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Friday 11th January 2019

10am: Health Champion Network
Armadillo Youth Venue & Cafe

Meets Friday 10-12noon every month.

Health Champions is a group where you can:

- join your local network
- meet people also interested in health
- learn about health topics and local services
- gain confidence to have conversations about health
- volunteer at awareness events
- help people choose healthier lifestyles
- signpost to health services
- gain a level 2 qualification

Contact number 01454 868570.

Future dates:

11th January 2019
1st Feburary 2019
1st March 2019


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How to contact the Armadillo

Armadillo Youth Venue and Cafe, Station Road, Yate BS37 4FW

Phone: 01454 869 441
Website: www.yatearmadillo.co.uk
Website: www.facebook.com/yatearmadillo

Opening Hours

Saturday10am free film, 1-6pm
SundayAvailable for Cinema Parties


Hiring Prices

The Armadillo has rooms for hire to anyone looking for an innovative space to hold meetings, parties, or community groups.

With three unique rooms to choose from and a beautiful 60-seater Cinema, any event you hold with us is certain to impress.

The Armadillo hires spaces to everyone, catering for all needs - big or small!

Please click here to download our current prices (April 2018-March 2019) contact the Events Team for more information on availability and prices on 01454 869441.

New “Yate Men’s Shed” charity is looking for a home

The Yate Men’s Shed idea was initiated by Yate Town Council, who organised several public meetings back in October last year with bacon rolls and cups of tea.

At the first meetings, there was an overwhelming response from local men and some women interested in this idea. In fact, so many turned up (around 80), that the initial idea of setting up a Yate Men’s Shed in a disused shipping container was soon set aside and the quest for a more suitable premises began.

Yate Town Council and Yate Men’s Shed are working in partnership to help establish the charity. The charity is looking either for a disused space in an existing building, to convert into a workshop, or a small piece of land near some existing facilities, where the charity can site a 20 foot square workshop.


So for example, if you are a local business or a community facility with an unused part of your building you may wish to rent out, or someone who has an unused outbuilding, or if you have some hard standing with access to mains electricity and facilities, this charity would very much like to hear from you.

Even though this charity is called “Yate Men’s Shed”, we are not exclusively for men and we are searching for a shed, otherwise our charity’s name is spot on! The Yate Men’s Shed charity aims to be self funding and to provide a venue for older people in our community to meet up, to pursue their practical hobbies and interests and to socialise. There are many groups aimed at ladies, but few that offer things of practical interest to most men.

There are many practical ideas we wish to pursue, ranging from making bird boxes, car mechanics, fixing bikes, making electronic projects and model aircraft, to participating in larger community projects, or working with other Men’s Sheds in the local area.

An important aim will be to provide social contact and opportunities to work with other like minded people. So, if you would like to join us you would be very welcome.

We meet on Thursday mornings at 10:30 for about an hour or so. We are fortunate to enjoy the kind hospitality of The Armadillo youth centre, near Yate leisure centre. Why not come along and join in?

Alternatively you could contact Mr Steven Ring on 01454 323 857 for further details. “Men’s Sheds” is an international movement with over 420 sheds in the UK, including in other towns locally. Visit www.yatemensshed.com to find out more.

About the Armadillo


The Armadillo Youth Venue and Café in the heart of Yate provides a contemporary, safe environment for all young people of the locality aged between 11 and 19 to use and enjoy.

Named by local young people in recognition of its distinctive shape, and painted a vivid purple colour,the 200-capacity centre is designed to exacting environmental standards and offers high-quality facilities including a café with internet access, DJ booth, fully-equipped band area and a fantastic 60-seater cinema.

As well as fostering a spirit of enterprise among those involved in its operation, the centre aims to help tackle anti-social behaviour within the town by providing a safe and stimulating environment for local young people to socialise.

The centre is funded from a range of public and private sector sources with the majority coming from Yate Town Council and South Gloucestershire Council. Merlin Housing Association also funds young trainee staff.

What's Inside?

At the heart of the Armadillo is the Café, which provides hot and cold food as well as a variety of refreshing cold drinks, good quality coffee, tea and hot chocolate.

The Armadillo provides a host of facilities and activities for young people to enjoy in a relaxed environment, including:

  • a band practice room
  • a top of the range sound system, stage and lighting setup. A vibrant programme of musical events and gigs is being put together, working with local performers, bands and acts. There is also a band rehearsal facility for up-and-coming bands to hone their skills.
  • a state of the art 60-seater cinema, fitted with the latest high definition facilities and run by a team of young people. The cinema will show a variety of new and classic films, along with big sport events and TV shows as requested by customers.
  • computer stations for young people to browse the web whilst enjoying fresh food and drinks from the cafe.
  • a large recreational area equipped with soft furnishings, pool table with multiple wide screen TVs equipped with XBOXs and PS3s as well as a Wii console.
  • an outdoor area for relaxing and even enjoying the occasional barbeque (weather permitting!)

In addition to the above, the Armadillo will be offering workshops, which will give young people the opportunity to get involved with activities and learn new skills.

Band Practice Room

The Armadillo offers a spacious room for bands (maximum capacity 8 people) with brilliant high-tech equipment at realistic prices for the youth of today!

Anyone is welcome to a FREE ONE HOUR trial session.

Click here for current prices and more information.

To find out more about the Armadillo Cinema, click here.

Forthcoming events

Friday 11th January 2019

Friday 1st February 2019

Friday 1st March 2019

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