OPEN is located in the heart of Norwich in the Grade II listed grandeur of the former regional headquarters of Barclays Bank.
We are one of the largest most versatile function venues in Norwich that can to offer bespoke facilities whether you are looking to book for a small boardroom style meeting, a larger conference, a fundraising dinner, trade fair, concert, wedding or fashion show. Whatever your event we are an ideally located and within walking distance of the main line railway station and Norwich's international airport just a short taxi journey away.
Our Banking Hall can hold up to 240 cabaret style, 500 people seated theatre style or 1450 standing and benefits from some of the best and most high tech facilities in the region. We also have four smaller function rooms which can accommodate meetings for two or presentations for 20-50 in a variety of different layouts and are also a great location for private dining. We can offer a wide range of services designed to complement any event perfectly, including plasma screens, hearing loop systems, flipcharts and technical support, incorporating sound, lighting and audio visual. We can also offer a full on-site in-house catering facilities along with licensed bars.
OPEN has several modern facilities that provide the perfect backdrop to its activities and functions. The OPEN Gym houses state of the art equipment alongside a full-sized boxing ring and is used for a range of activities and classes – all open to the public. Everyone who signs up for membership of the gym (just £10 per month) allows OPEN to offer access to the gym facilities to young people for free.
The recently refurbished café provides a spacious and relaxing area to enjoy a meal or cup of tea, even if you are not taking part in an activity and simply wish to enjoy homemade food whilst supporting a local charity.
The dance studio is home to many of OPEN’s youth activities including performance art and sports and is one of its busiest spaces. Whilst OPEN’s climbing wall, Norfolk’s tallest indoor wall makes a great place for corporate team building events as well as running a variety of climbing courses for young people for free. Thousands of children every year enjoy and learn here under the guidance of OPEN’s renowned and experienced youth team.
OPEN is also now the home of Future Radio who now broadcast their daytime programmes from the venue, as well as the Norfolk County Youth Orchestra and the Echo Youth Theatre Group having residency within the venue making, OPEN the forefront of musical talent and performing arts in Norfolk.
OPEN also hosts an array of live music events, as well as providing secure storage through CLOSED being the lead agency behind Norwich's SOS Bus, which does invaluable work on the streets of Norwich.
OPEN was established to provide opportunities for young people in Norfolk including those who are most disadvantaged, with the longer-term aim of making a positive difference to their lives. Through the hire of our facilities, every penny of profit goes to enables the venue to offer a wide variety of activities and services free of charge for young people aged between 7 - 25.
Phone number: 01603 763111
Contact name: Hayley Gerrard
Services and Facilities:
20 Bank Plain
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