A Place for Meeting

The Folk Hall is a thriving community hub in the village of New Earswick, York. Opened by Joseph Rowntree in 1907, the Folk Hall was given as a gift to the people of the village as “a place for meeting”. Under the care of JRHT the building has just undergone a major modernisation, creating a fully accessible and wonderfully light, bright space for everyone to enjoy.

There is a large village car park at the rear of the building, which is free of charge for any visitors and residents, and a number of public buses run services every 10 minutes from outside the Folk Hall into the centre of York or out to Haxby and Wigginton.

Please click on the headings or images below for more information on each option.

Room Hire

There are several rooms available for hire at Folk Hall, with capacities from 2 to 150 people. From 1-to-1 teaching space, to fully-equipped professional boardroom, to dance hall with stage and bar, we can cater for almost any type of meeting or event. Private functions, corporate meetings and training sessions, weddings and community activities are held throughout the year.

Café and Catering

The Folk Hall’s fabulous café is currently open 9am-3pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 1.30pm on Saturday. Pop in for a delicious coffee and a freshly baked scone, or stay a little longer and choose from our broad menu of fresh, local dishes including cooked breakfasts, light lunches and afternoon snacks (vegetarian and gluten free options always on offer).


New Earswick Explore Library can be found within the Folk Hall with a wonderful selection of books, public access computers and self-service machines spread throughout. Further information and opening hours can be found at Explore’s website and self-service issue and return is available in the main reception of the Folk Hall during general opening hours.

Post Office

New Earswick Post Office moved to the Folk Hall in 2017 and can be found in the main foyer area (currently open 9am-6pm Monday-Friday and 9am-1.30pm Saturday). Photocopying facilities are available in the library and at reception.


Every other month the Folk Hall team puts together the New Earswick Newsletter. Council, Sleeper Path Community Allotment, Community Action for Nature, and much more! Pick up your copy in the Folk Hall, The Garth or Open shop, or click the above link for a digital copy.

Folk Hall History

A lot has happened at the Folk Hall since it was opened in 1907 by Joseph Rowntree and it was gifted to the residents of the village of New Earswick as “a place for meeting”. Take a look at our Folk Hall history page and visit The Rowntree Society to find out more about the area’s unique and important history.