If you haven’t heard of The Garage aka the old Bartons bus depot, then where have you been?

​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, artisan markets and this year they’re set to do even more.

Even with lockdowns and the pandemic they’ve been very active and hosted tons of events and celebrations (including ours for our 10th Anniversary of this here magazine – back in December 2021!). From pop-up film/sports screenings to a lot of (now famous) food and craft weekend markets. Here’s the great news – this year they’re set to do even more! They took a break in January, as it’s their quiet month but there was still a lot of plotting, planning and pondering over a pint or two down The Crown for the lads, Rich, James and Tom.

Each month The Garage keeps us entertained in Beeston and beyond, as they play host to a core range of popular pop-up events that bring thousands of people from around the Midlands together to have a good time. We had a chat to hear what’s being planned for this year from one of the great gents who run the place. Here’s Tom, so, what’s on the agenda for 2022 Tom?

“After a short break in January, we’re excited about what we can bring to The Garage in 2022, a year where we can be much more creative and innovative than ever before.

A by-product of lockdowns was that our Sunday Market (previously held monthly) now runs every single Sunday and will continue to in 2022. Our Farmer’s Market has been recognised in two national publications as one of the top markets to visit in the UK, and our craft market showcases almost 50 local independent businesses.

Anyone that has been knows it’s more than just a market these days, it’s a social occasion. The atmosphere each Sunday is wonderful, so we’re really pleased to be able to keep this Sunday morning ritual going in 2022.“

Anything exciting on the menu?

“Oh yes, fussy eaters, rejoice! Our monthly Street Food festival is returning too, running on the last Saturday of the month. For the uninitiated, we gather some of the best Street Food chefs in the country and bring them together at The Garage for a huge night of award-winning food, local ales, craft beers, cocktails and brilliant live music. It’s an amazing event, so to re-launch this event for 2022 in all its gorgeous food glory is really exciting.”

What events are you most looking forward to hosting in 2022?

“One of our all-time favourite events is our monthly Comedy Club which is back for 2022. We’ve hosted the likes of Joe Lycett, Lost Voice Guy and regularly have support acts for household names, and TV stars from Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo.”

Any special events we should plan in our diaries for later in the year?

“Early planning has started for other events too, with our popular Oktoberfest pencilled in, a re-vamped version of our Budapest-themed Ruin Bar, beer festivals, live sports screenings, pop-up cinema, gigs and more.”

Thanks, Tom, we can’t wait for another year of unique events down at The Garage with you guys!

To keep up to date and in the know, with the wonderful and eclectic venue on your doorstep you can sign up to their mailing list on their stylish website – www.thegaragechilwell.co.uk and check out their events calendar whilst you’re there and what Tom, Rich & James have up their sleeve next:

They are also pretty active with their social media, so catch updates on:
Facebook –www.facebook.com/thegaragechilwell
Twitter – www.twitter.com/bartonbrosltd
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/the_garage_chilwell
Oh, and if you’re a tradesperson, crafter or seller looking for a new pitch then contact markets@bartonbroslimited.co.uk for information about how to sign up as a vendor at a future