary Patron, Sir Derek Jacobi, exists to recognise and thank those individuals who have kindly donated £500 or more to The Courtyard at any one time and in any one year.


The following ‘coffee and chats’ are open to Patrons, Patron Pluses, existing Life Patrons/Life Patron Pluses.

Thursday 4 May 2017 – 3pm Garrick Room (second floor)

Thursday 13 July – 11am Mezzanine (first floor)

Please RSVP for all coffee & chats, above, so we can get catering numbers right. Call Melanie Denning  on 01432 346503 or email:

Patrons & Life Patrons Annual Summer Social: Under Milk Wood (Bristol Old Vic Theatre School)
Friday 16 June, 6.30pm Mezzanine, followed by show in Main House at 7.30pm
Please purchase your tickets at £12 each (concessionary rate) from Box Office 01432 340555 and mention you are booking for the Patrons event. The pre-show reception, including a complimentary light buffet and glass of Pimms, will be held on the Mezzanine and we hope some of the actors will be available for a quick Meet & Greet after the show.

“For me, the Friends & Patrons scheme is not about what you can get out of it but what I can put in through my support.”

“The Courtyard has been my lifeline and has played an important part in who I am today.”

“Without The Courtyard, I can honestly say our lives would be that much poorer.”

“So much of the arts would be unreachable, were it not for The Courtyard … I appreciate all these things which have a great impact on my life and make me a happier and livelier person. Long may The Courtyard flourish!”