The HopBarn's main studio is suitable for:
Small scale concerts and performances
Music, Theatre and Dance rehearsals
Small conferences and Seminars
Other such activity akin to or aligned with the above
The main studio measurements are:
Length : 11 m
Width : 7.5 m
Height to the Eaves : 4 m
Height to the Ridge : 8m
A suitable stage can be erected for events such as concerts and performances or for conferences and seminars
For theatre and dance rehearsals, the stage is easily stored away helping groups maximise the full use of the venue.
A dance floor can be laid for companies working in dance and physical theatre.
Seating can be arranged in a variety of ways with the maximum seating capacity:
110 if arranged in typical theatre style arrangement
60 if arranged with small round tables akin to lounge bar seating
50 if arranged in board room style seating with banqueting tables
Disabled access to the studio and public toilets is available.
We recommend wheelchair users contact us in advance to discuss their requirement.
The main Hopbarn performance space is also attached to artists
accommodation, complete with onsite parking spaces.
is a small art space that can accommodate up to 20 people for workshops, demonstrations, small corporate gatherings.
It is a space available for hire for artists gathering and workshops and available for hire between Monday to Friday 9.30 am - 3.30 pm.
is a black creative space injected with lots of light, a play of to two words, combining Shikkoku 漆黒(jet black) and Komorebi 木漏れ日(light filtering through the trees).
Contact us if you would like to use our space to give workshops / cooking demonstrations / seminars, email us at
The HopBarn offers self-catering accommodation attached to the main studio, allowing ease of access for artists and groups residing at the venue.
The daily commute to work is therefore relaxing and alleviates the added stress caused by additional travel. In such situations, artists and groups arrive in the studio fresh for the day ahead. Renovated out of a former piggery, grain store and agricultural workshop, the accommodation block comprises of:
Open plan kitchen, dining and living area
Ground floor wet room (shower, toilet and wash basin)
Ground floor Green Room/bedroom
2 second floor bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms
The accommodation block is versatile and can be adapted to cater for larger groups of between 8 and 12 members. Please contact The HopBarn directly to discuss accommodation needs and requirements.
Available bedrooms: 3
Ensuite bedrooms: 2
Occupants: 10 (sharing) / 3 couples / 2 couples with families
wifi / ironing board / washing machine / dishwasher / cooking hob / oven / wood burning fireplace, onsite parking spaces.
The HopBarn is ideal for artistic residencies; whether for initial research and development periods or for more extensive rehearsals and music production. Due to the venue's rural isolation and the attached accommodation, artists and groups have the freedom to work when creatively inspired even if this means working late into the night or early hours.
'The HopBarn itself has been ideal in terms of space. We have all the technical requirements needed for a project in development. The rehearsal room is well equipped, with a kitchen and common room attached. Outside of the large window, we can see the horses graze'
Ollie Smith - Director LaPelle's Factory
Due to the isolated and quiet location, The HopBarn also makes an ideal venue as a recording studio and can be modified accordingly to suit the varying needs and requirements of any music group or solo musician.
Past Residencies included Tom Dale Dance Co.
For full list of Artists in Residence, link.
The The HopBarn will happily discuss the needs and requirements by individuals, groups and companies in relation to the hire of the main studio as well as the attached accommmodation block.
Please contact The HopBarn directly for more information
The HopBarn is located approximately 7 miles from Newark-On-Trent on the A612 between Upton and Southwell in East Nottinghamshire
To get to The HopBarn by:
1.5 hours from London Kings Cross to Newark North Gate (LNER East Coast mainline)
2.5 hours from London St Pancras to Nottingham
To reach us by train:
Newark Northgate St. (7.6 miles / 12.2 kilometers)
Nottingham St. (16.2 miles / 26 kilometers)
For international artists/ musicians:
Nottingham Airport (12.1 miles / 19.4 kilometers)
East Midlands Airport (23.1 miles / 37.2 kilometers)
Doncaster Sheffield Airport (27.5 miles / 44.3 kilometers)
Humberside Airport (42.5 miles / 68.3 kilometers)
Pickup from the above train stations listed are available by prior bookings.