Coming in June... the Merchant Adventurers' Hall

June to September

10.30am - 3.30pm

We are delighted to announce a new venture with the Award Winning No8 who will be launching a pop-up cafe in the Hall and garden during this summer!


No8 will be offering their range of tasty cakes and coffee to scrumptious savouries and beautiful rustic light lunches. They will also be offering sumptuous afternoon tea with wine and prosecco, so why not come and indulge yourself in a little elegance in the stunning surroundings of the Hall and its beautiful garden!

This unique pop up cafe will be opening on the following dates in June until September. For more information on this new venture click here.




Public Lecture - Troubled Heads: Challenges Posed by Ageing Brains

Thursday 9th June 2016 - 7.00pm


Old age poses some significant challenges, not least in the field of neuroscience and age-elated neurological disorders. Over the past couple of years, newspaper headlines have prophesied a 'dementia epidemic', although more recent research suggests that the situation may not be as dire as previously thought.

A distinguished panel of experts will explore the nature of the public health challenge. Join them as they discuss current and potential future scientific advances and therapeutic interventions to tackle age-related neurological disorders, including the various forms of dementia. The event includes an audience Q&A.


Public Lecture - The Chemistry of Breaking Bad

Thursday 16th June 2016 - 7.00pm

Walter White (a.k.a. Heisenberg), the anti-hero of the TV show Breaking Bad, is a man for whom time is very much running out. Diagnosed with terminal cancer, the chemistry teacher turns to manufacturing illegal drugs to try and provide his family with a financial future. As time ticks away for him, he becomes ever more desperate.

Join David Smith from the University of York to explore some of the fundamental chemistry underpinning the show and to find out just how realistic it is. David discusses whether you could really use hydrofluoric acid to dispose of dead bodies in a bathtub and a new theory as to why Heisenberg's crystal meth might be blue. Warning: David's talk may include minor plot spoilers!


Both events taking place at the Hall are part of the University of York's Fesitval of Ideas. Admission is free but booking is essential through the Festival Box Office on 01904 324466. 




Coming in July...

The HandleBards present...

Much Ado about Nothing - Sunday 17th July  /  Richard III - Tuesday 19th July

Admission from 6.30pm - Performance Starts at 7.30pm


"A Bike! A bike! My kingdom for a bike!"

Described by none other than Sir Ian McKellen as "uproariously funny", the four-strong all-male HandleBards present Shakespeare's plays as you've never seen them before - fast-paced, irreverent and bicycle-powered.

Since 2013, the HandleBards have pedalled over 5000 miles across the world, carrying all their set, props and costumes on just four bicycles. On Sunday 17th and Tuesday 19th July they're stopping off at the Hall to perform their rip-roaring productions of Much ado About Nothing and Richard III. Expect a "gloriously eccentric and very, very funny" (The Stage, on A Midsummer Night's Dream) night, delivered on eight very sore legs. The HandleBards wiill be accompanied by live music from a local musician.

The performances will be in the Great Hall with delicious food and refreshments (at an additional charge) available before the performance and during the interval by our pop-up cafe providers, No8!


Tickets (Non refundable/non-exchangeable) - Adult: £12.00, Concessions (Over 60's and Students): £10.00, Children: £5.00

Tickets go on sale at 9.00am on Wednesday 1st June. Tickets can be purchased over the phone on 01904 654818 or in person from the Hall office.


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