(30-40 people)

(5-30 people)

(Up to 4 people)

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Larger Events
Medium-sized Events
The Penn Room
The Backhouse Room
Medium/Smaller Events
The Fox Room
The Fell Room
The Lonsdale Room
The Quiet Room
The Woolman Room
The Tuke and Fry Rooms
The Main Meeting Room
The Upper Floor Suite
(Up to 150 people)
James Backhouse (1794-1869) York-based Quaker
William Penn (1644-1718) Early Quaker,
George Fox (1624-1691) Religious dissenter
Margaret Fell (1614-1702) One of
Kathleen Lonsdale (1903-1971) Quaker scientist
The Garden Room
John Woolman (1720-1772) Early American
Esther Tuke (1727-1779) Founder of
Your Friargate
– bringing people together.
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The main meeting room is on the street level, with direct access from the main foyer.

Seating can be arranged around a central table, or theatre-style, if required, facing either the long or short walls.

Facilities include: a state-of-the-art hearing loop system; two entrance/exit doors; an optional public address system; a high quality piano (if required).

Typical uses are public meetings, drama and music performances, film and audio visual presentations, workshop groups.

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For events of up to 50-60 participants, the entire upper floor suite of rooms may be hired by the day. This includes two medium-sized rooms with capacities of 20 and 30 people, together with the two counselling rooms, each seating up to 4 people. Lift access to the upper floor is available.

Facilities include: own private floor/corridor; alarm/intercoms in the counselling suites; tables as required. Equipment hire is also possible.

Typical uses are staff training events, small conferences, workshop events with group work

The Penn Room is off the main foyer, at the rear of the building, with access to the terrace and garden.

One of the larger rooms, it is suitable for groups of up to 40 people. It can be used both for seated events, groups or for informal receptions which in the warmer months can extend onto the outdoor terrace.

Facilities: Next to the main kitchen, with a large serving hatch for refreshments or light meals. Use of the kitchen (shared with other groups) should also be booked.

Recent uses: public meetings, yoga classes, meditation groups, socials, staff training. Also popular in a café-style arrangement. (Square tables seating 4 people are provided.)

The Backhouse Room is on the new upper floor, the largest of the four rooms there with windows on two walls. The Backhouse Room can seat around 30 people.

Seating can be arranged as desired, with tables available if needed. Lift access to the upper floor is also provided.

Facilities: A data projector or flip chart are available on site.

Typical uses are staff training events, small conferences, regional gatherings or special interest groups.

Located at the street level, off the main foyer, the Fox Room can seat groups of up to 30 people. It also has several armchairs for smaller groups in a library atmosphere.

An additional side door leads out to the terrace and garden area and a small kitchen serving hatch is suitable for drinks and light refreshments. Use of the kitchen (shared with other groups) should be booked if needed.

Facilities: Tables are provided, enabling a range of room set-ups, including larger committee meetings.

Typical uses are staff training sessions, presentations, therapy groups, interview panels and larger committee meetings.

The Fell Room is on the garden level (also accessible by lift). It can accommodate up to 25 people. There is access to the garden if needed. There is also a garden level kitchen, which can be booked for shared use if needed.
Please note that this room is only available for hire in the evenings and on Saturdays.

Facilities Tables are provided, enabling a range of room set-ups, including larger committee meetings or practical activities.

Typical uses are talks, special interest groups and av presentations, workshop events with group work

Located on the upper floor, the Lonsdale Room is one of the newer rooms. It can accommodate groups of around 20 people.

It is suitable for presentations in rowed seating, in a circular arrangement for discussions, in several groups or for activities not requiring seating.

Facilities include: Tables available as required. Equipment hire is also possible.

Typical uses are staff training events, small conferences, tai chi, workshop events with group work.

Located on the garden level, this light and airy heptagonal room is one of the newer rooms and provides boardroom-style seating for 12-15 people.

Facilities include: Circular, oval and square table configurations are possible. There is direct access to the garden if required. There is a small nearby kitchen which can be hired for shared use if required.

The Garden Room is particularly useful for small groups such as committees needing a boardroom style table.

The Quiet Room is located at the rear of the building, off the main foyer. It is heptagonal in shape, with windows onto the garden on all sides.
There is seating for 12-15 people.

During the day it is available for public access (without charge) for reflection, worship or quiet contemplation. During the evenings only it is available for hire.

Typical uses are for small self-help groups, discussion or study sessions, book groups or worship groups.

This room is on the garden level with its own separate access from the street via the side entrance of the meeting house. It is suitable for meetings of up to 20 people.

Following its renovation it is now light and welcoming, with direct access to the garden. It features a historic section of friary wall. It has a serving hatch from the kitchen.

Note: The Woolman Room is booked largely by regular users, so availability is usually restricted to 17.00 to 18.00 only.

Typical uses are for self-help, therapy and discussion groups.

These two smaller counselling and consulting rooms are an innovation in the provision at Friargate. They contain informal seating of two armchairs and a coffee table. These rooms can be hired on an hourly basis.

Facilities Each room also has two chairs and a writing/work table.They also each have an emergency alarm button and a telephone intercom from and to the reception desk.

Typical uses are one-to-one therapy, advice sessions, interviews.

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Most users make use of the self-service drinks facilities in the foyer. However, there are well-equipped kitchens opposite reception and next to the rooms on the garden level.

These kitchens can be hired in addition to other rooms, if required. (They may be shared with other users.) Groups wishing to provide their own refreshments will need to bring supplies, and arrange for clearing up after use.

Facilities Each kitchen has hot water supplies, kettles, crockery and cultlery and a cooker. The main kitchen also has a microwave. There are serving hatches to the Penn and Fox Rooms (main kitchen) and to the Woolman Room (garden kitchen).

Typical uses are for drinks, light refreshments, soup etc.

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