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Transform the Yard

Transform The Yard

28th June 2019


From the end of April to September 2020 we are undertaking a Capital Expansion Project, part-funded by a grant from Arts Council England and supported by Herefordshire Council. During this time The Courtyard will operate its usual programme, as far as possible, alongside a fully functioning Café Bar.

Transform The Yard is an exciting project that will set the stage for the future. Transforming our much-loved venue and improving customer experience, increasing accessibility and enabling us to reach even more people with our community work.

What’s changing?

There will be significant changes to the building including a more accessible entrance and Box Office, a new space to  allow  more workshops and meeting hires as well as a retail space for local arts and crafts. We’ll also be extending and transforming the Café Bar areas, including creating a beautiful outdoor terrace.

  • Large first floor multi-function rehearsal and performance space
  • New accessible entrance and retail space incorporating Box Office
  • Café Bar expansion and refurbishment
  • Outdoor terrace on the first floor alongside an extended Mezzanine

Why do we need to do this?

Being at the heart of our community means using arts, culture and entertainment to improve health, wellbeing and social isolation. Providing access to the arts for all, helping to build relationships and growing talent is the reason we exist. The additional space will enable The Courtyard’s ever increasing learning and participation work to flourish further and we can continue to bring our community together.

How can you help?

Our ambitions have no limits but our resources do… and we need your help! The whole project is estimated at circa £1.5 million and we have raised over half of the funding (including £80,000 in individual donations and pledges). So please help us to ensure that The Courtyard continues to be a place for arts, entertainment, community and friends for generations to come and Transform The Yard.

Supporter level Donation level
2020 Transform Club £20 per person
Core Creatives £300 plus
Stage Managers £2,000 plus
Principal Cast £10,000 plus


Supporters at 2020 Transform Club level, or above, will receive a personalised thank you letter and can have their name/s included on the new donor recognition wall. We will also keep you informed during the build via email and invite you to one of the completion events.





It’ll be business as usual during the work, but please bear with us as the transformation takes place!

The demand for culture has grown alongside the population of Herefordshire and The Courtyard is now running at capacity. Without the transformation project, The Courtyard would be overwhelmed by demand and, if we remained as we are, within five years we would be unable to continue operating in our current form.”  Ian Archer, Chief Executive & Artistic Director.