Barnard Castle School, County Durham

Barnard Castle School is a leading independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 4-11 located in the in the market town of Barnard Castle, County Durham.

Barnard Castle School
Newgate
Barnard Castle
County Durham, DL12 8UN

Outstanding facilities for all occasions

Set within 50 acres of immaculate grounds and easily accessible, Barnard Castle School’s facilities are available for hire during the school holidays and at certain other times. The wide range of facilities available mean that the school can meet a range of event requirements from business to hospitality, social to sporting, community to cultural. As a boarding school, it offers high quality overnight accommodation for delegates and the experienced catering team is able to support any function, providing a diverse range of food and beverage menus to suit all occasions and budgets. The extensive grounds provide ample on-site parking and all the facilities are disability accessible.

Services available for all facilities:

  • Wi-fi
  • In-house catering
  • Free car parking
  • Audio Visual Equipment
  • Accommodation

Dance, Drama & Music

Large Hall

The "Big School Hall" can be adapted to suit many different style of functions from performances and musical events with tiered seating available, to formal dinners and banquets. Maximum capacities: 300 theatre style, 200 seated meal.

Small Hall

Atkinson Hall in the Prep School is a versatile space which can be used for informal gatherings, plays, concerts and presentations. Maximum Capacity: 100 theatre style.

Dance Studio

The light and airy dance studio is ideal for Yoga, Pilates, meditation and dance classes.

Sports & Fitness

All the sports facilities at Barnard Castle School would suit local clubs who wish to hire the facility on a regular basis, but equally, can be hired for group bookings, matches and competitions, one on one coaching and individual lane hire. Any sports camps wishing to hire the facility for residential camps will also have access to accommodation during the Easter and summer holidays, this includes a full catering package.

Sports Pitches

The School has extensive and extremely well kept sports fields that can accommodate up to 7 rugby pitches alongside one football pitch. There is one grass hockey pitch and the equivalent of 3 cricket pitches (a smaller artificial pitch can be set up).

Fitness Centre

The fitness suite has multiple free weights and cardiovascular machines: including bikes, rowing machines, cross trainers and treadmills. Please note, The weights room is only available to hire if a qualified instructor is available.

Sports Hall

The Sports Hall which is suitable for football, badminton, basketball, martial arts, indoor hockey and netball. It also has 2 indoor cricket lanes. The Sports Hall is available for hire by groups and individuals for one-off or regular bookings.

Astro Turf Pitches

The sand based Astroturf has I full size hockey pitch, but can be divided in to two smaller pitches. It converts to 9 tennis courts in the summer. The astro is available for hire by groups and individuals for one-off or regular bookings.

Netball Courts

There are 3 outdoor netball courts and one in the Sports Hall. Perfect for club training, or for anyone wishing to hold a tournament or match.

Swimming Pool

The indoor heated swimming pool is available to hire on an hourly basis, a lifeguard must be present.

Dance Studio

The light and airy dance studio is ideal for Yoga, Pilates, meditation and dance classes. The Studio is available for hire by groups and individuals for one-off or regular bookings.

Squash Courts

There are two squash courts, ideal for matches or training. These are available for hire by groups and individuals for one-off or regular bookings.

Celebrations & Events

Dining Hall

Located within the oldest part of the school building dating back to 1883, the magnificent oak panelled dining room offers a unique and atmospheric setting for informal gatherings, banquets, 3 course sit down meals, and drinks receptions with the capacity to seat 200 for a sit down meal and 300+ for a standing reception. The room can be laid out to suit specific requirements and our experienced serving staff can be available to support your event.

Entertaining Areas

The Conference Centre lends itself perfectly for exhibitions owing to its lights and spacious design. Exhibitors can extend their displays to the meeting rooms if more space is required. The outdoor space can also be utilised effectively. Throughout the exhibition the in-house catering team can provide canapes and drinks to ensure your event is a great success. The school has ample free parking and disabled access throughout.

Large Hall

The "Big School Hall" can be adapted to suit many different style of functions from performances and musical events with tiered seating available, to formal dinners and banquets. Maximum capacities: 300 theatre style, 200 seated meal.

Small Hall

Atkinson Hall in the Prep School is a versatile space which can be used for informal gatherings, plays, concerts and presentations. Maximum Capacity: 100 theatre style.

Courses & Corporate

Barnard Castle School’s new state-of-the-art sixth form centre – the Kenneth King Centre – is now available to hire during the Easter and summer holidays as well as at certain weekends during the academic year. With its own entrance and reception area this modern facility can be utilised as a stand-alone venue, or alternatively for those who prefer, it can be hired in unison with the traditional school building.

Conference Room

The Conference Centre is designed to suit a variety of occasions from small business meetings to large corporate gatherings or lectures. The Centre is designed to suit a variety of occasions from small business meetings to large corporate gatherings or lectures. It is fully air conditioned and has surround sound, as well as a large pull down screen in the centre of the atrium for large presentations. There is access to several PCs downstairs, as well as a printer and a photocopier.

Meeting Rooms

There are three large meeting rooms, two of which can be combined for larger events up to 50 people. The rooms benefit from interactive white boards and secure lockers with biometric security to charge and store any USB devices.

Accommodation

Accommodation

With a range of single, double, triple and dormitory-style bedrooms – some with en suite bathrooms – Barnard Castle is uniquely placed in the area to be able to offer overnight accommodation to large numbers of delegates or guests. The school works especially well for those wishing to consider a residential course; many educational visits have enjoyed Barnard Castle School’s facilities over the years. Overnight Accommodation – capacity 190.

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