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. Most recently, following the unexpected success of Bartons’ Centenary Celebrations in 2008, the firm experimented with finding artistic uses for the remaining garages.
As perhaps one of the very first spaces re-imagined as a multi-use event space, over the last decade 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 artisan Markets.
UPCOMING EVENTS 2021
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.
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 a bespoke world, available only at The Garage.