Our Venues

Lichfield Arts is proud to utilise a diverse array of venues throughout the city of Lichfield for our concerts, events, community festivals, and outreach projects. While we don’t possess a venue of our own, this unique approach allows us to tap into the rich tapestry of spaces the city provides.

We extend our sincere gratitude to the numerous organisations, local authorities, and business owners who generously allow us access to their venues. It is thanks to their support that we can present an eclectic and varied program of concerts and events across these diverse settings.

Lichfield Guildhall

Our primary concert venue is the historic Guildhall on Bore Street, situated in the heart of Lichfield. This exquisite venue, overseen and preserved by Lichfield City Council, stands as a testament to the city’s rich heritage. Thanks to the invaluable support from the Council, we can curate a diverse selection of artists and accommodate various seating arrangements tailored to the unique style of each concert. The Guildhall’s grandeur and central location enhance the overall concert experience, providing an ideal setting for our events.

The Guildhall, a remarkable structure with roots dating back to the early 1700s, stands on the historic site of its 1300s predecessor. The majority of the current ground floor, along with rooms on the first and second levels, were constructed in the 1740s.

A notable feature of the Guildhall is a large stone tracery stained-glass window located at the north end of the main hall. Originally housed in the north transept of the Cathedral, it found its new home in the Guildhall in 1891. The main hall itself measures an impressive 87 feet in length by 25 feet in width. Adorned with a high pitched roof and hammer beams, it exudes a captivating medieval charm.

Enhancing the experience, the Guildhall offers a licensed bar, superb acoustics, and a warm welcome from our dedicated team of volunteers. With its rich history and fine architectural details, the Guildhall provides an ideal setting to savour our high-quality concerts.

Sandfields Pumping Station

In the Black Country, an area of rapid industrial growth in the 18th  and 19th centuries, the problem of finding sources of uncontaminated water was exacerbated by the ruthless nature of the mining for coal. Sandfields Pumping Station was built to supply fresh clean water from impounded streams and springs in the vicinity of Lichfield, which was an area unaffected by the ravages of industrialisation.

The Sandfields pumping station was formally opened by the Earl of Dudley in 1858, and Walsall and Wednesbury received the first supplies of water. By 1869 some 20,000 houses were being supplied with Lichfield water. The South Staffordshire Waterworks Company would grow to become one of the largest water supply companies in England and Wales.

In 1873 an additional engine house was built to accommodate a Cornish pumping engine. This impressive beam pumping engine still exists at Sandfields Pumping Station.

Lichfield Waterworks Trust was formed in 2015 to save the derelict pumping station and steam engine, and since that time its volunteers have cleaned, maintained and researched the building and engine, actively preserving and promoting one of the most important architectural, industrial and social heritage sites in the city. Lichfield Arts are delighted to use this industrial, historically significant and unique venue for events.

Beacon Park

Beacon Park is set in more than 70 acres of beautiful gardens and open space within easy reach of the city centre. The park is maintained by Lichfield District Council and has many sporting and recreational facilities for use by the public, including an 18 hole golf course, football pitches, tennis courts and bowling greens. Beacon Park is also steeped in history and heritage and is home to many monuments, most notably a large bronze statue of Captain Smith of the RMS Titanic.

Each July Beacon Park becomes home to Fuse, Lichfield Arts three day community festival, one of the biggest free to attend events of its kind in the Midlands. This much loved event combines live musical concerts, community outreach projects, dance and other attractions. With an average of over 15,000 visitors to Fuse each year, it is Lichfield Arts biggest event and provides a welcome boost to the local economy as well as encouraging the community to come together and be inspired by the arts.

The Cathedral Hotel

The Cathedral Hotel on Beacon Street is the ideal place to host the Lichfield Arts Blues & Jazz Festival.

The Cathedral Hotel was originally a coaching inn – there is an arched window in the bar area which used to be the entrance to the hotel. As a hotel, the building has a long and successful trading history stretching back to the early 1970s. 

As well as hosting many of the events within the Jazz & Blues festival programme, the hotel also provides the venue for monthly Jazz concerts in partnership with Lichfield Jazz.

Wade Street Church

Wade Street Church is another great venue in the heart of our community which is used by over twenty voluntary sector groups, including Lichfield Arts.

The church with its beautiful main hall is run by a diverse and enthusiastic group of people, who enjoy being involved in the life of the community and understand the importance of bringing the community together in the beautiful city of Lichfield.

The welcoming and conveniently located venue is a perfect place to enjoy live music. 

Lichfield Cathedral

The beautiful Lichfield Cathedral has hosted several Lichfield Arts concerts in recent years, and has previous been the venue for the headlining artist at The Lichfield Festival of Folk. Attracting huge numbers of visitors to the city each year, the Cathedral is more than a place of worship. As well as its incredible architecture and major historical significance, the setting is ideal for professional concerts with appropriate artists.

The original Cathedral, of which few traces remain, was built after the invasion of 1066. A century later that was rebuilt in the Gothic style, and completed by the mid 1300s.

The interior was rearranged at the end of the eighteenth century, and then restored in the eighteenth century, and that is the Cathedral we have today. The only English medieval cathedral to have three spires, it is one of the most elegant in the country.

Artists who have performed at Lichfield Arts concerts in the Cathedral in recent years include: The Oysterband, Jon Boden, The Blues Band and Steve Knightley.