Welcome To

The Garage



Purpose built and first used as the home of Barton Transport Limited (Bartons) from 1913, The Garage was the official base of a family firm that went on to become, for a time, the largest independent bus operator in Western Europe.

After bus operations were sold in 1989, The Garage has been used in a number of different ways and most recently, following the unexpected success of Bartons’ Centenary Celebrations in 2008, the firm experimented with finding artistic uses for the remaining garages.

Over the last 12 years The Garage has hosted Warehouse Parties, Beer Festivals, Indoor and Drive in Cinemas, Modern Art Exhibitions, Food Festivals, Stand-Up Comedy, Silent Discos, Music Festivals, and Sunday Markets.

Perhaps one of the very first spaces re-imagined as a multi-use event space, The Garage is as genuine and authentic as you’ll find anywhere in the UK.

Monthly Events at The Garage

Every month, The Garage plays host to a core range of events that are bringing people together from all around the Midlands.

Experience award-winning international cuisine and live music at the Street Food Smoke Up, ditch London and instead spend your Sunday exploring one of our wonderful independent markets, or get dressed up and head out with friends to enjoy the atmospheric Ruin Bar.




 Since 2018 we have produced and managed events at The Garage and take great honour in being able to continue the tradition of working from this site in the historic town of Chilwell.

Carrying forward a reputation going back 5 generations, the ethos of how we work at The Garage hasn’t changed from that of our family’s for over 100 years. The absolute focus has always been on delivering a high quality, immersive experience that we hope you will remember for years to come.

Barton Bros. Limited

5th Generation Barton Family​


Annual Exclusives

From beautiful set designs to Bavarian beer halls, The Garage is transformed during our one-off annual exclusives.

Working with some of the best and most experienced technicians in the industry, expect to be immersed into the bespoke world, available only at The Garage.

What’s On 2021

may 2021

No Events

june 2021

18jun5:00 pm11:00 pmThe Ruin BarFriday

19jun3:00 pm11:00 pmThe Ruin BarSaturday

20jun10:00 am2:00 pmFine Food & Craft MarketSunday

25jun5:00 pm11:00 pmThe Ruin BarFriday

26jun3:00 pm11:00 pmThe Ruin BarSaturday

27jun10:00 am2:00 pmFarmers MarketSunday

july 2021

02jul7:30 pm11:30 pmComedy - Live at The GarageFriday

03jul3:00 pm11:00 pmThe Ruin BarSaturday

04jul10:00 am2:00 pmFine Food & Craft MarketSunday

09jul5:00 pm11:00 pmThe Ruin BarFriday

10jul3:00 pm11:00 pmThe Ruin BarSaturday

11jul10:00 am2:00 pmFarmers MarketSunday

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