Groucho Club to open Yorkshire Sculpture Park branch

Bretton Hall

The Groucho Club is to open its first venue outside of London in the grounds of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP).

The renowned arts and media club will be opening a branch at Bretton Hall near Wakefield.

Groucho Bretton is set to open in 2026. It will have 40 bedrooms, open to non-members, who will receive the benefits of membership throughout their stay.

Bretton Hall is a Grade II listed building and housed an arts college before it closed in 2007.

Groucho Club owners Artfarm, and Rushbond Group, will develop the site in partnership with Wakefield Council and with the support of YSP.

Wakefield Council leader Denise Jeffery said: “The longstanding reputation of Bretton Hall as an innovative arts institution, makes it the perfect place for Groucho to establish its unique offer outside London.

“I am very pleased that Bretton Hall will be entering a dynamic new phase of its history, enhancing our area’s reputation as a cultural centre.”

Cllr Michael Graham, Wakefield Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Growth, said: “This is yet another prestigious brand that’s making Wakefield it’s home.

“What an incredible addition to our world renowned sculpture park. Giving local people another exceptional experience on their doorstep, as well as bringing visitors, jobs and investment.”

Artfarm CEO Ewan Venters said: “This is possibly the most exciting venture in the 39-year history of The Groucho.

“We have done pop-ups at literary and music festivals in the past, but this will be the first time we have set up a permanent home outside of Soho.

“Groucho Bretton will have a life of its own, separate from the original Groucho, but equally with a uniquely eclectic style and personality rooted in both people and place.”