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.




 Since 2018 we (Barton Bros. Limited) have produced and managed events at The Garage.

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 112 years. That starts from our absolute focus to deliver the highest quality possible and ends with us creating lasting memories that we hope you, your friends and your family will remember for years to come.

Working with hundreds of small independant businesses and entertaining tens of thousands of people every year, it is a continued combination of tradition and innovation, with people at its heart.

Tom, James and Richard Barton

Barton Bros. Limited

5th Generation Barton Family


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 international cuisine and live music at the Street Food Smoke Up, 40+ passionate independant businesses and a pop-up cafe/bar at the Sunday Fine Food & Craft Market or great beer and some of the UK’s best comedians at Comedy – Live at The Garage.

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 experience of a bespoke world, available only at The Garage.

Oktoberfest 2020
Bartons Garage Chilwell

The Garage