Transform The Yard FAQ’s
As most of you will know by now, The Courtyard is undergoing a vast transformation this year, with work commencing in April 2020. We know there will be a lot of questions about the project, so we’ve put together a few frequently asked questions that should hopefully answer most queries.
Why are you making these changes?
In 2018, The Courtyard turned 20. A lot has changed for us, and in order to carry on offering a cultural venue to Herefordshire and beyond, we need to be able to grow. We want to ensure that our building will continue to be welcoming and accessible, as well as having offering new opportunities to our community.
What will change? Will the auditorium stay the same?
There will be significant changes to the building, but the Main House and Studio Theatre will not change. The changes include:
- Large first floor multi-function rehearsal, workshop and performance space
- New accessible entrance
- A new retail space incorporating a revamped Box Office
- Café Bar expansion and refurbishment
- Outdoor terrace on the first floor, alongside an extended Mezzanine
See more information about the changes on the Transform the Yard page here.
The work will begin in April 2020 and is due for completion by September 2020.
Will The Courtyard remain open throughout?
Yes, the building will operate usual opening hours and our rich and varied programme of events will continue throughout the redevelopment period. It’s so important to us that you continue to visit and support us throughout these works, we couldn’t do it without you!
Will the refurbishment cause much disruption to your day-to-day activities?
We will do our best to ensure that disruption during this time is minimal, but do refer to our Transform the Yard webpage to see the latest changes affecting your visit. Our staff will be happy to help you when you visit if you can’t find what you need.
Will you still have events on when the work is happening?
Yes, don’t worry! We will still have performances as normal. We aren’t doing any work to our Main House or Studio so these spaces will not be affected, and work will not be happening in the evenings. There may be some changes to our Cinema schedule during the day, but we will endeavour to screen as many films as possible.
Will I still be able to eat & drink in The Courtyard Café Bar?
The Café Bar will remain in operation throughout the development works, it will just look a little different. We have plenty of space throughout the building where we’re going to relocate our tables and seating areas, you might just get a new view whilst eating your food! Book your table online here.
Our aim is to keep the Café Bar operating business as usual during these works, however there could be short periods of time where there is disruption, for example when electrical and/or plumbing works take place so do check online or with our Box Office team if you are planning on dining with us before or after the event.
Where will Youth Theatre and other groups/workshops be?
All sessions will carry on as normal, as our workshop rooms will not be affected.
Where can I buy tickets?
Tickets are available to book as usual on the phone, online and in person at our Box Office. Box Office will be moved slightly in to our foyer space. It will be clearly visible and sign posted.
How can I help?
Our ambitions have no limits but our resources do… and we need your help! Donate today and help us to ensure that The Courtyard continues to be the place for creativity, culture and community for generations to come.
- Online here
- In person at Box Office
- By calling 01432 340555
- Set up a standing order
- Ask friends and family to give donations instead of gifts for birthdays & anniversaries
- Create your own fundraising event or activity
If you are a tax payer and can Gift Aid your donation, we can claim an additional 25% from the Government, at no extra cost to yourself.
For more information, please contact Melanie Denning, Fundraising Manager (Individual Giving) 01432 346503